The Late Movies: Films About Nuns

Erica Palan

I survived 13 years of Catholic relatively unscathed—I never had a nun hit me with a ruler (though I did have one tell me to leave for the Holy Spirit at a school dance). One strange thing that I took with me from my religious education was a deep love of movies about nuns. My favorite, The Sound of Music, doesn't have decent online videos, but I highly recommend it for anyone who has roughly four hours to kill. Below, here's six other great movies starring nuns. What did I miss?

The Bells of Saint Mary's

Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman star in the 1945 film about a big city Catholic school and a rivaling priest and sister.

Sister Act

The 1992 Whoopi Goldberg flick was a favorite Friday afternoon movie in my Catholic school.


This flick, based on 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by John Patrick Shanley, details the scandal surrounding a priest's ambiguous relationship with a student.

The Nun's Story

Audrey Hepburn plays Sister Luke, a nun who has to overcome a lot of obstacles.

Trouble With Angels

Hayley Mills stars as a young, vivacious student at St. Francis Academy For Girls.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

The second installment of Whoopi Goldberg's adventure as Sister Mary Clarence finds her teaching students—including a young Lauryn Hill and a young Jennifer Love Hewitt—how to sing.