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Hollywood Nuns

Sister Mary Martha has a cute post reflecting on nuns in the movies. Her favorite is Heaven Knows Mr. Allison with Deborah Kerr. She also mentions Audrey Hepburn in A Nun’s Story, Mary Tyler Moore in A Change of Habit, and the worst of the bunch, Whoopi Goldberg’s Sister Act.

This got me to thinking about other movies depicting nuns. There is The Singing Nun starring Debbie Reynolds. This was a pleasant movie that highlighted both the conflicts and rewards of religious life. If only the real life story of Sister Luc Gabriel was as uplifting.

Two Mules for Sister Sara joins Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine. While Shirley MacLaine plays a nun the entire movie, it seems there is more to her than a calling to the religious life.

Lilies of the Field was a hallmark of Sidney Poitier’s film career. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring role. This was the first time a black actor won the top male award.

Can you think of any more recent movies that focus on women religious? What are some your favorites?


James said…
An old favorite of mine is Bells of St. Mary with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Sound of Music has some interesting depiction of women religious, especially the Mother Superior. And my wife enjoys watching The Trouble with Angels which starred Hayley Mills and Rosalind Russell.

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