The Most Habit Forming Nuns In Screen History

Categories: Film

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Meryl Streep in Doubt. A scary lady with some hard habits to break. Oscar nomination.

I won't be reading the comments on this one because I don't want to see all the cries of "You forgot about ..."

I forgot nothing. I know everything.

These are my faves.

Deal with it or go to hell.


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Celeste Holm and Loretta Young in Come to the Stable, a charming movie about French nuns in New England. On the set, Young made people put money in a jar if they used the name of the Lord in vain. Thus came her nickname: Attila the Nun.

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Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus, a haunting, beautifully filmed Powell/Pressburger classic about nuns Himalayan each other.

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Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story, set in the Belgian Congo. Has there ever been a chic-er devotee of God?

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Audrey was chic, but in Buñuel's Viridiana, Silvia Pinal was downright sexy. Hail Mary!

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If you don't know what movie this is from, don't ever talk to me.

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Jennifer Jones saw the virgin in The Song of Bernadette, and the Academy believed her, lisp and all. So did I.

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When Mother Superior Roz Russell is in charge, Hayley Mills listens. The fun comedy The Trouble With Angels -- co-starring Gypsy Rose Lee!

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When nuns make money, they get a follow-up: Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows.

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The Singing Nun. And singing and singing. And talking. Pure shmaltz on a shingle, but Debbie Reynolds is always a pro.

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Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis, and Glenda Jackson in Nasty Habits. I.e., Method Acting Comes to the Nunnery. (Actually, it was a satire of Watergate. Not funny at all, but fascinatingly cast.)

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The Magdalene Sisters. Harrowing stuff about girls made to endure absolute nunsense.

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I just remembered Sister Act. Heavenly comedy.

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And I couldn't possibly leave out Mary Tyler Moore calling "God!" instead of "Rob!" in Change of Habit.

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Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane in Nuns on the Run. Hey, they fooled ME.


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