Best of Nunsploitation Films

by lankalion | created - 07 Mar 2011 | updated - 30 Apr 2012 | Public

Nunsploitation is a subgenre of exploitation film which had its peak in Europe in the 1970s. These films typically involve Christian nuns living in convents during the Middle Ages. The main conflict of the story is usually of a religious or sexual nature, such as religious oppression or sexual suppression due to living in celibacy. The inquisition is another common theme. These films, although often seen as pure exploitation films, often contain criticism against religion in general and the Catholic church in particular. Indeed, some protagonist dialogue voiced feminist consciousness and rejection of their subordinated social role. Not surprisingly, many of these films were made in countries where the Catholic Church is influential, such as Italy and Spain. One atypical example of the genre, however, is Killer Nun (Suor Omicidi), set in, then, present-day Italy (1978).

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1. Interno di un convento (1978)

95 min | Drama, Romance

5.2
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A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally zealous abbess of one such institution to enforce the same strict rules on these ... See full summary »

Director: Walerian Borowczyk | Stars: Ligia Branice, Howard Ross, Marina Pierro, Gabriella Giacobbe

Votes: 805

Images in a Convent (Italian: Immagini di un convento) is a 1979 sexploitation film by Italian cult filmmaker Joe D'Amato. This film marks D'Amato's second entry into the 'nunsploitation' subgenre of trash films, after The Nun and the Devil in 1972 and it was followed by Convent of Sinners in 1986. The film contains strong scenes of graphic violence relating to demonic possession, as well as hardcore pornography (including explicit lesbianic depictions of digital penetration and cunnilingus).

2. The Lady of Monza (1969)

R | 105 min | Drama

5.7
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Director: Eriprando Visconti | Stars: Anne Heywood, Hardy Krüger, Antonio Sabato, Anna Maria Alegiani

Votes: 111

3. The Devils (1971)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

Votes: 10,084

The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. It is based partially on the 1952 book The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, and partially on the 1960 play The Devils by John Whiting, also based on Huxley's book. The film is a dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th century French priest executed for witchcraft following the supposed possessions of Loudun. The Devils faced harsh reaction from national film rating systems, due to its disturbingly violent, sexual, and religious content; it was banned in several countries, and heavily edited for release in others. The film has never received a release in its original, uncut form in various countries, and is largely unavailable in the home video market.

4. Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Adventure, Horror

5.7
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16-year-old Maria is forced into Serra D'Aires convent, secretly run by Satanists. Her confessor is in collusion with the Mother Superior. Maria is tortured, forced into sex with men, women... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Susan Hemingway, William Berger, Herbert Fux, Ana Zanatti

Votes: 800

5. Le monache di Sant'Arcangelo (1973)

100 min | Drama

5.5
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1577. The Mother Superior at the convent of Archangel is seriously ill. The determined and calculating Mother Giulia plots to become the next Mother Superior. She receives tough competition... See full summary »

Director: Domenico Paolella | Stars: Anne Heywood, Luc Merenda, Ornella Muti, Martine Brochard

Votes: 272

The Nun and the Devil, or Le Monache di Sant'Arcangelo in the original Italian, is an erotic 1973 French/ Italian nunsploitation film directed by Domenico Paolella. It is also known as: Sisters of Satan (UK) and The Nuns of Saint Archangel (US). The action, based on a true story, is set in the 16th century at the convent of Sant Arcangelo, near Naples, then under Spanish rule.

6. Flavia (1974)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror

5.9
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After a cult besieges her convent, a young nun goes with an army of Muslims to destroy the convent and kill who wronged her.

Director: Gianfranco Mingozzi | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, María Casares, Claudio Cassinelli, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 792

7. School of the Holy Beast (1974)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

6.7
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In order to investigate her mother's strange death, a woman enters a sacred convent run by hypocritical, perverse nuns.

Director: Noribumi Suzuki | Stars: Yumi Takigawa, Emiko Yamauchi, Yayoi Watanabe, Ryouko Ima

Votes: 1,166

School of the Holy Beast aka Convent of the Sacred Beast (聖獣学園 Seijū gakuen?) is a film in the nunsploitation sub-genre of Pinky violence made by Toei Company in 1974.

8. Le scomunicate di San Valentino (1974)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

4.7
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Lucita has been locked away in a convent by her family in order to keep her away from her lover, Esteban. The pair make plans to elope, but Esteban is accused of heresy before Lucita can ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Grieco | Stars: Françoise Prévost, Jenny Tamburi, Paolo Malco, Franco Ressel

Votes: 496

9. Satanico Pandemonium: La Sexorcista (1975)

89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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A young nun is tempted by visions of forbidden sexual fantasies to cross over to Satan.

Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares | Stars: Enrique Rocha, Cecilia Pezet, Delia Magaña, Clemencia Colin

Votes: 683

10. Alucarda (1977)

R | 78 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Director: Juan López Moctezuma | Stars: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero, Susana Kamini

Votes: 2,146

Alucarda (Spanish title: Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas, or Alucarda, the daughter of darkness) is a 1978 Mexican horror film directed by Mexican horror filmmaker Juan López Moctezuma, starring Tina Romero in the title role. Often thought to be based on the 1872 novella Carmilla, it revolves around two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent, who unleash a demonic force and become possessed by Satan. Although it was made in Mexico, it is an English language film. It was released in theaters across Mexico on January 26, 1978.

11. Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976)

74 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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Sisterhood is powerful. Before leaving for a mission in Africa, Runa, a nun, visits her sister three years after entering the convent when her sister stole Runa's boyfriend. Runa comes to ... See full summary »

Director: Masaru Konuma | Stars: Luna Takamura, Yôko Azusa, Tatsuya Hamaguchi, Nobutaka Masutomi

Votes: 101

Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (修道女ルナの告白 Shudojo Runa no kokuhaku?) (1976) is a Japanese pink film in the nunsploitation genre starring pop singer Runa Takamura, directed by Masaru Konuma and produced by Nikkatsu. Allmovie reports of the film, "As Konuma is not one to pull political punches for the sake of lightweight erotic fluff, the film is far more pointed than the numerous European 'sexy nun' films it ostensibly resembles.

12. Sister Emanuelle (1977)

90 min | Drama

5.6
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Renouncing her "sinful" past, Emanuelle has entered a convent and has dedicated herself to a life of service. Enter Monika, the free-spirited, free-loving daughter of a wealthy Baron. ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Vari | Stars: Laura Gemser, Mónica Zanchi, Gabriele Tinti, Vinja Locatelli

Votes: 380

Suor Emanuelle (Sister Emanuelle) is a 1977 Exploitation film. It can be classified under both the nunsploitation and sexploitation exploitation film sub genres. It is part of the long running Black Emanuelle series of films starring Laura Gemser.

13. Suor Omicidi (1979)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.1
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A demented nun sliding through morphine addiction into madness, whilst presiding over a regime of lesbianism, torture and death. Sister Gertrude is the head nurse/nun in a general hospital,... See full summary »

Director: Giulio Berruti | Stars: Anita Ekberg, Paola Morra, Alida Valli, Massimo Serato

Votes: 1,073

Killer Nun (also known as Suor Omicidi, or Deadly Habits) (1978) is an Italian nunsploitation film directed/co-written by Giulio Berruti and co-written by Alberto Tarallo. The film was originally banned in Britain in 1983, but was subsequently re-released in DVD format there in 2006, after changes in British censorship policy.

14. Cleopatra Wong (1978)

110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.9
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Singapore's top policewoman, Miss Cleopatra Wong, who heads the Seasian Interpol Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.), teams up with her Filipino counterpart to bust a counterfeit ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby A. Suarez | Stars: George Estregan, Dante Varona, Marrie Lee, Johnny Wilson

Votes: 103

They Call Her... Cleopatra Wong (also known as Cleopatra Wong and Female Big Boss) is a 1978 film, starring Marrie Lee, Franco Guerrero, Dante Varonna and George Estregan. The film, riding on the success of Hong Kong martial arts films of the era as well as the James Bond and superspy craze, details the adventures of a female Interpol agent. The movie is directed by Bobby A. Suarez and is written by Romeo N. Galang as well as himself. The film is reportedly listed by cult director Quentin Tarantino as among those that inspired him. Tagline: She purrs like a kitten and makes love like a siren. This side of the pacific, she is the meanest, deadliest and sexiest secret agent.

15. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.7
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A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibóg

Votes: 2,106

Mother Joan of the Angels (Polish: Matka Joanna od Aniołów, also known as The Devil and the Nun) is a 1961 drama film on demonic possession, directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, based on a novella of the same title by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.

16. La monaca del peccato (1986)

88 min | Drama, Horror

5.0
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Convent of Sinners is the story of Susanna, a young girl who is raped by her own father and sent to a convent for her sins, where she falls in love with a priest. The other nuns, however, ... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Eva Grimaldi, Karin Well, Gabriele Gori, Jessica Moore

Votes: 238

17. Sacred Flesh (2000)

Not Rated | 75 min

3.4
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Taunted by visions of Mary Magdalene, who reveals the confessions of the younger nuns at the convent, the Mother Superior's mind is filled with the violent, sexual acts of her fellow sisters.

Director: Nigel Wingrove | Stars: Sally Tremaine, Moyna Cope, Simon Hill, Kristina Bill

Votes: 429

Sacred Flesh is a 1999 nunsploitation film. It is set in an indeterminate past, and consists of a series of loosely connected vignettes that depict pseudo-lesbian sexuality and some sado-masochistic activity.

18. Nun of That (2008)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy

5.5
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Nun of That is an action-comedy that follows Sister Kelly Wrath as she transforms from a nun with a simple temper problem to a vengeful killer. After being gunned down in an alley, she ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Griffin | Stars: Sarah Nicklin, Alexandra Cipolla, Shanette Wilson, Ruth Mahala Sullivan

Votes: 312

19. The True Story of the Nun of Monza (1980)

79 min | Drama

5.0
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Sister Virginia de Leyva becomes the new Mother Superior at the convent of Monza. Said convent turns out to be a veritable hotbed of sinful carnality and depravity. Debauched priest Don ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Zora Kerova, Mario Cutini, Paola Corazzi, Tom Felleghy

Votes: 134

20. L'altro inferno (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

4.8
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Nuns become possessed by the Devil and lust after the abbot!

Director: Bruno Mattei | Stars: Franca Stoppi, Carlo De Mejo, Francesca Carmeno, Susan Forget

Votes: 509

21. La badessa di Castro (1974)

Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A young woman is forced into a convent. However, due to her nobility she rises to be an abbess. She has to deal with corruption in the church.

Director: Armando Crispino | Stars: Barbara Bouchet, Pier Paolo Capponi, Ida Galli, Antonio Cantafora

Votes: 40

22. Machete (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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60 Metascore

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba

Votes: 174,502 | Gross: $26.59M

(Robert Rodriguez) (portrayed by Lindsay Lohan) (2010)

23. Nude Nuns with Big Guns (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

3.9
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Mentally abused, enslaved and coerced into prostitution, a left-for-dead merciless Sister will take on a mission straight from God, whacking sinners in a strictly personal, no-prisoners vigilante Holy War.

Director: Joseph Guzman | Stars: Asun Ortega, David Castro, Perry D'Marco, Maxie Santillan Jr.

Votes: 4,957

24. Le moine (1972)

94 min | Drama, Horror

5.8
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Director: Adonis Kyrou | Stars: Franco Nero, Nathalie Delon, Nicol Williamson, Nadja Tiller

Votes: 219

25. The Trouble with Angels (1966)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv

Votes: 3,657

The Trouble with Angels (1966) is a comedy film about the adventures of two girls in an all girls school run by nuns. The movie was directed by Ida Lupino and stars Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills. The featured players include Marge Redmond (who appeared as nun Sister Jacqueline in the television series The Flying Nun the following year) as math teacher Sister Liguori, Mary Wickes (who also played a nun in Sister Act and its sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit) as gym teacher Sister Clarissa, and Portia Nelson as art teacher Sister Elizabeth (who also played a nun in The Sound of Music).

26. Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! (1968)

G | 93 min | Comedy

6.4
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An old-line Mother Superior is challenged by a modern young nun when they take the girls of St. Francis Academy on a bus trip across the U.S.A.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, Binnie Barnes, Mary Wickes

Votes: 1,198

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968) is a movie comedy starring Rosalind Russell and Stella Stevens. The film is a sequel to The Trouble with Angels (1966) and was written by Blanche Hanalis from a story by Jane Trahey, and directed by James Neilson. The story depicts the rivalry between the conservative Mother Superior (Russell) and the glamorous, progressive young Sister George (Stevens) as they shepherd a busload of Catholic high school girls across America to an interfaith youth rally being held in Santa Barbara, California. As they debate expressions of faith and role of the Church in the tumultuous America of the sixties, they must also contend with the antics of two rebellious, trouble-prone students Rosabelle (Susan Saint James) and Marvel Anne (Barbara Hunter).

27. Change of Habit (1969)

G | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Music

5.9
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An incognito nun tries to help a doctor clean up an inner city ghetto, with the pair growing closer as time goes on.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot

Votes: 1,738

Change of Habit is a 1969 musical drama film starring Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore. It was Presley's 31st and final movie acting role; his remaining two film appearances were concert documentaries. It was also Tyler Moore's fourth and final film under her brief Universal Pictures contract; she would not appear in another theatrical movie until Ordinary People in 1980.

28. Sex Life in a Convent (1972)

92 min | Drama

4.6
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The problems girls face in the unisex environment of a convent school are revealed in a series of vignettes.

Director: Eberhard Schröder | Stars: Doris Arden, Sascha Hehn, Josef Moosholzer, Ulrich Beiger

Votes: 37

29. The Nun (1966)

GP | 135 min | Drama

7.6
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In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver, Micheline Presle, Francine Bergé

Votes: 1,371

The Nun (French: La Religieuse, also known as French: Suzanne Simonin, la Religieuse de Denis Diderot) is a 1966 French drama film directed by Jacques Rivette and based on the novel of the same title by Denis Diderot.

30. Shûdôjo Rushia: Kegasu (1978)

70 min | Drama

6.0
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Rumiko is a misbehaving girl who got caught stealing the cash her father had at home for bribes. Father would not accuse her of that, but when he caught her having sex with her English ... See full summary »

Director: Kôyû Ohara | Stars: Yuki Nohira, Rei Okamoto, Rumi Tama, Tamaki Katsura

Votes: 77

31. Cartas de amor de una monja (1978)

110 min | Drama

5.8
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Director: Jorge Grau | Stars: Analía Gadé, Alfredo Alcón, Teresa Gimpera, Fernando Sánchez Polack

Votes: 26

32. Wet & Rope (1979)

Unrated | 69 min | Drama, Thriller

5.5
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After being brutally raped, a young woman attempts to commit suicide. A priest talks her out of it and she decides to become a nun. Once inside the convent, she is again a victim of sexual abuse.

Director: Kôyû Ohara | Stars: Yuki Nohira, Miyako Yamaguchi, Yûko Akane, Jun Aki

Votes: 116

33. Agries kalogries (1986 Video)

102 min | Comedy

4.7
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Director: Makis Antonopoulos | Stars: Eva Beneta, Mary Garitsi, Liana Hatzi, Kaiti Delli

Votes: 10