Best of Nunsploitation Films

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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Interno di un convento (1978)
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A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally... (95 mins.)
“ 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). ” - lankalion
 
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The Lady of Monza (1969)
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(105 mins.)
 
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The Devils (1971)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
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Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977)
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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... (89 mins.)
Director: Jess Franco
 
5.
Le monache di Sant'Arcangelo (1973)
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1577. The Mother Superior at the convent of Archangel is seriously ill. The determined and calculating... (100 mins.)
Director: Paolo Dominici
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
6.
Flavia (1974)
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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. (96 mins.)
 
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School of the Holy Beast (1974)
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In order to investigate her mother's strange death, a woman enters a sacred convent run by hypocritical, perverse nuns. (91 mins.)
Director: Noribumi Suzuki
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
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Le scomunicate di San Valentino (1974)
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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... (93 mins.)
Director: Sergio Grieco
 
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Satanico Pandemonium: La Sexorcista (1975)
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A young nun is tempted by visions of forbidden sexual fantasies to cross over to Satan. (89 mins.)
 
10.
Alucarda (1977)
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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? (75 mins.)
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
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Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976)
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Sisterhood is powerful. Before leaving for a mission in Africa, Runa, a nun, visits her sister three... (74 mins.)
Director: Masaru Konuma
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
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Suor Emanuelle (1977)
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Renouncing her "sinful" past, Emanuelle has entered a convent and has dedicated herself to a life of service... (90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Warren
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
13.
The Killer Nun (1979)
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A demented nun sliding through morphine addiction into madness, whilst presiding over a regime of lesbianism... (85 mins.)
Director: Giulio Berruti
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
14.
Cleopatra Wong (1978)
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Singapore's top policewoman, Miss Cleopatra Wong, who heads the Seasian Interpol Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.)... (110 mins.)
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
15.
Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)
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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. (110 mins.)
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
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Convent of Sinners (1986)
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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... (88 mins.)
Director: Dario Donati
 
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Sacred Flesh (2000)
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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. (75 mins.)
Director: Nigel Wingrove
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
18.
Nun of That (2008)
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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... (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Griffin
 
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The True Story of the Nun of Monza (1980)
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Sister Virginia de Leyva becomes the new Mother Superior at the convent of Monza. Said convent turns... (79 mins.)
Director: Stefan Oblowsky
 
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Guardian of Hell (1981)
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Nuns become possessed by the Devil and lust after the abbot! (88 mins.)
Director: Stefan Oblowsky
 
21.
La badessa di Castro (1974)
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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.
 
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Machete (2010)
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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. (105 mins.)
“ (Robert Rodriguez) (portrayed by Lindsay Lohan) (2010) ” - lankalion
 
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Nude Nuns with Big Guns (2010)
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Upon taking her vows to become a nun, Sister Sarah is abused, brainwashed and drugged into submission by the corrupt clergy. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Guzman
 
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Le moine (1972)
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Ambrosio (Franco Nero) is a monk who is sexually tempted by an emissary of the Devil, a young girl in monk's robes... (94 mins.)
Director: Ado Kyrou
 
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The Trouble with Angels (1966)
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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. (112 mins.)
Director: Ida Lupino
“ 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). ” - lankalion
 
26.
Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! (1968)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: James Neilson
“ 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). ” - lankalion
 
27.
Change of Habit (1969)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: William Graham
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
28.
Sex Life in a Convent (1972)
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The problems girls face in the unisex environment of a convent school are revealed in a series of vignettes. (92 mins.)
 
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The Nun (1966)
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In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun... (135 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
“ 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. ” - lankalion
 
30.
Shûdôjo Rushia: Kegasu (1978)
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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... (70 mins.)
Director: Kôyû Ohara
 
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Wet & Rope (1979)
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(69 mins.)
Director: Kôyû Ohara
 
33.
Agries kalogries (1986 Video)
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(102 mins.)