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Get back in the Clip joint habit and help us identify the saints and sinners of the cinematic sisterhood

This week's Clip joint is by writer Nia Jones, who blogs at serenwibglambassador.wordpress.com.

Think you can do better than Nia? If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, send a message to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk

Films portrayals of nuns usually play on stereotypical perceptions of the holy sisterhood. Some forays have been comedic, some intensely dramatic, some inspiring, gruesomely nightmarish or even musical. Why are film-makers in the habit of making nuns the subject of their movies?

1. The Devils (1971)

The Devils tells the story of Father Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), a 17th-century French priest who falls prey to the sexual obsessions of a nun, Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave). Containing gratuitous violent sexual acts, The Devils is a journey to the pits of depravity and a censorship minefield. »

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