"Come To The Stable" What is your favorite movie featuring Nuns?

by dgranger | created - 17 Nov 2016 | updated - 19 Nov 2016 | Public

What is your favorite movie featuring Nuns? This list was inspired when I was thinking about Christmas movies and I came across a film entitled Come to the Stable (1949). When I had went to investigate it further, Google showed a list of other films about Nuns. I have seen many of these films and own copies of. Also on google and YouTube, there a few entries of clips from this film featuring a the film's featured song "Through A Long And Sleepless Night" that the melody is from a 16th century Gregorian chant. So what is your favorite film featuring Nuns? Talk about the list here.

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1. Come to the Stable (1949)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

Two nuns arrive unannounced in the small New England town of Bethlehem, where they recruit various townspeople to help them build a children's hospital.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 976

2. Lilies of the Field (1963)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama

A travelling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino

Votes: 7,993

3. Sister Act (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

51 Metascore

When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena

Votes: 78,947 | Gross: $139.61M

4. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Showgirl Deloris Van Cartier returns as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of Catholic students whose run-down school is slated for closure.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 44,473 | Gross: $57.32M

5. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Unrated | 126 min | Drama

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan

Votes: 6,419 | Gross: $21.30M

6. The Trouble with Angels (1966)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Family

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: 3,934

7. Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! (1968)

G | 93 min | Comedy

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: 1,277

8. The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | 156 min | Biography, Drama

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Vincent Price

Votes: 5,481

9. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

Approved | 137 min | Drama

A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Rose Stradner

Votes: 2,191

10. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 8,497 | Gross: $12.80M

11. Francis of Assisi (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 13th century Italy, Francis Bernardone, the son of an Assisi merchant, renounces a promising army career in favor of a monastic life and starts his own religious order, sanctioned by the Pope.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 700

12. Conspiracy of Hearts (1960)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, War

Catholic nuns risk their lives to help Jewish children in an Italian internment camp escape to Palestine during World War II.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Sylvia Syms, Yvonne Mitchell, Ronald Lewis

Votes: 424

13. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 182,983 | Gross: $163.21M

14. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During World War II, an American marine and an Irish nun form an unlikely friendship after being stranded on a South Pacific island. They find comfort in one another as the two hope for a rescue.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

Votes: 7,222

15. Thérèse (1986)

94 min | Drama

The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of "the ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Catherine Mouchet, Hélène Alexandridis, Aurore Prieto, Clémence Massart-Weit

Votes: 748

16. Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery

When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly, Anne Pitoniak

Votes: 6,291 | Gross: $25.63M

17. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 19,184

18. Doubt (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Votes: 113,780 | Gross: $33.42M

19. The Runner Stumbles (1979)

PG | 109 min | Drama

Father Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a "controversial" work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Kathleen Quinlan, Maureen Stapleton, Ray Bolger

Votes: 196

20. Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Homer Smith returns to the chapel which, years before, he helped to build to find that the nuns have taken in a group of homeless/unwanted/runaway children. Once again, he is inspired by ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Maria Schell, Fay Hauser, Lisa Mann

Votes: 68

21. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

GP | 116 min | Adventure, Romance, War

Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fábregas, Alberto Morin

Votes: 21,396

22. Change of Habit (1969)

G | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Music

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: 1,884

23. Nuns on the Run (1990)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

Brian and Charlie work for a gangster. When their boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. They ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri, Janet Suzman

Votes: 7,089 | Gross: $10.96M

24. Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

Votes: 88,751 | Gross: $37.71M

25. Madeline (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

Horrified at the prospect of her beloved school being sold, a young French girl uses her wit and craftiness to attempt to save it, making an unlikely new friend in the process.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels

Votes: 6,190 | Gross: $29.77M

26. The Singing Nun (1966)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban, Greer Garson, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,053

27. The Rosary Murders (1987)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A priest is put in a dilemma when the serial killer who has been murdering priests and nuns confesses to him.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Charles Durning, Belinda Bauer, Josef Sommer

Votes: 1,085 | Gross: $1.73M

28. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 46,863 | Gross: $3.83M

29. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

R | 114 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Eileen Walsh, Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff

Votes: 24,718 | Gross: $4.89M

30. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 82,890 | Gross: $39.39M

31. Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo

Votes: 19,759

32. Miracle at Moreaux (1985 TV Movie)

58 min | Drama, History

A French Catholic boarding school allows three Jewish children to take refuge at Christmas during the Nazi occupation.

Director: Paul Shapiro | Stars: Loretta Swit, Robert Joy, Ken Pogue, Robert Kosoy

Votes: 93

33. Sister Smile (2009)

120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A biography of the Belgian nun Jeannine Deckers, who became a popular singer in the early 1960s and struggled with the contradiction between the church and her true self.

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Cécile de France, Sandrine Blancke, Chris Lomme, Marie Kremer

Votes: 684

34. The Innocents (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History

78 Metascore

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns got pregnant.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 8,002 | Gross: $1.06M

35. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 167,839 | Gross: $57.23M

36. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 1,849



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