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John M. Kelly Library & Archives

Movies: Nuns on Film


Agnes of God

PS3556 .I38 A56 2002 DVD
98 minutes; released 1985.
A court-appointed psychiatrist investigates the death of a newborn baby in a convent. Starring Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, and Meg Tilly.

Anchoress

PN1997 .A53 2000 DVD
108 minutes; released 1993.
In fourteenth-century England, a peasant girl is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary that the local priest suggests she be walled up in the church as an anchoress. But when the priest has the girl's mother tried as a witch, she digs herself out of her cell, a crime for which the punishment is death. Directed by Chris Newby.

Au Revoir les Enfants = Goodbye Children

PN1997.A974 2006 DVD
103 minutes; released 1987.
A Jewish boy is hidden from the Nazis in a French Catholic boarding school. Audio-track in French with English subtitles.

The Bells of St. Mary's

PN1997 .B455 2003 DVD
126 minutes; released 1945.
Easy-going Father O'Malley and iron-willed Sister Benedict find themselves in a subtle battle of wits over how the children should be educated at St. Mary's Parochial School. Starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.

Brides of Christ

PN1997 .B74 2005 DVD
327 minutes; released 1991.
Six young women enter an Australian convent in the turbulent 1960's and are caught up in the climactic social changes happening all around them.

Change of Habit

PN1997 .C42 2002 DVD
93 minutes; released 1969.
A young doctor falls in love with a nun on leave for an assignment at a medical clinic. Starring Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore.

Clare of Assisi

PN1997 .C457 1993 VHS
45 minutes; released 1993.
A one-woman play about the life of St. Clare, companion of St. Francis in thirteenth-century Assisi.

Dead Man Walking

PN1997 .D375 1999 DVD
122 minutes; released 1995.
A nun acts as spiritual advisor to a man awaiting execution on death row. Based on the life of Sister Helen Prejean. Starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Directed by Tim Robbins.

Divine Mercy, No Escape

BX4705 .F266 D5 1994 VHS
47 minutes; released 1994.
Dramatization of the life of Polish nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska.

Faustina

BX4705 .F266 F37 2003 DVD
80 minutes; released 1995.
Dramatization of the life of Polish nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska. Audio-track in Polish with English subtitles.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

PR9619.3 .S479 H438 2003 DVD
108 minutes; released 1957.
A nun is marooned with a Marine sergeant on a South Pacific island during World War II. Starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.

In This House of Brede

PR6013 .O25 I52 2000 DVD
95 minutes; released 1975.
A successful career woman becomes a Benedictine nun. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden. Starring Diana Rigg.

The Magdalene Sisters

PN1997.2 .M34 2004 DVD
119 minutes; released 2002.
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a home for unwed mothers run by nuns. Audio-track in English or French, with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles.

Miracle at Moreaux

PN 1997 .M56 2003 DVD
58 minutes; released 1985.
Three Jewish children hide from the Nazis in a convent school in France. Starring Loretta Swit. Directed by Paul Shapiro.

Mother Teresa

BX4406.5 .Z8 M678 2006 DVD
115 minutes; released 1903.
A feature-length movie dramatization of the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Starring Olivia Hussey.

Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor

BX4406.5 .Z8 L36 2005 DVD
93 minutes; released 1997.
A feature-length movie dramatization of the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Starring Geraldine Chaplin. Directed by Kevin Connor.

The Nun's Story

PS3515 .U374 N822 2006 DVD
152 minutes; released 1959.
A medical sister struggles with the vow of obedience. Starring Audrey Hepburn.

The Passion of Bernadette

BX4700 .S65 P377 1991 DVD
106 minutes; released 1991.
The story of Saint Bernadette Soubirous (the visionary of Lourdes) after she entered the Sisters of Charity convent at Nevers. Starring Sydney Penny. Audio-track in English or French.

The Seventh Chamber of Edith Stein

BX4705 .S79 E5474 2010 DVD
110 minutes; released 1996.
A dramatization of the life of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz. Audio-track in French with English subtitles.

The Sound of Music

PS3523 .I575 S682 2005 DVD
174 minutes; released 1965.
A novice nun takes a leave from her convent to become governess to six children in pre-World War II Austria. Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

St. Teresa of Avila

BX4700 .T4 T474 2008 DVD
450 minutes
A mini-series dramatization of the life of the sixteenth century Spanish nun and mystic, Teresa de Jesus. Audio-track in Spanish with optional English subtitles.

The Staircase

PN1997 .S729 2006 DVD
95 minutes; released 1998.
A nun attempts to fulfill a friend's last wish by completing work on a new chapel. The project seems hopeless, until the arrival of a mysterious stranger.

Thérèse

PN1997 .T447 2002 DVD
90 minutes; released 1986.
Dramatization of the life of the Carmelite nun, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Directed by Alain Cavalier. Audio-track in French or English with optional English subtitles.

Thérèse

BX 4700 .T5 T447 2005 DVD
96 minutes; released 2004.
Dramatization of the life of the Carmelite nun, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Directed by Leonardo Defilippis. Audio-track in English with optional French or Spanish subtitles.

The Trouble with Angels

PS3570 .R29 T72 2003 DVD
111 minutes; released 1966.
Two teenage girls put a convent school into disarray with their pranks and practical jokes. Starring Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills and June Harding.

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows

PN1997 .W54 2003 DVD
94 minutes; released 1968.
In this sequel to The Trouble With Angels a young nun convinces her wry but wise Mother Superior to take the convent's nuns on a bus trip to a California peace rally. Starring Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens and Susan Saint James.

Vision

BX4700 .H5 V575 2010 DVD
111 minutes; released 2009.
The story of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was one of the of the most important, inspirational and visionary female leaders of the Medieval Age.