Movie Mom

Movie Mom


Memorable Movie Nuns

posted by Nell Minow

COME_TO_THE_STABLE_dvd_front_MM.jpgI love Beliefnet’s gallery of Memorable Movie Nuns from Paul Asay. He includes some of my favorites like Lilies of the Field, with Sidney Poitier building a chapel under the direction of flinty Lilia Skala and Susan Sarandon as real-life Sister Helen Prejean, who befriends a condemned prisoner played by Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking.
black narcissus.jpgI would add to his list Come to the Stable, with Loretta Young and Celeste Holm as gentle nuns who hope to build a hospital. And of course there’s Debbie Reynolds as the spirited Singing Nun, a nun whose shoes provide a clue in The Lady Vanishes, and the sisters of Black Narcissus, who find unexpected challenges when they establish a new order on top of the Himalayas.
Lilies of the Field at LocateTV.com



  • Hamilton Bacon

    I would like to add the Sister Act nuns.

  • jestrfyl

    As a Protestant my first exposure to nuns were those in the Disney / Haley Mills comedies from the 60′s. I also add my vote for the sisterly protectors of Whoopi Goldberg – though I like 1 far better than 2.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks, Hamilton! I love Maggie Smith, Mary Wickes, and Kathy Najimy in those “Sister Act” movies.
    And jestrfyl, the book and movie “The Trouble with Angels” are very dear to my heart. Thanks!

  • mjd

    “Two Mules for Sister Sarah”: Though commonly derided as “the worst of Clint Eastwood’s movies” he and Shirley McLain represent accurately the archetypes of women as saint and sinner and of man as confused over whether he’s looking for a mother or a lover. Eastwood did a very good job of directing this film, whether or not he realized exactly what he was setting up in the plot line.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    It’s a very good movie, MJD and in the Beliefnet gallery — though, strictly speaking, she doesn’t really qualify….

Previous Posts

Movies' Greatest Mirror Scenes
Anne Billson has a great piece in The Telegraph on mirror scenes in movies, from the Marx brothers clowning in "Duck Soup" and the shootout in "The Lady from Shanghai" to Elizabeth Taylor scrawling on the mirror with lipstick in "Butterfield 8." [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKTT-sy0aLg

posted 8:00:51am Jul. 23, 2014 | read full post »

How Do Movies Show Time Passing?
Someone once said that movies are "pieces of time." A few take place in "real time." Alfred Hitchcock's experiment, "Rope," unfolds in just the time it takes us to watch it, all in what appears to be one seamless shot. But others take place over days, weeks, years, even generations. Slavko Vorkap

posted 8:00:40am Jul. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Boring TV Makes You Fat
A new study finds that boring television leads to mindless snacking and that leads to putting on pounds. So, watch programs that excite and engage you. Or, if the show is boring, turn off the television.

posted 8:00:05am Jul. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Switched at Birth and the End of Life
I'm a big fan of ABC Family's Switched at Birth and have appreciated its complicated characters, honest and heartfelt relationships, and compelling storylines, as well as its unprecedented, in-depth portrayal of the deaf community. Last week's episode may have been the all-time best (SPOILER ALERT)

posted 3:59:49pm Jul. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Comic-Con 2014
It's here!  San Diego Comic-Con begins Wednesday night in San Diego and I'll be there.  This is my favorite event of the year, a chance to find out what everyone will be watching, listening to, playing, and otherwise enjoying over the next few years.  As I always say, this is the Iowa caucuses of

posted 8:00:20am Jul. 21, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.