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Silly and serious, strict and kind, profoundly faithful and sometimes hilarious — Catholic nuns are evergreen characters on the big (and the small) screens. Here's a list of some of our favorite portrayals of Catholic women religious from film and television.
1. Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) in Dead Man Walking
. Mother Abbess (Peggy Wood) in The Sound of Music
. Sister Bertille (Sally Field) in The Flying Nun
. Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep) in Doubt
. Mother Superior (Ellen Burstyn) and Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton) in The Mighty Macs
. Sister Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) in The Bells of St. Mary's
. Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldberg) and Sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy) in Sister Act
. Sister Luke (Audrey Hepburn) in The Nun's Story
Sister Agnes (Meg Tilly) in Agnes of God
. Sister Mary Stigmata aka "The Penguin (Kathleen Freeman) in The Blues Brothers
coarse language, but Sister Stigmata sets Jake and Elwood straight+
Cathleen Falsani is Web Editor and Director of New Media for Sojourners. Follow Cathleen on Twitter @GodGrrl.