Cinema has a rich history of portraying nuns on the big screen. Such classics as The Sound of Music, The Nun’s Story, and Black Narcissus will always have a place in movie history for their careful portrayal of life in the habit. But what about those sisters of the silver screen who are sinful to watch?
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7. Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence
Whoopi Goldberg’s performance in Sister Act, and to a lesser extent its sequel, is by far her sexiest role to date (which isn’t saying a whole lot). If you didn’t already know, Whoopi plays a small time Reno lounge singer delightfully named Deloris Van Cartier who is forced to go into hiding as a nun after witnessing her good-for-nothing mob boyfriend execute his rat of a driver. The sassy Ms. Van Cartier is forced to wear a habit, go by the name of Sister Mary Clarence, and take a vow of celibacy (which is almost a deal breaker for the feisty Deloris). But Sister Mary Clarence finds her calling when she takes over the church choir. By adding a little showbiz pizzazz, the sister turns it into a singing sensation.
6. Amy Adams as Sister James
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Amy Adam received an Academy Award nomination for her role as the mousy, nosey, and naïve Sister James in Doubt. While her flaming red hair is covered up in a fetching black bonnet throughout the film, her cuteness still shines through. In a film with a decidedly dark subject matter, Adams was a tiny ray of light. Whenever she appeared on screen you’d half expect her to burst into song à la Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. In fact Adams is really just a sexier Julie Andrews.
5. Debbie Reynolds as The Singing Nun
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The Singing Nun is essentially a rock-biopic of the world’s first (and arguably only) superstar singing nun. In the film Debbie Reynolds plays Jeanine Deckers, a Belgian nun who became a worldwide singing sensation in 1963 with her song "Dominique." The film is sickly sweet, feel good, and Debbie Reynolds is adorable. To date "Dominique" is the only Belgian song ever to hit number one on the U.S. charts. That’s some mighty divine intervention.
4. Shirely MacLaine as Sister Sara
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For a short time Shirley MacLaine was the go-to girl when Hollywood needed a sexy nun. She has donned the habit (and proceeded to sexily take it off) in two films. In the first she played Sister Sara in the Clint Eastwood action adventure flick Two Mules for Sister Sara. Eastwood saves her from a gruesome attempted rape at the beginning of the film and Sister Sarah returns the favor by sinfully getting it on with the grizzled cowboy. She first politely reveals that she is not an actual nun; but rather using the habit as a cover. She’s so tricky.
MacLaine’s second turn in the habit occurred in Cannonball Run II where she played a musical theater performer who gets picked up on the side of the road with her sexy friend (also dressed as a nun) by Burt Reynolds and crew. Comedy gold ensues.