Sister Act Movies in Order: How Many Are There?

Sister Act is a comedy movie franchise that premiered in 1992 directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Paul Rudnick. It was one of the most popular comedies of the 90s. The story follows a lounge singer who witnesses a murder and has to go into hiding to save her life. She finds safety in an unusual place- a convent.

There was no surprise when in 1993, a sequel came out called Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. The movies were a recipe for success from the begging, with Whoopie Goldberg as a leading lady and brilliant musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. In this article, you will find everything you need to know about this movie franchise.

How many Sister Act movies are there?

There are two movies in this franchise; Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). But, these aren’t the two only entries in the Sister Act franchise. In 2006, Sister Act: A Divine Musical premiered on a regional stage in Pasadena, before securing its West End premiere in 2009. In 2011, the musical also played on Broadway.

Sister Act movies in order (at a glance)

Sister Act movies are full of amazing acting names. Whoopie Goldberg plays the leading lady as Deloris Van Cartier aka Sister Mary Clarence. Dame Maggie Smith is brilliant as always as the strict Reverend Mother. And the “villain” of the first movie is played by the resident bad guy Harvey Keitel as Vince LaRocca. In the sequel, Lauryn Hill as Rita Louise Watson, and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Florence Watson join the cast. Here are the movies in order at a glance:

  1. Sister Act (1992)
  2. Sister Act: Back in the Habit (1993)

The first movie was one of the most financially successful comedies in the 90s, grossing $231 million worldwide. The sequel was less successful at the box office, and it had bad critics reviews, but the audience loved it and it became a cult classic.

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What is the best way to watch Sister Act movies?

The best way to watch Sister Act movies is in their release order. The plot of the movies are taking place taking one after another, so it is important to watch the first movie before the second.

Sister Act movies in order (by release date)

1. Sister Act (1992)

Director: Emile Ardolino

Writer: Paul Rudnick

Runtime: 1h 40 min

Synopsis: When a Reno lounge singer Deloris Wilson aka Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time her life will turn upside down. She walks in on her married lover Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel), her boss and casino owner, killing one of his employees who wronged him. She runs to the police, and she is put in witness protection in St. Katherine’s, a poor Catholic parish and convent in a tough neighborhood in San Francisco. She has a hard time adjusting to the quiet nun life, and the only thing that keeps her sane is the church’s choir. But, the sudden celebrity of the choir jeopardizes her identity being revealed.  

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

Director: Bill Duke

Writer: James Orr, Jim Cruickshank, Judi Ann Mason

Runtime: 1h 47 min

Synopsis: Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) after her time at St. Katherine’s convent in San Francisco, made a successful Las Vegas show about her time as a nun. Now Mother Superior (Dame Maggie Smith), along with Sisters Mary Lazarus (Mary Wickes), Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy), and Mary Robert (Wendy Makkena) teach at St. Francis Academy in San Francisco, and they need Deloris’ help to put the magic back into the Academy’s music class. She decides to return to San Francisco to help her Sister in need. But, she finds this job harder than she expected when she gets a class populated by a bunch of kids who have attitude issues, as they believe that they are destined to become nothing because no one cares about them. Will Deloris be able to perform another miracle, and turn this school around?

Where to watch Sister Act movies?

Both, Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit are streaming now on Disney+. Also, you can rent and buy movies on Apple Tv and Amazon.

Do you need to watch Sister Act movies in order?

You have to watch Sister Act in order. All the events and relationships develop through it, making much more sense if you watch the movies in release order. This way you can truly enjoy these 90s iconic comedy movies.

Are Sister Act movies connected?

Sister Act movies are connected. The plot of these two movies is tightly connected, and all the characters from the first movie go experience significant growth before the events of the sequel.

Will there be more Sister Act movies?

A remake of the Sister Act is in the works from Disney, and it will premiere on Disney+. In 2018, it was released that Regina Y. Hicks and Karin Gist were going to write the script for Sister Act 3. Even Whoppie Goldberg herself confirmed this news, and in 2020 she said she is working on the sequel and that she will try to bring as many original cast members as she can. Also, in 2020 it was confirmed that Whoopie Goldberg has signed on to return as Delores and that Tyler Perry would be a producer on the movie. But still, there is no release date or any kind of footage, or any new news.

  • Marija is a big TV series and film enthusiast. Her guilty pleasures are sitcoms and cheesy romance novels. She loves discussing high fantasy and fiction, especially LOTR, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Marvel.