Nursing is without a doubt an essential position within the medical field, but nurses are also iconic throughout the cinematic landscape. From caring for zombified women in the early film “I Walked With a Zombie” to terrorizing psychiatric patients in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” to treating magical wounds throughout “Harry Potter,” nurses exist across genres and the entire moral spectrum.
NursingEducation.org surveyed popular films featuring nurses to identify the most iconic nurses in film history. While some fulfill the archetype of real-life nurses, others are cruel caregivers in horror films, caretakers with magical skills, or characters posing as nurses to fulfill their own ulterior motives. Characters listed appear across decades of films, from the 1932 autobiographical drama “A Farewell to Arms” to 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Many renowned and famous actors have portrayed nurses, from Audrey Hepburn to Kathy Bates.
So hang up your scrubs and grab some popcorn, and read on to find out which films to check out next when you’re looking for some captivating cinematic nurses.