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Easter Movies for all the Family

Updated on March 15, 2012

Easter is that time of year where families gather to celebrate one of the most sacred holidays. But unlike Christmas, the theme of Easter is highly influenced by the arrival of spring with outdoor activities.

Sometimes, though, the weather just doesn't co-operate, and we might have to look for some indoor activities. My suggestion? Watch a good old Easter movie that the whole family can enjoy!

There are traditional and not-so-traditional Easter movies. Basically, Easter movies generally focus either on recounting famous events of the Bible or those that celebrate the fairly tale aspect of Easter Eggs in movies, rabbits and spring that surrounds that part of this special holiday.

Here are some Easter films to watch that cover religious, children’s themes and also some choices that are non-traditional but very appropriate for the holiday season. These Easter movies are suitable for the entire family and will entertain the kids as well as the adults.


New Easter Movie: Hop

NEW! To be released on DVD on March 23rd 2012, Hop is a hilarious new Easter movie that all the family can enjoy. Such a heartwarming comedy, and a must for the kids, Hop is all about achieving one's dreams and has been likened to a cross between cross Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and Santa's Workshop.


Ben Hur

One of the best epic films of all time, Ben Hur stars Charlton Heston in the title role as a prince of ancient Judea sent into slavery aboard ship by his old friend Massala after he’s accused of killing the Roman governor. His family also incarcerated and his life seemingly over, Ben Hur manages to save the captain of his ship during a fierce battle, return to Judea and face his enemy Massala in a chariot race, one of the most awesome action sequences ever filmed.


Easter Parade

No celebration of Easter movies would be complete without a musical. Here, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland are a dancing team set to hit the big time when an old partner of Astaire, played by Ann Miller, stands in the way of not only the team’s success, but perhaps in the way of love between Astaire and Garland as well. Great dancing numbers and wonderful songs fill this movie, which is still a treat to watch.


It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!

The Peanuts troupe prepares as best they can for Easter, with Snoopy helping Woodstock find a new home, Peppermint Patty not getting very far with making Easter Eggs and Charlie Brown being Charlie Brown. Fun, family entertainment abounds in this delightful film that at only 30 minutes makes a great way to start your movies Easter experience.


Here are two non-traditional choices of new Easter movies that will also entertain the entire family:


My Neighbor Totoro

Filled with strong family themes, this is one of the best films ever crafted by anime master Hayao Miyazaki. Moving to the country to be nearer to their ailing mother, two children discover a large rabbit-like forest spirit named Totoro. Highly imaginative and filled with wonderful scenes, My Neighbor Totoro is a sumptuous vision of the outdoors and is one of the very few films with no bad guys at all, yet will fascinate both the young and the young at heart alike.


The Secret Garden (1993)

Based on the classic novel, the story of the Secret Garden set in 19th century England is about Mary, who lost her parents and now lives in her uncle’s large mansion. Finding a secret garden, she plants a wide assortment of flowers and helps heal her new family from the painful grief of the losses they have suffered. This is one of the most beautiful films about spring ever made and wonderfully appropriate for the Easter holiday.


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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I'd love to see Hop! Super suggestions for Easter movies. Best, Steph

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I love this! Unfortunately, the only one I've seen is 'The Secret Garden'. That is definitely a classic. I hope I get to see 'Hop' soon; that looks cute. I voted this up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazingly the only one I have seen is Ben Hur. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      MM - I didn't even realize that I had got to 100 hubs - and then I went speeding past it! So busy writing for the 30/30 challenge..... x

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      A brilliant hub as always.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      'A secret garden' that's one of my favourites....

      100 hubs I am so proud of you! well done and here's to the next 100....


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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thank you for sharing.

      Take care and have a great day.


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Ben Hur is a classic and worth watching. I will have to look up The Easter Parade. I love the old movies especially if they have music and dancers like Fred Astaire.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Thanks for the comments everyone! We don't have kids but I just can't resist "It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!" (I'm a big kid, anyway)

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Ben Hur is one of my favourites, thanks for reminding me.Easter will soon be upon us, although easter eggs have been in the shops since Boxing Day.Good old blighty!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Easter Parade is one of my favourite films.

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Great hub! I loved the Secret Garden... but then hello... its me!!! ds

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Another wonderful helpful hub. Voted up, useful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      The Secret Garden is the only movie I've seen on this list but it's a classic. I loved the book as well when I was a kid. Great list!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you for your thoughtful hub cloverleaf, what is it about Easter & the rain? Nearly every Easter it rains here too!!

      Haven't heard of My Neighbor Toroto but will watch now.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      What a great idea to highlight some Easter movies. I’ve never heard of My Neighbor Toroto, and it sounds wonderful.