Best Easter Movies
Movies for the Easter Season
The Easter season has not traditionally been a great season for holiday-themed movies. The Best Easter Movies lens will take a look at some of the finest movies to enjoy during the Easter Season.
These movies, including "Jesus of Nazareth," "The Ten Commandments," "Passion of the Christ" and "Jesus" as well as newer and less religious Easter movies including "VeggieTales" and "Peanuts" films are good choices for Easter entertainment.
The Easter movies are divided into two categories: religious movies that feature the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and more light-hearted comedies, musicals and animated Easter films.
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Religious Easter Movies
Religious Movies for Easter
In past decades, Easter movies were traditionally very spiritual religious movies with strong Judea-Christian themes. The 1956 classic "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner has been the perennial television choice for the Easter season for more than 50 years.
Movies such as "Passion of the Christ" starring Jim Caviezel and Monica Bellucci, directed by Mel Gibson and "Jesus of Nazareth" with Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Anne Bancroft, and Stacy Keach tell the story of Jesus and are ideal Easter viewing.
The following films have strong religious elements for Easter.
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Passion of the Christ
The Passion of the Christ focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life.
Mel Gibson wanted to produce a film that was historically accurate and Biblically based recounting the last 12 hours of Jesus' life. I thought the results were breathtaking and very moving.
The 10 Commandments
The story relates the life of Moses (Charlton Heston), from the time he was discovered as a baby in the bullrushes through his struggle to free the Israelite from slavery at the hands of the Egyptians and their pharaoh (Yul Brynner).
The movie about the first Passover stars Charlton Heston and has become an annual TV event every Easter
Jesus of Nazareth
Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, James Mason, Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft star in Franco Zeffirelli's interpretation of the life of Jesus. (1977)
This 2002 movies stars Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Anne Bancroft
Jeremy Sisto portrays Jesus in this adaptation of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Also stars Gary Oldman, Debra Messing, Jacqueline Bisset, Luca Zingaretti, Jeroen KrabbÃ©, Armin Mueller-Stahl and David O'Hara.
The movie "Jesus" focuses on the compassionate teachings of Christ as well as his relationships with Mary, Joseph, the apostles, his persecutors, and the Heavenly Father.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Starring Max von Sydow, Michael Anderson Jr. Carroll Baker, Ina Balin, Pat Boone, Victor Buono, Richard Conte, Joanna Dunham, Jose Ferrer, this film covers the Four Gospels of the New Testament.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
More Easter Movies
Other Easter Movies
While religious movies are the most popular movies for the Easter season, there have been a handful of other movies with an Easter them, most of which have spiritual overtones. From VeggieTales, musicals and comedies, here are some Easter films worth checking out.
"Easter Parade" (1948) stars Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in a "My Fair Lady"-type movie about dancers that features music by Irving Berlin, including one of the most popular Easter songs of all time, "Easter Parade."
"It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" (1974) stars the Peanuts Gang as they try to prepare for Easter, except for Linus, who believes the Easter Beagle will take care of everything.
"VeggieTales: An Easter Carol" 2008 stars various animated vegetables as Dickens characters in this Easter-themed retelling of the classic Dickens' tale.
"VeggieTales: 'Twas the Night Before Easter" 2011 Stars American Idol's Melinda Doolittle as singing sensation Cassie Cassava. Need I say more?
"Hop" (2011) Easter-themed animated comedy about E. B., the reluctant heir to the throne (and responsibilities) of the Easter bunny.
"Pieces of Easter" (2013) A dress-for-success young woman (Christina Karis) who won't fly and a taciturn, grizzled older farmer (Jefferson Moore - "The Perfect Gift") who won't drive his antique truck on the interstate set out on a three-day trip across the back roads of America in "Pieces of Easter" from Kelly's Filmworks. More at: Easter film 'Pieces of Easter' stars Jefferson Moore and Christina Karis
Easter Parade - If you can't join 'em, beat 'em!
When his former dance partner abandons him for the Ziegfeld Follies, Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) decides to pick a girl (Judy Garland) out of a chorus line and transform her into a star in this classic musical.
"Easter Parade" shows off the singing and dancing talents of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and is a trip back to a simpler time
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - The Easter Beagle is coming!
While Linus tries to convince everyone that the Easter Beagle will take care of everything, the Peanuts Gang is busy coloring eggs, choosing new shoes, and preparing for the big day.
"It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" is a cute movie starring the whole Peanuts Gang as they get ready for Easter
VeggieTales: An Easter Carol - An animated Easter twist to the classic Dickens tale
Set in 1880s London, Ebenezer Nezzer is a greedy seller of Easter tchotchkes who cares more about his money than he does about Jesus. It is up to Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato teach Ebenezer the real meaning of Easter.
Animated vegetables playing Dickens characters -- what's not to love?
The Night Before Easter - Up With Bunnies!
Cable news reporter Marlee Meade wants to help others at Easter, so she decides to save the old theater with massive props, local cast members, singing sensation Cassie Cassava (American Idol's Melinda Doolittle) and a 20-foot rabbit robot.
A news reporter named Marlee Meade decides to save a town's historic theatre from being closed using costumes, props, a giant robotic bunny rabbit, and various and sundry animated vegetables.
HOP - A comedy about candy, chicks and rock 'n' roll!
Destined to be the Easter Bunny, E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) just wants to play drums. When he leaves for Hollywood to become a rockstarr, he meets Fred (James Marsden) who has a secret desire to be the Easter bunny.
"Hop" is a colorful animated comedy about a reluctant Easter bunny.
Pieces of Easter - Humorous retelling of The Story of the Prodigal Son
Alza Bennett wants is to get home to her family for Easter, but car trouble leaves the executive 700 miles short of her destination. She walks down the driveway of reclusive farmer named Lincoln, who just wants to be left alone, and offers to pay him $1000 to drive her home.
"Pieces of Easter" is a clever comedy about two unlikely partners on a three-day trip across the back roads of America. Review at: Easter film 'Pieces of Easter' stars Jefferson Moore and Christina Karis