You might feel lured to the thought of curling up to watch a festive movie after a long day of eating, egg-hunting, and anything else you're doing to celebrate this Easter.
Top 20 Movies to Watch this Easter
Or you're organizing a themed movie night before the spring vacation to get the whole family and yourself in the right mood. The movies listed below will make you grin, weep, laugh, and want chocolate.
So come to your living room and enjoy an Easter movie marathon with everything from religious representations to animation masterpieces.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The epic film, starring Charlton Heston and Max von Sydow, chronicles the life of Jesus Christ from his birth in Bethlehem to his death and resurrection.
This season, James Corden's portrayed Peter Rabbit, the problematic rabbit from the lovely colored picture books, makes his big film debut. He competes with his iconic foe, Mr. McGregor, to favor his kind-hearted neighbor, Rose Byrne (Domhall Gleeson).
This half-animated film will get you in the Easter spirit with its quirky and enjoyable twist on the well-known story.
Hank and Mike
Hank and Mike is a funny comedy about two Easter rabbits who lose employment when the holiday firm cuts back on Easter spending.
Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, recounts the real life of Beatrix Potter, the woman who created Peter Rabbit. Potter battles parental pressure to give up and find a partner while trying to find a publisher for her inventive children's novels.
Her luck soon changes, though, with a bit of patience and a supporter of Beatrix's idea.
Here Comes Peter
In one of CBS's classic claymation TV specials made for Easter, beloved narrator Seymour Sassafras tells the story of a little junior Easter bunny who must save the celebration from the nefarious Irontail. But, unfortunately, Peter Cottontail is on his way.
In this 2016 movie, Joseph Fiennes plays a Roman Centurion named Clavius. He looks for Jesus' body when it inexplicably vanishes after his crucifixion. The movie transforms Easter into a gritty, Game of Thrones-style historical piece.
Clavius finds salvation in the hippie Christ, played by Cliff Curtis. It's the Easter narrative by Gladiator, with incredible production value, tons of gore, and the best actors in Britain.
The play Ben-Hur relates the tale of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman from Jerusalem who lived under Judea's Roman dominion. The movie provides historical background for Jesus' life and crucifixion because it is set in the same era.
Easter Parade is the ideal nostalgic diversion for Easter Sunday. It is a vintage MGM musical from the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.
A Broadway star and a chorus girl fall in love during the movie, culminating in a proposal that inevitably occurs during the Easter Parade. The story takes place around the holiday.
This animated movie for families from the makers of Despicable Me tells the story of the Easter Bunny and his son, E.B., who visits Hollywood in search of rock glory. He makes friends with Fred (James Marsden), and the two work together to save Easter, leading to colorful antics.
Yogi The Easter Bear
Once again, everyone's favorite bear is getting into mischief. This family-friendly movie follows Yogi as he sets out to protect the Easter bunny from a cunning villain who has plotted to ruin the holiday for everyone.
The Last Temptation of Christ
Watch Martin Scorsese's dramatic 1988 film, "The Passion of the Christ," featuring Willem Dafoe as God's son. This plain man struggles to accept his calling in life if you want to consider the existential character of Jesus Christ and his sufferings.
The movie is a vivid, hallucinogenic, and uninhibited portrayal of that era as Scorsese sees it.
Christ the King the Musical
Perhaps you like your Easter tale with more musical interludes. Ted Neeley plays Christ in the 1973 Norman Jewison-helmed film version of the smash Broadway play. Long after the Easter candy has finally disappeared, those songs will continue to play in your head.
Rise of the Guardians
The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, and the Sandman are gathered in Rise of the Guardians, another family-friendly animated adventure.
They rise to confront the evil forces threatening to drown the globe in darkness. Australian bunny Bunnymund, fascinated with Easter, is voiced by Hugh Jackman.
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
Every holiday is celebrated in a Peanuts cartoon, and there is something deeply reassuring about celebrating a holiday with Charlie and his friends. In this 1974 animated special, the Great Pumpkin, who appears as the wise dog Snoopy, is replaced by the "Easter Beagle."
The Prince of Egypt
This animated film, a favorite from elementary school, portrays the Exodus account in a fun way. It depicts the first Passover, a feast that frequently coincides with Easter, and chronicles Moses' life.
This movie is an excellent choice for Easter weekend because Moses' liberation of the Israelites from slavery is sometimes seen as a biblical allegory that mirrors Jesus' death and resurrection. The soundtrack is also excellent.
The Ten Commandments
This famous Biblical epic dramatizes Moses' life and the world of the Old Testament before Jesus arrived. Moses, played by Charlton Heston, brings the Ten Commandments down from the mountain. Egyptian Prince Rameses, portrayed by Yul Brynner, is his adversary.
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We'll count this timeless film as an Easter movie, even though it's not the obvious pick. There is, in fact, the famous Easter Dinner scene where Alvy fails to fit in with the Hall family.
Despite not being about Easter, this endearing Disney film is about a very intelligent bunny. How can you ever consider celebrating Easter without a compelling tale involving a rabbit? Zootopia is the ideal movie because it appeals to both children and adults.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Although there are no overtly religious overtones, there is a lot of the other Easter necessity: sugar. So enjoy the strange, wonderful world of Wonka while curled up on the couch with your Easter basket, a chocolate bunny, and other trinkets.
Life of Brian
Want to watch a humorous Easter movie? Consider starting with this timeless Monty Python comedy. The film focuses on a Jewish man named Brian Cohen, who frequently gets mistaken for Jesus. Comic mischief inevitably follows.
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