The 20 Best Easter Movies to Watch This Year
Did your go-to family favorite make our list of the best of the best Easter movies to watch again this holiday weekend?
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The best Easter movies
If you’re looking to relax after a busy Sunday morning at church or with family, turn on one of the best Easter movies and snuggle up on the couch. Bonus, the Easter Bunny probably brought you candy and sweets that you can use for movie snacks. If none of these spark your interest, try these movies from your childhood that your kids will love.
Peter Rabbit is one of the best Easter movies to watch with your family (especially if you have little kiddos). It’s a fun take on the classic children’s book, Peter Rabbit. The little rabbit (voiced by James Cordon), known for getting in trouble, tries to win over his neighbor, Bea and win back the Manor House from his enemy Mr. McGregor. The animation is done really well and the rabbits and animals fit right in with the real actors and scenery.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a classic stop motion animated television special that everyone needs to have on their list of the best Easter movies. The short film is based on the 1957 novel The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich. It follows the tale of Peter Cottontail after he was appointed Chief Easter Bunny and ends up running into issues with an evil rabbit villain. Here are some other books that are now hit movies.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
This 1965 epic film follows the story of Jesus of Nazareth from the nativity through to his death. The Greatest Story Ever Told is directed by George Stevens and Max von Sydow stars as Jesus. While the movie is rated G, it’s quite long at four hours and twenty minutes so it’s probably better to let the kids sit this one out. These are the most iconic movies set in every state.
The Dog Who Saved Easter
You can’t go wrong with a movie that has a dog as the main character. Everyone’s favorite yellow lab, Zeus, gets sent to doggy daycare while his family heads out on a cruise. A rivaling daycare across the street sends in crooks to have the daycare where Zeus is staying shut down. Zeus and his puppy friends save the day (and Easter) by dropping Easter eggs on the bad guys’ heads and making sure that all they get caught and that all the dogs are safe.
The Ten Commandments
Charlton Heston’s iconic performance carries this epic story of Moses and his fight with his estranged brother, the Pharaoh of Egypt. Yul Brenner plays the brother, King Rameses, with equal bravado. Cecil B. DeMille directed this Best Picture winner that defined the sweeping widescreen grandeur of classic Hollywood. Heston also provided the voice for God as the speaking Burning Bush. The Ten Commandments was a blockbuster in its day, but audiences continue to re-watch this beloved film every Easter. It’s a story of faith made all the richer because of its dazzling special effects. The parting of the Red Sea is magnificent every time you see it—especially impressive in the movie-making era before CGI!
This Looney Tunes animated short was released in 1947. The film featured Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Bugs Bunny takes over for the Easter Bunny and delivers eggs to a few kids’ houses. After finding the kids to be a little too greedy, he tells the Easter Bunny he quits, but the Easter Bunny convinces Bugs to try a few more houses. That leads him to end up at the house of Elmer Fudd—a.k.a the “wabbit” hunter—and thus begins the classic chase between the two. One of the best Easter movies for a trip down Looney Tunes memory lane. For more laughs, watch the 100 funniest movies of all time.
Pieces of Easter
The storyline of this classic Easter movie is one we’ve seen played out before. A young executive, Alza, is traveling across the country to visit her family for Easter when her car breaks down. As a last resort, she ends up on the porch of a farmer names Lincoln who prefers being left alone. They strick up a deal and he drives her the rest of the way to her family. They encounter all sorts of crazy adventures all while butting heads and building a friendship. These are the best romantic movies of all time.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!
This Charles M. Schulz Peanuts special debuted on television in 1974, but it remains a watchable classic. In the spirit of the other holiday stories about Christmas trees and the Great Pumpkin, in this story, Linus, Lucy and the gang contend with the Easter Beagle. Nostalgic animation showcases a sweet story about egg hunts and friendship. The whole family can enjoy this timeless gem. Who isn’t in the mood for the lovable antics of Woodstock and Snoopy? These are the best funny family movies that adults actually love too.
The Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson directed this hugely popular story that chronicles the agony of Jesus’ final twelve hours. Gibson’s film moved audiences to tears during its initial run in 2004. It became an unexpected blockbuster taking in the largest box office gross for an ‘R’ rated film—a status it held until last year (when Deadpool took the lead.) James Caviezel gave a stunning performance as Jesus. The film is notable for its unflinching depiction of violence. Gibson’s intent was to bring audiences closer to the reality of Jesus’ suffering and to restore and bolster Christian faith.