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Most holidays have a long list of films devoted to them. Christmas has the classics, Halloween has the spooky favorites—so where’s the Easter movies? Sure, the holy day mostly revolves around hanging with loved ones, Easter songs, egg hunts, the Easter bunny, candy, Easter Bible verses, and outdoor games. If you ask us, settling down for a film either post-Easter brunch or after Easter dinner could be a new tradition the whole family could get behind.
Watching a movie after a delicious meal just goes together like peanut butter and jelly. That’s why we’ve done some of the work for you and put together our list of the best Easter movies out there. These films fit the bill for any audience—from kid-friendly to adult-approved, with at least a dozen on our list that will be beloved by the entire family. Whether you want something Biblically-focused (say, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Story of Ruth, or Risen) or just something with some Christian themes (we can’t recommend I Can Only Imagine enough!), there’s bound to be something on our list for you to enjoy.
Of course, we didn’t forget about the younger family members who may not understand every biblical reference or would rather be Easter egg hunting all day long. Their Easter lineup includes light, kid-friendly movies like Hop or Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade. (Oh, and be sure to check out our best Easter quotes and Easter jokes, too!)
The Easter bunny’s son, voiced by Russell Brand, is all grown up and pursuing a rock ‘n’ roll career in Hollywood in this comical coming-of-age tale.
2The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Based on a 1947 radio series inspired by the Gospels, this Easter movie depicts Christ’s life from his birth in a manger to his miraculous resurrection.
3The Dog Who Saved Easter (2014)
The Bannister family is going on vacation over Easter, but unfortunately, Zeus doesn’t get to tag along, and ends up at doggy daycare for the weekend. During his stay, a criminal comes in and tries to wreck the business—but the fearless pup steps in to save the day.
4Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Based on the Broadway play with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this rock opera details Jesus Christ’s last week on earth. Despite its tough subject matter, this dramatic retelling is rated G.
5It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
The Peanuts crew is back together for another holiday in this animated TV short. Peppermint Patty and Marcie attempt the art of decorating Easter eggs, while Snoopy searches for a new home for Woodstock.
6Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
The prehistoric characters from Ice Age set out on the world’s very first Easter egg hunt.
7Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade (1948)
A love triangle between dancers culminates in a proposal at the Easter parade in this box office smash musical.
8Son of God (2014)
Wondering why to take note of yet another portrayal of Jesus Christ’s life? Well, this one is a film adaptation of the ten-part miniseries The Bible—and it’s incredibly powerful and inspirational.
A classic religious film in its own right, Ben-Hur is especially relevant on Easter. In it, we see the life and crucifixion of Christ through his interactions with Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who’s been wrongfully imprisoned.
10Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
Who’s not a fan of VeggieTales? Introduce your kids to these cute fruits and veggies this Easter with Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie.
11The Ten Commandments (1956)
It’s one of our favorite biblical movies for a reason! The Ten Commandments is all about the way the world was before Easter even happened. Charlton Heston stars as Moses in this glorious, old-school film.
If you know your bible backwards and forwards, you’ll know that Barabbas was the criminal who was freed instead of Jesus. This 1961 movie follows his tale.
13I Can Only Imagine (2018)
This inspiring, true story behind the eponymous song by Christian band MercyMe is perfect for grown-ups and kids alike. It’ll bring you to tears and keep you inspired all Easter weekend.
This Darren Aronofsky film tells the story of—you guessed it!—Noah’s Ark. Based on the biblical tale, this movie thrills with great visuals and a cast including Russell Crowe and Emma Watson.
15The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
It’s not all pastel candies and bunny rabbits! If you’re looking for a more serious film, opt for Martin Scorsese’s 1988 film starring Willem Dafoe.
A modern take on Beatrix Potter’s 1902 Tale of Peter Rabbit, the movie Peter Rabbit isn’t specifically about Easter, though it does fit several of the holiday’s themes, including mischievous rabbits and blooming gardens.
17The Story Of Ruth (1960)
Enter into the life and times of Ruth (and Naomi), whose story is both unique and faith-oriented. Above all else, this is a tale of friendship.
18Pieces of Easter
Trying to travel home for the holiday, Alza Reese Bennett ends up being stranded thanks to some car troubles. The only person around to help her out is a farmer named Lincoln James who prefers to keep to himself. Together, they set out on an adventure to get Alza to her family by Easter.
19The Prince of Egypt (1998)
This now-classic animated movie tells Moses’ story—perfect for a biblically-focused weekend!—and features the hit song, “When You Believe,” which won the Oscar for Best Original Song. No surprise there: It was recorded by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
20Hank and Mike (2008)
Looking for an Easter comedy? Hank and Mike will fit the bill: It follows two unemployed “Easter Bunnies.”
Set in 33 A.D., a Roman man is given an assignment that will change his life—and the world—forever: find the body of Jesus Christ.
22Rise Of the Guardians (2012)
The Easter Bunny joins fellow holiday mascots Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost to save the world from an impending blackout. The Golden Globe-nominated film stars Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Isla Fischer, and Alec Baldwin.
23Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
The award-winning TV miniseries, starring Robert Powell and Olivia Hussey, with a cameo by Laurence Olivier (Nicodemus), is one the most popular film adaptations of the Easter story. It’s worth noting that the movie is rated PG for mild depictions of violence and may not be suitable for young children.
24Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)
The Easter Bunny’s successor, Peter Cottontail, saves Easter from a malicious villain in this claymation movie that inspired a 2005 remake.
When twelve wise men heard and spread the message of Jesus, one lady in particular understood it. Her name was Mary Magdalene.