TOP EASTER MOVIES


At Movieguide(R)  we’ve pulled together a list of movies that faithfully show the meaning of the Resurrection season.

Check them out, some of them you’ll recognize, some of them you won’t, some may even surprise you that they are on the list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. EASTER PARADE

Quality: * * * *     Acceptability: +2

1948: The bright and happy Hollywood holiday classic starring Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Ann Miller, with fabulous songs by Irving Berlin and directed by Vincente Minnelli. The “Easter Parade” ending would make a perfect transition to a more religious movie, such as THE ROBE or QUO VADIS, in celebration of Easter.

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9.  THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Quality:  ****   Acceptability +4

A powerful movie about the innocent, quiet strength of faith when confronted by doubt and opposition, focusing on the girl who saw a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, with an exceptional, angelic performance by Jennifer Jones.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  THE NATIVITY STORY
Quality:  ****     Acceptability +4

THE NATIVITY STORY is one of those very rare movies that brings the Gospel alive in a compelling, interesting, entertaining manner that shatters expectations. The movie references and quotes Scripture throughout. THE NATIVITY STORY has one of the best scripts ever for a biblical story. A sense of jeopardy is present throughout. The dialogue, the plot development, the turning points are refreshingly dramatic. Best of all, THE NATIVITY STORY testifies in every way to Jesus the Messiah and is clearly evangelistic without being preachy.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +1

2005: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, based on C. S. Lewis’s popular Christian fable, tells the story of four English children, who enter the land of Narnia, where they meet Aslan, the son of the Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea, who rescues the land from the evil White Witch. Despite some minor changes from the book, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE retains most of its Christian focus and is tremendously exciting, thrilling and redemptive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

A remake from a film he did many years previously, this Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic remains a favorite today. Christians like it because it is a Bible story. Jews like it because Moses is one of their heroes. Everybody likes it because it is masterful, engrossing filmmaking. Though not entirely biblically correct, it gives a powerful examination of one of mankind’s greatest leaders, superbly portrayed by Charlton Heston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

2004: Though the violent R-rated version is too strong for younger teenagers and other susceptible viewers, there is a PG-13 version of this powerful movie by Mel Gibson, with a striking performance by Jim Caviezel and a heart-breaking but ultimately uplifting ending that stirs the imagination and pierces the heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. QUO VADIS

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

This very Christian classic places Marcus Vinicius, played by Robert Taylor, between the tyrannical Nero, played by Peter Ustinov, and the beautiful redeemed Christian Lygia, played by Deborah Kerr. The movie includes a great explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by St. Peter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. THE KING OF KINGS (silent)

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

The famous H.B. Warner played Jesus in Cecil B. DeMille’s KING OF KINGS, still the classic of all movies about Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. THE ROBE

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

Starring Richard Burton, Jean Simmons and Victor Mature, this Hollywood Cinemascope spectacle is the story of a slave under the rule of Rome, who turns to Christianity when embracing the robe of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. BEN-HUR

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

Subtitled A TALE OF THE CHRIST, this is an epic story of a young Jewish man, Judah Ben-Hur, played by Charlton Heston, who lives at the time of Christ. When his sisters contract leprosy, he can either choose to hate the Romans or find healing and forgiveness through the blood of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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