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.

EASTER PARADE

Quality:
****
Age:
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.

THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages

THE SONG OF BERNADETTE is a very long classic movie from 1943 featuring Jennifer Jones in the role of Bernadette, a French peasant girl who sees visions of Mary, the mother of Jesus. THE SONG OF BERNADETTE is extremely well made, remarkable, and faith-filled, but some of the theology requires special discernment.

THE NATIVITY STORY

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
THE NATIVITY STORY tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in a dramatic, authentic manner. It is one of those very rare movies that brings the Gospel alive in a compelling, interesting, entertaining manner that shatters expectations.

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

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
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.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 masterpiece, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS has been restored and put on Blu-Ray. It tells the story of Moses and the deliverance of the Hebrews from the slavery of the Egyptians. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS is clearly a magnificent achievement in the history of film, with superb performances by Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, wonderful direction by DeMille, and a theological, biblical power.

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

Quality:
****
Age:
Teenagers and adults
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, Mel Gibson’s masterpiece, covers the time period from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Cross and beyond. The movie goes beyond most Passion Plays to highlight in stark, dark, and intense terms the spiritual warfare raging around Jesus Christ during His Passion. It is a must-see movie, beautifully directed and powerfully acted.

QUO VADIS

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
QUO VADIS is an epic presentation of the conflict between the paganism of Nero’s Rome and early Christianity, in a story involving a Roman general who falls in love with a Christian woman. This profound story of Christian martyrs is one of the all-time great epics, but it does contain carefully presented images of Christians being killed for sport in Nero’s Coliseum and thus needs a slight caution for young children.

KING OF KINGS

Quality:
****
Age:
Cecil B. DeMillie’s silent film epic of the last week of the life of Jesus.

THE ROBE

Quality:
****
Age:
All Ages
THE ROBE, the first movie released in CinemaScope, is a Biblical epic focusing on the Roman tribune put in charge of carrying out the crucifixion of Jesus. This powerful, redemptive story is similar to that of Paul who at first sought to persecute Christians but then became one.

BEN-HUR

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
BEN HUR ranks among the most honored of films, taking 11 of 12 Academy awards. This beautifully crafted film begins with the birth of Christ and demonstrates a journey of faith of one man, Judah Ben-Hur, who goes from prince to prisoner to champion charioteer to Christian. This is a film that every family should see and cherish as a defender of faith and Christian values.