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The Best Easter Movies to Watch this Spring

Grab some chocolate eggs and gear up for an Easter-themed marathon.
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These festive flicks will get you in the mood for the holiday.

Risen

This 2016 film turns Easter into a gritty, Game of Thrones-style period piece, with Joseph Fiennes starring as a Roman Centurion, Clavius, on the hunt for Jesus' body after it mysteriously disappears following his crucifixion. Cliff Curtis stars as the groovy Christ himself, in whom Clavius finds salvation. With incredible production value, gore galore, and Britain's finest actors, it's the Easter story by way of Gladiator.

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Easter Parade


A classic MGM musical from the Golden Age of Hollywood starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, Easter Parade is the perfect nostalgic escapism for Easter Sunday. The film takes place around the holiday, when a Broadway star and a chorus girl fall in love, and culminates with a proposal that happens during the Easter Parade, naturally.

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Hop

This family-friendly film from the creators of Despicable Me blends animation and live actors to spin the tale of the Easter Bunny and his son, E.B., who travels to Hollywood in search of rock n' roll stardom. Colorful hijinks ensue as he befriends Fred (James Marsden) and the duo team up to save Easter.

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The Last Temptation of Christ

If you really want to contemplate the existential nature of Jesus Christ and his sacrifices, check out Martin Scorsese's wild 1988 film starring Willem Dafoe as God's son, a simple man who makes the difficult decision to accept his calling in life. The film is a colorful, hallucinatory, uncensored depiction of that period as Scorsese imagines it.

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Jesus Christ Superstar


Maybe you prefer your Easter myth with more musical numbers. The 1973 adaptation of the Broadway hit was directed by Norman Jewison and features a hunky Ted Neeley as Christ. Those tunes will be stuck in your head long after the Easter candy finally disappears.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

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There's a Peanuts cartoon for every holiday, it seems, and something about spending a festive event with Charlie and his pals feels wildly comforting. This 1974 special features the "Easter Beagle" instead of the Great Pumpkin, who takes his form in the clever dog Snoopy.

Rise of the Guardians

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Another family friendly animated adventure, Rise of the Guardians rounds up all the fantastical fairy tale childhood heroes—Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, the Sandman, and of course, the Easter Bunny—to fight the evil forces that threaten to engulf the world in darkness. Hugh Jackman voices Bunnymund, an Easter-obsessed Australian rabbit.

Pieces of Easter

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Actor Jefferson Moore wrote, directed, and starred in this Easter-set flick, about a spoiled executive, Alza, who hitches a ride with a farmer to her family's Easter celebration after her car dies. This odd-couple road movie will be relatable for anyone who's encountered travel troubles trying to get home for the holidays.

Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!

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There's an Easter movie for every film lover, including those who get their kicks from low-budget slasher movies. Enter Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! a dark horror film about an innocent young man, his beloved pet bunny, and the rabbit-masked murderer who gets revenge on an evil, abusive stepfather.

The Ten Commandments


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This classic Biblical epic dramatizes the pre-Easter world of the Old Testament and the life of Moses—before Jesus came around. Charlton Heston stars as Moses, bringing the Ten Commandments down from the mountain, while Yul Brynner plays his antagonist, Egyptian Prince Rameses.

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