5 Best Easter Films – Guest Post by: Chloe Trogden

Posted: May 7, 2013 by jperritt in Reel Lists
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5 Best Films about Easter

[Note: This post was submitted prior to Easter, but was unable to be fit into the schedule] With Easter just around the corner, it is a great time to revisit some of the best films that have explored the importance of this special holiday. You can watch these films with your children to explain the significance of this important holiday, or you can watch them yourself to mediate on the themes and what they mean for your faith.

Though there are many great films that have been made about Easter, we narrowed them down to just a few of our favorites. These are movies that focus on the events commemorated in the holiday itself — the crucifixion and the resurrection — as well as those that explore the life of Christ, leading up to and including the crucifixion and the resurrection. Here are our picks for the 5 best films about Easter:

The Passion of the Christ

Mel Gibson’s controversial film is an emotionally wrenching exploration of the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life. The movie provides a brutally honest depiction of the crucifixion, including the harsh treatment and beatings that Jesus endured leading up to it. Many feel that the film brings home the weight of the suffering that Jesus endured and the great sacrifice that he made.

Jesus of Nazareth

Originally a television miniseries, this film depicts the full life of Jesus, using accounts from the gospels. From his birth to his crucifixion, the film explores all of Jesus’ life and ministry. The movie is critically-acclaimed and is considered to be one of the best about the life of Jesus.

The Robe

After participating in the crucifixion of Jesus, a tribune wins Jesus’ robe in a round of gambling. The man, named Marcellus, is then haunted by visions and nightmares and is wracked by guilt. He goes on a quest to learn all he can about Jesus, and he changes his whole life in the process. It is a moving account that will help many to renew their faith.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Max von Sydow stars as Jesus in this critcally-acclaimed film that tells about the life of Jesus. The movie, nominated for five Academy awards, takes its cues from information found in the Gospels, choosing a literal interpretation of the story.  An all-star cast includes Martin Landau, Sidney Poitier, and Janet Margolin.

The King of Kings

This silent but powerful film explores the life of Jesus, with a focus on many of the miracles he performed and on the relationships he formed. The story starts with the repentance of Mary Magdalene and it ends with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. It was directed by legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille.

There are many other great films about the life of Jesus and the sacrifice he made that you can watch with your family to reflect on the significance of the Easter holiday.

What are some of your favorite films about Easter or about the life of Jesus? Share your picks with us in the comments!


Chloe Trogden is seasoned financial aid writer who covers specific opportunities such as grants for college students. Her leisure activities include camping, swimming and playing her guitar.


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