15 Best Easter Movies to Watch on Easter Sunday
Get your Easter candy ready!
You’ve finished your egg hunt and opened your Easter baskets—now it’s time to watch a film. And while Christmas movies get a lot of the glory, these Easter movies are pretty great too. From classics like Easter Parade and Hop to newer animated specials and historical re-enactments, these Easter movies will keep you entertained. However you celebrate the holiday, there’s a movie on this list that will be exactly the right fit.
You can’t go wrong with this classic musical from 1948, starring the lovely Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. Easter Parade tells the story of a Broadway star, Don Hewes (Astaire), who, when his dance partner leaves him, decides to team up with the next dancer he meets, Hannah Brown (Garland). You’ll definitely get the music stuck in your head, with songs like “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “We’re a Couple of Swells,” and, of course, “Easter Parade.” It’s one of the most well-known Easter movies for a reason.
This 2011 animated film is fun for the whole family. In Hop, Russell Brand stars as E.B., the son of the Easter Bunny (played by Hugh Laurie). But E.B. would much rather play drums in a band than succeed his father as Easter Bunny. E.B. runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream and soon finds himself in a world of trouble.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
Is any holiday complete without a Charlie Brown special? In It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown 1974 special, the Peanuts gang is getting ready for Easter when Linus tries to convince everyone that the Easter Beagle will take care of everything. (But, of course, the Easter Beagle is just Snoopy in disguise.) I challenge anyone not to watch this special without a smile on their face.
This 2016 film takes on the historical side of Easter, starring Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, and Cliff Curtis. Risen tells the story of a Roman soldier, tasked with finding Jesus’s body after rumors of his resurrection surface. This is an intense movie that will have you on the edge of your seat at every turn.
The lovable James Corden stars as Peter Rabbit in the 2018 animated film based on the books by Beatrix Potter. Peter Rabbit tells the story of a mischevious rabbit with a penchant for causing trouble, and a particular appetite for stealing vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden. But when he mistakenly leaves his jacket in McGregor’s garden and goes back to retrieve it, McGregor suddenly dies. Naturally, Peter decides to take over his manor.
Pieces of Easter
If you’ve been missing the stylings of Hallmark Christmas movies, you’ll love this 2013 flick. Pieces of Easter tells the story of an executive who hires a grizzled farmer to help her get her home together before she reunites with her estranged family for the Easter holiday. But as they encounter an onslaught of mishaps, the two start to see something in each other.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a classic Easter story, so it’s obviously a must-watch. In this 2005 animated film, a bunny named Irontail loses out on the chance to become the Easter Bunny and plots his revenge. It’s up to Peter Cottontail (played by Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob) and his friends to save Easter.
The First Easter Rabbit
This 1976 animated movie puts an Easter twist on the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. In The First Easter Rabbit, a stuffed rabbit is thrown away. But when he’s rescued by a magical fairy, he becomes the first Easter Bunny. It’s one of those classic Easter movies modern kids will love.
While Zootopia isn’t strictly an Easter movie, it’s definitely a gem to watch on Easter Sunday. In this 2016 Disney animation, rabbit Judy Hopps (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) finally fulfills her dreams of becoming a police officer in the big city, she soon finds it’s not all that she imagined. She ends up teaming up with a con artist fox, Nick Wilde (played by Jason Bateman), to bring down a conspiracy and hopefully bring peace between the citizens of Zootopia.
Rise of the Guardians
In this 2012 animated film, Jack Frost teams up with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and (you guessed it) the Easter Bunny to save the world from the evil villain, Pitch Black. Rise of the Guardians has a killer cast, including Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, and Jude Law.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Charlton Heston stars in this 1965 Oscar award-winning film, chronicling the life of Jesus. The Greatest Story Ever Told is an epic and classic movie, perfect for anyone who wants to have some religion mixed into their Easter plans.
The Easter Egg Adventure
Starring the voice of Brooke Shields, The Easter Egg Adventure takes place in Egg Town, where the biggest day of the year is Egg Day, when all the Easter eggs are manufactured. But as the town prepares for the big day, a thief causes some serious mischief that could put everything in jeopardy.
The Easter Bunny is Comin’ to Town
Fred Astaire narrates this 1977 animated classic. In The Easter Bunny is Comin’ to Town, Sunny is a baby rabbit adopted by a the town of Kidville, a community that is populated entirely by kids. But when Sunny goes to the neighboring town to deliver eggs, he discovers some big trouble. (Astaire clearly had a thing for Easter movies.)
Hank and Mike
Hank and Mike is a 2008 screwball comedy that’s perfect for the adults to watch. When the fictional corporation that owns all holidays decides to make some cutbacks, two Easter bunnies find themselves out of a job, and their lives start to unravel.
The Dog Who Saved Easter
Who can resist a good family movie starring a dog? In The Dog Who Saved Easter, the Bannister family goes on a cruise and leaves their dog, Zeus, at a doggy daycare. But when the daycare’s rival tries to sabotage it, it’s up to Zeus to save Easter. And for more movies to stream, check out the 15 Best Sad Movies on Netflix for When You Need a Good Cry.
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