15 Heartwarming Easter Movies for the Whole Family

Any of these flicks would be a fun way to wind down the day.

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DreamWorks, 2.0 Entertainment/Animal Logic Entertainment, 20th Century Fox

After a large, delicious holiday meal, nothing sounds better than settling down with one of these cute and funny Easter movies. If the weather's still brisk in your town, curl up with any of these flicks for an afternoon of family fun indoors.

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The Dog Who Saved Easter - Easter Movies
Lionsgate Entertainment
'The Dog Who Saved Easter' (2014)

After his owners leave for Easter vacation, Zeus heads to doggie day care. Everyone is having a blast until a trio of pets from the neighboring daycare try to sabotage the holiday. Will Zeus save the day?

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Easter Movies - Veggie Tales: 'Twas the night before easter
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
'Veggie Tales: 'Twas the Night before Easter' (2011)

In Crispy County, local cable news reporter Marlee Meade organizes a play to save an old theatre. The only thing missing? The star of the show! Star singer Cassie Cassava is performing at her hometown church's Easter service, and Marlee decides she would be the perfect lead in her play. She tries to steal her, perhaps for a moment forgetting what the purpose of Easter truly is.

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Easter Movies - Hank and Mike
Magnolia Pictures
'Hank and Mike' (2008)

After a series of cutbacks at their multi-national corporation, Hank and Mike are the first to go. Though their gig delivering Easter baskets to family only took place once a year, it was meaningful to them and their friendship, which they soon discover after the lay-offs. After battling debt, depression, and some obstacles in their friendship, they realize how much their one-a-year job — and each other — means to them.

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Easter Movies - Pieces of Easter
Kelly's Filmworks
'Pieces of Easter' (2013)

Arrogant executive Christina Karis has to get her home ready in time for the Easter holiday with her entire family. Stranded, she's forced to rely on the help of a reclusive farmer.

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Easter Movies - Son of God
20th Century Fox
'Son of God' (2014)

The powerful story of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection is revisited in a new light, making this the perfect post-church film.

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Easter Movies - Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Orion Pictures
'Monty Python’s Life of Brian' (1979)

Born on the same day as Jesus — in the stable right next to the Christian figure — poor Brian of Nazareth has to navigate the rocky waters of constantly being mistaken as Jesus.

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Easter Movies - peter rabbit
2.0 Entertainment/Animal Logic Entertainment
'Peter Rabbit' (2018)

Though not specifically about Easter, Peter Rabbit features plenty of the holiday's springtime symbols. Get your fill of bunny mischief with this modern version of Beatrix Potter's 1902 Tale of Peter Rabbit.

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Easter Movies - Annie Hall
United Artists
'Annie Hall' (1977)

Yep, this rom-com classic counts as an Easter movie — who can forget the famous Easter dinner scene? It's the tale of a New York comedian named Alvy Singer who falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. A hopeless romantic, will Alvy be able to woo her?

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Easter movies - hop
Universal Pictures
'Hop' (2011)

In in this comical coming-of-age tale, the Easter bunny's progeny, voiced by Russell Brand, pursues his rock-star dreams.


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Easter movies - Rise of the Guardians
DreamWorks
'Rise of the Guardians' (2012)

This one's Easter-adjacent. In it, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, and, yes, the Easter Bunny join forces to save the world. The Golden Globe-nominated flick stars Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Isla Fischer, and Alec Baldwin.

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Easter movies - Ben-Hur
Paramount Pictures
'Ben-Hur' (2016)

Want the Easter story with an entertaining twist? This classic depicts the life and crucifixion of Christ through the eyes of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who's been wrongfully imprisoned and encounters Jesus at various points throughout his life.

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easter movies - The Easter Egg Adventure
Funline Animation/Hatch House Studios
'The Easter Egg Adventure' (2004)

Even storybook towns have their share of crime. In this playful flick, the residents of EggTown search for the thief responsible for a recent break-in. Teacher Harriet Hare, voiced by Brooke Shields, saves the day after accusations go too far.

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easter movies - the robe
20th Century Fox
'The Robe' (1953)

Nominated for five Academy Awards and winner of three, The Robe stars Richard Burton stars as Marcellus Galilo, a Roman commander who wins Christ's robe in a dice game during the crucifixion. The artifact alters his life forever.

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easter movies - jesus christ superstar
Universal Pictures
'Jesus Christ Superstar' (1973)

A must-see for any musical fanatic, this rock opera is based on the Broadway play by the same name, which was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

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easter movies - jesus of nazareth
ITC Films
'Jesus of Nazareth' (1977)

A more straightforward retelling of the life of Christ, this award-winning miniseries stars Robert Powell and Olivia Hussey, with a cameo by Laurence Olivier (Nicodemus). Note: It's rated PG for mild violence and may not be appropriate for young children.

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