The Best Easter Movies to Stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime
When it comes to holidays, Easter doesn’t get nearly the same movie love as Christmas. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some Easter-themed movies worth watching. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime have a solid selection of Easter-appropriate films you can stream this holiday weekend, from those that deal with the holiday’s religious meaning to family-friendly animated flicks with cute rabbits. Consider queuing up these movies when you sit down in from the TV on Sunday evening.
The best Easter movies on Netflix
Whether you’re in the mood for drama, comedy, or something animated this Easter, Netflix has got you covered.
The Bible: This 2013 miniseries brings to life “the Bible’s vision of human and divine history for modern audiences,” according to Netflix. The first half of the 10-episode series covers the Old Testament, but episodes 6 through 10 deal with the life and death of Jesus. The series was a dud with both film critics and Bible scholars, but audiences liked it.
The Life of Brian: For the irreverent, Netflix has Monty Python’s Life of Brian, a 1979 comedy about an unfortunate man born in a stable in Judea who keeps getting confused for some guy named Jesus. The film was controversial when it was released, but has gone on to become a comedy classic.
Peter Rabbit: This 2018 animated adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s tale isn’t specifically an Easter film, but given the close association between bunnies and the holiday, we think it counts.
The best Easter movies on Amazon Prime
This Easter, Amazon Prime subscribers can choose from a range of movies and documentaries that explore the life of Jesus.
The Passion of the Christ: Mel Gibson’s 2004 movie stars Jim Caviezel and Monica Bellucci and focuses on the last 12 hours of Jesus’s life. Though some people doubted whether it would succeed, it was a massive hit when it was released and became the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever. The film’s graphic violence means it might not be appropriate for younger viewers.
The Gospel According to Saint Matthew: Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini delivered this take on the birth, life, and death of Jesus in 1964. Pasolini, an atheist and a Marxist, hired non-professional actors for the movie, which follows the text of the Gospel almost word-for-word. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw calls it “brilliant and entirely unforgiving.”
Jesus of Nazareth: Another Italian director, Franco Zeffirelli, tackled the life of Jesus in this star-studded 1977 miniseries. Robert Powell plays Jesus, Anne Bancroft is Mary Magdalene, James Earl Jones is Balthazar, Ian McShane is Judas, Laurence Olivier is Nicodemus, and Christopher Plummer is Herod Antipas.
The Last Days of Jesus: For those interested in a new interpretation of the historical Jesus, Amazon has this documentary from PBS, which looks how events in Rome could have shaped Jesus’s destiny.
Amazon also has Easter-themed movies like Hop, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, Easter Parade, and Risen available to rent.
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