Easter Movies

By | Mar 19, 2008

Not everyone like movies with religious overtones, but some of the best movies ever made deal with religion and the Easter story. One of the best of these would be the Greatest Story Ever Told produced in 1965 starring Max von Sydow as Jesus. The movie also had Charlton Heston as John the Baptist and David McCallum as Judas.

Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of Christ was released with the film’s dialogue being in Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew, with subtitles. One would think that this may keep viewers away, but the film went on to gross over $611,000,000 world-wide becoming the highest grossing biblical movie.

Watching it today Jesus Christ Superstar may seem dated. It’s a film made in the 70’s with the feel of the 70’s about a time 2000 years before. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and Tim Rice’s lyrics remains a joy to listen.

The story of Ben-Hur made with Charlton Heston in 1959 is simply one of the best historical epics of the 1950’s. The chariot race is a classic bit of movie making that may never really be reproduced again. The movie won 11 oscars, including Best Picture, a feat that’s never been bested with only Titanic in 1997 and The Lord of the Rings:Return of the King in 2003 equaling.

Another of the giant epic of the 1950’s is the The Ten Commandments. It doesn’t tell the story of Jesus, but has a part of it the story of the first Passover, a day that features in the Easter story since passover took place just before the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

But perhaps one of the best and to many their favorite easter movie has only a slight religious feeling and that is Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.


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