The Top Ten
Chances are, if you have a sizable CD collection you own some great Christmas classics.
Now's a great time to start building your Easter movie collection.
Some of these films are kid friendly. Others are deeply spiritual.
Here are the top ten.
Hop is the story of E.B. the son of the Easter Bunny.
E.B. doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps so he leaves for Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer.
After a character named Fred hits E.B. with his car, E.B. pretends to be injured and moves in with Fred.
The result is one hilarious misadventure after another.
Hop blends animation and live action with brilliant color and captivating characters. It is directed by Tim Hill, who also directed Alvin and the Chipmunks.
#2 Easter Parade
Fred Astaire is heartbroken when his girlfriend and dance partner leaves him for a solo career. Don't worry. Judy Garland is there to pick up the pieces.
With 17 Irving Berlin songs, the incomparable vocals of Judy Garland and the brilliant choreography of Astaire and Anne Miller this film is definitely a hit.
Easter Parade is like a breath of spring air.
(1948) Easter Parade
#3 Ben- Hur
Judah Ben-Hur is a wealthy Jewish prince who is betrayed and imprisoned by his childhood friend Roman Messala.
Ben-Hur wins his freedom after serving as a Roman galley slave and seeks revenge against Messala.
The movie's timeline is set against the life of Jesus.
Charlton Heston plays Ben-Hur.
The chariot race remains one of the most memorable scenes in movie history.
Winner of 11 Academy Awards
(1959) Ben Hur
#4 It;s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts gang is getting ready for Easter. Lucy, Pattie and Marcie are busy decorating Easter eggs. Linus thinks they're wasting their time. He believes that, like the Great Pumpkin, the Easter Beagle will arrive and deliver eggs.
Could Linus be right?
(1974) It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
#5 The Greatest Story Ever Told
This movie was a flop with critics and audiences alike but it's worth a view just to see John Wayne as a Roman centurion solemnly drawling, “Truly this man was the Son of Gawd,”
Set in the American Southwest, this epic runs more than three hours.
The cast includes Telly Savalas as Pilate, Sidney Poitier as Simon of Cyrene, Shelley Winters as the woman who touched Christ’s robe.
(1965) The Greatest Story Ever Told
#6 King of Kings
Filmed in Spain with a cast of thousands this epic movie follows the life of Jesus.
King of Kings features Orson Welles providing voive over commentary throughout the move.
(1961) king of Kings
#7 The Last Temptation of Christ
Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and directed by Martin Scorsese this film was surrounded by conteversy when it aired. The Last Temptation of Christ portrays Jesus as very human. It shows him having sexual relations with a women and having a family.
William DeFoe is outstanding in his portrayal of Jesus.
(1988) The Last Temptation of Christ
#8 Yogi The Easter Bear
This animated film is great for younger kids. Yogi and BooBoo are called into action when the Easter Bunny is kidnapped. Enjoy the high jinks as the bears save the day!
(1993) Yogi the Easter Bear
#9 Adventure Series- The Story of Easter
This animated film follows the life of Jesus from his childhood to his crucifixion and rise to heaven.
It is part of Hannah and Barbera's Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible series.
(2006) Greatest Adventure - The Easter Story
#10 Jesus of Nazareth
This two part series stands out partially for it's remarkable cast including Ernest Borgnine, Michael York, Anne Bancroft and Christopher Plummer.
Jesus of Nazareth focuses on Jesus' ability to forgive the people who had harmed him and on the many miracles he performed.