Timeless Easter Movies for Christians

Commemorate Christ's life, death, burial, and resurrection

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These Christian Easter movies commemorate in a passionate and powerful way, the life, mission, message, sacrifice, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Consider adding one or all of these memorable productions to your movie collection to watch each year during the Easter season.

7 Must-See Easter Movies for Christians

Risen (2016)

Risen presents a fresh perspective on the biblical events surrounding Easter. Seen through the eyes of a hardened Roman Centurion charged by Pontius Pilate with the task of investigating the disappearance of the crucified body of Jesus of Nazareth. The investigation leads Clavius, played by Joseph Fiennes, on a soul-searching journey that ends in a life-altering decision. The battle-weary soldier puts his faith in the risen Christ and finds the abundant life he's always longed for.

Son of God (2014)

Produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Son of God retells the life story of Jesus of Nazareth, from his birth, ministry, miracles, death, and resurrection. While in exile on Patmos, the Apostle John relives the saga of his first-hand journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ, who is played by Diogo Morgado. The epic film, an adaptation of the popular History Channel miniseries, The Bible, features powerful performances, exotic locations, and moving portrayals that are biblically sound.

Amazing Grace (2007)

The central figure in Amazing Grace is William Wilberforce (1759-1833). He is played by Ioan Gruffudd as the zealous believer in God, human rights activist and British member of Parliament, who battled through discouragement and illness for two decades to end the slave trade in England. In a time of personal crisis, Wilberforce is inspired and encouraged in his long fight to abolish slavery by the former slave ship master, John Newton (Albert Finney), who wrote the beloved hymn "Amazing Grace" following his conversion to Christianity.

The film, originally released just before Easter 2007, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the first anti-slave trade bill, and the ending of 400 years of slave trading. Rated PG.

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The Passion of the Christ chronicles the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Starring James Caviezel as Jesus and directed by Mel Gibson, the film was originally released in theaters in 2004. It is rated R for extremely brutal depictions of torture and violence. The film is portrayed in the biblical Aramaic and Latin languages with subtitles in English. It is not recommended for young children or for the faint of heart. The film offers an emotionally moving, painfully graphic reminder of the suffering and passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ at his crucifixion.

The Gospel of John (2003)

The Gospel of John is the story of Jesus as told through the eyes of his disciple, John. Starring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus and narrated by Christopher Plummer, the film was originally released in theaters in 2003. It is rated PG. The film focuses on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, offering a very human, intimate picture of the passion and compassion of Christ's three years of ministry. Christians will come away with an even greater appreciation for their Savior and the love that prompted his mission on earth.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

The Greatest Story Ever Told is a classic epic film, wondrously recreating the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem to his baptism by John (Charles Heston), the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper and finally his death, burial, and resurrection. Starring Max Von Sydow as Jesus and directed by George Stevens, the film was originally released in 1965. The fully restored DVD version features an all-star cast including David McCallum (Judas), Dorothy McGuire (Mary), Sidney Poitier (Simon of Cyrene), Claude Rains (Herod the Great), Donald Pleasence (The Devil), Martin Landau (Caiaphas), and Janet Margolin (Mary of Bethany).

Martin Luther (1952)

Martin Luther is a historical biography of the life of Martin Luther, the 16th-century German priest who courageously led the Protestant Reformation, changing the political and religious shape of the world. This special 50th-anniversary edition DVD features the film as it was originally released in theaters in 1952, including the story of the making of the film. Starring Niall MacGinnis as Martin Luther, the classic black-and-white presentation includes a tour of famous Luther sites. Martin Luther's strong faith and spiritual convictions have been an inspiration to Christians since the time of his life, all throughout history, and even today. Martin Luther reveals that people of radical faith and fearless courage can change the world.

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