The Passion of the Christ and other great Easter films

Easter is almost upon us and although commercialized Easter involves Easter bunnies, colored eggs, chocolate, candies and everyone’s favorite sweets, peeps, for many people, Easter is a religious holiday. In fact, many Christians believe that Easter is the most important holiday in the church, just before Christmas. This is because Easter celebrates the resurrection of the resurrected Lord Jesus after suffering an excruciating crucifixion on Good Friday, three days before. Whether religious or not, many people still celebrate Easter as a day to spend time with family and friends, with some looking for the best movies to watch on Easter.

For practicing believers, Jesus is at the center of Easter. Therefore, they often reflect on his life and death, and the sacrifice he made to save mankind by dying a painful death on the cross. One way to do that would be to watch a movie that highlights those things. Jesus is a popular historical figure and Hollywood likes to tell stories of personalities. It is therefore not surprising that there have been a large number of films about the life of Jesus. Additionally, there have been several great shows depicting the life of Jesus such as The chosen or Jesus of Nazareth, but today we look at some of the greatest resurrected Christ movies to watch for the Easter season.

6 Jesus Christ Superstar


Jesus Christ Superstar
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“Jesus Christ. Superstar. You think you are what they say you are?” Take a musical tour with Jesus as you explore his life and death and experience biblical scenes like The Last Supper, Jesus’ whipping and scourging, and His crucifixion in an entirely new way. Based on the popular rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar explores the relationship and conflict of Judas and Jesus leading to their death. However, unlike several other entries on this list, Jesus Christ Superstar ends with the crucifixion and omits the resurrection which was a big part of his story and his quest to save the human race (and literally what Easter commemorates). Instead, the musical ends with more questions than answers. “Jesus Christ. Who are you? What did you sacrifice?”


5 kill jesus


Jesus walks through the crowd in Killing Jesus

National Geographic Channel

Based on the best-selling novel by political commentator and writer Bill O’Reilly, kill jesus gives a detailed account of the background to Jesus’ life and the political conspiracy that surrounded his death. Unlike most accounts of the life of Jesus, this story focuses primarily on the political, social, and historical conflicts that occurred during the Roman Empire that ultimately led to Christ’s execution.

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As is the case with most book-to-film adaptations, the book was better received than the film, with many book reviewers praising it for its thought-provoking content and objective, factual point of view, as it explained the political unrest at the time. . However, that doesn’t mean the movie isn’t worth watching, as it contains all the same facts as the book.


4 God’s Son


The cast of Son of God rejoices around Jesus in the center
20th century fox

Based on the Ten Hour Miniseries The Bible broadcast on the History channel in March 2013, God’s Son hit theaters in February 2014 to mixed reviews. Christians praised it while critics called it too boring. The film is an accurate depiction of Jesus, consistent with the New Testament accounts, but has a much more family version of Jesus’ crucifixion compared to The passion of Christ, which is a very violent and heartbreaking portrayal.

The story is told from John’s perspective and follows the birth, life and death of Jesus. God’s Son contains a powerful resurrection sequence, which beautifully displays God’s love and mercy, ending the film on a positive and uplifting note. Overall, the film is a strong reminder of Jesus’ undying love for all of his people and why Easter is so special for over two billion people.


3 The greatest story ever told


The greatest story ever told
United Artists

With a record time of 4 hours and 20 minutes, The greatest story ever told is the most comprehensive account of the life of Jesus on this list and one of the most detailed versions in movie history. The film provides detailed insight into key events in the life of Jesus such as his birth, King Herod’s (Claude Rains) execution of all newborn male infants in Egypt, Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist (Charlton Heston) and the betrayal of Jesus. by Judas after the Last Supper which leads to his crucifixion. Besides, The greatest story ever told has a star-studded cast including Max von Sydow as Jesus of Nazareth, Dorothy McGuire as the Virgin Mary, and even John Wayne as the Roman Centurion. The film was unfortunately a huge box office failure, but was later nominated for five Oscars.

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2 Resurrected


Resurrected
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Resurrected tells the story of Jesus through the eyes of an unbeliever. After serving in the Roman army for 25 years, Clavius ​​(Joseph Fiennes) has witnessed much death and destruction. He is tasked with hastening a crucifixion and does not think about it when he arrives and witnesses its conclusion. However, three days later Clavius ​​is assigned to investigate the rumors surrounding the mysterious resurrection of one of the recently crucified men. This task leads him on a journey to uncover the truth behind the resurrected Yeshua, the Messiah, and his message of love and forgiveness. Resurrected features an outstanding, layered performance from Fiennes, who struggles to understand the truth while remaining true to his Roman beliefs. In the end, Clavius ​​gives up his job as a Roman soldier to walk the path of peace and follow Yeshua the Messiah.


1 The passion of Christ


The passion of Christ
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The passion of Christ takes the top spot on this list for several reasons. First, it’s the highest-grossing christian film to date, grossing $370,782,930 at the box office. Second, although the film can be extremely violent and difficult to watch, its violence has a purpose and is intended to accurately portray the hardships Jesus faced in his final hours and his undying love for humanity, which led to his harrowing crucifixion, depicted harrowingly by Jim Caviezel.

Additionally, the film is historically accurate in terms of language, as the film’s dialogue is entirely in reconstructed Hebrew, Latin, and Aramaic, with English subtitles. This makes the story the only American Jesus film to be in a language other than English. The setting, clothing, graphic violence, and authentic dialogue all help to make the film feel as real as possible. The passion of Christ is hard to digest, as it focuses primarily on the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life, leading up to his torture and death, and then ending with his resurrection. So, that makes it the perfect movie to watch on Good Friday in preparation for Easter.

Although the resurrection is only briefly mentioned near the end of the film, Mel Gibson follows up, aptly titled Resurrectionand even 20 years later, Caviezel thinks it will be “the greatest movie in the history of the world”.


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