The television channels are playing a plethora of movies they deem to be the best to watch, but none as good as the top five movies to watch this Easter Sunday selected below. There are many choices that span the spectrum from funny, serious and religious. The list provided has a little bit of everything when it comes to entertainment. Some of the movies chosen are more family friendly than others so view wisely.
Jesus Christ Superstar – The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice Broadway musical tells the story about the final weeks of Jesus’ life through the eyes of Judas. The rock opera first appeared on the Broadway stage in 1971. Ted Neeley stars as Jesus; Yvonne Elliman plays Mary Magdalene, and Carl Anderson as Judas. The musical has many memorable songs such as; I don’t know how to love him and Jesus Christ Superstar. The album hit number one on the U.S. billboard charts in February of 1971.
Easter Parade – This famous movie starring Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and featuring music by Irving Berlin, was first released in 1948, and is still an Easter favorite to watch during the holiday. Easter Parade was the highest grossing movie that year. The movie tells the story about a seasoned dancer (Fred Astaire) looking for a new dance partner. He randomly picks a girl from the chorus (Judy Garland) and claims he can turn any girl into a top performer. The movie produced such hits as Steppin Out With My Baby and A Couple of Swells. The movie won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score in 1948.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown – The top five Easter movies to watch wouldn’t be complete without something with Charlie Brown and his friends. The Peanuts gang get together to celebrate Easter this time. After an unfortunate incident with missing Easter eggs, Linus tries to convince everyone the Easter Beagle will be coming on Easter morning with Easter eggs for everyone. A tough sell after the Great Pumpkin debacle. Snoopy pulls through in the end on Easter morning to save the day. It originally aired in April of 1971 on CBS and had aired annually ever since on various channels.
Life of Brian – The 1979 Monty Python classic is not a serious take on the new testament but a comedy about a man named Brian who is mistaken for Jesus due to poor directions and a visit to the wrong manger by three wise men. The movie stars and writers of the movie include the Monty Python troupe; John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
The Last Temptation of Christ – The controversial 1988 Martin Scorsese film stars Willem Dafoe plays Jesus, Barbara Hershey plays Mary Magdalene, and Harvey Keitel plays the part of Judas. Jesus is confronted with many temptations and sins throughout the movie that he must power through. Martin Scorsese received an Oscar nomination for Best Director, and Barbara Hershey received a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress depicting Mary Magdalene.
There are more than just five movies to pick for the top of our list, but Easter is only one day. The list covers something for everyone, humor, kid friendly, serious, religious, musical, and all of them creative and entertaining.
Opinion by Christina Thompson