Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus in the Christian world. This holidays are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars. This year’s Easter takes place from Good Friday on March 30 until Easter Monday on April 2 – making Easter Sunday on April 1, which is also April Fool’s Day.

And you know what? There are some movies related to this time of the year. Let us talk you through some of them. 5 classical movies related to Easter:

Ben Hur

This American epic historial draama film was directed by William Wyler in 1959 for Metro Goldwin Mayer. Charlton Heston starred Ben Hur, adapted from Lew Wallace’s novel Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It is a remake of the silent movie premiered in 1925.

The movie had the largest budget of any film produced at the time (more than 15 million dollars), and its chariot race is still one of the most famous sequences ever. It won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a leading Role, Charlton Heston.

Jesus of Nazareth

This British Italian TV miniseries was directed and co-written by Franco Zefirelli. It dramatises te birth, life and resurrection of Jesus and was starred by Robert Powell as Jesus. Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Lauruence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Anthoy Quinne, Rod Steiger, James Earl Jones and Peter Ustinov also starred this movie premiered in 1977, first on the Italian channel Rai 1 and then on the British channel ITV Network.

Quo Vadis

This 1951 American epic film made by MGM was directed  by Mervyn LeRoy. Quo Vadis,  Latin for Where are you going?, was adapted from the classic novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz. The film starred Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leon Genn and Peter Ustinov. Sophia Loren appeared as uncredited extra and Sergio Leone was one of the assistant directors. It did not win any although was was nominated for eight Academy awards.

The Passion of the Christ

We are getting closer to our days. This movie was directed in 2004 by Mel Gibson. Gibson also co-wrote it with Benedict Fitzgerald. Jim Cazievel as Jesus Christ, Maia Morgestern as the Virgin Mary and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene are the main stars. The film covers the final twelve hours of Jesus’ life and it’s been one of the most controversial movies. Shot in Italy, the dialogues were in Aramaic, Hebrew and Latin.

The Ten Commandments, 

Charlton Heston starred this movie launched in 1956 and directed by Cecil B. de Mille. It is based on different books and dramatizes the biblical story of the life of Moses, an Egyptian Prince who received the Ten Commandments from God. Yul Brynner is Rameses, Anne Baxter, Nefertiti, Edward G. Robinson, Dathan, Yvonne de Carlo, as Sephora are the main characters of this movie nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Have you seen them all? What is your favourite?