11 Best Easter and Passover Films to Watch With Your Kids! (Photos)

I don’t know about you, but for me, Passover doesn’t truly begin until I’ve watched all of The Ten Commandments. It has everything you want in a biblical epic – a stirring story, lavish sets and costumes, special effects that are still impressive 57 years later, and Yul Brynner strutting around the palace declaring, “So let it be written! So let it be done!”

For families celebrating Easter, there are equally wonderful viewing options, ranging from sweeping costume dramas to the Peanuts gang receiving their eggs from Snoopy.

That’s what makes holiday films so special. We watch them only once a year, and we relive our own childhood memories as we see our own children enjoy them for the first time. It’s a tradition we cherish as much as dyeing Easter eggs or eating matzo and charoset.

Here are 11 of the best Easter and Passover films of all time. You probably have one or two of them already in your collection; why not check out some that you haven’t seen yet and start a new family viewing tradition?

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  • It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown 2 of 12
    It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
    If your kids never miss a viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas, you'll want to add this DVD to your collection. While Charlie Brown and his friends bustle with their holiday preparations, Linus tries to assure them that a certain egg-distributing pooch will come through with the goods. But will he face the same disappointment he did with the Great Pumpkin?
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  • The Prince of Egypt 3 of 12
    The Prince of Egypt
    Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes and Michelle Pfeiffer headline this engrossing tale of Moses' journey from rescued infant to deliverer of a nation. But what will really get your kids talking is the sibling subplot: Raised as brothers, Moses and Ramses are driven apart when one learns his true destiny.
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  • The Greatest Story Ever Told 4 of 12
    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    For many families, this spectacle about Jesus's life, death and resurrection is a must-see. Even the kitchen sink of odd cameo appearances (John Wayne as a centurion? Really?) can't diminish Max von Sydow's nuanced performance.
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  • The Ten Commandments 5 of 12
    The Ten Commandments
    At nearly four hours, this Cecil B. DeMille epic may be a bit much for the youngest viewers. But school-age kids will enjoy its campiness (Yul Brynner struts! Edward G. Robinson sneers!) while still learning the inspirational message of the Exodus. And the parting of the Red Sea still impresses, even in our sophisticated CGI era.
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  • VeggieTales: An Easter Carol 6 of 12
    VeggieTales: An Easter Carol
    Trying to help your candy-crazed kids appreciate the religious significance of the holiday? Here's a show that goes beyond the bunny. In this twist on Dickens, a profit-driven businessman - er, businesstomato - is visited by an angel who shows him Easter past, present and future. Along the way, he learns that the story of Jesus is more important than chocolate eggs.
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  • A Rugrats Passover 7 of 12
    A Rugrats Passover
    Chuckie, Angelica and the rest of the adorable toddler crew act out the Passover story to pass the time while they're stuck in an attic. ("Let my babies go!") The famous episode is hard to find as an individual purchase, but it's available on the complete Season 3 disc set.
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  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail 8 of 12
    Here Comes Peter Cottontail
    Alas, this 1971 holiday special never became as popular as Rankin-Bass's Christmas shows (like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). Luckily, it exists in DVD form for a new generation to discover. Here, Peter must reclaim his title as Chief Easter Bunny from the evil Irontail, and learns lessons in humility and responsibility along the way. Voices include Danny Kaye and Vincent Price.
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  • Lambchop’s Chanukah and Shari’s Passover Surprise 9 of 12
    Lambchop's Chanukah and Shari's Passover Surprise
    The legendary children's entertainer Shari Lewis may not be familiar to your kids - but she should be. Her holiday special tells the story of Passover (hold the Chanukah episode for later in the year) through songs, story and the hilarious antics of Lambchop and Charlie Horse.
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  • Hop 10 of 12
    Hop
    What happens when the heir to the Easter Bunny title doesn't want the job - but a human does? That's the concept behind this mix of animation and live action. (Never fear: Young E.B. fulfills his egg-delivering destiny in the end.)
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  • Shalom Sesame: It’s Passover, Grover! 11 of 12
    Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover!
    This episode from the Israeli edition of Sesame Street is perfect for young children just starting to understand the Passover traditions. While the kids are learning about the meaning of the Seder, adults will get a kick out of guest star Jake Gyllenhaal - not to mention the Broadway-style number sung to a Les Miserables tune!
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  • Easter Parade 12 of 12
    Easter Parade
    Sweeter than a basket of jellybeans! Gather the whole family to watch Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing and dance to Irving Berlin classics. You'll be tapping all the way to the dinner table.
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[Photos: via Amazon]

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