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LIST: Best Holy Week Movies to Watch in 2023

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Looking for Netflix Holy Week movies in 2023? Check out this list.

Holy Week is an important time for Christians all over the world, and this year it falls on April 2 to 9, 2023. As a Christian nation, many Filipinos observe this week with various traditions and practices. This week is a time of reflection, prayer, and renewal for believers.

Starting on Palm Sunday, people wave palm fronds to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. This is followed by Maundy Thursday, where the Last Supper is remembered, and Good Friday, where the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ are solemnly commemorated. Finally, Easter Sunday is celebrated, marking Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the triumph of life over death.

During Holy Week, many businesses and establishments in the Philippines close, giving people a chance to rest and reflect. Families often leave the city to spend time in the provinces or visit religious sites.

For those who choose to stay at home, Netflix is offering a selection of inspiring and heartfelt movies to help nurture their Christian souls. Here are some of the titles to check out:

1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The story portrays the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life, from his betrayal and arrest to his crucifixion and death. It depicts Jesus’ brutal suffering and intense pain, as well as his steadfast faith and forgiveness towards his executioners.

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2. The Ten Commandments (1956)

It covers the life of Moses from his discovery in a basket floating on the Nile as a baby by Bithiah, a childless young widow and daughter of the then-Pharaoh, Rameses I, to his prohibition from entering the land of Israel in the wake of God’s judgment on him at the waters of Meribah.

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3. Ben-Hur (1959)

Based on Lew Wallace novel, the movie describes the tragedy of a Jewish prince who was taken prisoner by Roman galley ships after being betrayed by a friend. Later, he is liberated again and prevents the death of his family by escaping from a leper colony.

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4. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

An animated retelling of the Book of Exodus, Egyptian Prince Moses (Val Kilmer), upon discovering his roots as a Jewish slave, embarks on a quest to free his people from bondage. When his plea is denied by his brother Rameses (Ralph Fiennes), the new pharaoh, a series of horrific plagues strike Egypt.

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5. Noah (2014)

Noah is one of the best holy week movies out there. When God decides that mankind has become too sinful and must be wiped off the face of the Earth, he assigns a great task to Noah (Russell Crowe), a devout man. Noah must construct an ark large enough to accommodate his wife (Jennifer Connelly), adopted daughter (Emma Watson), sons (Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, and Leo McHugh Carroll) and their wives, as well as breeding pairs of every animal. After completing the task, Noah and his family witness God’s wrath in the form of an apocalyptic flood.

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6. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

It depicts the life of Jesus Christ and his struggle with various forms of temptation including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust. The movie overall depicts Christ being tempted by imagining himself engaged in sexual activities, which caused outrage from some Christians.

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7. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Jesus of Nazareth dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

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8. The Robe (1953)

An american fictional Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that is responsible for the Crucifixion of Jesus.

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9. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

It is a retelling of the Biblical account about Jesus of Nazareth, from the Nativity through to the Ascension. With an ensemble cast, it is Claude Rains’ final film role.

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10. The Miracle Maker (1999)

It portrays the life of Christ, his experiences recreated using claymation. Starting with his birth in Nazareth, Jesus (Ralph Fiennes) goes on to meet and inspire his apostles, perform various miracles and reveal his teachings.

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Consider using Holy Week as a time to reflect and search inside as well as to rest. Because of how demanding daily life may be, taking a few days off is the ideal way to restore your relationship with God and with yourself. In fact, many people find that viewing films with similar themes might help them with their faith. – WhatALife! / Jayve

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