You’ve probably watched your fair share of Christmas and holiday-inspired movies, but what should you watch as we ring in the spring? There are a number of seasonal movies for spring and the Easter holiday, and we’re here to share our top picks.
The Spring and Easter Movies We’re Streaming
From rom-coms to animated films and musicals, this comprehensive list of movies has something for everyone to enjoy. All of these films are available for rent or purchase on Amazon or through streaming services.
1. Steel Magnolias
Where to watch: Steel Magnolias isn’t on Netflix anymore, so find it on Amazon Prime.
Featuring stars like Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Sally Field, Steel Magnolias is about the strengths and bonds of friendship. This movie is a classic no matter the season, but it starts off in spring in a small Louisiana town.
2. Peter Rabbit
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Looking for a fun and lighthearted movie? Peter Rabbit is the perfect option! Join Peter Rabbit and his sisters as they snatch vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden and face off with one of Mr. McGregor’s relatives. This CGI and live-action movie is great to watch with the whole family.
3. Christopher Robin
Where to watch: Netflix or Amazon Prime
This will take you back to the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh visits adult Christopher Robin in London, and together, they revisit Christopher Robin’s childhood world and find their friends. It’s not technically a spring movie, but there are animals in a forest, so it’s on our list.
4. The Gospel of John
Where to watch: Netflix or Amazon Prime
The Gospel of John follows the book in the New Testament word-for-word and includes Jesus’ miracles to his death on the cross and resurrection. These themes fit right into the Easter season, and you can also stream the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark on Netflix as well.
Where to watch: Netflix or Amazon Prime
If you’ve already seen Peter Rabbit, then check out Hop instead. Hop features a young rabbit named E.B. whose father is the Easter Bunny. However, instead of continuing his father’s legacy, E.B. goes to Los Angeles to follow his dream of becoming a drummer.
6. Rise of the Guardians
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
It might be Easter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your other favorite holidays in mind. Join Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost as they unite to defeat Pitch Black and keep children’s beliefs in the Guardians alive.
Where to watch: Like other Disney movies, Zootopia has moved over to Disney+. It’s also on Amazon Prime.
Zootopia is another movie that’s great any season, but we’re putting on our list for Easter and springtime because of the determined and lovable main character, the rabbit Judy Hopps. This fun film is perfect to welcome a cheerful spring, and children and adults will both find Zootopia entertaining.
Where to watch: Watch Chocolat with a Hulu or HBO subscription.
This romantic drama is about Vianne Rocher, who moves to a French village with her six-year-old daughter. Right at the beginning of Lent, she opens a chocolate store, and she and her store transform the traditional town.
9. Easter Parade
Where to watch: Amazon Prime, iTunes and YouTube.
Sing along to this musical starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. After Broadway star Don Hewes’ partner, Nadine, leaves for her own solo show, he tries to teach performer Hannah Brown the same dances Nadine once did. Though this doesn’t work out like Don imagined, he and Hannah fall in love.
10. Miss Potter
Where to watch: Amazon Prime or iTunes
Miss Potter should be on the list for any fans of Peter Rabbit. Learn more about Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit. This biographical film stars Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
What Other Movies Should I Watch?
If this list isn’t long enough for you, don’t worry. There’s even more to watch! Take a peek at some of Hallmark’s Spring Fever movies for extra seasonal fun.
Plus, don’t forget the snacks. We have plenty of sweet and savory treats for your movie marathon. If you’re looking ahead to warmer months, we even have recipes inspired by summer movies.
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This is a fun, kid-friendly recipe I pulled together a few years ago. My kids love helping me make these. —Jessica Boivin, Nekoosa, WisconsinGo to Recipe
Ham Balls with Brown Sugar Glaze
These smoky-sweet meatballs are a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty. I like setting them out when folks come to visit. —Janet Zeger, Middletown, PennsylvaniaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Traditional Hot Cross Buns
On Easter morning, our family always looked forward to a breakfast of dyed hard boiled eggs and Mom’s hot cross buns. I still serve these for special brunches or buffets. —Barbara Jean Lull, Fullerton, CaliforniaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Makeover Deviled Eggs
This updated version of a classic appetizer uses only half the egg yolks of the original recipe and calls for soft bread crumbs to help firm up the filling. We replaced the mayo with fat-free mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream. —Taste of Home Test KitchenGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Grandma Nardi’s Italian Easter Bread
My Grandma Nardi’s bread with dyed Easter eggs represents family and tradition. I fondly remember how she taught me the recipe when I was a little girl. —Pat Merkovich, Milwaukee, WisconsinGo to Recipe
Fried Prosciutto Tortellini
My take on Italian street food, these fried tortellini are crunchy, gooey good. For the sauce, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. —Angela Lemoine, Howell, New JerseyGo to Recipe
Fans of the classic Reuben sandwich will go crazy for baked pastry spirals of corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut. They’re so easy to make, and bottled Thousand Island dressing makes the perfect dipping sauce. —Cheryl Snavely, Hagerstown, MarylandGo to Recipe
Pickled Green Beans with Smoked Salmon Dip
I came up with this appetizer for my son, who’s big on delicious but healthy food. The lighter beans-and-dip combo has won over even finicky eaters. —Dinah Halterman, Harmony, North CarolinaGo to Recipe
Italian Ricotta Easter Bread
I changed our family’s traditional Easter bread by adding ricotta and a few other ingredients. The almond flavoring works wonders! — Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, PennsylvaniaGo to Recipe
We love hummus, and this version is really amazing. If you have a pressure cooker, this is an easy, tasty reason to pull it out! We pair hummus with fresh veggies for a meal or snack. —Monica and David Eichler, Lawrence, KansasGo to Recipe
For a book club event, I created pastrami roll-ups with cream cheese and a pickle. Those tasty bites quickly pulled a disappearing act. —Merritt Heinrich, Oswego, IllinoisGo to Recipe
Ham ‘n’ Cheese Biscuit Stacks
These finger sandwiches are filling enough to satisfy hearty appetites. I’ve served the fun little stacks at every event, including holiday gatherings, showers and tailgate parties. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New JerseyGo to Recipe
Marinated Olive & Cheese Ring
We love to make meals into celebrations, and antipasto always kicks off the party for Italian dinners. This one is almost too pretty to eat, especially when sprinkled with pimientos, fresh basil and parsley. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, PennsylvaniaGo to Recipe
Turtle Dove Nests
Inspired by the traditional carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” our Test Kitchen staff created these cute chocolate nests. With jelly bean eggs, they would make fun treats for Easter, too. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, WisconsinGo to Recipe
Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte
A line forms quickly behind this quichelike torte at family gatherings. The wedges are easy to eat as finger food, and it’s delicious hot or cold. — Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, WisconsinGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Easter Bunny Bread
With its toothy grin, lovely golden crust and tummy that’s perfect for serving dip, this charming rabbit is sure to bring a smile to guests young and old. —Taste of Home Test KitchenGo to Recipe
Onion Brie Appetizers
Guests will think you spent hours preparing these cute appetizers, but they’re really easy to assemble, using purchased puff pastry. And the tasty combination of Brie, caramelized onions and caraway is terrific.
-Carole Resnick, Cleveland, OhioGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Roasted Grape Crostini
A trip to Spain introduced me to its culinary treasures, like Manchego cheese and sherry. This appetizer always impresses folks who’ve never tasted roasted grapes. They’re amazing. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North CarolinaGo to Recipe
Apple & Cheddar Mini Scones
Because cheese and sage go so well with apples, I decided to put them all in scones. These mini treats make a fall weekend brunch, tailgate or party even more fun. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, WisconsinGo to Recipe
Crab Crescent Triangles
When friends who love crab were planning a party, I created this recipe just for them. These comforting baked bundles wrap up a cheesy seafood filling in convenient crescent roll dough. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North DakotaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade
When entertaining, I often rely on my pepper tapenade recipe because it takes only 15 minutes to whip up and pop in the fridge. Sometimes I swap out the almonds for walnuts or pecans. —Donna Magliaro, Denville, New JerseyGo to Recipe
Apricot-Glazed Bacon Spirals
Here’s a real crowd-pleaser for an appetizer table or brunch buffet. A whole piece of crispy bacon is rolled into each spiral. It’s so good with the apricot preserves, which make it a sweet-and-salty treat. —Kellie Mulleavy, Lambertville, MichiganGo to Recipe
Poppy Seed Cheese Bread
This easy-to-make bread goes well with a salad luncheon or a casserole dinner. But I especially like to serve it with spaghetti and pasta dishes. The cheese topping is its crowning glory! —Elaine Mundt, Detroit, MichiganGo to Recipe
Bacon, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese Ball
When it’s time for a party, everyone always requests this ultimate cheese ball—it’s such an impressive appetizer. And if you’re a party guest, it makes a fabulous gift for your hosts.—Sue Franklin, Lake St. Louis, MissouriGo to Recipe
BBQ Chicken Bites
Chicken bites wrapped in bacon get a kick from Montreal seasoning and sweetness from barbecue sauce. We love the mix of textures. —Kathryn Dampier, Quail Valley, CaliforniaGo to Recipe
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp
Cooked shrimp become something more extraordinary when stuffed with blue cheese. The mild flavor has mass appeal.—Amy Dollimount, Glace Bay, Nova ScotiaGo to Recipe
Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels
These quick appetizers are irresistible. The flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and pesto balance beautifully. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New YorkGo to RecipeTaste of Home
These tiny, tangy appetizers have broad appeal. I prepare them often for holiday gatherings, weddings and family reunions. They’re convenient to serve at parties since the sauce can be made ahead and then reheated with the franks before serving. —Lucille Howell, Portland, OregonGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Spruced-Up Cheese Spread
A neighbor who’s a wonderful cook gave me the recipe for this zippy cracker spread. It’s easy to shape into a Christmas tree for a festive occasion, but it looks enticing in a bowl or on a plate, too. —Judy Grimes, Brandon, MississippiGo to Recipe
I always get requests for the recipe for these canapes whenever I serve them. They’re delicate finger sandwiches with a creamy herb spread and festive red and green garnishes. —Nadine Whittaker, South Plymouth, MassachusettsGo to Recipe
Secret-Ingredient Stuffed Eggs
My take on deviled eggs is full of surprises. The down-home appetizer Mom used to make gets an upscale touch from mango, goat cheese and pecans. People love these tempting treats. —Beth Satterfield, Dover, DelawareGo to Recipe
Quick Focaccia Bread
Green olives complement this quick focaccia recipe for an easy pizza-like bread. With very few ingredients, it’s still packed with flavor. Serve the focaccia as an appetizer or alongside pasta, soup or salad for a mouthwatering meal.—Ivy J Laffoon, Ceres, CaliforniaGo to Recipe
Brie Appetizers with Bacon-Plum Jam
Among my friends, I’m known as the Pork Master because I love to cook just about every cut there is. These appetizers combine soft, mild Brie cheese with a sweet-sour bacon jam that has a touch of Sriracha sauce. —Rick Pascocello, New York, New YorkGo to Recipe
Bacon-Cheddar Potato Croquettes
Instead of throwing out leftover mashed potatoes, use them to make this potato croquette recipe. The little baked balls are yummy with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce or Dijon mayonnaise for dipping. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West VirginiaGo to Recipe
Sausage Mushroom Appetizers
These stuffed mushrooms are can’t-stop-eating-them good. For variations, I sometimes substitute venison or crabmeat for the pork sausage in the stuffing. —Sheryl Siemonsma, Sioux Falls, South DakotaGo to Recipe
I tweaked this bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe to please my family, and boy were they glad! For less heat, skip the jalapenos. —Debbie Cheek, State Road, North CarolinaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini
For a change from the usual toasted tomato appetizer, try this baked crostini recipe. If you like, slice the baguette at an angle instead of making a straight cut. —Leondre Hermann, Stuart, FloridaGo to Recipe
Petite Sausage Quiches
You won’t be able to eat just one of these mini quiches. Filled with savory sausage, Swiss cheese and a dash of cayenne, the mouthwatering morsels will disappear fast from the breakfast or buffet table. —Dawn Stitt, Hesperia, MichiganGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Holiday Appetizer Meatballs
These beefy meatballs are a perennial favorite at our holiday parties. You won’t believe how easy these holiday appetizers are to make. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, OhioGo to Recipe
These bite-size appetizers are a cinch to make with just four ingredients—even your kids can help you with them! —Jean Baffuto, Apache Junction, ArizonaGo to Recipe
Aussie Sausage Rolls
I was born and raised in Australia, but moved to the U.S. when I got married. When I long for some Australian recipes, I bake up a batch of this sausage roll recipe and share them with neighbors or co-workers. —Melissa Landon, Port Charlotte, FloridaGo to Recipe
Easter Egg Bread
I’ve made this Easter treat for 20 years! Colored hard-cooked eggs baked in the dough give this sweet bread such a festive look. Leave them out and it can be enjoyed anytime of year. My husband especially enjoys this bread with baked ham. —Heather Durante, Wellsburg, West VirginiaGo to Recipe
Sausage Chive Pinwheels
These spirals are simple to make but look special on a buffet. Our guests eagerly help themselves, and sometimes the eye-catching pinwheels never even make it to their plates! —Gail Sykora, Menomonee Falls, WisconsinGo to Recipe
Smoky Bacon Wraps
These cute little sausage and bacon bites are finger-licking good. They have a sweet and salty taste that’s fun for breakfast or as an appetizer. —Cara Flora, Kokomo, IndianaGo to Recipe
Roasted Vegetable Dip
While my children were always very willing eaters, I came up with this recipe to get them to eat more veggies and enjoy it. The dip doesn’t last long in our house. —Sarah Vasques, Milford, New HampshireGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Mini Sausage Quiches
These bite-sized quiches are loaded with sausage and cheese—and all nestled into easy crescent roll dough. Serve the cute muffinettes at any brunch or potluck gathering. —Jan Mead, Milford, ConnecticutGo to Recipe
Italian Snack Bread
I’ve served this snack bread alongside spaghetti, as an appetizer and as a main dish. Because it stays so tender, I often bake it a day before. —Joan Nowacki, Pewaukee, WisconsinGo to Recipe
Roasted Eggplant Spread
Black pepper and garlic perk up this out-of-the-ordinary spread that hits the spot on a crisp cracker or toasted bread slice. —Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania.Go to Recipe
Spinach Dip-Stuffed Mushrooms
I use a melon baller to hollow out the mushroom caps and make them easier to stuff. The apps fit neatly into muffin tins or a deviled egg tray for traveling. —Ashley Pierce, Brantford, OntarioGo to Recipe
Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread
This easy spread is based on several different relishes and spreads I’ve tasted or made before. I love the sweet and spicy combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, MichiganGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs
My daughter Sara loves spicy Buffalo chicken and deviled eggs, so I combined the two. Make and chill a day ahead so the flavors mingle. —Robin Spires, Tampa, FloridaGo to Recipe
Get the scoop on making a standout guacamole. A handful of chopped celery adds some fun crunch in this avocado dip—everyone’s favorite fiesta starter. —Catherine Cassidy, Milwaukee, WisconsinGo to Recipe
Zucchini Patties with Dill Dip
These crisp-tender patties are a nice alternative to crab cakes and taste very similar, thanks to the seafood seasoning. They always get gobbled up! —Kelly Maxwell, Plainfield, IllinoisGo to Recipe
Easter Bunny Rolls
If you’re planning an Easter feast, why not hop to it and roll out a bevy of bunnies? They’ll multiply quicker than you think…and your hearty eaters will “cotton” to them! —Bonnie Myers, Callaway, NebraskaGo to Recipe
Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip
When my family gathers for a party, someone serves this flavorful, creamy dip. Everyone loves its zip from the jalapeno pepper and the crunch of the broccoli. —Barbara Maiol, Conyers, GeorgiaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Stuffed Asiago-Basil Mushrooms
Even if you don’t like mushrooms, you will have to try them again with these pretty appetizers, which taste divine. For a main dish, double the filling and use large portobellos. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, OntarioGo to Recipe
Garlic Garbanzo Bean Spread
My friends and family always ask me to make it. I guarantee you’ll be asked for the recipe. —Lisa Moore, North Syracuse, New YorkGo to Recipe
Easter Bread with Orange Butter
This is a very old recipe I found in my great-aunt’s handwritten cookbook after she passed away. I love it with apple butter or orange butter, made by mixing orange marmalade and butter. —Sandi Pichon, Slidell, LouisianaGo to Recipe
Sage & Prosciutto Pinwheels
I love, love, love to make appetizers and I especially like this recipe because I can make the rolls ahead, freeze them, and then slice and bake when needed. —Kate Dampier, Quail Valley, CaliforniaGo to Recipe
Healthy Spinach Dip
I needed something healthy and low in fat to take to a get-together, so I experimented and came up with this dip. It’s packed full of flavor and color. Served with assorted veggies, bread or crackers, it’s always a hit. People ask for the recipe every time. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North DakotaGo to Recipe
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & 3-Cheese Crostini
Brussels sprouts for a snack? Oh, yes. Combine these roasted goodies with cheese for the ultimate toast topper. —Athena Russell, Greenville, South CarolinaGo to Recipe
Honey Horseradish Dip
We love having appetizers on Friday night instead of a meal, and during the summer we enjoy cooler foods. This surprising dip adds just the right amount of zing. —Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, WashingtonGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Pancetta, Pear & Pecan Puffs
I was recently at a wedding reception where the menu was all small bites. Here’s my rendition of the pear pastries they served. They’re the perfect combo of savory and sweet. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IllinoisGo to Recipe
Pickled Mushrooms for a Crowd
Serve tangy pickled mushrooms alongside a steak, as an appetizer with toothpicks, in a salad or as part of an antipasto platter. However you present them, you can’t go wrong! —John Levezow, Eagan, MinnesotaGo to Recipe
Artichoke Phyllo Cups
I wanted to create a bite-sized version of rich, creamy artichoke dip. These adorable phyllo cup appetizers were a total success! —Neel Patel, Champaign, IllinoisGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Greek Pita Spread
I first tried this at a family gathering and was blown away! I have since made it for my co-workers, and they just love it. I’ve gotten many requests for the recipe. —Joyce Benninger, Owen Sound, OntarioGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Parmesan Mushroom Tartlets
My easy tartlets loaded with a cheesy mushroom filling take advantage of refrigerated crescent roll dough. I think they’re best warm from the oven with a sprinkling of green onion.—Betsy King, Duluth, MinnesotaGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Pickled Pepperoncini Deviled Eggs
It’s hard to resist these adorable deviled trees on our buffet table. The avocado filling has pepperoncini and cilantro for extra zip. —Carmell Childs, Clawson, UtahGo to RecipeTaste of Home
Baked Crab Dip
We enjoyed this exquisite dip at my grandson’s wedding reception. It looks fancy but is easy to make. You can even make this crab dip recipe ahead of time by filling the bread bowl early in the day and chilling it until serving. Just remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. —Marie Shelley, Exeter, MissouriGo to Recipe
Sweet Italian Holiday Bread
This is authentic ciambellotto, a sweet loaf my great-grandmother used to bake in Italy. I still use her traditional recipe—the only update I made was for using modern appliances. —Denise Perrin, Vancouver, WashingtonGo to Recipe ⓘ