When Winter has worn out it’s welcome, we really start searching for the warm embrace of Spring. Let the snow melt and give way to the green, where coats and boots seem less required. And after surviving the polar vortex and a mountain of snow that seemed to never stop mounting, one could use a good dose of spring with a bright and colorful film that celebrates the season for all its vivid allure and the symbolism of rebirth. Here are ten spring movies to get you into the mood, even if snow is still on the ground.
Spring Movies to Warm Up From Winter
Easter Parade (1948)
Easter Parade comes next on our list of spring movies. Love can usually be found in the air once the snow has melted, enough to make one sing and dance their way into the season. Easter Parade features both with the fantastical dancing legend Fred Astaire taking a spirited Judy Garland under his wing to become the next big star of the stage. But could love be in the cards for them as well? Or will Astaire learn to let the woman go off on her own to be an accomplished performer? Only one way to find out. Watch Easter Parade on Amazon.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
The Judy Garland musical classic is a film for all seasons so why not spring as well? Garland plays one of four sisters living in 1904 amid the St. Louis World’s Fair. Over the course of the seasons, they learn about everything from the social interactions of the neighborhood around Halloween time to the sensation of falling in love. All of this proceeds with memorable musical numbers and vivid Technicolor that’s enough to get anyone excited and singing for Spring. Watch Meet Me in St. Louis on Amazon.
The Secret Garden (1993)
One little girl finds herself living with her uncle after the unfortunate death of her parents. She’s alone at first but soon discovers a hidden garden. With the help of one of the servant boys, she’ll soon restore the garden a beautiful sight once more. With a richly colorful setting and a charming cast, The Secret Garden is the perfect little escape to a world most green and may make one eager enough to hop into the backyard to turn it into a green wonderland. Find The Secret Garden on Amazon.
Though Bambi features perhaps one of the saddest scenes in animation history, it was quickly followed up by a transition to Spring as a time of rebirth. Flowers bloom and animals cavort in a joyous celebration of nature’s beauty, wonder, and love. Even the scenes before Bambi’s move into adulthood have a wonderfully springy tone, what with the catchy soundtrack of a rainstorm that sends animals scurrying for cover is both cute and clever. Watch Bambi on Amazon.
Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Teenage girl Winnie Foster finds that while she is growing up she has a fervent desire to spread her wings and escape the controlling nature of her mother. And so she goes on an adventure and a vacation away from mom by taking a trek through the woods. Accompanying her after she is lost in the woods is the kindly boy Jesse Tuck, who happens to have a very welcoming family as well as a unique secret. A wonderfully whimsical film to get one eager enough to venture out and explore the wild green yonder of Springtime. Watch Tuck Everlasting on Amazon.
State Fair (1945)
While taking in the Iowa State Fair, the Frake family is up to all sorts of antics. Wayne Frake plans to get even with a barker from last year but also ends up falling in love. Meanwhile, his sister Margie falls for a reporter. And their mom and dad are hoping they can win some competitions at the fair. Loaded with fun musical numbers, the film is a perfectly light and charming picture to put a warm sensation in your heart and tapping in your toes. Watch State Fair on Amazon.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Spring usually means Spring Cleaning, a household activity most don’t look forward to. But cleaning up doesn’t seem as tiring with the likes of Mary Poppins keeping things tidy and imaginative. The magical nanny brings some joy into the lives of the Banks children, delivering proper lessons amid peculiar magic. Only Mary could make Spring come alive with a trip into a cartoon world to brighten up a dreary day, something very much needed after the dreariness of Winter. Watch Mary Poppins on Amazon.
There’s a lot of astounding animation in Disney’s Fantasia, an animated music video anthology if you will. Even though there is a piece called Rite of Spring, that segment was about dinosaurs. A more Spring worth segment is The Nutcracker Suite segment that features the changing of seasons as various flowers, mushrooms, and leaves come to life. As with all the segments, it’s a far different interpretation of what the song was intended for, shifting from the Christmas setting of winter to transitioning between different seasons. Find Fantasia on Amazon.
A League of Their Own (1992)
When springtime comes with the start of the baseball season as training is underway. So how can we not include one of the best films about baseball history with such an inspiring and hilarious tale on our spring movie list? The film follows one of the first female baseball leagues when the men were off to war. The players include the sister duo of Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty), under the leadership of their grumpy and drunk coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). The women play their best even when there’s little hope among the many men running the games in this charming and inspirational true story that deserves to be told. Watch A League of Their Own on Amazon.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Finally on our list of spring movies comes Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. No film is perhaps as spirited about celebrating the great outdoors as this classic romantic musical. Jane Powell plays a cook who marries the nature-loving woodsman played by Howard Keel. When she comes to meet his family, however, she’s amazed to discover his six brothers that are all out of control. Can Powell fix their manners? She’ll have to act fast as the boys have begun trying to pick up girls in the worst ways. Find Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on Amazon.