The Best Teacher Movies Films

The Best Teacher Movies

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List Criteria: Movies featuring teachers only

A list of the best teacher movies. These are films that focus on teachers, teaching, and the conflicts our educators often go through when trying to teach. We believe we've thought of them all, but if your favorite teacher films aren't on here, please feel free to add them to the list of the best teacher films. This teacher movie list includes all genres, although teacher movies tend to always lean toward "inspirational".

All types of schools are also included such as elementary, high school, preparatory, public schools, and colleges/universities. Best of all, a number of these films are based on real teachers. So if you're looking for inspiration and have respect for education, these teacher films are the ones for you.

What are the best teacher movies? Take a look here and see for yourself. There are some great selections on this list like School of Rock, Bad Teacher and Mr. Holland's Opus.


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    Dead Poets Society

    the people's #1
    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle Released: 1989

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    School of Rock


    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove Released: 2003

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    To Sir, with Love

    added by Carly Kiel
    Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Patricia Routledge

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    Lean on Me


    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor Released: 1989

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    Mr. Holland's Opus


    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard Released: 1995

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    Dangerous Minds

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés Released: 1995

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    Stand and Deliver


    Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips Released: 1988

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    Kindergarten Cop


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett

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    The Great Debaters


    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett Released: 2007

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    Freedom Writers

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    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton Released: 2007

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    Coach Carter


    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti Released: 2005

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    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith Released: 1993

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    The Emperor's Club


    Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg Released: 2002

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    October Sky


    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

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    Greer Garson, John Mills, Paul Henreid

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    Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Renaissance Man


    Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito, Stacey Dash Released: 1994

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    Half Nelson

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    Ryan Gosling, Denis O'Hare, Anthony Mackie

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    The Man Without a Face


    Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Gaby Hoffmann Released: 1993

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    Take the Lead


    Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan, Alfre Woodard Released: 2006

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    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

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    Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton Released: 2009

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    The Substitute

    added by bojanthebest
    Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony, Luis Guzmán

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    Bad Teacher

    added by Carly Kiel
    Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

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    Waiting for "Superman"


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    Teachers

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    Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Laura Dern

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    The Class

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    Arthur Fogel, François Bégaudeau, Valérie Benguigui ...

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    The Chorus


    Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Didier Flamand

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    Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis

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    Chalk


    Dan Eggleston, Jeffrey Travis, Greg Wise

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    Up the Down Staircase

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    Jean Stapleton, Esther Rolle, Sandy Dennis

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    Front of the Class

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    Patricia Heaton, Treat Williams, James Wolk

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    The Ron Clark Story

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    Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson, Brandon Mychal Smith

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    Hamlet 2

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    Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, David Arquette

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    Akeelah and the Bee

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer Released: 2006

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    Taps

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    Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, George C. Scott

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    The Hobart Shakespeareans

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    Ian McKellen

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    As It Is in Heaven

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    Per Morberg, Michael Nyqvist, Helen Sjöholm

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    The Karate Kid

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Hoosiers

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Class of 1984

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    Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King

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