The Best Teacher Movies Films

The Best Teacher Movies

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle Released: 1989

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    School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    School of Rock Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove Released: 2003

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    To Sir, with Love is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    To Sir, with Love Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Patricia Routledge

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    Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor Released: 1989

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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Mr. Holland's Opus Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard Released: 1995

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    Dangerous Minds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés Released: 1995

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    Stand and Deliver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


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

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    Kindergarten Cop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Kindergarten Cop Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett

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    The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    The Great Debaters Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett Released: 2007

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    Freedom Writers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton Released: 2007

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


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

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    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith Released: 1993

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    The Emperor's Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    The Emperor's Club Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg Released: 2002

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    October Sky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    October Sky Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

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    Greer Garson, John Mills, Paul Henreid

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    Renaissance Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito, Stacey Dash Released: 1994

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    Half Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Half Nelson Ryan Gosling, Denis O'Hare, Anthony Mackie

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    Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    The Man Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Gaby Hoffmann Released: 1993

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    Take the Lead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Take the Lead Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan, Alfre Woodard Released: 2006

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    Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton Released: 2009

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    The Substitute is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony, Luis Guzmán

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    Bad Teacher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Bad Teacher Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

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    Teachers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Laura Dern

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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    The Class is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    The Class Arthur Fogel, François Bégaudeau, Valérie Benguigui ...

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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    The Ron Clark Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    The Ron Clark Story Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson, Brandon Mychal Smith

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    The Chorus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Didier Flamand

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    Blackboard Jungle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Blackboard Jungle Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis

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    Chalk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Dan Eggleston, Jeffrey Travis, Greg Wise

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    Up the Down Staircase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Jean Stapleton, Esther Rolle, Sandy Dennis

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    Front of the Class is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Front of the Class Patricia Heaton, Treat Williams, James Wolk

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    Hamlet 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, David Arquette

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    Taps is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, George C. Scott

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    Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Akeelah and the Bee Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer Released: 2006

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    The Hobart Shakespeareans is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Ian McKellen

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    As It Is in Heaven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    As It Is in Heaven Per Morberg, Michael Nyqvist, Helen Sjöholm

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Class of 1984 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Class of 1984 Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King

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