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List Rules 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 Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle - Released: 1989

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

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

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

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

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Dangerous Minds 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 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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Goodbye, Mr. Chips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Greer Garson, John Mills, Paul Henreid

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October Sky Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

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

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Renaissance Man Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito, Stacey Dash - Released: 1994

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

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Half Nelson 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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The Principal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
The Principal Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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

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

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

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The Substitute Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony, Luis Guzmán

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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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Bad Teacher Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

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The Class Arthur Fogel, François Bégaudeau, Valérie Benguigui

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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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The Chorus Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Didier Flamand

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Teachers Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Laura Dern

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Blackboard Jungle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
Blackboard Jungle Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis

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Chalk Dan Eggleston, Jeffrey Travis, Greg Wise

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

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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Hamlet 2 Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, David Arquette

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Taps Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, George C. Scott

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Up the Down Staircase Jean Stapleton, Esther Rolle, Sandy Dennis

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

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

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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Finding Forrester Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Sean Connery

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

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Call Me Mister Betty Grable, Dan Dailey

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Music of the Heart Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Cloris Leachman - Released: 1999