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

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle Released: 1989

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    Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor Released: 1989

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

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    Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Patricia Routledge

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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


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

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    School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove Released: 2003

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

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    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


    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


    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


    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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    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


    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


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

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    October Sky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    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) 15 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) 16 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Ryan Gosling, Denis O'Hare, Anthony Mackie

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    The Emperor's Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Kevin Kline, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Eisenberg Released: 2002

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    The Man Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Gaby Hoffmann Released: 1993

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    Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton Released: 2009

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    Take the Lead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan, Alfre Woodard Released: 2006

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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) 24 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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

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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 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Teacher Movies


    Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Didier Flamand

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

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    Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson, Brandon Mychal Smith

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    Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis

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

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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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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    Taps is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, George C. Scott

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

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    Patricia Heaton, Treat Williams, James Wolk

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    Up the Down Staircase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Jean Stapleton, Esther Rolle, Sandy Dennis

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    Hamlet 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, David Arquette

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer Released: 2006

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    The Hobart Shakespeareans is listed (or ranked) 39 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) 40 on the list The Best Teacher Movies

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    Per Morberg, Michael Nyqvist, Helen Sjöholm

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

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    Michael J. Fox, Roddy McDowall, Perry King

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