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Whether you were a straight-A student or spent more time in the principal's office, chances are you had a memorable teacher. And if you didn't have one in your own life, you almost certainly did through the movies. The greatest teacher characters in film inspired their students – and sometimes intimidated them. These fictional teachers made audiences laugh, cry, and maybe even learn.

Read through this list of the best teacher characters in film, and you'll notice a wide range of scholastic specialties. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as seen in the Harry Potter films, boasted one of the most magically gifted faculties around. Professors Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape both appear on this list. Less magical, but no less inspiring, is Robin Williams's role as John Keating from Dead Poets Society. The iconic actor appears on this list again, as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting.

Some teachers are most memorable as strict disciplinarians. Take Terence Fletcher, the temperamental music teacher from 2014's Whiplash. He's the kind of teacher most students would be happy to avoid.

Now it's your turn to determine who makes the honor roll. Vote up your favorite fictional teachers, and add any characters that are missing.
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John Keating is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
John Keating Dead Poets Society

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9 2
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Indiana Jones Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Disaster Movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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11 5
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Dewey Finn School of Rock

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Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Sean Maguire Good Will Hunting

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9 5
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Professor Severus Snape Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

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Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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7 3
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Yoda Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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8 5
Mr. Hand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Mr. Hand Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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6 3
Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Ms. Norbury Mean Girls

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6 4
Professor Dave Jennings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Professor Dave Jennings National Lampoon's Animal House

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Mr. Vargas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added Mr. Vargas Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Coach Norman Dale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added Coach Norman Dale Hoosiers

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3 2
Annie Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Annie Sullivan The Miracle Worker, Deliverance, The Miracle Worker

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Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added Mark Thackeray To Sir, with Love

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film

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3 3
Bill Rago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
clash1977 added Bill Rago Renaissance Man

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3 3
Melvin B. Tolson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Melvin B. Tolson The Great Debaters

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3 3
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Detective John Kimble Kindergarten Cop

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3 3
John Nash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
John Nash A Beautiful Mind

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Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
BuddSizemore added Remus Lupin Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

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3 4
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi The Karate Kid, Part II, The Next Karate Kid

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2 4
Katherine Ann Watson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Katherine Ann Watson Mona Lisa Smile

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2 4
Alex Jurel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
clash1977 added Alex Jurel Teachers

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2 4
Glenn Holland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Glenn Holland Mr. Holland's Opus

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1 3
William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
William Forrester Finding Forrester

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1 3
Arthur Chipping is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added Arthur Chipping Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Goodbye

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Terence Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Terence Fletcher Whiplash

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1 6
Coach Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added Coach Calhoun Grease 2