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The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film  

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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. And if you like these characters, be sure to check out our list of inspirational teacher movies.

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John Keating is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Dead Poets Society
2
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Good Will Hunting
3
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Disaster Movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
6
Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Mean Girls
7
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
School of Rock
8
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
BuddSizemore added 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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Terence Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Whiplash
10
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Kindergarten Cop
11
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
12
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
13
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
The Karate Kid, Part II, The Next Karate Kid
14
Mr. Hand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
15
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
16
Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added To Sir, with Love
17
Melvin B. Tolson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Melvin B. Tolson The Great Debaters
18
Annie Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
The Miracle Worker, Deliverance, The Miracle Worker
19
John Nash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
A Beautiful Mind
20
Bill Rago is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
clash1977 added Bill Rago Renaissance Man
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Professor Dave Jennings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
National Lampoon's Animal House
22
Louanne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
tk91si added Dangerous Minds
23
Coach Norman Dale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added Coach Norman Dale Hoosiers
24
Katherine Ann Watson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
Katherine Ann Watson Mona Lisa Smile
25
Arthur Chipping is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Teacher Characters in Film
RobLein added Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Goodbye