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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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Carly Kiel added 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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Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia, Paula Garcés - Released: 1995

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

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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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AndrewW.Curley added 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
beernbugs added 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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Renaissance Man Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito, Stacey Dash - Released: 1994

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

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

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Carly Kiel added 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
Bootsdad added The Principal Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Lon Harris added 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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bojanthebest added The Substitute Tom Berenger, Marc Anthony, Luis Guzmán

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algirdas-preisogolavicius added The Ron Clark Story Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson, Brandon Mychal Smith

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but chickens double d added Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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AndrewW.Curley added The Class Arthur Fogel, François Bégaudeau, Valérie Benguigui

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Carly Kiel added Bad Teacher Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

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The Chorus Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Didier Flamand

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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
Lon Harris added One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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Blackboard Jungle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
beernbugs added Blackboard Jungle Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis

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clash1977 added Teachers Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Laura Dern

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Chalk Dan Eggleston, Jeffrey Travis, Greg Wise

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

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but chickens double d added The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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

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beernbugs added Hamlet 2 Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, David Arquette

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beernbugs added Taps Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, George C. Scott

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

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beernbugs added The Hobart Shakespeareans Ian McKellen

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

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Guest_9c4f7d13-c35c-439c-a947-38912ff88a49 added Finding Forrester Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Sean Connery

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Teacher Movies
Guest_9c4f7d13-c35c-439c-a947-38912ff88a49 added Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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KittyBermuda added Call Me Mister Betty Grable, Dan Dailey

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

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Guest_9c4f7d13-c35c-439c-a947-38912ff88a49 added Music of the Heart Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Cloris Leachman - Released: 1999