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The Best Movies For and About Teachers, Ranked

Updated June 22, 2020 3.1k votes 794 voters 70.7k views55 items

List RulesMovies 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
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

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    Stand and Deliver
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    Stand and Deliver

    Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos

    Released1988

    Directed byRamón Menéndez

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    Lean on Me
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    Lean on Me

    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Mr. Holland's Opus
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

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    School of Rock
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    To Sir, with Love
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    To Sir, with Love

    Sidney Poitier, Lulu

    Released1967

    Directed byJames Clavell

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    Dangerous Minds
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    Dangerous Minds

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Andy Garcia

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn N. Smith

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    Coach Carter
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

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    Kindergarten Cop
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    Kindergarten Cop

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable

    Released1990

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Freedom Writers
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    Freedom Writers

    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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    The Chorus
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    The Chorus

    Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin

    Released2004

    Directed byChristophe Barratier

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    The Kindergarten Teacher
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    The Kindergarten Teacher

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak

    Released2018

    Directed bySara Colangelo

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    The Ron Clark Story
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    The Ron Clark Story

    Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson

    Released2006

    Directed byRanda Haines

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    The Class
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    The Class

    Arthur Fogel, François Bégaudeau

    Released2008

    Directed byLaurent Cantet

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    The Great Debaters
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    The Great Debaters

    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker

    Released2007

    Directed byDenzel Washington

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    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
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    Released2009

    Directed byLee Daniels

    Released: 2009
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    The Karate Kid
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Hoosiers
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill

    Released1993

    Directed byBill Duke

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    Remember the Titans
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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Half Nelson
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    Ryan Gosling, Denis O'Hare

    Released2006

    Directed byRyan Fleck

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    Akeelah and the Bee
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    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byDoug Atchison

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    Take the Lead
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    Take the Lead

    Antonio Banderas, Jenna Dewan

    Released2006

    Directed byLiz Friedlander

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    The Miracle Worker
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    Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke

    Released1962

    Directed byArthur Penn

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    Renaissance Man
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    Renaissance Man

    Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito

    Released1994

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Released: 1994
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