Teacher movies

by XoAllyKattoX | created - 27 Jan 2012 | updated - 21 Jul 2012 | Public

In no particular order, these are films about schools, teachers, school problems, or the teaching profession. This is open to revision if there are any I miss (I am certain there are).

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1. Dangerous Minds (1995)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett

Votes: 41,329 | Gross: $84.92M

2. Freedom Writers (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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64 Metascore

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

Votes: 57,510 | Gross: $36.61M

3. The History Boys (2006)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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74 Metascore

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Clive Merrison, Samuel Anderson

Votes: 18,684 | Gross: $2.71M

4. Music of the Heart (1999)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Music

6.8
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54 Metascore

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer, Michael Angarano

Votes: 10,710 | Gross: $14.86M

5. Detachment (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

7.7
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52 Metascore

A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu

Votes: 63,877 | Gross: $0.07M

6. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

7.4
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The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North

Votes: 15,568 | Gross: $31.91M

7. The Emperor's Club (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

6.9
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49 Metascore

An idealistic prep school teacher attempts to redeem an incorrigible student.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Joel Gretsch, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 15,184 | Gross: $14.06M

8. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

7.5
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81 Metascore

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz

Votes: 10,027 | Gross: $6.41M

9. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 310,690 | Gross: $95.86M

10. October Sky (1999)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.8
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71 Metascore

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

Votes: 70,119 | Gross: $32.48M

11. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.7
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53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 245,507 | Gross: $255.96M

12. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.3
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79 Metascore

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

Votes: 94,357 | Gross: $47.40M

13. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 78,321 | Gross: $14.88M

14. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 146,434 | Gross: $17.11M

15. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 274,051 | Gross: $86.06M

16. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

7.4
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85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 138,951 | Gross: $33.80M

17. Elephant (2003)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

Votes: 75,735 | Gross: $1.23M

18. Thirteen (2003)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.8
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70 Metascore

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens

Votes: 72,708 | Gross: $4.60M

19. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Music

7.3
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59 Metascore

A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 31,817 | Gross: $82.57M

20. Notes on a Scandal (2006)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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73 Metascore

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 67,778 | Gross: $17.51M

21. Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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27 Metascore

A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux

Votes: 14,184 | Gross: $35.66M

22. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

6.4
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45 Metascore

A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 66,567 | Gross: $63.86M

23. Fame (2009)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.0
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39 Metascore

An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Director: Kevin Tancharoen | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Megan Mullally, Kay Panabaker

Votes: 14,791 | Gross: $22.46M

24. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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72 Metascore

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd

Votes: 305,187 | Gross: $58.40M

25. St. Trinian's (2007)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Family

5.8
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39 Metascore

In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their tails.

Directors: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson | Stars: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Jodie Whittaker

Votes: 19,441

26. One Eight Seven (1997)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

6.7
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High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 19,389 | Gross: $5.72M