Top 80 Professor/Schoolteacher Movies

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1.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
2.
Madadayo (1993)
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Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students. (134 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
3.
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future. (156 mins.)
 
4.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
5.
Bigger Than Life (1956)
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A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
6.
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
7.
A Serious Man (2009)
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Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
 
8.
A Single Man (2009)
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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
 
9.
Central Station (1998)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
10.
Precious (2009)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
11.
Wonder Boys (2000)
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An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. (107 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
12.
About Elly (2009)
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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (119 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
13.
Freedom Writers (2007)
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A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. (123 mins.)
 
14.
Election (1999)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
15.
Stand and Deliver (1988)
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The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. (103 mins.)
Director: Ramon Menendez
 
16.
Bad Education (2004)
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An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
 
17.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
 
18.
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
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James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay... (119 mins.)
Director: Randa Haines
 
19.
The Class (2008)
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Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (128 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
20.
The Miracle (2015)
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1960s Turkey countryside. A newly assigned teacher finds out that the solitary village is missing a school... (136 mins.)
 
21.
Black (2005)
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The cathartic tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl, and her teacher who brings a ray of light into her world of BLACK. (122 mins.)
 
22.
Philanthropy (2002)
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Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money. (110 mins.)
Director: Nae Caranfil
 
23.
Small Change (1976)
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention... (104 mins.)
 
24.
The Class (2007)
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An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed. (99 mins.)
Director: Ilmar Raag
 
25.
Wake in Fright (1971)
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After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
26.
Detachment (2011)
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A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
27.
The Sublime and Beautiful (2014)
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David Conrad is a college professor and sometimes philanderer raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly... (93 mins.)
Director: Blake Robbins
 
28.
The Great Debaters (2007)
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A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. (126 mins.)
 
29.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
30.
People Places Things (2015)
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Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full of students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him. (85 mins.)
Director: Jim Strouse
 
31.
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be lazy and a trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school. (165 mins.)
Director: Aamir Khan
 
32.
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
 
33.
Arlington Road (1999)
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A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Pellington
 
34.
The Country Teacher (2008)
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Petr, youthful, quiet, and sensitive, comes from Prague to teach natural science in a country town.... (117 mins.)
Director: Bohdan Sláma
 
35.
If.... (1968)
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England. (111 mins.)
 
36.
Not One Less (1999)
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In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl... (106 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
37.
It All Starts Today (1999)
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Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production... (117 mins.)
 
38.
The Wave (2008)
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A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
 
39.
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
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A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
40.
In the House (2012)
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A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family. (105 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
41.
One Eight Seven (1997)
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After surviving a brutal attack (Instrument used was a board with nails in it) by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles. (119 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
42.
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
43.
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
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The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy. (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Brown
 
44.
The Teacher's Diary (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
It follows the story of two lonely teachers, a male and a female. They were assigned at the same rural school but a year apart...
 
45.
Butterfly (1999)
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For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque... (96 mins.)
 
46.
Gyeongju (2014)
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A Beijing professor returns to his stomping grounds for a friend's funeral. Reflecting on the past, he meets a tea shop owner who sparks feelings of love in a time of pain. (145 mins.)
Director: Lu Zhang
 
47.
The Browning Version (1951)
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Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband. (90 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
48.
Imagine (2012)
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A blind teacher breaks the rules to help a female student rediscover the pleasures of life. (105 mins.)
 
49.
Lean on Me (1989)
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The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve. (108 mins.)
 
50.
Conducta (2014)
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Aging teacher Carmela has a special heart for pupils from broken families, is challenged by the headmaster for this. The poor 12 year old Chala and Yeni, in which he is infatuated has both severe troubles on home ground. (108 mins.)
Director: Ernesto Daranas
 
51.
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
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A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher. (143 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
52.
Pas son genre (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Clément, a young philosophy teacher from Paris is sent to Arras for a year. He meets Jennifer, a pretty hair-stylist... (111 mins.)
Director: Lucas Belvaux
 
53.
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
54.
Blackboards (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran... (88 mins.)
 
55.
Conversation Piece (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reclusive, retired professor is faced with confronting modernity when a group of vulgar youths, led by an obnoxious marchesa, take up residence in his unused upper residence. (126 mins.)
 
56.
Far from Men (2014)
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Algeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. (101 mins.)
Director: David Oelhoffen
 
57.
The Willow Tree (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before? (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
58.
The Fencer (2015)
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Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice. (93 mins.)
Director: Klaus Härö
 
59.
My Father's Glory (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young boy's life in turn-of-the-century France. Marcel, witnesses the success of his teacher father... (105 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
 
60.
Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box. (96 mins.)
Director: Amole Gupte
 
61.
People Places Things (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full of students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him. (85 mins.)
Director: Jim Strouse
 
62.
Paris of the North (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Hugi is a teacher in a small and remote village in the east of iceland (population 169). He is quite content by himself among the mountains... (98 mins.)
 
63.
Unexpected (2015)
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An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies. (90 mins.)
Director: Kris Swanberg
 
64.
Accident (1967)
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At Oxford, Austrian student Anna is dating fellow student William whom she plans to marry but she ends up sleeping with two unhappily married Oxford professors instead. (105 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
65.
Grand Slam (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After retirement, Professor James Anders presents criminal Mark Milford an elaborate plan to rob a diamond... (121 mins.)
 
66.
The Historian (2014)
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A troubled, young history professor tries to escape his past by taking a job at a new university, where... (124 mins.)
Director: Miles Doleac
 
67.
Ragbar (1972)
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A well educated and humble teacher arrives in a new city and at a new job in the pre-revolutionary Iran... (128 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
68.
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013)
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In Spain in 1966, an English teacher picks up two hitchhikers on his quest to meet John Lennon. (108 mins.)
Director: David Trueba
 
69.
The Official Story (1985)
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After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is. (112 mins.)
Director: Luis Puenzo
 
70.
The Lesson (2014)
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In a small Bulgarian town Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out herself? (111 mins.)
 
71.
The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)
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A high school science teacher builds an atomic bomb and uses it to extort the nation, but cannot decide what he wants. Meanwhile, a determined cop is catching up to him, as is radiation poisoning. (147 mins.)
 
72.
Once in a Lifetime (2014)
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The fact based story of a class of schoolchildren, teenagers, in a, from the look of it, mixed ethnic district of Paris... (105 mins.)
 
73.
July Rhapsody (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Yiu-Kwok is a high school teacher, having a perfect family. Good times don't last long, when a student... (103 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
74.
The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (2013)
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Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka... (120 mins.)
 
75.
Still Alice (2014)
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A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. (101 mins.)
 
76.
Disgrace (2008)
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After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics. (119 mins.)
Director: Steve Jacobs
 
77.
Bianca (1984)
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Michele is a mathematics professor who just started a new job in a school with some peculiar teaching methods... (96 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
78.
Irrational Man (2015)
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A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
79.
Noce blanche (1989)
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A teacher of philosophy encounters a complicated pupil; a seventeen year old girl who possesses quite a cynical view of the world... (92 mins.)
 
80.
The Forest for the Trees (2003)
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As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined. (81 mins.)
Director: Maren Ade
 
81.
Butley (1974)
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An English professor finds his life crumbling around him. (129 mins.)
Director: Harold Pinter
 
82.
Poignant Story (1961)
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(106 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse