Education Movies & Documentaries

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1. 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: 10,040 | Gross: $6.41M

2. Connections (1978– )

50 min | Documentary, History

9.3
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Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect."

Stars: James Burke, Mark Wing-Davey

Votes: 813

3. 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: 10,746 | Gross: $14.86M

4. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.5
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer

Votes: 114,784 | Gross: $1.20M

5. Planet in Peril (2007 TV Movie)

Documentary

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A documentary in which CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta report on global issues from 13 countries around the world.

Stars: Anderson Cooper, Jeff Corwin, Sanjay Gupta

Votes: 77

6. The Universe (2007– )

45 min | Documentary, History

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This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 4,419

7. The Providence Effect (2009)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

8.2
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65 Metascore

This is the remarkable story of a K through 12 school on Chicago's impoverished, high crime West Side, that has been sending 100% of graduating seniors to four year colleges and ... See full summary »

Director: Rollin Binzer

Votes: 17 | Gross: $0.06M

8. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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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: 314,924 | Gross: $95.86M

9. Race to Nowhere (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

7.1
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52 Metascore

RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Parents... See full summary »

Directors: Vicki Abeles, Jessica Congdon

Votes: 182

10. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

7.4
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74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,356 | Gross: $4.04M

11. Bad Teacher (2011)

R | 92 min | Comedy

5.7
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47 Metascore

A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch

Votes: 171,826 | Gross: $100.29M

12. Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | 103 min | Drama

7.3
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The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris

Votes: 13,468 | Gross: $13.99M

13. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

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Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

Votes: 13,135 | Gross: $42.43M

14. To Sir, with Love II (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

6.2
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After thirty years teaching in London, Mark Thackeray retires and returns to Chicago. There, however, the challenge of reaching kids in an inner city school proves too much to resist.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Christian Payton, Dana Eskelson, Fernando López

Votes: 820

15. Conrack (1974)

PG | 106 min | Drama

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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Madge Sinclair, Tina Andrews

Votes: 1,412

16. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

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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: 15,622 | Gross: $31.91M

17. Educating Rita (1983)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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52 Metascore

In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman

Votes: 10,504 | Gross: $14.65M

18. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: The Miracle Worker (2000)

TV-PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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A television remake of William Gibson's classic play about Annie Sullivan's efforts to draw Helen Keller from her world of darkness, blindness, deafness and silence.

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Alison Elliott, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Lucas Black, Kate Greenhouse

Votes: 1,368

19. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 13,508

20. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Music

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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: 31,931 | Gross: $82.57M

21. Ivory Tower (2014)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Family, History

7.0
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65 Metascore

A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Elizabeth Armstrong, Richard Arum, Jamshed Bharucha, David Boone

Votes: 1,132 | Gross: $0.10M