Films and Shows Seen in School

From preschool to my senior year in high school. These are all videos my teachers have made us watch. Some I got hooked, already knew, and now favorites. Many are either for learning, examples on a subject, or just for fun!
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1.
Franklin (1997 TV Series)
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The popular children's books, written by Paulette Bourgeois, come alive in this television series about a turtle named Franklin... (23 mins.)
“ Whenever anyone came early to preschool, one of the teachers gave us options to watch, usually everyone wanted this fun turtle! ” - emailryang
 
2.
The Magic School Bus (1994 TV Series)
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An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus. (30 mins.)
“ Only in science would I recall them bringing this out until the third grade. I'm still shock to see how many tapes of this series they hold in the back. ” - emailryang
 
3.
Keeping the Promise (1997 TV Movie)
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Harsh elements, disease and dilemmas mark a Massachusetts family's move to uncharted Maine and a better life in 1768. (95 mins.)
Director: Sheldon Larry
“ The real title should be The Sign of the Beaver. After reading the book, we watched this. This film showed some parts that were not fully answered in the story. ” - emailryang
 
4.
Adam-12 (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles. (30 mins.)
“ A substitute showed us the first episode to let us learn how to use context clues and analyzing information. I'm still trying to watch the whole series to this day! ” - emailryang
 
5.
One More Mountain (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Margaret Reed, a wealthy and proud woman of Chicago unwillingly finds herself a member of the Donner party... (100 mins.)
Director: Dick Lowry
“ After learning about the California gold rush and the trail many opportunists took, this movie really brought out the turbulence many must've endured during the travel west. Upsetting to see how that family was treated also. ” - emailryang
 
6.
Drumline (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university. (118 mins.)
“ My bio teacher had nothing planned when summer was coming up, so he made us watch this for three days. Before learning more about this film, me and classmates were all shocked to hear so much swearing. I'm surprised he even let us watch it. ” - emailryang
 
7.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ A Christmas treat back in freshman year. This is the first one i saw of the series, now I'm gonna find the rest to see. Never realized how crazy Clark was until a second time. ” - emailryang
 
8.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ We read a bit from the play and learned about the Holocaust for our background in literature for the book. I did wish though they would've showed the other version because it was more accurate and dramatic. ” - emailryang
 
9.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. (118 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ My English teacher needed time to grade more papers, so she put this up. I recall that some complained about the differences between the novel and this. I think it's okay, only because it was on mythology. ” - emailryang
 
10.
Selena (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. (127 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
“ For the week my Spanish teacher was out, the sub told us to take notes on the movie. I'd say after the first 42 minutes the movie is more exciting in her rising popularity than the flashbacks. ” - emailryang
 
11.
Contagion (2011)
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Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
“ Another Christmas movie shown. It reminded me so much of that Pandemic game. ” - emailryang
 
12.
A Wrinkle in Time (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The movie is based on a children's series by the same name. Meg and Charles Wallace are aided by Calvin and 3 interesting women... (251 mins.)
“ The book is a better, I only liked it because I was a fan of Gregory Smith and Katie Stuart. At least make the characters more resembling the way they were described. ” - emailryang
 
13.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Couldn't believe Steve and John actually starred in a movie together! Reminded me so much of Lampoon vacation series some reason. ” - emailryang
 
14.
Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)
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The story of a Native American girl, abandoned on a tiny island, who is protected by a wild dog. (93 mins.)
Director: James B. Clark
“ This movie I've seen only once until now. Stayed true to the book for the most part, minus some scenes were taken out from the novel. It's so sad after reading the real story, now it's a favorite of mine. ” - emailryang
 
15.
Iron Jawed Angels (2004 TV Movie)
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Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. (123 mins.)
“ For women's suffrage. I found out my teacher skipped a specific scene in the middle, turns out everyone else seems to know about it. ” - emailryang
 
16.
Salem Witch Trials (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A masterful work accurately details the current consensus of what exactly occurred to prompt the colonial witch-trials. (240 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ My teacher wanted us to get a feeling of what the Crucible would be like, so he showed us this long movie, but never went all the way. I hated those girls. ” - emailryang
 
17.
The Crucible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ Just like the play, only a lot more mystery involved. ” - emailryang
 
18.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. (99 mins.)
“ Middle of learning about Egypt's history, and this, I kept thinking it was Disney at first. The music was great though. ” - emailryang
 
19.
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality. (96 mins.)
Director: Gabor Csupo
“ Went on a field trip to the theaters to watch the premiere! How lucky could a 6th grader get! Very moving and accurate. Recommend to any fan of the book. ” - emailryang
 
20.
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
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A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father. (132 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ used to learn about the consequences of teen pregnancies and teenage promiscuity. ” - emailryang
 
21.
The Majestic (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son. (152 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Unexpected to see Jim Carrey in a drama role. Used to teach us about how the government questioned the supposed communists. ” - emailryang
 
22.
No One Would Tell (1996 TV Movie)
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A shy high school student's seemingly perfect relationship with a popular jock quickly turns abusive and dangerous. (96 mins.)
Director: Noel Nosseck
“ Our topic was about abusive relationship. I honestly think she should've ran while she had the chance. ” - emailryang
 
23.
Perfect Body (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Andie Bradley is a gymnast with big dreams for the Olympics. When offered to work with one of the leading coaches in the U.S.... (100 mins.)
Director: Douglas Barr
“ Amy Jo Johnson the Pink Ranger is in this movie that covers: eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, and peer pressure. ” - emailryang
 
24.
Contact (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ At first, I kept on expecting some UFOs to appear, but it's more on their struggle to find other life in galaxies and the use of their technology. ” - emailryang
 
25.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of how American Indians were displaced as the U.S. expanded west. Based on the book by Dee Brown. (133 mins.)
Director: Yves Simoneau
“ For the lesson on Americans pushing the Natives away from their homeland and their struggle in the white man's world. Somewhat a bit gruesome during the fight scenes. ” - emailryang
 
26.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
“ Never read the book, but teacher thought it would be great to let us watch a classic. ” - emailryang
 
27.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When the now-famous "star-crossed lovers" of two feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
“ As expected because of Shakespeare studying back then. ” - emailryang
 
28.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ A little weird to see modern people talking in Old English, but a bit funny to see a noble family become a beach boy gang. ” - emailryang
 
29.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Follows the book for the most, just wished Aunt Alexandra wasn't completely left out in the whole thing! In which, some parts were changed around or cut. ” - emailryang
 
30.
Pocahontas (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia. (81 mins.)
“ Honestly it's one of my favorite Disney movies ever made! ” - emailryang
 
31.
March of the Penguins (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. (80 mins.)
Director: Luc Jacquet
“ She wanted us to learn about the poles, but this is more on the wildlife. Upsetting to see how much the penguins struggle for their survival and generations. ” - emailryang
 
32.
Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers. (30 mins.)
“ I'm pretty sure this is what everyone would agree they would remember most during science class a lot! ” - emailryang
 
33.
MythBusters (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them. (44 mins.)
“ Just as good as Bill Nye! ” - emailryang
 
34.
October Sky (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ In astronomy, we were going to build model rockets to launch, and Ms. Copeland showed us this to see how real rockets could be made by teenagers. Now in my collection of favorites. ” - emailryang
 
35.
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In Missouri, during the 1840s, young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure, leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states. (108 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
“ The movie is okay, maybe a bit too sugar coated a bit. I didn't like reading it though. ” - emailryang
 
36.
The Miracle Worker (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Nadia Tass
“ Shortly after learning about Helen Keller, my teach showed us this months after. Most wouldn't agree, but this version is just as good as the orignal. ” - emailryang
 
37.
Schoolhouse Rock! (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A series of shorts illustrating various songs that teach multiplication tables, grammar, science, American history, computers, economics, and environmentalism. (3 mins.)
Director: Tom Warburton
“ Whenever my history teacher finds it too hard to explain a certain topic, this came in handy for him. ” - emailryang
 
38.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ Mr. Shore wanted us to see how it wasn't so good on the enemy side of WWI. Unless anyone read the story, you'll never guessed what happens at the end. ” - emailryang
 
39.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park... (180 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Kramer
“ One of the saddest movies I ever watched. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who loves about the afterlife, love, forgiveness, and significance of life. ” - emailryang
 
40.
Johnny Tremain (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself. (80 mins.)
“ It was a fun movie, nothing surprising but a good Disney film. Taken during Revolutionary War. ” - emailryang
 
41.
Swing Kids (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US... (112 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
“ During WWII and Holocaust, this allowed me to see that there were rebellions against Hitler's Nazi party by the German people. A bit disappointed to know this is another war film that has no happy ending. ” - emailryang
 
42.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love. (144 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ The book was somewhat okay, but this movie really needed a bit more emotions or suspense added to the appropriate time. At least this had Robert Redford. ” - emailryang
 
43.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts. (92 mins.)
“ Only thing that irritated me was that coach kept on repeating this movie over and over again when there's no activities to try. ” - emailryang
 
44.
The Rookie (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. (127 mins.)
“ One of the best sports movie I've watched. Didn't mind that some parts made the film go too slow, it brought more interest. ” - emailryang
 
45.
Thirteen Days (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. (145 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ While I think the missile crisis is a good history to learn, this movie lacked a punch that made it seem a bit well...dull. ” - emailryang
 
46.
Invisible Children (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(55 mins.)
“ Saw in 7th grade history. I never realized how bad Uganda really was until the. The shooting scene we all turned away from. ” - emailryang
 
47.
Stone Fox (1987 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Little Willy must win a dog sled race in order to save his grandfather's cattle ranch. (100 mins.)
Director: Harvey Hart
“ Just like the book, this movie brought it to life. ” - emailryang
 
48.
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two thousand miles from home, Jim and Jennifer Stolpa (with baby Clayton) lose their way and are stranded in an endless wilderness of deep snow... (92 mins.)
“ I completely forgot this movie! About a couple's survival against a winter storm when they get snow-stuck in the frozen road. ” - emailryang
 
49.
Hamlet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. (242 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Probably one of the last movies I've seen in my last year of senior high. A long-running movie that I feel has a great cast. ” - emailryang
 
50.
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Levin
“ On the subject of poverty and miracles, it just amazed me how this woman actually managed to find her purpose in life and stick to it, despite wrong decisions and difficult background. Recommended for those who want to believe in miracles and views of different social classes. ” - emailryang
 
51.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ First film I remember in choir, we always watched either Disney or musical films for class. ” - emailryang
 
52.
Tangled (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
“ Fourth movie in concert choir. ” - emailryang
 
53.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
“ First time was in preschool, then in third grade. I don't know why but it used to scare me when I was very young, probably the death of Ursala that's why. ” - emailryang
 
54.
What's New, Scooby-Doo? (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang are launched into the 21st century, with new mysteries to solve. (30 mins.)
“ Only one time during heavy rain and we had to stay in the cafeteria for recess. ” - emailryang
 
55.
Hamlet (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
“ My humanities teacher called this our farwell party's main course. Just as good as the 96's version, but shorter and Mel Gibson. ” - emailryang
 
56.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince. (84 mins.)
“ The second movie in choir class, such good memories of this one. ” - emailryang
 
57.
Hercules (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. (93 mins.)
“ Third movie, already saw, but left unfinished in class, and the teacher apparently forgotten about it the whole year. ” - emailryang
 
58.
All Summer in a Day (1982 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young girl on another planet waits for the sun to come out. (25 mins.)
Director: Ed Kaplan
“ Based on the story by Bradbury, I always felt that this was one of the saddest movie I've watched when I was little. ” - emailryang
 
59.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Sinise
“ Good movie, sad story, the consequences of the American Dream. ” - emailryang
 
60.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (97 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
“ Modern telling of Taming of the Shrew, very funny and weird at the same time. ” - emailryang
 
61.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
“ English prompt, true story, bloody, nonetheless ” - emailryang