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1. 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: 280,503 | Gross: $95.86M

2. Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

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A TV show centered on six students and their years at Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies

Votes: 25,374

3. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 137,791 | Gross: $13.30M

4. Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001–2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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The lives of the kids at Degrassi Community School dealing with the serious and sometimes taboo issues that plague teenagers.

Stars: Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar, A.J. Saudin

Votes: 9,240

5. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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82 Metascore

After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Adam Pascal

Votes: 212,869 | Gross: $81.26M

6. The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford

Votes: 131,724

7. Accepted (2006)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

6.5
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47 Metascore

A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.

Director: Steve Pink | Stars: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Adam Herschman

Votes: 106,377 | Gross: $36.30M

8. The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13 | 96 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action

5.9
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42 Metascore

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law

Votes: 104,372 | Gross: $56.68M

9. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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67 Metascore

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 213,112 | Gross: $6.52M

10. Billy Madison (1995)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy

6.4
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16 Metascore

In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 106,239 | Gross: $25.59M

11. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

Votes: 93,644 | Gross: $67.25M

12. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 8,197

13. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

7.6
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28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 122,793 | Gross: $40.27M

14. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams

Votes: 112,844 | Gross: $12.57M

15. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 111,461 | Gross: $75.31M

16. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 53,209 | Gross: $34.70M

17. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin

Votes: 54,168

18. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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43 Metascore

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.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 22,678 | Gross: $29.78M

19. The Great Debaters (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker

Votes: 47,968 | Gross: $30.23M

20. Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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64 Metascore

A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

Director: Maya Forbes | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide

Votes: 9,790 | Gross: $1.43M

21. 3 Ninjas (1992)

PG | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Family

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Each year, three brothers, Samuel, Jeffrey and Michael Douglas visit their grandfather, Mori Tanaka, for the summer. Mori is highly skilled in ninjutsu, and for years he has trained the ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Victor Wong, Michael Treanor, Max Elliott Slade, Chad Power

Votes: 16,468 | Gross: $29.00M

22. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

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A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 6,798

23. Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | 103 min | Drama

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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: 12,421 | Gross: $13.99M

24. Mother Goose Club (2009– )

33 min | Family

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Mother Goose Club breathes new life into classic nursery rhyme characters to promote early literacy, mathematics, and more! Join in as they dance, sing, twirl, and rhyme through these ... See full summary »

Stars: Abigail McGuire, Montana Byrne, Noa Fe Williams, Jessica Diaz

Votes: 81

25. Proof (2005)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

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64 Metascore

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students, who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister, who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal

Votes: 36,597 | Gross: $7.52M

26. Bad Education (2004)

NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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81 Metascore

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 45,680 | Gross: $5.21M

27. Notes on a Scandal (2006)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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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: 64,980 | Gross: $17.51M

28. Sweet Bean (2015)

113 min | Drama

7.4
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60 Metascore

The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 3,259 | Gross: $0.12M

29. 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 that he is determined to improve.

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

Votes: 14,665 | Gross: $31.91M

30. Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward

Votes: 12,487 | Gross: $4.53M

31. The Emperor's Club (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

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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: 14,457 | Gross: $14.06M

32. The History Boys (2006)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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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: 17,849 | Gross: $2.71M

33. The Family That Preys (2008)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

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49 Metascore

Two families from different walks of life learn to work together.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Rockmond Dunbar

Votes: 5,858 | Gross: $37.02M

34. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

8.0
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A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Youko Honna, Issei Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 30,258

35. Kundun (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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74 Metascore

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

Votes: 21,769 | Gross: $5.53M

36. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

7.5
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75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 68,191 | Gross: $23.81M

37. Yentl (1983)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 9,573 | Gross: $30.40M

38. Demain (2015)

118 min | Documentary

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Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.

Directors: Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent | Stars: Anthony Barnosky, Olivier De Schutter, Cyril Dion, Emmanuel Druon

Votes: 1,060

39. If.... (1968)

R | 111 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan

Votes: 17,070

40. Real Women Have Curves (2002)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

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71 Metascore

This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Cardoso | Stars: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez

Votes: 6,027 | Gross: $5.84M

41. Innocent (2005)

80 min | Drama, Romance

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17-year-old Eric follows his parents to immigrate to Canada and is thus forced to confront different emotional and cultural problems. He must not only adjust to the new environment, but ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Chung | Stars: Po Chan, Timothy Lee, Jovita Adrineda, Wing Wong Wilson Kam

Votes: 303

42. Advantageous (2015)

90 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

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59 Metascore

In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.

Director: Jennifer Phang | Stars: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong

Votes: 2,537

43. The Paper Chase (1973)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

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A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman, Graham Beckel

Votes: 5,700

44. I Am Cuba (1964)

108 min | Drama, Music, War

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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 6,014 | Gross: $0.16M

45. Jimmy's Hall (2014)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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63 Metascore

During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby

Votes: 4,085 | Gross: $0.56M

46. Won't Back Down (2012)

PG | 121 min | Drama

6.4
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42 Metascore

Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Oscar Isaac

Votes: 5,204 | Gross: $5.31M

47. Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003 TV Movie)

104 min | Biography, Drama

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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.

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Thora Birch, Michael Riley, Robert Bockstael, Makyla Smith

Votes: 2,751

48. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

7.5
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62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 22,337 | Gross: $0.90M

49. Jude (1996)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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68 Metascore

A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 8,707 | Gross: $0.41M

50. 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: 8,936 | Gross: $4.04M