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1. I Killed My Mother (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

7.4
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83 Metascore

A semi-autobiographical story about Dolan as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Writer: Xavier Dolan | Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément

2. The History Boys (2006)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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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.

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

3. Little Britain (2003–2006)

29 min | Comedy

7.7
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Paul Putner

4. 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.

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

5. Rocket Science (2007)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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73 Metascore

Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team.

Writer: Jeffrey Blitz | Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto, Utkarsh Ambudkar

6. Summer Heights High (2007– )

TV-MA | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.6
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The life of a public school epitomized by disobedient student Jonah Takalua, self-absorbed private school exchange student Ja'mie King, and megalomaniac drama teacher Mr. G.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Asolima Tauati, Iro Utaifeau, Zach Fa'atoe

7. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

8.3
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98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Writers: Steve James, Frederick Marx | Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

8. Hamlet 2 (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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54 Metascore

In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Writers: Pam Brady, Andrew Fleming | Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria

9. All I Wanna Do (1998)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

6.7
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60 Metascore

In the 1960s, a group of friends at an all girls school learn that their school is going to be combined with a nearby all boys school. They concoct a plan to save their school while dealing with everyday problems along the way.

Writer: Sarah Kernochan | Director: Sarah Kernochan | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Lynn Redgrave, Gaby Hoffmann, Rachael Leigh Cook

10. Music of the Heart (1999)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Music

6.7
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54 Metascore

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

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

11. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.

Writers: R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz, James Hilton | Directors: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills

12. Hurricane Season (2009)

PG-13 | Drama, Sport

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A year after Hurricane Katrina, Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana, assembles a team of players who had previously attended five different schools before the ... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Eisele | Director: Tim Story | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Isaiah Washington, Shad Moss, Taraji P. Henson

13. Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

7.5
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81 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR ... See full summary »

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

14. Aces High (1976)

PG | 114 min | War, Drama, Action

6.6
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A naive young officer straight from school arrives on the Western front to fight the air war against the Germans. However, the life expectancy of green pilots is not very good.

Writers: Howard Barker, R.C. Sherriff, Cecil Lewis | Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward, Peter Firth

15. The Ruling Class (1972)

R | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other somewhat-more respectable members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensues.

Writer: Peter Barnes | Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Hugh Owens

16. American Promise (2013)

135 min | Documentary

6.7
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67 Metascore

This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.

Directors: Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson

17. Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.

Writer: Cathy Randall | Director: Cathy Randall | Stars: Danielle Catanzariti, Cassandra Jinman, Talia Monaghan, Yen Yen Stender

18. High School (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.7
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Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside Northeast High School as a fly on the wall to observe the teachers and how they interact with the students.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

19. Seven Up! (1964 TV Movie)

39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

8.0
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A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to reinterview them at seven-year ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Almond | Stars: Douglas Keay, Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield

20. American Teacher (2011)

81 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.7
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60 Metascore

Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in... See full summary »

Directors: Vanessa Roth, Brian McGinn | Stars: Erik Benner, Neil Cavuto, Matt Damon, Linda Darling-Hammond

21. The Lottery (2010)

81 min | Documentary, Drama, News

7.0
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72 Metascore

Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education, The Lottery makes the case than any child can succeed.

Director: Madeleine Sackler | Stars: Cory Booker, Geoffrey Canada, Candice Fryer, Gregory Goodwine Jr.

22. Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2008)

73 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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Profiles Milton Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take ... See full summary »

Director: Wendy Keys

23. My Brother's Keeper (1995 TV Movie)

Unrated | 94 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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A man and his HIV-positive twin take an insurance company to court over a possibly life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Writer: Gregory Goodell | Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: John Lithgow, Annette O'Toole, Veronica Cartwright, Zeljko Ivanek

24. The Outsider (1948)

97 min | Drama

6.7
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Jack Read, a working-class boy, wins a scholarship to a public school as part of a post-World War Two experiment in bringing boys of different social classes together. He meets much ... See full summary »

Writers: Warren Chetham Strode, Bernard Miles, Roy Boulting | Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Sheila Sim, Bernard Miles, Cecil Trouncer

25. The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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A well-bred young English lad living in lower Manhattan tries to gain acceptance from his not-so-well-bred peers at school.

Writers: John Lee Mahin, Richard Schayer, Rowland Brown | Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Rowland Brown | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper, Mickey Rooney, Ian Hunter

26. Undroppable (2014)

Documentary | Post-production

A look at the alarming drop-out rate in American public schools, chronicled during the 2011-2012 school year.

Writer: Jason Pollock | Director: Jason Pollock

27. It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School (1996)

80 min | Documentary

7.9
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The groundbreaking film that addresses anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with children about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Part of The Respect for All Project.

Writer: Debra Chasnoff | Directors: Debra Chasnoff, Helen Cohen | Star: Bob Smith

28. Small Wonders (1995)

G | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.0
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A dedicated music teacher in East Harlem instructs a gaggle of underprivileged children in the art of the violin. In the climax, they play Carnegie Hall with some of the world's foremost ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Miller | Stars: Roberta Guaspari, Arnold Steinhardt, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman

29. South Riding (1938)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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"Winifred Holtby realised that Local Government is not a dry affair of meetings and memoranda:- but 'the front-line defence thrown up by humanity against its common enemies of sickness, ... See full summary »

Writers: Winifred Holtby, Ian Dalrymple, Donald Bull | Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Edna Best, Ralph Richardson, Edmund Gwenn, Ann Todd

30. ¡De panzazo! (2012)

85 min | Documentary

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Writers: Mario Gutiérrez Vega, Carlos Loret de Mola | Directors: Juan Carlos Rulfo, Carlos Loret de Mola | Stars: Carlos Loret de Mola, Denise Dresser, Elba Esther Gordillo, Federico Heroles Reyes

31. Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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The Peppers - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - have returned to live in their small house in Gusty Corners with J.H. King, who they call "... See full summary »

Writers: Harry Sauber, Margaret Sidney | Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Edith Fellows, Dorothy Ann Seese, Dorothy Peterson, Pierre Watkin

32. The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today (2010)

56 min | Documentary

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Writer: Jay Rosenstein | Director: Jay Rosenstein | Stars: Ed Dessen, Bruce Dierenfield, Walter Feinberg, Dan McCollum

33. In God We Teach (2011)

62 min | Documentary

6.2
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The story of a Kearny (NJ) high school student who secretly recorded his history teacher in class, and accused him of proselytizing. When the story hit The New York Times all hell broke loose.

Writer: Vic Losick | Director: Vic Losick | Stars: Matthew LaClair, David Paszkiewicz

34. The Food of Love (1959 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

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Writers: Christopher Bond, Sheila Hodgson | Stars: Malcolm Butterworth, Moultrie Kelsall, Barbara Cavan, Rodney Diak

35. Mr. Nabor's Hood (2003)

6 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Director: Abby Linne | Stars: Javar Parker, Kristen Scott, Hollister Histed, Brian Nabors

36. Mga munting tinig (2002)

109 min | Drama

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58 Metascore

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Writers: Gil Portes, Senedy Que, Adolfo Alix Jr. | Director: Gil Portes | Stars: Alessandra de Rossi, Dexter Doria, Gina Alajar, Amy Austria

37. Fuller PTA: Better Than Stepping on a Rusty Nail (2008)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Family

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A short, comedic take on the PTA in Arizona -- which is surprisingly educational and informative despite itself.

Writer: Bruce Dellis | Director: Bruce Dellis | Stars: Bruce Dellis, Wayne Leonard

38. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Alma Mater (1971)

Drama

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Writers: Dion Boucicault, David Hodson | Director: James Ferman | Stars: Max Adrian, Graham Armitage, Hilda Braid, Ian Carmichael

39. Touch (2012–2013)
Episode: Enemy of My Enemy (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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Martin figures that assuming a cover as a reporter under the name Martin Bishop is the best way to get information about Amelia while eluding the authorities. Trevor helps him in this ... See full summary »

Creator: Tim Kring | Director: Sanford Bookstaver | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Lukas Haas, Saïd Taghmaoui

40. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 17 May 1954 (1954)

History, News

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Lesueur and John B. Oakes, New York Times editorial board member, interview U.S. Senator Paul H. Douglas, a Democrat from Illinois. Topics include the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul H. Douglas, Larry LeSueur, John B. Oakes

41. Moyers & Company (2012– )
Episode: Fighting Creeping Creationism (2013)

TV-G | News, Talk-Show

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The onslaught of creationism and the challenges of free thinking in America.

Stars: Susan Jacoby, Zack Kopplin, Vashti McCollum, Bill Moyers

42. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: O Fat White Woman (1971)

80 min | Drama

7.0
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Writer: William Trevor | Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Maureen Pryor, Peter Jeffrey, William Relton, Alethea Charlton

43. NewsRadio (1995–1999)
Episode: Our Fiftieth Episode (1997)

23 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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After a scuffle and being arrested all over a parking ticket, Bill is committed for psychiatric evaluation. With Bill gone, things quickly fall apart one air.

Creator: Paul Simms | Director: Tom Cherones | Stars: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney

44. Touch (2012–2013)
Episode: Perfect Storm (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Now that Calvin has the Aster Corps access card which he hands over to Martin, Martin is tasked with retrieving all Calvin's computer files from Aster Corps. Calvin warns Martin to avoid ... See full summary »

Creator: Tim Kring | Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Lukas Haas, Saïd Taghmaoui

45. Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (2006– )
Episode: Scopes: The Battle Over America's Soul (2006)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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The trial of a teacher charged with teaching evolution in a public school escalates the conflict of religious faith and freedom of thought in America

Writer: David Heilbroner | Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

46. The West Wing (1999–2006)
Episode: The Last Hurrah (2006)

TV-PG | 42 min | Drama

8.3
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BEING PRESIDENT CAN BE HARD ON THE FAMILY - While Santos is wrapped up in choosing his new Vice President, Helen is overwhelmed by the issues facing the new First Family. Meanwhile, Vinick must find a new road now that the election is over.

Creator: Aaron Sorkin | Director: Tim Matheson | Stars: Alan Alda, Kristin Chenoweth, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina

47. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001– )
Episode: Well Schooled in Murder (2002)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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When an old school friend contacts Lynley about a missing schoolboy, the inspector soon has to launch a murder inquiry.

Writers: Elizabeth George, Simon Block | Director: Robert Young | Stars: John Sessions, Lisa Stevenson, Curtis Woodruff, Paul Herzberg

48. Keen Eddie (2003–2004)
Episode: Who Wants to Be in a Club That Would Have Me as a Member? (2004)

44 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Writers: Steven Kane, Joshua Pierson | Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Mark Valley, Sienna Miller, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Colin Salmon