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1. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.

Writer: Tom Schulman | Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

2. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.6
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To provide for his family's future after he is diagnosed with lung cancer, a chemistry genius turned high school teacher teams up with an ex-student to cook and sell the world's purest crystal meth.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

3. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.3
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An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.

Writer: Mitch Markowitz | Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

4. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

44 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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Follows a group of friends living in Beverley Hills, California, from their school days through to adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth

5. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar | Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

6. Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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60 Metascore

A journalist enrolls in her old highschool as part of her research for a story.

Writers: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein | Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon

7. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

8. The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

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

6.4
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Rose and Gregory, both Columbia University professors meet when Rose's sister answers Gregory's "personals" ad. Several times burned, the handsome-but-boring Gregory believes that sex has ... See full summary »

Writers: André Cayatte, Gérard Oury, Richard LaGravenese | Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Lauren Bacall, George Segal

9. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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76 Metascore

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

Writers: Jeffrey Eugenides, Sofia Coppola | Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner

10. Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.2
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A compassionate teacher returns to his inner city high school of his youth to teach a new generation of trouble making kids.

Creators: Gabe Kaplan, Alan Sacks | Stars: Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta, Marcia Strassman

11. My Fair Lady (1964)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.9
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Writers: Alan Jay Lerner, George Bernard Shaw | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

12. Pay It Forward (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama

7.1
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40 Metascore

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

Writers: Catherine Ryan Hyde, Leslie Dixon | Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, Jay Mohr

13. Miss Congeniality (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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43 Metascore

An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

Writers: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas | Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen

14. Billy Elliot (2000)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.7
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74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Writer: Lee Hall | Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

15. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Music

7.3
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A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

Writer: Patrick Sheane Duncan | Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis

16. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Music

5.2
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The sisters come back to Delores's show to get her back as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of students in their parochial school which is doomed for closure. One of the girls... See full summary »

Writers: Joseph Howard, James Orr, Jim Cruickshank, Judi Ann Mason | Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Barnard Hughes

17. La Femme Nikita (1990)

R | 118 min | Action, Thriller

7.4
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56 Metascore

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Writer: Luc Besson | Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière

18. Major Payne (1995)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy

6.0
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Major Benson Winifred Payne is being discharged from the Marines. Payne is a killin' machine, but the wars of the world are no longer fought on the battlefield. A career Marine, he has no ... See full summary »

Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, William Roberts, Richard Alan Simmons, Dean Lorey, Damon Wayans, Gary Rosen | Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside, Scott Bigelow, Joseph Blaire

19. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.

Writers: Tom Perrotta, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor | Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

20. School Ties (1992)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

6.9
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A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950's and hides his religion until a jealous bigot forces it out in the open.

Writers: Dick Wolf, Darryl Ponicsan | Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, Randall Batinkoff

21. Porky's (1982)

R | 94 min | Comedy

6.1
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40 Metascore

Set in 1954, a group of Florida high schoolers seek out to help a buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Writer: Bob Clark | Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson

22. Dangerous Minds (1995)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

6.3
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47 Metascore

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Writers: LouAnne Johnson, Ronald Bass | Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett

23. Supergirl (1984)

PG | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.3
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After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

Writer: David Odell | Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Hart Bochner

24. The Man Without a Face (1993)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

6.7
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62 Metascore

Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Writers: Isabelle Holland, Malcolm MacRury | Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton, Fay Masterson

25. The Substitute (1996)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane ... See full summary »

Writers: Roy Frumkes, Rocco Simonelli, Alan Ormsby | Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Tom Berenger, Raymond Cruz, William Forsythe, Luis Guzmán

26. The Moth Diaries (2011)

R | 82 min | Horror

4.9
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38 Metascore

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

Writers: Rachel Klein, Mary Harron | Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, Lily Cole, Anne Day-Jones

27. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
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The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

28. Teachers (1984)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.

Writer: W.R. McKinney | Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, Ralph Macchio

29. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Writer: Bill Condon | Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

30. The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

5.5
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62 Metascore

Grossly overweight Prof. Sherman Klump, desperate to lose weight takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Writers: Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond, David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, Tom Shadyac, Steve Oedekerk | Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller

31. Renaissance Man (1994)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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44 Metascore

A down-on-his-luck businessman desperately takes the only job offered - a teacher in the U.S. Army. His mission: keep a ragtag bunch of underachieving misfits from flunking out of basic ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Burnstein | Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Ed Begley Jr.

32. Anna and the King (1999)

PG-13 | 148 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.7
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56 Metascore

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

Writers: Anna Leonowens, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes | Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

33. 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

34. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.3
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69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability.

Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Stephen King | Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

35. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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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.

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

36. Recess (1997–2001)

TV-Y | 15 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority.

Creators: Paul Germain, Joe Ansolabehere | Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis, Rickey D'Shon Collins

37. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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84 Metascore

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.

Writer: Mike Leigh | Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Elliot Cowan

38. 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.

Writers: E.R. Braithwaite, James Clavell | Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

39. Boston Public (2000–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston, Mass. weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity.

Stars: Loretta Devine, Anthony Heald, Fyvush Finkel, Chi McBride

40. Last Night (I) (1998)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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65 Metascore

A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

Writer: Don McKellar | Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Roberta Maxwell, Robin Gammell

41. The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Action, Thriller

4.9
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Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson arrives in Brooklyn to attend the funeral of his brother Randall, who was murdered while trying to stop a carjacking that has been blamed on the "... See full summary »

Writers: Roy Frumkes, Rocco Simonelli, Alan Ormsby | Director: Steven Pearl | Stars: Treat Williams, Edoardo Ballerini, Christopher Cousins, Chuck Jeffreys

42. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Writer: John Sayles | Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

43. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992–1997)

30 min | Comedy, Sport

6.2
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Popular comedian Mark Curry plays Mr. Mark Cooper, a single high school teacher and basketball coach living in Oakland, California. Between coaching, teaching, dealing with neighborhood ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman, Marquise Wilson

44. Small Time Crooks (2000)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

6.7
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69 Metascore

A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.

Writer: Woody Allen | Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Hugh Grant, Carolyn Saxon

45. Shadowlands (1993)

PG | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S.

Writer: William Nicholson | Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes, Roddy Maude-Roxby

46. Anne of Avonlea (1987 TV Movie)

230 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.2
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Anne Shirley accepts a teaching position at a girls boarding school in a town dominated by a rich and belligerant family determined to make her life miserable.

Writers: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Kevin Sullivan | Director: Kevin Sullivan | Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Wendy Hiller, Frank Converse

47. Sidekicks (1992)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure

4.7
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A bullied teen who fantasizes about being Chuck Norris' sidekick trains in martial arts to fulfill his dreams.

Writers: Lou Illar, Galen Thompson | Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Beau Bridges, Jonathan Brandis, Mako

48. Class of 1984 (1982)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Andy is a new teacher and an inner city high school that is like nothing he has ever seen before. The students have to go through a metal detector when they go through the front door and ... See full summary »

Writers: Tom Holland, Mark L. Lester, John C.W. Saxton | Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross, Timothy Van Patten, Roddy McDowall

49. 2:37 (2006)

91 min | Drama

7.0
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A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes ... See full summary »

Writer: Murali K. Thalluri | Director: Murali K. Thalluri | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Frank Sweet, Sam Harris, Charles Baird

50. Porky's II: The Next Day (1983)

R | 98 min | Comedy

4.8
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The naughty high schoolers of Angel Beach High now seek revenge on a group of KKK religious fanatics and corrupt politicians who want to shut down their Shakespeare production after they cast a Seminole transfer student in the lead.

Writers: Roger Swaybill, Alan Ormsby, Bob Clark | Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Mark Herrier, Roger Wilson