SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS

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1. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 329,447 | Gross: $95.86M

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

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

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: 843

3. Freedom Writers (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

Votes: 58,768 | Gross: $36.61M

4. The Emperor's Club (2002)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

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: 15,320 | Gross: $14.06M

5. One Eight Seven (1997)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 19,689 | Gross: $5.72M

6. The Substitute (1996)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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 »

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Tom Berenger, Raymond Cruz, William Forsythe, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 10,344 | Gross: $14.75M

7. Dangerous Minds (1995)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

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

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett

Votes: 42,142 | Gross: $84.92M

8. Class of 1999 (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some ... See full summary »

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach

Votes: 5,410 | Gross: $2.46M

9. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

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: 15,893 | Gross: $31.91M

10. Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | 103 min | Drama

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: 13,671 | Gross: $13.99M

11. The Principal (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Wright

Votes: 7,613 | Gross: $19.73M

12. Class of 1984 (1982)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross, Timothy Van Patten, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 7,604

13. Up the Down Staircase (1967)

Approved | 124 min | Drama

The experiences of a young female English teacher in an inner-city New York high school.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Patrick Bedford, Sandy Dennis, Eileen Heckart, Ruth White

Votes: 1,542

14. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes

Votes: 7,024

15. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

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: 13,366 | Gross: $42.43M

16. Half Nelson (2006)

R | 106 min | Drama

85 Metascore

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

Director: Ryan Fleck | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps, Jeff Lima

Votes: 77,488 | Gross: $2.69M

17. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 31,353 | Gross: $3.77M

18. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 90,452

19. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

R | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David

Votes: 66,459 | Gross: $22.24M

20. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 22,924

21. The Cider House Rules (1999)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 84,837 | Gross: $57.55M

22. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

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

Votes: 34,668 | Gross: $3.49M

23. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

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

Directors: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills

Votes: 8,635

24. Neds (2010)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama

Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Conor McCarron, Greg Forrest, Joe Szula, Mhairi Anderson

Votes: 7,388

25. Stella (2008)

103 min | Drama

Paris, 1977. Eleven year old Stella knows poker better than grammar when she starts the year at a prestigious new school. There, she discovers the possibilities of a whole new world outside her parents' bar.

Director: Sylvie Verheyde | Stars: Léora Barbara, Mélissa Rodriguès, Laëtitia Guerard, Karole Rocher

Votes: 1,343