Favorite Teacher Movies

I am a huge proponent of studying books in order to improve, but sometimes an excellent movie can bring to life what we need to learn.

Below are my Top 10 favorite teacher movies. I know there are more out there, but here’s a start.

(Click on the photos for movie details)


Dead Poets Society

My all-time favorite…. In high school, my senior English class ditched school to watch this movie together.


Stand & Deliver

What Jaime Escalante and his students accomplished is incredible!



Fabulous mockumentary co-written and co-produced by a former teacher. This is what teaching is really like!


Waiting for “Superman”

This documentary will open your eyes to the challenges of education.

(See my blog post inspired by the movie.)


Brooklyn Castle

Learning doesn’t come from reading, writing, and arithmetic alone.


The Ron Clark Story

Ron is a tremendous teacher. His books can be a great help to you as well.


Freedom Writers

Even if you’re not an English teacher, you’ll be inspired.


Dangerous Minds

Anyone can learn. Truly.


The Great Debators

Most teacher movies are about secondary students. Besides serving as a reminder about history, this movie is about a college professor and his students.


Mr. Holland’s Opus

Long live performing arts teachers!