Inspirational Teacher Movies to watch

Dangerous Minds (1995)

Dir: John N. Smith

Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance

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

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Freedom Writers (2007)

Dir: Richard LaGravenese

Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey

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

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The Great Debaters (2007)

Dir: Denzel Washington

Stars: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise

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.

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The Ron Clark Story (2006)

Dir: Randa Haines

Stars: Matthew Perry, Judith Buchan, Griffin Cork

A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.

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The Emperor’s Club (2002)

Dir: Michael Hoffman

Stars: Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Joel Gretsch

An idealistic prep school teacher attempts to redeem an incorrigible student.

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Music of the Heart (1999)

Dir: Wes Craven

Stars: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer

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

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Pride (2007)

Dir: Sunu Gonera

Stars: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise

The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

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