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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.