Saturday, June 11, 2011

Top 10 Teaching Based Movies

W/ the start of summer upon us I decided to have a little fun and compile a top ten list of one of my favorite things, movies. There are are many top ten lists on a number of different topics surrounding movies but to keep in style w/ this blog I decided to focus mine on teaching. I'd love to read feedback and what movies you think should be on this list or in which order. The one film I which I'm sure to garner a lot of praise that I omitted on this list is, Mr Holland's Opus and that's because I've never seen it.


Top 10 Teaching Based Movies
  1. Remember the Titans - A Movie about HS football but so much more. Denzel Washington gives a memorable performance of a football coach who teaches more then just the fundamentals of football but life as well.
  2. Lean on Me - A powerful movie that stars Morgan Freeman as he tries to help a HS school from destroying itself.
  3. Finding Forrester - It's hard not to like this film that focuses on a teen writer who is mentored by Sean Connery.
  4. Freedom Writers - A film about a young HS teacher who helps turn student's lives around through their writing, starring the great Hillary Swank.
  5. Stand & Deliver - Based on a true story one of the most famous films on teaching.
  6. Dangerous Minds - A strong film starring Michelle Pfeiffer about a teacher who turns around her HS class located in a poor neighbor in the city.
  7. Dead Poets Society - A great film about an English teacher who teaches his students the joy and power of poetry.
  8. Good Will Hunting - Another film starring Robin Williams as a psychologist who helps Will find his path in life, filled w/ great dialogue.
  9. Music of the Heart - A true story that shows a teacher's struggle to teach violin to students.
  10. Lions for Lambs - Not mainly based on teaching, but the scenes w/ Robert Redford as a professor as he inspires his students to think are breathtaking.


  1. What about "To Sir, with Love"? "Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End." -

  2. Really Great! Thank you zillion times for all the efforts you are doing for all Teachers everywhere in the world! Hats off :))

  3. Great blog entry! Any time I can incorporate movies with education, I'm in. Thanks for putting this list together.


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