Best Movies about Teachers, Teaching, Schools, and Education

A Listmania! list by Bill Sawyer (Winter Garden, FL)
The list author says: "Here is my list of the best movies about teachers, teaching, schools, and education. The list includes documentaries, dramas based on true stories, dramas, comedies, and even some thought provoking films about transformations from deep learning.

The DVDs are sequenced as follows:
1. Dramas based on true stories (docudramas)
2. Documentaries
3. Dramas with connections to teachers, teaching, schools, etc."
Stand and Deliver
1.  Stand and Deliver DVD ~ Edward James Olmos
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Jaime Escalante."
$9.79   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Lean on Me (Snap Case Packaging)
2.  Lean on Me (Snap Case Packaging) DVD ~ Morgan Freeman
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Joe Clark."
$9.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

Dangerous Minds
3.  Dangerous Minds DVD ~ Michelle Pfeiffer
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson."
$7.50   Used & New from: $2.87
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Freedom Writers (Full Screen Edition)
4.  Freedom Writers (Full Screen Edition) DVD ~ Hilary Swank
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Erin Gruwell."
$10.00   Used & New from: $0.45
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (548 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Ron Clark Story
5.  The Ron Clark Story DVD ~ Matthew Perry
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Ron Clark."
$4.38   Used & New from: $2.96
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Great Debaters
6.  The Great Debaters DVD ~ Denzel Washington
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of the Wiley College debate team."
$4.65   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Coach Carter (Widescreen Edition)
7.  Coach Carter (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Samuel L. Jackson
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of coach Ken Carter."
$6.59   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

Tuesdays With Morrie
8.  Tuesdays With Morrie DVD ~ Jack Lemmon
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Morrie Schwartz and Mitch Albom."
$69.99   Used & New from: $24.25
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

The Miracle Worker
9.  The Miracle Worker DVD ~ Anne Bancroft
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Anne Sullivan, and her teaching Helen Keller how to communicate."
$8.87   Used & New from: $3.20
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Music of the Heart (Miramax Collector's Series)
10.  Music of the Heart (Miramax Collector's Series) DVD ~ Meryl Streep
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music."
$25.45   Used & New from: $1.93
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

Conrack [VHS]
11.  Conrack [VHS] VHS Jon Voight
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of Pat Conroy, and his book The Water is Wide."
Used & New from: $24.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Radio
12.  Radio DVD ~ Cuba Gooding Jr.
The list author says:
  "The drama based on the story of T. L. Hanna High School football coach Harold Jones and a James Robert "Radio" Kennedy."
$11.90   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

Waiting for "Superman"
13.  Waiting for "Superman" DVD ~ Geoffrey Canada
The list author says:
  "The documentary about the current state of primary education in the U.S. (circa 2010). It details things that are working, and things that are failing. It follows families looking to change their fates. This is a MUST SEE!"
$16.37   Used & New from: $3.20
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Lottery
14.  The Lottery DVD ~ Geoffrey Canada
The list author says:
  "The documentary about the Lottery used to select students to attend charter, magnet, and other selective schools in New York city."
$6.57   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The First Year
15.  The First Year DVD ~ Georgene Acosta
The list author says:
  "The documentary that follows 5 teachers through their first year of teaching."
$15.86   Used & New from: $2.86
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Cartel DVD: Home Edition
16.  The Cartel DVD: Home Edition 
The list author says:
  "The documentary describing the education cartel that controls much of the money and power of the U.S. primary education system."
Used & New from: $17.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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The Hobart Shakespeareans
17.  The Hobart Shakespeareans DVD ~ Rafe Esquith
The list author says:
  "The documentary about Rafe Esquith and his 5th grade class at Hobart Elementary school."
Used & New from: $4.69
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Money Chase: Inside Harvard Biz School
18.  Money Chase: Inside Harvard Biz School DVD ~ Documentary
The list author says:
  "The documentary about the Harvard Business School."
$9.99   Used & New from: $4.95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Mad Hot Ballroom
19.  Mad Hot Ballroom DVD ~ Heather Berman
The list author says:
  "The documentary about a ballroom dance program in the New York City Public School system."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

High School Boot Camp
20.  High School Boot Camp DVD ~ David Burdge
The list author says:
  "The documentary about boys (aged 13-18) and a boot camp program in Florida."
Used & New from: $3.98
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Pressure Cooker
21.  Pressure Cooker DVD ~ Wilma Stephenson
The list author says:
  "The documentary about the culinary course, taught by Wilma Stephenson, in Northeast Philadelphia."
$14.96   Used & New from: $10.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Misunderstood Minds Searching for Success in School
22.  Misunderstood Minds Searching for Success in School DVD ~ Chris Bury
The list author says:
  "The documentary that spent three years following five families with children who struggle with learning disabilities."
Used & New from: $26.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card
23.  Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card DVD ~ Alan Raymond
The list author says:
  "The documentary about a year at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD."
$13.12   Used & New from: $11.89
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk
24.  Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk DVD ~ Declining By Degrees-Higher Education at Risk
The list author says:
  "The documentary about Higher Education challenges and risks."
$22.78   Used & New from: $3.75
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

To Be and to Have
25.  To Be and to Have DVD ~ Georges Lopez
The list author says:
  "The documentary about a one-room schoolhouse in France's rural Auvergne region."
Used & New from: $3.06
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Dead Poets Society (Special Edition)
26.  Dead Poets Society (Special Edition) DVD ~ Robin Williams
The list author says:
  "The drama staring Robin Williams as an English teacher at a private boy's boarding school."
$11.82   Used & New from: $5.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Finding Forrester
27.  Finding Forrester DVD ~ Sean Connery
$21.95   Used & New from: $0.23
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Mr. Holland's Opus
28.  Mr. Holland's Opus DVD ~ Richard Dreyfuss
$6.93   Used & New from: $2.54
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips
29.  Goodbye, Mr. Chips DVD ~ Robert Donat
$42.99   Used & New from: $21.46
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

The Emperor's Club (Widescreen Edition)
30.  The Emperor's Club (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Kevin Kline
$9.35   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

Mona Lisa Smile
31.  Mona Lisa Smile DVD ~ Julia Roberts
$6.19   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)

Remember the Titans (Widescreen Edition)
32.  Remember the Titans (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Denzel Washington
$7.50   Used & New from: $3.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Good Will Hunting (Miramax Collector's Series)
33.  Good Will Hunting (Miramax Collector's Series) DVD ~ Robin Williams
$15.20   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)

The Education of Shelby Knox
34.  The Education of Shelby Knox DVD ~ Rene Caudillo
$17.96   Used & New from: $5.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The History Boys
35.  The History Boys DVD ~ Richard Griffiths
$7.04   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

The Man Without a Face
36.  The Man Without a Face DVD ~ Jean De Baer
Used & New from: $2.17
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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The Class (Entre Les Murs)
37.  The Class (Entre Les Murs) DVD ~ François Bégaudeau
$5.61   Used & New from: $1.55
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Billy Elliot
38.  Billy Elliot DVD ~ Julie Walters
$10.17   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)

Glee: Season 1
39.  Glee: Season 1 DVD ~ Matthew Morrison
The list author says:
  "The best current show (2010) on TV covering a high school, focusing on the kids in the Glee club, but touching on lots of related topics. It is more than a comedy."
$19.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (866 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

Glee: Season 2
40.  Glee: Season 2 DVD ~ Cory Monteith
The list author says:
  "The best current show (2010) on TV covering a high school, focusing on the kids in the Glee club, but touching on lots of related topics. It is more than a comedy."
$15.36   Used & New from: $5.46
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (441 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

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Bill Sawyer (Winter Garden, FL)
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Education, Training and Performance Improvement
Last updated: 1/17/11
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