The Greatest Teacher Movies of All Time
Teaching is one of the noble professions because they have taught thousands of generations of students valuable knowledge and memorable lessons. Each lecture is filled with enthusiasm, the efforts of the teachers who work hard every night with every page of the book. They have devoted their time and energy just to expect their students to study well and become successful people. Today, on Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, we celebrate the critical role of teachers in transforming learners’ potential by ensuring they have the tools they need to take responsibility for themselves, for others and for the planet.
A teacher movie can inspire everyone who watches it. Who doesn't enjoy the story of the teacher who believes in their students so much as to make a difference in their lives The greatest teacher movies of all time are ranked here in order of popularity. You'll discover that some of the teachers are outstanding, while others are struggling. They are all deserving of your consideration.
1. Like Stars on Earth (2007)
165 min | Drama, Family
“An inspirational story that is as emotive as it is entertaining.”
Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appretiate are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family.
One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself.
2. Remember the Titans (2000)
113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
“The emphasis on the players’ developing mutual trust, is absorbing to watch and cleanly directed.”
In the early 1970s, two schools in Alexandria, Virginia integrate forming T.C. Williams High School. The European American head coach of the Titans is replaced by an African American coach from North Carolina. Tensions arise when players of different races are forced together on the same football team. Many of these tensions are eased during the two-week training camp in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. When players returned to Alexandria the players found the city in turmoil due to the forced desegregation of the high school. As the season progresses the team's success caused the community to accept the changes. After the Titans' perfect season, the team and the city were closer than ever.
3. Freedom Writers (2007)
123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
“Worthwhile because of its honesty, because it tells a true story that’s worth telling, and because Hilary Swank and company have done it so well.”
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school. Woodrow Wilson High School is located in Long Beach, California. The school is voluntarily integrated, and it isn't working. The Asians, the blacks, the Latinos, and a very few whites not only don't get along but also stay within their cultural cliques and are part of protective and violent gangs. There isn't much teaching or learning going on at the school. It is a warehouse for young teenagers until they can drop out or are kicked out. Until Erin appeared, she kept her students from going to school by all means instead of leaving them like the previous teachers. She has changed their lives through her unique teaching method.
4. The Great Debaters (2007)
126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
“An old fashioned feel-good movie, well acted and solidly crafted – the kind of which there will always be room for.”
A black debate team competes with white schools during civil unrest in America. It is the mid-1930s and Professor Tolson assembles a black debate team at Wiley College. He trains them with the goal that they compete with white debate teams across the country to prove that they are just as good, maybe even better. The team is composed of Samantha, James (the youngest member and the son of another Wiley professor), Henry, and Hamilton. As the team competes across the country, they experience first-hand the injustice and terror of racism. They witness a lynch mob murder a black man and are deeply bothered by the incident. Prof. Tolson, who secretly engages in political activity deemed illegal in those days, also faces adversity. Despite such trials, the team fares well, to the point of being asked to compete against the leading team in the country, Harvard University. At the debate, James, initially a researcher, is given the chance to debate with Samantha, eventually winning the contest. The team then continues their winning streak for the next ten years.
5. Half Nelson (2006)
106 min | Drama
“It’s a thoughtful character study with Gosling simply tremendous as the functioning addict, who seems to use crack to anaesthetize him from his inability to form adult relationships.”
Young Caucasian Dan Dunne teaches history and coaches the girls basketball team at a Brooklyn high school populated primarily by black and Hispanic students. Outside of the classroom, Dan's life is in shambles. He has a distant but cordial relationship with his family. He uses illicit drugs rampantly. Thirteen-year-old Drey is a student in his class and a player on his basketball team. Drey has her own problems. Dan and Drey's relationship changes when Drey catches Dan, believing he is alone, smoking crack in the girl's locker room bathroom. Their resulting friendship, which is seen as inappropriate by the few who know, is based on each being unable to deal with their own life, but feeling like they can be at least a minor salvation in the other's life.