Movies with Inspiring Teachers

Everyone can remember a teacher who made a real difference in their life. A great teacher's impact can last forever. Here are some movies that celebrate those amazing people who challenge, motivate, and inspire our kids. From tales of perseverance and grit like Akeelah and the Bee and Dead Poets Society, to silly comedies like School of Rock, the adults in these movies support their students no matter the adventure. By demonstrating positive messages and acting as role models, the coaches, principals, and teachers in these popular picks can instill strong character strengths like teamwork and curiosity in kids both on-screen and off. For more stories about school, check out our list of Best High School Movies and Back-to-School Books.

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Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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'90s drama about inspiring teacher has some cursing.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Inspiring true story confronts racism head-on.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Engaging film with a terrific message.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Moving story of brilliant, troubled youth for older teens.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Excellent acting in poignant, mature coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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