When it comes to inspirational movies, few can make it work as well as those of a teacher turning the lives of their students around. Often based on real-life events, these films showcase the power to free your mind and the commitment of a courageous instructor. While there’s been lots of great teacher movies, not all earn high marks. Today’s Here’s 5 are inspirational teacher movies that earn an A.
Los Angeles high school teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) takes control of a particularly rough class of students, led by the rebellious Angel Guzman (Lou Diamond Phillips). Galvanizing them with learning higher math, Jaime faces pressure from his superiors, attitude from the students, but more so, questions from administrators about the validity of the test scores. Time to prove his methods.
Illiterate sixteen-year-old Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), now pregnant from her father (again), lives under oppressive abuse from her mother (Mo'Nique), but takes the chance at an alternative school to try and turn her life around. With guidance from her new teacher, Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), who inspires and encourages with a firm hand, she just might find her own way.
Lean On Me (1989)
When East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state, school administrators turn to the unorthodox teaching style of Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman), enlisting him as principal to lead the school to better performance. With bullhorn and baseball bat, he rids the school of gangs and drugs, giving students a fighting chance to improve their scores but also their lives.
Dangerous Minds (1995)
At an infamously notorious inner city school, former Marine Louanne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer) takes over in a pilot reading program and has her hands full of some very tough and troubled students. But she uses their own culture and language to teach them, mixed with a fearless discipline to show these kids she won't give up, something they've seen time and time again.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
John Keating (Robin Williams) is the newest English teacher at an all-boys prep school in the late 1950s. Pressured to stick to a rigid curriculum, he abandons that plan and instead finds new and expanding ways to teach the students, opening their minds to larger possibilities about the wondrous opportunities that lay ahead of them if they only seize the day.