The WeAreTeachers A-Z Movie List

WeAreTeachers is pulling together a running list of movies with schools as the plot and/or setting, and we’d love your help! We know there must be some good ones missing but we stopped at 101. The Ground Rules: 1) Only K–12. Not college. So films […]

WeAreTeachers is pulling together a running list of movies with schools as the plot and/or setting, and we’d love your help! We know there must be some good ones missing but we stopped at 101.

The Ground Rules: 1) Only K–12. Not college. So films like Good Will Hunting and Daddy Day Care don’t make the cut. 2) Documentaries are permissible. 3) Made-for-TV movies are allowed but not TV series. 4) Foreign films are allowed.

Here is our first pass. Please share and comment! In the comments section, give your thoughts, make additions, correct  facts, and let us know otherwise how to make this list better. (For instance, we might eventually separate out the teen movies and sports dramas. And does Children of a Lesser God belong on here?)


And at some point, we might rank them. Which movies did you particularly love and hate? I attached an actor’s name to some of the domestic comedies and dramas, but only for those in which the main character is an educator. (Not  foreign films, teen movies or documentaries)

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Teen Comedy
  •  21 Jump Street (2012) and 22 Jump Street (2014) Comedy
  •  Akeelah and the Bee (2006) Drama, Laurence Fishburne
  • Bad Teacher (2011) Comedy, Cameron Diaz
  • Beyond the Blackboard (2010) TV Drama, Emily VanCamp
  • Blackboard Jungle (1955) Drama, Glenn Ford
  • The Breakfast Club (1985) Teen Comedy-Drama
  • Bring It On (2000) Teen Comedy
  • The Browning Version (1951 and 1994) Drama, Michael Redgrave and Albert Finney
  • Carrie (1976) Drama
  • Chalk (2006) Comedy, Troy Schremmer
  • Cheaters (2000) TV Drama,  Joel S. Greco
  • Children of a Lesser God (1986) Drama, William Hurt
  • The Class (2008) Drama, Foreign
  • Clueless (1995) Teen Comedy
  • Coach Carter (2005) Sports Drama, Samuel Jackson
  • Cooley High (1975) Teen Comedy-Drama
  • Conrack (1974) Drama, Jon Voight
  • Class of 1984 (1982) Action/Drama, Perry King
  • Dangerous Minds (1995) Drama, Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Dead Poets Society (1989) Drama, Robin Williams
  • Detachment (2011) Drama, Adrien Brody
  • Easy A (2010) Teen Comedy-Drama
  • Election (1999) Comedy, Matthew Broderick
  • The Emperors Club (2002) Drama, Kevin Kline
  • Every Child Is Special (2007) Foreign, Art House, Drama
  • Fame (1980) Drama/Musical
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) Teen Comedy
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Teen Comedy
  • Finding Forrester (2000) Drama, Sean Connery
  • Freedom Writers (2007) Drama, Hilary Swank
  • Friday Night Lights (2004) Sports Drama, Billy Bob Thorton
  • Front of the Class (2008) Drama, James Wolk
  • The First Year (2001) Documentary
  • The George McKenna Story (1986) Drama, Denzel Washington
  • The Good Student (2006) Comedy, Tim Daly
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939 and 1969) Robert Donat and Peter O’Toole
  • Grease (1978) Musical
  • Half Nelson (2006) Sports Drama, Ryan Gosling
  • Hard Times at Douglass High (2008) Documentary
  • Harry Potter movies (2001–2011)  Drama
  • Heathers (1988) Teen Comedy
  • High School (2010) Teen Comedy
  • The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005) TV Documentary
  • Hoop Dreams (1994) Documentary
  • Hoosiers (1986) Sports Drama, Gene Hackman
  • Kindergarten Cop (1990) Comedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Lean on Me (1989) Drama, Morgan Freeman
  • The Lottery (2010) Documentary
  • Lucas (1986) Teen Drama
  • Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) Documentary
  • The Marva Collins Story (1981) TV Drama, Cicely Tyson
  • McFarland, USA (2015) Drama, Kevin Costner
  • Mean Girls (2004) Comedy, Tina Fey
  • Miracle Worker (1962), Drama, Anne Bancroft
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) Drama, Richard Dreyfus
  • Music of the Heart (1999), Drama, Meryl Streep
  • My Bodyguard (1980) Teen Comedy
  • Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Teen Comedy
  • October Sky (1999) Drama, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Paper Clips (2004) Documentary
  • Pay It Forward (2000) Drama, Kevin Spacey
  • The Perks of Being of Wallflower (2012) Teen Comedy-Drama
  • Pretty in Pink (1986) Teen Drama
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Drama, Maggie Smith
  • The Principal (1987) Drama, Jim Belushi
  • The Principal (2015) Drama, Foreign
  • Radio (2003) Drama,  Ed Harris
  • Remember the Titans (2000) Sports Drama, Denzel Washington
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979) Teen Comedy
  • The Ron Clark Story (2006) TV Drama, Matthew Perry
  • Rushmore (1998) Teen Comedy-Drama
  • School of Life (2005) Comedy, David Paymer/Ryan Reynolds
  • School of Rock (2003) Comedy, Jack Black
  • School Ties (1992) Teen Drama
  • Sister Act 2 (1993) Comedy, Whoopi Goldberg
  • Spellbound (2002) Documentary
  • Stand & Deliver (1988) Drama, Edward James Olmos
  • Strangers With Candy (2005) Comedy
  • Summer School (1987) Comedy, Mark Harmon
  • Teachers (1984) Comedy Drama, Nick Nolte
  • To Be and to Have (2002) Documentary, Foreign
  • To Be Heard (2011) Documentary
  • To Sir With Love (1967) Drama, Sidney Poitier
  • Up the Down Staircase (1967), Drama, Sandy Dennis
  • Vision Quest (1985) Sports Drama
  • Waiting for Superman (2010) Documentary
  • The Wave (1981) Drama, Short Film
  • The Wave (2008) Drama, Foreign
  • Whiplash (2014) Drama, J.K. Simmons
  • Wild Things (1998) Teen Drama


WeAreTeachers contributor and #1 teacher fan Bernadette Grey has served as editor-in-chief of a number of magazines for educators and women, including
Instructor, Scholastic Administrator, Working Woman and Working Mother.

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