Such different teachers: 20 films about teachers

Do you know that in 18 US states and some countries, for example, in India and Singapore, teachers are allowed to assault? We have compiled a selection of the best films about teachers in various genres, and there are dramas where schoolchildren are just asking for this kind of contact. But to the credit of the mentors, most of them manage to become unforgettable for the wards without the use of physical force, limiting themselves only to spiritual ones, as you can see for yourself.

I am a teacher (2018)

Since childhood, Naina Mathur dreamed of becoming a teacher, but due to congenital Tourette’s syndrome with constant nervous tics, she was refused by employers. When the director of St. Notker’s School offers Naina to teach in a difficult class, she happily agrees. The students notice the twitching of Mathur’s face, but the brave girl does not leave the guys a chance for bullying, she herself makes fun of her own shortcoming.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Hichki

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Rani Mukherjee, Niraj Kabi, Sachin…

Country:
India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
12+


Battle of the teachers (2017)

The plot of the American comedy about teachers takes place in a school where the management decides to fire half of the teaching staff. Unsure of himself, Andy Campbell spends his last working day before his vacation, and in order to save his job, he sets up a colleague. The enraged Mr. Strickland challenges the opponent to a fistfight, and the news of the upcoming duel between the two mentors spreads among the students.

Original title:
Fist Fight

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Tracey Morgan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.6

Age Limits :
16+


Teacher (2016)

Hye-ju teaches chemistry at an all-boys school and is looking forward to a prestigious position in the near future. But the position promised to her is given to a new colleague, the daughter of the chairman of the student council. And Hye-ju is charged with additional work and all the paperwork, but soon a gap appears in the teacher’s life. A woman finds out about a new girl’s affair with a high school student, and intends to use this information for her own purposes.

Original title:
Yeogyosa

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, thriller

Actors:
Kim Ha-neul, Yoo In-young, Lee Won-geun …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Teacher (2015)

A Russian film about a teacher and difficult teenagers vividly demonstrates what a person driven to despair is capable of. Alla Nikolaevna has many years of work experience behind her, but it is more and more difficult for a woman to work in modern realities. High school students do not respect adults, openly mock the teacher – and one day the teacher decides to use firearms as a last argument.

Genre:
Drama, Action, Crime

Actors:
Irina Kupchenko, Anna Churina, Roza Khairullina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age Limits :
12+


Credit teacher (trilogy, 2013, 2015, 2017)

Unlucky robber Zeki Muller goes to jail , but his accomplice manages to hide a large amount of money on the construction site. After his release, the guy and his girlfriend go to the wasteland for the treasured banknotes, where the new school gym turns out to be. Zeki tries to get a job as a watchman in an educational institution, and by mistake he is accepted as a teacher. Will Muller handle problem students with his original teaching methods?

Original title:
Fack ju Göhte

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Elias EmBarek, Carolina Herfurth, Katya Riemann …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Geographer drank his globe away (2013)

The list of the best films about teachers and school continues with a poignant Russian drama based on the book by Alexei Ivanov. Victor Sluzhkin, who lost his position at the research institute, due to lack of money and quarrels with his wife, agrees to the position of a geography teacher. Teenagers seem uninteresting to Permian intellectuals as individuals, while high school students themselves treat Sluzhkin, who loves to drink, as a friend, not a mentor. How the role of a teacher will turn out for Victor will be shown by the geographer’s long trip with a group of students rafting down the local river.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Konstantin Khabensky, Anfisa Chernykh, Elena Lyadova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Mad teachers (dilogue, 2013 and 2015)

Lyceum, bearing the proud name of the famous politician Jules Ferry, is on the verge of closing. Pupils are not able to get high scores in the final exam, so the Ministry of Education is not willing to fund a hopeless institution. The director of the lyceum decides to take a risky step and replaces the best teachers with their careless colleagues. The manager hopes that minus by minus can eventually give a plus, but not everyone supports this crazy idea.

Original title:
Les profs

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Christian Clavier, Isabelle Nanty, Pierre-Francois Martin-Laval …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Rita (TV series, 2012 – 2020)

The series about the teachers of the Danish school, where pressing life issues are raised, got into the top of the films. Rita is a teacher with a complex character. An emotional woman is able to find a common language with difficult students, although the management does not approve of Rita’s methods, which often leads to conflicts at work. But the most important tests await the heroine of the film at home, because the upbringing of her own children is given to a single mother with great difficulty.

Original title:
Rita

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Lise Baastrup, Mille Dinesen, Nikolai Grot …

Country:
Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Very bad teacher (2011)

Elizabeth Halsey is about to marry a successful businessman , so she quits her job. However, the groom unexpectedly terminates the engagement. The young woman returns to teaching with a personal plan in place. Elizabeth intends to win a cash prize in the competition for the title of the best teacher, and spend the money received on breast augmentation. A stunning appearance will help a young woman get a new rich groom, but careless schoolchildren do not want to earn points for Elizabeth.

Original title:
Bad Teacher

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Replacement teacher (2011)

A foreign film about teachers and years later is in the top thanks to an extremely dramatic plot. Henry Barth travels around the country, never staying anywhere for long. A man moonlights as a teacher, replacing a temporarily absent teacher. One day, Henry gets a job at a school for difficult teenagers, where insulting adults is considered the norm. Bart finds out that the problem lies not in the children – the entire local population is embittered, and the guys here have no prospects for the future. Henry decides to start small, changing the fate of a young girl who happens to be on the panel .

Original title:
Detachment

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Adrien Brody, Sami Gale, Betty Kay …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
16+


Before class (2008)

Cool motivational film based on real events described in Brad Cohen’s autobiographical book. In childhood, the boy first showed signs of Tourette’s syndrome in the form of uncontrollable sounds and movements. The symptoms irritated not only classmates and teachers – even in the family, Brad did not find support. Relatives were sure that the boy in this way attracts attention. Having matured, the young man becomes a teacher, challenging the conservative society.

Original title:
Front of the Class

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
James Volk, Treat Williams, Dominic Scott Kay …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Class (2008)

French cinema about teachers and about the most difficult contingent for mentors – children in adolescence. Literary Francois got a difficult class, where children of different races and social levels gathered. Adolescents suffering from youthful maximalism do not accept any moralizing adults. And some of the wards recently ended up in Paris and are completely unfamiliar with European culture. It is noteworthy that in the film, awarded the Palme d’Or, non-professional actors played – children from a disadvantaged area of ​​the French capital.

Original title:
Entre les murs

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Francois Begodeau, Agam Malembo-Emen, Angelica Sanzio …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Last Lesson (2008)

Sonia Bergerac teaches French literature, but modern schoolchildren are far from the perception of classical works. Pupils regularly disrupt lessons, scoff at the lexicographer and make fun of her shortcomings. Sonya’s patience runs out, and one day a woman enters the classroom with a gun. The teacher intends to force students to read at least one book, and at the same time find out the reason for self-hatred.

Original title:
La journée de la jupe

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalides, Khalid Berkuz…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Physics or Chemistry (TV series, 2008 – 2011)

A multi-part film about teachers is a comedy drama about busy school days full of dramatic and funny moments. In a Spanish series with a high rating, the problems of the children and teachers of the Zurbaran College will be shown. Increased interest in the TV show was caused by the frankness with which the dark sides of teenage life and the relationship of young mentors with students were highlighted.

Original title:
Física o química

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Ana Milan, Andrea Duro, Javier Calvo…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Freedom Writers (2006)

Eryl Gruel gets a class of difficult teenagers – guys without ambitions and aspirations. The management of the educational institution understands that in the future, graduates will face low-paying jobs or imprisonment. The young teacher intends to change the fate of the pupils. Eryl shows by personal example that any person is capable of achieving more, but it can be very difficult for an enthusiast to reach schoolchildren.

Original title:
Freedom Writers

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:
Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Half Nelson (2006)

In the center of the plot of the film about school teachers is a talented teacher Dan Dunn. The man teaches history, conducts basketball classes and is in good standing with the leadership. No one suspects that behind the mask of well-being lies a lost drug addict and loser. Dan’s terrible secret is accidentally discovered by his student associated with illegal business, and the secret becomes the foundation for a painful relationship.

Original title:
Half Nelson

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ryan Gosling, Sharika Epps, Anthony Mackie…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Triumph: The Ron Clark Story (2006)

A talented teacher moves from the countryside to New York, where he encounters a difficult class. Troubled teenagers dream of being left alone by adults, but Ron Clark is not used to giving up. Back in his hometown, he developed a special training system that helps to involve the most backward students. The priority of the teacher is not cramming the material, but the ability to communicate, mutual assistance and trust – and this opens the way for Ron to the hearts of children.

Original title:
The Ron Clark Story

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson, Melissa De Souza…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Choristers (2004)

Among films about class teachers, a musical drama stands out from the audience’s top stories about the life of teachers in elementary and high school. In the late 1940s, it was difficult to find work in post-war France, especially in one’s specialty. Musician Clement Mathieu manages to get a job in a shelter, but the joy is soon replaced by disappointment. The director of the institution uses inhuman methods of punishment, turning teenagers into an embittered crowd. Clement cannot openly oppose the leadership, so he develops his own original plan to save the children.

Original title:
Les Choristes

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Gerard Junio, Francois Berlean, Kad Merad …

Country:
France, Switzerland, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Teacher of the Year (2003)

Falbrook School’s usual life is turned upside down with the arrival of the charming and gifted Mr. D. The young teacher has an attractive appearance, and innovative teaching methods help to collect full classes. Colleagues envy the success of a beginner, and a teacher with great experience – Mr. Warner records Dee as a personal enemy. The school annually holds a competition for the title of the best teacher – the old teacher’s chances of winning are melting every day. Mr. Warner does not intend to concede, but he does not yet know about the secret of his rival.

Original title:
School of Life

Genre:
Drama, comedy, family, sports

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, David Paymer, John Astin …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Song for Outcast (2003)

The main character of the film based on real events is William Franklin. The young man fought in Spain on the side of the Republicans, and after the end of hostilities he got a job as a teacher in a Catholic Irish school. Strict discipline reigns within the walls of the institution. The slightest offense is severely punished, and among the mentors there are sadists and people with various disabilities. William is trying to change the order that breaks children’s lives, and teenagers themselves.

Original title:
Song for a Raggy Boy

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Aidan Quinn, Ian Glen, Mark Warren …

Country:
Ireland, UK, Denmark, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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