Teachers shape minds and hearts. They push you to do your best every single day, thanks to their encouraging words—and sometimes dagger looks. They may have different personalities and teaching styles, but they all leave a mark on their students.
To pay tribute to our teachers’ dedication and hard work, why not watch one of these uplifting movies about teachers?
Celebrate Teachers’ Month by setting up a movie date with the whole class and your teacher! It will be a reel treat!
1. Dead Poets Society (1989)
This film will introduce you to Professor John Keating, an English teacher known for his unconventional teaching methods. He taught his students to seek the deeper meaning of life and make it extraordinary. Carpe diem!
One of the best moments in the movie (tissue, please) is when he says, “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
2. 3 Idiots (2009)
A fun and adventurous story, but don’t be fooled! This movie is a tearjerker in disguise that will throw you many realizations about your dreams and college life. It revolves around three engineering students who were inspired to think differently—and one of them (we won’t say who) becomes a teacher! A cool teacher-scientist!
3. Mila (2001)
Mila stands for the name of Teacher Mila, a dedicated public school teacher who inspires hope among her students. But in her life outside school, she struggles to find hope herself. This dramatic film shows the plight of teachers who often have to put their students’ interests first before their own, presenting educators as truly unsung heroes worthy of respect and understanding.
4. The Miracle Worker (1962)
Quotable movie quote: “Mrs. Keller, I don’t think Helen’s greatest handicap is deafness or blindness. I think it’s your love and pity.” – Anne Sullivan
A teacher named Anne Sullivan brought light to the life of her deaf, blind, and mute student. Despite being half blind herself, Sullivan strove to teach her student to see the world through her fingertips.
This student grew up to be the first deaf-blind and mute to earn a bachelor’s degree— Hellen Keller. This movie will inspire you to be grateful for your teachers who never fail to reach out and stand by your side whenever you’re down.
5. Whiplash (2014)
Whiplash isn’t your ordinary feel-good film on teaching because you’ll be introduced to a ruthless music mentor. Not everyone will approve of his unconventional teaching methods, but this movie somehow sheds light on the existence of strict teachers.
School of Hip Hop (2017)
We get it. Some students think school is boring. But did you know some teachers think the same? Binge-watch this Korean mini drama series, and see how a former underground hip hop artist and an English teacher come together to shake things up in the boring, routinary days of an elementary school- all done with a swag!
Ready your hearts and tissue for this Korean drama film! Following the novel The Crucible by Gong Ji-Young, this movie depicts a real eye-opener on the sexual abuse done to deaf students in a Korean school during the early 2000s. While this is definitely not for the faint of heart, this is an apt reminder that teachers play a crucial role in a students’ life outside school– especially the brave ones like Kang In Ho (Played by Gong Yoo!).
A world without teachers would be meaningless. After watching these films, you will appreciate their sacrifices and generosity even more!
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