When it comes to teacher-inspiring dramas that highlight the value of independent thought, community, and appreciating the beauty in the ordinary, Dead Poets Society is the gold standard. Numerous young performers saw their careers take off thanks to the film’s enormous critical and financial success. The film, like the poets who have passed away but whose profound and beautiful words still haunt us, is an inspiring coming-of-age story and a testament to the creativity that only humans can produce. Some of the best inspiring movies listed below are ones that would make us cry just like Dead Poets Society.
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1. To Sir, With Loe (1967)
Director- James Clavell
Mark Thackeray, an engineer, shows up to instruct an utterly disorganised class at an East End school. He’s still hoping for a solid engineering position and hopes he won’t stay there for too long. He begins enforcing his own brand of classroom rules by ordering the students to respect one another. Inevitably, he starts getting engaged in the students’ personal affairs, and while winning over the class, he must fend off the overtures of an amorous student.
2. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Director- Gus Van Sant
Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a talent for math and chemistry that can propel him far beyond his working-class background, but he is unaware of this and is unable to even consider abandoning his closest friend, his construction job, or his boyhood neighbourhood in Boston’s South End. To further complicate matters, a number of strangers are introduced: a brilliant math professor who learns about and even envies Will’s talents; a sympathetic therapist who understands his blue-collar upbringing; and a stunning, talented pre-med student who, for the first time in his life, demonstrates the possibility of love.
3. Stand and Deliver (1988)
Director- Ramón Menéndez
Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher in Los Angeles, is harassed by challenging pupils like Angel Guzman. But Jaime also feels pressure from his superiors, who want him to manage his rowdy class. He chooses to immerse his kids in higher math since he is caught in the middle. After months of preparation, his students ace the calculus exam in California, only to find out that their results are being contested. To appease the naysayers, they will need to repeat the exam.
4. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Director- Mike Newell
The esteemed Wellesley College has hired Katherine Ann Watson to teach art history there. For the 1950s, Watson is a highly contemporary lady who cares deeply about both her students and art. Most of the time, it appears as though the students are all waiting impatiently for the appropriate man to propose to them. The students are all incredibly intelligent, but according to Watson, they are not using their full potential. Watson’s views are irreconcilable with the prevalent ethos of the college, despite the fact that a close link develops between teacher and pupil.
5. The Belier Family (2014)
Director- Éric Lartigau
The Béliers are typical citizens; Rodolphe and Gigi are married, have two kids, and make a living by operating their farm. average citizens? Actually, three of them—the parents, their son Quentin, and the father—are deaf, so almost. Paula, the boy’s big sister, is not in this situation. Her music teacher not only notices her great voice but also her speaking ability. He invites her to take the audition for the Paris-based Maîtrise de Radio France, a vocally eminent choir. She serves as her parents’ eyes and ears in the outside world, and they are not pleased with the news. Paula faces a difficult decision because she abhors the thought of betraying her parents and brother.
6. Freedom Writers (2007)
Director- Richard LaGravenese
At-risk kids in a young teacher’s class are motivated to work hard, develop tolerance, and continue their education after high school. Long Beach, California is home to Woodrow Wilson High School. Although the school is willingly integrated, it is failing. In addition to not getting along, Asians, Blacks, Latinos, and a small number of Whites also adhere to their cultural cliques and are members of aggressive gangs. The school doesn’t conduct a lot of instruction or learning. For preteens, it serves as a warehouse until they may drop out or are expelled.
7. The Emperor’s Club (2002)
Director- Michael Hoffman
William Hundert, a renowned history professor at St. Benedict’s Prep, cheerfully spends his life to teaching his students about the Classical worldview and ideals, typically with some degree of success. He resigns after being passed up for the position of headmaster by a younger colleague who specialises mostly in fund-raising and networking. However, Hundert agrees to arrange a rematch of the Mr. Julius Caesar annual Roman history contest edition in order to secure the institution a sizable donation. This was previously lost despite cheating by Sedgewick Bell, the confused son of a US senator without morals, who let him down despite being a very good student.
8. Dangerous Minds (1995)
Director- John N. Smith
A renowned inner-city high school hires former Marine Louanne Johnson to teach in a trial programme for gifted but underachieving teenagers. After a disastrous first day, she makes the decision to disregard protocol. Johnson returns to the classroom with a no-nonsense attitude shaped by her military experience and a brave commitment to improve the lives of her children at whatever cost.
9. School of Rock (2003)
Director- Richard Linklater
Guitar slacker Dewey Finn is struggling with melancholy and a stack of debts after getting fired from his rock band. His closest friend, Ned Schneebly, a former bandmate who is currently a substitute teacher, lives with him in the same apartment. Dewey obtains a position as a temporary substitute teacher at a pretentious private elementary school, where his attitude and antics have a significant impact on his pupils. After seeing that they are brilliant teenage musicians, he decides to start a rock band with them in order to compete for the $10,000 grand prize in a local band competition. Dewey would be able to get out of debt and get back into the rock music spotlight if he were to win the “Battle of the Bands” competition.
10. About Time (2013)
Director- Richard Curtis
Tim Lake enjoys a happy life with his family in Cornwall, but he has bad luck with women and is uneasy around them. At the age of 21, his father tells him a family secret: the men in his family are capable of travelling through time. Tim, a sceptic, discovers that his father is telling the truth. Tim then falls in love with Mary and seduces her to make up for the faults he made in their previous relationship. He uses his skill throughout his life to make up for both his own mistakes and those of his family and friends.