Educational Films: 20 Films About Education and Education System

Yağmur Avvurur

Yağmur Avvurur

Founder @ceotudent

Would you like to watch the criticism of education and the education system with educational films? Education begins the first day we are born and continues until our life ends. The education given at school covers a very large part of our lives. However, the wrong education given can darken a person’s life. We have compiled 20 films, each more beautiful than the other, that bring to the big screen the mistakes that exist in the education system and the important points we need to realize. We wish you a good viewing.

1) Music of Hearth – 50 Brave Violinists (1999) | IMDb: 6.8

Genre: Drama, Music

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Merly Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer

Abandoned by her husband with her two children, Roberta Guaspari is a mother who tries to take care of her children as best she can. Trying to do everything he can, Guaspari learned to play the violin at a very young age. Moreover, playing the violin turned into a love for him and he started to play great. An old acquaintance who knows this process calls Guaspari to inform him that he has found a job. He will give music lessons with his violin at a school. This business woman is very happy. Guaspari, who starts to attend classes with his passion, violin, is surprised by what he has gone through. The education system he has to follow is terrible. Guaspar, who tries to walk with his own truth in that system as much as he can, becomes the muse of the students around him. Things are going very differently now, and Guaspari is going from success to success.

2) The Emperor’s Club (2002) | IMDb: 6.9

Genre: Drama

Director: Michael Hoffman

Cast: Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Joel Gretsch

The screenplay of Imperial Club, another film on our list of educational films, is adapted from the story Palace Thief by Ethan Canin. st. Working as a professor at Benedict’s Academy, William Hundert is so in love with what he does that he puts all his money into his profession. There is a competition called “The Emperor’s Club” traditionally held at this school. For this competition, students work hard and try to get into the top three. Mr. Hundert’s new students also prepare for this competition. But this time things go a little differently. Because Sedgewick Bell, one of the new students in the class, is the son of one of the most famous politicians of the period.

3) The Blackboard (2000) | IMDb: 6.9

Genre: Drama, War

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

Cast: Said Mohamadi, Behanz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi

It is about what happened in the Iranian countryside after the war. Everything was destroyed in the war. Teachers, on the other hand, have their blackboards loaded on their backs and begin to travel the land. Teachers are in a state of shouldering the whole world and the responsibility as much as the world. They present information to information-hungry children wherever they go. Moreover, they introduce children to life. Teaching is perhaps the greatest pleasure in this world.

4) Elephant – Elephant (2003) | IMDb: 7.2

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director: Gus Van Sant

Cast: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen

The reason for the armed attacks on schools is still not resolved. Elephant, one of the must-haves of the educational films list, also deals with school attacks. A few students at Columbine High shift their focus to school attacks. They start talking about the school attack morning and evening. “Why are these attacks happening, what is in the background?” They ponder their questions. On the day that starts like an ordinary school day, while the students are eating in the cafeteria, a student with a gun in his hand kills everyone there one by one, without blinking.

5) Stand and Deliver – Stand and Resist (1988) | IMDb: 7.3

Genre: Biography, Drama

Director: Ramon Menendez

Cast: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan

A new appointment takes place for Jamie Escalante. His new school is a high school of Hispanic youth. Most young people attending this high school are in the hands of gangs. These students, who have little interest in school, have no hope for education. In this case, the share of irrelevant teachers working at that school is also very large. Jamie Escalante, a math teacher, does everything he can to help these hopeless students. Moreover, his efforts were not in vain and he began to train the best math students in the country. Those students begin to change one by one.

6) Padre Padrone – My Father and My Master (1977) | IMDb: 7.4

Genre: Biography, Drama

Director: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Cast: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli

Gavino Ledda’s father, who is trying to survive by working as a shepherd in the countryside, prevents his son from receiving education until the age of twenty and even learning to read and write, citing lack of money. When the military years come, the world changes for Gavino. Gavino learns to read and write, and even finishes high school during his military service. After military service, he wants to continue his education. He will go to university and continue to learn a lot to study. However, he sees the same obstacle in front of him again: his father. His father tells him that he has to work as a shepherd, that he cannot go to university.

7) Akeelah and the Bee (2006) | IMDb: 7.4

Genre: Drama, Family

Director: Doug Atchison

Cast: Angela Basset, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

Akeelah and the Bee, one of the most popular educational movies list, is one of the movies you can watch as a family. Akeelah, who is from Los Angeles, is a very talented child as well as being cute. Among his many talents, his greatest talent is the use of words. Aware of his talent, Dr. Larabee guides Akeelah very well. The talented Akeelah, who does not ignore these directions, is on her way to becoming a national celebrity. The process of preparing for the competition is not an easy one. Despite facing many obstacles and difficulties, he does not give up and shows everyone the importance of trust that is disappearing day by day between people.

8) The Great Debaters – The Great Debaters (2007) | IMDb: 7.5

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Director: Denzel Washington

Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise

Another film on our list of educational films, The Great Debaters is based on the real life of a professor at Wlley College named Melvin B. Tolson. Aware of the mistakes and deficiencies in the education system, Melvin gives his students the education they need as much as he can.

9) Freedom Writers – Freedom Writers (2007) | IMDb: 7.6

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Cast: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey

The best way to learn is to learn by doing. Erin, who is a devoted teacher to her students, prefers to keep tolerance alive in order to explain it to children. Dozens of students of different ethnicities have to come to school at the same time and learn what is shown to them. In fact, school is such a place for them. For Erin, however, school is not such a place. While Erin tries to explain how bad racism is, the students try to show that racism is a fact of life. Erin, who does not give up no matter what, will give her students an assignment to make them understand this situation. In accordance with this assignment, students will write their own lives. After all, each story is different, but there is always a point of intersection.

10) Searching for Bobby Fischer – Innocent Moves (1993) | IMDb:7.4

Genre: Biography, Drama, Sports

Director: Steven Zaillian

Cast: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc

Josh Waitzkin is a very curious kid about chess. This curiosity is discovered by his mother. His father, who initially argued that there was no such thing, eventually realizes his son’s interest in chess. In order to pursue such a fascinating talent, seven-year-old Waitzkin begins to learn from the chess prodigy. On the other hand, he starts playing with his chess partner he found in the park. His days begin to pass by improving himself.

11) The Wave – Dangerous Games (2008) | IMDb: 7.6

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Director: Dennis Gansel

Cast: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt

What is autocracy? Rainer Wegner teaches autocross to his students in class one day. However, his students are not interested in the lesson and do not listen. So Wegner tries a different method. Students in the class will see him as a leader. In this way, he determines a log and sends himself Mr. Wegner orders it to be called. Everyone will now wear a uniform white t-shirt. Moreover, their group also has a name: “The Wave”. Thanks to this unity, the members of the group become more connected to each other day by day and begin to feel a great power. Moreover, new members are added to the group. But no power is healthy. The power in this group also brings its end.

12) Detachment (2011) | IMDb: 7.7

Genre: Drama

Director: Tony Kaye

Cast: Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks, Marcia Gay Harden

Another movie on our list of educational movies, Detachment, is a highly acclaimed movie. Henry Barthes, who is a temporary teacher, is a person who can establish very close relationships with others. Until the permanent teacher arrives, he cannot work for a long time in the task he has undertaken. Although he cannot establish a long relationship, he realizes how introverted the teachers and students working in the institution he worked for are. Trying to touch the lives of each of them, Henry leaves a beautiful mark in the lives of all of them.

13) Remember the Titans – Unforgettable Titans (2000) | IMDb: 7.8

Genre: Biography, Drama, Sports

Director: Boaz Yakin

Cast: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris

Even in the 1970s, racism continued unabated in Virginia. Moreover, racism was at its peak. Unfortunately for Herman Boone, who was an American football coach in Virginia at the time, this situation was also very frustrating. Looking for a coach for an American football team made up of racist and problem students. This quest results in Herman Boone being the coach. However, hard times await Bonne as a coach.

14) The Chorus – Chorus (2004) | IMDb: 7.9

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

Director: Christophe Barratier

Cast: Gerard Jugnot, François Berlean, Jean-Baptiste Manuer

A very idealistic but disciplined principal, M. Rachin heads the Foun de I’Etang, a school for troubled boys. Rachin follows an educational path of his own. Unfortunately, this method does not yield positive results. On the contrary, it is received very badly by the students. Still determined to apply her own method, Rachin is shaken by the new educator coming to school. A teacher named M. Clement Mathiue is not satisfied with the method carried out at school. But it has a solution: music. Is there anything that music can’t solve?

15) The Breakfast Club (1985) | IMDb: 7.8

Type: Comedy, Drama

Director: John Hughes

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

One of the other must-have movies in our educational movies list is Breakfast Club. There are definitely different types in every school. Nerds, a group that gets up and sleeps with sports, those who constantly philosophize with what they read… The movie begins on the day of common punishment of students of different types. A group of students from different groups are punished at the same time and have to get to know each other. This punishment, which can be called a kind of torture, gives them an experience they will never forget for life. They start communicating with each other and things develop.

16) Dead Poets Society (1989) | IMDb: 8.1

Type: Comedy, Drama

Director: Peter Weir

Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke

Could educational movies be complete without Dead Poets Society? Welton Academy is a highly disciplined and respected educational institution. The administration of the school is quite conservative and also oppressive. He constantly restrains students with his orthodox manners and rules. Keating, a teacher who never conforms to the administration of this school, is assigned to the Academy and comes into conflict with the administration. The first thing Keatin does is have the students tear up their books. They will no longer be educated within the framework of memorized knowledge. How could they learn without living life? Keating, who is loved by students with his attitude, leaves a different and unforgettable mark on every student. Upon her conflict with the administration, the administration decides to suspend her from school. In the face of this decision, the students begin to make noise. Because that’s exactly what living life is like.

17) Good Will Hunting – My Dear Friend (1997) | IMDb: 8.3

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Gus Van Sant

Cast: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

It all starts when a young man named Will, who works as a cleaning lady at MIT, solves a math question that is almost impossible to solve. The teacher who wrote the question on the board finds Will after a while and says that he wants to work with him. As the good days continue, Will gets into a fight and things change. Will receives a prison sentence. Hearing this news, the professor begins to work with all his might to save Will.

18) Black (2005) | IMDb: 8.2

Genre: Drama

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel

Could a happily married marriage be ruined by the birth of a child? Paul and Catherine are a couple who love each other and strive to have a happy marriage. They think that when Catherine becomes pregnant, they will add happiness to their happiness, but with the birth, their lives move in a completely different direction. They have a daughter named Michelle. Michelle is born with neither sight nor hearing. This makes him irritable as he gets older. Unbroken plate does not leave a vase at home. While these acrimonies are taking place, Catherine gives birth again. Their daughters born this time are quite healthy. With the arrival of a healthy baby at home, Paul wants to lock Michelle in a clinic so she can stop her acrimonies. As they make arrangements for the full clinic, they meet a trainer who will change their lives. Debraj Sahai wants to take over Michelle’s education. He trains Michelle by applying his own training methods morning and evening. That vicious girl is gone, replaced by a successful girl who goes to school like normal children. Moreover, Michelle develops herself so much that she even starts and finishes university. When education is given with the right methods, it is impossible to fail.

19) Like Stars on Earth – Every Child Is Special (2007) | IMDb: 8.4

Genre: Drama, Family

Director: Aamir Kahn, Amole Gupte

Cast: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Kahn, Tisca Chopra

If children with special needs can meet with the right teachers, then life becomes a much better place for them. Ishaan Awasthi is an 8-year-old boy. Ishaan, who is constantly fighting with his friends at the school he goes to, cannot be successful in his lessons and is ostracized by everyone. Even his family excludes him and enrolls him in a boarding school so that he can recover. Everything is the same for Ishaan in this school. His lessons are bad and he fights with the kids around him. However, a light comes on for Ishaan with the behavior of Ram Shankar, the teacher entering the painting class. Ram has noticed Ishaan’s situation and has already started trying various methods to make him happy. As Ram spends time with Ishaan, he realizes what he really is. He explains to her what’s wrong with Ishaan, a special boy, and helps him find himself.

20) 3 Idiots – 3 Stupid (2009) | IMDb: 8.4

Type: Comedy, Drama

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Cast: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh

3 Stupid is the most popular and music-filled movie on our educational movies list. Three brilliant students Rancho Chhanched, Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi are studying engineering at one of India’s largest universities. All three of them are studying engineering here without knowing exactly what they want to do. The three of them become very close friends. They team up against the troublesome Professor Viru and make life difficult for her. The wrong education system darkens the lives of dozens of bright young people. Yet why doesn’t anyone ask young people what they really want to do?

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