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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian. His roommate, Neil Perry, although exceedingly bright and popular, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father. The two, along with their other friends, meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who tells them of the Dead Poets Society, and encourages them to go against the status quo. Each does so in his own way, and is changed for life. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  education,  poetry,  art,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  professor,  student
Period:1950s
Story:english teacher,  moral dilemma,  english literature,  classic literature,  youth club,  school club,  teacher student relationship,  popular teacher,  teacher hero,  dedicated teacher,  school teacher,  teen suicide,  finding own voice,  school faculty,  high school play,  voice impressionist,  elongated cry of no,  famous speech,  free thinking,  shot in sequence,  moral courage,  conflicted hero,  shakespeare's a midsummer night's dream,  pedagogy,  anti establishment,  following a dream,  visual metaphor,  year 1959,  teenage romance,  charisma,  anti conformity,  harvard university,  school class,  boys' school,  preparatory school,  pupil,  scapegoat,  motivational,  dilemma,  mentor protege relationship,  bohemian,  domineering father,  rowing,  secret past,  teenage hero,  silhouette,  repeated line,  private school,  schoolteacher,  generation gap,  conservative,  unlikely hero,  corporal punishment,  secret society,  idealism,  puberty,  teaching,  friendship between boys,  symbolism,  tragic hero,  dark past,  classmate,  boarding school,  teen movie,  dark hero,  literature,  morality,  compassion,  club,  blockbuster,  first love,  teen angst,  loyalty,  poet,  acting,  suicide attempt,  fired from the job,  spanking,  bird,  kissing,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

Dans La Maison (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dans La Maison (2012)

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  art,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  pupil,  friendship between boys,  symbolism,  literature,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:art,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher,  professor
Period:1950s
Story:teaching,  teacher student relationship,  teacher hero,  free thinking,  harvard university,  rowing,  conservative,  secret society,  fired from the job,  teenage girl,  coming of age

Dangerous Minds (1995)
Biography, Drama

Dangerous Minds (1995)

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  dedicated teacher,  school teacher,  teaching,  compassion,  teen angst

Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

Themes:friendship
Characters:student
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  teenage romance,  generation gap,  teen movie,  first love,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  three word title

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The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. This is why The School Of Rock (2003) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:education,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:private school,  teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  preparatory school,  idealism,  fired from the job,  title spoken by character

Udaan (2010)
Drama

Udaan (2010)

After being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn't even know existed. Forced to work in his father's steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he strives to forge his own life out of his given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  friendship
Story:anti conformity,  domineering father,  secret past,  repeated line,  dark past,  boarding school,  dark hero,  poet,  coming of age,  father son relationship

3 Idiots (2009)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

3 Idiots (2009)

Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after faking a stroke aboard an Air India plane, and excusing himself from his wife - trouser less - respectively. Enroute, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who reminds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi's Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address - little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. (Read More)

Themes:education,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:professor,  student
Story:following a dream,  anti conformity,  dilemma,  morality,  first love,  suicide attempt,  coming of age

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Taare Zameen Par (2007) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:art,  poetry,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:boarding school,  teacher student relationship,  finding own voice,  free thinking,  moral courage,  pedagogy,  visual metaphor,  boys' school,  motivational,  mentor protege relationship,  domineering father,  conservative,  compassion,  bird,  father son relationship

The Great Debaters (2007)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:education,  poetry
Characters:professor,  student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  harvard university,  poet,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  based on true story,  three word title,  father son relationship

Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. This is why Ondskan (2003) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Period:1950s
Story:private school,  corporal punishment,  boarding school,  morality,  bird,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  based on true story,  father son relationship

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Election (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  teaching,  teen movie,  morality,  teen angst,  fired from the job,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

The Good Shepherd (2006) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  betrayal,  suicide
Characters:student
Period:1950s
Story:teacher student relationship,  secret society,  idealism,  loyalty,  poet,  fired from the job,  teenage boy,  three word title,  father son relationship

Rushmore (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Rushmore (1998)

Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:private school,  preparatory school,  teen movie,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character

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Entre Les Murs (2008)
Drama

Entre Les Murs (2008)

Teacher Francois Marin and his colleagues are preparing for another school year teaching at a racially mixed inner city high school in Paris. The teachers talk to each other about their prospective students, both the good and the bad. The teachers collectively want to inspire their students, but each teacher is an individual who will do things in his or her own way to achieve the results they desire. They also have differing viewpoints on the students themselves, and how best to praise and discipline them. The administration of the school tries to be as fair as possible, which includes having student representatives sit on the student evaluation committee. Marin's class this year of fourteen and fifteen year olds is no different than previous years, although the names and faces have changed. Marin tries to get through to his students, sometimes with success and sometimes resulting in utter failure. Even Marin has his breaking point, which may result in him doing things he would probably admit to himself are wrong. But after all is said and done, there is next year and another group of students. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  education
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  puberty,  teaching,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  three word title,  father son relationship

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship. This is why Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:professor,  student,  teacher
Period:1950s
Story:teen movie,  literature,  teen angst,  fired from the job,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Drama, Mystery

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  private school,  symbolism,  boarding school,  bird,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  friendship
Characters:professor,  student
Story:moral dilemma,  teacher student relationship,  classmate,  loyalty,  poet,  suicide attempt,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:private school,  teen suicide,  high school play,  classmate,  teen movie,  compassion,  teen angst,  suicide attempt,  fired from the job,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

Never Been Kissed (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Never Been Kissed (1999)

Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:teacher student relationship,  popular teacher,  english teacher,  teaching,  teen movie,  first love,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  three word title

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Elephant (2003) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget. This is why Elephant (2003) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  classmate,  teen movie,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  father son relationship

In & Out (1997)
Comedy, Romance

In & Out (1997)

All of Greenleaf, Indiana is watching this year's telecast of the Oscars as Hollywood heartthrob and local boy made good Cameron Drake has been nominated for his first ever Best Actor Oscar for his latest movie role as a gay soldier. Cameron's high school English teacher Howard Brackett is overjoyed when Cameron wins the award and mentions Howard's contribution in his acting life. That joy turns to horror when Cameron mentions to the worldwide audience that Howard is gay, especially horrific to Howard as he is engaged to fellow teacher Emily Montgomery, a woman with self-esteem issues as she had battled weight issues most of her life before she lost seventy-five pounds for the wedding. Howard's life is totally disrupted as Hollywood media descends on Greenleaf in order to get Howard's story. The rest of Greenleaf also openly wonders if Howard is indeed gay, as he exhibits many stereotypical gay tendencies, such as being neat, and loving music, dancing, poetry and 'Barbra Streisand' (qv). His cause is not helped in that his and Emily's relationship has not yet been consummated. The one person not concerned is Emily, who trusts Howard. As Howard continues to deny being gay to his family, friends and colleagues, he begins to examine himself hypercritically if only because if others believe he's gay, there may be some merit to the claim, as well as because of an incident that occurs with Hollywood reporter Peter Malloy, who is doing a week-long piece on Howard leading up to his and Emily's wedding. But Cameron Drake may be able to provide some overall perspective to what is happening to Howard and the frenzy he has caused. (Read More)

Themes:poetry
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:teacher student relationship,  english teacher,  school teacher,  schoolteacher,  literature,  acting,  fired from the job,  father son relationship

Never Let Me Go (2010)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Never Let Me Go (2010)

As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. (Read More)

Themes:art,  friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  pupil,  boarding school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl

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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  suicide
Characters:teacher
Story:teen suicide,  schoolteacher,  generation gap,  teaching,  teen movie,  first love,  teen angst,  loyalty,  suicide attempt,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  father son relationship

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  student
Story:teacher student relationship,  teen suicide,  anti conformity,  school class,  pupil,  generation gap,  classmate,  teen movie,  suicide attempt,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

Happy-go-lucky (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happy-go-lucky (2008)

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? This is why Happy-go-lucky (2008) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:school teacher,  teacher student relationship,  pupil,  teaching,  club,  bird

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:school teacher,  idealism,  puberty,  morality,  first love,  suicide attempt,  bird,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  father son relationship

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Drama, Music

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he can strive to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As Holland discovers 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teaching,  teacher student relationship,  popular teacher,  dedicated teacher,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  three word title,  father son relationship

World's Greatest Dad (2009) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Comedy, Drama

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. Lance is dating Claire, the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there. (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  art
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teen angst,  teenage boy,  three word title,  father son relationship

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Astro Boy (2009)
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Astro Boy (2009)

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:professor
Story:repeated line,  unlikely hero,  idealism,  compassion,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. This is why The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:poetry,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:literature,  teacher student relationship,  english teacher,  teen movie,  first love,  suicide attempt,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  father son relationship

God's Not Dead (2014)
Drama

God's Not Dead (2014)

Freshman university student Josh Wheaton attends a philosophy class, where the uncompromising Professor Radisson requires all students to submit a signed statement that the "God is dead" and never existed. When Josh refuses due to his own Christian beliefs, the Professor challenges him to defend his position that his god, Yahweh, is real, leading to a series of confrontational presentations between himself and the professor, with the class as jury. Josh's plans to go to law school depend on not failing this class. Josh's girlfriend urges him not to throw away his future with this pointless act of defiance. At the same time, Pastor Dave and African missionary Jude attempt to leave town on a trip, but are hindered by comical accidents. Student Ayisha is at odds with her father's conservative religious principles. Businessman Mark acts cynically towards his mentally ill mother, while his journalist girlfriend receives bad news from a doctor. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy
Characters:professor,  student
Story:teacher student relationship,  conservative

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Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:poetry,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:following a dream,  teen movie,  poet,  suicide attempt,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  based on true story

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Biography, Drama

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  professor,  teacher
Period:1950s
Story:teaching,  shot in sequence,  motivational,  blockbuster,  based on true story,  three word title,  father son relationship

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Comedy, Drama

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, 'Brian Johnson (XIV)' (qv) and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four. (Read More)

Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  teen movie,  club,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  three word title,  title spoken by character

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Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. This is why Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  school class,  corporal punishment,  puberty,  spanking,  bird,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  father son relationship

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:education,  art,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  private school,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age

Donnie Darko (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank - a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie's mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Characters:teacher
Story:teenage romance,  preparatory school,  conservative,  teen movie,  dark hero,  morality,  first love,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  coming of age,  title spoken by character

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Pay It Forward (2000)
Drama

Pay It Forward (2000)

Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him. (Read More)

Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  motivational,  schoolteacher,  teaching,  classmate

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Themes:education
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:harvard university,  fired from the job,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

Clueless (1995) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Comedy, Romance

Clueless (1995)

Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. This is why Clueless (1995) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Characters:student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  teen movie,  teen angst,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  title spoken by character

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Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  teen suicide,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  father son relationship

Notes On A Scandal (2006)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Notes On A Scandal (2006)

The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett is a tough and conservative teacher, near to retirement, who is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart joins the high-school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to manipulate and get closer to Sheba, hiding the secret from the school headmaster. When Portia dies and Sheba does not stay with Barbara in the veterinary office to see Ben in a theater play, Barbara plots a Machiavellian revenge against Sheba, creating a scandal and consequent turmoil in their lives. (Read More)

Themes:art,  education,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:teacher,  student,  professor
Story:teacher student relationship,  schoolteacher,  conservative,  morality,  fired from the job,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  father son relationship

Real Genius (1985)
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

Real Genius (1985)

Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:professor,  student
Story:teacher student relationship,  teen movie,  club

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25th Hour (2002) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Drama

25th Hour (2002)

The 25th Hour depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  english teacher,  conflicted hero,  preparatory school,  teaching,  tragic hero,  father son relationship

Billy Madison (1995)
Comedy

Billy Madison (1995)

Billy Madison is a 27 year-old man whose father Brian is the head of a major hotel chain. Even though he is groomed to replace his father who is about to retire, Billy is extremely immature and unmotivated in life. When Brian considers making Eric Gordon (whom Billy despises) his new replacement, Billy decides to prove to his father that he is capable of taking over. He must repeat grade school all over again (2 weeks for each grade) in order to take over the hotel empire. The further Billy progresses, the more Eric tries to derail Billy. This is why Billy Madison (1995) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989). (Read More)

Themes:education
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  school class,  schoolteacher,  father son relationship

La Vie D'adele (2013)
Drama, Romance

La Vie D'adele (2013)

Adele is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adele's friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adele. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adele and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:school teacher,  teenage romance,  bohemian,  classmate,  first love,  kissing,  teenage girl,  coming of age

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The Art Of Getting By (2011)
Drama, Romance

The Art Of Getting By (2011)

Believing the quote that you are born alone, die alone and everything else is an illusion, George doesn't see the point of life, school, or homework. Then he meets Sally and he now has a reason to go to school and make friends, even if he's not ready to admit to himself or to her that he likes her. The school's principal and art teacher introduce him to an alumni, and successful artist, Dustin, who can help guide George along life's path, but other distractions start surfacing, and George might not even be able to graduate from high school. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  art,  friendship
Characters:teacher
Story:english teacher,  teen angst

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Dead Poets Society (1989)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  friendship
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:moral dilemma,  friendship between boys,  classmate,  club,  fired from the job,  coming of age,  based on true story,  father son relationship

Pleasantville (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Pleasantville (1998)

David Wagner is a kid whose mind is stuck in the 1950s. He's addicted to a classic 50's sitcom television show called "Pleasantville". Pleasntville is a simple place, a place where all of its citizens are swell and simple-minded folks, a place where the word "violence", and life outside of Pleasantville, is unbeknown to its inhabitants; things are perfect down in Pleasantville. One evening, the life of David and his obnoxious sister Jennifer take a bizarre turn when an eccentric repairman hand them a supposed magical remote. After a quarrel between the siblings, they inexplicably zap themselves into the world of "Pleasantville". Now, David and Jennifer must adjust to a 50s lifestyle of repressed desires and considerably different societal values while trying to find their way home. (Read More)

Themes:art
Characters:student,  teacher
Period:1950s
Story:generation gap,  conservative,  symbolism,  teen movie,  teenage boy,  teenage girl,  title spoken by character

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