Tuesday, August 31, 2021

My A-List of School-based Movies

 Facebook has exploded with pictures of kids physically, not virtually, going back to school, or in many instances starting school for the first time.

Here’s my list of favorite movies I have seen with education as a central theme or important school scene:

To Sir with Love


The Way We Were

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

The Winslow Boy (1948 and 1999)



The Children’s Hour

The History Boys

Freaky Friday

The Blue Angel

13 Going on 30

Dead Poets Society

Blackboard Jungle

How Green Was My Valley

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Horse Feathers

Animal House

Back to School

The Breakfast Club

Hairspray (musical and non musical)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

The Paper Chase

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Pretty in Pink

All of the Indiana Jones movies

Legally Blonde

Back to the Future

The Absent-Minded Professor


Good Will Hunting


Mr. Holland’s Opus


Spider-man (2002)

The Last Picture Show