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The Movies' Most Inspirational Teachers
The educators who made us really want to learn. Yeah!
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The Movies' Most Inspirational Teachers | Fran�ois B�gaudeau in Laurent Cantet's The Class
The Movies' Most Inspirational Teachers

This week sees the release of Oscar-nominated French film The Class, following a year in a school in a tough Parisian neighbourhood. To commemorate the event, we took a look back at the most inspiring teachers in cinema history: the ones who actually made us want to learn, the teachers who changed their students' lives for the better, and who managed to communicate more about life than just the value of the square on the hypotenuse of a right-angle triangle. Sit quietly at the back there, or if you must, stand in respectful silence on your desks, as we bring you the best teachers ever to grace the screen�

PICTURED Fran�ois B�gaudeau in Laurent Cantet's The Class

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Your Comments
1 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Posted on Monday April 13, 2009, 18:35 by hollywooodgoldenage
What? Maggie Smith's Oscar winning performance as Miss Jean Brodie ! Read More

2 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Friday March 6, 2009, 09:26 by IncrediballisticDude
TOM HANKS! SAVING PRIVATE RYAN!!!!!! HE WAS A TEACHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Empire, I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU. Ok, so the only thing he really taught in the movie was how to make Sticky Bombs, (Which, let's be honest, would have been very useful in any educational establishment), but he deserves to be at No.1 for his fantastic contribution to.... er..... the war effort. Yeah. Read More

3
Posted on Friday March 6, 2009, 00:57 by mrarsen
What about Kevin Spacey's character (Mr Simonet) in 'Pay it Forward' ???? http://www.flickr.com Read More

4 The Chorus
Posted on Sunday March 1, 2009, 23:43 by roundeyeblues
Anyone else notice how messed up the entry for The Chorus was? Jugnot plays Gérard? The actor's name is Gérard Jugnot and he plays Clément Mathieu. Jesus, read over what you write. Apparently Empire can't even rip off Total Film without making stupid mistakes. Oh and Pay It Forward? Mr Holland's Opus? People actually liked those films? Read More

5
Posted on Sunday March 1, 2009, 20:39 by Kalle Fire
What about Kevin Spacey's character (Mr Simonet) in 'Pay it Forward' ???? Read More

6 No Olmos?
Posted on Sunday March 1, 2009, 11:10 by oakford
Who composes these lists? how can you leave out Olmos but have Schwarzenegger in there, thats like making the Best Mafia Dons list without Brando, but having Eric Roberts included! Read More

7 and wat bout.....?
Posted on Saturday February 28, 2009, 15:51 by BubbaGump Shrimps
No Mr Clark from Lean on Me??? "MR CLARK!" Read More

8
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 23:52 by frusciante2112
Uhhh, where's Georges Lopez? Come one Etre Et Avoir! Damn it! You have Mr Ray but not Georges... Read More

9 RE: Inspirational Movie Teachers
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 22:38 by pablo233
Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver should have been 1 to 13 !! "snap ur neck like a tootpick!" Read More

10 Lupin!
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 21:47 by SINCITYISTHEBEST
He is quality wor Lupin! hes even a werewolf for chrissakes! And yeah, you blatantly stole this off Total Film (who incidentally did include Lupin) Read More

11 What? No Sister Mary Clarence
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 15:33 by Sass1
I can't believe you didn't include Whoopi Goldberg's music teacher persona "Sister Mary Clarence" from Sister Act 2 - now *there* is an inspirational music teacher! Read More

12
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 15:01 by JIMFRANK
Forgetting Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver is a crime. Read More

13 Mr. Garfield from 187 probably doesn't count I suppose....
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 11:56 by the ageless stranger
Since that was just a total downer. Read More

14
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 10:36 by Pipkin3
Mr Farthing from KES seemed like a good teacher to me! Am I wrong? Read More

15
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 09:41 by Abbil
Am I the only one missing John Cleese from his sex ed class in "The meaning of life"? he sure as hell inspired you, either study, or be in the rugbymatch against the masters!! Read More

16
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 09:18 by supermaddy
Where is Lupin? He was importnt and inspiring and lovable etc etc! And Sister Act? ? Read More

17 Breakfast Club
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 08:13 by bish10
Richard Vernon in the Breakfast Club. Paul Gleason is an acting genius! or SISTER ACT!!! (Sorry, I love bandwagons) Read More

18 Breakfast Club
Posted on Friday February 27, 2009, 08:04 by bish10
Richard Vernon in the Breakfast Club. Paul Gleason is an acting genius! or SISTER ACT!!! (Sorry, I love bandwagons) Read More

19 Yet again!
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 23:03 by grantjohnson123
Yes, yet again! there seems to be a trend growing, where Empire misses out the one and only sister act!!! first the nun's and now this! what is up with that! how can you keep missing out the one and only Sister Mary Clarence!!! Read More

20 Right...
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 18:03 by mozzy_gal
So where was Sister Mary Clarence, Coach Carter(definitley), and HNIC?? Read More

21 RE: Inspirational Movie Teachers
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 17:39 by megaspunk
Even though he's more principal than teacher, Morgan Freeman's Joe "HNIC" Clark in Lean on Me, even took the teachers to class. There's always Major Payne (Damon Wayans) too. "One, tubby, tubby.. Je je je". Read More

22 RE: Coach Carter
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 17:14 by punkdkid
Hmm not sure about coach Carter..... but Sam Jackson in '189' on a revenge mission against rebellious teenagers should be an inspiratio to all teachers...hmmmmm haha! Read More

23 Coach Carter
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 17:00 by stupot14
How did Coach Carter not make this list.  The man didn't only teach basketball, he taught them life lessons and even made them improve their grades so loads of them got scholarships, bet that wasn't in his job description.   Best teacher ever, fact. Read More

24 Mr Holland?!
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 13:51 by aka_sammym
I agree with Montroy, where the hell is Mr Holland? He is without a doubt my fave teacher from any movie. Read More

25
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 13:44 by jibjob82
As ever, Empire never put the one thats so blindingly obvious it actually hurts my eyes.. where's Sister Mary Clarence/ Deloris Van Cartier from Sister Act 2? Idiots Read More

26 Mr Ray??? Why?
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 13:38 by sscott1985
Surely Danny Devito's Bill Rago in the Renaissance Man is a far better option than Mr Ray!!! There should be a 14th added just for our wee Danny! Read More

27 This makes me wanna say...
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 12:52 by gingerdaniel
"Bueller................................Bueller... ..................................Bueller.............. .............................", " I think he's sick". Read More

28 Mr Holland
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 12:43 by montroy
I was suprised to see Arnie labelled an inspirational teacher, but he ho... What about Richard Dryfuss in Mr Hollands Opus. Read More

29 Heather Graham - The Guru
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 11:39 by bronco3114
I'd happily request extra homework and hopefull extra tuition! Read More

30
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 11:11 by Merc
what about hector from the history boys??? Read More

31
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 09:41 by keef_mac
Yep, noticed that Total Film had pretty much the same article up on their site a few days ago Read More

32
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 09:40 by kalle
You forgot School of Life with Ryan Reynolds :< Read More

33
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 09:07 by crazymoviesdude
It's actually Bob Peterson who voices Mr Ray in Finding Nemo, John Ratzenberger is just the School of Fish. Read More

34 Edward James Olmos???
Posted on Thursday February 26, 2009, 00:50 by ltracte
Where is he on your list?? Stand and Deliver was a great movie about an inspirational teacher Read More

35 Total Film
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2009, 23:10 by jdwilson1989
I was just about to say that same thing, Ethanial. This is pretty funny. Read More

36
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2009, 23:07 by swan
i'm upset sister mary clarence didnt make the cut.... Read More

37 Mike White in Orange County
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2009, 23:02 by harryburton1985
Absolutely hilarious!!! 'Who's your favourite 'Friend'? 'Ross I guess' 'I'm sorry that's wrong' Read More

38 Erm
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2009, 22:30 by Ethanial
http://www.totalfilm.com/features/7-insanely-cool-movie -teachers Now, you guys will have to stop, we don't want a Crips and Bloods kinda event happening. Read More

39 Shoop?
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2009, 22:16 by bish10
Where is Mark Harmon's Shoop from Summer School? Best teacher ever!! Read More

40 Miss Honey!!!
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2009, 20:52 by fiona121
I remember watching Matilda when I was little and wishing Miss Honey was my teacher at the time I had a more Miss Trunchball-esque teacher Read More


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