Great Movie Teachers to Appreciate for Teacher Appreciation Week

Head back to school with us and our favorite cinematic teaching staff as we celebrate great movie teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Movie Teachers - Jack Black in "School of Rock."

© Paramount / courtesy Everett Collection

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. So, instead of throwing on your favorite high school movie and getting caught up in the teen drama or comedy, maybe now is a good time to turn your attention to the faculty and staff. Ya know, the movie teachers that toil away in the background. They might be hard-nosed, or they might be in need of love, but they have good intentions. And they do their best to keep the peace as the jock gets the cheerleader and the nerd tries to get noticed.

Yep, being a teacher is a thankless job. But for all that they do, especially after a year of remote learning, they deserve not just this week, but a whole year of gratitude and recognition. We can certainly think of many great teachers that have inspired us and helped us get to where we are today (I'm looking at you Mr. Sangerarti, who told me to never stop writing). We salute them all with a look back at the many great movie teachers that have come to inspire greatness in all of us. Or, at the very least, inspire us to have a good time.

Sean Penn and Ray Walston in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
Cameron Diaz in "Bad Teacher."
Robin Williams in "Dead Poets Society."
Edward James Olmos in "Stand and Deliver."
Michelle Pfeiffer in "Dangerous Minds."
Jack Black in "School of Rock."
Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Kindergarten Cop."
Richard Dreyfuss in "Mr. Holland's Opus."
Ryan Gosling in "Half Nelson."
Sandy Dennis in "Up the Down Staircase."
John Houseman in "The Paper Chase."
Tina Fey in "Mean Girls."
Embeth Davidtz in "Matilda."
Samuel L. Jackson in "Coach Carter."
Donald Sutherland in "National Lampoon's Animal House."
Ben Stein in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
Patrick Stewart in "X-Men."
Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman and Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Bridgette Wilson in "Billy Madison."
Eddie Murphy in "The Nutty Professor."

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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