This list is from my "old" blog, although I've added a few things and will update as I watch. It is one of my summer goals to watch most of the "I don't remember" and "I've been told to see" movies.
Super Awesome Teacher Movies: A List by SJ
Title Lead Actor(s) What Made the Teacher Super
The First Grader Naomie Harris + Oliver Litondo Broke Rules to Get Results
School of Life Ryan Reynolds + David Paymer Passionate about Life
The Bells of St. Mary's Ingrid Bergman + Bing Crosby Cared for Students
Renaissance Man Danny DeVito Believed in Students
Kindergarten Cop Arnold Schwartzenegger Developmental Instincts
That's What I Am Ed Harris "That's What I Am"
School of Rock Jack Black Learned from Students
The Ron Clark Story~ Matthew Perry Innovative Teaching Methods
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams Love Poetry, Seize the Day
Dangerous Minds~ Michelle Pffiefer Connected with Students
To Sir, With Love Sidney Portier Made Students THINK
Arranged Zoe Lister Jones & Francis Benhamou Find common ground
Stand and Deliver~ Edward James Olmos Teaches Calculus to "Special Ed"
Sister Act 2 Whoopi Goldberg Teaches Respect through Work
Krippendorf's Tribe Richard Dreyfuss Creative College Prof. :o)
Freedom Writers*~ Hilary Swank Motivates Students to Share their stories
Take the Lead~ Antonio Banderas Teaches Respect through Dancing
The Karate Kid Pat Morita + Ralph Macchio Teaches Self Confidence
In & Out Kevin Kline Acceptance
X-Men Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman Super Powers!
The Trouble with Angels ~ Hayley Mills, Rosalind Russell Patience in the face of Hijinks
Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows! Rosalind Russell + Stella Stevens Plucky Spirits
Summer School Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley Teaches More Than Remedial English
Blackboard Jungle Glenn Ford, Sidney Portier The Original inspirational inner city teacher
Teacher Movies I've Seen, but don't really remember if they were good
Mr. Holland's Opus
Mona Lisa Smile
The Man Without a Face
To Be and To Have (Documentary)
Teacher Movies I've been told I have to see
The Marva Collins Story~
Lean on Me~
A Beautiful Mind~
Music of the Heart
Children of a Lesser God
The Emperor's Club
Akeelah and the Bee
Up the Down Staircase
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Great Debaters
~Based on a True Story
*The movie is great and the book is well written, however, it bugs me that this teacher has only ever taught one class of students. It's wonderful that she did something amazing once, but it bugs me because other really awesome teachers do much the same thing over and over and over again and don't get all the accolades that she does.
Teacher Movies I Didn't Really Like!
Half Nelson - turned it off after Mom and I fell asleep after being bored with the drug-addiction-driven plot.
Bad Teacher - It was a kind of a female version of 'School of Rock' minus really good music.
Three Teacher Books I Love
I am a Pencil by Sam Swope
Learn Me Good by John Pearson
The Essential 55 by Ron Clark