The 10 Best Films About Teaching

Mr Holland’s Opus (1995)

We’ll admit that when we first saw Mr. Holland’s Opus, we were left with a lump in our throat. The story of a reluctant high-school music teacher who belatedly discovers the impact he has made on his students, the film manages to offset cliché with touching drama. What we appreciate most about Mr. Holland’s Opus is that, in between heart-warming scenes of inspired students and eloquent pep talks, it concedes to the dreary realities of teaching — the long hours, the uncooperative faculty, and the budget cuts.