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7 Films That Showcase The Importance Of Good Teachers

On September 5, India lights up to celebrate Teachers’ Day, a day that not only honours the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, but also the profound impact of educators worldwide. This day serves as a tribute to Dr. Radhakrishnan, the country’s first Vice President and former President, a scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna awardee. His remarkable journey and dedication to education have inspired generations. Back when we were in school and college, this special day is marked with celebrations comprising thank you cards, flowers and chocolates. But the most special part? Getting to tell your favourite teacher how much they impacted you.

Even for those of us who aren’t currently pursuing their education, the need for a mentor or a guru is also deeply felt in many facets of our lives. So, if you feel like you’ve been missing that feeling of being guided, we’ve got a list of movies where the intricate dynamics of teacher-student relationships come to life. In this curated list, we explore films that artfully capture the essence of mentorship and learning.

Movies To Watch On Teachers’ Day

1. Dead Poets Society (1989)

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Any list about brilliant onscreen teachers would be remiss without this classic from Hollywood. Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams as the unconventional English teacher John Keating, inspires students to live life to the fullest and embrace their individuality. This film beautifully portrays the transformative power of a passionate teacher on young minds.

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2. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

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In this heartwarming Bollywood gem, Aamir Khan plays the role of a compassionate art teacher who helps a dyslexic child discover his true potential. Taare Zameen Par is a moving testament to the importance of recognising and nurturing each student’s unique talents.

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3. The Karate Kid (1984)

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This iconic movie follows the heartwarming relationship between a young boy named Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his unlikely mentor. Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), a wise and unassuming man, becomes a guiding figure in the boy’s life. As they delve into the world of martial arts, they discover that their lessons extend far beyond karate. Their bond emphasises not only the physical discipline of self-defense but also the profound principles of discipline, respect and perseverance that are applicable to life’s challenges both inside and outside the dojo.

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4. Black (2005)


Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black tells the extraordinary story of a deaf and blind girl, played by Rani Mukerji, and her relentless teacher, portrayed by Amitabh Bachchan. This emotionally charged film, which is also a tribute to Hellen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, beautifully captures the challenges and triumphs of their unique teacher-student relationship.

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5. Finding Forrester (2000)

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An unconventional bond forms between a peculiar, reclusive writer (Sean Connery) and a remarkably talented student-athlete (Rob Brown). When the writer stumbles upon the athlete’s hidden talent for writing, he takes him under his wing as a mentor, leading to the blossoming of an improbable friendship. Through their growing connection, they embark on journeys of self-discovery, both individually and together. With the guidance of his newfound guru, the basketball prodigy faces a pivotal decision that will determine the course of his life. Their mentorship journey is a testament to the power of words, storytelling and the impact of a guiding hand.

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6. 3 Idiots (2009)

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Aamir Khan makes another appearance on our list, this time in a Bollywood blockbuster that celebrates the pursuit of knowledge over traditional success. 3 Idiots is a hilarious yet poignant exploration of the pressures faced by students and the transformative influence of a passionate teacher.

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7. Good Will Hunting (1997)

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Good Will Hunting introduces us to a brilliant but troubled young man, played by Matt Damon, whose life takes a turn when he meets a caring therapist, portrayed by Robin Williams. This film dives deep into the human psyche and the healing power of mentorship.

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