The Great, The Bad and The Ludicrous

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Sidney Poitier in To Sir With Love (1967): Super teacher extraordinaire, so beloved the movie's theme song climbed to Number One on the charts. Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008): A bored, mediocre chemistry teacher who steals his school's lab equipment to cook meth with an ex-student. Gabe Kaplan in Welcome Back, Kotter (1975): A standup-comic teacher working with sit-down comic students, maybe a dozen kids, only half of whom say anything.
  • Sidney Poitier in To Sir With Love (1967): Super teacher extraordinaire, so beloved the movie's theme song climbed to Number One on the charts. Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008): A bored, mediocre chemistry teacher who steals his school's lab equipment to cook meth with an ex-student. Gabe Kaplan in Welcome Back, Kotter (1975): A standup-comic teacher working with sit-down comic students, maybe a dozen kids, only half of whom say anything.

I asked readers to name movies and TV series with teachers in prominent roles or important secondary roles. Here's what you've offered so far, in chronological order (the TV show dates are when they first aired).

More! More! Keep 'em coming.

Boy’s Town (1938)
Good-bye Mr. Chips (1939)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Our Miss Brooks (1952)
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Miracle Worker (1962)
Mr. Novak (1963)
To Sir With Love (1967)
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Good-bye Mr. Chips (1969)
Room 222 (1969)
Paper Chase (1973)
Conrack (1974)
Welcome Back, Kotter (1975)
Fame (1982)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Head of the Class (1986)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Saved By The Bell (1989)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Boy Meets World (1993)
Renaissance Man (1994)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Election (1999)
Miracle Worker (2000)
Mean Girls (2004)
Freedom Writers (2007)
Breaking Bad (2008)
Bad Teacher (2011)
Rita (Swedish)( 2012)

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