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What's your favorite school-related film?

Legendary LA teacher Jaime Escalante commands a math clasroom at Garfield High School in 1988. Escalante is the basis for the teacher Edward James Olmos portrayed in the movie "Stand and Deliver." What education-themed movie evokes memories for you?
Legendary LA teacher Jaime Escalante commands a math clasroom at Garfield High School in 1988. Escalante is the basis for the teacher Edward James Olmos portrayed in the movie "Stand and Deliver." What education-themed movie evokes memories for you? AP Photo

Each of us remembers school related films that debuted during our impressionable teenage years. It’s one thing to see these films as teenagers and quite another to see them as taxpaying adults who read daily headlines about the declining state of public education. My best cinematic memories include the chaotic choreography in the opening scene of "Grease," the winsome Phoebe Cates in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," or the glimpse at the grim underside of of suburban high school in "The Breakfast Club."

Some of my online friends have equally strong opinions about education/school related films. Here's their list. It reminded me how much my perspective on schools has changed. It's also research for an upcoming story. You've probably heard about the latest dramatic film set in public schools.

Some on this list are teen coming-of-age films which necessarily have to do with school. Others offer variations on the theme of well-meaning teachers working in tough schools. Let me know which ones bring back memories for you.


Stand And Deliver
Lucas
Lean on Me
Dangerous Minds
Can't Hardly Wait
Dead Poets Society
Heathers
Pump Up the Volume
Waiting for Superman
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Rushmore
Saved
Election
Carrie
American Graffiti
Mad Hot Ballroom
Elephant
Half Nelson
Three O'Clock High
Rebel Without A Cause
Boyz N the Hood
Donnie Darko

Sixteen Candles
Matilda
Bad Teacher
Taps
Bring It On
Clueless
Up The Down Staircase
Freedom Writers
Mean Girls
Sometimes They Come Back
Better Off Dead
Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure
Mr. Holland's Opus
Dazed and Confused
A Beautiful Mind
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
My Bodyguard
Vision Quest
Teen Wolf
Slam

Good Will Hunting

To Sir, With Love

Precious

The Corn is Green

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