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Movies to get you into the back-to-school spirit

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Still from the film "Dead Poets Society."
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Bells ring, classes start and and the school year begins anew. Even if you graduated long ago, you can still get into the spirit of things. TV writer and film buff Mark Jordan Legan shares some movies that'll have you sharpening your pencils and organizing your notebooks in no time.

To Sir, With Love (1967)

This drama features Sidney Poitier as a teacher working with hip and rowdy teens from the mean streets of London, England.

Conrack (1974)

Based on the real-life teaching experience of writer Pat Conroy, this movies stars John Voight as a teacher who took a job on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. He discovers that his students in this rural community know very little of the outside world.

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

This British thriller stars David Hemmings as a teacher who is lead to believe his students murdered their previous professor.

The History Boys (2006)

First an award winning play, this story of teachers inspiring unruly students was turned into a movie in 2006. It features a talented cast of British actors, including Richard Griffiths who is also known for his role as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films.

Honorable Mentions

Here are a few extra movies Mark Jordan Legan recommends.

Half Nelson from 2006, starring Ryan Gosling.

The Class from 2008, starring François Bégaudeau.