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List of the best movies like The Class (2008): Once in a Lifetime, The Spectacular Now, Hunky Dory, The Way I Spent the End of the World, Stand and Deliver, Welcome, Something in the Air, To Be and to Have, Machuca, Cracks.

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Markimdb: 7
Genredrama
CountryFrance
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Parrots
PlotOn real events, Religious, Contests
PlaceSchool, Paris, France
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

Based on a true story. In Léon Blum high school in Créteil (France), a history teacher decides to have her weakest 10th grade class take a national history competition. This will change them.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotFriendship, First love
PlaceSchool
TimeGraduation
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:50
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Students, Pupils
PlaceSchool, England
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching

Musical film about the trials and tribulations of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryRomania, France
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Pupils, Friends, Parents
PlotLove, Dancing, Relationship, Friendship, Political
PlaceVillage, School
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausecu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotOn real events
PlaceSchool, Los Angeles
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Makes me think

Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:50
CharactersFriends, Losers, Teachers, Refugees
PlotFriendship, Swimming, Love with age difference
PlaceFrance
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration02:02
CharactersTeens, Artists, Police, Friends
PlotLove, Passion, Political, Uprising
PlaceParis, France
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

During the 1970s a student named Gilles gets entangled in contemporary political turmoils although he would rather just be a creative artist. While torn between his solidarity to his friends and his personal ambitions he falls in love with Christine.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefamily, documentary
CountryFrance
CharactersTeachers, Friends
PlotFriendship, Snow
PlaceSchool, France, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fancy, Makes me think, Touching

The documentary's title translates as "to be and to have", the two auxiliary verbs in the French language. It is about a primary school in the commune of Saint-Étienne-sur-Usson, Puy-de-Dôme, France, the population of which is just over 200. The school has one small class of mixed ages (from four to twelve years), with a dedicated teacher, Georges Lopez, who shows patience and respect for the children as we follow their story through a single school year.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryChile, Spain, United Kingdom, France
CharactersTeachers, Students, Friends, Poor
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Political
PlaceSchool
StyleSoulful, Smart, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Spain, France, Luxembourg
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Students
PlotObsession, Mental disorders, Depression, Jealousy
PlaceSchool, England, Boarding school
StyleAtmospheric, Serious

Jealousy flares after the headmistress of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
CountrySlovenia
Duration01:52
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Uprising
PlaceSchool
StylePsychological problems, Action, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Relations between the students and the new teacher of German are extremely tense. When one female student commits suicide, her schoolmates blame the teacher for her death. An awareness that things are not quite so black and white comes too late.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersTeachers, Artists, Pupils, Losers, Parents
PlotLove, Love triangle, Depression, Parenting
PlaceVillage, School, Mountains, USSR, Party
StylePsychological problems, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching, Depressive

A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Students
PlaceSchool
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

Gripping, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Waiting for Superman is an impassioned indictment of the American school system from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:32
CharactersTeens, Artists
PlotTravel, Friendship, Depression, Meaning of life
PlaceFrance, Beach
StyleLight, To cry, Soulful, By books, Touching

Despite his fame, Taillandier has suddenly stopped painting. Deeply depressed, the sixty-year-old decides to go away. He has no clear goal and explains nothing to his close friends. During his travels, he has a strange encounter with Marylou, a wild teenager who was rejected by her mother. The lost girl and the man at the end of his tether will travel together awhile. Finally living like a father and daughter, at peace.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:20
CharactersTeens, Pupils, Friends, Losers, Difficult teens
PlotFriendship
PlaceSchool, Russia, Moscow
StyleTouching, Serious

One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their universe, and looks like the ideal way to escape their daily lives...

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance
Duration01:45
CharactersTeachers, Students, Writers
PlotObsession, Pursuit, Rivalry
PlaceSchool, France
StyleAction, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, family
CountryIndia
Duration02:45
CharactersDogs, Teens, Teachers, Students, Losers
PlotFriendship, Loneliness
PlaceSchool, India, Boarding school
StyleFascinating, Touching, Serious

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and neatness. Ishaan cannot seem to get anything right in class; he is then sent to boarding school, where his life changes forever.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration02:05
CharactersTeachers, Pupils
PlotFriendship
PlaceSchool, Russia, Small cities
StyleBy books, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student and the stress of educating teenagers. Geographer, as the students immediately dub Sluzhkin, attempts to escape from the grueling, dull, stultifying reality of Russia's provincial life in a rafting tour to the Urals. Accompanied by wild, adventure-seeking adolescents, faced with the numerous grim surprises of the nature, Geographer is poised to find himself and his own truth.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Friends, Losers
PlotTravel, Revenge, Friendship, Uprising
PlacePrison, School, College
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance
Duration01:32
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Students
PlotObsession, Seduction
PlaceFrance
StyleTo cry, Serious

A philosophy professor has an illicit affair with one of his students, a bright yet troubled girl who lives alone.

Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersDogs, Teens, Teachers, Students, Punks
PlotBasketball, Money
PlaceSchool, Ghetto, Party, Los Angeles
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Serious

Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of trouble with the police, jealous boyfriends, and nervous parents.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Kenya, France
CharactersTeachers, Students
PlotOn real events
PlaceVillage, School, Africa
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, adventure, family
CountryNetherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain, France
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Thieves, Musicians, Jews
PlotLove, Passion, Friendship, Chase, Happiness
PlaceSchool, Trains, France
StyleBy books, Touching, Serious

Nono, a Dutch kid lacking two days being thirteen, runs away from problems at home and, disguised as a girl, takes up with the world's cleverest thief, who unbeknownst to Nono, may hold the bizarre key to his true identity.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryGeorgia, Germany, France
Duration01:42
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotDancing, Friendship, Weapon
PlacePrison, School
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Serious

Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military
CountryNew Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia
Duration02:13
CharactersTeachers, Friends
PlotWar, Friendship
PlaceVillage, School, Islands, Asia, Indonesia
StyleSoulful, By books, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village. In 1991, a war over a copper mine in the South Pacific tore the island of Bougainville apart. The reclusive “Popeye” (Hugh Laurie) offers the children in fourteen-year-old Matilda’s tiny village an escape with Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. But on an island at war, fiction can have dangerous consequences.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:46
CharactersTeachers, Students
PlotRevenge, Mystery
PlaceJapan
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Depressive, Serious

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:54
CharactersTeens, Gay, Terminally ill
PlotLove, Investigation, Death
PlaceSea, School, Paris, France, Beach
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Makes me think

Paris, in the early 1990s: a group of young activists is desperately tied to finding the cure against an unknown lethal disease. They target the pharmaceutical labs that are retaining potential cures, and multiply direct actions, with the hope of saving their lives as well as the ones of future generations.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:43
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Strong women, Musicians, Orphans
PlotMusic
PlaceSchool, Texas, USA, Small cities, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:50
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Family, Trainers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Friendship
PlaceSchool, USA, Small cities
StyleExciting, To cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryCanada
Duration01:34
CharactersTeachers
PlotDancing, False accusations
PlaceSchool, Canada
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

During a harsh Montréal winter, an elementary-school class is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide. Bachir Lazhar, a charismatic Algerian immigrant, steps in as the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children. All the while, he must keep his personal life tucked away: the fact that he is seeking political refuge in Québec – and that he, like the children, has suffered an appalling loss.





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