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The Best Teacher Movies and TV Shows

Finding a good Teacher movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Teacher movies and TV shows of all time streaming online.

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1. Breaking Bad

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9.5/10
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97/100
Year: 2008-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 5
Crime, Drama

What it's about: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live. He becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's financial future at any cost as he enters the dangerous world of drugs and crime.

Where to Watch: 62 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 62 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Like Stars on Earth

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Released: 2007Rated: PG
Drama, Family

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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3. Diabolique

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Released: 1955
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle, becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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4. October Sky

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7.8/10
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89/100
Released: 1999Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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5. Whiplash

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Released: 2014Rated: R
Drama, Musical

What it's about: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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6. The Handmaid's Tale

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Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a theonomic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.

Where to Watch: 28 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 23 episodes (82%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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7. Frances Ha

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Released: 2013Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: An aspiring dancer moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Showtime), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. A Single Man

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Released: 2009Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: The life of George Falconer, a British college professor, is reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will to live as he seeks the console of his close girl friend Charley, who is struggling with her own questions about life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Showtime) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime).

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9. Tokyo Story

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Released: 1953
Drama

What it's about: The elderly Shukishi and his wife, Tomi, take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi, a doctor, and their daughter, Shige, a hairdresser, don't have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Maria Full of Grace

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Released: 2004Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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11. The Hunt

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Released: 2012Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. The Simpsons

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 30
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (2%) are available to watch free online (FOX & Yahoo View). 23 episodes (3%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 661 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Simpsons World & FOX). 661 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Thirteen

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Released: 2003Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before Tracy's new world and attitude finally takes a toll on her, her family, and old friends.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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14. Wake in Fright

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Released: 1971Rated: R
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney, but as one night stretches into several he plunges headlong into his own destruction.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix, Tubi TV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, ConTV & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Dead Poets Society

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Released: 1989Rated: PG
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Released: 2005Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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17. Notes on a Scandal

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79/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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18. Sweet Sixteen

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Released: 2002Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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19. Central Station

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Released: 1998Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $9.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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20. The King and I

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78/100
Released: 1956Rated: G
Musical, Drama

What it's about: Widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the King have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the King.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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21. Carrie

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Released: 1976Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Starz & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 5 others).

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22. In the House

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Released: 2012Rated: R
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Vudu & PlayStation Store).

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23. The Class

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Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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24. The Long Kiss Goodnight

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76/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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25. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

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76/100
Released: 2014
Documentary, LGBTQ

What it's about: An intimate portrait of Matthew Shepard, the gay young man murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Framed through a personal lens, it's the story of loss, love, and courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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26. School of Rock

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7.1/10
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76/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fifth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll. The school's hard-nosed principal is rightly suspicious of Finn's activities. But Finn's roommate remains in the dark about what he's doing.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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27. Stand and Deliver

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7.3/10
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75/100
Released: 1988Rated: PG
Drama, Biography

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Starz), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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28. The Birds

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7.7/10
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75/100
Released: 1963Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Horror

What it's about: Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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29. Matilda

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6.9/10
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74/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG
Children, Comedy

What it's about: An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Starz), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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30. Election

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Released: 1999Rated: R
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Sony Crackle & PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & IFC) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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31. The Official Story

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Released: 1985Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Microsoft & Vudu).

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32. Magical Girl

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Released: 2014
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: The father of a terminally ill girl is determined to grant his daughter her last wish, a very expensive anime costume.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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33. Not One Less

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Released: 1999Rated: G
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Teacher Gao loves the students in his poor village and is devoted to educating them in the hope of their greater futures. When he is called away to tend to his dying mother for a month, the Mayor calls in an inexperienced 13 year-old replacement, Wei Minzhi; much to Teacher Gao's dismay. Teacher Gao cannot stand the thought of losing anymore students: he has already lost twelve to ever-increasing attrition, and he promises Wei an extra 10 yuan if she succeeds in ensuring that upon his return, there will be not one less. Wei's difficult mission to fulfill Teacher Gao's wish and her own concern for the welfare of the children begins.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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34. Gifted

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73/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Drama, Family

What it's about: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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35. The Music Room

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Released: 1958
Drama, Musical

What it's about: A wealthy landlord who lives a decadent life with his wife and son. His passion - his wife would call it his addiction - is music, and he spends a great deal of his fortune on concerts held for the locals in his magnificent music room. He feels threatened by his neighbour, a commoner who has attained riches through business dealings. His passion for music and quest for social respect are his undoing, as he sacrifices his family and wealth trying to retain it.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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36. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Released: 1982Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Showtime), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (IFC) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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37. Lila Says

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Released: 2005Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Based on a controversial French novel, Lila Says tells the story of a quiet young poet named Chimo who develops a crush on the pretty, blond Lila, a girl who recently moved into his Arab ghetto with her aunt. When the leader of a rival gang also falls for Lila, the ensuing love triangle initiates a journey of sexual discovery -- and sets off a chain of devastating events.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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38. The Last Emperor

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Released: 1987Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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39. Goodbye, Mr. Chips

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Released: 1939
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A shy British teacher looks back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people touched his life.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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40. The English Surgeon

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Released: 2009
Documentary

What it's about: This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of an English neurosurgeon (Henry Marsh) situated in Ukraine as we are exposed to the overwhelming dilemmas he has to face and the burden he has to carry throughout his profession.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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41. Pay It Forward

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Released: 2000Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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42. A.P. Bio

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Year: 2018-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Comedy

What it's about: When Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin finds himself teaching high school in Toledo, Ohio, he tosses the syllabus and recruits his students to help enact revenge on his rival.

Where to Watch: 19 episodes (73%) are available to watch free online (NBC & Yahoo View). 13 episodes (50%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 5 episodes (19%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (NBC). 24 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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43. Shrek the Third

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6.1/10
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72/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The King of Far Far Away has died and Shrek and Fiona are to become King & Queen. However, Shrek wants to return to his cozy swamp and live in peace and quiet, so when he finds out there is another heir to the throne, they set off to bring him back to rule the kingdom.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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44. Billy Elliot

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7.7/10
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72/100
Released: 2000Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, 11-year-old Billy Elliot stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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45. An Angel at My Table

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7.6/10
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72/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the autobiographical work of New Zealand writer Janet Frame, this production depicts the author at various stage of her life. Afflicted with mental and emotional issues, Frame grows up in an impoverished family and experiences numerous tragedies while still in her youth, including the deaths of two of her siblings. Portrayed as an adult by Kerry Fox, Frame finds acclaim for her writing while still in a mental institution, and her success helps her move on with her life.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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46. Even Dwarfs Started Small

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7.0/10
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71/100
Released: 1970
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. An allegory on the problematic nature of fully liberating the human spirit, as both commendable and disturbing elements of our nature come forward. The film shows how justifiable revolt may be empowering, but may also turn to chaos and depravity. The allegory is developed in part by the fact that the film is cast entirely with dwarfs

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Shout Factory TV & Tubi TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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47. Amour

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7.9/10
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71/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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48. Fist of Fury

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7.4/10
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71/100
Released: 1972Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Chen Zhen returns to the international compound of China only to learn of his beloved teacher's death. This is compounded by the continual racist harassment by the Japanese population in the area. Unlike his friends, he confronts it head on with his mastery of martial arts while investigating his teacher's murder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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49. Ae Fond Kiss...

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