This week, TFR takes a look at the films taking place in the classroom.

Academia is always going to be an important aspect of who we are and what we want to do for a living. Some of us might even become teachers ourselves. But what films best sum up the classroom environment? Larry Crowne is a romance set around teacher and pupil, but what other worthy tales take place at school?


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The Social Network
Ever wanted to see a university student create one of the most important websites in history? Well, you can, thanks to Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's social-media biopic masterpiece.

The film won numerous awards, and is largely regarded as one of the best portrayals of the world of online business, with Facebook founder Mike Zuckerberg the world's youngest (and most recently educated) billionaire.

Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams is one of the most loveable actors in Hollywood. Here, he plays John Keating, an English teacher with a penchant for making literature come alive within the confines of a stuffy high-class boy's school.

For those of who are studying English, it's especially enjoyable - the notion of tearing up a critic's dull-as-dust introduction being a particular highlight.

The History Boys
An adaptation of the stage play, the film charts the journey of a group of students determined to make it into Oxbridge, solely based on their knowledge of history. Fantastic performances, and notably featuring a younger James Corden, who had played the role of Timms in the theatrical production as well.

If you've had the stress of the UCAS process, you'll know that it's doubly stressful for Oxbridge applicants, and the film is touching and amusing in equal measure.

The Breakfast Club
Ever been to a morning weekend detention? The Breakfast Club have; with its clever portrayal of the social class structure within an American high school and quick-witted humour and moments of romance this is a modern classic.

It's also worth a watch if you're a fan of the 1980s, featuring classic tunes, fashion and hairstyles that give it a fab retro kick.

Educating Rita
Again based on a play, this particular iteration featured Michael Caine and Julie Walters in a moving tale about a working-class woman with aspirations to become educated, and a patient professor who struggles with a drinking problem.

Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy great British cinema, as Caine is a loveable character whether he's playing a teacher or Batman's butler, and Julie Walters's comical characters have become a mainstay of British film since.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips
This one may also tug at the heartstrings, as it chronicles the life of Mr. Chips, a beloved teacher who profoundly influences the lives of those who step foot in his classroom, culminating in a heartbreaking farewell that will make even the most cynical viewer get a tad teary (oh come on, that's not a spoiler - look at the title).

School of Rock
Jack Black is a completely crazy man, and until School of Rock he had mainly made appearances in films as the side-kick funnyman, from Orange County to High Fidelity. This film, however, allows him to do what he does best; play guitar and drop the laugh-bombs.

He plays Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck metal guitarist who impersonates his flatmate, a supply teacher, and begins to teach his class the art of playing rock music. A modern children's classic, and with a soundtrack to die for.

This harrowing tale stars Samuel Jackson as a teacher assaulted in a former educational establishment, who is given classroom 187 to teach in his new school, going head-to-head with a Latino thug as Jackson's character begins to harden to a dangerous degree to survive the abusive atmosphere.

Make no bones about it - this is not a film for those who want a coming-of-age, touchy-feely story about a teacher and a rebellious kid, by any means. But it is extremely powerful cinema, and Jackson, as always, is stellar.

Finding Forrester
If you're a budding writer or you enjoy films about reclusive authors, this one's for you. Jamal Wallace is a boy from the hood, who's given a chance at a local private school. One day his basketball soars through the window (glass included) of a local hermit author, and he has to ask for it back.

In one of Sean Connery's many roles as a wise old veteran, the author, William Forrester, teaches him how to write in a literary rendition of the Karate Kid. Definitely an original tale, and the performances make it very enjoyable.

Gregory's Girl
If you were born or grew up in Glasgow, it will have been hard not to have been shown this film by a proud Scottish parent at some point. Gregory, local lad about town and avid teenage footballer, falls for Dorothy, a girl in his class who's also mad about kicking a ball around the field.

This is an amusing tale of teenage romance, full of the usual "oh you stupid boy" moments and camaraderie with friends. The Glaswegian humour makes it even better.