8 Fantastic ‘Back to School’ Movies
It’s time to crack open the text books and get back to school for many American students. So here are eight movies to help get you in the mood for going back to school!
A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is a heartwarming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about a special education teacher with a big heart and big dreams for his class to go to Space Camp. Not only is A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON morally uplifting and inspiring, it’s also very entertaining and fun.
The 1939 GOODBYE MR. CHIPS features the great actor Robert Donat, who won a well-deserved Oscar for his memorable portrayal of the shy schoolmaster who devotes his life to “his boys.” GOODBYE MR. CHIPS not only inspired generations of students to love school but inspired such movies as MUSIC OF THE HEART, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, STAND & DELIVER, LEAN ON ME, and many, many more. Greer Garson is brilliant as his wife.
GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY is the inspirational true story of a black child raised by a single mother who constantly encouraged him to use his God-given gifts. Ben rises from being a poor student, to the top of his class and then on to become a world-famous neurosurgeon in this great family movie.
STAND AND DELIVER is the true story of compassion triumphing over alienation when Jaime Escalante gives up his lucrative computer design job to teach at an Hispanic high school.
HERE COMES THE BOOM is a hilarious tale about an unmotivated teacher who ends up sacrificing himself and becoming a Mixed Martial Arts fighter to save the music department. Highly entertaining, HERE COMES THE BOOM has a Christian worldview with prayer, Scripture, and sacrifice, but there is some fighting and slapstick violence.
YOUNG MR. LINCOLN from 1939 stars Henry Fonda as a young Abe Lincoln. With very little formal education, but considerable study, he tries his hand as a lawyer, starting his first practice defending two young men accused of murder. With masterful direction from John Ford and superb acting from Henry Fonda, plus moral truths inspired by the Bible, YOUNG MR. LINCOLN is one of the great movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR brings the TV phenomenon to the big screen, in a story about Troy and Gabriella’s senior year, which includes conflicts during the production of a musical about their high school. HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 is fun, clean and full of energy, with a strong moral worldview where young people do the right thing. Bravo!
AKEELAH AND THE BEE is an inspiring, entertaining drama about eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson who feels like she doesn’t fit with her classmates at her middle school in a poor African-American section of Los Angeles because of her intelligence, especially her spelling ability. AKEELAH AND THE BEE is an extremely uplifting movie that will inspire almost anyone who sees it. This movie also has a strong moral worldview overall, including a strong, positive reference to the “glory of God.” The movie contains some PG-rated foul language, however, and other minor flaws.
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