1. Joe Louis Clark in “Lean on Me” (1989)
Now don’t lie: when you think of awesome teacher movies, is this not the first one that comes to mind? Never have we ever seen a high school so bad, so dirty, so sad as this one based off the real life Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. Morgan Freeman’s character helped his students deal with teen pregnancy, abuse, crack, gang violence, jail and educational ineptitude. If anyone wins the award for the best teacher in this list, hands down it’s Clark.