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This adventurous hat-and-whip carrying professor of archaeology sometimes ends up learning more about the mysteries of the world in his adventures outside the classroom. 

Who is Indiana Jones?

100

In "A Beautiful Mind," Russell Crowe played this real-life mathematics professor who was having some form of paranoid mental breakdown. 

Who is John Nash?

100

In "Whiplash," Terence Fletcher is the sometimes abusive mentor who sternly teaches jazz student Andrew Neiman to be his best at this instrument.  

What are the drums?  
100

"Dead Poets Society" was memorable for John Keating, an English teacher who taught the students this genre of writing in an all-boys school more of what they needed to learn outside the classroom. 

What is poetry?

100

Played by Edward James Olmos, the story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout-prone students to learn calculus in this movie from 1988.

 

What is, "Stand and Deliver"?

200

In "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," Percy got the surprise of his life when his dear teacher, Mr. Brunner, turned out to be one of these Greek mythology creatures named Chiron.

What is a centaur?

200

In "Freedom Writers", a young teacher played by this Oscar winning actress, inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school.

  Who is Hillary Swank?

200

The movie title from 1995 contains the name of this frustrated composer played by Richard Dreyfuss who finds fulfillment (his "Opus", if you will) as a high school music teacher.


Who is Mr. Holland?

200

In "Mona Lisa Smile," this Hollywood A-lister played Katherine Ann Watson, a liberated college instructor who finds herself at odds with the college's conservative reputation and students. 

Who is Julia Roberts?

200

Played by Michelle Pfeiffer, LouAnne Johnson is the real-life ex-US Marine who ended up teaching a bunch of high school misfits who got the raw end of life's deal in this movie.

What is, "Dangerous Minds"?  

300

In "Kindergarten Cop," big burly Detective John Kimble, played by this famous Hollywood action hero, goes undercover as a teacher in-charge of a roomful of little tykes. 

Who is Arnold Schwarzenegger?

300

In "Mean Girls," Ms. Sharon Norbury, played by this SNL funny lady, is the calculus teacher who always encouraged Cady not to be a mean girl while also coaching the Mathletes in a math competition. 

Who is Tina Fey?

300

In "School of Rock," Dewey Finn is an ambitious but not-so-talented guitarist played by this actor who poses as a high school music teacher to make ends meet.

Who is Jack Black?  

300

The institution, Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, is actually a safe space for children who are finding out they are mutants and was founded by this X-Man, who also served as headmaster.

Who is Professor X?

300

A small-town teacher, played by one of our dearly departed "Friends", relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country in this movie bearing his name.  

What is "The Ron Clark Story"?

400

The Harry Potter series is full of mysterious teachers, such as this dark-haired potions master in charge of the House of Slytherin. 

Who is Severus Snape?

400

The Hogwarts's headmaster's casting in the Harry Potter films had to be done twice, since the original actor who played this wise old Wizard passed away in between the films. 

Who is Albus Dumbledore?

400

After posing as the nun named Sister Mary Clarence, lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier dons the habit again to pose as a nun who teaches a music class to high school kids in this film.  

What is "Sister Act 2- Back in the Habit"?  

400

In the original "Karate Kid," Daniel Larusso could always rely on this handyman/sensei who later taught him the fine art of martial arts. 

Who is Mr. Miyagi?

400

In this 1989 classic, Morgan Freeman stars as the dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark, appointed to be the principal of a decaying inner-city school he is determined to improve by any and all means. 

What is, "Lean on Me"?

500

In "Top Gun," even the best US Naval Aviator, such as this actor who played Maverick, had to undergo some schooling under a tough female teacher named Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, played by Kelly McGillis. 

Who is Tom Cruise?

500

In "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," this actor playing English teacher, Mr. Anderson, said "We accept the love we think we deserve." 

Who is Paul Rudd?

500

A movie by the same name chronicled the lives of several teenagers who attend this NYC high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

What is "Fame"?

500

In "The Empire Strikes Back," this Jedi Master-in-hiding was forced out of his cave when the young Luke Skywalker begged and bugged him to teach him the ways of the Force. 

Who is Yoda?

500

This is the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach, played by Denzel Washington, and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

What is, "Remeber the Titans"?

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