Our next Fall movie (which by the way starts today- Happy Autumn everyone!) is one of the most beloved "inspirational teacher" dramas of all time, and was likely watched by a lot of people just recently, in the wake of Robin Williams' death. One of his most celebrated films as well, for which he landed his second Oscar nomination as John Keating, the unorthodox teacher at an all boys boarding school who inspires in his students a passion for poetry and life in general. The movie was directed with sensitivity by Peter Weir, but it's a pretty formulaic story- which can sometimes work wonders with the right actors, as it does here. That "O Captain, My Captain" ending gets you every time, even when you knew it was coming on the first viewing. Sometimes a good old-fashioned tearjerker can be just what the doctor ordered.
Original 1989 Trailer: