Hot For Teacher: Student-Teacher Relationships in Film

Taking down one romantic cliché at a time.

I'm interested in comparing what function these romances serve: in screenplays these affairs offer a sheltered place to thrive, to discover life at the hand of someone more knowledgeable, but they are often not meant to last, serving only as a stepping stone for the student character. Sometimes they even symbolise a love for academia made physical. And then there's the films that fall into soft-core territory.

These are often overly romanticised portrayals that usually skirt around the issues of consent and the power imbalance inherent in the relationship. They also fool the unworldly among us into thinking falling for your University lecturer is a good idea, ahum.

I want to focus…

  • Never Been Kissed
  • The Beautiful Person
  • Molly Maxwell
  • A Night in Heaven
  • Daydream Nation
  • My Tutor
  • Indian Summer
  • The Skeleton Twins
  • Me Without You
  • Loser
  • Melody in Love
  • Election
  • Summer School
  • Absent
  • Utopians
  • The Absent One
  • Mountains May Depart
  • Elegy
  • The Rewrite
  • All Things Fair
  • Killer Coach
  • Nasha
  • Love Is the Perfect Crime
  • They're Playing with Fire
  • Everlasting Love
  • Scarlet Innocence
  • The Private Lesson
  • Female Teacher: Dirty Afternoon
  • To Die of Love
  • The School Teacher
  • First Love and Other Pains
  • Misbehavior
  • My Secret Partner
  • Don't Laugh at My Romance
  • After School
  • Matters of the Heart
  • School for Love
  • Irrational Man
  • Some Kind of Beautiful
  • Schoolgirl Report Part 6: What Parents Would Gladly Hush Up
  • School Teacher in College
  • Story of a Bad Boy
  • In the Name of...
  • Sasha
  • Tanner Hall
  • Palo Alto
  • Wild Things
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • Wonder Boys
  • A Teacher
  • Children of a Lesser God
  • Bloomington
  • Hunky Dory
  • Breathe In
  • The Family
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Cracks
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • Husbands and Wives
  • The Pelican Brief
  • The History Boys
  • Pretty Maids All in a Row
  • Loving Annabelle
  • Dirty Teacher
  • Carried Away
  • P.S.
  • Blue Car
  • July Rhapsody
  • Larry Crowne
  • White Wedding
  • The Teacher
  • The Girl with All the Gifts
  • Educating Rita
  • 25th Hour
  • What Have You Done to Solange?
  • Ænigma
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Unruhige Töchter
  • Innocent Thing
  • Acı Aşk
  • Pain of Love
  • The Fight with the Panther
  • A second Chance
  • El Profe
  • The Harmonium in My Memory
  • The Wild Party
  • The History Man
  • The Boy Next Door
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • Goodbye First Love
  • Arctic Heart
  • Girls Dormitory
  • Summer School Teachers
  • An Unfinished Affair
  • Carrie Pilby
  • My Teacher
  • Blame
  • Bright Hair
  • Oh Lucy!