10/15/2011 02:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Best Professors From Movies

Have you ever been watching a movie and wished that one of the college professors you enjoyed could be yours? Here's who we'd like to see in our classrooms.

1. Professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society

English Professor John Keating uses his unorthodox teaching methods to inspire his students. From having the students stand on their desks to ripping pages out of their textbooks, Professor Keating uses whatever tricks he can to instill the idea of carpe diem to the boys who eventually become the Dead Poets Society. Who would not want a professor that insists on being called “O Captain! My Captain!”?

2. Professor Charles Kingsfield in The Paper Chase

“You come in here with a skull full of mush and you leave thinking like a lawyer.” Contracts Professor Kingsfield is the terrifying adversary to young first-year law student James T. Hart. Perhaps the toughest and most intimidating professor to ever grace the silver screen, if Kingsfield were real, there is no doubt you would leave his class nothing short of brilliant.

3. Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter films

Minerva McGonagall taught transfiguration at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry before becoming head of the department. Though she was stern in her teaching methods, she showed her lighter side when she saw Harry’s skills as a born seeker. Let’s not forget the badassery she displayed going up against Dolores Umbridge, and perhaps her finest hour, rallying the troops at Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows: Part Two.

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