Movies are not always a source of entertainment; they can be a powerful medium through which we can spread messages. In fact, some movies can be of big help as they can help in educating students and provoke educational, creative thoughts.

In this article, we have put together a list of educational movies that children and parents can watch together.

Inside Job

Inside Job is an Oscar- winning documentary by Charles Ferguson. This documentary provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crises of 2008 which caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. This is a movie for all those students who want to learn about stock market.

The Silence of the Lambs

This is one of the best psychological themed movies. In this movie, it always shows all about the how the human mind acts and changes. This is a must watch for every student out there specially those who are interested in psychology.

The Imitation Game

This movie is probably for all the computer science students. The Imitation Game revolves around a story of how Alan Turing and a team of mathematicians using a rudimentary design broke Germany’s unbreakable enigma code. An interesting movie.

Dead Poets Society

This is an amazing instructional film that examines the battles between romanticism and realism. Welton Academy is based on tradition and quality, every semester parents forsake their kids by putting them in Welton Academy in the hopes of raising lawyers or physicians. However, when a substitute teacher joins the academy who also happens to be a Welton graduate, he brings with him a love for teaching romanticism. Do watch this movie to see what happens next.

Paper Clips

Paper Clips is an emotional educational movie that shows how kids responded to Holocaust lessons with a vow to collect at least one paper clip for everyone that was murdered by the Nazis. Thousands of Middle School kids, in Christian village began collecting paper clips to represent the Jews who died tragically in World War Two. This is a must watch. An interesting educational movie.

The Theory of Everything

The film came out in 2014 and is based on the life story of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking was considered on of the greatest physicists for his discovery of black holes and other contributions n the fields of quantum mechanics, physics and mathematics. The film was lauded with appreciation and won many prestigious awards.

Freedom Writers

The movie Freedom Writers is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary, which is a compilation of actual students’ journals. The movie inspires its viewers to believe that everyone is a hero. It gives us a wonderful message that we can help change the world and make it a better place.

The Social Network

This movie is all about how social media giant Facebook was founded. The major themes of this movie are power, loyalty and friendship. In this film we are reminded of how it doesn’t matter that who has the brightest idea but instead who is able to manifest the idea in real. A must watch.

Legally Blonde

This movie gives out a few inspirational messages to overcome self-doubt. A must watch movie as it gives out important messages such as let go of people who bring you down, don’t judge a person by their appearance and you can get whatever you want if you set your mind to it and work hard enough and have faith in yourself. Now, these are the motivational reminders we all need in our life.

October Sky

October Sky is a movie based on true story. Its about young men living in Coalwood, West Virginia and how they dreamed of launching their own rocket after being inspired by Sputnik 1’s launch. It shows the obstacles they faced but were determined to launch their own rocket. It is a beautiful reminder for everyone to believe in themselves and how the power of our dreams can change our lives for better.


Natasha Irshad holds a degree in Marketing & Management from University of London. She is interested in writing about education and pop culture.

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