This is an odd topic, but funnily enough, cinema hasn’t been much of a stranger to it. The ‘teacher-student’ romantic relationship is a good base for a plot because with it comes an obvious sense of tension, secrecy, and awkwardness. The emotions are all there, and gives the film that utilizes this topic a chance to develop characters as the relationship further grows. However, not exploiting this in a smart way can lead to problems, often caused by audience reactions and box office numbers. Though I’d always go for cinematic excellence over financial returns, for filmmakers going about this sort of romance in their pictures, the outcome might not always be in their favor. For this reason alone, the ‘teacher-student’ relationship is a risky subject to tackle, and therefore, not always easy to get right.
The films in the list below have covered this plot-line in interesting and/or innovative methods, which have helped them secure a connection with the audience all the while taking a chance that has every possibility to misfires. In any case, here’s the list of top movies about student teacher romantic affairs. You can watch some of these best teacher-student movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Elegy (2008)
‘Elegy’ is the movie on this list that I’ve seen most recently, and I’m thankful, because I may just have witnessed one of the most ambitious films of the 21st century. This is an erotic drama, with Ben Kingsley’s character posing as the teacher in this relationship – an expat Brit who also happens to be a writer – and it chronicles his relationship with a seemingly well-mannered and obedient student of his, played by Penelope Cruz. Being rather ruthless with the way he treats women, the professor is surprised to find himself falling in love for this girl, all the while developing sexual feelings like never before. ‘Elegy’ has some great performances from both the main stars, and its story is gripping, to say the least. Though flawed in direction and screenplay, the film manages to find its way nearing the end, leading to a touching and heartbreaking finale.
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9. Half Nelson (2006)