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7 Movies You Must Watch If You Like Bad Education

April 25, 2020
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Bad Education‘ is a comedy-drama movie starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. Directed by Cory Finley and written by Mike Makowsky, the movie is based on real-life events that occurred at writer and co-producer Mike Makowsky’s Roslyn High School during the time he was a student there. The movie revolves around a highly respected Long Island school superintendent Frank Tassone and his assistant, Pamela Gluckin. Frank was credited in making the school one of the best in the area and was considered a brilliant leader. He had a positive relationship with everyone, whether a student or a parent. That all changes when a student reporter uncovers an embezzlement scandal from school funds, prompting Frank to devise an elaborate cover-up.

‘Bad Education’ premiered on HBO, and if you’re looking for more movies like it, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created a list of movies that you might like if you liked ‘Bad Education.’ You can find most of these movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Hulu.

7. Bandits (2001)

‘Bandits’ isn’t a film for everybody. Starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis, this screwball crime comedy-drama film follows two friends and ex-convicts Joe and Terry, as they break out of Oregon State Penitentiary in a concrete mixing truck and start a bank robbing spree, hoping to fund a dream they share. Directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Barry Levinson, the film helped Thornton earn a National Board of Review Best Actor Award or 2001. Both Thronton and Blanchett received a Golden Globe nomination for their performances in this film.

6. L. A. Confidential (1997)

You will be hard-pressed to find a better movie on corruption than this one. In ‘L.A. Confidential’, we follow three L.A. cops as they investigate a series of murders in 1950. Each one of them has a different method to deal with the investigation. However, we soon discover that there may be a lot more to it than what meets the eye. ‘L.A. Confidential’ is an entertaining detective movie with a stellar cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, among others. The film not only tells a good story and develops its characters deeply, but it also keeps you captivated until the very end with several gripping scenes. Be prepared to be surprised and shocked!

5. Quiz Show (1994)

Congressional investigator Richard Goodwin is assigned the investigation of a potentially fixed quiz show. The “Twenty-On” is a successful TV show until contestant Herbie Stempel revealed the game was a fraud. Now, Richard Goodwin must focus his investigation on one of its winners, Charles Van Doren, a popular English instructor at Columbia University. ‘Quiz Show’ has an interesting story about how television works behind the scenes and how money can be powerful. Directed by Robert Redford, it stars Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro.

3. The Accountant (2016)

If you like a movie that explores the concept of greed, crime, and embezzlement and has a protagonist with an interesting and dark backstory, then you have to watch ‘The Accountant.’ Starring Ben Affleck, the movie revolves around Christian Wolff, a certified public accountant with high-functioning autism. He gets hired by different organizations that are experiencing internal embezzlement to audit and solve the discrepancies in their books.

2. The Big Short (2015)

If you like movies that have involves some sort of white-collar crime, then this one is for you. Directed by Adam McKay, ‘The Big Short’ is an American biographical comedy-drama movie based on the 2010 book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, which shows how the United States housing bubble triggered the financial crisis of 2007–2008. The film follows three different stories that are happening simultaneously, which are all loosely connected by their actions in the years leading up to the housing market crash.

1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Of course, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ had to be included in this list. The 2002 Steven Spielberg movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, is based on the life of Frank Abagnale. Frank successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor, all before his 19th birthday. With his scams getting bolder, Frank starts to be pursued by FBI agent Carl Hanratty, and that is what the movie follows.

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