It’s that time of year, and with a settlement of the Writers Guild strike appearing imminent, it looks like movie fans can take heart in the fact that it’s full-speed ahead for the this year’s Academy Awards Feb. 24.
At the risk of sounding like the Onion’s Jackie Harvey, who doesn’t have Oscar Fever this time of year? Turner Classic Movies has its 31 Days of Oscar, and now the Insurance Information Institute has caught the Oscar bug, weighing in with its own list of the Top Insurance Films.
The winners, ranked in order of the Institute’s personal preference are: Double Indemnity (1944), Memento (2000), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Killers (1946), Save the Tiger (1973), The Rainmaker (1997), The Thomas Crown Affair (both the 1968 and 1999 versions), Sicko (2007), To Catch a Thief (1955) and Along Came Polly (2004).
It’s pretty hard to argue with the noir classic Double Indemnity at the top of the list, though I think I’m personally a bit fonder of The Fortune Cookie. And I’d have to rank the 1968 Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway a bit higher.
So what did the III leave off the list? The 1937 classic Lloyd’s of London, which, though it is only loosely based on history, is titled Lloyd’s of London? The great 1960 film The Apartment? The only connection to insurance may be that Jack Lemmon’s character is trying to climb the ladder at Consolidated Life Insurance, but it is a terrific film.