Five insurance movies to watch this winter

From film noir to rom coms, insurance has seen it all

When the weather outside is frightful, there’s no need to schlep to the office and sell policies and crunch numbers (or throw paper airplanes at the ceiling). Pour a cup of tea, find your coziest blanket and bring insurance to your favourite screen.

1. Lloyd’s of London (1936)

This black-and-white movie set at the end of the 18th century highlights the insurance industry’s influence during the Napoleonic Wars. Of course, there’s class discrimination, a love triangle and accusations of treason to keep things interesting too.

2. Double Indemnity (1944)

Walter Neff is a successful insurance agent who falls for an alluring housewife and sells the perfect life insurance policy for her husband. And then, of course, he helps her devise the perfect murder for her husband, one that will trigger a double payout. But one insurance adjuster isn’t fooled.

3 and 4. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 and 1999)

After a Monet painting is stolen from the Met, an insurance investigator falls in love with a thief during a complicated cat-and-mouse game.

In the original 1968 version, Thomas Crown steals money from a Boston bank, and the movie ends quite differently.

The original film was so well received, a second version was made in 1999 but with a different ending.

5. Along Came Polly (2004)

An actuary starts living a little when his new girlfriend makes him try activities he’s deemed too risky. But when his ex wants him back, he runs information about both women through insurance software to determine who’s a better fit. Needless to say, the ladies don’t take it well.

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