Joel David Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Jesse Coen (born September 21, 1957), collectively referred to as the Coen brothers, are American filmmakers. Their films span many genres and styles, which they frequently subvert or parody. The brothers write, direct and produce their films jointly.
- Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The Ladykillers (2004), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009), True Grit (2010), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Hail, Caesar! (2016), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), The Tragedy of Macbeth (TBA, Joel only)
Coen Brothers(Joel & Ethan), Produced 18 Films from 1984 thru 2018. Other works: Crimewave (1985) - film written by the Coens and Sam Raimi, directed by Sam Raimi Bad Santa (2003) - film starring Billy Bob Thornton, produced by the Coens Paris, je t'aime (2006) - TUILERIES - an entertaining sequence by the Coen brothers.
The Coen brothers' next film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), was another critical and commercial success. The title was borrowed from the Preston Sturges film Sullivan's Travels (1941), whose lead character, movie director John Sullivan, had planned to make a film with that title.
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- Fargo (1996) Fargo is elemental. There's good, there's evil, and then there's the Earth, dusted white, dying to be splattered with blood. Like all great Coen brothers movies, the "snow-oir" kicks off with an idiotic decision: Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two hitmen, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Peter Stormare), to kidnap his wife.
- Raising Arizona (1987) "That night I had a dream..." In its closing moments, Raising Arizona takes on a deeply philosophical bent: what if we have alternate selves who live different lives?
- Miller's Crossing (1990) The images linger: the forest, the leaves, the hat, the tommy gun, the robe, the pencil-thin mustache, the hands raised in defense.
- No Country for Old Men (2007) Like a blast from Anton Chigurh's cattle gun, No Country for Old Men came out of nowhere. In 2007, following a four-picture run of lesser works that ended with semi-clunkers Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers, it seemed like the Coens had lost a step, sinking into an era of gentle self-parody.
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- Sullivan's Travels - 1941. Burned out on comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan aspires to make a “serious” film (called O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
- The Third Man - 1949. At the invitation of old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), down-on-his-luck novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in post-war Vienna to start a new job.
- The Big Sleep - 1946. Humphrey Bogart stars as private dick Philip Marlowe in this complex Howard Hawks mystery. Marlowe is hired by a wealthy old man to investigate the blackmailing of his morally dubious younger daughter.
- Advise and Consent - 1962. Based on actual events, this film follows the public and private dealings that take place as the U.S. Senate holds confirmation hearings on a controversial Secretary of State nominee (Henry Fonda).
- FARGO (1996) Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell, John Carroll Lynch.
- NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) Screenplay by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Barry Corbin, Stephen Root, Rodger Boyce, Beth Grant.
- THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro, Tara Reid, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, David Thewlis, Peter Stormare.
- BLOOD SIMPLE (1984) Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh. The Coens made their feature debut with this twisting, violent, darkly comic thriller.
- No Country for Old Men (2007) Coming after two of their "least great" movies, the Coens drop this undeniable masterpiece. It's not just one of the best Coen Brothers movies; it's one of the best films of the decade.
- Fargo (1996) What Fargo includes that many other Coen films don't is hope. Honest-to-goodness, and without an ounce of cynicism, hope. The Coen Brothers worldview is often much less satisfying or optimistic as this.
- A Serious Man (2009) Where did A Serious Man come from? It made almost no splash amongst critics and audiences upon release. It seemed to be a discarded work; a crumpled up paper tossed haphazardly at the trashcan.
- The Big Lebowski (1998) Audiences didn't quite get The Big Lebowski when it debuted in 1998. With the ardent fervor around it more than 20 years later, It's hard to imagine otherwise.
among the bunch, because its star, Matt Damon, who at the time hadn’t done an actual Coen Brothers movie (True Grit came out a year later), is in one of this year’s “fake” Coen features ...
This movie is a bit more straightforward and "traditional" than most Coen brothers' films, as it tells a fairly standard gangster story of warring crime families. And while it only raked in $5 million at the box office (making it a bomb), it scored 91% on Rotten Tomatoes thanks to its "distinctive style."
Sep 24, 2011 · Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the most celebrated filmmakers in America. But one of the most endearing parts of the duo is the way music is used in their films.