My Favorite Joel and Ethan Coen Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Miller’s Crossing (1990)

2.   No Country for Old Men (2007)

3.   Raising Arizona (1987)

4.   Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

5.   Fargo (1996)

6.   Barton Fink (1991)

7.   The Big Lebowski (1998)

8.   A Serious Man (2009)

9.   True Grit (2010)

10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
(Anthology Film)

11. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

12. The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

13. Burn After Reading (2008)

14. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

15. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

16. Blood Simple (1984)


13 thoughts on “My Favorite Joel and Ethan Coen Films

  1. I love these guys so much! Even if their films sometimes don’t quite hit the spot for me, they’re always worthy of considered thought, which you can’t say about many other filmmakers. Miller’s Crossing is a fine choice for fave film of theirs! (I’d go with No Country for Old Men with Barton Fink not far behind.)

  2. The Coen Brothers are just fantastic filmmakers. Whatever genre they are tackling, the results are always unique. Your choices are only slightly different from mine meaning you and I think almost alike here 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

    P.S. try to guess the Coen brothers film this following quote came from: “you know for kids” 🙂

  3. It’s a film I’m looking forward to watching, especially to see Jennifer Jason Leigh impersonating Rosalind Russell impersonating Katharine Hepburn.

  4. These guys are way up there with me. Unique. Quirky (before the love affair with it and the backlash against it). And, dare I say, sentimental. There’s a bit of Capra in their vision. They have an appreciation for decency. And a penchant for sudden, unexpected violence. Every character is realistically flawed and vulnerable in someway that the audience can relate to.
    Fargo’s my favorite. Then Raising Arizona. No Country… The Big Lebowski. Blood Simple.Then True Grit. Miller’s Crossing.
    Besides Fargo, the other six are almost interchangeable, I love them so much.

  5. Very interesting analysis 🙂 I not only think that they have an infatuation with Frank Capra, but also with Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder and Ealing comedies (dark and lighthearted) in general. Interesting list too 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

  6. Yes, I was going to include Billy Wilder as well but I was a little unsure. I’ll have to look up the others you mentioned. I bet I know some of their movies. Of course I’ve heard of Hawks and Sturges just can’t think of their films off the top of my head. Thanks John.

  7. You have seen my comment on Cindy’s post, John. I would obviously place The Man Who Wasn’t There much higher. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. Well as you can see I love every Coen Brothers film with the exceptions of Intolerable Cruelty and their 2004 Ladykillers remake 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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