Joel and Ethan Coen have been putting out movies since 1984, having been collectively nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and winning 4 awards. They both write, produce and direct their films together, and are extremely well regarded by film fans… but what are there highest rated movies?…
To find out we collected all his scores from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd to get a true average score for each of his movies…
The Ladykillers (2004)
A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman’s house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems.
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Donovan Donaly (Geoffrey Rush) a TV soap opera producer, walks in on his wife Bonnie (Stacey Travis) being intimate with an ex-boyfriend. He files for divorce, and Bonnie hires Miles Massey (George Clooney), a top divorce attorney and the inventor of the “Massey pre-nup”, a completely foolproof prenuptial agreement. Miles wins a large property settlement against Donaly, leaving him broke.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
In 1951 Hollywood, Eddie Mannix is head of physical production at Capitol Pictures. His duties as the studio “Fixer (person)” find him corraling its scandalous stars, fending off twin gossip columnists Thora and Thessaly Thacker, and weighing an impressive job offer from the Lockheed Corporation. When unmarried synchronised swimming actress DeeAnna Moran becomes pregnant, Mannix arranges for her to place the baby in foster care then discreetly adopt it, preserving her image.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
A satirical comedy about the world of big business and corporate greed. An ambitious but naive young man rapidly moves up the corporate ladder from the mailroom to the executive suite, unaware that he is part of the board of directors’ nefarious scheme.
Burn After Reading (2008)
Faced with a demotion at work due to a drinking problem, Osbourne “Ozzie” Cox angrily quits his job as a Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence analysis and decides to write a memoir. When his pediatrics wife Katie finds out, she sees it as an opportunity to file for divorce and continue her affair with Harry Pfarrer, a married deputy U.S. Marshal.
A Serious Man (2009)
It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances Sy Ableman.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Mississippi, 1937. Three convicts escape from a jail chain-gang intent on getting to the loot stashed away by one of them. As this is at his house soon to be flooded by a new dam, speed is of the essence. They find themselves fast-talking their way out of one jam after another, and along the way not only have to be wary of riverside sirens but even get to make a pretty good country record.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Vignettes weaving together the stories of six individuals in the old West at the end of the Civil War. Following the tales of a sharp-shooting songster, a wannabe bank robber, two weary traveling performers, a lone gold prospector, a woman traveling the West to an uncertain future, and a motley crew of strangers undertaking a carriage ride.
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
A dark tale of infidelity and murder, crime and punishment. Set in a small northern California town of the late 40s, the film portrays Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a barber dissatisfied with his life. His wife Doris’ (Frances McDormand) infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help him to change it. However, Ed’s scheme unravels and lays bare even darker secrets…
Raising Arizona (1987)
Recidivist hold-up man H.I. McDonnough and police woman Edwina marry, only to discover they are unable to conceive a child. Desperate for a baby, the pair decide to kidnap one of the quintuplets of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. The McDonnoughs try to keep their crime secret, while friends, co-workers and a feral bounty hunter look to use Nathan Jr. for their own purposes
Barton Fink (1991)
Set in 1941, an intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer’s block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor tries to help, but he continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him.
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Tom Reagan is the right-hand man for Leo O’Bannon, an Irish mobster and political boss who runs a U.S. city during Prohibition in the United States. When Leo’s rival, the Italian gangster Johnny Caspar, announces his intent to kill Bookmaker Bernie Bernbaum, Leo goes against Tom’s advice and extends his protection to Bernie. Bernie is the brother of Verna, who has begun a relationship with Leo – while also carrying on an affair with Tom.
True Grit (2010)
Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’s father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter of 1961, he struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles – some of them of his own making.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
In 1991, Jeffrey “the Dude” Lebowski is a middle-aged slacker who gets assaulted in his Los Angeles home by two goons hired by pornographer Jackie Treehorn, demanding money owed him by the wife of another, wealthier Jeffrey Lebowski. Despite the fact that they realize they have the wrong man, the goons continue to pursue Lebowski and his friends on their adventures.
Blood Simple (1984)
A man hires detectives to find out whether or not his wife has been cheating on him. He orders the detective to kill her off if his suspicions turn out to be true.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds the grisly aftermath of a drug deal. Though he knows better, he cannot resist the cash left behind and takes it with him. The hunter becomes the hunted when a merciless killer named Chigurh (Javier Bardem) picks up his trail. Also looking for Moss is Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), an aging lawman who reflects on a changing world and a dark secret of his own, as he tries to find and protect Moss.
In the winter of 1987, Jerry Lundegaard, the sales manager at an Oldsmobile dealership in Minneapolis, is deep in debt and desperate for money. He hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife to collect the ransom, but a series of events pass that draw several interconnected storylines together and only a small town pregnant police officer may be able to muddle out.
So there you have it folks… Fargo (1996) reins supreme with an astounding score of 8.74!!
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