Best Brothers Movies

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading (R, 2008)

    George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt
    Joel and Ethan Coen's jet-black comedy Burn After Reading begins with CIA agent Osborne Cox (John Ma... read morelkovich) losing his job. This prompts his long-suffering, unfaithful wife (Tilda Swinton) to consult a lawyer about divorcing him. Osborne decides to write a book about his exploits, but an early draft of his work ends up lost at a gym where it's found by the dim-witted Chad (Brad Pitt, and the plastic-surgery obsessed Linda (Frances McDormand). They decide to blackmail Osborne in order to help Linda pay for the numerous procedures she wants to undergo. Things grow even more complicated when Linda starts an affair with Harry (George Clooney), who also happens to be sleeping with Cox's wife. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: After the very serious "No Country For Old Men", which finally earned the Coen Brothers their well-
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
    • henryfarman
      henryfarman: An intelligently crafted crime comedy by the Coen brothers that shows things are a lot simpler than we think. It's by the Coen brothers, so its obviou
      Reviewed 5 days days ago
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      fb100001078299208: mances, Burn After Reading is another big win in the largely vacant black comedy genre for the Coen brothers.
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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men (R, 2007)

    Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
    When a Vietnam veteran discovers two million dollars while wandering through the aftermath of a Texa... read mores drug deal gone horribly awry, his decision to abscond with the cash sets off a violent chain reaction in a stripped-down crime drama from Joel and Ethan Coen. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) has just stumbled into the find of a lifetime. Upon discovering a bullet-strewn pickup truck surrounded by the corpses of dead bodyguards, Moss uncovers two million dollars in cash and a substantial load of heroin stashed in the back of the vehicle. Later, as an enigmatic killer who determines the fate of his victims with the flip of a coin sets out in pursuit of Moss, the disillusioned Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) struggles to contain the rapidly escalating violence that seems to be consuming his once-peaceful Lone Star State town. Woody Harrelson, Javier Bardem, and Kelly MacDonald co-star in a distinctly American crime story that explores timeless biblical themes in a contemporary Southwestern setting. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: The Coen Brothers finally earned their well-earned "Best Director" Oscar for this adaptation of a C
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
    • hewasnumberone1
      hewasnumberone1: It doesn't have a dark sense of humor, instead it's dark without humor, unlike other Coen brothers films. But trust me, this is a good thing, a really really good thing.
      Reviewed 25 days days ago
    • moviesbewithyou2
      moviesbewithyou2: Out of Coen brothers films, No Country for Old Men just might be the best and most powerful.
      Reviewed 16 days days ago
  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski (R, 1998)

    Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston
    The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Eth... read morean Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny (Steve Buscemi). However, the Dude's life takes an alternate route the afternoon two goons break into his threadbare Venice, California, bungalow, rough him up, and urinate on his living room rug. Why? Because Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) is owed money by the wife of a certain Jeff Lebowski. However, the goons grabbed the wrong Jeff Lebowski. With the right info, they would have invaded the home of philanthropic Pasadena millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). The Dude looks up his wealthy namesake, manages to get a replacement for his rug, and meets the millionaire's sexy young wife Bunny (Tara Reid). Later, Jeffrey ("The Big") Lebowski calls in the Dude to deliver a $1 million ransom for the return of his kidnapped wife. Fine -- except that Walter intrudes and botches the ransom drop. As events unravel, the Dude gets caught up in the schemes of Lebowski's daughter, erotic artist Maude (Julianne Moore), encounters both cops and bad guys, and drifts through an elaborate bowling fantasy sequence titled Gutterballs. The soundtrack includes Bob Dylan, Yma Sumac, Moondog, Captain Beefheart, and the Sons of the Pioneers. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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      fb100000570202513: ." A hilarious Coen brothers classic, and their funniest film ever. Loosely inspired by Raymond Chandler's work, The Bi
      Reviewed 12 days days ago
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      M9z8759483: A very funny sort of slacker/stoner comedy about The Dude played by Jeff Bridges who is kind of a s
      Reviewed 32 days days ago
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      fb1311042435: The Big Lebowski is not a good movie, as many a misguided viewer has opined. Rather, it is a bunch
      Reviewed 58 days days ago
  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man (R, 2009)

    Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Adam Arkin
    Filmmaking duo Joel and Ethan Coen write, produce, and direct this period black comedy set in 1967 c... read moreoncerning a Midwestern physics professor whose staid and stable life slowly begins to unravel after his wife announces that she's leaving him. As if the failure of his longtime marriage wasn't enough for Larry Gopnik (Tony-nominated Michael Stuhlbarg) to contend with, now his socially inept brother refuses to move out of the house as well. Larry is a modest man of science. Up to this point, his life has been uneventful at best, but things are about to get interesting. When his wife, Judith, announces that she is leaving him to move in with his smug colleague Sy Ableman, Larry does his best to contend with his failed marriage while barely tolerating his unemployable brother, Arthur, who appears to have grown roots on Larry's couch. Meanwhile, Larry's son, Danny, is getting into trouble at Hebrew school, and his daughter, Sarah, is stealthily snatching money from his wallet so she can afford a nose job. As Judith and Sy merrily begin making plans for their new life of domestic bliss together, Larry begins receiving a series of anonymous letters from someone who seems intent on sabotaging his chance for tenure at the university. To further complicate matters, a graduate student with failing grades is attempting to bribe the professor while simultaneously threatening him with a defamation lawsuit. Larry is in some serious need of equilibrium, though it's hard to focus on getting your life in order when your beautiful neighbor insists on sunbathing in the nude just outside your window. Perhaps by seeking the advice of three trusted rabbis, Larry can finally learn to cope with his afflictions and become a genuine mensch. A Serious Man is the second in a two-picture deal that the siblings made with Focus Features and Working Title. The first film in the deal, entitled Burn After Reading and starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Frances McDormand, was released nationwide in September 2008. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: "A Serious Man" is a quite good drama-comedy from the Coen Brothers. It may not seem as good as som
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
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      fb616707641: . The message they are trying to portray is great and obviously the Coen brothers are genius and do explicit research. Not an easy watch but a excellent lesson... Just like
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      fb1008742212: The first one I watched A Serious Man, I was young, didn't understand Jewish culture or black humou
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
  • Fargo

    Fargo (R, 1996)

    Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell
    Filmmaking siblings Joel Coen and Ethan Coen both embraced and poked satirical fun at their Minnesot... read morean roots with this comedy-drama-thriller that earned seven Oscar nominations, winning for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief whose affable, folksy demeanor masks a whip-smart mind. When a pair of motorists are found slain not far from the corpse of a state trooper, Marge begins piecing together a case involving a pair of dopey would-be kidnappers, Carl (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear (Bergman stock player Peter Stormare). They've been hired by Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a car salesman under the thumb of his wealthy, overbearing boss and father-in-law, Wade (Harve Presnell). Jerry's raised some money illegally through a petty scam he's run on General Motors and he's about to get caught. When Wade sours a business deal that could save his son-in-law's hide, the desperate Jerry hires Carl and Gaear to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom. Things go predictably wrong and a series of murders occur, with Marge, waddling along behind her enormous belly and ever-hungering for an all-you-can-eat buffet, hot on the trail of the killers. Although the credits for Fargo state that the film is loosely based on real events, the story is entirely fictional, the claim being just an ironic jibe on the part of the Coens. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
    • myfavchords
      myfavchords: The Coen brothers serve up a real winner here. This film has very unique and funny characters. The dialogue i
      Reviewed 21 days days ago
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: The Coen Brothers really hit every note right in this quirky dark comedy. The setting is cold, the
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
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      fb100002552161499: The Coen Brothers strike again. One of the best murder mysteries I have ever seen.
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid (R, 2007)

    Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, Malin Akerman, Rob Corddry
    When 40-year-old San Francisco bachelor Eddie Cantrow (Ben Stiller) attends the wedding of his ex-fi... read moreancée -- and is seated at a "singles table" full of children -- he realizes maybe he's been too picky in his love life, and it's time to settle down. Fortunately, he doesn't have to compromise his standards when he meets Lila (Malin Akerman), a funny, attractive blond who does environmental research for a living. Lila's company wants to relocate her to Europe, but only because she's single -- they don't force married couples to uproot themselves. So Eddie hastily proposes to her, even though they've only been dating for six weeks. But the moment they exchange vows, Eddie starts to notice Lila's rough edges and annoying habits, which had remained hidden underneath her perfect exterior. Their Cabo San Lucas honeymoon gets off to a rough start full of tuneless pop singalongs and surprising revelations about Lila's job and her past. Things only get worse for a confused Eddie when he meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a Midwesterner in Cabo for a family reunion -- and starts to wish he'd held out just a little bit longer. The Heartbreak Kid is Peter and Bobby Farrelly's remake of the 1972 Elaine May comedy of the same name, starring Charles Grodin. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi
    • scullysje
      scullysje: Some things about it fall through. The movie probably should have only been an hour and a half as o
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
    • hbfr72
      hbfr72: I love the Farrelly brothers movies, I just love them, and I also love this one, I've seen it thowsands of times. It's j
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • TheDudeLebowski65
      TheDudeLebowski65: The Farrelly Brothers have made some terrific, hilarious comedies in the past. Some of their films
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13, 2000)

    George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Charles Durning, John Goodman
    The writing, directing, and producing team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen created this picaresque comed... read morey (inspired in part by Homer's The Odyssey) set in the Deep South during the Depression. Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), dim-witted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and easily-excitable Pete (John Turturro) are serving time together on a prison chain gang. Everett knows where $1.2 million is hidden that's theirs for the taking, and the three manage to escape; however, a stranger soon warns them that they'll find treasure, but not the sort they're looking for. As Everett and his partners hit the road, they happen upon a gluttonous bible salesman, Big Dan Teague (John Goodman); meet up with Baby Face Nelson (Michael Badalucco) as he robs a bank; encounter three Sirens doing their washing; run into Everett's estranged wife Penny (Holly Hunter), who has told everyone her husband was killed in a train wreck; find themselves in the middle of a heated campaign between political boss Pappy O'Daniel (Charles Durning), and reformist candidate Homer Stokes (Wayne Duvall); and even find time to make a hit record as The Soggy Bottom Boys. Noted songwriter T-Bone Burnett helped compile the songs (combining vintage country blues tunes with originals in the same style), while Carter Burwell composed the background score. Incidentally, the title O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a reference to the classic Preston Sturges comedy Sullivan's Travels, in which a director plans to make a serious "message picture" with that name. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb100000570202513: Another great film from the Coen brothers. A modern and loose adaptation of Homer's "Odyssey" set in 1937, O Brother, Where Art Thou
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: The Coen Brothers create this Depression Era Deep South Epic Comedy about three escaped prisoners o
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
    • TheKingOfComedy83
      TheKingOfComedy83: The Coen Brothers are some of cinemas best directors but in the case if O Brother, Where Art Thou?,
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
  • True Grit

    True Grit (PG-13, 2010)

    Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper
    Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and anot... read moreher lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' True Grit tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their No Country for Old Men producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb739268924: Superb Coen brothers remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie. The original wasn't bad - I rated it 7/10 - but it wa
      Reviewed 48 days days ago
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      fb100000592764041: The best thing about the Coen Brothers' take on "True Grit" is that it is astoundingly well directe
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • Buggy43
      Buggy43: .13

      "Coen brothers remake of John Wayne classic; an alcoholic US marshal (Jeff Bridges) and an independent min
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona (PG-13, 1987)

    Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe
    Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen... read more and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy. H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know "Ed," short for Edwina (Holly Hunter), the officer who takes his mug shots. Hi takes a shine to Ed and promises to go straight if she marries him. She accepts, and they move to the Arizona desert, where Hi holds down a factory job and blissfully watches the sunsets with Ed. Their serenity is shattered when the couple decides that they want a child and discover that, as Hi puts it, "Ed's womb was a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase." (One of the film's many delights is Hi's unexpectedly flowery dime-novel narration.) Ed goes into a severe depression until she sees an item in the news. Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of a chain of unpainted furniture stores, has become the father of quintuplets, and he and his wife joke that they now have more children than they know what to do with. In what seems like a perfect "helps you, helps me" situation, Hi and Ed kidnap one of the Arizona infants, figuring that they'll have a baby and the Arizonas will have less of a burden. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: The Coen Brothers second film about a couple kidnapping one of a tycoon's recently born quintuplets
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
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      fb100001276915292: . The Coen brothers mash up a unique world with an ambitious Nicolas Cage.
      Reviewed 30 days days ago
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      fb100002552161499: I have never seen a bad Coen brothers film and I don't think I ever will
      Reviewed 51 days days ago
  • The Ladykillers

    The Ladykillers (R, 2004)

    Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Irma P. Hall, Tzi Ma
    One of the best-loved films from the idiosyncratic British film studio Ealing Pictures gets an updat... read moree from the equally idiosyncratic filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen in this offbeat comedy. Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall) is a spry, elderly woman who attends church regularly, doesn't care for loud noises or harsh language, and is looking for a tenant for the spare room in her house. Enter Goldthwait Higginson Dorr (Tom Hanks), a silver-tongued college professor who moves in and gains Munson's permission to use the basement for rehearsals with his "medieval music ensemble." What Munson doesn't know is that Dorr's latest project is not academic, but criminal. Dorr is masterminding the robbery of a riverboat casino, and the fellow musicians in his ensemble are actually the crew he's assembled to pull off the job: foul-mouthed "inside man" Gawain (Marlon Wayans), clumsy demolitions expert Pancake (J.K. Simmons), quiet strong-arm man Lump (Ryan Hurst), and logistical expert The General (Tzi Ma). Despite the best efforts of Dorr and his cohorts (which aren't very impressive), Munson finds out about their scheme, and when she refuses to accept a share of the take in exchange for her silence, Dorr decides the best solution is to silence her permanently. The gospel tunes which grace the soundtrack to The Ladykillers were coordinated by T-Bone Burnett, who also helped assemble the acclaimed song score for the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou?. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • fb57504332
      fb57504332: Hard to believe this is a Coen Brothers movie because it doesn't feel like one at all, but it's not
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • kenscheck
      kenscheck: Not the Coen Brothers strongest work. Beyond being a completely unnecessary remake, it is also not
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
    • karsh2
      karsh2: . Typical coen brothers film.
      Reviewed 12 months days ago