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All Coen Brothers Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Since their 1984 neo-noir debut Blood Simple, brother directors Joel and Ethan Coen have danced amok across American cinema with mordant tales of wayward souls and their crimes and misdemeanors. Among their achievements include making a generation-defining comedy (The Big Lebowski), revitalizing the Western (True Grit), and winning Best Picture (No Country For Old Men). They even brought back bluegrass, achieved through cultural Trojan horse O Brother, Where Are Thou?. As that movie — and True Grit — celebrate anniversaries, we’re ranking all Coen brothers movies by Tomatometer.

#18

The Ladykillers (2004)
54%

#18
Adjusted Score: 59.378%
Critics Consensus: Hanks' performance in the lead role is inspired, but this is a relatively minor offering from the Coen brothers.
Synopsis: Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III is a charlatan professor who has assembled a gang of experts for the heist of the... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 61.354%
Critics Consensus: Intriguingly strange and visually distinctive, The Hudsucker Proxy is ultimately almost -- but not quite -- as smart and absorbing as it needs to be.
Synopsis: Sam Raimi and Joel and Ethan Coen wrote this stylish satire about the rapid rise of a naive mailroom clerk... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 80.288%
Critics Consensus: Though more mainstream than other Coen films, there are still funny oddball touches, and Clooney and Zeta-Jones sizzle like old-time movie stars.
Synopsis: Joel and Ethan Coen take on the classic battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy with Intolerable Cruelty. George Clooney plays Miles Massey, a... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#15
Adjusted Score: 83.332%
Critics Consensus: Though not as good as Coen brothers' classics such as Blood Simple, the delightfully loopy O Brother, Where Art Thou? is still a lot of fun.
Synopsis: In the Depression-era deep South, three escapees from a Mississippi prison chain gang: Everett Ulysses McGill, sweet and simple Delmar,... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 87.621%
Critics Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
Synopsis: At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 86.127%
Critics Consensus: Stylish but emotionally distant, The Man Who Wasn't There is a clever tribute to the film noir genre.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1949, a tale of passion, crime and punishment... Ed Crane is a barber in a small... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#12

The Big Lebowski (1998)
83%

#12
Adjusted Score: 88.884%
Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
Synopsis: The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#11

Hail, Caesar! (2016)
85%

#11
Adjusted Score: 99.383%
Critics Consensus: Packed with period detail and perfectly cast, Hail, Caesar! finds the Coen brothers delivering an agreeably lightweight love letter to post-war Hollywood.
Synopsis: Four-time Oscar (R)-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail,... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#10

A Serious Man (2009)
89%

#10
Adjusted Score: 96.245%
Critics Consensus: Blending dark humor with profoundly personal themes, the Coen brothers deliver what might be their most mature -- if not their best -- film to date.
Synopsis: "A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is... [More]

#9
Adjusted Score: 98.616%
Critics Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.
Synopsis: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#8

Barton Fink (1991)
90%

#8
Adjusted Score: 94.238%
Critics Consensus: Twisty and unsettling, the Coen brothers' satirical tale of a 1940s playwright struggling with writer's block is packed with their trademark sense of humor and terrific performances from its cast.
Synopsis: The title character, played by John Turturro, is a Broadway playwright, based on Clifford Odets, lured to Hollywood with the... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#7

Raising Arizona (1987)
91%

#7
Adjusted Score: 95.371%
Critics Consensus: A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens' most disciplined movie, but it's one of their most purely entertaining.
Synopsis: Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 96.084%
Critics Consensus: Though possibly more notable for its distinctive style than an airtight story, this Coen brothers take on the classic gangster flick features sharp dialogue, impressive cinematography, and a typically quirky cast of characters.
Synopsis: Joel and Ethan Coen's third collaboration, the gangster film Miller's Crossing, stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom Reagan, the right-hand man... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 103.344%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.
Synopsis: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 103.028%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by powerful lead performances from Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men finds the Coen brothers spinning cinematic gold out of Cormac McCarthy's grim, darkly funny novel.
Synopsis: When a Vietnam veteran discovers two million dollars while wandering through the aftermath of a Texas drug deal gone horribly... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#3

Blood Simple (1984)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 102.529%
Critics Consensus: Brutally violent and shockingly funny in equal measure, Blood Simple offers early evidence of the Coen Brothers' twisted sensibilities and filmmaking ingenuity.
Synopsis: In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#2

Fargo (1996)
94%

#2
Adjusted Score: 99.469%
Critics Consensus: Violent, quirky, and darkly funny, Fargo delivers an original crime story and a wonderful performance by McDormand.
Synopsis: A pregnant police chief is investigating a series of homicides across the frozen tundra. Against a sprawling Minnesota landscape, a... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#1

True Grit (2010)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 103.472%
Critics Consensus: Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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