Movies directed by Joel Coen

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Ladykillers, The

The Ladykillers is an interesting concoction - a faithful update of the original Ealing comedy cooked in vat of Coen Brothers' seasoning. Even though this is based on the 1955 British film of the same name, those unfamiliar with The Ladykillers' p...

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Release Date: 2004-03-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: COMEDY/THRILLER
Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Cast: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, ...
Miller's Crossing

Miller’s Crossing, the Coen Brothers’ third film (following Blood Simple and Raising Arizona) introduced the kind of comedically-tinged approach they would employ for some of their darkest and most compelling films, including the criticall...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 1990-09-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, ...
Intolerable Cruelty

For whatever reason, the Coen Brothers' comedies (such as Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy, and The Big Lebowski) have always garnered less critical attention than the filmmakers' more serious fare (such as Blood Simple, Barton Fink, and Fargo)...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2003-10-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: ROMANCE/COMEDY
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, ...
Hudsucker Proxy, The

"Out of hope, out of rope, out of time." - William Cobbs in the opening narration of The Hudsucker Proxy Tim Robbins has a knack for finding his way into superior satires. After taking the lead role in Robert Altman's The Player and starring...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 1994-03-11
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, ...
Serious Man, A

Masters of audacity, the Coen Brothers continue to amaze with their versatility and, unlike many who have achieved success, they have shown no inclination to slip into a comfortable groove. When one scans their joint resumes, it becomes apparent t...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2009-10-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: COMEDY/DRAMA
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, ...
True Grit

True Grit, one of the best films of 2010, is a reminder of why remakes are not always bad. The Coen Brothers' interpretation of the 1968 Charles Portis novel is superior in almost every way (except one) to the 1969 Henry Hathaway edition. And, whil...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2010-12-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: WESTERN
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, ...
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The

Those wacky Coens are at it again. And those serious Coens. And those loquacious Coens. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a paean to pre-revisionist Westerns, allows the Oscar-winning brothers to try out nearly every weapon in their considerable ...

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: Western
Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Tyne Daly, Saul Rubinek, ...
Fargo

Fargo takes the usual "caper gone wrong" storyline and applies a new twist. Based on a supposed series of "true events" from 1987 (a tongue-in-cheek claim made by a screen caption), the film examines what can happen when the police and criminals a...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 1996-03-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: THRILLER/COMEDY
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, ...
Big Lebowski, The

In a word, The Big Lebowski is a mess. But what a glorious, wonderfully-entertaining mess it is. This film, the Coen Brothers' follow-up to the critically-lauded Fargo, isn't likely to generate the same degree of universal praise. In fact, those...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 1998-03-06
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Turturro, Flea, ...
Inside Llewyn Davis

A perusal of the Coen Brothers' filmography reveals a penchant for the offbeat and absurd. They almost never do anything conventional, which makes Inside Llewyn Davis surprising. A Valentine to late-'50s and early-'60s folk music (pre-Dylan), the m...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2013-12-06
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, ...