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    Default Favorite Coen Brothers Films?

    I've recently been on a Coen Brothers movie binge. I really enjoy their movies.

    If you are the ranking type feel free to rank, if not just share what your favorites are. Or feel free to share your thoughts on their movies in general.

    I like all of these films so even the ones on the bottom of my list I consider very good.

    1) The Big Lebowski
    2) No Country for Old Men
    3) The Man Who Wasn't There
    4) The Hudsucker Proxy
    5) Barton Fink
    6) A Serious Man
    7) Burn After Reading
    8) Inside Llewyn Davis
    9) Blood Simple
    10) Raising Arizona
    11) The Ladykillers
    12) True Grit
    13) Miller's Crossing
    14) Fargo
    15) Intolerable Cruelty

    edit - I haven't yet seen all of their films - this list just represents the ones I've seen
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    I love Big Lebowski. Most of their films are good or very good, but this one is outstanding.

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    Miller's Crossing has become my favorite.

    It didn't start out that way, in fact I was mildly dissapointed by what seemed merely a Daschel Hammett knockoff at the original theatrical release. But now I've seen it dozens of times, can quote all of the dialogue, and I still marvel at the craftsmanship, the wit and the "ethics" with each fresh viewing.

    No country For Old Men and The Man Who Wasn't There are very strong.

    Hudsucker Proxy is a sentimental favorite, as is Raising Arizona.

    Burn After Reading I thought was very poor, but then I said that about Intollerable Cruelty, which, to my astonishment, looked much better on a second viewing when I caught it by chance on tv.

    Big Lebowski I like fine, but don't go nuts about it they way some others seem to. And the Ladykillers was way better than I was expecting.

    The only one I really don't get is A Serious Man.


    edit: the main one you're missing, tdc, is O Brother Where Art Thou

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    Top 5

    No Country for Old Men
    The Big Lebowski
    The Hudsucker Proxy
    O Brother Where Art Thou?
    True Grit

    Unfortunately, I haven't seen Fargo yet, it's been on my to-watch list for years! I gotta get on that.
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    Lebowski and O Brother are my faves. But ALL of them are worth watching.

    I've been a big fan of the Coen brothers ever since I saw Raising Arizona when it was first released.
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    Tough call. These are probably my top 8, but the order isn't etched in stone:

    Miller's Crossing
    No Country for Old Men
    Big Lebowski
    Fargo
    A Serious Man
    Barton Fink
    O, Brother!
    The Man Who Wasn't There

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    Those guys are twisted. I saw Raising Arizona and True Grit when they were young; RA was pretty straight forward (and amusing), TG stretched my mind some. A Serious Man has the twist, but not much else for me. The Big Lebowski is medium OK. NO Country For Old Men is near the top of my 'to watch' pile. Haven't made the buy decision for Fargo. The others are not on my radar.
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    1. No Country for Old Men
    2. Fargo
    3. Miller's Crossing
    4. The Big Lebowski
    5. Burn After Reading
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    I actually didn't like The Big Lebowski very much, though I did watch it ages ago. I am aware that this means there's something wrong with me. I'm a fan of the Coen Brothers as well.


    No Country for Old Men, Fargo and Barton Fink are my favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukko View Post
    Those guys are twisted. I saw Raising Arizona and True Grit when they were young; RA was pretty straight forward (and amusing), TG stretched my mind some. A Serious Man has the twist, but not much else for me. The Big Lebowski is medium OK. NO Country For Old Men is near the top of my 'to watch' pile. Haven't made the buy decision for Fargo. The others are not on my radar.
    Well, you may also enjoy The Man Who Wasn't There - if nothing else for all the Beethoven music in the film!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonNZ View Post
    Miller's Crossing has become my favorite.

    It didn't start out that way, in fact I was mildly dissapointed by what seemed merely a Daschel Hammett knockoff at the original theatrical release. But now I've seen it dozens of times, can quote all of the dialogue, and I still marvel at the craftsmanship, the wit and the "ethics" with each fresh viewing.

    No country For Old Men and The Man Who Wasn't There are very strong.

    Hudsucker Proxy is a sentimental favorite, as is Raising Arizona.

    Burn After Reading I thought was very poor, but then I said that about Intollerable Cruelty, which, to my astonishment, looked much better on a second viewing when I caught it by chance on tv.

    Big Lebowski I like fine, but don't go nuts about it they way some others seem to. And the Ladykillers was way better than I was expecting.

    The only one I really don't get is A Serious Man.


    edit: the main one you're missing, tdc, is O Brother Where Art Thou
    Thanks for your thoughts - I'll be sure to get O Brother Where Art Thou next. As far as Miller's Crossing, it was a very clever film that I may indeed enjoy more on further viewings. The main issue I have with it is that the fist fighting and shoot 'em up scenes for the most part seemed very unrealistic.

    edit to add - sometimes I really like unrealistic elements in films such as those that appear in many of the Coen Brothers films, but in the case of Miller's Crossing I think it would've been more intense and gripping with a more realistic feel.
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    I love the Coen Bros, who are probably my favorite working American directors. My favorite of their films is probably Intolerable Cruelty, followed by Burn after Reading. But like tdc I think they're all great--and also that the total body of work adds up to more than the sum of its parts. I think that when I get the chance I'll re-watch their entire oeuvre in order!

    *p.s.*

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    Burn After Reading I thought was very poor, but then I said that about Intollerable Cruelty, which, to my astonishment, looked much better on a second viewing when I caught it by chance on tv.
    Ha--interesting that you were skeptical of my two favorites! Goes to show that there are such different things people can respond to in their movies.

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    I like many of their movies, most of all The Big Lebowski. But my favorite scene is probably Soggy Bottom Boys singing "Man of constant sorrow" in O, Brother, Where Art Thou?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TresPicos View Post
    But my favorite scene is probably Soggy Bottom Boys singing "Man of constant sorrow" in O, Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Yeah, same for me.

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    Favorite scene? Tim Robbins "hits the ground running" in The Hudsucker Proxy.

    Best - greatest - deus ex machina in a film ever (yes, that's a compliment).

    ...and one of the best uses of classical music in a film (Khatchaturian).

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