Special Report

All 18 Movies by the Coen Brothers, Ranked

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18. The Ladykillers (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 6.2/10 (102,157 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 43% (65,713 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 54% (193 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall

Inspired by the British comic caper movie of the same name from 1955, this film features Tom Hanks playing an eccentric Southern professor leading a gang posing as a classical music ensemble that plans to rob a casino while staying with an unsuspecting but indomitable landlady. David Edelstein of Slate called the film “a very pleasant cartoon for grown-ups.”

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17. Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
> IMDb user rating: 6.2/10 (94,562 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 48% (66,701 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 76% (188 reviews)
> Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton

George Clooney is a top Beverly Hills divorce lawyer hired to discredit the gold digger ex-wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of his client – and of course he winds up falling in love with her. Critics cited the onscreen chemistry between Clooney and Zeta-Jones, with Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian saying the movie was “a date-movie with brain cells.”

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16. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (128,760 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 44% (40,924 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 85% (361 reviews)
> Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich

“Hail, Caesar!” is based on the experiences of real-life Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix, played here by Josh Brolin. Besides solving the problems of actors, directors, and singing cowboys, Mannix faces his toughest task when star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped while in costume for period epic “Hail, Caesar!” The film was more of a favorite among critics than audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s Critics Consensus calling film “an agreeably lightweight love letter to post-war Hollywood.”

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15. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (79,069 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 79% (43,248 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 60% (45 reviews)
> Starring: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

As part of a plan to tank a company’s stock, a newly minted business graduate (Tim Robbins) is made president of a manufacturing firm by the company board led by an unscrupulous executive played by Paul Newman. But the plot backfires when the new president’s product, the hula hoop, takes off and sends the company’s shares soaring. Duane Byrge of Hollywood Reporter called the film “a visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy.”

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14. Burn After Reading (2008)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (320,674 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 65% (187,981 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 78% (250 reviews)
> Starring: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney

This is a zany comedy about a personal trainer (Brad Pitt) who thinks he’s struck gold when he finds a memoir written by a CIA agent. He and a co-worker (Frances McDormand) decide to sell what they believe is secret government information to the Russians. The Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus said the film was “clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.”

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