Every Movie Directed by the Coen Brothers Ranked From Worst to Best

12 A Serious Man
Focus Features

7. A Serious Man (2009). Total score: 76%. IMDb users: 70. Metacritic: 79. Rotten Tomatoes: 79. Rotten Tomatoes users: 70.
Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick.
Plot summary: Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.
What the critics said: "A Serious Man isn't perfect—I'm still grappling with the powerfully offbeat ending—but it's cathartic to see the Coens finally show you a bit of who they are, or at least where they came from." Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.

13 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018). Total score: 77.3%. IMDb users: 74. Metacritic: 78. Rotten Tomatoes: 78. Rotten Tomatoes users: 78.
Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson, Saul Rubinek, Tyne Daly.
Plot summary: An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West.
What the critics said: "The Coen brothers' greatest trick is balancing the ironic commentary on cinema and storytelling with the dramatic impact of compelling human stories well told. And it's a trick they pull off again and again." Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic.

14 True Grit
Paramount Pictures

5. True Grit (2010). Total score: 80.3%. IMDb users: 76. Metacritic: 80. Rotten Tomatoes: 83. Rotten Tomatoes users: 80.
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Domhnall Gleeson.
Plot summary: A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.
What the critics said: "Some people are expressing amazement that Joel and Ethan Coen would set out to make a classic western in the first place, and then that they'd accomplish it. All I can say is that those folks haven't been paying attention." Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.

15 Blood Simple
Circle Films

4. Blood Simple (1984). Total score: 80.5%. IMDb users: 77. Metacritic: 81. Rotten Tomatoes: 83. Rotten Tomatoes users: 78.
Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh.
Plot summary: A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
What the critics said: "Black humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's Blood Simple a directorial debut of extraordinary promise." Janet Maslin, New York Times.

16 Fargo
Gramercy Pictures

3. Fargo (1996). Total score: 83.8%. IMDb users: 81. Metacritic: 85. Rotten Tomatoes: 87. Rotten Tomatoes users: 78.
Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi.
Plot summary: Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
What the critics said: "Chief Gunderson was created by the Coens specifically for Frances McDormand, and they've been rewarded by a brilliant and unblinking comic performance." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

17 Inside Llewyn Davis
CBS Films

2. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Total score: 84.2%. IMDb users: 75. Metacritic: 93. Rotten Tomatoes: 85. Rotten Tomatoes users: 74.
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham.
Plot summary: A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
What the critics said: "Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens' smallest movies—this one doesn't have the broad appeal of True Grit or No Country For Old Men—but like Llewyn's music, it comes from the heart and is deeply felt. It is also one of their best." Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald.

18 No Country for Old Men

1. No Country for Old Men (2007). Total score: 86.2%. IMDb users: 81. Metacritic: 91. Rotten Tomatoes: 87. Rotten Tomatoes users: 80.
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald.
Plot summary: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
What the critics said: "No Country for Old Men is the first movie I've seen in a very long while that deserves to be called a masterpiece. It's such a stunning achievement in storytelling." Lou Lumenick, New York Post.