‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Trailer Inspires Us to Rank the Coen Bros. Movies in Order of Bleakness

The Coen Bros are not exactly the peppiest creative duo in Hollywood. Sure, they’re good for a laugh… but usually it’s at the expense of the irreparable human condition. Throughout their 30 years directing big screen features, the Minnesota-born pair has hit some decidedly bleak notes. But even with such a staunch history of dehydrating the spirit of the leading man, and it looks like their latest effort, Inside Llewyn Davis, will be the most sigh-worthy effort yet.

Inside Llewyn DavisCBS Films

The latest trailer for the folk music-themed character piece doesn’t seem to showcase a good deal of upswing for its titular hero, played with a permanent frown by Oscar Isaac. And that’s just what we want: the two-headed filmmaking force’s knack for sobriety mastered on the beautiful backdrop of snow-ravaged Queens. And if this does, indeed, prove to be No. 1 on the Coen’s list of listlessness, what are the other rankings? We’ve taken a stab at the task, let us know what you think:

The Coen Bros. Movies in Order of Bleakness (from merry to melancholy…)

The Hudsucker Proxy
Intolerable Cruelty
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Raising Arizona
The Big Lebowski
Burn After Reading
The Ladykillers
True Grit
Barton Fink
No Country for Old Men
The Man Who Wasn’t There
Miller’s Crossing
Blood Simple.
A Serious Man

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.