A Complete Ranking of the Coen Brothers

Joel & Ethan CoenGramercy Pictures via Everett Collection

We can go on and on in our attempts to rank the Coen Brothers movies, but we’ll never get anywhere (although the sage Jordan Hoffman has given a pretty good go of it over at Film.com). Instead, the release of the filmmaking polycephaly’s latest — and arguably greatest… but like I said, we won’t go there — feature Inside Llewyn Davis inspires within us a new ranking challenge. Not a ranking of the movies of the Coens, no, but a ranking of the Coens themselves.

2. JOEL
Had a small role in Spies Like Us.
Went to NYU.
His wife is Frances McDormand, who is awesome.
Only one kid.
Fourteen “Special Thanks” credits on his IMDb page.
Six-feet tall, even.
September birthday — fifth best birthday month*.
Middle name: Daniel.

1. ETHAN
Wrote The Naked Man.
Went to Princeton.
His wife is Tricia Cooke, who we’re sure is very nice and all, but she ain’t Frances McDormand, but…
Two kids!
Fifteen “Special Thanks” credits on his IMDb page.
Five feet eight inches tall, which is tall enough without being a douche about it.
November birthday — fourth worst birthday month*.
Middle name: Jesse (better than Daniel).

See? A lot easier than ranking the films.

*Birthday months in order of descending quality: April, February, May, October, September, March, June, August, November, January, July, December.



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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.

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