Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen

Highest Rated: 97% Down from the Mountain (2001)

Lowest Rated: 18% Gambit (2012)

Birthday: Sep 21, 1957

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Working alongside his brother Joel, Ethan Coen is widely considered one of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers of the late 20th century. Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence, the films of the Coen brothers have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres -- especially film noir -- while sustaining a firmly postmodern feel. Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1957, Ethan Coen studied philosophy at Princeton University. Soon after he graduated, he and his brother began writing their first screenplays, and, in 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film (using the name Roderick Jaynes for the latter duty), while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Sam Raimi), 1987's Raising Arizona was a screwball comedy miles removed from the dark, violent content of their previous movie, and it won over critics and audiences alike. Their fan base growing, the Coens went on to make Miller's Crossing (1990), a stark gangster epic with a strong performance from John Turturro, whom the brothers also used to great effect in their next film, Barton Fink (1991). Fink earned Joel a Best Director award and a Golden Palm at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the festival's Best Actor award for Turturro. A surreal, nightmarish movie revolving around a writer's creative block, it was a heavily stylized, atmospheric triumph that further established the Coens as visionary arbiters of the bizarre.Their 1994 follow-up to Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, was a relative critical and commercial disappointment, though it did boast the sort of heavily stylized, postmodern irony that had so endeared the brothers to their audience. Whatever failings The Hudsucker Proxy exhibited, however, were more than atoned for by the unquestionable success of the Coens' next film, Fargo (1996). A black, violent crime comedy with a surprisingly warm heart, it recalled Blood Simple in its themes of greed, corruption, and murder, but provided more redemptive sentiment than was afforded to the characters of the previous film. The brothers shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for their work, and another Oscar, for Best Actress, went to Frances McDormand, to whom Joel had been married since 1984. Following Fargo, the Coens went on to make The Big Lebowski in 1998. A blend of bungled crime and warped comedy, Lebowski was a laid-back, irreverent revision of the hardboiled L.A. detective genre. It met with mixed critical reception, though it did receive a Golden Bear nomination for Joel Coen at the Berlin Film Festival. In 1999, Ethan closed out the decade by publishing Gates of Eden, a collection of his short stories.The Coens next served up the depression-era comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), which turned out to be their biggest box-office success at that time and spawned a Grammy-winning soundtrack. 2001 saw the release of The Man Who Wasn't There, yet another ode to film noir and another award winner at Cannes. In 2003, Ethan and Joel were credited as executive producers on Terry Zwigoff's hit comedy Bad Santa largely due to the fact that the origin of the film's story came from the Coens. That same year, the brothers re-teamed with George Clooney (one of the stars of O Brother) for the screwball comedy Intolerable Cruelty. In 2004, the duo released The Ladykillers starring Tom Hanks, a remake of the classic British comedy. The film marked the first time Ethan Coen officially shared the directing credit with Joel, as well as the first time they shared producer credit.After a three year layoff from movies, the brothers returned with an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men. The taut but phi


Highest Rated Movies



91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Screenwriter Director 2018
28% Suburbicon Screenwriter $5.8M 2017
86% Hail, Caesar! Producer Screenwriter Director $28M 2016
91% Bridge of Spies Screenwriter 2015
51% Unbroken Screenwriter $70.6M 2014
No Score Yet Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis Producer Actor 2013
92% Inside Llewyn Davis Producer Director Screenwriter $9.7M 2013
18% Gambit Screenwriter $0.7M 2012
96% True Grit Producer Screenwriter $171.1M 2010
90% A Serious Man Director Screenwriter Producer $9.2M 2009
78% Burn After Reading Screenwriter Director Producer $60.4M 2008
93% No Country for Old Men Screenwriter Director Producer $74.3M 2007
54% Romance & Cigarettes Executive Producer Producer $0.4M 2007
87% Paris Je T'aime Director Producer Screenwriter $4.9M 2007
54% The Ladykillers Screenwriter Producer Director 2004
78% Bad Santa Executive Producer 2003
75% Intolerable Cruelty Producer Screenwriter Director $35.1M 2003
81% The Man Who Wasn't There Screenwriter Producer $7.5M 2001
97% Down from the Mountain Actor Executive Producer 2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Screenwriter Producer $45.2M 2000
20% The Naked Man Screenwriter 1998
82% The Big Lebowski Producer Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet Double Date Night: The Big Lebowski Producer Director Screenwriter 1998
93% Fargo Producer Screenwriter Director 1996
56% The Hudsucker Proxy Producer Screenwriter 1994
90% Barton Fink Screenwriter Producer 1991
91% Miller's Crossing Screenwriter Producer 1990
84% Darkman Screenwriter 1990
91% Raising Arizona Screenwriter Producer 1987
No Score Yet Crimewave Screenwriter 1986
94% Blood Simple Producer Screenwriter 1984


96% Fargo
Producer Executive Producer 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2001


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