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Coen brothers movies ranked: From 'Fargo' to 'Burn After Reading'

They are among the best and most idiosyncratic filmmakers, masters of pastiche and students of American kitsch, who have been making top-notch genre pictures, with shades of endless complications, for more than 30 years.

Beginning Friday, a restored version of Joel and Ethan Coen’s sterling directorial debut, the Texas-set film noir “Blood Simple” about a murder plot gone wrong, runs at Film Forum.

In its honor, here’s a ranking the 17 feature films directed by the tandem.

1. 'Fargo'

The Coens' best movie is one of the
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The Coens' best movie is one of the most perfect film noirs ever made.

2. 'A Serious Man'

An absurdist commentary on the futility of existence
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An absurdist commentary on the futility of existence that doubles as the Coens' most personal movie.

3. 'The Big Lebowski'

It's beloved the world over for a good
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It's beloved the world over for a good reason. Endlessly watchable and never less than hilarious.

4. 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

A brilliant portrait of commercial failure's inextricable entwinement
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A brilliant portrait of commercial failure's inextricable entwinement with artistic integrity.

5. 'Miller's Crossing'

A great period mob story, filled with rich
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A great period mob story, filled with rich detail.

6. 'Raising Arizona'

The Coens and Nicolas Cage are a natural
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The Coens and Nicolas Cage are a natural pairing.

7. 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

Catnip for history buffs. What a soundtrack!
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Catnip for history buffs. What a soundtrack!

8. 'Blood Simple'

An auspicious debut.
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An auspicious debut.

9. 'Barton Fink'

Memorably captures the surrealism of Old Hollywood.
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Memorably captures the surrealism of Old Hollywood.

10. 'No Country For Old Men'

The best Cormac McCarthy adaptation.
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The best Cormac McCarthy adaptation.

And the rest:

11.
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11. "The Hudsucker Proxy"

12. "The Man Who Wasn't There"

13. "Hail Caesar!" (pictured)

14. "True Grit"

15. "Intolerable Cruelty"

16. "The Ladykillers"

17. "Burn After Reading"

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