Screenwriter Profile: Joel & Ethan Coen

The Writers:

Often referred to simply as the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen are the creative force behind such cult classics and acclaimed cinematic feats as Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, and True Grit. The brothers have been making films together since childhood, and they always write, direct, and produce their projects together (though sometimes Joel takes the sole directing credit and Ethan takes the producing credit). True Hollywood elite, these guys have been nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Screenplay multiple times and have  won Best Picture once (No Country for Old Men) and Best Screenplay twice (Fargo, No Country for Old Men).


Harve Karbo (TV movie) (creator) (pre-production) Р2012

Inside Llewyn Davis (screenplay) (post-production) Р2013

Gambit (screenplay) (post-production) Р2012

True Grit (screenplay) Р2010

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (1984 screenplay Blood Simple) Р2009

A Serious Man (written by) Р2009

Burn After Reading (written by) Р2008

No Country for Old Men (screenplay) Р2007

Paris, je t’aime¬†(segment “Tuileries”) – 2006

The Ladykillers (screenplay) Р2004

Intolerable Cruelty (screenplay) Р2003

The Man Who Wasn’t There¬†(written by) – 2001

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (written by) Р2000

The Big Lebowski (written by) Р1998

Fargo (written by) Р1996

The Hudsucker Proxy (written by) Р1994

Barton Fink (written by) Р1991

Miller’s Crossing¬†(written by) – 1990

Raising Arizona (written by) Р1987

Crimewave (written by) Р1985

Blood Simple. (written by) Р1984


It’s easy to offend people. People get uncomfortable, for instance, when the main character in a movie is not sympathetic in a Hollywood formula way. Our movies are loaded with things that aren’t to everyone’s taste. On the other hand, there’s a scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou?¬†where a frog gets squished that everyone seems to like. It’s all right to do the frog squishing. (Ethan)

The movie people let us play in the corner of the sandbox and leave us alone. We’re happy here. (Ethan)

My most important professional accomplishment? I think that it’s that I’m so scintillating and engaging in an interview. (Joel)

I like Hollywood just the way it is, actually. I don’t think I’d change anything. I like that it’s out here 3,000 miles from where I live. (Joel)


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