Very recently, we discussed the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski, one of their best and most iconic films. But our scattered mind then had flashbacks of Barton Fink, which might well be a way darker precursor to the 1998 stoner comedy, and before we knew it, we were going down a memory rabbit hole made up of Coen brothers movies. Because that’s the thing: The Big Lebowski is flawless, but the Coens’ entire filmography is full of flawless and classic films just asking to get Pictofacted.

In this Pictofact, we comply. We here focus on the Coens, some of their collaborations, but mainly on some of their other best films. And the quality of their output is so high that we couldn’t even fit them all. We skipped classics like The Man Who Wasn’t There – although now that we think about it, we also skipped the lesser works: Intolerable Cruelty, a silly romcom that goes nowhere, and The Ladykillers, a misguided comedy whose merit was anticipating the sort of awful Tom Hanks roles he’s starting to get us used to. Anyway, the Coens still deserve loving attention, so here are 20 facts about them and their best movies.

Final Cut

The Coen Brothers and their movies They always had final cut privileges. Final cut is a privilege studios only give to proven directors, but coming from indie cinema, the Coens have worked like this since the very beginning. They have had final cut privilege since they got it in their indie classic Blood Simple, and up until today. CRACKED.COM

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Nicolas Cage

The Coen Brothers and their movies 5 Raising Arizona Nicolas Cage based his performance on Woody Woodpecker. The Coens' relationship with Cage was not smooth, but they did agree on the cartoon-like quality the film should have. So Cage drew inspiration from Woody Woodpecker, and even managed to mimic his hair, which gets messier and wilder throughout the movie. CRACKED.COM

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The Coen Brothers and their movies Fargo Fargo is not set in Fargo. The movie wasn't filmed there, and there's barely a reference to the city in it. Originally, the Coen brothers meant to call their movie Brainerd, but as it sounded like a cooler title, however, they eventually chose Fargo instead. CRACKED.COM

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'No Country For Old Men'

The Coen Brothers and their movies No Country For Old Men This was the Coens' first adaptation. Why not start with Cormac ? they said. Why not start with the best? McCarthy apparently chuckled when he saw the movie, so that's good. CRACKED.COM


'Burn After Reading'

The Coen Brothers and their movies Burn After Reading Except for Tilda Swinton's, every role was written for their performer. Brad Pitt didn't know if he should be flattered or insulted by his part, or how to even play such an idiot. Joel Coen just told him, You'll be fine. CRACKED.COM


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