Some of the Coen brothers’ films include “Barton Fink,” “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men.” The two siblings serve as screenwriters, directors, producers and editors for their films, covering genres as diverse as comedy, crime and Western.
“Barton Fink,” the Coens’ tale of a 1930s Hollywood screenwriter suffering from writer’s block, is supposedly inspired by a spell of writer’s block the brothers experienced themselves during the writing of their previous film, “Miller’s Crossing.” The 1991 black comedy stars John Turturro as its eponymous protagonist, a starving New York City novelist who moves to Los Angeles to make his fortune as a Hollywood hack.
The Coen brothers’ 1996 comedy-crime drama “Fargo” nabbed two Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Screenplay. The offbeat black comedy stars William H. Macy as a desperate used car salesman attempting to extort money from his wife’s family through a fake kidnapping scheme. Frances McDormand plays a pregnant North Dakota police chief investigating the ensuing series of homicides.
“No Country for Old Men,” the brothers’ 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s neo-Western novel, scored four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film stars Josh Brolin as a Vietnam vet who stumbles upon a suitcase of drug money in the Texas desert, and Javier Bardem as the relentless hitman who pursues him.