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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Coen Brothers Movies

See what managed to top ‘Fargo,’ ‘Raising Arizona’ and ‘True Grit’

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Moviegoers are getting their first look at the Coen Brothers' upcoming movie Hail, Caesar! since the trailer has been widely distributed to theaters across America. Unlike 2013's dark Inside Llewyn Davis, this is a goofy comedy about a 1950s Hollywood fixer that tries to track down a missing movie star. The incredible cast features George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum amongst many others. As we anticipate the film, we asked our readers to select their favorite films by the Coen Brothers. Here are the results. 

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‘The Big Lebowski’

The opening weekend for The Big Lebowski was a complete disaster. Titanic had been in theaters for three months, but it still topped the box office with $17.6 million. U.S. Marshals, the quasi-sequel to The Fugitive, was Number Two with $16.8 million. From there one it was the fourth weekend for The Wedding Singer, the Paul Newman/Susan Sarandon bomb Twilight and the Gwyneth Paltrow thriller Hush. At a distant sixth was The Big Lebowski with a mere $5.53 million, just a tiny notch above the 14th week of Good Will Hunting

Gene Siskel spoke for many critics when he tore it to shreds. "Kingpin was a much funnier film set in the world of bowling," he said. "Jeff Bridges' character wasn't worth my time. There's no heart to him like, say, the Frances McDormand character in Fargo. The Big Lebowski, a big disappointment." 

Siskel absolutely gushed over Fargo two years earlier, labeling it among his "all time favorite motion pictures." In his wildest dreams he couldn't have imagined there would be a day when The Big Lebowski would easily win a poll like this and be celebrated as one of the most beloved movies in film history. 

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