To say that the Coen Brothers have an ear for dialogue would be an understatement. Joel and Ethan Coen are responsible for directing, writing, producing, and editing their own films. They work within and outside the boundaries of nearly every genre, including neo-noir, the Western, crime, and comedy. Although each of their films is distinctively different, they all share the Brothers' knack for creating lines of dialogue that aim to be dark and funny at the same time. Here are the best quotes from Coen Brothers movies.
The Coen Brothers have received five Oscar nominations for their writing, and won cinema’s most prestigious writing award twice. The first win, for Best Original Screenplay, came in 1997 for the noir-ish black comedy Fargo. The second win was for their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men in 2007.
One of most iconic Coen Brothers quotes comes from No Country for Old Men, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Perhaps, you've heard something about a big bad scary man, with an awful bowl cut, asking an innocent convenient store clerk to bet his life on the toss of a coin, with the simple but terrifying declaration, “Call it, Friendo.”
Although Fargo was not the first film written and directed by the Coen Brothers, it was their first big time feature to capture a wide audience. The Minnesota-born brothers were able to bring that okie dokey Midwestern dialogue to the big screen with simple phrases that have since become iconic, like “Oh you betcha, ya.”Maybe some of the jokes from Coen Brothers movies on this list are more than just simple one-liners (looking at you, Lebowski). But sometimes we're just not into the whole brevity thing. Make your voice heard and vote up your favorite one-liners from Coen Brothers movies below.
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"Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."Photo: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
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"That rug really tied the room together, did it not?"Photo: flickr / CC0
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The Dude, on His Name
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"You mark that frame an eight, and you're entering a world of pain."Photo: flickr / CC0
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"The Dude abides."
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"...And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper."