A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
Purchase ©1984: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.
Purchase ©1987: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe
Tom Reagan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Purchase ©1990: Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J.E. Freeman
In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer’s block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task.
Purchase ©1991: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney
The Hudsucker Proxy
A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
Purchase ©1994: Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Charles Durning, John Mahoney
Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Purchase ©1996: William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Kristin Rudrüd, Harve Presnell
The Big Lebowski
“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Purchase ©1998: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Three stumblebum convicts escape to go on a quest for treasure and meet various characters while learning where their real fortune lies set in 1930s Deep South.
Purchase ©2000: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
The Man Who Wasn’t There
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife’s boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.
Purchase ©2001: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini, Katherine Borowitz
A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce.
Purchase ©2003: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann
An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.
Purchase ©2004: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma
No Country for Old Men
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande.
Purchase ©2007: Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
Burn After Reading
Osbourne Cox, a Balkan expert, is fired at the CIA, so he begins a memoir. His wife wants a divorce and expects her lover, Harry, a philandering State Department marshal, to leave his wife. A diskette of Osbourne’s musings falls out of a gym bag at a Georgetown fitness center. Two employees there try to turn it into cash: Linda, who wants money for elective surgery, and Chad, an amiable goof. They try to sell the disc back to Osbourne, who has a short fuse, then they visit the Russian embassy. To sweeten the pot, they decide they need more of Osbourne’s secrets. Meanwhile, Linda’s boss likes her, and Harry’s wife leaves for a book tour. All roads lead to Osbourne’s house.
Purchase ©2008: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, JK Simmons, Tilda Swinton
A Serious Man
Things start to unravel for Larry Gopnik. His wife, Judith, may be having an affair and wants a divorce. His brother, Arthur, lives with them because he is emotionally and financially incapable of living on his own.