The 50 Best Movies of the '90s

24. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Tara Reid, David Huddleston

Does The Big Lebowski make a great deal of sense? Not really. Is it so oddly original that its friggin' brilliant? You bet your ass. Jeff Bridges immortalized his slacker kingpin status as The Dude, a pothead bowler who mistakenly goes on a bender complete with kidnappings, goofy action, and run-ins with Tara Reid when she was still really hot. That's really the closest this Coen Brothers cult fave comes to having a streamlined plot.

Much like Raising Arizona, though, The Big Lebowski isn't about meticulously drawn-out narrative. It's simply an excuse to watch a bunch of prestigious actors (Bridges, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Syemour Hoffman) act like buffoons for two hours under the control of the Coen Brothers in top form. MB

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