Fargo
1996
*****
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell

A Minneapolis car salesman comes up with a clever blackmail scheme to get him out money troubles. He hires two goons to kidnap his wife and plans to keep the ransom paid by his wealthy father-in-law, but the plan goes horribly wrong. This quintessential Coen brothers film is a masterpiece of black humour. The story is gruesome but funny, and the performances are amazing. The Oscar winning Frances McDormand is adorable as a pregnant police chief, and William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi are equally unforgettable. The Coens themselves won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.