Nine Pairs of Filmmaker Brothers

The Farrelly Brothers

Brother acts have long been a showbiz mainstay: Warner, Marx, Smothers, Nicholas, Wayans - can you think of any of these surnames without adding the word "Brothers" to it? Heck, you can go all the way back to the Grimms. But this list is about those brothers behind the camera, the brothers that almost never make films separately from each other. The brothers that often credit themselves, like the Marxes and the Smotherses, as Brothers.

  1. Joel and Ethan Coen. Among the best-known of American brother acts, their impressive filmography includes Fargo, Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, and the aptly titled O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
  2. Mark and Michael Polish. These identical twins make independent films that have, through the years, grown in budget and stature, from Twin Falls, Idaho to Northfork and most recently to the Billy Bob Thornton movie The Astronaut Farmer.
  3. Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. The US does not hold a monopoly on filmmaker brothers. This Belgian duo has been behind some of the best-received films in the international community, including Rosetta, La Promesse, and l'Enfant.
  4. Peter and Bobby Farrelly. From highbrow to lowbrow we go, from the festival-honored Dardennes to the gross-out Farrellys, the team behind Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal, and the less gross Fever Pitch.
  5. Stephen and Timothy Quay. Born in Philadelphia, these identical twins relocated to England, where they became well known for their dark, surreal animated shorts, usually starring puppets and dolls. They have directed two live action features together: Institute Benjamenta and The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes.
  6. Albert and Allen Hughes. These brothers, also twins, directed the acclaimed cult features Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, and From Hell.
  7. Albert and David Maysles. Groundbreaking documentarians who made the Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter, the infamous Grey Gardens, and several other films before David died in 1987, leaving Albert to collaborate with others.
  8. Danny and Oxide Pang. Twins from Hong Kong, now based in Thailand, who are best known in the US for their Thai horror film The Eye as well as their American thrillers The Messengers and Time to Kill. And yes, one of them really is named Oxide.
  9. Andy and Larry Wachowski. Although apparently Larry has been calling himself "Lana" during his rumored gender reassignment over the past few years, the Wachowskis still have been billing themselves as brothers throughout their brief but powerful career, making The Matrix trilogy as well as Bound, the upcoming Speed Racer, and V for Vendetta, which they did not officially direct.