No Country for Old Men (2007)

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In this dark, brutal and unsettling contemporary neo-Western, an opportunist (Josh Brolin), a remorseless killer (Javier Bardem) and a world-weary lawman (Tommy Lee Jones) are involved in a game of cat and mouse across the lonely hotels and arid landscapes of the Texan desert.

Largely devoid of music and dialogue yet with some pitch-perfect witticisms and faultless sound design, the Coen brothers’ multi-Oscar-winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s devastating novel demonstrates their formal brilliance.