The Big Lebowski | 1998

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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Main Plot

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.


  • Jeff Bridges' character, The Dude, is a laid-back slacker who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity and a convoluted kidnapping plot.
  • John Goodman's character, Walter Sobchak, is a loyal, hot-headed friend of the main character and gets involved in various schemes.
  • Julianne Moore's character, Maude Lebowski, is a feminist artist and the daughter of the wealthy Lebowski, who hires The Dude to find her kidnapped husband.


In the end, The Dude, Walter, and Donny scatter the ashes of their friend Donny in the ocean. The Dude bumps into Maude, who reveals that she is pregnant with his child. The Dude then returns to his apartment, where he finds the stranger who started the entire chain of events, the Big Lebowski. The Dude confronts him, takes a rug, and leaves. Driving away, The Dude listens to a message from Maude, suggesting they raise the child together.

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen