A while back we ran a book giveaway contest for Two Gentlemen of Lebowski where we asked people to share why they love The Big Lebowski. The answers are listed below.

We also ran another contest asking “What have you learned from The Big Lebowski. Answers are here.

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    • Well .... I' am Dude therefore Dude I' am

    • United States
    • It's directed by the Coen Bros. Great cast. Fantastic diaglogue, and it can be as shallow, or as deep as you make it. I love all the different philosophies and ethos in the film, what else can one say?

    • United States
    • Anything I would say here would just be my opinion man. I think you should form your own, unless you really want me to go into detail. Mix another kaucasian loosen up your robe and watch it again.

    • United States
    • it ties my life together, dude...

    • United States
    • Because it is!

    • Bulgaria
    • the Big Lebowski is a movie that can be watched again and again. You learn sometime more each time or just found something that most the guest will enjoy none the less. More then anything its a movie to put in wile your in your favorite house robe and drinking one fine white russian. Just dance your cares away wile your sparking up a jay worries for another day.

    • United States
    • Because the Dude abides.

    • United States
    • Well i dig the Big Lebowski because he has taught me so much about not letting the world get to me, i used to be and angry person with plenty of problems, but one fine day i discovered this great films and discovered Dudeism i learned much about my anger and what it does to me and others. Anger is very Un-Dude. We all have to learn to reach into ourselves and get rid of this anger and pettiness for it pee's on the rug that tied the room together. Sure sometimes a Nihilist breaks into your private residence while you are listening to whale songs in a tub of Mr. Bubble, or a human paraquat steps over the line and won't mark it zero. maybe your life currently has a lotta ins and a lotta outs, causing your inner Dude to spill his Caucasian and making your inner Walter to come out and make every goddamn moron walk into a world of pain. Well any time im feeling Un-Dude i say "fuck it" and go on down the trail to my inner Dudervana. i Try to Remember that new shit will eventually come to light. Life always has it's strikes and gutters, forget about the fuckin' toe and make myself a helluva Caucasian or go out and get me some lingonberry pancakes with some compeers and go bowling.
      This film has changed my perspective on myself and my life.

    • United States
    • As a fellow dude, its great to see another dude dudeing so hard.

    • United States
    • Are we going to split hairs here? Jeff Bridges is quite possibly the greatest actor ever. The Big Lebowski combines elements of different genres and is hilarious every time.

    • United States
    • The Big Lebowski is my favourite film because it isn't only a film, it's a way to knew what we have to do in our own life... nothing.

    • Italy
    • because

    • United States
    • The Big Lebowski presented to the world an Archetype of the way we all should live. Takin' 'er easy.

    • United States
    • Classic film. Lots of wisdom buried throughout. Great acting. Wonderful entertainment - and quotable lines that go on for days!

    • United States
    • I guess this is probably late, but I don't know.
      Had a long list of good stuff about this flick, but can't find it now. Am going to rest for awhile, but will probably get back to you later on this.
      Abide!

    • United States
    • This film changed my lifestyle!

    • Poland
    • Honestly, it's the concussion-induced musical tribute to bowling complete with dancing girls. "I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in. Ah, ah, ah, ahhhh."

    • United States
    • You've seen the film, right?

    • Finland
    • it abides.....makes my room man!

    • Canada
    • Lebowski is the perfect fusion of umm...Lennon, Lenin, Chandler and Jesus. And it's in English.

    • Canada
    • Just a great representation of how we all need to CHILL. THE FUCK. OUT. Lol. Very brilliant artistically and comedically as well. Also, vaginas...

    • Canada
    • it shows me how to live life to the fullest, how to obtain true happiness through the way of the dude!

    • United States
    • I love that it is so obsurd.
      I know people like the characters of the story and love them dearly.
      It brings together the men of our generation...the Vets and the ones that stayed home in a Buddy movie! We are healed at last!

    • United States
    • Great characters, great dialogue and the dude's way of life as an example for mankind

    • Netherlands
    • Any film that gives me a passion to actually write an article about it must be special... especially since I've never written...

    • United States
    • It showcases that you should just take it a bit easier.

    • United States
    • It is a flawlessly written piece that tries so very hard to appear flawed and half-baked when in fact it's one of the most complete films of the last few decades. Even on my 18th viewing I still notice new details and nuances. It gives me plenty of reasons to love film.

    • United States
    • Basically, the story is a metaphor for anti-existential anti-angst, in the non-parlance of our times. Even though the Dude originally stresses over the prospect that they're gonna kill that poor woman, he is reminded of the folly of being un-Dude. Nothing is f***ed. This, of course, is a convenient oversimplification. It might not be such a simple, uh ,uh . . . it might be a lot more complex . . . and besides, new s*** is always coming to light. Hadn't that ever occurred to you, man ? (Mind if I do a J ?)

    • United States
    • The subtleties. There is so much there on so many levels. Plus the one liners are so great and fun to slip into everyday conversation (Calmer than you).

    • United States
    • Because it always makes me laugh.

    • United States
    • It's a way of life. Down we all constantly just regurgitate what others say anyways? Like, "This aggression will not stand, man." Why not have a common link to the profound ones from The Dude. For those of us Ordained, it's like reading from The Scripture, man.

    • United States
    • The Big Lebowski is a great film. And that's like, my opinion man.

    • United States
    • You don't often see a china-man peeing on a rug..

    • United States
    • Because it's a film about carpet pissers.

    • United States
    • Cause man,,, it shows the true nature and importance of the beast. Without the Big Dude all us little Dudes would think we are alone without true guidance, but the Big Dude shows the way and 'lights up' that path.
      Also the Dude showed me the true beauty of wool and and how well a rug can really tie a room together.
      Fuck it. I don't care if I win;. Thank you the Dude above for Dudes like you that give Dudes like me the opportunity to say just how much I love the Big Dude all mighty , the big and beautiful Lebowski.
      Take it handy,
      take it easy.
      stay beautiful.
      X

    • Ireland
    • Cause it's KICK FUCKN" ASS MY FRIEND.What else is there to say.

    • United States
    • the big lebowski shows us that one can take it easy trough any circumstances and be okey afterwards... also it's great to know what kind of attaire one should wear for maximum taking it easy possibilities

    • Iceland
    • the big lebowski is a great film because it taught me that it's cool to just be chill and not sweat the small things in life and there is nothing wrong with having the occasional acid flashback and never piss on another dudes rug because a good rug really ties the room together plus i have learned one of lifes greatest lessons from watching the big lebowski : to abide .

    • United States
    • The Big Lebowski is a great film for both its filmography and ideas. It is filled with concepts of existentialism that go beyond the seemingly 'simple' film that it is. The Coen brothers remain some of the best filmmakers of our time.

    • United States
    • As a big Coen Brothers fan and a huge Steve Buscemi fan, I simply couldn't resist watching "Big Lebowski" The fist time I saw it, though, I walked away about halfway through. I decided to try again about a month later, and , to my surprise, fell in love.

      The oddness of the different plots , the oh so quotable script, and extremely ridiculous yet still relate-able characters simply sucked me in and kept me there.

      I own the DVD now and watch it as often as I can.

    • United States
    • I shouldn't have to answer this.

    • United States
    • Huh? Oh...

      It just, you know, encompasses everything our world is, was, and possibly may become.
      ...In a good way of course.

      Through the telling of this, the story of the Dude...
      Um. My train of thought left the station.

      Oh! Yeah! By telling the story of the Dude, perhaps we can all you know, "become one", and learn to take it easy and just relax.

      Take it easy,

      James D.

    • United States
    • I tell you but you would tell me to shut the fuck up.

    • United States
    • He's all about Zen.. Nothing bothers him, and goes with the flow of life around him, when the others are going crazy.

      There are several messages to this movie: Don't worry about the small stuff, and life is all small stuff. Go with the flow of life, and you won't be stressed.

    • United States
    • It just like the movie i would write. if was was into that whole thing you know... its to much stress for me man, but if your into that kind of thing its cool with me.

    • United States
    • It calls all morals into question.

    • United States
    • The Dude is the man I've always wanted to be.

    • United States
    • The Dude knows how to live it up..take life one day at a time...

    • United States
    • It really ties my life together.

    • United States
    • Why is this even a question. Because it simply IS. Now, who the fuck stole my rug?

    • United States
    • It's like fungus or mold, it grows on you... I didn't like it at first, except for a few parts (that rug, it really brings the room together). Then, I watched it a few more times, and with each viewing, I would catch something I'd missed that made me go 'oh, hey that's really clever', until the fungus of the The Dude, had grown all over me.

    • United States
    • Because, dude.

    • United States
    • Simply stated: its a philosophy for life. And the dude is one hell of a prophet

    • Vietnam
    • The Big Lebowski is a well written view on society from a simple man's eyes. The Dude is a good man albeit lazy, but he is what we all aspire to be in our hearts. Content with life, through all the strikes and gutters. The film is poignant, just like at the end of the film, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. Life goes on, man.

    • United States
    • Its a great tale of a man of his times. It reminds you sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you. I would just ask why he had to use so many cuss words.

    • United States
    • In addition to being written by those most dude of dudes, the Coen Brothers, specifically for The Dude, it bequeaths to us many a great lesson about life, friendship, confrontation, death and the meaning of the meaning of the great design of being alive, which is to fart around and just fucking relax, man. We can work hard and play hard, but we when we don't take the hard path, play and work become one and the same. Thus, do we abide.

    • United States
    • It is my absolute favourite film EVER. I love The Dude! His attitude to life should be compulsory education in all schools.

    • Australia
    • Wow, man, it is like great because......well, you know, it's just fuckin' great. Maybe the greatest ever, because it's so damned great. It's got like everything you want or need or have ever seen or thought you've seen in a film and that makes it greater than all the other films, which aren't very great. So, you got all that AND the fuckin' Dude and that makes it the greatest of all the great films that have ever like been great. And it's got bowling. It's just a great fuckin' film, man.

    • United States
    • Well, you know it's like when a film is more than a film man.

    • United States
    • Because of the high degree of cluster-fuckery that is present to some extent in all Coen films, mixed with Jeff Bridges and John Goodman being totally bad-ass in completely opposite ways.

    • Canada
    • Because it expresses the way everyone should live. It's very well put together and as a film major I learn something new everytime I watch it. I also learned that when you try to be more like the dude while incorporating yourself into his aspects your life becomes way more... well you know what I'm trying to say.
      The dude is far out.
      Abide,
      Devon Gilpatrick

    • United States
    • Why not?

    • United States
    • It shows that while it is noble to strive for enlightenment, even if we fall short things are still all going to be okay in the end.

    • United States
    • I first saw The Big Lebowski when I was eleven. I didn't understand a lot of the humor, but there was something about the film that pulled me into it. As I got older and life started happening, I kept coming back to the safety of The Big Lebowski. No matter what happened in my life, I could just watch The Dude, Walter, Donny, Maude, and the Nihilists and everything else would fall to the wayside. There's something so great about a film that can pull the zen out of you; a film that feels like two hours of absolute calm while chaos ensues on the screen.
      When I watch the film now, I see the subtle references and I see something new each time. I've probably watched The Big Lebowski over a thousand times in these near thirteen years, and it never gets old, it never loses any value to me. For me, this is a childhood film that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

    • United States
    • *You can use my name*
      The Dude teaches us that there is nothing to worry about. There are strikes and gutters, ups and downs but The Dude still abides.

    • United States
    • The Big Lebowski changed my life. Before my first of hundreds of viewing I did not abide. I was a young, headstrong man. Now I abide and my life is as it should be - perfect.

    • United States
    • The Dude !

    • United States
    • Laugh out loud moments are rare these days. Laugh out loud moments that keep you laughing even on the 20th viewing are why this is a great film.

    • United States
    • 1. The man wore Jelly Beans....nuff said.
      2. Showed a much younger, sexier, non-alcoholic version of Tara Reid....never to be seen again!
      3. It helped create Dudeism, and I can now officially say "dude, call me reverend Hunter, please"
      4. John Goodman....best performance I have, and will probably ever see of him.....kuddos to his performance.
      5. It showed in life that money, big homes, and young wives don't always bring happiness. But a rug, some Creedance, and a J is sometimes the only thing you need!!
      6. If it wasn't for the show, I would have just looked like a stoner wearing a bathrobe for Halloween...instead, I won "Best Costume".
      7. I was on a reality television show in 2010, and refused to turn my "The Dude Abides" t-shirt inside out...and the producers couldn't say no, because they loved the movie that much. Unfortunately, I was never aired with it on, but it was still a win.

    • United States
    • it chronicles the strange ideals of a time period unlike any other while also highlighting the timelessness of mans journey toward enlightenment.

    • United States
    • the dude abides

    • United States
    • I love The Big Lebowski because it has been growing on me and becoming even more hilarious every time I've seen it over the last five years. Also, even though it's gained a solid following, the dialogue is still like an inside joke. My friends and I will have full conversations strait from the movie in public. I've told numerous folks to check TBL out, exclaiming that I've based my life on the flick. More often than not, when they finally see the movie, they seek me out and say, "Yeah...I can see that". It makes me so proud. :]

    • United States
    • Look dudes, I see it this way. If everyone in the world was a little bit more like the dude, well dude, I think this world would be a more happenin place. Especially, if-uh people stuck to that strict herb regimen the dude does. And white Russians are damn good drink!

      Peace, love, and abide.

    • United States
    • It just is man.

    • United States
    • I think that The Big Lebowski is a great film because it is about one man fighting injustice and aggression, man. The dude is trying, but the people around him who try to help are getting in the way. He just wants to be and be left alone, and I think we can all relate to that. It is a film that illistrates the madness of the world and that people take life too seriously. And, the film is hilarious.

    • United States
    • I feel the biggest reasons this movie is fantastic is down to a few reasons. First, the cast is perfect. Not one person cast feels out of place. Second, the way that the people interact is phenomenal. To get down to the point is this: I have never laughed so much during a movie and watched any movie as many times as this movie. The Big Lebowski has the best catchphrases th use in your daily life. Every person I know and love i have asked to watch this movie to better understand my humor. Ilove hearing lines used earlier in the movie later used by either different characters or in different contexts. I won't use some great line in the movie in this area because I feel too many people will. I will leave with this: Name one movie that has this many events year round and that brings such joy and the gift of bowling?

    • United States
    • Two words: "the whites." The sheer number of quotable lines from this film is staggering. I make every attempt to bust out a Big Lebowski quote whenever I feel it's appropriate.

    • Canada
    • That's just, like, your opinion, man.

    • United States
    • The Big Lebowski is such a great film based largely on the casting choices. Jeff Bridges as "The Dude" is an inspired choice, and the choices of Buscemi and Goodman as Donny and Walter are phenomenal, with even the smallest bits played by actors whose portrayal would make it hard to imagine the roles being played by anyone else. The dialogue is edgy and fun, and easily quotable which makes The Big Lebowski one of the greatest movies of all time.

    • United States
    • because it is the funniest film i have ever seen! ive never warmed to any characters as much as i have to the dude! and your site says it all really how many other films can you worship!
      All hail the latterday dude!

    • United Kingdom
    • Because this movie really tied the spirit together ^^

    • France
    • It really ties the room together.

    • United States
    • I don't know why you would even ask such a question. It just is, man.

    • United States
    • Because it abides!

    • United Kingdom
    • Are you kidding me ?

    • Spain
    • The Big Lebowski is such a great film for heaps of reasons!!
      First off and foremost, The Dude is in it! Plus three of my favourite actors are in it, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and the wonderful Steve Buscemi!! The chemistry between these three is feckin awesome!
      Let's see, what else.....white russians? slutty second wives? bowling? nam flashbacks? Julianna Moore being a nut job artist? Doobs? Rugs? The soundtrack!! Gutterballs? A drawing of a guy with a huge nob?? lol

      Seriously though, a thoroughly well thought out, mellow, funny and at times really sad piece of comedy genius that has inspired thousands to become Dudeists - me and my partner, my brother-in-law, and one of my best friends included!

    • United Kingdom
    • The Big Lebowski is such a great film because every moment of it is full of detail and quotable lines. Every character is played by an actor who is excellent. It is fun to watch, to quote, to relive with friends, to rewatch over and over. Love it! (Love it so much, we dressed up as characters and went bowling for my birthday a couple years ago.)

    • United States
    • Nihlists, The Dude, bowling, white Russians, oriental rugs....what else does one need in life?

    • United States
    • It's a complex comedy. It makes you think. It's hard not to like. And there's lots of cursing. The Dude is an anti-hero. Careful, there's a beverage here!

    • United States
    • It was a flicker-film? I thought I had a vision, man. One of those epiphany things you get when you're high on... deep meditation and groovy peaceful thoughts. A film? I'm going to have to refer back to Tao of Dude, Dude.

    • New Zealand
    • just cuz it is man...

    • United States
    • In short, it's the greatest film ever made because, no matter how many times i watch it, it doesn't get any worse, and i laugh harder and harder with each viewing.

    • Canada
    • It gives us a true slacker hero. That and the soundtrack. Well, and everything else about it.

    • United States
    • do you mind if i have a drink and do a jay?

    • United States
    • It's the best film ever. The list of why it's such a great film is too long to type.

    • United States
    • Brilliant acting, great script and directing... how could it not be a great film?!

    • United States
    • Because it is the right length.

    • United States
    • The characters make the people the way the actors make you feel like there real people

    • Australia
    • The Big Lebowski just is. It is 117 minutes of pure perfection. It is everything that is great about film. It is a superb combination of intention and what seems like pure chance coming together to make something beautiful. All this and the finest example of a scene involving a bathtub and ferrets.

    • United Kingdom
    • Its pretty far out, gives a lot if information on how to take it easy, usually the public isnt privy to this new information as it's a lot to keep in one dudes head. All in all it has a lot of in's, a lot of outs and a lot of what have you's. All you can do is take her easy and abide.

    • United Kingdom
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