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1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

8.4
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90 Metascore

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 306,084

2. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.2
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75 Metascore

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 214,635

3. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

Writers: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 132,176

4. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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80 Metascore

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Writers: John Cleese, Charles Crichton | Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 96,922

5. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
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The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 65,661

6. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Writers: Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 39,037

7. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 1,325 min | Comedy, Music

9.0
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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Creators: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 32,453

8. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy grandson, Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Writers: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith | Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 28,115

9. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music | Active

8.2
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The classic late night live sketch comedy show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers

Votes: 27,384

10. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show | Active

8.9
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America's top fake news show.

Creators: Lizz Winstead, Madeleine Smithberg | Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Craig Kilborn

Votes: 21,239

11. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.6
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An anthology of Monty Python's best sketches from their 1st & 2nd seasons of their original TV show.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Director: Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 19,711

12. Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

6.3
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62 Metascore

Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

Writers: John Cleese, Iain Johnstone | Directors: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 17,127

13. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)

R | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.9
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The Monty Python troupe perform a combination of classic sketches and new material at the Hollywood Bowl.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, Angus James, David Lipscomb | Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

Votes: 10,563

14. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.5
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Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard, Max Weinberg

Votes: 9,733

15. Jabberwocky (1977)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

6.2
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61 Metascore

A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.

Writers: Lewis Carroll, Charles Alverson, Terry Gilliam | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell

Votes: 8,855

16. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992– )

TV-14 | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

5.3
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After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening ... See full summary »

Stars: Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall, Rickey Minor

Votes: 7,353

17. Virgin Territory (2007)

R | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

4.9
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Young Florentines regale one another in the Italian countryside while the black plague decimates their city.

Writer: David Leland | Director: David Leland | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Mischa Barton, Ryan Cartwright, Christopher Egan

Votes: 6,118

18. All You Need Is Cash (1978 TV Movie)

76 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Writer: Eric Idle | Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis | Stars: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes

Votes: 4,635

19. Home and Away (1988– )

22 min | Drama

5.3
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"Home and Away" chronicles the lives, loves, happiness, and heart-breaks of the residents of Summer Bay, a small coastal town in New South Wales, Australia.

Creator: Alan Bateman | Stars: Ray Meagher, Lynne McGranger, Norman Coburn, Emily Symons

Votes: 3,845

20. The Graham Norton Show (2007– )

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.1
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Stars: Graham Norton, Ricky Gervais, Lee Mack, Dawn French

Votes: 3,651

21. The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)

16 min | Adventure, Short, Comedy

8.0
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A group of down-and-out accountants mutiny against their bosses and sail their office building onto the high seas in search of a pirate's life.

Writer: Terry Gilliam | Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sydney Arnold, Guy Bertrand, Andrew Bicknell, Ross Davidson

Votes: 3,443

22. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (1996)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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Mole's underground home is bought by the Weasels from wealthy landowner Mr. Toad and Mole is thrown out. He and Rat start to fight to get his home back from evil Weasels.

Writers: Terry Jones, Kenneth Grahame | Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Antony Sher

Votes: 2,185

23. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001–2010)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.2
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A mix of music, comedy and celebrity chat.

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Stephen de Martin, Ian Parkin, David Wickenden

Votes: 1,838

24. A Private Function (1984)

R | 93 min | Comedy

6.6
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1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress ... See full summary »

Writers: Alan Bennett, Malcolm Mowbray | Director: Malcolm Mowbray | Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 1,717

25. How to Irritate People (1969 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 68 min | Comedy

6.9
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In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman | Director: Ian Fordyce | Stars: John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin

Votes: 1,647

26. Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.5
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David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks. Some famous features of the show include the "Top Ten... See full summary »

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Elliott

Votes: 1,530

27. The Missionary (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy

6.2
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In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England, where his bishop gives him his new assignment - to minister to London's prostitutes.... See full summary »

Writer: Michael Palin | Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 1,497

28. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.3
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bob Hope, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 1,465

29. Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (1996 Video Game)

Comedy, Musical

8.2
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A parody of computer games, mainly CD-ROM ones, in which King Arthur must search for the Holy Grail.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Bart Jennett, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Directors: Terry Jones, Steve Martino | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 1,423

30. Concert for George (2003 Video)

PG-13 | 146 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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82 Metascore

George Harrison's friends, family, and bandmates unite for a tribute concert on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Director: David Leland | Stars: Joe Brown, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Sam Brown

Votes: 1,275

31. A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

R | 85 min | Animation, Comedy

5.8
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45 Metascore

An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

Writers: Graham Chapman, David Sherlock | Directors: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Votes: 1,044

32. Around the World in 80 Days (II) (1989– )

49 min | Documentary

8.4
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Michael Palin attempts to copy the exploits of fictional character Phileas Fogg, by trying to travel around the world (without flying) in 80 days.

Stars: Michael Palin, Basil Pao, Chris Collins, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 923

33. The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)

Comedy

7.9
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Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, John Owens

Votes: 921

34. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1997 Video Game)

M | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

7.2
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The British troupe's sketches include themes of gluttony, birth control, total insignificance and, of course, the meaning of life.

Writer: Bart Jennett | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 903

35. Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (1971 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

8.2
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Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam | Director: Ian MacNaughton | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 896

36. Monty Python: Almost the Truth - Lawyers Cut (2009 TV Mini-Series)

107 min | Comedy

8.1
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Britain's top comedians pay tribute to the iconic series, Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Stars: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin

Votes: 754

37. Himalaya with Michael Palin (2004– )

360 min | Documentary

8.3
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This 2004 BBC television series records comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin's six-month trip across the Himalaya mountain range, covering an amazingly diverse range of cultures and ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Palin, The Dalai Lama

Votes: 741

38. Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy (2010)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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A comic oratorio inspired by Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) filmed at its only European performance at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2009 to celebrate 40 years of Monty Python.

Writers: Eric Idle, John Du Prez | Director: Aubrey Powell | Stars: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 726

39. Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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Ripping Yarns is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.

Stars: Michael Palin, Charles McKeown, David Griffin, Michael Stainton

Votes: 658

40. Pole to Pole (1992 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Adventure, Documentary

8.3
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Michael Palin undertakes a journey by the most direct route possible with the most land to cross from the North Pole to the South Pole.

Stars: Michael Palin, Neil Hardwick, Lasse Lehtinen, Graham Hancock

Votes: 651

41. Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python (1989 TV Special)

72 min | Comedy

8.1
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Sketches from "Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)".

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Director: Ian MacNaughton | Stars: Steve Martin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 645

42. Rove Live (2000– )

75 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

6.5
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Stars: Rove McManus, Peter Helliar, Corinne Grant, Ryan Shelton

Votes: 631

43. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)

162 min | Comedy

8.0
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The Pythons redo their old sketches in their last show ever.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Director: Eric Idle | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, John Du Prez

Votes: 595

44. Full Circle with Michael Palin (1997 TV Mini-Series)

500 min | Adventure, Documentary

8.4
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Michael Palin embarks on another epic journey of exploration and adventure, this time 15,000 miles through 18 countries around the Pacific rim.

Stars: Rob Hehnlin, Michael Palin

Votes: 584

45. Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen (1998 TV Special)

58 min | Comedy

7.6
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Writer: Peter Crabbe | Director: Paul Miller | Stars: Robert Klein, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 519

46. American Friends (1991)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Palin, Tristram Powell | Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: Bryan Pringle, Fred Pearson, Michael Palin, Alfred Molina

Votes: 507

47. The Human Face (2001 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary

7.7
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This 4 part BBC series examines the science behind facial beauty, expression, and fame in an entertaining fashion.

Stars: John Cleese, David Attenborough, Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan

Votes: 487

48. Sahara with Michael Palin (2002 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Documentary

8.0
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In this four part BBC television series presented by British comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin, and broadcast in 2002. In it, Palin traveled around the Sahara Desert in Northern ... See full summary »

Star: Michael Palin

Votes: 487

49. G.B.H. (1991 TV Mini-Series)

567 min | Drama

8.3
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Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin, Dearbhla Molloy, Alan Igbon

Votes: 482

50. Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (1999 TV Movie)

125 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.7
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Series of new sketches performed by the Monty Python team, linking programmes to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Directors: Terry Jones, Elaine Shepherd | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 470