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1. At Last the 1948 Show (1967– )

30 min | Comedy

Surreal, sketch based TV comedy series. Two series were produced in 1967 by the commercial company Associated Rediffusion. In style and content, a forerunner of 'Monty Python's Flying ... See full summary »

Stars: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman

Votes: 419

2. Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967–1969)

50 min | Family, Comedy

Short comedy sketches are performed by an ensemble cast accompanied by The Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, an eccentric English group featuring Neil Innes was fronted by the late Vivian Stanshall.

Stars: Denise Coffey, Eric Idle, David Jason, Terry Jones

Votes: 365

4. David Frost Presents (1968– )
Episode: How to Irritate People (1969)

TV-PG | 68 min | Talk-Show

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 »

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

Votes: 1,924

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

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

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

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 55,621

6. The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy

Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics, and in the mini-skirted ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Billington | Stars: Ann Beach, Desmond Walter-Ellis, Peter Cook, Arthur Lowe

Votes: 519

7. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

An anthology of the best sketches from the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).

Director: Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 26,661

8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

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

Votes: 443,607 | Gross: $1.23M

9. Romance with a Double Bass (1975)

40 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A bassist shows up early for the betrothal ball of a beautiful princess, and whiles away the time having a dip in the river. The princess is doing the same, unbeknownst to the bass player, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: John Cleese, Connie Booth, Graham Crowden, Desmond Jones

Votes: 438

10. Rutland Weekend Television (1975–1976)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Low budget comedy sketch series purporting to show the programming of a low key regional television service. Written by Eric Idle of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' fame. A popular feature ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, David Battley, Henry Woolf

Votes: 90

11. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 72,549

12. Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy

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, Barbara New, David Griffin

Votes: 1,116

13. Jabberwocky (1977)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

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.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell

Votes: 11,583

14. The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977)

56 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

The grandson of the world's first and foremost consulting detective and his bumbling, bionic sidekick attempt to catch the only living descendant of Professor Moriarty.

Director: Joseph McGrath | Stars: John Cleese, Arthur Lowe, Ron Moody, Holly Palance

Votes: 578

15. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Music

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

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

Votes: 5,522

16. The Odd Job (1978)

87 min | Comedy

Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Graham Chapman, David Jason, Diana Quick, Simon Williams

Votes: 194

17. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

75 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

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

Votes: 320,476 | Gross: $20.05M

18. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

79 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 51,724 | Gross: $42.37M

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

R | 77 min | Documentary, Comedy

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

Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman

Votes: 12,374 | Gross: $0.33M

20. The Missionary (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy

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 »

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

Votes: 1,810 | Gross: $7.24M

21. Looks Like a Brown Trouser Job (2005 Video)

111 min | Comedy

Live, on stage, circa 1988. Filmed at various US college campuses, featuring the late Chapman discussing his life and times.

Director: Richard S. Miller | Star: Graham Chapman

Votes: 63

22. Privates on Parade (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blakemore | Stars: Patrick Pearson, Michael Elphick, Joe Melia, John Standing

Votes: 758

23. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

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

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 100,158 | Gross: $14.93M

24. Yellowbeard (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure. He finds that his wife neglected to tell him that he now has a son, 20, and shame ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Votes: 6,671 | Gross: $4.30M

25. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

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

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 170,507 | Gross: $9.93M

26. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

80 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 119,098 | Gross: $63.49M

27. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed

Votes: 45,984 | Gross: $8.08M

28. Erik the Viking (1989)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt

Votes: 11,852 | Gross: $1.93M

29. Nuns on the Run (1990)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

Brian and Charlie work for a gangster. When their boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. They ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri, Janet Suzman

Votes: 6,877 | Gross: $10.96M

30. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 138 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 71,303 | Gross: $41.90M

31. American Friends (1991)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

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 »

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

Votes: 571

32. Splitting Heirs (1993)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy

A duke dies and leaves the title and wealth to his adult son. But who's the real son: the found baby raised in USA or the abandoned baby raised by a Hindi family in London? Comedy follows.

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 3,660 | Gross: $3.25M

33. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 528,064 | Gross: $57.14M

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

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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.

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

Votes: 2,732 | Gross: $0.07M

35. Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

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

Votes: 21,256 | Gross: $9.38M

36. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 236,199 | Gross: $10.68M

37. The Brothers Grimm (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Petr Ratimec

Votes: 108,076 | Gross: $37.92M

38. Tideland (2005)

R | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

26 Metascore

Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer

Votes: 29,369 | Gross: $0.07M

39. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

65 Metascore

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield

Votes: 136,108 | Gross: $7.69M

40. The Zero Theorem (2013)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

50 Metascore

A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis

Votes: 40,765 | Gross: $0.22M

41. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

132 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

Toby, a disillusioned advertising executive, becomes pulled into a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko

Votes: 2,497

42. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)

Not Rated | 162 min | Documentary, Comedy

The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever.

Directors: Eric Idle, Aubrey Powell | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 1,898

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

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Music

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.

Director: Aubrey Powell | Stars: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 1,068

44. Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut (2009– )

TV-G | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

The history of the hailed British comedy troupe, Monty Python, as told by the surviving members.

Stars: Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 1,256

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

R | 85 min | Animation, Comedy

45 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 1,442 | Gross: $0.01M



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