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List of the best Christopher Guest movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Christopher Guest's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Christopher Guest movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Christopher Guest movies will be at the top of the list. Christopher Guest has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Christopher Guest movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Christopher Guest films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Christopher Guest role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Christopher Guest performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like A Few Good Men, Death Wish.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Christopher Guest movies?" and "What are the greatest Christopher Guest roles of all time?"

If Christopher Guest movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Dan Aykroyd and Christopher Walken too.

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Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Guest

Best in Show is a 2000 American improvisational comedy film written and directed by Christopher Guest. The film follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show and focuses on the slightly ...more

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A Mighty Wind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

Released: 2003

Directed by: Christopher Guest

A Mighty Wind is a 2003 American mockumentary comedy-drama film about a folk music reunion concert in which three folk bands reunite for a television performance for the first time in decades. ...more

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Waiting for Guffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara

Released: 1997

Directed by: Christopher Guest

Waiting for Guffman is a comedy in the documentary style starring, co-written and directed by Christopher Guest that was released in 1997. Its cast included Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Fred ...more

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This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1984

Directed by: Rob Reiner

This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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For Your Consideration ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Sarah Shahi, Sandra Oh, Ricky Gervais

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Guest

For Your Consideration is a 2006 comedy film directed by Christopher Guest. It was co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy, and both also star in the film. The title is a phrase used in trade ...more
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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Rob Reiner

A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defends Marines accused of ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

Released: 1986

Directed by: Frank Oz

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more

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The Invention of Lying ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, Edward Norton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

The Invention of Lying is a 2009 fantasy romantic comedy film that was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson. This film is the directorial debut of Gervais and Robinson. The ...more
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The Return of Spinal Tap... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
The Return of Spinal Tap Robin Williams, Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin Short

Released: 1992

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The Long Riders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest

Released: 1980

Directed by: Walter Hill

The Long Riders is a 1980 western film directed by Walter Hill. It was produced by James Keach, Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann and featured an original soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Cooder won the ...more

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Death Wish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest

Released: 1974

Directed by: Michael Winner

This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Brian Garfield. The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as a man who ...more

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Spinal Tap: Back from th... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean

Released: 2009

Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead is a 2009 comedy film.
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Small Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Joe Dante

Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film revolves around two adolescents, who get caught in the middle of a battle between two factions of ...more

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The Missing Link is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Bill Murray, Christopher Guest

Released: 1980

Directed by: Picha

The Missing Link is a 1980 French–Belgian animated film written and directed by Picha. Though it was not as successful as Picha's previous film, it was entered into the 1980 Cannes Film
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Mrs Henderson Presents ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest

Released: 2005

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Mrs Henderson Presents is a 2005 British comedy film written by American playwright Martin Sherman and directed by Stephen Frears. It stars Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Kelly Reilly, and Pop Idol ...more
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Night at the Museum: Bat... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

Released: 2009

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a 2009 American adventure comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, and starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest ...more

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Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Helen Slater, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane

Released: 1988

Directed by: Catlin Adams

Sticky Fingers is a 1988 film directed by Catlin Adams and co-written with Melanie Mayron.
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Heartbeeps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Bernadette Peters, Jerry Garcia, Barry Manilow

Released: 1981

Directed by: Allan Arkush

Heartbeeps is a 1981 romantic sci-fi comedy film about two robots who fall in love and decide to strike out on their own. It was directed by Allan Arkush, and starred Andy Kaufman and Bernadette ...more
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Beyond Therapy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Guest, Glenda Jackson

Released: 1987

Directed by: Robert Altman

Beyond Therapy is a 1987 American comedy film written and directed by Robert Altman, based on the play of the same name by Christopher Durang.
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National Lampoon: Lemmin... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Christopher Guest

Released: 1973

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A Piano for Mrs. Cimino ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Bette Davis, Christopher Guest, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1982

Directed by: George Schaefer

A Piano for Mrs. Cimino is a 1982 American television movie produced and directed by George Schaefer. The teleplay by John Gay is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Oliphant. It was ...more
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Unwigged & Unplugged... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Unwigged & Unplugged: Live in Concert Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean

Released: 2009

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It Happened One Christma... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Orson Welles, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Guest

Released: 1977

Directed by: Donald Wrye

It Happened One Christmas is a 1977 made-for-television film starring Marlo Thomas and Wayne Rogers.
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Tarzoon, Shame of the Ju... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christopher Guest Movies
Bill Murray, John Belushi, Christopher Guest

Released: 1975

Directed by: Boris Szulzinger, Picha

Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle is a 1975 adult-oriented French/Belgian animated film directed by cartoonist Picha and Boris Szulzinger. The film was the first foreign-animated film to receive both ...more