Watchworthy
269 voters

The Best John Cleese Movies

Updated March 25, 2020 2.2k votes 269 voters 35.2k views79 items

List RulesVote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

List of the best John Cleese movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. John Cleese'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 John Cleese movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated John Cleese movies will be at the top of the list. John Cleese has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest John Cleese movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining John Cleese films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List films include How to Irritate People, And Now for Something Completely Different and many more.

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

list.itemsDescription

...more
  • Life of Brian1
    67
    11

    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

    Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film... more on Wikipedia

    More Life of Brian 

    #240 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#47 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

  • A Fish Called Wanda2
    59
    12

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Cleese, Charles Crichton

    A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was... more on Wikipedia

    More A Fish Called Wanda 

    #530 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#91 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail3
    50
    11

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

    More Monty Python and the Holy Grail 

    'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' Was An On-Set Nightmare That Everyone Hated Filming#81 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • How to Irritate People4
    37
    6

    How to Irritate People

    John Cleese, Michael Palin

    Released1969

    Directed byIan Fordyce

    How to Irritate People is a 1968 television broadcast written by John Cleese, Graham Chapman,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Great Muppet Caper5
    35
    7

    The Great Muppet Caper

    John Cleese, Diana Rigg

    Released1981

    Directed byJim Henson

    The Great Muppet Caper is a 1981 mystery musical comedy film directed by Jim Henson. It is the... more on Wikipedia

    More The Great Muppet Caper 

    #198 of 306 The Best Movies For Kids#275 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • The Swan Princess6
    34
    7

    The Swan Princess

    John Cleese, Jack Palance

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Rich

    The Swan Princess is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy film based on the ballet "Swan... more on Wikipedia

    More The Swan Princess 

    #19 of 77 The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies#5 of 19 All Of Your Favorite Non-Disney Movies From The '90s

  • Clockwise7
    40
    14

    Clockwise

    John Cleese, Penelope Wilton

    Released1986

    Directed byChristopher Morahan

    Clockwise is a 1986 British comedy film starring John Cleese, directed by Christopher Morahan,... more on Wikipedia
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life8
    38
    14

    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1983

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British... more on Wikipedia
  • Fierce Creatures9
    26
    9

    Fierce Creatures

    Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese

    Released1997

    Directed byFred Schepisi, Robert Young

    Fierce Creatures is a 1997 farcical comedy film. While not literally a sequel, Fierce... more on Wikipedia
  • Winnie the Pooh10
    22
    5

    Winnie the Pooh

    John Cleese, Craig Ferguson

    Released2011

    Directed byStephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

    Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 film directed By Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall, and written by... more on Wikipedia

    More Winnie the Pooh 

    #133 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#239 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

  • Mickey's House of Villains11
    20
    4

    Mickey's House of Villains

    James Woods, John Cleese

    Released2002

    Directed byJamie Mitchell, Tony Craig, Rick Calabash

    Mickey's House of Villains is a 2002 direct-to-video animated movie produced by The Walt... more on Wikipedia

    More Mickey's House of Villains 

    #55 of 92 The Best James Woods Movies#6 of 32 The Best Disney Movies Available On Netflix

  • George of the Jungle12
    26
    13

    George of the Jungle

    Brendan Fraser, John Cleese

    Released1997

    Directed bySam Weisman

    George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same... more on Wikipedia

    More George of the Jungle 

    #144 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#162 of 164 Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects

  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl13
    20
    6

    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1982

    Directed byIan MacNaughton, Terry Hughes

    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 concert film in which the Monty Python... more on Wikipedia
  • Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse14

    Released2001

    Directed byRoberts Gannaway, Tony Craig, Rick Calabash

    Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse is the first direct-to-video... more on Wikipedia

    More Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse 

    #184 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever#21 of 84 The Best Christmas Movies for Kids

  • And Now for Something Completely Different15
    17
    5

    Released1971

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Ian MacNaughton

    And Now for Something Completely Different is a 1971 British comedy anthology film based on... more on Wikipedia
  • The Adventures of Pluto Nash16
    23
    13

    The Adventures of Pluto Nash

    Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Underwood

    The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film... more on Wikipedia

    More The Adventures of Pluto Nash 

    #22 of 34 The Best Movies About Clones That'll Make You See Double#617 of 723 The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

  • Pinocchio17
    18
    9

    Pinocchio

    Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart

    Released2002

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

    Pinocchio is a 2002 Italian live-action family film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni.... more on Wikipedia

    More Pinocchio 

    #9 of 94 The Worst January Movie Releases#42 of 238 The Best G-Rated Children's Movies

  • The Big Picture18
    13
    5

    The Big Picture

    Teri Hatcher, Kevin Bacon

    Released1989

    Directed byChristopher Guest

    The Big Picture is a 1989 American comedy film starring Kevin Bacon and directed by... more on Wikipedia

    More The Big Picture 

    #124 of 135 The Best Movies About Movies#198 of 259 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s

  • Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys19
    10
    3

    Released2005

    Directed byJeff Arch

    Amazon_watch buy button
  • Funny Ladies of British Comedy20
    10
    3

    Funny Ladies of British Comedy

    John Cleese, Judi Dench

    Released2004

    Directed byDuane Huey

    Amazon_watch buy button
  • Change for the Oceans21
    10
    4

    Change for the Oceans

    John Cleese

    Released2010

    Directed byJonah Sachs, Ruben Deluna

    Change for the Oceans is a 2010 animated short-comedy and musical film written by Jonah Sachs,...Amazon_watch buy button
  • Splitting Heirs22
    9
    4

    Splitting Heirs

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Young

    Splitting Heirs is a 1993 British film starring Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey,... more on Wikipedia
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle23
    32
    34

    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

    Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore

    Released2003

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is a 2003 American action comedy film. It is the sequel to... more on Wikipedia

    More Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 

    #178 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#83 of 224 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still24
    22
    23

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves

    Released2008

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 American science fiction film, a remake of the 1951... more on Wikipedia

    More The Day the Earth Stood Still 

    #101 of 317 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#96 of 186 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

  • The Best House in London25
    7
    3

    The Best House in London

    John Cleese, George Sanders

    Released1969

    Directed byPhilip Saville

    The Best House in London is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Philip Saville and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button