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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?"

Notable directors that have worked with John Cleese include names like Stephen Sommers, Joseph McGinty Nichol and Chris Columbus. If John Cleese movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Teri Hatcher and Rod Steiger too.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Cleese, Charles Crichton

A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was directed by Crichton and stars Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline won the ...more

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George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Released: 1979

Directed by: Terry Jones

Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by Jones. It tells the story of Brian ...more

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more

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John Cleese, Penelope Wilton, Joan Hickson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Christopher Morahan

Clockwise is a 1986 British comedy film starring John Cleese, directed by Christopher Morahan, written by Michael Frayn and produced by Michael Codron. The film's music was composed by George ...more
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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1983

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British musical sketch comedy film written and performed by the Monty Python troupe, and directed by one of its ...more

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Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

Released: 1979

Directed by: Terry Jones

Monty Python's Life of Brian is an album released by Monty Python in conjunction with the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian. It mostly contains scenes from the movie with only brief linking ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

Released: 1997

Directed by: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young

Fierce Creatures is a 1997 farcical comedy film. While not literally a sequel, Fierce Creatures is a spiritual successor to the 1988 film A Fish Called Wanda. Both films star John Cleese, Jamie ...more
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John Cleese, Diana Rigg, Jim Henson

Released: 1981

Directed by: Jim Henson

The Great Muppet Caper is a 1981 mystery musical comedy film directed by Jim Henson. It is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Henson's Muppets. This film ...more

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John Cleese, Jack Palance, Frank Welker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Rich

The Swan Princess is a 1994 American animated musical fantasy film based on the ballet "Swan Lake". Starring the voice talents of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, and Sandy ...more

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ian MacNaughton, Terry Hughes

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 concert film in which the Monty Python comedy troupe perform many of their greatest sketches at the Hollywood Bowl. The show also included ...more
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Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

Released: 1997

Directed by: Sam Weisman

George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the cartoon of the same name. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures with Mandeville Films and originally released ...more

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1971

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Ian MacNaughton

And Now for Something Completely Different is a 1971 British comedy anthology film based on the television comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus featuring sketches from the first two ...more

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John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman

Released: 1969

Directed by: Ian Fordyce

How to Irritate People is a 1968 television broadcast written by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Cleese, Chapman, and Brooke-Taylor also feature in it, along ...more
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John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny

Released: 2011

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

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James Woods, John Cleese, Gilbert Gottfried

Released: 2002

Directed by: Jamie Mitchell, Tony Craig, Rick Calabash

Mickey's House of Villains is a 2002 direct-to-video animated movie produced by The Walt Disney Company. It is a film adaptation of the Disney Channel animated television series Disney's House ...more

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Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline

Released: 1985

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, John Cleese

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

Rat Race is a 2001 American ensemble comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker, written by Andy Breckman, and starring Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, ...more

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John Cleese, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

Released: 2001

Directed by: Roberts Gannaway, Tony Craig, Rick Calabash

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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ringo Starr

Released: 1969

Directed by: Joseph McGrath

The Magic Christian is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Joseph McGrath and starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, with noteworthy appearances by John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Christopher ...more
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John Cleese, Mickey Rooney, Tim Robbins

Released: 1989

Directed by: Terry Jones

Erik the Viking is a 1989 British comedy-fantasy film written and directed by Terry Jones. The film was inspired by Jones's children's book The Saga of Erik the Viking, but the plot is ...more
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Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese, Rick Moranis

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert Young

Splitting Heirs is a 1993 British film starring Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese and Sadie Frost. The film was directed by Robert Young, and features ...more
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Lena Headey, John Cleese, Sam Neill

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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Spud John Cleese, Tanit Phoenix, Troye Sivan

Released: 2010

Directed by: Donovan Marsh

Spud is a South African film directed by Donovan Marsh, based on the novel of the same name by John van de Ruit. The film stars Troye Sivan as the title character. It was released in South ...more
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Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese

Released: 1994

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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