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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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George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
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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Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
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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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
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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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry
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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John Cleese, Penelope Wilton, Joan Hickson
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
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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Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, John Cleese
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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Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline
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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Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm
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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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
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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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers
Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It is the second installment in ...more

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
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
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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Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy
Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third installment in the Shrek franchise. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and is the first in the series ...more

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons
The Pink Panther 2 is a 2009 American detective comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. It is the eleventh installment in the The Pink Panther film series and the sequel to the 2006 film The Pink ...more

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Cleese Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more

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John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Vanessa Redgrave
The Wind in the Willows is a 1987 American animated musical television film directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. It is an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Set ...more

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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ringo Starr
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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Kevin Costner, John Cleese, Kevin Kline
Silverado is a 1985 American Western film produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The screenplay was written by Kasdan and his brother Mark. It features an ensemble cast, including Kevin ...more

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James Stewart, John Cleese, Jon Lovitz
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a 1991 American animated western film produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to An ...more

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Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin, John Cleese
The Out-of-Towners is a 1999 comedy film starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. The movie is a remake of a 1970 film by the same name; the original version, written by Neil Simon, starred Jack ...more

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John Cleese, Mickey Rooney, Tim Robbins
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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan
Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 American adventure comedy film based on Jules Verne's novel of the same name. It stars Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan and Cécile de France. The film is ...more

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Ewan McGregor, Hugh Laurie, Tim Curry
Valiant is a 2005 British computer-animated film produced by Vanguard Animation and Odyssey Entertainment, and released by Entertainment Film Distributors in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2005 ...more