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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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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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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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Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 heist-comedy 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 ...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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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Lena Headey, John Cleese, Sam Neill Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is a 1994 American adventure film co-written and directed by Stephen Sommers, based on the Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by ...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

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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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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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Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Robert De Niro and Branagh. The picture was produced on a budget of $45 million and is ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is a 2003 American action comedy film. It is the sequel to 2000's Charlie's Angels. It opened in the United States on June 27, 2003, and was number one at the box ...more

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Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann 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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Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese, Rick Moranis 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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John Cleese, Diana Rigg, 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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Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 American science fiction film, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The screenplay is based on the 1940 classic science fiction short story ...more

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Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan Die Another Day is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film follows Bond as he leads a ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Denise Richards, John Cleese The World Is Not Enough is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, ...more

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Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Julie Andrews Shrek Forever After is a 2010 action animated film written by Tim Sullivan and Josh Klausner and directed by Mike Mitchell. Shrek Forever After, formerly known as Shrek Goes Fourth and also ...more

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David Bowie, John Cleese, Madeline Kahn Yellowbeard is a 1983 comedy film by Graham Chapman, along with Peter Cook, Bernard McKenna and David Sherlock. It was directed by Mel Damski, and was Marty Feldman's last film appearance.

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Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart, Nicoletta Braschi Pinocchio is a 2002 Italian live-action family film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. The film is based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi with Benigni portraying Pinocchio. ...more

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Spud John Cleese, Tanit Phoenix, Troye Sivan 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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John Cleese, Jack Palance, Frank Welker 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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Jay Leno, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese Igor is a 2008 American computer animated fantasy comedy film about the stock character Igor who dreams of winning first place at the Evil Science Fair. Produced by Exodus Film Group and ...more

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John Cleese, Julie Benz, Michael Clarke Duncan George of the Jungle 2 is the 2003 direct-to-video sequel of the 1997 Disney film George of the Jungle. It was directed by David Grossman, written by Jordan Moffet, and stars Thomas Haden ...more

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Dan Marino, John Cleese, Christina Moore

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Funny Ladies of British Comedy John Cleese, Judi Dench, Dawn French

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Jessica Biel, Dwayne Johnson, Gary Oldman Planet 51 is a 2009 English-language Spanish animated science fiction/family comedy film directed by Jorge Blanco, written by Joe Stillman, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin ...more

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Change for the Oceans John Cleese Change for the Oceans is a 2010 animated short-comedy and musical film written by Jonah Sachs, and directed by Ruben Deluna and Jonah Sachs.

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Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Eddie Murphy.

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John Cleese, Pierce Brosnan, Kevyn Major Howard The Human Face is a 4 part BBC series that examines the science behind facial beauty, expression, and fame. Actor and comedian John Cleese investigated identity, perception, creativity and ...more

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Cameron Diaz, John Cleese, Stephen Fry An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

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Ben Kingsley, John Cleese, Bob Hoskins Parting Shots is a 1999 film starring Chris Rea, Felicity Kendal, Oliver Reed, Bob Hoskins, Diana Rigg, Ben Kingsley, John Cleese and Joanna Lumley. It was the last film directed by Michael