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The Best John Cleese Movies 

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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
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
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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#256 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #39 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #325 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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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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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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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'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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#326 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #65 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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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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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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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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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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Wine for the Confused
Wine for the Confused is a documentary hosted by John Cleese. It is a light-hearted introduction to wine for novices. Cleese guides viewers through the basics of wine types and grape varieties, ...more
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The Love Ban
John Cleese, Madeline Smith, Milo O'Shea
The Love Ban is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman and Milo O'Shea. A couple experience marital difficulties. It was based on a play ...more
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John Cleese, David Niven, Robert Vaughn
The Statue is a 1971 British film comedy starring David Niven, Robert Vaughn and Italian beauty Virna Lisi in the key roles. Monty Python's John Cleese and Graham Chapman appear an early roles ...more
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Pleasure at Her Majesty's
John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Peter Cook
Pleasure At Her Majesty's was the name given to the film release of A Poke In The Eye, the first of the Amnesty International comedy benefit galas. The show was performed at Her Majesty's ...more
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Meetings, Bloody Meetings
John Cleese, Robert Hardy, Timothy West
Meetings, Bloody Meetings is a 1976 British comedy training film that stars John Cleese as a bumbling middle manager. The film was written by John Cleese and Antony Jay, and was produced by ...more
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Disney's Learning Adventures: Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days: Seeing the World
John Cleese, Brad Garrett, Mickey Mouse
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John Cleese, Donald Sutherland, Oskar Werner
Interlude is a 1968 British drama film directed by Kevin Billington.
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The Golden Years of British Comedy
John Cleese, Eric Sykes, Jimmy Jewell
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The Magic Pudding
John Cleese, Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette
The Magic Pudding is a 2000 Animation and Family film written by Harry Cripps, Greg Haddrick and Simon Hopkinson and directed by Karl Zwicky.
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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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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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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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#358 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #314 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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James Woods, John Cleese, Gilbert Gottfried
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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John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny
Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 film directed By Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall, and written by Burny Mattinson.

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Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big
Haley Joel Osment, Emily Osment, Catherine O'Hara
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big is a 2000 film starring Emily Osment. The film also stars Justin Brinsfield, John Cleese, Catherine O'Hara, and Haley Joel Osment. It is based on the book by Berkeley ...more