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The Best Michael Palin Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 455 votes 64 voters 6.0k views23 items

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

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

List films range from Michael Palin: Hemingway Adventure to The Human Face.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Michael Palin movies?" and "What are the greatest Michael Palin roles of all time?"
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  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1
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    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
  • A Private Function2
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    A Private Function

    Maggie Smith, Michael Palin

    Released1984

    Directed byMalcolm Mowbray

    A Private Function is a 1984 British comedy film starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. The...  more
  • Jabberwocky3
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    Jabberwocky

    Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin

    Released1977

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Jabberwocky is a 1977 British fantasy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam. The name...  more
  • Life of Brian4
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    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

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    #49 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#148 of 155 The Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time

  • Michael Palin: Great Railway Journeys5
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    Michael Palin: Great Railway Journeys

    Michael Palin

    Released1980

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  • The Missionary6
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    The Missionary

    Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

    The Missionary is a 1982 British comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine, and starring...  more
  • And Now for Something Completely Different7
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    Released1971

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Ian MacNaughton

    And Now for Something Completely Different is a 1971 British comedy anthology film based on...  more
  • Time Bandits8
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    Time Bandits

    Sean Connery, John Cleese

    Released1981

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry...  more

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    #95 of 112 Movies That Need Sequels#127 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail9
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    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
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    'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' Was An On-Set Nightmare That Everyone Hated Filming#46 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys

  • The Wind in the Willows10
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    The Wind in the Willows

    Matt Lucas, Mark Gatiss

    Released2006

    Directed byRachel Talalay

    The Wind in the Willows is a 2006 British Canadian adventure film directed by Rachel Talalay,...  more
  • Brazil11
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles...  more

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    #169 of 234 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#60 of 178 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote12
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    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a 2018 fantasy-adventure-comedy film directed by Terry...  more
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  • Fierce Creatures13
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    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
  • How to Irritate People14
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    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
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  • American Friends15
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    American Friends

    Alfred Molina, Michael Palin

    Released1991

    Directed byTristram Powell

    American Friends is a 1991 British film starring Michael Palin. It was written by Palin and...  more
  • Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure16

    Released2000

    Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure is a 1999 BBC television documentary presented by Michael...  more
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  • The Human Face17
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    The Human Face

    John Cleese, Pierce Brosnan

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Stewart, James Erskine

    The Human Face is a 4 part BBC series that examines the science behind facial beauty,...  more
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  • Arthur Christmas18
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    Arthur Christmas

    Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie

    Released2011

    Directed bySarah Smith, Barry Cook

    Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question:...  more

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    #167 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever#47 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

  • Not the Messiah19
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    Not the Messiah

    Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

    Released2009

    Directed byAubrey Powell

    THE PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF AN AMERICAN MESSIAH is the mock documentary story of a man who...  more
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life20
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    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

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    #78 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#89 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • A Fish Called Wanda21
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    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

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    #530 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#179 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • The Rutles22
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    The Rutles

    Bill Murray, George Harrison

    Released1978

    Directed byEric Idle, Gary Weis

    All You Need Is Cash is a 1978 television film that traces the career of a fictitious British...  more
  • A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman23

    Released2012

    Directed byBill Jones, Benjamin Timlett, Jeff Simpson

    An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding...  more