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The Best Peter Sellers Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 4.1k votes 1.0k voters 79.9k views57 items

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

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

Items on this list include Dr. Stranglelove and The Party.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Peter Sellers movies?" and "What are the greatest Peter Sellers roles of all time?" If you are a fan of the comedy of Peter Sellers, you might also enjoy our list of best Steve Martin movies and best George C. Scott movies.

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as...  more
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  • Being There2
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    Being There

    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers

    Released1979

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970...  more
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  • A Shot in the Dark3
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    A Shot in the Dark

    Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer

    Released1964

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second...  more
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  • The Return of the Pink Panther4
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    The Return of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer

    Released1975

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Return of the Pink Panther is the fourth film in The Pink Panther series, released in...  more
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  • Heavens Above!5
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    Heavens Above!

    Peter Sellers, Steve Marriott

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Boulting, Roy Boulting

    Heavens Above! is a 1963 British satirical comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by...  more
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  • The Party6
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    The Party

    Peter Sellers, Peter Falk

    Released1968

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Party is a 1968 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers and Claudine...  more
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  • The Wrong Arm of the Law7
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    The Wrong Arm of the Law

    Michael Caine, Peter Sellers

    Released1963

    Directed byCliff Owen

    The Wrong Arm of the Law is a 1963 British comedy film directed by Cliff Owen and starring...  more
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  • The Pink Panther8
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    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1963

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama...  more
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  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again9
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    The Pink Panther Strikes Again

    Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif

    Released1976

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the fifth film in The Pink Panther series and picks up where...  more
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  • The Naked Truth10
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    The Naked Truth

    Peter Sellers, Shirley Eaton

    Released1957

    Directed byMario Zampi

    The Naked Truth is a 1957 British film comedy starring Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers and Dennis...  more
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  • Revenge of the Pink Panther11
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    Revenge of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon

    Released1978

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Revenge of the Pink Panther is the sixth film in The Pink Panther film series. Released in...  more
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  • The Ladykillers12
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    The Ladykillers

    Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

    Released1955

    Directed byAlexander Mackendrick

    The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by...  more
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  • The Mouse That Roared13
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    The Mouse That Roared

    Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg

    Released1959

    Directed byJack Arnold

    The Mouse That Roared is a 1959 comedy film written by Roger MacDougall and Stanley Mann...  more
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  • Murder by Death14
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    Murder by Death

    Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers

    Released1976

    Directed byRobert Moore

    This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman...  more
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  • Lolita15
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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers

    Released1962

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same...  more
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  • There's a Girl in My Soup16
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    There's a Girl in My Soup

    Goldie Hawn, Peter Sellers

    Released1970

    Directed byJohn Boulting, Roy Boulting

    There's a Girl in My Soup is a 1970 British comedy film, directed by Roy Boulting and starring...  more
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  • I'm All Right Jack17
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    I'm All Right Jack

    Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Boulting, Roy Boulting

    I'm All Right Jack is a 1959 British comedy film directed and produced by John and Roy...  more
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  • Soft Beds, Hard Battles18
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    Soft Beds, Hard Battles

    Peter Sellers, Lila Kedrova

    Released1974

    Directed byRoy Boulting

    Undercovers Hero is a 1974 film directed by Roy Boulting....  more
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  • Carlton-Browne of the F.O.19
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    Carlton-Browne of the F.O.

    Peter Sellers, Luciana Paluzzi

    Released1959

    Directed byJeffrey Dell, John Boulting, Roy Boulting

    Carlton-Browne of the F.O. is a 1959 British comedy film made by the Boulting Brothers. It...  more
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  • Two-Way Stretch20
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    Two-Way Stretch

    Peter Sellers, Wilfrid Hyde-White

    Released1960

    Directed byRobert Day

    Two-Way Stretch, sometimes titled Nothing Barred, is a 1960 British comedy film, about a group...  more
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  • What's New Pussycat?21
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    What's New Pussycat?

    Woody Allen, Ursula Andress

    Released1965

    Directed byClive Donner, Richard Talmadge

    What's New Pussycat? is a 1965 comedy film directed by Clive Donner and starring Peter...  more
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  • The Dock Brief22
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    The Dock Brief

    Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

    Released1962

    Directed byJames Hill

    The Dock Brief is a 1962 black-and-white British legal satire directed by James Hill, starring...  more
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  • The Optimists23
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    The Optimists

    Peter Sellers, Keith Chegwin

    Released1973

    Directed byAnthony Simmons

    The Optimists is a 1973 drama film directed by Anthony Simmons....  more
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  • After the Fox24
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    After the Fox

    Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland

    Released1966

    Directed byVittorio De Sica

    After the Fox is a 1966 British–Italian comedy film starring Peter Sellers and directed by...  more
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  • Hoffman25
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    Hoffman

    Peter Sellers, Sinéad Cusack

    Released1970

    Directed byAlvin Rakoff

    Hoffman is a 1970 British film directed by Alvin Rakoff and starring Peter Sellers, Sinéad...  more
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