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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.

Peter Sellers was no stranger to working with popular directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Chaplin and Blake Edwards. Is Peter Sellers your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Rod Steiger and Alec Guinness films lists too.

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Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

Released: 1979

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970 novella by Jerzy Kosinski, the screenplay was written by Kosinski and the uncredited Robert C. ...more

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James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders

Released: 1964

Directed by: Blake Edwards

A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second installment in The Pink Panther series. Peter Sellers is featured again as Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the ...more

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Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Gavin MacLeod

Released: 1968

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Party is a 1968 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet. The film has a very loose structure, and essentially serves as a series of set pieces for ...more

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Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

Released: 1963

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter ...more

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Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Peter Sellers

Released: 1976

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the fifth film in The Pink Panther series and picks up where The Return of the Pink Panther leaves off. Released in 1976, Strikes Again is the third entry to ...more

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Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Herbert Lom

Released: 1975

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Return of the Pink Panther is the fourth film in The Pink Panther series, released in 1975. The film stars Peter Sellers in the role of Inspector Clouseau, returning to the part for the ...more

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Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon, Robert Loggia

Released: 1978

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Revenge of the Pink Panther is the sixth film in The Pink Panther film series. Released in 1978, it was the last entry released during the lifetime of Peter Sellers. It is also the last entry to ...more

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Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell

Released: 1959

Directed by: Jack Arnold

The Mouse That Roared is a 1959 comedy film written by Roger MacDougall and Stanley Mann directed by Jack Arnold. "The Mouse That Roared was made into a 1959 film starring Peter Sellers in ...more

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Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Frankie Howerd

Released: 1955

Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, ...more

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Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

Released: 1976

Directed by: Robert Moore

This film is a 1976 American mystery comedy film with a cast featuring Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie ...more

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Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price

Released: 1959

Directed by: John Boulting, Roy Boulting

I'm All Right Jack is a 1959 British comedy film directed and produced by John and Roy Boulting from a script by Frank Harvey, John Boulting and Alan Hackney based on the novel Private Life by ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters

Released: 1962

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The ...more

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Peter Sellers, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bernard Cribbins

Released: 1960

Directed by: Robert Day

Two-Way Stretch, sometimes titled Nothing Barred, is a 1960 British comedy film, about a group of prisoners who plan to break out of jail, commit a robbery, and then break back into jail again, ...more

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Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Peter O'Toole

Released: 1965

Directed by: Clive Donner, Richard Talmadge

What's New Pussycat? is a 1965 comedy film directed by Clive Donner and starring Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and Ursula Andress. It was Woody Allen's ...more

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Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Martin Balsam

Released: 1966

Directed by: Vittorio De Sica

After the Fox is a 1966 British–Italian comedy film starring Peter Sellers and directed by Vittorio De Sica. The screenplay is in English, by Neil Simon and De Sica's longtime collaborator ...more
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Peter Sellers, Steve Marriott, William Hartnell

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Boulting, Roy Boulting

Heavens Above! is a 1963 British satirical comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by John and Roy Boulting, who also co-wrote along with Frank Harvey, from an idea by Malcolm Muggeridge. ...more
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Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, John Le Mesurier

Released: 1963

Directed by: Cliff Owen

The Wrong Arm of the Law is a 1963 British comedy film directed by Cliff Owen and starring Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins, Lionel Jeffries, John Le Mesurier and Bill Kerr. It was written in ...more
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Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Peter O'Toole

Released: 1967

Directed by: Val Guest, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, John Huston, Ken Hughes, + more

Casino Royale is a 1967 spy comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an ensemble cast of directors and actors. It is loosely based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. ...more
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Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers, David Niven

Released: 1982

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Trail of the Pink Panther is a 1982 comedy film starring Peter Sellers. It was the seventh film in The Pink Panther series, and the last in which Sellers appeared as Inspector Clouseau. His ...more
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Angela Lansbury, Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Roy Hill

The World of Henry Orient is a 1964 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Nora Johnson, who co-wrote the screenplay with her father, Nunnally Johnson. It was directed by ...more
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Peter Sellers, Shirley Eaton, Joan Sims

Released: 1957

Directed by: Mario Zampi

The Naked Truth is a 1957 British film comedy starring Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers and Dennis Price. Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton and Joan Sims also appear. It was produced and directed by Mario ...more
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Peter Sellers, John Le Mesurier, Kenneth Griffith

Released: 1962

Directed by: Sidney Gilliat

Only Two Can Play is a 1962 comedy film based on the novel That Uncertain Feeling by Kingsley Amis. Sidney Gilliat directed the film from a screenplay by Bryan Forbes. The film is set in the ...more
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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ringo Starr

Released: 1969

Directed by: Joseph McGrath

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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Peter Sellers, Leslie Phillips, Margaret Rutherford

Released: 1957

Directed by: Basil Dearden

The Smallest Show on Earth is a 1957 British comedy film, directed by Basil Dearden, and starring Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford. The supporting cast ...more