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List of Christopher Guest Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
16
3
This Is Spinal Tap
TV-14
16
3

Documentary filmmaker Marti DeBergi accompanies the English heavy metal band Spinal Tap, as they begin their big US tour to boost their new album. However, in the tour, problems are numerous - it appears that the band’s popularity is waning, their events get cancelled, the album cover raises objection, there is a stage prop malfunction and the girlfriend of one of the band members arrives.

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Music, Comedy
2. The Princess Bride (1987)
15
2
The Princess Bride
PG
15
2

Adapted from William Goldman’s 1973 novel of the same name, the film The Princess Bride tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, who is on a mission to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.

As:
Cast
Role:
Count Rugen
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Family, Fantasy, Adventure
3. A Few Good Men (1992)
15
3
A Few Good Men
R
15
3

After two US Marines kill another, Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway proposes to defend them suspecting that they acted on a "code red" order from above. When the case is instead assigned to Liutentent Daniel Kaffee, known for seeking plea bargains, Galloway convinces him to take the case to court and question Colonel Nathan Jessup despite lack of evidence.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
4. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
16
2
Waiting for Guffman
R
16
2

In a small town named Blaine, in Missouri, a few residents prepare for a community theater production led by an eccentric director named Corky St. Clair. They soon learn that someone from Broadway will be attending it, as well.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Guest
Genres:
Comedy
5. Best in Show (2000)
17
2
Best in Show
PG-13
17
2

Best in Show is presented as documentary film, which captures the happenings around the fictitious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show n Philadelphia, and focuses on the excitements and tensions displayed by the participants, their owners and their handlers not only during the show, but also before and after the event.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Guest
Genres:
Comedy
6. The Hospital (1971)
11
2
The Hospital
TV-MA
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
George C. Scott, Stephen Elliott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes
7. The Long Riders (1980)
13
2
The Long Riders
R
13
2

During a bank robbery by a gang, one of the robbers Ed Miller kills a man impulsively. Their leader is displeased, and insists that the gang scatter until the heat cools down. The groups of brothers go in separate ways, but they soon regroup for another heist.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
8. Death Wish (1974)
11
2
Death Wish
R
11
2

After street thugs murder his wife and brutally rape his daughter during home-invasion, mild-mannered architect Paul Kersey turns to police who are unable to apprehend the criminals. When he receives a revolver as gift from a client, Paul, frustrated with a feeling of injustice, starts patrolling the streets, dispensing vigilante justice to the muggers he encounters in the dark of the night.

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Winner
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Charles Bronson, Jeff Goldblum, Steven Keats, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia
9. A Mighty Wind (2003)
15
2
A Mighty Wind
PG-13
15
2

This musical comedy film revolves around three folk bands who reunite for a TV performance for the first time in decades.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Guest
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Awards:
Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
10. Girlfriends (1978)
10
2
Girlfriends
PG
10
2

Susan, a small time photographer, and Anne, an aspiring writer, are both roommates and close friends. Their life takes separate turn when Anne gets married and leaves while Susan continues to struggle with her career. Her first attempt at a serious relationship also proves to be a non-starter. Soon, she begins to resent Anne’s family life while Anne begins to feel jealous of her independence. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Claudia Weill
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eli Wallach, Melanie Mayron, Adam Cohen, Anita Skinner
11. The Hot Rock (1972)
11
2
The Hot Rock
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Yates
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
Ron Leibman, Robert Redford, George Segal, Moses Gunn
12. The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012)
10
2
The 84th Annual Academy Awards
TV-14
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Christopher Guest, Don Mischer, Archie Gips, Kabir Akhtar
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jessica Chastain, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Steven Spielberg, Michelle Williams
13. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
10
2
Mrs Henderson Presents
R
10
2

Mrs Henderson Presents is a comedy drama film about Laura Henderson, who is an eccentric 70 year old widow who purchases a cinema and remodels it to create the Windmill Theater in London. She even starts adding female nudity to her shows, to bring more audiences.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lord Cromer
Director:
Stephen Frears
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, War, Music
Star Cast:
Bob Hoskins, Judi Dench, Kelly Reilly, Will Young
14. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
11
2
Little Shop of Horrors
PG-13
11
2

Geeky orphan Seymour works in Mushnik’s failing flower shop and dreams about co-worker Audrey. After a solar eclipse, he finds a strange plant which he names Audrey II. The flourishing plant fetches good business, but weirdly, it has voracious appetite for human blood and flesh. Audrey’s sadistic boyfriend Orin appears to be a fitting candidate; but what about Audrey II’s next meal? 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Musical, Family, Romance
15. The Invention of Lying (2009)
9
2
The Invention of Lying
PG-13
9
2

Mark Bellison is a screenwriter of historical readings in an alternate universe where the concept of lying does not exist and people tell whatever is on their minds. After being fired from his job and warned of being evicted, he blurts out a lie in the bank and realizes how it can change his life forever.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
20. Small Soldiers (1998)
8
3
Small Soldiers
PG-13
8
3

A toy company programs their2 sets of toys, ‘The Commando Elite’ and ‘The Gorgonites,’ with military technology that is used for steering missiles, enabling the toys to move and talk. In a suburban community, the two cliques acquire thinking capacity and creating their own weapons, the Commando Elite set out to destroy the peaceful Gorgonites, consequently putting the neighborhood humans in danger. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Joe Dante
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Family
21. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
10
2
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
PG
10
2

In this second installment in the Night at the Museum series, Larry learns that the exhibits will be moved to the Smithsonian Institution without the Tablet of Ahkmenrah. He soon receives a call for help from Jedediah who, along with his other friends, is under attack from Kahmunrah. Kahmunrah intends to raise an army and conquer the world. Larry now must save his friends.

As:
Cast
Director:
Shawn Levy
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy, Adventure
22. Almost Heroes (1998)
9
2
Almost Heroes
PG-13
9
2

In 1804, Leslie Edwards, an aristocrat, and Bartholomew Hunt, a man with knowledge of the wilderness, unite to compete against the renowned Lewis & Clark to become the first people to chart and make it across the US to the Pacific Ocean.

As:
Director
Director:
Christopher Guest
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Western
Star Cast:
Matthew Perry, Chris Farley, Eugene Levy, Bokeem Woodbine, Barry Del Sherman, Robert Tittor
25. Stonehenge: 'Tis a Magic Place (2009)
11
2
Stonehenge: 'Tis a Magic Place
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
26. Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Billy Crystal Special (1986)
11
2
Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Billy Crystal Special
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Chip Dimentebella
Director:
Billy Crystal, Paul Flaherty
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
27. Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Lost Minutes (1987)
11
2
Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Lost Minutes
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Chip Dimentebella
Director:
Billy Crystal, Paul Flaherty
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Marc Shaiman, Brother Theodore
28. Her Master's Voice (2012)
11
3
Her Master's Voice
11
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Nina Conti
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ken Campbell, Jim Broadbent, Daisy Campbell, Nina Conti, Brad Cummings
29. Ricky Gervais Meets... Christopher Guest (2006)
10
2
Ricky Gervais Meets... Christopher Guest
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Niall Downing
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Ricky Gervais, Michael McKean
30. Sticky Fingers (1988)
7
1
Sticky Fingers
PG-13
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Catlin Adams
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Shirley Stoler, Melanie Mayron, Helen Slater, Adam Shaw

TV Movie(s)

1. A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)
13
3
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Philip Ryan
Director:
George Schaefer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Keenan Wynn, Bette Davis, Penny Fuller, George Hearn, Graham Jarvis
2. The Lily Tomlin Special (1975)
12
2
The Lily Tomlin Special
12
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various
Director:
Jay Sandrich
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Laraine Newman, Doris Roberts, Valri Bromfield, Betty Beaird
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special
3. Peeping Times (1978)
12
2
Peeping Times
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Barry Levinson, Rudy De Luca
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mel Brooks, Ron Carey, David Letterman, Royce D. Applegate, Lewis Arquette
4. Super Bowl (1976)
12
2
Super Bowl
12
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Genres:
Sport, Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill Murray, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brookshier
5. The Billion Dollar Bubble (1978)
11
2
The Billion Dollar Bubble
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Al Green
Director:
Brian Gibson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Woods, Sam Wanamaker, William Hootkins, Shane Rimmer
6. Haywire (1980)
10
2
Haywire
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Tuchner
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Lee Remick, Jason Robards, Dianne Hull, Deborah Raffin
7. The T.V. Show (1979)
10
2
The T.V. Show
10
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various Characters
Director:
Tom Trbovich
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Deborah Harmon
9. Likely Stories, Vol. 1 (1981)
9
2
Likely Stories, Vol. 1
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Director:
Rob Reiner
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Belzer, Rob Reiner, David L. Lander, Bruno Kirby
11. Million Dollar Infield (1982)
8
2
Million Dollar Infield
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bucky Frische
Director:
Hal Cooper
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bonnie Bedelia, Rob Reiner, Bruno Kirby, Robert Costanzo
12. TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards (1976)
7
1
TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards
7
1
As:
Writer
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Michael Douglas, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rona Barrett, Ronee Blakley, Verna Fields
13. Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993)
5
1
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman
R
5
1
As:
Director
Director:
Christopher Guest
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Daniel Baldwin, Daryl Hannah, Frances Fisher, William Windom, Cristi Conaway
14. The Thick of It (2007)
11
2
The Thick of It
11
2
As:
Director
Director:
Christopher Guest
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alex Borstein, Carrie Aizley, Parvesh Cheena, Priya Ayyar, Kelvin Brown
15. I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood (1989)
11
2
I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Antoninus DiMentabella
Director:
Eugene Levy
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Fred Willard, Joe Flaherty, Catherine O'Hara
16. D.O.A. (1999)
10
2
D.O.A.
10
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Christopher Guest
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eugene Levy, Robert Bauer, Christa Campbell, Wayne Federman
17. The Chevy Chase National Humor Test (1979)
9
2
The Chevy Chase National Humor Test
9
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Tom Trbovich
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
18. A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (1992)
9
2
A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap) / Alan Barrows (The Folksmen)
Director:
Jim Di Bergi
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rob Reiner, Fred Willard, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
19. Amnesty International's Big 30 (1991)
7
1
Amnesty International's Big 30
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
David G. Hillier
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alexei Sayle, Jonathan Ross, Paula Yates, Cathy McGowan

Animation(s)

Le chaînon manquant (1980)
Le chaînon manquant
R
Plot:

The French-Belgian animated film depicts a pre-historic tribe of cavemen wherein twins O and Ah are born, but O being different is rejected by them. Igua, a brontosaur looks after O; however, later O wanders alone and invents things like wheel and fire. As O meets his tribe, he shares his knowledge, but twin Ah, now tribe’s chief, uses it for destruction.

As:
Cast
Director:
Picha
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bill Murray, Richard Darbois, Georges Aminel, Roger Carel, Jacques Ferrière
Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle (1975)
Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle
R
Plot:

This French/Belgian adult animated comedy film was also known as Jungle Burger in the United Kingdom. The plot involves the capture of June, the woman of Shame: Ruler of the jungle by the soldiers of Queen Bazonga who wants her hair. To free her, Shame sets off to the dark Bush Country alongside his only loyal friend Flicka

As:
Cast
Director:
Picha, Boris Szulzinger
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Star Cast:
John Belushi, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Bernard Dhéran, Georges Aminel, Arlette Thomas, Paule Emanuele

TV Shows and Videos

Joe Satriani: The Satch Tapes (1993)
Joe Satriani: The Satch Tapes
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel
Director:
Carlos Grasso
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
John Cuniberti, Andy Johns, Joe Satriani, Jeff Tyson
Headbangers Ball (1987)
Headbangers Ball
As:
Cast
Director:
Sxv'leithan Essex
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Rob Zombie, Audie Desbrow, Chris Barnes, Bruce Dickinson
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica (1992)
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel
Director:
Adam Dubin
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Metallica, Lou Brutus, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield
Spinal Tap: The Final Tour (1998)
Spinal Tap: The Final Tour
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Nigel Tufnel
Director:
Rob Reiner
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rob Reiner, Michael McKean
Glastonbury 2009 (2009)
Glastonbury 2009
As:
Cast
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Lauren Laverne, Edith Bowman, Zane Lowe, Cerys Matthews
Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead (2009)
Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
Likely Stories, Vol. 3 (1983)
Likely Stories, Vol. 3
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Billy Crystal
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Belzer, Billy Crystal, Corey Burton, Chuck McCann
Lemmings (1973)
Lemmings
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Tony Hendra, Michael Keady
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Rhonda Coullet, Garry Goodrow
Tonight with Jonathan Ross (1990)
Tonight with Jonathan Ross
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel (2 episodes, 1992)
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Denis Leary, Michael McKean, Jonathan Ross, Tori Amos
The List (1999)
The List
As:
Cast
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Ashton Kutcher, George Wendt, Sherilyn Fenn, Tony Shalhoub
Channel 4 News (1982)
Channel 4 News
As:
Cast
Genres:
News
Star Cast:
Jon Snow, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Cathy Newman, Harry Anscombe
The Joe Franklin Show (1950)
The Joe Franklin Show
As:
Cast
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Jennifer Delora, Joel Diamond, Mike Kimmel, Gary Theroux
Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind - The Videos (1992)
Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind - The Videos
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Nigel Tufnel (as Nigel Tufnel)
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
MTV News: The Week in Rock (1987)
MTV News: The Week in Rock
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel (1 episode, 1991)
Genres:
Music, News
Star Cast:
Micky Dolenz, Michael McKean, Kurt Loder, Stephen Perkins
The Harry Smith Project Live (2006)
The Harry Smith Project Live
As:
Cast
Role:
Alan Barrows
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Elvis Costello
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)
The Arsenio Hall Show
As:
Cast
Genres:
Music, Family, Talk-Show, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cassandra Peterson, Barry Manilow, Arsenio Hall, Sinbad
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 8 (1990)
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 8
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel - Spinal Tap
Director:
David Carr, John B. House, Cindy Keefer
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Marty Callner, Chris De Garmo, C.C. DeVille, Tracii Guns
Breakfast (2000)
Breakfast
As:
Cast
Genres:
News, Family, Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Bill Turnbull, Carol Kirkwood, Charlie Stayt, Sian Williams
True Confessions (1985)
True Confessions
As:
Cast
Role:
(1 episode, 1985)
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Bixby, Julianne McNamara, Kurt Thomas, April Audia
Good Morning America (1975)
Good Morning America
TV-G
As:
Cast
Genres:
News, Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Amy Robach, Robin Roberts
Catching Up with Marty DiBergi (2000)
Catching Up with Marty DiBergi
As:
Cast
Role:
Nigel Tufnel
Director:
Jeffrey Schwarz
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
The Early Show (1999)
The Early Show
As:
Cast
Genres:
Talk-Show, News
Star Cast:
Harry Smith, Erica Hill, Maggie Rodriguez, Jennifer Ashton
Entertainment Tonight (1981)
Entertainment Tonight
As:
Cast
Genres:
News
Star Cast:
Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Mark Steines, Mary Hart
CNN Newsroom (1989)
CNN Newsroom
As:
Cast
Genres:
News
Star Cast:
John Berman, Brooke Baldwin, Poppy Harlow, Bernie Matthew
The View (1997)
The View
TV-14
As:
Cast
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Barry Humphries, Sherri Shepherd
Fox News (1987)
Fox News
As:
Cast
Genres:
News
Star Cast:
Marcellas Reynolds, Judy Ho, Laura Diaz, Susan Hirasuna

Christopher Guest Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
The Lily Tomlin Special Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special 1976
Grammy Awards
A Mighty Wind Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media 2004