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List of Eric Idle Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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3
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG
14
3

King Arthur of Camelot is looking for courageous knights to join his Round Table and he succeeds in his quest when a few men come forward. A bit of partying and deliberation later, they decide to leave. However, now God himself sends them to find the Holy Grail. What follows is a series of adventure and an encounter with a mysterious enchanter named Tim.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / First Swamp Castle Guard / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
2. Life of Brian (1979)
14
3
Life of Brian
R
14
3

Brian of Nazareth, who was born in a stable next-door to Jesus on the same night, is mistaken as the prophesied messiah by the three wise men. Out of love for the young rebel Judith and hatred for the occupying Romans, he joins the People's Front of Judea, and unwittingly gathers his own group of followers.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Mr. Cheeky / Stan aka Loretta / Harry the Haggler / Culprit Woman / Warris / Intensely Dull Youth / Jailer's Assistant / Otto / Lead Singer Crucifee
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
4. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
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2
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
R
13
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Michelangelo / Brewer / First Bruce / First Judge / 'World Forum' Host / Arthur Nudge / Socrates / First Yorkshireman / Mr. Smoketoomuch / Husband / Lumberjack
Director:
Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
5. The Meaning of Life (1983)
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2
The Meaning of Life
R
13
2

‘The Meaning of Life’ is a musical presented through a series of sketches. It’s a film by the British comedy troupe Monty Python, portraying various stages of life from the miracle of birth to the mystery of death. The movie also depicts hilarious vignettes about religious service, sex education, war, organ donation – every possible thing, just to find ‘the meaning of life.’ 

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Gunther / Fish #3 / 'Meaning of Life' Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / Watson / Blackitt / Atkinson / Perkins / Victim #3 / Front End / Mrs. Hendy / Man in Pink / Noël Coward / Gaston / Angela
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
6. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
13
2
And Now for Something Completely Different
PG
13
2

This anthology film based on the popular British television series ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ features over 40 comedy sketches dealing with varied topics and animation shorts. The best of the sketches taken from the show’s first two series and re-filmed without studio audience include such classics as ‘Dead Parrot,’ ‘Hell’s Grannies,’ ‘Nudge Nudge,’ ‘Bank Robber,’ ‘The Lumberjack Song,’ ‘Kilimanjaro Expedition,’ and many more.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Prosecutor / Marriage Counselor / Arthur Nudge / Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed sticks) / 'Hell's Grannies' analyst / Arthur Wilson / Arthur Wilson Two / Nightclub Emcee / Linkman / First General / Restaurant Manager / Lingerie Shop O
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
7. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)
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2
Monty Python Live (Mostly)
11
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Spanish Guitarist / First Yorkshireman / Noël Coward / Michelangelo / First Bruce / Graham aka Hamrag Yatlerot / Himself / First Poofy Judge / Arthur Nudge / Chris / Man in Pink / Mr. Bun
Director:
Eric Idle, Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
8. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
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2
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
PG
12
2

Based on the wartime tales of the fictional German nobleman Baron Munchausen, the film depicts a large Ottoman army pounding at the gate of an unnamed European city in the “Age of Reason” , while a theatre production about the life and adventure of the baron being held inside. In the midst of the play, a man steps forward, claiming he is the baron.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Desmond / Berthold
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
9. Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy (2010)
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2
Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
PG
11
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Baritonish / Stan aka Loretta / Bob Dylan / Ben
Director:
Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
10. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (1994)
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2
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Nigel Channing (uncredited)
Director:
Randal Kleiser
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Rick Moranis, Katherine LaNasa, Robert Oliveri, Brian To
11. How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
10
2
How to Get Ahead in Advertising
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Bruce Robinson
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Sean Bean, Rachel Ward, John Shrapnel, Richard E. Grant
13. Ella Enchanted (2004)
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2
Ella Enchanted
PG
9
2

The gift of obedience, Ella received as a child from her fairy grandmother, forces her to obey every command she receives. Trouble starts when after her mother’s death her father remarries and her stepmother and her stepsisters use it to humiliate her. The only way left for her is to find her godmother and ask her to take her gift back. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Tommy O'Haver
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
15. National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
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3
National Lampoon's European Vacation
PG-13
9
3

On a game show, the Griswold family wins a 15-days’ vacation to Europe and gets set for the trip, though daughter Audrey is hesitant to leave her boyfriend behind, while son Rusty can’t wait to meet girls. The bumbling family travels from London to Paris, then Germany and Rome, moving from place to place, leaving a trail of disaster wherever they go.

As:
Cast
Director:
Amy Heckerling
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Chevy Chase, John Astin, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill
16. Casper (1995)
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3
Casper
PG
10
3

Based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character, Casper the Friendly Ghost, this poignant and heartwarming film tells the story of Casper who becomes a ghost after his untimely death. The film’s visual effects and music score are spectacular, and its success spawned numerous sequels. 

 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dibbs
Director:
Brad Silberling
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Comedy
17. Absolutely Anything (2015)
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3
Absolutely Anything
R
9
3

The alien galactic council debates whether the Earth should be destroyed, or to make humanity a member of their council. They eventually come up with a plan of bestowing limitless power to a schoolteacher, to see if the powers would be used for good or for evil. Thus, his actions would determine the fate of humanity. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi
18. Nuns on the Run (1990)
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2
Nuns on the Run
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Brian Hope / Flight Attendant #1 (as Eric Idle, Brian Hope)
Director:
Jonathan Lynn
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Janet Suzman, Doris Hare, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri
19. Splitting Heirs (1993)
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3
Splitting Heirs
PG-13
8
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel
Director:
Robert Young
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
20. Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
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2
Mom and Dad Save the World
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Greg Beeman
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Teri Garr, Wallace Shawn, Jon Lovitz, Jeffrey Jones
21. Hollywood Homicide (2003)
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3
Hollywood Homicide
TV-14
8
3

Sergeant Joe Gavilan and KC Calden are homicide detectives and partners in LAPD's Hollywood Division. The story follows them juggling their side jobs with the murder investigation of four members of a rap group. The action-comedy film is based on the real-life experiences of its writer Robert Souza.

As:
Cast
Director:
Ron Shelton
Genres:
Crime, Action, Thriller, Comedy
22. 102 Dalmatians (2000)
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1
102 Dalmatians
G
8
1

After spending three years in jail, Cruella apparently transforms into a good woman. However, when the loud noises of the Big Ben reach her, she reverts to her previous state and decides to kidnap 102 Dalmatian puppies for a new coat.

As:
Cast
Director:
Kevin Lima
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu, Tim McInnerny, Ioan Gruffudd
26. Brightness (2000)
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2
Brightness
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Bix
Director:
Andrew Tsao
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Fay Masterson, Chad Lindberg, Gregory Fawcett, Nick Erickson
27. Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python (2002)
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2
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python
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2
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Ari Golan
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Peter Crabbe, Joseph Steven, Samantha Harris, Jennifer Julian
28. Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois... (1991)
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2
Um Passo, Outro Passo e Depois...
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Manuel Mozos
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Canto e Castro, Pedro Hestnes, Sandra Garcia
29. Albert Carter, Q.O.S.O. (1968)
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2
Albert Carter, Q.O.S.O.
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Ian Brims
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Roy Kinnear
30. Journey Into Imagination: With Figment (1999)
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2
Journey Into Imagination: With Figment
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Nigel Channing
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Dave Goelz
31. The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2004)
9
2
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Narrator / Dirk McQuickly / Lady Beth Mouse-Peddler
Director:
Eric Idle
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Nealon, Garry Shandling, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Carrie Fisher, Steve Martin
32. Pirates: 3D Show (1999)
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2
Pirates: 3D Show
9
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Pierre
Director:
Keith Melton
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Leslie Nielsen, Adam Wylie, Brian D. Pollock, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
33. Missing Pieces (1991)
8
2
Missing Pieces
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Wendel
Director:
Leonard Stern
Genres:
Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Richard Belzer, Lauren Hutton, Bob Gunton, Robert Wuhl
34. Too Much Sun (1990)
6
1
Too Much Sun
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Downey Sr.
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Downey Jr., Ralph Macchio, Allan Arbus, Lara Harris, Howard Duff

TV Movie(s)

35. Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python (1989)
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2
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python
12
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
36. Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976)
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2
Pleasure at Her Majesty's
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Jonathan Miller, Roger Graef
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Alan Bennett, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Eleanor Bron
37. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)
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2
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
12
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Dirk McQuickly / The Narrator / Stanley J. Krammerhead III, Jr.
Director:
Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
40. Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003)
4
1
Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure
TV-14
4
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Marck
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Randy Quaid, Fred Willard, Ed Asner, Rodger Bumpass, Jake Thomas
42. The Mikado (1987)
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2
The Mikado
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ko-Ko
Director:
John Michael Phillips
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Lesley Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone, Richard Van Allan, Felicity Palmer
44. The Scream Team (2002)
10
2
The Scream Team
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Coffin Ed
Director:
Stuart Gillard
Genres:
Horror, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kim Coates, Devon Bostick, Tommy Davidson, Robert Bockstael
46. The Entire Universe (2016)
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2
The Entire Universe
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Matthew Amos
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Noel Fielding, Warwick Davis, Stephen Hawking, Ian Ashpitel

Animation(s)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
R
Plot:

Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman go to see an extra-vulgar film by their favorite comedy duo Terrence and Philip. After watching it, the children curse profusely and Kyle dies and ends up in hell. The friends must find a way to stop Saddam and Satan from taking over Earth and save Terrence and Philip’s lives. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Trey Parker
Genres:
Animation, Fantasy, Musical, Comedy
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
The Transformers: The Movie
PG
Plot:

After a shattering attack on Autobot City that results in death of Optimus Prime, the Autobots valiantly try to fight off the Deceptrons and Galvatron, a regenerated form of Deceptron leader, Megatron. But both Autobots and Deceptrons are at a risk as Unicron, a gigantic planet-devouring transformer, is heading towards Cybertron. Only Autobot’s Matrix of Leadership has the power to stop Unicron.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Nelson Shin
Genres:
Action, Family, Sci-Fi, Animation, Adventure
Star Cast:
Orson Welles, Scatman Crothers, Judd Nelson, Gregg Berger, Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt
Hercules: Zero to Hero (1998)
Hercules: Zero to Hero
As:
Cast
Director:
Bob Kline
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Eric Stoltz, Wayne Knight, James Woods, Diedrich Bader, Tate Donovan, Sandra Bernhard
Shrek the Third (2007)
Shrek the Third
PG
Plot:

King Harold of Far, Far Away land is dying and Shrek is unwilling to wear the crown. So he sets out with Donkey and Puss in Boots, to bring the King’s nephew, Artie, back from magic school and crown him instead. In his absence, the evil Prince Charming with his army takes over the land. Shrek, Artie and Fiona must now defeat the villain and regain the kingdom.

As:
Cast
Director:
Chris Miller, Raman Hui
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
The Nutcracker and the Mouseking (2004)
The Nutcracker and the Mouseking
G
As:
Cast
Director:
Tatyana Ilina, Michael G. Johnson
Genres:
Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Leslie Nielsen, Fred Willard, Hannes Jaenicke, Wolfgang Völz, Rufus Beck
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998)
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
G
As:
Cast
Director:
Dick Sebast
Genres:
Adventure, Animation, Musical, Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Doris Roberts, William H. Macy, Ralph Macchio, Dom DeLuise, Darleen Carr

TV Shows and Videos

BBC Show of the Week (1965)
BBC Show of the Week
As:
Writer
Director:
John Howard
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
Tony Bennett, Davies Dancers The Irving, Keith Michell, Sacha Distel, Sammes Singers The Mike
Twice a Fortnight (1967)
Twice a Fortnight
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Tony Buffery, Ronald Fletcher, Graeme Garden
Rutland Weekend Television (1975)
Rutland Weekend Television
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various / ... (14 episodes, 1975-1976)
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Henry Woolf, Neil Innes, David Battley, Andy Roberts
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (1996)
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Historyteller / Dead Collector / Peasant 1 / Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot / Concorde / Roger the Shrubber / Brother Maynard / Advisor of King Brian / Herald
Director:
Terry Jones, Steve Martino
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Discworld II: Mortality Bytes! (1996)
Discworld II: Mortality Bytes!
As:
Cast
Role:
Rincewind / Bone Idle (voice)
Director:
Gregg Barnett
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Rob Brydon, Nigel Planer, Kate Robbins
Discworld (1995)
Discworld
T
As:
Cast
Role:
Rincewind (voice)
Director:
Gregg Barnett
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rob Brydon, Jon Pertwee, Kate Robbins, Tony Robinson
George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 (2004)
George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself (segment "Crackerbox Palace")
Director:
Eric Idle, Lol Creme, Kevin Godley
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ray Cooper
Billy Connolly's Big Send Off (2014)
Billy Connolly's Big Send Off
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Director:
Mike Reilly
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967)
Do Not Adjust Your Set
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various Characters / ... (21 episodes, 1967-1969)
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Denise Coffey, David Jason
One Foot in the Grave (1990)
One Foot in the Grave
As:
Cast
Director:
Susan Belbin, Christine Gernon
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Joe Wright, Craig Ferguson, Peter Edward Cook, Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time (1994)
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time
As:
Cast
Role:
Various (archiveFootage)
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland
Nearly Departed (1989)
Nearly Departed
As:
Cast
Role:
Grant Pritchard / ... (6 episodes, 1989)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Stuart Pankin, Wendy Schaal, Caroline McWilliams, Jay Lambert
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue (2000)
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
E
As:
Cast
Genres:
Action, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Frankie Muniz, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Susanne Blakeslee

Eric Idle Awards

Grammy Awards
Winner Best Musical Show Album 2006