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List of Graham Chapman Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Life of Brian (1979)
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19
Life of Brian
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75
19

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.

Role:
Wise Man #2 / Brian Cohen / Biggus Dickus
Directed By:
3. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
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3
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
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10
3

This documentary film shows us few performances of The Monty Python troupe at the Hollywood Bowl.

Role:
Second Barber / Colin 'Bomber' Harris / Pope's Servant / Abe Seagull / Silly Walker / Inspector Praline / The Colonel / Nobby Hegel / Second Yorkshireman / Abuser / Lecturer / A humble woodcutter / Son / Mountie
Directed By:
Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
4. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
12
4
And Now for Something Completely Different
PG
12
4

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.

Role:
Brother / Policeman / Defence attorney / British pedestrian / Mr. Harrison (Apricot) / The Colonel / 'Hell's Grannies' policeman / Jimmy Blankensop / Sir Edward Ross / Restaurant patron #1 / Letter Writer / Oliver St. John Mollusk / Mountie / Town Gu
Directed By:
Ian MacNaughton
5. Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976)
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3
Pleasure at Her Majesty's
7
3
Role:
Various
Starring:
Alan Bennett, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Eleanor Bron
Directed By:
Jonathan Miller, Roger Graef
6. The Secret Policeman's Private Parts (1984)
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3
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts
R
7
3

This documentary provides us a retrospective of music and comedy from four different Amnesty International benefit performances.

Role:
Himself
Starring:
Phil Collins, Connie Booth, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland
Directed By:
Roger Graef, Julien Temple
7. Out of the Trees (1976)
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3
Out of the Trees
6
3
Starring:
Simon Jones, Maria Aitken, Roger Brierley, Marjie Lawrence
Directed By:
Ian MacNaughton, Bernard Thompson
8. The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)
6
3
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
R
6
3

The satirical film follows Michael Rimmer who joins an insignificant British ad agency where he manipulates his way to a place of authority and taking the company to the top position, he becomes a polling specialist. He enters politics to become MP, and acquires wealth and attractive wife. Ruthlessly, he climbs the ladder of success to procure total power of the country.

Starring:
Peter Edward Cook, Ronnie Corbett, Harold Pinter, John Cleese, Denholm Elliott, Arthur Lowe, James Cossins
Directed By:
Kevin Billington
9. The Odd Job (1978)
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3
The Odd Job
5
3

The film revolves around a man named Arthur Harris, who has been abandoned by his wife recently. He gets depressed but being too timid to kill himself, he hires a hitman to do the job. However, when his wife returns, he finds that the contract cannot be cancelled.  

Role:
Arthur Harris
Starring:
David Jason, Diana Quick, Edward Hardwicke, Simon Williams
Directed By:
Peter Medak
10. Yellowbeard (1983)
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4
Yellowbeard
PG
5
4

Yellowbeard is an adventure action comedy film which tells the story of infamous pirate Yellowbeard, who breaks out of prison. The only thing on his mind now is recovering the treasure that he buried a long time ago. However, the problem is that his map has been tattooed on the head of his son. Things seem even worse because a number of rivals are also planning to beat him to the treasure.

Role:
Yellowbeard
Directed By:
Mel Damski
11. Doctor in Trouble (1970)
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3
Doctor in Trouble
R
4
3

Doctor Burke accidentally becomes a stowaway, while he was chasing his girlfriend onto the ship in order to propose to her. He is pursued by the Master-at-Arms, since he is convinced that the doctor is traveling without a ticket. Things take a turn when the doctor of the ship falls ill, and Burke is asked to take over his duties.

Starring:
James Robertson Justice, Irene Handl, Harry Secombe, Leslie Phillips,
Directed By:
Ralph Thomas
12. Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (1999)
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2
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python
8
2
Role:
Himself (archiveFootage)
Starring:
Meat Loaf, Barry Humphries, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese
Directed By:
13. Jake's Journey (1988)
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2
Jake's Journey
8
2
Role:
Sir George / Queen / Taxi driver
Starring:
Gabrielle Anwar, Peter Edward Cook, Rik Mayall, Peter Cook, Griff Rhys Jones
Directed By:
Hal Ashby
14. Pythonland (1999)
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3
Pythonland
6
3
Role:
Himself (archiveFootage)
Starring:
Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Directed By:
Ralph Lee
15. From Spam to Sperm (2000)
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3
From Spam to Sperm
6
3
Role:
Himself (archiveFootage)
Starring:
Meat Loaf, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Directed By:
Selina Mehta
16. Still Crazy Like a Fox (1987)
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3
Still Crazy Like a Fox
5
3
Role:
Detective Inspector Palmer
Starring:
Jack Warden, John Rubinstein, Penny Peyser, Robby Kiger
Directed By:
Paul Krasny

Narrator/Dubbing

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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4
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG
20
4

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.

Role:
King Arthur / Voice of God / Middle Head / Hiccoughing Guard
Starring:
Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Connie Booth
Directed By:
The Meaning of Life (1983)
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3
The Meaning of Life
R
9
3

‘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.’ 

Role:
Chairman / Fish #1 / Doctor / Harry Blackitt / Wymer / Hordern / General / Coles / Narrator #2 / Dr. Livingstone / Transvestite / Eric / Guest #1 / Arthur Jarrett / Geoffrey / Tony Bennett
Starring:
Jane Leeves, Michael Caine, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Directed By:

Animation Movies

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)
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6
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
R
9
6
Starring:
Stephen Fry, Cameron Diaz, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin, John Cleese
Directed By:
Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett

TV Shows

Monty Python's Flying Circus
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9
Monty Python's Flying Circus
TV-14
69
9
Role:
Various / ... (46 episodes, 1969-1974)
Starring:
Connie Booth, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese
Directed By:
John Howard Davies, Ian MacNaughton
Comedy Masterclass (2001)
8
2
Comedy Masterclass
8
2
Directed By:
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus
9
2
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus
9
2
Role:
A Humble Woodcutter / ... (1 episode, 1972)
Starring:
Connie Booth, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese
Directed By:
Ian MacNaughton
That Was the Week That Was
8
2
That Was the Week That Was
8
2
Starring:
David Frost, Roy Kinnear, William Rushton, Millicent Martin, Lance Percival
Directed By:
Ned Sherrin
Marty
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2
Marty
7
2
Starring:
Terry Jones, Marty Feldman, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod
Directed By:
Roger Race
Comedy Playhouse
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2
Comedy Playhouse
7
2
Starring:
Les Dawson, Joanna Lumley, Nicholas Parsons, Lynn Redgrave, John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, Marty Feldman
Directed By:
Eric Fawcett, James Gilbert, Douglas Argent, Michael Mills, Graeme Muir
The Two Ronnies
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3
The Two Ronnies
10
3
Starring:
Charlton Heston, Ronnie Corbett, Joanna Lumley, Ronnie Barker
Directed By:
Terry Hughes, Paul Jackson, Marcus Mortimer, James Gilbert, Marcus Plantin
Looks Like a Brown Trouser Job (2005)
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2
Looks Like a Brown Trouser Job
7
2
Role:
Himself (archiveFootage)
Directed By:
Richard S. Miller
At Last the 1948 Show
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2
At Last the 1948 Show
7
2
Role:
Various Characters / ... (13 episodes, 1967)
Starring:
Marty Feldman, Eric Idle, Ronnie Corbett, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Directed By:
Ian Fordyce
Doctor in Charge
7
2
Doctor in Charge
7
2
Starring:
Miriam Margolyes, Ernest Clark, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, George Layton
The Frost Report
7
2
The Frost Report
7
2
Starring:
John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett, David Frost, Ronnie Barker, Julie Felix
Directed By:
James Gilbert
BBC Show of the Week
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2
BBC Show of the Week
7
2
Starring:
Tony Bennett, Davies Dancers The Irving, Keith Michell, Sacha Distel, Sammes Singers The Mike
Directed By:
John Howard
Doctor in the House
7
2
Doctor in the House
7
2
Starring:
Ernest Clark, Barry Evans, George Layton, Geoffrey Davies, Robin Nedwell
Directed By:
Bill Turner, David Askey, Maurice Murphy, Mark Stuart
David Frost Presents
7
2
David Frost Presents
7
2
Starring:
Connie Booth, Michael Palin, Mary Hopkin, Paul McCartney
Directed By:
Ian Fordyce
Doctor on the Go
6
2
Doctor on the Go
6
2
Starring:
Ernest Clark, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, Christopher Biggins, John Kane
Doctor at Large
6
3
Doctor at Large
6
3
Starring:
Barry Evans, George Layton, Geoffrey Davies
Directed By:
Bill Turner, Alan Wallis, David Askey
No, That's Me Over Here!
6
2
No, That's Me Over Here!
6
2
Starring:
Colin Baker, Ronnie Corbett, Eric Idle, Ivor Dean, Henry McGee
Broaden Your Mind
6
2
Broaden Your Mind
6
2
Starring:
Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Roland MacLeod
Directed By:
Roger Race
A Christmas Night with the Stars
4
3
A Christmas Night with the Stars
4
3
Starring:
Benny Hill, Steve Coogan, Marty Feldman, Michael Palin, Ronnie Barker, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
Directed By:
James Gilbert, Graeme Muir, Dennis Main-Wilson, Duncan Wood, Douglas Moodie

Special Appearance/Cameo

The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)
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5
The Crimson Permanent Assurance
20
5
Role:
Chairman (uncredited)
Starring:
Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
Directed By:
Stage Fright (1989)
5
4
Stage Fright
5
4
Role:
Smart Alec (uncredited)
Starring:
Rick Hammontree, Susan Rome, Gregory McClure, Marcy Emmer
Directed By:
Brad Mays
The Magic Christian (1969)
10
8
The Magic Christian
PG
10
8
Role:
Oxford Crew (uncredited)
Starring:
Peter Sellers, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski, Richard Attenborough, Laurence Harvey, Raquel Welch, Yul Brynner
Directed By:
Joseph McGrath
The Statue (1971)
4
4
The Statue
R
4
4

Professor Alex Bolt gains international fame after developing a universal language named Unispeak. He wins a Nobel Prize as well, for his efforts. Meanwhile, his wife Rhonda has made a sculpture of her husband. However, when Alex learns that it is a nude statue, he becomes quite enraged and it leads to a quarrel between them.

Role:
News reader (uncredited)
Starring:
David Niven, John Cleese, Robert Vaughn, Ann Bell, Virna Lisi
Directed By:
Rod Amateau