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List of Michael Palin Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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2
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG
13
2

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
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
2. Life of Brian (1979)
12
2
Life of Brian
R
12
2

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
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
11
2

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

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
5. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
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2
And Now for Something Completely Different
PG
12
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
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
6. The Meaning of Life (1983)
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2
The Meaning of Life
R
11
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
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
7. Brazil (1985)
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3
Brazil
R
12
3

Sam Lowry often daydreams of being a winged superhero saving a woman in distress. When Archibald Buttle is killed mistakenly instead of revolutionary Archibald Tuttle, Sam encounters Jill, the woman from his dreams who is trying to help Mrs. Buttle. Sam ends up being caught in a web of lies and government bureaucracy with disastrous consequences.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
8. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)
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2
Monty Python Live (Mostly)
11
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Spanish Man / Fourth Yorkshireman / Harry Blackitt / Mr. Anchovy / Lumberjack / Third Bruce / Interviewer / Himself / Pepperpot / TV Host / Second Poofy Judge / Nobby / Cardinal Ximenez / Argument Customer / Pet Shop Emplyee
Director:
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
9. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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2
A Fish Called Wanda
R
11
2

Gangsters George Thomason and his aide Ken Pile plan a diamond heist and draft in Americans, con-artist Wanda Gershwitz and weapons expert Otto West. After a successful heist, George is arrested but has hidden the diamonds. Comedic incidents follow as Wanda seduces George’s lawyer, Archie Leach, to get the location of the diamonds. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ken Pile
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
10. Time Bandits (1981)
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2
Time Bandits
PG
10
2

Eleven-year-old history enthusiast, Kevin, is shocked to see six time-traveling dwarfs who have escaped their master, the Supreme Being, appear from his closet. These time bandits have stolen Supreme Being’s unique time-&-space map and now they take Kevil along as they travel through history leaping from one era to another, stealing treasures from historical conquerors. But then they run into Evil Genius.  

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sean Connery, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond
11. The Death of Stalin (2017)
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2
The Death of Stalin
11
2

The Death of Stalin is a political satire black comedy film, which tells the story of the power struggle of the cronies of Joseph Stalin, after he passes away in 1953. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Armando Iannucci
Genres:
Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
Star Cast:
Olga Kurylenko, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Friend, Richard Brake, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs
12. 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
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Betty Palin / Julius Caesar / Bevis
Director:
Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
13. A Private Function (1984)
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2
A Private Function
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gilbert Chilvers
Director:
Malcolm Mowbray
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Tony Haygarth, Richard Griffiths
14. The Dress (1984)
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2
The Dress
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Howard
Director:
Eva Sereny
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Phyllis Logan, Dave Hill, Derrick Branche, Elisabeth Croft
15. The Witches (1990)
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2
The Witches
PG
9
2

The Witches is an adventure comedy fantasy film, which tells the story of a young boy who stumbles onto a group of witch’s convention as they are preparing to get rid of all children in the world. They turn him into a mouse but he still attempts to stop them.

As:
Cast
Director:
Nicolas Roeg
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Star Cast:
Rowan Atkinson, Bill Paterson, Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling
16. Jabberwocky (1977)
9
2
Jabberwocky
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dennis Cooper
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett
17. The Missionary (1982)
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2
The Missionary
R
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
The Reverend Charles Fortescue
Director:
Richard Loncraine
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Trevor Howard, Maggie Smith, Michael Hordern, Denholm Elliott
18. Fierce Creatures (1997)
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2
Fierce Creatures
PG-13
9
2

Rod McCain is a multimillionaire who purchases a zoo in London. Soon the staff is pressurized to make higher profits or face closure. Meanwhile, the staff faces a lot of struggle dealing with the new policies.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Bugsy Malone
Director:
Robert Young, Fred Schepisi
Genres:
Comedy
20. The Box (1981)
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2
The Box
8
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
(voice)
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Charles McKeown, Andrew Lodge, Richard Verna
21. Absolutely Anything (2015)
8
2
Absolutely Anything
R
8
2

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
22. Percy (1971)
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1
Percy
R
7
1

Edwin Antony receives the world’s first penis transplant after an accident. His donor is a womanizer who was killed in the same accident. Soon after the transplant, Antony decides to learn more about his donor’s life.

As:
Writer
Director:
Ralph Thomas
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Britt Ekland, Denholm Elliott, Elke Sommer, Hywel Bennett, Cyd Hayman
23. The Last Day of WW1 (2008)
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2
The Last Day of WW1
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Hayes Fisher
24. Henry Cleans Up (1979)
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2
Henry Cleans Up
10
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Henry
Director:
Digby Turpin
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Dick Graham, Tommy Mann
25. Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python (2002)
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2
Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Ari Golan
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Peter Crabbe, Joseph Steven, Samantha Harris, Jennifer Julian
26. Michael Palin in Wyeth's World (2013)
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3
Michael Palin in Wyeth's World
10
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Presenter
Director:
Eleanor Yule
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Andrew Wyeth, Helga Testorf
27. Ending It All (1970)
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2
Ending It All
9
2
As:
Cast
Genres:
Short
28. American Friends (1991)
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2
American Friends
PG
9
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Reverend Francis Ashby
Director:
Tristram Powell
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Alfred Molina, Connie Booth, Alun Armstrong, Bryan Pringle
29. Consuming Passions (1988)
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2
Consuming Passions
R
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Giles Foster
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave, Jonathan Pryce, Helen Pearson, Prunella Scales, Freddie Jones
30. Inar gahined (1989)
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2
Inar gahined
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Man in elevator (uncredited)
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Nour El-Sherif

TV Movie(s)

1. Red Dress (1977)
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3
Red Dress
12
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael J.F. Scott
Star Cast:
3. Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976)
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2
Pleasure at Her Majesty's
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Jonathan Miller, Roger Graef
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Alan Bennett, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Eleanor Bron
4. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)
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2
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eric Manchester, Rutle Corp. Press Agent / Lawyer
Director:
Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
5. Three Men in a Boat (1975)
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2
Three Men in a Boat
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Harris
Director:
Stephen Frears
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Tim Curry, Stephen Moore, Michael Elphick, Bill Stewart
6. Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1993)
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2
Tracey Ullman: A Class Act
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Various
Director:
Les Blair
Star Cast:
Gareth Armstrong, Tracey Ullman, Ellie Beaven, Selina Cadell
8. Around the World in 20 Years (2008)
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2
Around the World in 20 Years
11
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Narrator
Director:
Roger Mills
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Mahesh Bhatt, Bill Nelson, Hassan Suleyman
9. Number 27 (1988)
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2
Number 27
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Tristram Powell
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Joyce Carey, Nigel Planer, Alun Armstrong, Helena Michell, Edward Lyon
10. The Wipers Times (2013)
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2
The Wipers Times
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Andy De Emmony
Genres:
War
Star Cast:
Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Patrick FitzSymons
11. Marty Amok (1970)
9
3
Marty Amok
9
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, Vivian Stanshall, Robert Dhéry

Animation(s)

Clangers (2015)
Clangers
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator (43 episodes, 2015-2016)
Genres:
Animation
The Willows in Winter (1996)
The Willows in Winter
As:
Cast
Role:
Rat (voice)
Director:
Dave Unwin
Genres:
Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Alan Bennett, Vanessa Redgrave, Rik Mayall, Enn Reitel
The Wind in the Willows (1995)
The Wind in the Willows
As:
Cast
Role:
Rat (voice)
Director:
Dave Unwin, Dennis Abey
Genres:
Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Alan Bennett, Vanessa Redgrave, Rik Mayall, James Villiers
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Arthur Christmas
PG
Plot:

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur, learns that because of a technical glitch, a little girl's Christmas present has been misplaced. Therefore, he sets out on a mission to deliver the present before it is too late. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Barry Cook, Sarah Smith
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007)
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind
As:
Cast
Director:
Donnie Anderson
Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Russell Brand, Keira Knightley, Ardal O'Hanlon, Jane Horrocks, Gillian Anderson, Keira Knightley

TV Shows and Videos

The Innes Book of Records (1979)
The Innes Book of Records
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrew Gosling
Star Cast:
Rowan Atkinson, Neil Innes
Great Railway Journeys of the World (1980)
Great Railway Journeys of the World
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 1980)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ludovic Kennedy, Michael Frayn, Miles Kington, Eric Robson
The Best of the Two Ronnies: Volume 2 (2003)
The Best of the Two Ronnies: Volume 2
As:
Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, James Gilbert, Michael Hurll
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Julia McKenzie, Laura Hart, Richard Caldicot
Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969)
Complete and Utter History of Britain
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various / ... (6 episodes, 1969)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Colin Gordon, Wallas Eaton, Diana Quick
Marty (1968)
Marty
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod
Twice a Fortnight (1967)
Twice a Fortnight
As:
Cast, Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Tony Buffery, Ronald Fletcher, Graeme Garden
The Late Show (1966)
The Late Show
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Malcolm Muggeridge, John Bird, Barry Humphries, John Fortune, John Wells
Ripping Yarns (1976)
Ripping Yarns
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Bank Manager / ... (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
Director:
Terry Hughes, Alan J.W. Bell, Jim Franklin
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, John Cleese, Charles McKeown
Comic Roots (1982)
Comic Roots
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / ... (1 episode, 1983)
Genres:
Biography
Star Cast:
Les Dawson, Nicholas Ball, Keith Allen, Roy Barraclough
Himalaya with Michael Palin (2004)
Himalaya with Michael Palin
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Host / ... (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Lama The Dalai
Black and Blue (1973)
Black and Blue
As:
Writer
Director:
Michael Apted
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Warren Mitchell, Clifford Rose, David Collings, Julian Holloway, Tony Robinson
David Frost Presents (1968)
David Frost Presents
As:
Cast
Director:
Ian Fordyce
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Connie Booth, Graham Chapman, Mary Hopkin, Paul McCartney
The Best of the Two Ronnies (2001)
The Best of the Two Ronnies
As:
Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, James Gilbert, Michael Hurll
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Claire Nielson, Carol Hawkins, April Walker
Great Railway Journeys (1994)
Great Railway Journeys
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 1994)
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Danny Glover, Nick Hancock, Victoria Wood, Natalia Makarova
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:
Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Denise Coffey, David Jason
Broaden Your Mind (1968)
Broaden Your Mind
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Roland MacLeod
OTT (1982)
OTT
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (2 episodes, 1982)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees, Alexei Sayle, Chris Tarrant
The Nicholas Craig Masterclass (1990)
The Nicholas Craig Masterclass
As:
Cast
Role:
(1 episode, 1992)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Nigel Planer, Mark Aiken, Miles Kington, Michael Wood
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (2003)
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Mr. Thistlewaite / Narrator
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Short
The Unseen Frank Skinner TV Show (1997)
The Unseen Frank Skinner TV Show
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Tom Poole
Star Cast:
Eddie Izzard, Frank Skinner, Tony Blair
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure (1999)
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself (4 episodes, 1999)
Genres:
Adventure, Documentary
Full House (1972)
Full House
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Ken Loach
Star Cast:
Ben Kingsley, Joe Melia, Charlotte Rampling, John Bird
Clive Anderson All Talk (1996)
Clive Anderson All Talk
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1997-1999)
Genres:
Talk-Show
Star Cast:
Steve Coogan, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, Frank Skinner

Michael Palin Awards

BAFTA Awards
A Fish Called Wanda Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1989