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List of Terry Gilliam Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG
42
9

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:
Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
Directed By:
3. Life of Brian (1979)
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8
Life of Brian
R
33
8

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:
Man Even Further Forward / Revolutionary / Jailer / Blood & Thunder Prophet / Frank / Audience Member / Crucifee
Directed By:
4. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
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2
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
R
9
2

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

Role:
Third Barber / Mao Zedong / Constable Parrot / Kant / I've got two legs singer / Demonstrator #3 / Man with beans / Mountie
Directed By:
Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
5. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)
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2
Monty Python Live (Mostly)
7
2
Role:
Spanish Dancer / Piano player / Pope's Servant / Mountie / Second Bruce / Constable Parrot / Himself / Pepperpot / Professor D.P. Gumby / Sir Norman Barry Castle / Cardinal Fang / I've got two legs singer
Directed By:
6. The Meaning of Life (1983)
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5
The Meaning of Life
R
14
5

‘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:
Window Washer / Fish #4 / Walters / Middle of the Film Announcer / M'Lady Joeline / Mr. Brown / Howard Katzenberg
Directed By:
7. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
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3
And Now for Something Completely Different
PG
9
3

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:
Self-Defence Nun / Flasher / Uncle Sam / Caterpillar Man / Sign Holder / Conrad Poohs
Directed By:
Ian MacNaughton
9. Spies Like Us (1985)
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4
Spies Like Us
PG
8
4

Two incompetent CIA applicants are led to believe that they are on a mission. They soon find themselves in Pakistan, then in Afghanistan, and soon they are pursued by the Russians. They eventually realize that they are being used as decoys for a Nuclear War. 

Starring:
Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope, Sam Raimi, Frank Oz, Steve Forrest, Bruce Davison
Directed By:
John Landis
10. 9-Month Stretch (2013)
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3
9-Month Stretch
5
3
Starring:
Jean Dujardin, Sandrine Kiberlain, Philippe Duquesne, Albert Dupontel
Directed By:
Albert Dupontel
11. Locked Out (2006)
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3
Locked Out
5
3
Starring:
Terry Jones, Roland Bertin, Hélène Vincent, Albert Dupontel
Directed By:
Albert Dupontel
12. Jabberwocky (1977)
5
3
Jabberwocky
PG
5
3

A young peasant is mistaken as the only hope for the kingdom, when the countryside is threaten by a monster.

Starring:
Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
13. Jupiter Ascending (2015)
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10
Jupiter Ascending
PG-13
11
10

Jupiter Jones works as a housekeeper at her neighbours place. Her simple life changes one day when a genetically engineered ex-military hunter Caine Wise arrives to escort her to outer space. She realises her significance as the heiress of an intergalactic royalty and has to now prevent the destruction of earth.

Starring:
Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Redmayne, Bae Doona, Douglas Booth
Directed By:
Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
14. Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python (1999)
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2
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python
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2
Role:
Man with Vercotti / BBC Crewmember / Himself / Gumby / Onan Vandergoy / Gorilla
Starring:
Meat Loaf, Barry Humphries, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese
Directed By:
15. Pythonland (1999)
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3
Pythonland
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3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, John Cleese
Directed By:
Ralph Lee
16. From Spam to Sperm (2000)
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3
From Spam to Sperm
6
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Meat Loaf, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese
Directed By:
Selina Mehta
17. I rec u (2012)
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3
I rec u
6
3
Role:
Dr. Therieux
Starring:
Guglielmo Favilla, Federica Bertolani, Cay Izumi, Dolphine Lundgren
Directed By:
Federico Sfascia

Director

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG
28
6

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.

Starring:
Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Connie Booth
Directed By:
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
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7
Twelve Monkeys
R
31
7

A group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys is suspected of releasing a deadly virus in 1996 that kills the majority of the human population in the 2030s. James Cole, a convict, is sent back to the 1990s to stop the plague, but he soon begins to question his sanity and his perception of reality.

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Christopher Plummer, Donald Faison, Joseph Melito, Jon Seda
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
Brazil (1985)
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4
Brazil
R
15
4

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.  

Starring:
Jonathan Pryce, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm, Robert De Niro, Ian Richardson, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)
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2
The Crimson Permanent Assurance
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2
Starring:
Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
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5
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
R
17
5

The dark comedy follows the journey of journalist Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo who drive a red convertible to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race. They are, however, carrying a suitcase full of drugs that they consume at an increasing rate. What follows is a psychedelic adventure in search of the American Dream. 

Starring:
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, William Gary Busey, Penn Jillette, Lyle Lovett, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Meaning of Life (1983)
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4
The Meaning of Life
R
11
4

‘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.’ 

Starring:
Jane Leeves, Michael Caine, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Directed By:
The Fisher King (1991)
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3
The Fisher King
R
10
3

Insensitive comments by shock jock Jack Lucas forces an unstable caller into committing a mass-murder suicide. Severely depressed after the incident Jack meets a homeless man Parry, who is searching for the Holy Grail. When Jack realizes Parry is actually the husband of one of the murderer’s victims, he decides to help Parry. 

Starring:
Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Tom Waits, Amanda Plummer, David Hyde Pierce, Lara Harris
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
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3
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
PG
9
3

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.  

Starring:
Uma Thurman, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Robin Williams, John Neville, Oliver Reed
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
Time Bandits (1981)
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4
Time Bandits
PG
8
4

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.  

Starring:
Sean Connery, Tony Jay, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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5
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
PG-13
10
5

A fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day, THE MOVIE It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago Dr. Parnassus made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Starring:
Peter Stormare, Jude Law, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Gwendoline Christie, Lily Cole, Johnny Depp
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Wholly Family (2011)
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3
The Wholly Family
5
3
Starring:
Cristiana Capotondi, Douglas Dean, Nicolas Connolly, Sergio Solli, Giuseppe Gavazzi
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
Tideland (2005)
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4
Tideland
R
6
4

After her drug-addict mother passes away, a little girl's father leaves her alone in a country estate, where she enters into a fantastic world of her own imagination.

Starring:
Jennifer Tilly, Jeff Bridges, Brendan Fletcher, Janet McTeer, Jodelle Ferland
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
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3
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Not
7
3
Starring:
Olga Kurylenko, Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Rossy de Palma
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
Jabberwocky (1977)
5
3
Jabberwocky
PG
5
3

A young peasant is mistaken as the only hope for the kingdom, when the countryside is threaten by a monster.

Starring:
Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Zero Theorem (2013)
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4
The Zero Theorem
R
6
4

The story centers on a genius, but socially withdrawn computer programmer working on the Zero Theorem. Tasked to prove that the universe disappears into a void, rendering life meaningless, he starts working steadily, hoping to prove that life actually has a meaning. Will he succeed? 

Starring:
Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Rupert Friend, Matt Damon, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Stormare
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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5
The Brothers Grimm
PG-13
8
5

Set in the 19th century French-occupied Germany, it is a story of two travelling con-artists, Will and Jacob Grimm, who earn by pretending to drive away witches and evil forces. Then they encounter creatures of a haunted forest and a real magical curse which made young girls disappear mysteriously. Their courage is put to test as they fight an evil sorceress. 

Starring:
Monica Bellucci, Lena Headey, Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, Petr Ratimec
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Legend of Hallowdega (2010)
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3
The Legend of Hallowdega
3
3
Starring:
David Arquette, Justin Kirk, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam

Narrator/Dubbing

Absolutely Anything (2015)
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8
Absolutely Anything
R
12
8

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. 

Role:
Nasty Alien (voice)
Starring:
Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Meera Syal, Eddie Izzard, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Directed By:

Animation Movies

Storytime (1968)
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4
Storytime
12
4
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
Miracle of Flight (1975)
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4
Miracle of Flight
11
4

Set in a surreal fairy tale cartoon background, this short comedy animation tells us about man’s lesser known attempts to fly. Inspired by flying bird (and also a Boeing 707), man tries to emulate them with the obvious results. 

Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Monster of Nix (2011)
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3
The Monster of Nix
7
3
Role:
The Ranger (voice)
Starring:
Tom Waits, Olivia Bouyssou, Joe Eshuis, Charles Hubbell
Directed By:
Rosto
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)
11
8
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
R
11
8
Role:
Interview Don #2 / Dr One Across / Pilot / Aleister Crowley / Jose (voice)
Starring:
Stephen Fry, Cameron Diaz, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin
Directed By:
Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett

Special Appearance/Cameo

Brazil (1985)
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6
Brazil
R
23
6

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.  

Role:
Smoking Man at Shangri-La Towers (uncredited)
Starring:
Jonathan Pryce, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm, Robert De Niro, Ian Richardson, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)
8
2
The Crimson Permanent Assurance
8
2
Role:
Window Washer (uncredited)
Starring:
Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
10
4
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
PG
10
4

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.  

Role:
Irritating Singer Inside Fish (uncredited)
Starring:
Uma Thurman, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Robin Williams, John Neville, Oliver Reed
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam
The Legend of Hallowdega (2010)
3
3
The Legend of Hallowdega
3
3
Role:
Senior Citizen in Photo (uncredited)
Starring:
David Arquette, Justin Kirk, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip
Directed By:
Terry Gilliam

TV Shows

Monty Python's Flying Circus
49
7
Monty Python's Flying Circus
TV-14
49
7
Role:
Various / ... (unknown episodes)
Starring:
Connie Booth, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese
Directed By:
John Howard Davies, Ian MacNaughton
Awards:
BAFTA Award for
Kate Bush: Cloudbusting (1985)
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2
Kate Bush: Cloudbusting
8
2
Starring:
Donald Sutherland, Kate Bush
Directed By:
Julian Doyle
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus
9
2
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus
9
2
Starring:
Connie Booth, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese
Directed By:
Ian MacNaughton
Marty
7
2
Marty
7
2
Starring:
Marty Feldman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod
Directed By:
Roger Race
Omnibus
7
2
Omnibus
7
2
Role:
Himself (5 episodes, 1976-2000)
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Branagh, Joss Ackland, Ken Russell, Ian Holm, Barry Humphries, Stephen Fry
Directed By:
29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie (2003)
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2
29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie
6
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Salman Rushdie,
Do Not Adjust Your Set
6
2
Do Not Adjust Your Set
6
2
Starring:
Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Denise Coffey, David Jason
Broaden Your Mind
6
2
Broaden Your Mind
6
2
Starring:
Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Roland MacLeod
Directed By:
Roger Race