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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
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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, Director, Writer
Role:
Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
2. Life of Brian (1979)
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Life of Brian
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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:
Man Even Further Forward / Revolutionary / Jailer / Blood & Thunder Prophet / Frank / Audience Member / Crucifee
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
4. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
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This documentary film shows us few performances of The Monty Python troupe at the Hollywood Bowl.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Third Barber / Mao Zedong / Constable Parrot / Kant / I've got two legs singer / Demonstrator #3 / Man with beans / Mountie
Director:
Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
5. The Meaning of Life (1983)
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The Meaning of Life
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‘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, Director, Writer
Role:
Window Washer / Fish #4 / Walters / Middle of the Film Announcer / M'Lady Joeline / Mr. Brown / Howard Katzenberg
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
6. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
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And Now for Something Completely Different
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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:
Self-Defence Nun / Flasher / Uncle Sam / Caterpillar Man / Sign Holder / Conrad Poohs
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
7. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
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Twelve Monkeys
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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.

As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi
8. Brazil (1985)
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Brazil
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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, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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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. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Comedy
10. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)
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Monty Python Live (Mostly)
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As:
Cast, Writer
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
Director:
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
11. The Fisher King (1991)
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The Fisher King
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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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Tom Waits, Amanda Plummer, David Hyde Pierce, Lara Harris
12. Time Bandits (1981)
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Time Bandits
PG
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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:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sean Connery, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond
13. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
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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, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Uma Thurman, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Robin Williams, John Neville, Oliver Reed
14. Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy (2010)
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Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
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As:
Cast
Role:
Not an Individual / Mexican / Mountie
Director:
Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
15. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
PG-13
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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.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure
16. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Olga Kurylenko, Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Rossy de Palma
17. Jabberwocky (1977)
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Jabberwocky
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As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett
18. Spies Like Us (1985)
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Spies Like Us
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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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Landis
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Sam Raimi, Bob Hope, Frank Oz, Steve Forrest, Bruce Davison
19. Tideland (2005)
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Tideland
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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.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Horror, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jennifer Tilly, Jeff Bridges, Brendan Fletcher, Janet McTeer, Jodelle Ferland
20. 9-Month Stretch (2013)
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9-Month Stretch
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As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Dupontel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Sandrine Kiberlain, Philippe Duquesne, Albert Dupontel, Jean Dujardin
21. The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes (2005)
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The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes
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As:
Producer
Director:
Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Genres:
Music, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Assumpta Serna, Gottfried John, Amira Casar, César Sarachu, Ljubisa Gruicic
22. Locked Out (2006)
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Locked Out
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As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Dupontel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Roland Bertin, Hélène Vincent, Albert Dupontel
23. The Zero Theorem (2013)
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The Zero Theorem
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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? 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama
24. Absolutely Anything (2015)
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Absolutely Anything
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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
25. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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The Brothers Grimm
PG-13
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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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Thriller, Adventure
26. Jupiter Ascending (2015)
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Jupiter Ascending
PG-13
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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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
27. Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python (2002)
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Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python
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As:
Writer
Director:
Ari Golan
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Peter Crabbe, Joseph Steven, Samantha Harris, Jennifer Julian
28. I rec u (2012)
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I rec u
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As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Therieux
Director:
Federico Sfascia
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
Star Cast:
Guglielmo Favilla, Federica Bertolani, Cay Izumi, Dolphine Lundgren
29. The Wholly Family (2011)
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The Wholly Family
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Cristiana Capotondi, Douglas Dean, Nicolas Connolly, Sergio Solli, Giuseppe Gavazzi
30. The Legend of Hallowdega (2010)
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The Legend of Hallowdega
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As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
David Arquette, Justin Kirk, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip

TV Movie(s)

1. Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python (1989)
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Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python
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As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
4. From Spam to Sperm (2000)
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From Spam to Sperm
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As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Selina Mehta
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:

Animation(s)

Storytime (1968)
Storytime
As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Comedy, Animation, Short
Miracle of Flight (1975)
Miracle of Flight
Plot:

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. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Short, Animation
The Monster of Nix (2011)
The Monster of Nix
As:
Cast
Role:
The Ranger
Director:
Rosto
Genres:
Short, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Tom Waits, Olivia Bouyssou, Joe Eshuis, Charles Hubbell

TV Shows and Videos

Kate Bush: Cloudbusting (1985)
Kate Bush: Cloudbusting
As:
Writer
Director:
Julian Doyle
Genres:
Biography, Sci-Fi, Drama, Short, Music
Star Cast:
The Unfinished Swan (2012)
The Unfinished Swan
As:
Cast
Role:
The King
Director:
Ian Dallas
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Nicholas Marj, Juli Pari, Eric Willow
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time (1994)
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Various (archiveFootage)
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland
29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie (2003)
29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Salman Rushdie,