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List of Terry Jones Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Life of Brian (1979)
63
16
Life of Brian
R
63
16

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, Director, Writer
Role:
Mandy Cohen / Colin / Simon the Holy Man / Bob Hoskins / Saintly Passer-by / Alarmed Crucifixion Assistant
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy
3. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)
8
2
Monty Python Live (Mostly)
8
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Spanish Guitarist / Third Yorkshireman / Mrs. Blackitt / Mountie / Mr. Hilton / Himself / Pepperpot / First Penguin on Telly Pepperpot / Albatross Person / Pub customer / Cardinal Biggles / Abuser / Spam Waitress
Director:
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
4. The Meaning of Life (1983)
23
8
The Meaning of Life
R
23
8

‘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:
Bert / Fish #6 / Mum / Priest / Biggs / Sergeant / Man with Bendy Arms / Mrs. Brown / Mr. Creosote / Maria / Leaf Father / Fiona Portland-Smythe
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
5. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
11
4
And Now for Something Completely Different
PG
11
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.

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Stage Manager / Tobacconist / 2nd Hungarian Man / Squire / Self-defence student #3 / Tenant #1 / Flasher / Mouse Organist Ken Ewing / Fat Soldier / Waiter / Nude Organist / Brian / Nigel Incubator Jones
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
6. Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy (2010)
7
3
Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
PG
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Workingman / Mexican / Mountie
Director:
Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
8. Locked Out (2006)
5
3
Locked Out
5
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Dupontel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Roland Bertin, Hélène Vincent, Albert Dupontel
9. Erik the Viking (1989)
6
4
Erik the Viking
PG-13
6
4

Based upon Norse mythology, this fantasy adventure comedy film tells the story of Erik, who starts to dislike rape and pillage, after the death of an innocent woman. Erik soon learns from a woman named Freya that a wolf named Fenrir has swallowed the sun, he decides to set things right.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
King Arnulf
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Mickey Rooney, John Cleese, Tim Robbins, Imogen Stubbs
10. Jabberwocky (1977)
6
4
Jabberwocky
PG
6
4

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

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett
11. Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute (2002)
7
2
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Dominic Brigstocke
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eddie Izzard, Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, John Sergeant
12. Henry Cleans Up (1979)
7
2
Henry Cleans Up
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Albert
Director:
Digby Turpin
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Dick Graham, Tommy Mann
13. The Surprising History of Rome (2002)
7
3
The Surprising History of Rome
PG
7
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / Presenter
Director:
Phil Grabsky
Genres:
History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Rick Jones, Elizabeth Fentress, Suzanne Evans, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
14. The Surprising History of Sex and Love (2002)
7
3
The Surprising History of Sex and Love
PG-13
7
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / Presenter
Director:
Alan Ereira, Phil Grabsky
Genres:
Documentary, History
Star Cast:
Rick Jones, Joann Fletcher, Bill Dever, Diana Edelman
15. The Surprising History of Egypt (2002)
7
3
The Surprising History of Egypt
PG
7
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / Presenter
Director:
Phil Grabsky
Genres:
History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Joann Fletcher, Azza Sarry el-Din, Isac Ramsey
16. The Creator (1999)
6
3
The Creator
6
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Dupontel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Albert Dupontel, Claude Perron, Nicolas Marié, Michel Vuillermoz
17. King Guillaume (2009)
3
3
King Guillaume
3
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Pierre-François Martin-Laval
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Pierre Richard, Isabelle Nanty, Raymond Bouchard, Omar Sy

Director

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
32
7
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG
32
7

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, Voiceover
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Life of Brian (1979)
25
6
Life of Brian
R
25
6

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, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy
The Meaning of Life (1983)
12
4
The Meaning of Life
R
12
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.’ 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Boom Bust Boom (2015)
6
3
Boom Bust Boom
G
6
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Jones, Bill Jones, Ben Timlett
Genres:
History, Documentary
Star Cast:
John Cusack, Philip Bulcock, Dirk Bezemer, Zvi Bodie, Willem Buiter
The BFI London Imax Signature Film (1999)
6
3
The BFI London Imax Signature Film
6
3
As:
Director
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
John Cleese
Personal Services (1987)
5
3
Personal Services
R
5
3
As:
Director
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alec McCowen, Julie Walters, Tim Woodward, Danny Schiller, Shirley Stelfox
Erik the Viking (1989)
5
3
Erik the Viking
PG-13
5
3

Based upon Norse mythology, this fantasy adventure comedy film tells the story of Erik, who starts to dislike rape and pillage, after the death of an innocent woman. Erik soon learns from a woman named Freya that a wolf named Fenrir has swallowed the sun, he decides to set things right.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Mickey Rooney, John Cleese, Tim Robbins, Imogen Stubbs
Absolutely Anything (2015)
6
4
Absolutely Anything
R
6
4

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, Writer, Voiceover
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi

Narrator/Dubbing

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
55
12
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG
55
12

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, Voiceover
Role:
Dennis's Mother / Sir Bedevere / Left Head / Prince Herbert / Voice of Cartoon Scribe
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)
9
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.

As:
Cast, Writer, Narrator
Role:
Fourth Barber / Referee / Anti-racism singer / Silly olympiad commentator #2 / Laparche / Silly Walker / Karl Marx / Mr. Hilton / Albatross Person / Man with hat / Third Yorkshireman / Demonstrator #2 / Wife / Mountie
Director:
Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (2003)
7
2
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School
7
2
As:
Cast, Director, Voiceover
Role:
Agency Producer (voice)
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, John Cleese, Michael Palin
L.A. Story (1991)
8
4
L.A. Story
PG-13
8
4

A TV weatherman working in Los Angeles feels bored with his job as well as his relationship with his girlfriend. His life takes a turn when he begins to receive secret messages from an electronic freeway sign near his home.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Sara's Mother (voice) (uncredited)
Director:
Mick Jackson
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
The Legend of Dick and Dom
5
3
The Legend of Dick and Dom
5
3
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
 Narrator 33 episodes, 2009-2011
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Brian Blessed, Steve Furst, Richard McCourt, Dominic Wood
Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)
7
5
Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar
7
5

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar is an animated fantasy comedy film based on the popular Asterix comics. The film revolves around a group of people in a small village, who possess a magic potion that can turn them into invincible soldiers. When Julius Caesar finds out about this, he decides to get his hands on it.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Obelix (voice)
Director:
Claude Zidi
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michel Galabru, Claude Piéplu, Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier
Absolutely Anything (2015)
7
5
Absolutely Anything
R
7
5

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, Writer, Voiceover
Role:
Scientist Alien (voice) / Van Driver
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi
The Box (1981)
4
3
The Box
4
3
As:
Cast, Writer, Voiceover
Role:
Harrington (voice)
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Charles McKeown, Andrew Lodge, Richard Verna

Animation Movies

Blazing Dragons
8
3
Blazing Dragons
8
3
As:
Writer
Genres:
Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Stephanie Morgenstern, Aron Tager, Juan Chioran, Edward Glen, Steven Sutcliffe
The Unsteady Chough (2004)
8
3
The Unsteady Chough
8
3
As:
Cast, Writer, Narrator
Director:
Sam Leifer, Jonathan van Tulleken
Genres:
Short, Animation
Hjælp! Jeg er en fisk (2000)
19
12
Hjælp! Jeg er en fisk
G
19
12
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Professor Mac Krill (voice)
Director:
Stefan Fjeldmark, Greg Manwaring, Michael Donovan, Michael Hegner
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy, Animation, Family, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Musical
Star Cast:
Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Nis Bank-Mikkelsen, Søren Sætter-Lassen, Morten Kerrn Nielsen, Sebastian Jessen
Anna and the Moods (2006)
5
4
Anna and the Moods
5
4
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Gunnar Karlsson
Genres:
Animation, Short
Star Cast:
Björk, Damon Albarn, Sjón Sigurdsson, Þórunn Lárusdóttir

Special appearance/Cameo

TV Shows

Medieval Lives
9
2
Medieval Lives
9
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Presenter (8 episodes, 2004)
Genres:
Documentary, History
Star Cast:
Robert Stone, Peter Barber, Faye Getz
Black and Blue
8
2
Black and Blue
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Warren Mitchell, Clifford Rose, David Collings, Julian Holloway, Tony Robinson
Kombat Opera Presents
8
2
Kombat Opera Presents
8
2
As:
Director
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Hugh Dennis, Kevin Eldon, Simon Gleeson, Nathan Harmer, Adey Grummet
Ripping Yarns
9
2
Ripping Yarns
9
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Terry Hughes, Alan J.W. Bell, Jim Franklin
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, John Cleese, Charles McKeown
Marty
7
2
Marty
7
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Marty Feldman, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod
Complete and Utter History of Britain
7
2
Complete and Utter History of Britain
7
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various / ... (6 episodes, 1969)
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Colin Gordon, Wallas Eaton, Diana Quick
Barbarians
8
2
Barbarians
8
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself - Presenter (4 episodes, 2006)
Genres:
Documentary, History
Star Cast:
Pope Benedict XVI, Peter Heather, Joseph Balint, Béatrice Cauuet
Twice a Fortnight
7
2
Twice a Fortnight
7
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Tony Buffery, Ronald Fletcher, Graeme Garden
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School (2003)
7
2
Education Tips No. 41: Choosing a Really Expensive School
7
2
As:
Cast, Director, Voiceover
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, John Cleese, Michael Palin
Do Not Adjust Your Set
7
3
Do Not Adjust Your Set
7
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various Characters / ... (21 episodes, 1967-1969)
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Denise Coffey, David Jason
Broaden Your Mind
6
3
Broaden Your Mind
6
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Roland MacLeod
The Late Show
6
2
The Late Show
6
2
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Barry Humphries, Malcolm Muggeridge, John Bird, John Fortune, John Wells
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades (2003)
6
3
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades
6
3
As:
Director
Director:
Terry Jones, Robert Young
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sean Patrick Flanery, Tim McInnerny, Amanda Ooms, Timothy Spall, Kenneth Cranham
The Legend of Dick and Dom
5
3
The Legend of Dick and Dom
5
3
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
 Narrator 33 episodes, 2009-2011
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Brian Blessed, Steve Furst, Richard McCourt, Dominic Wood
Dinotopia
9
5
Dinotopia
TV-PG
9
5
As:
Cast
Director:
Marco Brambilla
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Family
Star Cast:
Geraldine Chaplin, Wentworth Miller, David Thewlis, Jim Carter, Alice Krige, Katie Carr