Terry Gilliam Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
PG

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(1975)
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As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Patsy / Green Knight / Old Man from Scene 24 (Bridgekeeper) / Sir Bors / Animator / Gorrilla Hand
Director:
Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Plot:

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.

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Life of Brian
R

Life of Brian

(1979)
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As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Man Even Further Forward / Revolutionary / Jailer / Blood & Thunder Prophet / Frank / Audience Member / Crucifee
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Plot:

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.

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The Crimson Permanent Assurance

The Crimson Permanent Assurance

(1983)
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As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones
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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
R

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

(1982)
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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
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
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The Meaning of Life
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The Meaning of Life

(1983)
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As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Window Washer / Fish #4 / Walters / Middle of the Film Announcer / M'Lady Joeline / Mr. Brown / Howard Katzenberg
Director:
Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman
Plot:

‘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.’ 

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And Now for Something Completely Different
PG

And Now for Something Completely Different

(1971)
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As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Self-Defence Nun / Flasher / Uncle Sam / Caterpillar Man / Sign Holder / Conrad Poohs
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
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Twelve Monkeys
R

Twelve Monkeys

(1995)
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As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Joseph Melito, Jon Seda, Michael Chance
Plot:

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.

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Brazil
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Brazil

(1985)
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As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins
Plot:

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.  

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

(1998)
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Debbie Reynolds, Mark Harmon, Tobey Maguire
Plot:

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. 

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Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

(2014)
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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:
Eric Idle, Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
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The Fisher King
R

The Fisher King

(1991)
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As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
David Hyde Pierce, Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Lara Harris, Tom Waits
Plot:

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. 

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Time Bandits
PG

Time Bandits

(1981)
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As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
Plot:

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.  

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
PG

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

(1988)
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As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Uma Thurman, Eric Idle, John Neville, Robin Williams, Oliver Reed
Plot:

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.  

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Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
PG

Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy

(2010)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Not an Individual / Mexican / Mountie
Director:
Aubrey Powell
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Sanjeev Bhaskar
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
PG-13

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

(2009)
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As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Tom Waits, Colin Farrell, Andrew Garfield, Christopher Plummer
Plot:

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.

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

(2018)
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Rossy de Palma
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Jabberwocky
PG

Jabberwocky

(1977)
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As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Warren Mitchell, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett
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Tideland
R

Tideland

(2005)
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Horror, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Brendan Fletcher, Janet McTeer, Jodelle Ferland
Plot:

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.

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Spies Like Us
PG

Spies Like Us

(1985)
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As:
Cast
Director:
John Landis
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Chevy Chase, Steve Forrest, Dan Aykroyd, Frank Oz, Bruce Davison
Plot:

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. 

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9-Month Stretch

9-Month Stretch

(2013)
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As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Dupontel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Sandrine Kiberlain, Philippe Duquesne, Albert Dupontel, Jean Dujardin
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The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes

The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes

(2005)
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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
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Locked Out

Locked Out

(2006)
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As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Dupontel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Terry Jones, Roland Bertin, Hélène Vincent, Albert Dupontel
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The Zero Theorem
R

The Zero Theorem

(2013)
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Gwendoline Christie, Rupert Friend, Ray Cooper
Plot:

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? 

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Absolutely Anything
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Absolutely Anything

(2015)
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As:
Cast
Director:
Terry Jones
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, John Cleese, Rob Riggle
Plot:

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. 

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The Brothers Grimm
PG-13

The Brothers Grimm

(2005)
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As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Thriller, Adventure
Star Cast:
Matt Damon, Monica Bellucci, Petr Ratimec, Barbora Lukesová, Anna Rust
Plot:

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. 

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Jupiter Ascending
PG-13

Jupiter Ascending

(2015)
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As:
Cast
Director:
Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth
Plot:

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.

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Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python

Eric Idle: Exploits Monty Python

(2002)
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As:
Writer
Director:
Ari Golan
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, Peter Crabbe, Joseph Steven, Samantha Harris, Jennifer Julian
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I rec u

I rec u

(2012)
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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
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The Wholly Family

The Wholly Family

(2011)
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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
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The Legend of Hallowdega

The Legend of Hallowdega

(2010)
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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
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TV Movie(s)

Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python

Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python

(1989)
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As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself (cameo) / Various Roles (achive footage)
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Steve Martin
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Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python

Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python

(1999)
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As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Man with Vercotti / BBC Crewmember / Himself / Gumby / Onan Vandergoy / Gorilla
Director:
Terry Jones, Elaine Shepherd
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
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Pythonland

Pythonland

(1999)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Ralph Lee
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman
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From Spam to Sperm

From Spam to Sperm

(2000)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Selina Mehta
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Meat Loaf, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman
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Animation(s)

Storytime

Storytime (1968)

As:
Director
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Comedy, Animation, Short
Miracle of Flight

Miracle of Flight (1975)

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Genres:
Short, Animation
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. 

The Monster of Nix

The Monster of Nix (2011)

As:
Cast
Role:
The Ranger
Director:
Rosto
Genres:
Short, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Tom Waits, Olivia Bouyssou, Joe Eshuis, Charles Hubbell
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
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A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

As:
Cast
Role:
Interview Don #2 / Dr One Across / Pilot / Aleister Crowley / Jose (voice)
Director:
Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett
Genres:
Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Cameron Diaz, Stephen Fry, John Cleese, Graham Chapman

TV Shows and Videos

Monty Python's Flying Circus
TV-14

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Various / ... (unknown episodes)
Director:
John Howard Davies, Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus

Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (1972)

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Marty

Marty (1968)

As:
Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor, Michael Palin, Marty Feldman, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail

Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail (1996)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Patsy / Green Knight / Bridgekeeper / Sir Bors
Director:
Terry Jones, Steve Martino
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin
Omnibus

Omnibus (1967)

As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (5 episodes, 1976-2000)
Director:
Don Taylor, Ken Russell, Robert Vas, Tony Palmer, Leslie Megahey
Genres:
Documentary, Music, Biography
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Kirsty Wark, Stephen Fry
Kate Bush: Cloudbusting

Kate Bush: Cloudbusting (1985)

As:
Writer
Director:
Julian Doyle
Genres:
Biography, Sci-Fi, Drama, Short, Music
Star Cast:
Donald Sutherland, Kate Bush
The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan (2012)

As:
Cast
Role:
The King
Director:
Ian Dallas
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Nicholas Marj, Juli Pari, Eric Willow
Do Not Adjust Your Set

Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967)

As:
Writer
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Denise Coffey, David Jason, Terry Jones
Broaden Your Mind

Broaden Your Mind (1968)

As:
Writer
Director:
Roger Race
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor, Michael Palin, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Roland MacLeod
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time

Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time (1994)

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Various (archiveFootage)
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Carol Cleveland
29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie

29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie (2003)

As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Salman Rushdie, Terry Gilliam
The Meaning of Life
M

The Meaning of Life (1997)

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Various
Director:
Steve Martino
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin