The Best Eric Idle Movies and Shows Ranked And Where to Watch them

If you're looking for the best shows or movies starring Eric Idle then here is a definitive list. We’ve ranked every movie and show starring Eric Idle based on their popularity score from IMDB from best to worst. Click on the ‘see more’ button to find out where to watch them in Australia covering all streaming services. List updated in September 2021.

List of the Best Movies and Shows Starring Eric Idle In Order of Popularity

  1. Monty Python's Flying Circus
  2. Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus
  3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  4. Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut
  5. Monty Python's Life of Brian
  6. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  7. Monty Python Live (Mostly)
  8. And Now for Something Completely Different
  9. Monty Python: The Meaning of Live
  10. The Meaning of Life
  11. Monty Python: Before the Flying Circus
  12. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  13. Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy
  14. The Scream Team
  15. The Wind in the Willows
  16. Missing Pieces
  17. Dudley Do-Right
  18. An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

The top 18 Movies and Shows starring Eric Idle

1. Monty Python's Flying Circus

Seasons: 4

Rated: TV-14

8.8/10

The irreverent Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal, bawdy, uncompromising and/or tasteless, but nearly always hilarious.

2. Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus

Seasons: 1

Rated: N/A

8.2/10

Two parts Monty Python German television comedy specials.

3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Rated: PG

8.2/10

History is turned on its comic head when, in 10th century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at the Round Table in Camelot. Gathering up the men is a tale in itself but after a bit of a party at Camelot, many decide to leave only to be stopped by God who sends them on a quest: to find the Holy Grail. After a series of individual adventures, the knights are reunited but must face a wizard named Tim, killer rabbits and lessons in the use of holy hand grenades. Their quest comes to an end however when the police intervene - just what you would expect in a Monty Python movie.

4. Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut

Seasons: 1

Rated: TV-G

8.1/10

A documentary on the history on British comedy group Monty Python. Features interviews with the five surviving members plus other comedians and artists whose careers they have influenced.

5. Monty Python's Life of Brian

Rated: R

8.1/10

The story of Brian of Nazareth, born on the same day as Jesus of Nazareth, who takes a different path in life that leads to the same conclusion. Brian joins a political resistance movement aiming to get the Romans out of Judea. Brian scores a victory of sorts when he manages to paint political slogans on an entire wall in the city of Jerusalem. The movement is not very effective but somehow Brian becomes a prophet and gathers his own following. His fate is sealed however and he lives a very short life.

6. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Rated: R

7.9/10

A collection of skits that made the Python troup famous, performed live at the Hollywood Bowl. Included are the singing philosophers, lumberjacks, the pope, and a suspiciously-male looking seabird vendor.

7. Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Rated: Not Rated

7.7/10

The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever, was the most anticipated production of 2014. Filmed on the final night of the run of ten sold out performances, live at London's O2 Arena on 20 July, Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go sees the five surviving members - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - together with Carol Cleveland, perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs. The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python's Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, outrageous dance routines by an ensemble of twenty and a fantastic live orchestra. Featuring Stephen Hawking and Professor Brian Cox, with guest appearances by Eddie Izzard and Mike Myers, the show cements the Python's reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest. All the favorites, with some modern twists, are included: the Dead Parrot, the Lumberjack Song, the Spanish Inquisition, Spam, Nudge Nudge, Argument, the Four Yorkshiremen, the Bruces and with a sing-along of Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life as the grand finale. Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go is the ultimate Monty Python show.

8. And Now for Something Completely Different

Rated: PG

7.6/10

A collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second series of the cult TV comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge", "Hell's Grannies", "Killer Cars", "Dead Parrot", "Lumberjack Song", "Blackmail" and "Upper Class Twit of the Year".

9. Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

Rated: Not Rated

7.6/10

Uniquely intimate documentary following the stars of Monty Python as they reunite for a final time to stage a marathon ten shows of Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go at The O2, London in July 2014.

10. The Meaning of Life

Rated: R

7.5/10

Why are we here, what's it all about? The Monty Python-team is trying to sort out the most important question on Earth: what is the meaning of life? They do so by exploring the various stages of life, starting with birth. A doctor seems more interested in his equipment than in delivering the baby or caring for the mother, a Roman Catholic couple have quite a lot of children because 'every sperm is sacred'. In the growing and learning part of life, catholic schoolboys attend a rather strange church service and ditto sex education lesson. Onto war, where an officer's plan to attack is thwarted by his underlings wanting to celebrate his birthday and an officer's leg is bitten off by presumably an African tiger. At middle age a couple orders 'philosophy' at a restaurant, after which the film continues with live organ transplants. The autumn years are played in a restaurant, which, after being treated to the song 'Isn't It Awfully Nice to Have a Penis?' by an entertainer, sees the arrival of an extremely fat man. He can eat a lot, but also throw up quite copiously. The Grim Reaper brings for the final stage of human life, death, a visit to a mansion, where the people are rather interested in him. But life doesn't stop at death. It's onto heaven, where it's always Christmas.

11. Monty Python: Before the Flying Circus

Rated: Not Rated

7.3/10

The pre-Monty Python years of the six members of the group. Covers their school and university days, their first individual forays into comedy, how the parts slowly came together and Monty Python's eventual formation.

12. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Rated: PG

7.2/10

The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures.

13. Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy

Rated: PG

7.2/10

Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, which retells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary of the People's Front of Judea who falls in love with Judith, gets mistaken for a Messiah and is arrested by the Romans and sentenced to be crucified. It ranges in reference from Handel, through a naughty Mozart duet, to the Festival of Nine Carols, Bob Dylan, and the classic finale "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

14. The Scream Team

Rated: TV-PG

6.5/10

Excentric Frank Carlyle ran a horror shop in small town Steeple Falls, which takes pride in and profit from its Halloween traditions. Frank's widower grandson Richard grudgingly returns there from Boston with his own kids, bright Ian and bratty Claire, to settle the inheritance. Ian discovers grandpa's house is really haunted, and not just, as legend holds, by historic owner Zachariah Kull, who was burned on the stake.

15. The Wind in the Willows

Rated: PG

6.3/10

Based on Walt Disney's mr toads wild ride at Disneyland and wind in the willows novel and 1949 cartoon . Terry Jones mr toad is on a crazy motorcar craz . Can ratty badger and Mole try and clear toads name and save the River bank and possibly save toad from a band of weasels .

16. Missing Pieces

Rated: PG

5.4/10

As sole heir to a relative's estate, Wendel is surprised to learn that the only thing he's been left is a riddle. However, he and his musician friend, Lou, are soon thrust into a comic chase, as an assortment of unsavoury characters, underworld figures, and even private investigators, are after them for the inheritance - and they don't know what it is!

17. Dudley Do-Right

Rated: PG

3.9/10

Based on the 60's-era cartoon of the same name. Royal Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-right is busy keeping the peace in his small mountain town when his old rival, Snidely Whiplash, comes up with a plot to buy all the property in town, then start a phony gold rush by seeding the river with nuggets. Can this well-meaning (though completely incompetent) Mountie stop Whiplash's evil plan?

18. An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

Rated: R

3.5/10

Director Alan Smithee comes to Hollywood to make a movie. Due to a variety of factors, he decides to disown it and direct it under a pseudonym. Unfortunately, the Director's Guild requires that if a director disowns a movie in this fashion, he *must* use the official Director's Guild pseudonym...which happens to be Alan Smithee.