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Ranking All Of Director Terry Gilliam’s Movies

“What are Terry Gilliam’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Gilliam’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Terry Gilliam and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Terry Gilliam



14 ) Tideland (2005)

Tideland (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.



14 ) Jabberwocky (1977)

Jabberwocky (1977)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour: After the death of his father the young Dennis Cooper goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called ‘Jabberwocky’. Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster?



13 ) The Zero Theorem (2013)

The Zero Theorem (2013)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A computer hacker’s goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.



12 ) The Brothers Grimm (2005)

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. However, they are put to the test when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.



11 ) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.



10 ) The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth.



9 ) The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)

The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 15
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

In the bleak days of 1983, the Crimson Permanent Assurance, an accountancy staffed by elderly workers much like a slave ship, has been taken over by efficiency-minded corporate types. When they sack an employee, there’s an uprising.



8 ) Time Bandits (1981)

Time Bandits (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they’ve purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon before the Supreme Being catches up with them.



7 ) The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

An account of Baron Munchausen’s supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.



6 ) The Fisher King (1991)

The Fisher King (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Two troubled men face their terrible destinies and events of their past as they join together on a mission to find the Holy Grail and thus to save themselves.



5 ) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their hotel room and fear legal repercussions. Duke begins to drive back to L.A., but after an odd run-in with a cop, he returns to Sin City and continues his wild drug binge.



4 ) The Meaning of Life (1983)

The Meaning of Life (1983)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Life’s questions are ‘answered’ in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. Then there’s the National Health doctors who try to claim a healthy liver from a still-living donor. The world’s most voracious glutton brings the art of vomiting to new heights before his spectacular demise.



3 ) Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth’s population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he’s arrested and locked up in a mental hospital. There he meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly, and patient Jeffrey Goines, the son of a famous virus expert, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease.



1 ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as “it is a silly place”.



1 ) Brazil (1985)

Brazil (1985)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle, he meets the woman from his daydream, and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.



Terry Gilliam’s Best Movies



Terry Gilliam Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 2 1 1 3 1 1 1
Brazil (1985) 1 2 2 1 2 1 1
Twelve Monkeys (1995) 4 5 6 2 2 3 3
The Meaning of Life (1983) 6 7 4 6 6 5 4
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) 11 4 4 7 5 5 5
The Fisher King (1991) 7 6 12 3 6 3 6
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) 3 8 8 5 8 8 7
Time Bandits (1981) 4 9 3 8 9 8 8
The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983) 15 2 15 15 2 5 9
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) 8 10 8 11 11 10 10
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) 9 12 11 10 10 11 11
The Brothers Grimm (2005) 13 15 6 9 15 15 12
The Zero Theorem (2013) 10 14 10 12 14 14 13
Tideland (2005) 14 11 14 13 11 12 14
Jabberwocky (1977) 11 13 12 14 13 12 14

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