9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Director: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Quotable: "We are the Knights who say ... NI!"
Fun Fact: All of the Python members play multiple roles in the film; Michael Palin takes the cake, though, with a total of 12 characters.
British comedy troupe Monty Python are the all-time kings of irreverence, and Holy Grai l is without a doubt their crowning achievement. An oddball send-up of the legend of King Arthur, this nutty historical farce is equipped with all of Python's best traits: intelligent satire, pointless asides (usually animated and always great), gleeful nihilism (the limb-severing Black Knight fight), and multiple and sometimes unrecognizable performances from each Python member.
Their brand of comedy-first popularized on their game-changing sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus-is a bit too cerebral for some, but not us. Not only does Holy Grail split our sides whenever it's on, it also makes us feel rather cultured and brainy. We'll take what we can get.