Favorite Muppet films

by jrsl88 | created - 27 Jun 2012 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

Muppet films that are my personal favorites. Arranged in ABC order. This list is my own opinion.

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1. The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)

G | 73 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

59 Metascore

A tug-of-war between Elmo and his friend sends his blanket to faraway Grouchland, a place full of grouchy creatures and the villainous Huxley. Elmo embarks on a rescue mission, learning important lessons about sharing and responsibility.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, Sonia Manzano

Votes: 2,657 | Gross: $11.63M

2. All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994 TV Special)

Comedy, Family, Music

Tycoon billionaire Ronald Grump wants to demolish Sesame Street to build his Grump Tower, and it's up to the Sesame Street citizens to save their favorite buildings from being destroyed.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Carlo Alban, Maya Angelou, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen

Votes: 57

3. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 742

4. The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 978

5. Elmo Saves Christmas (1996 Video)

TV-Y | 60 min | Family

Elmo wishes that it would be Christmas every day, but with the help of Santa's reindeer-in-training, Lightning, he learns that might not be such a good idea when he sees the future.

Director: Emily Squires | Stars: Charles Durning, Harvey Fierstein, Maya Angelou, Kevin Clash

Votes: 258

6. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz

Votes: 2,765 | Gross: $0.23M

7. The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (1982 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Miss Piggy, the Muppet, stars in her own variety show.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Frank Oz, John Ritter, Andy Kaufman, George Hamilton

Votes: 151

8. Follow That Bird (1985)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

Votes: 4,337

9. Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (1971 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Frog and princess, both cursed by a witch, figure out how to break each other's spell.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Trudy Young, Gordon Thomson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 362

10. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 12,349 | Gross: $31.21M

11. The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and ... See full summary »

Director: John Moffitt | Stars: Art Carney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 49

12. Hey Cinderella! (1969 TV Movie)

52 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Cinderella with a difference!

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Belinda Montgomery, Robin Ward, Joyce Gordon, Pat Galloway

Votes: 183

13. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson

Votes: 3,402

14. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979 TV Special)

50 min | Family, Comedy, Music

In this beloved holiday classic, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all the Muppets join the singer for a heart-warming Christmas celebration, with traditional carols as well as lesser-known holiday songs.

Director: Tony Charmoli | Stars: John Denver, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 492

15. Julie on Sesame Street (1973 TV Special)

60 min | Family, Music

Julie Andrews and Perry Como join the "Sesame" Muppets for an hour of music and comedy.

Director: Dwight Hemion | Stars: Julie Andrews, Perry Como, Caroll Spinney, Jane Henson

Votes: 17

16. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (1995 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Comedy

A single Christmas tree becomes the source of cheer for the people and animals living around Mr. Willowby's estate. Based on the children's book of the same name.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Stockard Channing, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Clash

Votes: 176

17. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 43,133 | Gross: $27.28M

18. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)

47 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till | Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen

Votes: 3,154

19. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 29,900 | Gross: $76.66M

20. Tales from Muppetland: The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972 TV Movie)

50 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Four mistreated farm animals seek refuge as a band of traveling musicians in this musical tale narrated by Kermit the Frog.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 208

21. The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975 TV Special)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The original Muppet Show Pilot. The guests include the Seven Deadly Sins.

Director: Dave Wilson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 332

22. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

G | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

The Muppets' twist on the classic tale.

Directors: Brian Henson, David Lane | Stars: Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders, Kevin Bishop

Votes: 19,451 | Gross: $33.61M

23. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986 TV Movie)

Comedy, Family

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 217

24. The Muppets (2011)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

75 Metascore

A Muppet fanatic with some help from his 2 human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones

Votes: 83,350 | Gross: $88.63M

25. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary, Animation, Action

While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.

Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Jim Henson, Harry Belafonte, Carol Burnett, Ray Charles

Votes: 222

26. Muppets from Space (1999)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 17,045 | Gross: $16.63M

28. The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Comedy

Along with Dudley Moore and Lily Tomlin, the Muppets spoof classic movies such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Casablanca," and even artsy Ingmar Bergman movies. They also promote their then-upcoming film "The Great Muppet Caper."

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Dudley Moore, Lily Tomlin, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 145

29. Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 29,375 | Gross: $51.18M

30. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 18,094 | Gross: $25.53M

31. The Muppets Valentine Show (1974 TV Special)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The Muppets Valentine show was the first of the two specials for The Muppet Show. Valentine on ABC in 1974.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Mia Farrow, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 267

32. The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

This version of The Wizard of Oz is played by the Muppets!

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Ashanti, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, David Alan Grier

Votes: 3,028

33. Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets (1983 TV Special)

Unrated | 47 min | Comedy, Family, Music

John Denver takes the Muppets (tm) on a camping trip in the mountains of Colorado.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: John Denver, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz

Votes: 178

34. Sesame Street: 20 Years & Still Counting! 1969-1989 (1989 TV Special)

TV-G | 48 min | Comedy, Family

A 20th anniversary celebration of the classic educational TV series.

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Bill Cosby, Ray Charles, Plácido Domingo, Jim Henson

Votes: 65

35. Sesame Street Stays Up Late! (1993 TV Movie)

G | 56 min | Family

It's New Year's Eve on Sesame Street and around the world! Anchorman Elmo and the Monster News Network provide special reports showing us the New Year's customs and celebrations.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Annette Calud

Votes: 17

36. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986 TV Movie)

51 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Bean Bunny is too small to be useful (says his brother) to help prepare for the Bunny Picnic, so he wanders off and sees a legendary persecutor of all rabbits: the farmer's dog. But nobody ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Henson, David G. Hillier | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Richard Hunt, Camille Bonora, Ron Mueck

Votes: 296



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