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The Best Pirate Movies 

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Updated September 19, 2019 24.2k votes 2.5k voters 63.2k views 59 items

List Rules Films about pirates and their lives on the high seas. Vote up the best pirate movies.

Who doesn’t love a good action flick about the life of a pirate? The idea of searching the world for hidden treasure is a daydream that most of us have as kids. Some of our favorite literary works tell the story of a pirate and his ship and it’s no wonder so many movies tell these piratey, swashbuckling stories as well. But what are the best pirate movies? Cast your votes below and see which film comes out on top!

The movies featured on this list follow the life of a pirate in one way or another. Some are cartoon versions that are great sources of adventure for children, others are based on classic books such as the famous Treasure Island, while others take a dramatic look at what life on the seas is really like. No matter what kind of pirate you're looking for, the world of film certainly has a salty character for you.

This list has the best pirate movies including, Treasure Planet, The Swiss Family Robinson, Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island, Hook, Blackbeard’s Ghost, The Goonies, The Island, and Captain Phillips. Vote up your favorite pirate film below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, following The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was directed by Gore ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film based on Tim Powers' novel. The film is directed by Rob Marshall

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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Treasure Island is a 1950 live action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions, adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. It stars Bobby Driscoll as Jim ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The plot follows Will Turner, Elizabeth ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a 2017 fantasy swashbuckler film, and the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is ...more
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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk

Released: 1960

Directed by: Ken Annakin

Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an ...more

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20,000 Leagues Under the... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

Released: 1954

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. It was the first CinemaScope science fiction film and ...more

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Blackbeard the Pirate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Linda Darnell, William Bendix, Robert Newton

Released: 1952

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Blackbeard the Pirate is a 1952 Technicolor adventure film made by RKO. The film was directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Edmund Grainger from a screenplay by Alan Le May based on the story ...more
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Cutthroat Island is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Geena Davis, Frank Langella, Matthew Modine

Released: 1995

Directed by: Renny Harlin

Cutthroat Island is a 1995 romantic comedy action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin. The film stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Frank Langella. The film, having endured a notoriously ...more

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Muppet Treasure Island ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders

Released: 1996

Directed by: Brian Henson

Muppet Treasure Island is a 1996 American musical adventure comedy film based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. It is the fifth feature film to star The Muppets and was directed by ...more

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Captain Blood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone

Released: 1935

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Captain Blood is a 1935 American swashbuckling film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Ross Alexander. The film was made by First ...more

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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more

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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Orson Welles, Maria Rohm, Lionel Stander

Released: 1972

Directed by: Andrea Bianchi, Antonio Margheriti, John Hough

Treasure Island is a 1972 adventure film, based on the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The film stars Orson Welles as Long John Silver, Walter Slezak as Squire Trelawney, Rik ...more
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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston

Released: 1990

Directed by: Fraser Clarke Heston

Treasure Island is a 1990 TV film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel Treasure Island, written & directed by Fraser Clarke Heston, and also starring several notable ...more
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Blackbeard's Ghost is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Ustinov, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1968

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Blackbeard's Ghost is a 1968 live-action fantasy comedy Disney film starring Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, and Suzanne Pleshette, directed by Robert Stevenson. It is based upon the novel of the ...more

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The Sea Hawk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Gilbert Roland

Released: 1940

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

The Sea Hawk is a 1940 American Warner Bros. feature film starring Errol Flynn as an English privateer who defends his nation's interests on the eve of the Spanish Armada. The film was the tenth ...more
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Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Angus Macfadyen, Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward

Released: 2006

Directed by: Kevin Connor

Blackbeard is a 2006 adventure-drama miniseries based on the pirate Blackbeard, directed by Kevin Connor from a screenplay written by Bryce Zabel. It premiered on Hallmark Channel on June 17, ...more
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Captain Kidd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Charles Laughton, John Carradine, Randolph Scott

Released: 1945

Directed by: Rowland V. Lee

Captain Kidd is a 1945 adventure film starring Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, and John Carradine, directed by Rowland V. Lee, produced by Benedict Bogeaus and James Nasser, ...more
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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more

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Long John Silver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Rod Taylor, Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist

Released: 1954

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Long John Silver, also known as Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island, is a 1954 United States film production made in Australia about the eponymous pirate from Treasure Island, starring ...more
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The Buccaneer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Chuck Bennett added Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer

Released: 1958

Directed by: Anthony Quinn

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