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The Best Pirate Movies 

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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
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
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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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards
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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
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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Hook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams
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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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
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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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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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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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton
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) 9 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards
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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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk
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
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
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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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Orson Welles, Maria Rohm, Lionel Stander
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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Captain Blood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone
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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Cutthroat Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Geena Davis, Frank Langella, Matthew Modine
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) 16 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders
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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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short
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) 18 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Charlton 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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Angus Macfadyen, Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward
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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The Sea Hawk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Gilbert Roland
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's Ghost is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Ustinov, Elsa Lanchester
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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Captain Kidd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Charles Laughton, John Carradine, Randolph Scott
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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Long John Silver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Rod Taylor, Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist
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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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini
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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The Buccaneer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pirate Movies
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Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer
The Buccaneer is a 1958 War film, made by Paramount Pictures like the 1938 version, starring Yul Brynner as Jean Lafitte, Charles Boyer and Claire Bloom. Charlton Heston plays a supporting role ...more