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The Best Pirate Movies

Updated December 16, 2020 24.2k votes 2.6k voters 66.1k views73 items

List RulesFilms 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: The Curse of the Black Pearl1
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    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler...  more
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest2
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the...  more
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End3
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2007

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the...  more
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  • The Goonies4
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more
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  • The Princess Bride5
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and...  more
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  • Treasure Island6
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    Treasure Island

    Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1950

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Treasure Island is a 1950 live action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions,...  more
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  • Hook7
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter...  more
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales8
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    Released2017

    Directed byJoachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a 2017 fantasy swashbuckler film, and the...  more
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides9
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    Released2011

    Directed byRob Marshall

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  • Swiss Family Robinson10
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    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1960

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy...  more
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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea11
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk...  more
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  • Blackbeard the Pirate12
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    Blackbeard the Pirate

    Linda Darnell, William Bendix

    Released1952

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

    Blackbeard the Pirate is a 1952 Technicolor adventure film made by RKO. The film was directed...  more
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  • Captain Blood13
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    Captain Blood

    Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn

    Released1935

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Captain Blood is a 1935 American swashbuckling film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring...  more
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  • Treasure Island14
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    Treasure Island

    Orson Welles, Maria Rohm

    Released1972

    Directed byAndrea Bianchi, Antonio Margheriti, John Hough

    Treasure Island is a 1972 adventure film, based on the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis...  more
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  • Muppet Treasure Island15
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    Muppet Treasure Island

    Tim Curry, Billy Connolly

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian Henson

    Muppet Treasure Island is a 1996 American musical adventure comedy film based on Robert Louis...  more
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  • Cutthroat Island16
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    Cutthroat Island

    Geena Davis, Frank Langella

    Released1995

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    Cutthroat Island is a 1995 romantic comedy action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin. The...  more
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  • Treasure Planet17
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    Treasure Planet

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron...  more
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  • Treasure Island18
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    Treasure Island

    Christian Bale, Christopher Lee

    Released1990

    Directed byFraser Clarke Heston

    Treasure Island is a 1990 TV film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel...  more
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  • The Sea Hawk19
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    The Sea Hawk

    Errol Flynn, Claude Rains

    Released1940

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    The Sea Hawk is a 1940 American Warner Bros. feature film starring Errol Flynn as an English...  more
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  • Blackbeard20
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    Blackbeard

    Angus Macfadyen, Richard Chamberlain

    Released2006

    Directed byKevin Connor

    Blackbeard is a 2006 adventure-drama miniseries based on the pirate Blackbeard, directed by...  more
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  • Blackbeard's Ghost21
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    Blackbeard's Ghost

    Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Ustinov

    Released1968

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Long John Silver22
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    Long John Silver

    Rod Taylor, Robert Newton

    Released1954

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Long John Silver, also known as Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island, is a 1954 United...  more
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  • Captain Kidd23
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    Captain Kidd

    Charles Laughton, John Carradine

    Released1945

    Directed byRowland V. Lee

    Captain Kidd is a 1945 adventure film starring Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara...  more
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  • The Black Swan24
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    The Black Swan

    Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn

    Released1942

    Directed byHenry King

    The Black Swan is a 1942 American swashbuckler Technicolor film by Henry King, based on a...  more
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  • The Buccaneer25
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    The Buccaneer

    Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner

    Released1958

    Directed byAnthony Quinn

    The Buccaneer is a 1958 War film, made by Paramount Pictures like the 1938 version, starring...  more
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