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A list of all the best swashbuckler movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This swashbuckler films movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of swashbuckler films also contains swashbuckler films movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This swashbuckler films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best swashbuckler movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This swashbuckler films movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Make sure to make your voice heard on which are the best (and worst) movies on this list. Vote!

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These are the top films in the swashbuckler films genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the swashbuckler films genre in it. Be it the motifs of the swashbuckler films genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

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Whether you're at home and want to watch these swashbuckler movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good swashbuckler movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest swashbuckler movies, here is the full swashbuckler movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Swashbuckler films movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Roman Polanski and Fritz Lang.

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Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains

Released: 1938

Directed by: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American swashbuckler film directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, and Claude ...more

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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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Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone, Linda Darnell

Released: 1940

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

The Mark of Zorro is a 1940 American adventure film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck for 20th Century Fox. The action movie stars Tyrone Power as Don Diego Vega, ...more
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AllisonWJones 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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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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Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Stewart Granger

Released: 1952

Directed by: George Sidney

Scaramouche is a 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor romantic adventure film based on the 1921 novel Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini as well as the 1923 film version starring Ramón ...more
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Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy ...more

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

Released: 1998

Directed by: Martin Campbell

The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 American swashbuckler film based on the Zorro character created by Johnston McCulley. It was directed by Martin Campbell and stars Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, ...more

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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1973

Directed by: Richard Lester

The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Richard Lester and written by George MacDonald Fraser. It was originally proposed in ...more

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Errol Flynn, Raymond Burr, Ann Rutherford

Released: 1948

Directed by: Vincent Sherman

Adventures of Don Juan, known in the United Kingdom as The New Adventures of Don Juan, is a 1948 American adventure Technicolor romance film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by Vincent ...more
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Errol Flynn, Felix Aylmer, Roger Livesey

Released: 1953

Directed by: William Keighley

The Master of Ballantrae is a 1953 British Technicolor adventure film starring Errol Flynn and Roger Livesey. It is a loose and highly truncated adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel of ...more
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Merle Oberon, Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey

Released: 1934

Directed by: Harold Young

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1934 British adventure film directed by Harold Young and starring Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Massey. Based on the classic adventure novel The Scarlet ...more
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Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Barton MacLane

Released: 1937

Directed by: William Dieterle, William Keighley

The Prince and the Pauper is a 1937 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Mark Twain. It starred Errol Flynn, twins Billy and Bobby Mauch in the title roles, and Claude Rains. The ...more
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Christopher Lee, Burt Lancaster, Dana Wynter

Released: 1952

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

The Crimson Pirate is a 1952 American adventure film directed by Robert Siodmak. It stars Burt Lancaster, who also co-produced the film, as Captain Vallo, the eponymous pirate, and is set in the ...more
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Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

Rob Roy is a 1995 adventure film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Liam Neeson stars as Rob Roy MacGregor, an 18th-century Scottish clan chief who battles with an unscrupulous nobleman in the ...more

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Captain Blood Elsa Martinelli, Bourvil, Jean Marais

Released: 1960

Directed by: André Hunebelle

Captain Blood is a 1960 French-Italian swashbuckler film directed by André Hunebelle and starring Jean Marais, Bourvil, Elsa Martinelli and Lise Delamare. It is based on a novel by Michel
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Ian McKellen, Jane Seymour, Anthony Andrews

Released: 1982

Directed by: Clive Donner

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1982 British romantic adventure film set during the French Revolution. It is based on the novels The Scarlet Pimpernel and Eldorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, and ...more
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Lucy Hall added Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

Released: 1952

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

Ivanhoe is a 1952 American cinema film in color, directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman for MGM. The cast features Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George ...more
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David Niven, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Released: 1937

Directed by: John Cromwell, W. S. Van Dyke

The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1937 black-and-white adventure film based on the Anthony Hope 1894 novel of the same name and the 1896 play. Of the many film adaptations, this is considered by many ...more
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Lionel Barrymore, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Stander

Released: 1934

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Treasure Island is a 1934 film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel Treasure Island. Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map and travels on a sailing ship to a remote island, ...more

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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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Milton Berle, Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery

Released: 1920

Directed by: Fred Niblo, Theodore Reed

The Mark of Zorro is a 1920 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery. This genre-defining swashbuckler adventure was the first movie version of The Mark of Zorro. Based on the 1919 ...more
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Charlie Sheen, Tim Curry, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1993

The Three Musketeers is a 1993 Austrian-American action-adventure film from Walt Disney Pictures and Caravan Pictures, directed by Stephen Herek from a screenplay by David Loughery and starring ...more

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Angela Lansbury, Vincent Price, Lana Turner

Released: 1948

Directed by: George Sidney

The Three Musketeers is a Technicolor adventure film adaptation of the classic novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père which starred Gene Kelly and Lana Turner. The film is ...more
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Peter Cushing, Joan Bennett, Albert Dekker

Released: 1939

Directed by: James Whale

The Man in the Iron Mask is a 1939 American film very loosely adapted from the last section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père, which is itself based on the ...more