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They're swashbuckling. They're bold. And they're always on the wrong side of the law. The greatest pirate characters in movies are memorable figures that audiences love – or love to hate. Some good pirate characters search for treasure on the high seas, while other fictional pirates call space their home. A few of the best pirate roles even earned Oscar nominations for the actors who played them.

What roles will you find on this list of the best pirate characters in films? Without a doubt, Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the most popular pirates to ever hit the silver screen. The actor even earned an Oscar nomination for his instantly iconic performance. His Pirates of the Caribbean co-stars Will Turner and Hector Barbossa are also fan favorites. Captain Hook and Smee keep Never Never Land on alert in all of the Peter Pan movies.

Not all pirates appear in period films. In the 2013 movie Captain Phillips, Abduwali Muse commandeered the MV Maersk Alabama and its crew. Other great roles featured on this top pirate characters in film list include Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy and Morgan Adams from Cutthroat Island.

You decide which pirate character deserves the treasured number-one position on this list. Vote your favorite fictional pirates up to the top and add any good pirate movie roles that are missing.
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5,018 969
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2
3,342 1,194
Hector Barbossa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Hector Barbossa Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

3
2,773 1,487
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Davy Jones Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

4
3,163 1,716
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Hook Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Hook

5
2,559 1,370
Joshamee Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Joshamee Gibbs Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

6
3,134 1,705
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Yondu Guardians of the Galaxy

7
2,721 1,466
Will Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Will Turner Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

8
1,489 757
Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Jeff La Bella added Elizabeth Swann Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Pirate Lord of the South China Sea,  and Pirate King

9
2,435 1,336
Long John Silver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Long John Silver Treasure Island, Muppet Treasure Island, The Pagemaster

10
1,626 1,230
Smee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Smee Neverland, Peter Pan, Peter Pan

11
1,659 1,257
Angelica Teach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Angelica Teach Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

12
1,508 1,197
"Bootstrap Bill" Turner Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

13
1,332 1,086
Captain Flint is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Flint Pirates of Treasure Island, Treasure Island Kids: The Pirates of Treasure Island

14
1,579 1,329
Riddick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Riddick The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick

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15
1,187 1,107
Cotton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Cotton Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

16
1,112 1,100
Marty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Marty Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

17
1,056 1,120
Ragetti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Ragetti Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

18
1,007 1,189
Peter Blood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Peter Blood Captain Blood

19
926 1,107
Billy Bones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Billy Bones Pirates of Treasure Island, Treasure Planet, Treasure Island

20
1,014 1,232
Morgan Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Morgan Adams Cutthroat Island

21
743 1,116
Sao Feng is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Sao Feng Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

22
609 1,161
Abduwali Muse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Abduwali Muse Captain Phillips

23
345 693
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
nipsizip added Monkey D. Luffy One Piece

24
504 1,069
is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film

25
379 1,128
Capt. Vallo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Capt. Vallo The Crimson Pirate

26
351 1,106
Pintel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Pintel Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

27
295 1,122
Red Rackham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Red Rackham The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

28
144 1,133
Bully Hayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Nate Lee added Bully Hayes