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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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6,718 1,256
Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
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
4,464 1,603
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
3,714 2,014
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
3,409 1,869
Joshamee Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
4,114 2,288
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Yondu Guardians of the Galaxy

6
4,125 2,309
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Hook Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Hook

7
3,628 2,025
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
2,267 1,233
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
3,205 1,799
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
2,106 1,633
Smee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Smee Neverland, Peter Pan, Peter Pan

11
2,012 1,564
"Bootstrap Bill" Turner Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

12
2,133 1,686
Angelica Teach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Angelica Teach Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

13
1,802 1,430
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
2,000 1,732
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
1,541 1,469
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
1,479 1,443
Ragetti is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
1,472 1,445
Marty is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
1,230 1,477
Billy Bones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Billy Bones Pirates of Treasure Island, Treasure Planet, Treasure Island

19
1,287 1,606
Peter Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Peter Blood Captain Blood

20
1,318 1,657
Morgan Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Morgan Adams Cutthroat Island

21
1,040 1,493
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
838 1,503
Abduwali Muse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Abduwali Muse Captain Phillips

23
538 1,091
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
122 334
Euron Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Ruxandra Elena Ely added Euron Greyjoy

25
546 1,452
is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film

26
499 1,465
Capt. Vallo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Capt. Vallo The Crimson Pirate

27
449 1,434
Pintel is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
398 1,449
Red Rackham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Red Rackham The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

29
186 1,481
Bully Hayes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Nate Lee added Bully Hayes