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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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548 119
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

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2
364 130
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
357 161
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Hook Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Hook

4
305 129
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Blackbeard Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

5
311 136
Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
275 116
Joshamee Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
332 159
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Yondu Guardians of the Galaxy

8
262 118
Long John Silver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Long John Silver Treasure Island, Muppet Treasure Island, The Pagemaster

9
238 126
Will Turner is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
177 111
Riddick is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
177 113
Smee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Smee Neverland, Peter Pan, Peter Pan

12
156 95
Captain Flint is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Flint Pirates of Treasure Island, Treasure Island Kids: The Pirates of Treasure Island

13
163 114
"Bootstrap Bill" Turner Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

14
137 99
Marty is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
150 114
Angelica Teach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Angelica Teach Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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16
137 102
Cotton is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
121 102
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
109 101
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
118 113
Morgan Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Morgan Adams Cutthroat Island

20
108 113
Peter Blood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Peter Blood Captain Blood

21
97 103
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
60 117
Abduwali Muse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Abduwali Muse Captain Phillips

23
45 103
Pintel is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
40 106
Red Rackham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Red Rackham The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

25
41 109
Capt. Vallo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Capt. Vallo The Crimson Pirate

26
17 80
Bully Hayes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Nate Lee added Bully Hayes