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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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Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character and a main protagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The character was created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and is ...more

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Hector Barbossa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Hector Barbossa Geoffrey Rush Hector Barbossa is a fictional character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series partly inspired by Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha. Barbossa is portrayed by Australian actor Geoffrey Rush in all ...more

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Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Davy Jones Bill Nighy Davy Jones is a character in the Pirates of the Caribbean feature film series, who first appears in the second film, Dead Man's Chest and returns in the series' third installment, At World's ...more

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Joshamee Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Joshamee Gibbs Kevin McNally Joshamee Hamish Gibbs is a fictional supporting character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He is portrayed by Kevin McNally and voiced by Steven Jay Blum in video game adaptations.

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Yondu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Yondu Michael Rooker Yondu is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe, and a founding member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team. Michael Rooker plays the character in the 2014 film ...more

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Will Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Will Turner Orlando Bloom William "Will" Turner, Jr. is a fictional character and the main Protagonist in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. He appears in The Curse of the Black Pearl and two of ...more

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Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Hook Jason Isaacs, Danny Kaye, Dustin Hoffman James Hook is a fictional character from the adventure, fantasy film Neverland.

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Elizabeth Swann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Jeff La Bella added Elizabeth Swann Keira Knightley, Lucinda Dryzek Elizabeth Swann is a fictional protagonist of the first three films and a character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. She appears in The Curse of the Black Pearl and two of its ...more

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Long John Silver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Long John Silver Charlton Heston, Tim Curry, Jim Cummings Long John Silver is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The most colorful and complex character in the book, he continues to ...more

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Smee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Smee Bob Hoskins, Bill Thompson, Richard Briers Mr. Smee is Captain Hook's bo'sun in J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up and the novel Peter and Wendy.

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"Bootstrap Bill" Turner Stellan Skarsgård William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, Sr., portrayed by Stellan Skarsgaard, is a crewmember on Davy Jones' Flying Dutchman and Will Turner's father. He was once an associate of Jack ...more

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Angelica Teach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Angelica Teach Penélope Cruz Angelica Teach is a fictional character in the 2011 action film Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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Captain Flint is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Captain Flint Chriss Anglin, Randy Quaid Captain J. Flint is a fictional 18th century pirate who features in a number of novels and films. Created by Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, Flint first appears in a children's magazine ...more

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Riddick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Riddick Vin Diesel Richard B. Riddick, more commonly known as Riddick, is a fictional character and the antihero of four films in the Riddick series, as well as the two video games The Chronicles of Riddick: ...more

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Cotton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Cotton David Bailie Cotton is a fictional character from the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and the 2007 film Pirates of ...more

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Marty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Marty Martin Klebba Marty is a fictional character from the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and the 2007 film Pirates of ...more

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Ragetti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Ragetti Mackenzie Crook Ragetti is a fictional character from the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and the 2007 film Pirates of ...more

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Billy Bones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Billy Bones Justin Jones, Patrick McGoohan, Oliver Reed Billy Bones is a fictional character, in the first section of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island.

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Morgan Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Morgan Adams Geena Davis Morgan Adams is a fictional character from the 1995 film Cutthroat Island.

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Peter Blood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Peter Blood Errol Flynn

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Sao Feng is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Sao Feng Chow Yun-Fat

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Abduwali Muse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Abduwali Muse Barkhad Abdi Abduwali Muse is a fictional character from the 2013 film Captain Phillips.

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Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
nipsizip added Monkey D. Luffy Mayumi Tanaka Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the protagonist of the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He is first introduced in the manga chapter "Romance ...more

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Euron Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Ruxandra Elena Ely added Euron Greyjoy

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Capt. Vallo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Capt. Vallo Burt Lancaster

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Pintel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Pintel Lee Arenberg Pintel is a fictional character from the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and the 2007 film Pirates of ...more

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Red Rackham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pirate Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Red Rackham Daniel Craig

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