Most recently, Johnny Depp reprises his legendary role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the latest sequel of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the fifth film titled Dead Men Tell No Tales. Although the movie franchise seems to be the only pirate-themed movie still around, this setting has long been a staple of Hollywood. Throughout history, there have been many adventure and action pirate movies. Read on to learn about the ten best pirates movies of all time. They are all worth your time, especially if you like pirates. Ahoy Mateys! Arrr!
10. Pirates of the Caribbean
This really sounded like a bad idea at the time. Who and why makes a film based on a theme park ride in Disneyland? However, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp made a cult adventure spectacle that revived the entire genre of pirate-inspired movies. Although none of the four sequels lived up to the original movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, the whole franchise lead by the first movie is arguably the best pirate movie (franchise) ever.
9. The Goonies
This one is the most unique pirate movie on the list. The Goonies is practically the perfect blend of Treasure Island and Indiana Jones, which says a lot. Few 1980s movies are as beloved as the family-friendly action film by Robert Zemeckis, and none are more quoted by the whole generation. It really deserved several sequels, but the fans still love it.
While Steven Spielberg’s more recent Peter Pan retelling is not everyone’s favorite, it still has a huge number of fans. From the take of PJ Hogan to the recent Joe Wright reimagining of the story, the Peter Pan mythos cannot exist and is directly connected to the titular Captain baddy, whose dandy iconic appearance and a trademark hook for his hand are instantly recognizable, as much as any other famous character in entertainment history.
7. Captain Blood
Michael Curtiz, the legendary director of the classic movie Casablanca is behind this hit movie that put Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland among the Hollywood superstars of the time. This movie truly was the template for the pirate movies that came after it. What is also fun about it is the misleading title, which makes it seem dark and dangerous. However, this is an example of a perfect formula, as a film executed without any common problems or issues.
6. Nate and Hayes
The movie was a box office bomb when it was released. It was designed to capitalize on the iconic Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although it failed on its mission back in 1983, Nate and Hayes have received a devoted fan base since its release. Tommy Lee Jones plays the Indiana Jones-esque Bully Hayes, and perhaps the most famous scene is the action on a bridge, which pre-dates a similar sequence in Temple of Doom, another Indiana Jones movie.
5. The Princess Bride
This is one of the most memorable romantic films of the ‘80s, but it is also a pirate movie in a way. Cary Elwes plays the role of Westley, also known as the Dread Pirate Roberts. What is more, the movie is a great throwback to the epic movies of the 1950s and a true contemporary masterpiece.
This movie came to be after a dinner conversation between Keith Moon, Sam Peckinpah, Graham Chapman, and Peter Cook. Chapman then wrote the screenplay for the movie, and brought back several of his colleagues from the Monty Python team, along with stars like Cheech & Chong and Peter Boyle. This comedy is reminiscent of Time Bandits, completely crazy, and worth checking out.
3. Against All Flags
This movie from 1952 stars Errol Flynn and Anthony Quinn as pirates on opposite sides, as well as a prominent female pirate. Maureen O’Hara plays the role of Spitfire Stevens, who is much more than a regular love interest. She is one of the first and earliest representations of a female pirate in movies. This movie offers unexpected fun, so make sure to give it a shot.
2. The Buccaneer
The 1958 classic movie, or the 1938 original version, is not familiar among movie lovers. Famous actor Anthony Quinn directed it, as the movie stars Yul Brynner in the title role, while Charlton Heston heads the supporting cast as Andrew Jackson. The story features a fictionalized telling of Jean Lafitte and his involvement in the War of 1812. Unbeknownst to many, this is a great story from a period that is not often the theme on the big screen.
1. Treasure Island
The classic Robert Louis Stevenson adventure story has had many iterations, with one even being a Muppet version. However, Disney’s 1950 has always been the best screen adaptation. Interestingly, this is actually the first completely live action Disney movie, and the first version of Treasure Island in color. What is great is that this movie holds up to this day, so make sure to include it on your must-watch list!