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Famous Pirate Movies

These are some of the famous movies based on Pirate theme.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

When I had come to the conclusion that the first Pirates of the Caribbean would be number one in this list, I was a little worried that it would be considered the wrong choice. After all, it’s a very recent movie compared to some of the other movies in the list, and it’s luster is being clouded the tiniest of bits by its sequels, which are fun but not of the same league as the original.

But then I thought, if you just look at this movie by itself, it’s a fantastic, beautifully crafted adventure movie, with so many wonderful characters and hilarious situations, that it simply deserves to be in the top spot.

Famous Pirate Movies

A quick peek at the IMDB reveals that other movie fans agree, as Pirates is 0.1 points above Captain Blood. This is that rare type of movie you can watch over and over again and will only start to appreciate it more, and it’s no wonder why Johnny Depp had so much fun with these movies that he has decided he wants to make even more. The singular pirate classic!

Captain Hook


Cartoon pirate, Captain Hook is the nemesis of children’s hero Peter Pan. Captain of the Jolly Roger, he terrorizes Neverland harbor and rules over Pirate cove with an iron (hooked) hand with boatswain, Smee.

Cuthroat Island

The race is on as female pirate Morgan Adams, played by Geena Davis, searches for treasure on a hidden island. A partial map to the island was given to Adams by her dying father along with a pirate ship. Adams must find the other two parts of the map before her enemies do in order to secure the treasure.

Treasure Planet

With this animated movie, Disney tried updating the original story by bringing it into the future, but didn’t completely succeed. It’s a very spectacular picture, no doubt, but it was too complicated, with too many different characters, for most people to even want to try it out in the theaters, meaning it ended up as Disney’s biggest animated flop ever, showing once again that at that time, the pirate genre was as dead as the Dead Sea.

Sir Henry Morgan

Sir Henry Morgan’s pirating was done in the name of England. Appointed governor of Jamaica, he fought the Spaniards for his homeland, keeping all that he plundered as his payment.

The Black Swan

Former pirate Captain Jamie Waring kidnaps Lady Margaret Denby, played by Maureen O’Hara, to help former pirate pal, Sir Henry Morgan, keep his position as governor of Jamaica in 1674. The Black Swan is a love story infused with villiany and deeds of daring.

Princess Bride 1987

Cary Elwes is a young farm boy who takes on the persona of Dread Pirate Roberts in order to save his beloved. Rob Reiner’s film manages to be utterly sincere at the same time that it sends up every fairy tale cliché with enchanting wit. The costume for Dread Pirate Roberts was modeled on what Douglas Fairbanks wore in The Mark of Zorro. Mandy Patinkin plays the dashing and revenge driven Inigo Montoya, which only adds to the film’s wonderful sense of swashbuckling fun

Captain Kidd

Captain William Kidd started out his career as a privateer for England, but greed quickly led him to the life of a pirate. He was hired by the Royal Governor of Massachusetts to find and kill Blackbeard, but the mission failed. Kidd never admitted to being a pirate, even though he was tried and hung for it in 1701.

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