Top 5 Pirate movies you should watch

Nothing inspires awe and adventure like the tales of the pirates. From the Moby Dick-obsessed Captain Ahab, to the anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates are associated with the unfettered life, swashbuckling adventures and a moral compass which points to the grey area. This grey area makes it hard for us to categorize them either as good or bad, and thus they are shrouded in mystique and are characters of romance: always eluding, always mysterious, heroic and villainous at the same time.

Here are top 5 Pirate movies you should watch which would take you on an adventure of a lifetime.


  1. 5. Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan and Captain Hook are children favorites.
Peter Pan lives in Neverland and never grows up and lives a carefree life; Captain Hook was wronged by Pan once, and lost his arm to a crocodile, replaced it with a cold hook and swore an eternal revenge against Pan.
Disney’s classic retelling of the Peter pan story in an animated setting is as fresh as it was in the 50’s. An enchanting place with an innocent protagonist who’s up against a mortal enemy: a classic innocence v/s experience story in which innocence triumphs and the band of pirates with Captain Hook are defeated is a sweet initiation to pirate lore for those new in this genre.

  1. Hook (1991)

    ‘What if Peter Pan grew up?’ asks Steven Spielberg’s 1991 classic Hook.
    Pan played by Robin Williams has lost all memory of his past, fairy-tale existence and is now a corporate man in the modern contemporary world. But Captain Hook hasn’t forgotten Pan’s outwitting, and crosses over to the real world from the imagined to extract his revenge.
    Pan must now remember his long lost powers to save his family held hostage by Hook and outmaneuver him again.


  1. The Crimson Pirate (1952)

    ‘A pirate ship on pirate waters, in a pirate world’ announces Burt Lancaster, atop the mast, who plays the Crimson Pirate in the 1952 film, ‘The Crimson Pirate’.
    If Robin Hood moved from the forests of Sherwood to the open seas, he would be the Crimson Pirate: a quintessential people’s hero; a romantic with a beating heart, and a revolutionary who challenged the tyranny of Baron Gruda.
    The Crimson Pirate is the charismatic pirate of and for the people.

    2. Captain Philips (2013)

Pirates aren’t only characters in the past, but living, breathing bodies in today’s world as well.
Captain Philips, in the eponymous film of the same name, played by Tom Hanks faces a dire situation when a group of Somali pirates takes the cargo ship hostage.
The shipmates are regular merchant mariners up against an armed pirate group. Captain Philips must now don the mantle of the leader and protect himself and his men from certain death. Based on a real-life incident, this film will make you sit on the edge of your seats with its tension and unpredictability.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The only movie franchise, which has brought to us in these times, the swashbuckling spirit of pirates and regular folk, and the romance of the seas and otherworldly adventures.
Will Turner must take the help of the inimitable Jack Sparrow to rescue Elizabeth from the undead pirates, who have held her hostage because she has in her possession the cursed Aztec medallion, which has invited Captain Barbossa and his undead pirates to descend upon her to reclaim back what they claim as theirs.
A fascinating film with comedy, heroism, love and piracy all merged into one.

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