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Yer Piratical Movie Guide
by Captain Ned Slaye

These films are recommended for various reasons, from excellent quality, to "all out fun". For ideas on pirate personas, carefully watch the secondary characters in any of these movies. Whereas the leading character is restricted by his (or her) role, the secondary characters have more leeway to act the part of a picturesque pirate.

Internet Movie Database - lists many of the movies given below, often with detailed credits, production notes and plot summaries. 

For more details of many of the movies below, visit Lisa Jensen's Pirate Film Reviews website devoted entirely to reviews of pirate movies.

Belle & Blade Home Video:  A very complete collection of swashbuckling, historical and military movies.  Most pirate movies will be found under the "1000 AD to 1776", "Napoleonic", and "Errol Flynn" sections.
Critic's Choice Video (PO Box 749, Itasca, IL 60143-0749), (800) 367-7765. S&H on any order is $5.50.


by James Robert Parish, pub. by McFarland & Company, hardcover 228 pages. ISBN 0-89950-935-5
Outrageously priced at $40.00 - McFarland is a "library house" and these sort of publishers routinely rob their helpless customers [the pirates of the publishing world]. Ask for this title at your friendly cinema theme book shop.

The Pirate's Hold Movie List - even gives places where to buy each movie where known, and what formats it is available in.
Films of the Sea - list of sea movies, with details, and even the names of ships used in the movie.

Highly recommended movies are indicated by the three skulls:

Abbott & Costello Meet Capt. Kidd - 1952, (comedy, musical), Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Charles Laughton.

Abrafaxe - Unter schwarzer Flagge, Die - 2001(German, animated), Nena Kerner:    About three boys who find a a piece of Aztec gold in a museum and are transported to Tortuga. Anne Bonny plays a good pirate, Blackbeard plays a bad one. There are various made up characters involved as well, who are after the three boys.  The movie was released in Germany in Oct. 2001, but it is being redrawn and redubbed in English, so we might get to see it yet! Universal Pictures owns the rights.

Avventure di Mary Read, Le - 1961, (Italian), Jerome Courtland, Lisa Gastoni

Against All Flags
- 1953, (Laserdisc), Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn: King's spy infiltrates pirate colony in Madagascar.

Anne of the Indies - 1951, Jean Peters, Louis Jordan, Debra Paget: Don't even think this is based on the historical Anne Bonny, but it is a fun movie.

The Black Pirate - 1926 (silent), Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.: Great swordsmanship. Especially watch secondary characters.

The Black Pirates - 1954, Lon Chaney Jr.

  The Black Swan - 1942, Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn. Wonderful adventure movie, based on the Sabatini book of the same title.  One of the best movie portrayals of Capt. Henry Morgan upon his return to Jamaica as Sir Henry Morgan.  Somewhat based on history.

MORGAN:  "You do not VOTE pirates off the seas.  You engage them, rake and scuttle them.  ... I told you when I took office I would clean the Caribbean, and clean it I will."

Blackbeard - 2006, Angus Macfadyen, Richard Chamberlain.  Very LOOSELY based on the actual story of Blackbeard, with a lot of the key details changed.

Blackbeard's Ghost - 1968 (Disney), Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Elsa Lancaster: Peter Ustinov is a hoot as Blackbeard.

Blackbeard the Pirate (or The Pirate Blackbeard) - 1952, Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, Irene Ryan: Newton caricatures his "Long John Silver" role in this role as Blackbeard.

The Boy & the Pirates - 1960 (adolescent), Charles Herbert, Susan Gordon: A modern boy mysteriously finds himself amongst cutthroat pirates of the 18th C.

Breed of the Sea - 1926 (silent)

The Buccaneer - 1938, Frederic March: Jean Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans.

The Buccaneer - 1958, Yul Brynner: a remake of the 1938 movie. Watch both and compare - they are both excellent.

Buccaneer's Girl - 1950 (not a musical, but lots of singing), Yvonne de Carlo, Frederick de Cordova: a New Orleans entertainer falls in love with a pirate.

Caesar Against the Pirates - 1962 (original Italian title - Giulio Cesare contro i pirati), Gustavo Rojo, Gordon Mitchell:  Julius Caesar is kidnapped by pirates (based on a true historical event).

Captain Blood - 1924 (silent) - from Vitagraph

Captain Blood - 1935, Errol Flynn: Flynn's first swashbuckler, based on Sabatini's novel of the same name.

"It's the world against us, and us against the world"

Captain Calamity - 1936, Vince Barnett, Roy D'Arcy, George Houston. He was a two-fisted, singing sea-ranger!

Captain Clegg (see Night Creatures)

Captain Horatio Hornblower - 1951, Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo: Though not really about pirates (though Hornblower is accused of being one), watch this movie for all the small details of nautical life. The sea battles are amazing (they used real ships), and Gregory Peck is outstanding. Compare this to his role as Capt. Ahab in "Moby Dick".

Captain Kidd - 1945, Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott: King of England asks the pirate to escort ships from India and hunt pirates.  Follows the historical story somewhat, with a lot of artistic license, and romance thrown in. Watch Full Movie online

Captain Kidd & the Slave Girl - 1954, Lew Landers, Eva Gabor, Alan Hale Jr. (Green Acres meets Gilligan's Island).  Capt. Kidd has been tried, and awaits hanging, but that's not the end of his adventures.  The pirate Avery is still alive, and scheming with Lord Bellomont to get Kidd's treasure.  The storyline is plausible enough until Blackbeard, Rackham, Bartholomew Roberts, and John Ward show up.  Just about every pirate in history makes a cameo appearance.  Anne Bonny has been promoted to Captain after being the ex-girlfriend of Capt. Avery!  This movie is so bad, it's laughable.  It wins the award for the actor with the cheesiest lookin' hook.  And Kidd's beard looks like it's painted on.  Beefcake alert!  Lots of slave girls and catfights.  Lots of B & D too.  The whole movie is a puerile wetdream.  Watch Full Movie online

Captain Pirate - 1952, Louis Hayward: This is a sequel to "Captain Blood", based on Sabatini's book "Capt. Blood Returns". It's a fun romp.

Captain Ron - 1992, Kurt Russell, Martin Short:  Pirates make only a small appearance, (unless you consider Captain Ron a pirate).  "There are NO Pirates of the Caribbean."  But the on-the-sea laughs come aplenty.

Carribean - 1952, John Payne, Arlene Dahl, Sir Cedric Hardwicke: A pirate seeks vengeance on a greedy & cruel plantation owner. Mostly land based scenes.

Clothes Make the Pirate - 1925 (silent) - First National

Cold Steel for Tortuga - 1965 (original Italian title: L'Avventuriero della tortuga, aka Adventurer of Tortuga), Guy Madison, Inge Schoner.  Spaniards fighting against North-American Indians, with pirates thrown in.  Love interest is a beautiful Indian princess.

The Crimson Pirate - 1952, Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat: This spoof of pirate movies is a fun romp. Especially watch the secondary pirate roles.

Cutthroat Island -, Gena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella. Good action scenes, great locales, and "Dawg" Brown is the kind of villain you love to hate. Sure, there's some hokey parts, but overall, a fun movie to watch. Great for costume ideas..

Daphne and the Pirate - 1916 (silent) - Triangle Film Corp.

The Devil Ship Pirates - 1963, Christopher Lee: mostly set on land.  A pirate ship, fighting in 1588 on the side of the Spanish Armada, suffers damage and must put into a village on the British coast for repairs  The pirates take over the village.

Doctor Syn - 1937, George Arliss:  Kindly vicar by day, terrifying Scarecrow by night riding the marshes, and foiling the King's tax collectors.  Great adventure.

Dr. Syn Alias the Scarecrow (also see: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh) - 1964 (Disney), Patrick McGoohan: Disney classic, recently released on DVD.  This is the name of the feature film cobbled together from the 3-part TV series shown on the Wonderful World of Disney.  Patrick McGoohan is the quintessential Scarecrow, leader of the local gang of smugglers, but also is the town's kindly vicar, AND a past pirate. [Compare with the earlier George Arliss1937 version, and with 1964 Night Creatures]

Double Crossbones - 1951 (or 1950??)(musical), Donald O'Connor, Will Geer: a light satire.

Fair Wind to Java - 1953, (Republic Pictures) Philip Ahn, Buddy Baer

Fire Over England - 1937, Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson. The Spanish Armada vs. Elizabeth I's Seahawks

First Kiss, The -
1928, (silent), Gary Cooper, Fay Wray. Pirate Romance.

Fortunes of Captain Blood
- 1950, Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina. A remake of "Captain Blood".

Frenchman's Creek - 1944, Joan Fontaine, Arturo de Cordova, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce: A French pirate is discovered taking shelter in an Englsihwoman's cove. Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier.

Frenchman's Creek - 1998, (made for TV) - Tara Fitzgerald, Anthony Delon.  Lavish production, wonderful costumes.

Ghost in the Noonday Sun - 1973, Peter Sellers & Spike Milligan.  This feeble attempt to make a pirate comedy was as big a mistake as casting Orsen Wells as Long John Silver in "Treasure Island".

The Golden Hawk - 1952, Rhonda Fleming, Sterling Hayden: Spanish and English fight against France in 17th C. Caribbean. Based on the book by Frank Yerby.

The Goonies - 1985: A group of kids go in search of lost pirate treasure.

The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd - 1953 (Serial, 12 chapters)

HMS Pinafore - 1982 (Laserdisc, British musical), Peter Marshall, Meryl Drower

Hell Harbor - 1930, Lupe Velez, Jean Hersholt. Pirate romance.

Hercules And The Black Pirate
- 1964 (original Italian title - Sansone contro il corsaro nero) Alan Steel, Andrea Aureli .  Captain Hercules fights the evil Black Pirate while trying to win the hand of the Governor's beautiful daughter.

Hero's Island
- 1962, James Mason

A High Wind in Jamaica - 1965, Anthony Quinn, James Coburn. Not the most romantic view of pirates, but fairly accurate in presentation. Well scripted and well acted.

Hook - 1991, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, David Crosby. Peter Pan is grown up and battles with Hook.

  Hornblower: The Even Chance (US title: Horatio Hornblower: The Duel) - 1998 (made for TV - pt. 1 of the series)  Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  Young Hornblower beings his naval career.  This series has little to do with pirates, and the nautical realism makes it well worth viewing.

  Hornblower: Mutiny (U.S. title:  Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny) - 2001 (made for TV - pt. V of the series)  Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  A honored but mentally unstable captain takes over.  Hornblower and his crewmates must consider mutiny.

  Hornblower: Loyalty (U.S. title:  Horatio Hornblower:  Loyalty)  - 2003 (made for TV - pt.VII  of the series)  Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  Hornblower is given the mission of delivering a French nobleman to a secret rendezvous.

  Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil  (US title: Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil) - 1999 (made for TV - pt. III of the series) Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  Lt. Hornblower and his crew are captured by the Spanish while escorting a secretive duchess.

  Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant (US title: Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship) - 1998 (made for TV - pt. II of the series) Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion exam while under quarantine.

  Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters (U.S. title:  Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War) - 1999 (made for TV - pt. IV of the series)  Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  Lt. Hornblower is sent with his companions to assist a questionable royalist invasion of revolutionary France.

  Hornblower: Retribution (U.S. title:  Horatio Hornblower:  Retribution) - 2001 (made for TV - pt. VI of the series)  Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  After the mutiny in the previous episode, Hornblower and others must face a court-martial in Jamaica.

  Hornblower: Duty (U.S. title:  Horatio Hornblower: Duty) - 2003 (made for TV - pt. VIII of the series)  Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay.  Hornblower's wedding reception is interrupted when he is given the mission of locating a missing British shipo.

Hurricane Island - 1951 - from Columbia

Island - 1980, Michael Caine. Movie version of Peter Benchley's book. Set in 20th C., but definitely a pirate tale.

Jamaica Inn - 1939, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, & Robert Newton (directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier).  Although not a true pirate movie, it does involve wrecking and smuggling, and  the way Laughton behaves and dies in the film is worthy of any pirate!  It's also interesting to see a younger, rather handsome Robert Newton, more known for his role as Long John Silver.

King's Pirate, The- 1963 (or 1967), Doug McClure, Guy Stockwell: a remake of "Against All Flags".

Last of the Buccaneers - 1950, Paul Henreid - from Columbia

The Light at the Edge of the World - 1971. Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar. Based on a short story by Jules Verne.

Long John Silver (or: Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island) - 1954, Robert Newton, Kit Taylor, Connie Gilchrist: Further adventures of LJS as he rescues Jim Hawkins & the daughter of the Governor of Jamaica from other pirates, returns to Treasure Is. for more treasure & struggles to avoid matrimony.

Love Pirate, The- 1970, CineWorld Corp

Magic Island -, Andrew Divoff, Zachery Ty Bryan: Pirate fantasy.

Marauder, The (or: The Lion of St. Mark)
- 1963, Gordon Scott: Pirate girl falls in love with the heir of Venice.

Master of Ballantrae, The- 1953 (or 1952), Errol Flynn: After the Battle of Culloden (1746) a Scottish lord finds himself on a ship bound for the West Indies, where he encounters pirates.

Master of Ballantrae, The - 1984 (made for TV),

Moonfleet - 1955, Stewart Granger

Morgan the Pirate - 1961 (Italian), Steve Reeves, Valarie Lagrange: Great tavern scenes, and real ships.

Muppet Treasure Island - 1996, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Tim Curry, Billy Connolly: The usual Muppet silliness, with great songs (esp. "Shiver my Timbers" and "A Professional Pirate"). Great opening sequence!.  Tim Curry makes a terrific Long John Silver.

Nate & Hayes - 1983, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe: Though not in the typical pirate era (takes place in mid 1800s), it's a good adventure movie. It is based (vaguely) on the real life of the S. Pacific rogue, Bully Hayes.

Naughty Marietta - 1935, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy. A musical about a princess who escapes from an upcoming arranged marriage by disguising herself as a maid and sailing to New Orleans. The ship is captured by pirates. She falls in love with her rescuer, who doesn't know she is a princess.

New Moon - 1940, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy. Musical based on the light opera by Sigmund Romberg. Incognito pirate pretends to be valet for noble woman in New Orleans.

Night Creatures (aka Captain Clegg (U.K)) - 1962, Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed.  Story of Dr. Blyss, ex-pirate, minister by day, leader of the local gang of smugglers at night, thwarting the King's tax collectors.  Though based on the original Doctor Syn novels, they could not use the Scarecrow name, or Dr. Syn name, because of a lawsuit with Disney.  Very spooky version of the story, but also lots of daring escapades, and comedy thrown in - a combination not seen again in a pirate movie until Pirates of the Caribbean:  Curse of The Black Pearl. [Compare with 1937 Dr. Syn, and 1964 The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh]

Old Ironsides
- 1926, (silent), Wallace Beery, from Fox.  An American fighting ship battles Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean in the 18th century. (Look for Boris Karloff in a minor roll as a Saracen guard, and surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku as a pirate captain).

Peg of the Pirates - 1918 (silent), Fox

Peter Pan - 1924 (silent), Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrance.  Based on the classic play by J. M. Barrie, with spectacular special effects for the time.

Peter Pan - 1953 (Disney, animated), Bobby Driscoll, Hans Conried.  Wendy and her brothers are invited to Never Land by Peter Pan, the boy who won't grow up.

Peter Pan - 2003, Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter.  Live-action, and pithier version of the classic story by J. M. Barrie.

The Pirate - 1948 (musical), Gene Kelly, Judy Garland.  Sheltered island girl is engaged to a local rich man, while she fantasizes a romance with the pirate Macoco.

Pirate of the Black Hawk - 1958 starring Majanou Bardot (later Brigette Bardot) released in the USA in 1961

The Pirate & the Slave Girl - 1961 (Italian), Lex Barker: Good pirates oppose an evil governor.

The Pirate Movie - 1982 (musical spoof), Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins: A butchered version of "Pirates of Penzance", but some fun scenes.

Pirates - 1986, Walter Matthau, Cris Campion, Damien Thomas: The story is lacking, but the costumes, sets, and backgrounds are greats. Very realistic look.

Pirates of Blood River (aka. The Pirate Ship, & The Mutineers) - 1962 (or 1961??), Kerwin Matthews, Christopher Lee: American Huguenot colonists fight off pirate band. Mostly land scenes. Rather depressing, but some very good lines to "borrow".

The Pirates of Capri - 1944, Louis Hayward: Neapolitan natives against an evil tyrant.

The Pirates of Monterey - 1947, Alfred Werher, Maria Montez: Pirates in California during Mexican rule.

The Pirates of Penzance - 1983 (musical), Linda Ronstadt, Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury: Fun, though not faithful to the original G&S.

Pirates of the Caribbean:  Curse of the Black Pearl - 2003, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightly:  Fun, adventurous tale as Capt. Jack Sparrow tries to get back his stolen ship, and the cursed pirates try to return all the Aztec gold in order to end the curse.

Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Man's Chest - 2006, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Bill Nighy.  Capt. Jack Sparrow tries to get the heart of Davy Jones in a bid to free himself from servitude aboard the Flying Dutchman.

Pirates of the Caribbean:  At World's End - 2007, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightly:  Capt. Jack Sparrow must be rescued from Davy Jone's Locker. 

Pirates of the Coast (aka Pirates of the Barbary Coast) - 1960 (original Italian title -- I Pirati della costa), Lex Barker, Estella Blain.  Spanish naval officer of the mid-16th century first fights pirates, then sides with them.

Pirates of the Great Salt Lake - 2006, Kirkby Keyborne, Trenton James.  Two modern day lads take to piracy on the Great Salt Lake.

Pirates of the Plain - 1999, Tim Curry, Dee Wallace-Stone:  By way of a curse, Jezebel Jack (played very over the top by Curry) is transported through time from the 18th c. to the wheat fields of modern-day Kansas and encounters a young boy.  Can be a fun movie if you just suspend your disbelief and go with it.

Pirates of the Seven Seas  - 1964 (Italian title -- I Pirati della Malesia), Steve Reeves: Based on the novel "The Pirates of Malaya".

Pirates of Tortuga - 1961, Ken Scott, John Richardson: Sir Henry Morgan's exploits.

Pirates of Treasure Island - 2006, Lance Henriksen, Tom Nagel, Rebekah Kochan.  Lance Henriksen makes a GREAT pirate, but this is a very cheesy movie.  The first five minutes are pretty good (until the pirates on Treasure Island meet the giant cockroach).  (Look for Michael Lampe, and NQG contributors Jon Rose, Jerry Reyes,Dan McGrew, and Tony Kopec)

The Pirates of Tripoli - 1955 (or 1952??), Paul Henreid, Patricia Medina.  A princess offers a pirate a fabulous reward if he helps her regain her kingdom.

Prince of Pirates - 1953, John Derek, Barbara Rush: Very enjoyable, set during French-Spanish War.  Not really a pirate movie -- few scenes at sea.

The Princess Bride - 1987, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright.  Classic fairy tale with swordplay, a giant, a princess, an evil prince, and the Dread Pirate Roberts.  [Note:  the 2006 edition (the Dread Pirate Roberts edition, or the Princess Buttercup edition)  has a pirate bonus featuring Gail Selinger, (aka Cap'n Ned Slaye), and Christine Lampe (aka Jamaica Rose, yer No Quarter Given editor), as commentators]

The Princess & the Pirate - 1944 (musical), Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan, (& a surprise cameo). Typical Bob Hope romp.

Rage of the Buccaneers (aka. Pirate Warrior), - 1962, Ricardo Montalban, Vincent Price: mostly land-based scenes.

Raiders of the Seven Seas - 1953, John Payne, Donna Reed & Lon Chaney, Jr.: the pirate Barbarossa (at least the Hollywood version) starts in Morocco and ends up in the West Indies.

Return to Never Land - 2002 (animated, Disney) Blayne Weaver, Corey Burton.  Harriet Owen.  Not realizing so much time has gone by, Wendy's daughter Jane is kidnapped by Captain Hook, thinking she is Wendy.  He takes her to Never Land, and Peter Pan comes to the rescue.

Return to Treasure Island - 1954, Tab Hunter, Dawn Adams: Standard tale.

Return to Treasure Island - 1985 (6-part mini-series, Disney), Brian Blessed, Christopher Guard: A grown-up Jim Hawkins becomes entangled again with Long John Silver. Filmed on location. Great source for accurate costuming ideas. Has my vote for best pirate name: "Keelhaul".

Return to Treasure Island - 1996 (made for TV originally in German, shown on PAX), Dean O'Gorman as Jack Hawkins and Stig Eldred as Long John Silver.  Grown-up Jim meets Silver by chance in the Carolinas, and they are forced to flee to Treasure Island to evade the British Navy.  Shot on location in Australia and Fiji.

Revenge of the Pirates - 1951 (aka La Vendetta del Corsaro, aka La Venganza de un Corsario, aka La Donna del Corsario, aka The Pirates Revenge) - Maria Montez,  Jean-Pierre Aumont.  A pirate tries to regain all that was taken from him by a wicked governor, and wins the governor's gold in the process. 

The Road to Romance - 1927, (silent), Ramon Novarro

Robin Hood & the Pirates - 1960 (original Italian title - Robin Hood e i pirati), Lex Barker.  Robin Hood joins pirates in a Mediterranean "Sherwood Forest" by the sea.

Sandokan the Great - 1963 ( Italian title -  Sandokan, la tigre di Mompracem), Steve Reeves, Jacqueline Sassard

Scalawag - 1973, Kirk Douglas directed & starred. Strange movie about a pirate out west

Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (also see: Dr. Syn:  Alias the Scarecrow) - 1962, Disney TV movie, Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Syn.  This is the name of the original 3-part TV series shown on the Wonderful World of Disney (later a feature film was released, edited down from the three episodes).  Patrick McGoohan is the quintessential Scarecrow, leader of the local gang of smugglers, but also is the town's kindly vicar, AND a past pirate. [Compare with the earlier 1937 George Arliss version, and with 1964 Night Creatures]

Sea Devils - 1953, Yvonne de Carlo, Rock Hudson: Smugglers & privateers during the Napoleonic era. Filmed around the Calif. Channel Islands.

Sea Hawk, The - 1924 (silent) Milton Sills.  The adventures of Oliver Tressilian, who goes from English gentry to galley slave to captain of a Moorish fighting ship.  Closely follows the Sabatini novel of the same name.

Sea Hawk, The - 1940, (Laserdisc), Errol Flynn: Elizabethan sea dogs led by Geoffrey Thorpe (think of Sir Francis Drake) battle the Spanish. Great ship scenes.

Sea Hound, The - 1947, (Columbia serial), Buster Crabbe, Pamela Blake.  Involves modern day "pirates" and treasure hunting.

Sea Panther, The
- 1918 (silent) - Triangle Dist. Co.

Sea Wolf, The - 1993, Charles Bronsen & Christopher Reeves: Not a pirate movie, but a good nautical adventure based on the novel by Jack London.

Sea Wolf, The - 2003, Thomas Ian Griffith, Demetri Alexander.  Modern day pirate (and descendant of pirates) Jeffery Thorpe roams the Caribbean in his boat, 'The Sea Wolf'. He will take any job, no matter how suspicious the circumstances.

Seven Seas to Calais - 1962 - (original title: Il Dominatore dei sette mari), Rod Taylor.   Sir Francis Drake goes on an expedition to the New World and steals gold from the Spaniards.  Glorious costumes and scenery, with bad acting.

Shipwrecked - 1991, (Disney), Gabriel Byrne: A young Norwegian boy in 1850's England goes to work as a cabin boy and discovers some of his shipmates are actually pirates. 

Sinbad:  Legend of the Seven Seas  - 2003 [Animated] Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Michelle Pfeiffer.  Dreamworks animation of Sinbad and his fantastic adventures.  Great shipboard action.  Wonderful scene as the heroine saves the whole siren-besotted crew from destruction.

Sinbad the Sailor - 1947, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, and Walter Slezak.  Typical Arabian nights action adventure full of fantastical creatures and magical deeds.

Son of Captain Blood, The - 1962 (original title:  Il Figlio del capitano Blood), Sean Flynn (son of Errol).  The son of a notorious pirate is placed on the path of righteousness by his love for a beautiful young woman. .

Spanish Main, The - 1945, Paul Henreid, Maureen O'Hara. Dutch pirate captain versus gluttonous Spanish governor.

Spawn of the North - 1938, George Raft, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, John Barrymore. Alaskan fishing boats and pirates.

Stardust - 2007, Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer:  While only in a small part of the movie, Capt. Shakespeare (DeNiro) is one of the classic pirate captain characters.  With his crew of airship pirates, they steal the show.  They are true Steampunk pirates.

Such a Little Pirate - 1918 (silent)

Swashbuckler - 1976 (Laserdisc), Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle: Great swordfighting scenes, costuming, and sets. Fun story.

Swiss Family Robinson - 1960, (Disney), John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James McArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran.  South Pacific pirates attack a shipwrecked family.

Three Little Pirates - 1946, (short) Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard:  The stooges are castaways from a garbage scow who land on Dead Man's Island and encounter pirates.

Treasure Island - 1918, (silent), actress (Violet Radcliffe) plays the part of Long John Silver.

Treasure Island - 1920, (silent) Lon Chaney, Charles Ogle.  An actress plays the part of Jim Hawkins.

Treasure Island - 1934, Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper: Classic story of R.L. Stevenson.

Treasure Island - 1950, Robert Newton: The Long John Silver everyone knows. Also notable as Disney's first live action movie, filmed in England, not the West Indies.  After this movie, Newton continued his role of LJS in the Disney TV series.

Treasure Island - 1972, Orson Welles, Kevin Burfield. A very Orson-Wellian Silver, mumbling and near unintelligible.

Treasure Island - 1973, (animated) Richard Dawson, Larry Storch, Davy Jones as Hawkins.

Treasure Island - 1985, Martin Landau, Vic Tayback.

Treasure Island - 1990 (made for TV), Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Pete Postlethwaite. Very realistic, music by the Chieftains.  Those who have seen this version rave about it as the BEST version of Treasure Island.  Definitely not "sugar coated" pirate portrayals!  As you watch the movie, watch how the movie goes to considerable lengths to stage versions of the Andrew Wyeth "Treasure Island" illustrations.  The ship used in the film is The Bounty from the 1962 production of Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).

Treasure Island - 1997 (animated)

Treasure Island - 1999, Jack Palance, Kevin Zegers.  Cody Palance (Jack's son) plays Blind Pew.  Not for purists -- shows how Silver lost his leg, and has Jim join up with the pirates when Trelawny and the doctor try to cut Jim out of his share of the treasure. 

Treasure Planet - 2002 (animated Disney), Martin Short, Emma Thompson.  R. L. Stevenson's Treasure Island in space.

Two Lost Worlds - 1950, James Arness, Laura Elliott. Science fiction involving dinosaurs and pirates.

Two Years Before the Mast
- 1946, Alan Ladd: Though not a pirate flick, it is a good story of life at sea, base on Richard Henry Dana's voyage aboard the "Pilgrim".

Yankee Buccaneer - 1952, Jeff Chandler, Scott Brady: Basic pirate tale with a good cast.

Yankee Pasha - 1954, Jeff Chandler, Rhonda Fleming. Man travels from France across the world in the 1800's to save his true love from pirates.

Yellowbeard - 1983, Peter Cook, Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle: Complete satire, good costuming, great party movie.


Blackbeard: Terror at Sea - 2006, James Purefoy, Mark Noble. Billed as the most accurate portrayal of Blackbeard on television, presented by National Geographic as a documentary. James Purefoy ("Rome"s Mark Anthony) makes a tremendous Blackbeard. As a movie, it's great. As a documentary, I have lots of complaints about the artistic license they took, most egregious was showing that the cabin boy they captured was a girl (no evidence at all to this fact). Making things up is unforgivable in a documentary.

Buccaneers, The - 1956-57, 37 episodes, Robert Shaw.  The series starts with Woodes Rogers coming to govern New Providence, and offers the pirates the King's Pardon.  See Robert Shaw as a pirate long before he starred in "Swashbuckler" and "Jaws".  Captain Dan Tempest and his mates get into various adventures, somewhat based on history.  

Deadliest Warrior, "Pirate vs Knight" -, Episode 4, 2009.   A Pirate vs a Knight - pistols versus crossbow, gunpowder against armor, and cutlass versus a spiked ball of death.

The Great Ships, "The Pirate Ships" - 1996.  The various ships used by pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Modern Marvels, "Pirate Tech" - 2, Episode 22, 2006, Gary Harper, Corey Malcolm, Phil Masters, David Moore, Gail Selinger.  Various pirate technologies are examined: navigational instruments; ship modifications to improve speed; and weapons. Visit maritime museums and shipwreck sites.

MythBusters Pirate Special - Discovery Channel, Season 5, Episode 2, 2007 (2 hr special). Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage explore various pirate legends and practices. Learn about wearing eye patches, and sliding down sails while slicing them with your knife. Many pig carcasses are destroyed. 

MythBusters Pirates 2! - Discovery Channel, Season 5, Episode 23, 2007. Jamie and Adam explore more various pirate legends and practices. They try to walk underwater with a row boat sub, and fire various items out of the cannon. More pig carcasses are destroyed.

Pirate Code: Real Pirates - Barry Clifford, 2008 (National Geographic).  The search for the legendary Whydah Galley, a slave ship seized by pirate "Black Sam" Bellamy and lost in a storm off of Cape Cod. Take a trip 300 hundred years in the past, to the time of the pirates.

Pirate Master - Kendra Guffey, Louie Frase, 2007.  Wannabe pirates compete in a high-seas adventure in search of a hidden treasure.

Pirates - Season 1, 13 Episodes, 1995. Episode 1:  On the Pirate Wind, Episode 2: Pirates of the Ancient World, Episode 3: The Pirates of the North, Episode 4: The Barbary Corsairs, Episode 5: Pirates and Privateers, Episode 6: The Birth of the Buccaneer, Episode 7: Two Women Pirates, Episode 8: The Pirates of the Pacific, Episode 9: Pirates and the Slave Trade, Episode 10: The Pirate Explosion, Episode 11: Pirates of the Indian Ocean, Episode 12: Pirates of the South China Seas, Episode 13: Modern Piracy

Pirate Tales - Roger Daltry, 1997 (mini-series).  Exploits of such legendary pirates as Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, John Ward, Long Ben Avery, Sam Bellamy, Anny Bonny, Mary Read, Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Granuaille as narrated by the 17th-century pirate William Dampier,  (Daltry).  

Pirates of Dark Water -  1991-92, voices of Tim Curry, Rene Auberjonois, Roddy McDowell, and others. A young prince tries to find thirteen treasures to save his watery world. A fantasy series, but full of pirates, both good and bad. (Warning: the show was cancelled before the story was finished).

The Quest for Captain Kidd - Learn the true story of Captain Kidd, and find the wreck of his ship. Co-author Cap'n Michael appears as part of the pirate crew. 

Return of the Pirates - 2006.

True Caribbean Pirates - History Channel. Learn the true stories of Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Ann Bonny, Black Bart Roberts, and more. See Cap'n Michael in most of the dockside and shipboard scenes (appearing different each time), and Jamaica Rose (as Christine Markel Lampe) appears as one of the commentators.

"Sea Tales" The Witch and the Pirate Prince (1997)


BAWDY BUCCANEERS - X-rated Sea-going Skin Flics

Capt. Hooker and Peter Porn - 19??

Captain Lust & the Pirate Women
- 1979. Actually has a good story line and it parodies a lot of other Pirate genre films. The sex isn't half bad either. The best part is the songs. Each segment opens with a dirty sea chanty. From: International Home Entertainment Corp. #1003 86min. (Thanks to Gael, Dead Jim, & DC)

Conquest - 1996. The reviewers gave this movie a high rating for the costuming. Believe me, to talk about the clothes in a porn flick is remarkable to say the least!

Pirates (aka Pirates XXX) - 2005, Jesse Jane, Tommy Gunn. Swash and unbuckle.  High-quality x-rated pirate movie.  Some of it shot aboard the HMS Bounty.

Pirates II:  Stagnetti's Revenge - 2008, Jesse Jane, Tommy Gunn.  Sequel to Pirates.  Adventure, comedy, sex, a good script and great production.

Snatchbuckler - 19??

What's the lesbian doing in my pirate movie - . Cast includes Ron Jeremy in a non-sex role: Isn't this a great title or what? If anyone has viewed this movie, send us a review. (Thanks to Dead Jim)

Special thanks to Kristie Markwell, DC "Blind" Smith, Will Howard, Gael Stirler &  Dead Jim for the Bawdy Buccaneer suggestions.

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