25 best pirate movies ever

It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Monday. Here’s arrr pick of swashbuckling films, me land lubber

The best pirate movies ever, in no particular order, are…

Hook (1991)

An all-star cast including Dustin Hoffman as Hook and Robin Williams as a grown up Peter Pan help make Hook a film for all ages. And it has the only film scene in which a pirate is eaten by a giant stuffed crocodile clock (as far as we’re aware). Our favourite scenes are at the Lost Boys' hideout. Bangarang!

Savage Islands (1983)

Worth it just for the rare chance to see a youthful Tommy Lee Jones sporting a beard and flowing white man blouse. Plenty of swashbuckling action and a feisty floating love triangle awaits.

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The Buccaneer (1958)

Set in the War of 1812, as New Orleans is preparing to defend itself against a marauding British fleet, Yul Brynner stars as local pirate Jean Lafitte, who only loots foreign vessels, but is still wanted by the authorities for not paying tax on his pieces of eight.

Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)

A ghost-pirate-out-of-water story as Blackbeard's ghost finds himself in the present day (well, in 1968, to be more precise). Cue plenty of slapstick action as Blackbeard tries to do a good deed to escape from limbo, while in a constant state of inebriation from all that duty-free ghost rum he's been drinking.

The Pirate (1948)

Judy Garland shares our love of pirates, so much so that she's about walk the plank, er, aisle with one. But she doesn't know his past, which means she might choose to elope with the performer pretending to be the pirate her fiance used to be. Confusing, isn’t it? Lots of circus troupes and retired swashbucklers, but not so much in the way of water borne action.

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