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

Blackbeard the Pirate (1952)

Robert Newton portrays a figure of pure evil as Blackbeard, alongside Bill Bendix as Worley, his dim-witted first mate. His one liners – "Gilly, Gilly, give him just a tickle with the point of your blade, at about his liver” – make this movie a classic. And if you thought Newton's "Arr, matey"s were a bit overboard in Treasure Island, wait till you see this.

Cutthroat Island (1995)

Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all time, but don’t let that stop you watching Cutthroat Island. Geena Davis scalps her dead father for the final piece of a map leading to huge stash of hidden gold. Thar's plenty more blood and gore, too, as Davis races against the clock to complete her quest before her crew mutiny against her.

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Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Tim Curry plays the peg-legged Long John Silver amongst a crew of swashbuckling muppets in this good-natured musical rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Who says that piracy and puppets don’t mix?

Dick Deadeye (1975)

Based on the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, Dick Deadeye (which we can confirm is not the name of a porn star) is an animated musical following the unfortunately named protagonist on a quest to recover ‘the ultimate secret’ for Queen Victoria from a crafty sorcerer.

Mysterious Island (1961)

This sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea sees a group of escaped US union prisoners strand themselves on an island – and they’re not alone. A giant crab becomes their first meal, but bigger and scarier creatures threaten to return the favour until the legendary Captain Nemo arrives. No, he’s not a clown fish.

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