There aren’t many good reasons to release a pirate from a prison, although following him to his buried treasure is a pretty valid one. There’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned race for treasure between the Navy and a bunch of pirates to get the sea rover blood stirring.
Treasure Island (1950)
Lacking in talking pigs, frogs (or whatever that blue one with the hooked nose is), this 1950’s adaptation of Treasure Island was not only Disney’s first ever live-action film, but was also the first screen version of the famous novel to be produced in colour.
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The Scarlet Buccaneer (1976)
The Scarlet Buccaneer sees a fiery noblewoman team up with a pirate to battle the oppressive rule of a Jamaican tyrant. At the time, this was the only pirate movie filmed aboard an actual ship of that era – a replica of a ship captured by Sir Francis Drake himself.
A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)
Captain Chavez proves that pirates with soft spots don’t last very long. Ultimately betrayed by a child hostage who blames him for the stabbing of a Dutch captain – it’s a fairly anticlimactic way to join Davy Jones’ locker.
The Princess Bride (1987)
Don’t be put off by the title, or the promised story of (yuck!) true love. Rob Reiner’s rapier-sharp pirate comedy has the best sword fight you’ll ever see on film and a cast that includes Andre the Giant, Peter Falk, Mel Smith, Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Christopher Guest, Peter Cook and Fred ‘Wonder Years’ Savage.