Top Ten Famous Movie Pirates

Updated on April 19, 2016

What is it about pirates?

In general, pirates are a dirty, smelly, murderous bunch of thieves, but yet we find them most appealing. Perhaps it is the Hollywood treatment or pirates that has made them so dear to our hearts. I have no doubt that if we were to happen upon the real Blackbeard, we might not be so willing to accept his faults and share a glass of mead with him.

The real Blackbeard

Edward Thatch (or Teach) was the scourge of the Caribbean for a relatively short time. Earning the name Blackbeard because of his abundant facial hair, Thatch began his life as a pirate around the year 1713 and over the next few years he captured over 50 ships. He and his men were given pardons by the Governor of North Carolina in 1718, but continued pirating ships. Later that year he was killed in a fight with the North Carolina Royal Navy contingent.

James Purfoy

Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Blackbeard: Terror at Sea 2007
Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Blackbeard: Terror at Sea 2007

Robert Newton

Blackbeard the Pirate 1952
Blackbeard the Pirate 1952

Angus Mcfayden

Blackbeard 2006
Blackbeard 2006

Captain Blood 1935

Errol Flynn is Captain Blood, a doctor turned pirate in the vein of Robin Hood. The movie has a lot of swash and buckle, along with love interest Olivia DeHavilland and friend turned foe Basil Rathbone.

Errol Flynn

Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Captain Blood 1935
Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Captain Blood 1935

Captain Hook

Cartoon pirate, Captain Hook is the nemesis of children's hero Peter Pan. Captain of the Jolly Roger, he terrorizes Neverland harbor and rules over Pirate cove with an iron (hooked) hand with boatswain, Smee.

Peter Pan 1953

Dustin Hoffman

Hook 1991
Hook 1991

Jason Issacs

Peter Pan 2006
Peter Pan 2006

The Black Swan

Former pirate Captain Jamie Waring kidnaps Lady Margaret Denby, played by Maureen O'Hara, to help former pirate pal, Sir Henry Morgan, keep his position as governor of Jamaica in 1674.  The Black Swan is a love story infused with villiany and deeds of daring.

Tyrone Power

Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - The Black Swan 1942
Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - The Black Swan 1942

Cuthroat Island

The race is on as female pirate Morgan Adams, played by Geena Davis, searches for treasure on a hidden island. A partial map to the island was given to Adams by her dying father along with a pirate ship. Adams must find the other two parts of the map before her enemies do in order to secure the treasure.

Geena Davis

Cuthroat Island 1995
Cuthroat Island 1995

Long John Silver

Robert Lewis Stevenson's Long John Silver set the model for the stereotypical pirate that we all know and love today. He had a parrot companion who perched on his shoulder and was missing a leg. The story has him befriending young boy Jim Hawkins, but he is slowly revealed to be a scoundrel whose only interest is his own survival by whatever means necessary.

Robert Newton

Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Treasure Island 1950
Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Treasure Island 1950

Sir Henry Morgan

Sir Henry Morgan's pirating was done in the name of England.  Appointed governor of Jamaica, he fought the Spaniards for his homeland, keeping all that he plundered as his payment.

Laird Cregar

The Black Swan 1942
The Black Swan 1942

Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp created the memorable character of Jack Sparrow in the Pirate of the Caribbean movies. Using The Rolling Stone's Keith Richards for inspiration, Depp's Sparrow is a charismatic pirate with a heart.

Jack Sparrow

Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Pirates of the Carribean 2003
Top Ten Famous Pirates in the Movies - Pirates of the Carribean 2003

Captain Barbossa

The cursed captain of the Black Pearl, Captain Barbossa kidnaps Elizabeth Swann, who has the last piece of Aztec gold which will break the curse.

Captain Barbossa

Pirates of the Caribbean 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean 2003

Captain Kidd

Captain William Kidd started out his career as a privateer for England, but greed quickly led him to the life of a pirate. He was hired by the Royal Governor of Massachusetts to find and kill Blackbeard, but the mission failed. Kidd never admitted to being a pirate, even though he was tried and hung for it in 1701.

Captain Kidd

Questions & Answers

    Comments

    Submit a Comment

    • profile image

      ruffridyer 

      6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I wonder if Captain hook was a pedophilia. Always chasing Lost Boys instead of treasure.

      I also wondered why people feared Long John Silver. All you had to do was take away his crutch and he'd be helpless.

      I prefered Steve Reeves Henry Morgan, much more masculine than Larid Cregor.

    • profile image

      abbie molloy 

      7 years ago

      thanks for u help

    • lafenty profile imageAUTHOR

      lafenty 

      8 years ago from California

      thanks for commenting, Scorpion123

    • scorpion123 profile image

      scorpion123 

      8 years ago

      nice hub really liked it

    • lafenty profile imageAUTHOR

      lafenty 

      9 years ago from California

      Thanks for your comment Donna. I will have to research those lady pirates and add them to my hub. Blackbeard does seem to have made the most lasting impression as far as real pirates go.

    • DonnaCSmith profile image

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      9 years ago from Central North Carolina

      It was a thin line between privateer and pirate in those days. My favorites are the "ladies" Mary Read and Anne Bonny. Black Beard's ghost still lurks in the backwaters of North Carolina, and still contributes to our state's coffers through tourist dollars!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://reelrundown.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)