As the pirates are soon to board the ship of Paul Greengrass’ high seas adventure Captain Phillips (led by acting stalwart Tom Hanks and newcomer Barkhad Abdi), let us look at the cinematic history of some of the more famed and acclaimed movies that feature pirates.
Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003
Debatably the one truly well-made Pirates film made by Disney, this awoke audiences to the high sailing swashbuckling pirate adventure stories once more. Well-written and well-acted, particularly by Johnny Depp and a scene-chewing Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbosa, Curse of the Black Pearl stands as one of the best adventure films to have come out in the past two decades. This sea-salted tale continues to improve over time.
$17.99 iTunes (purchase only)
$2.99 Google Play
The Princess Bride, 1987
When Westley, who for several years took up the mantle as a captain on the high seas, rescues his long lost love Buttercup from the clutches of evil Prince Humperdink, he turns to his friend Inigo Montoya and offers Inigo his former job as captain. “Have you ever considered piracy? You’d make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.” One the many memorable lines and filled with wonderful characters The Princess Bride makes us remember why reading fables and fairy tales stay with us into adulthood.
$9.99 – iTunes (purchase only)
$2.99 – Amazon
Swiss Family Robinson, 1960
The film that truly owns the term ‘tree house’, this Disney classic tells the story of a Swiss family whose ship crashes along Pacific waters on an uncharted island. The film follows their lives on the island, learning to live among the animals and the land. A classic tale of survival, but also a great story of the loyalty of family in the face of danger – in particular, pirates!
$2.99 – iTunes
$2.99 – Google Play
$2.99 – YouTube