Pirates of the Seven SeaS

by bkekakis | created - 14 Jan 2017 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties. Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates. The earliest documented instances of piracy were in the 14th century BC, when the Sea Peoples, a group of ocean raiders, attacked the ships of the Aegean and Mediterranean civilizations. Narrow channels which funnel shipping into predictable routes have long created opportunities for piracy, as well as for privateering and commerce raiding. Historic examples include the waters of Gibraltar, the Strait of Malacca, Madagascar, the Gulf of Aden, and the English Channel, whose geographic strictures facilitated pirate attacks. A land-based parallel is the ambushing of travelers by bandits and brigands in highways and mountain passes. Privateering uses similar methods to piracy, but the captain acts under orders of the state authorizing the capture of merchant ships belonging to an enemy nation, making it a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors. While the term can include acts committed in the air, on land (especially across national borders or in connection with taking over and robbing a car or train), or in other major bodies of water or on a shore, this article focuses on maritime piracy. It does not normally include crimes committed against people traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). Piracy or pirating is the name of a specific crime under customary international law and also the name of a number of crimes under the municipal law of a number of states. In the early 21st century, seaborne piracy against transport vessels remains a significant issue (with estimated worldwide losses of US$16 billion per year in 2007), particularly in the waters between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, off the Somali coast, and also in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore. Today, pirates armed with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades use small motorboats to attack and board ships, a tactic that takes advantage of the small number of crew members on modern cargo vessels and transport ships. They also use larger vessels, known as "mother ships", to supply the smaller motorboats. The international community is facing many challenges in bringing modern pirates to justice, as these attacks often occur in international waters. Also, a number of nations have used their naval forces to protect private ships from pirate attacks and pursue pirates. As well, some private vessels are taking steps to defend their vessels and their crews from piracy, such as using armed security guards, high-pressure hoses or sound cannons to repel boarders, or using radar to avoid potential threats.

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1. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

Approved | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Charles Laughton, Hillary Brooke

Votes: 1,935

2. Captain Pirate (1952)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 1690, pardoned pirate Captain Blood's quiet existence is shaken when the Crown re-arrests him on fresh piracy charges but the captain suspects he's being set-up.

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, John Sutton, Charles Irwin

Votes: 224

3. The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A group of ruthless pirates attack a seventeenth century Huguenot settlement on the Isle of Devon in search of treasure and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee, Peter Arne

Votes: 807

4. The Black Pirate (1926)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Action

Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

Director: Albert Parker | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,603 | Gross: $0.68M

5. Captain Kidd (1945)

Passed | 90 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, Reginald Owen

Votes: 1,450

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport

Votes: 629,621 | Gross: $423.32M

7. The Black Swan (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 3,783 | Gross: $1.01M

8. Pirates (1986)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The adventures of pirate Captain Red and his first mate Frog.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Walter Matthau, Cris Campion, Damien Thomas, Olu Jacobs

Votes: 7,481 | Gross: $1.64M

9. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.

Director: Wilford Leach | Stars: Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose

Votes: 3,078 | Gross: $0.69M

10. Tiger of the Seven Seas (1962)

90 min | Adventure

Tigre is the skipper of the Santa Maria, a pirate-ship, but he feels tired and decides to leave the command of the ship. Unfortunately he has only a daughter, Consuelo. So he will leave the... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Capuano | Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Anthony Steel, Maria Grazia Spina, Andrea Aureli

Votes: 116

11. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 984,086 | Gross: $305.41M

12. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

89 Metascore

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 6,401

13. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,223

14. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

52 Metascore

When Captain James Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 222,074 | Gross: $119.65M

15. The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda, and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 5,374

16. A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Dennis Price, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 1,729

17. Cutthroat Island (1995)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 24,931 | Gross: $10.02M

18. The Pirate Movie (1982)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

19 Metascore

The crew of a large ship sail the high seas encountering other pirates from other ships. The boy from the ship ends up having to save his girlfriend who is kidnapped by a bunch of other pirates.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, Ted Hamilton, Bill Kerr

Votes: 3,877

19. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

PG-13 | 169 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush

Votes: 571,858 | Gross: $309.42M

20. The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp

Votes: 8,631

21. The King's Pirate (1967)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure

A Royal Navy officer, posing as a deserter, joins a crew of pirates in an effort to infiltrate and destroy from within the notorious pirate stronghold of Diego Suarez.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Doug McClure, Jill St. John, Guy Stockwell, Mary Ann Mobley

Votes: 145

22. The Boy and the Pirates (1960)

Not Rated | 82 min | Family, Adventure, Fantasy

A young boy is magically transported back in time to a pirate ship on the high seas.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Charles Herbert, Susan Gordon, Murvyn Vye, Paul Guilfoyle

Votes: 302

23. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush

Votes: 460,884 | Gross: $241.06M

24. The Sea Hawk (1924)

Passed | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A wrongly convicted English gentleman goes from galley slave to pirate captain.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery

Votes: 442 | Gross: $0.78M

25. Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Adventure, Romance

Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix, Keith Andes

Votes: 1,226

26. The Buccaneer (1958)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, History

During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet.

Director: Anthony Quinn | Stars: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, Inger Stevens

Votes: 2,153

27. Savage Islands (1983)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps, Jenny Seagrove

Votes: 1,815 | Gross: $1.96M

28. Pan (2015)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

36 Metascore

Twelve-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be for ever known as Peter Pan.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

Votes: 57,584 | Gross: $35.09M

29. The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, History

Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey, Anthony Steel, Beatrice Campbell

Votes: 1,342

30. The Pirate (1948)

Approved | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 4,140 | Gross: $2.96M

31. Blackie the Pirate (1971)

99 min | Comedy, Action, Adventure

Rivaling Pirates and Spanish gold are the ingredients for this story. Blackie the pirate is the one who first hears from this shipment of gold when he encounters "Don" Pedro. He thinks of a... See full summary »

Director: Lorenzo Gicca Palli | Stars: Terence Hill, Silvia Monti, George Martin, Diana Lorys

Votes: 1,652

32. The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

A damaged privateer deserts the Spanish Armada and makes land for repairs near a village on the British coast, terrorizing the local inhabitants.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, John Cairney, Duncan Lamont

Votes: 576

33. Yellowbeard (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After serving two decades in prison, Yellowbeard (Graham Chapman) breaks out determined to recover the treasure that he buried so long ago, alongside his son, old crew, and the British Navy.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Votes: 7,039 | Gross: $4.30M

34. Yankee Pasha (1954)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Romance

In 1800, trapper Jason Starbuck falls for Massachusetts girl Roxana but has to rescue her from slavery when sea pirates capture Roxana and sell her to a Moroccan harem.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Rhonda Fleming, Mamie Van Doren, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 171 | Gross: $1.25M

35. Yankee Buccaneer (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Adventure, History, Romance

Captain David Porter of the fledgling American Navy receives orders to masquerade as a privateer in order to corral some Caribbean pirates.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Scott Brady, Suzan Ball, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 247

36. Swashbuckler (1976)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A pirate and a hot-tempered noblewoman join forces to protect Jamaica from a tyrant.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Geneviève Bujold

Votes: 1,431

37. Against All Flags (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Alice Kelley

Votes: 2,156

38. Anne of the Indies (1951)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Debra Paget, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 1,108

39. Queen of the Seas (1961)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Redhead Mary is a girl who dresses like a man to better approach, and rob the jewels worn by the pretty ladies of her time. The King's Guard captures her, and she finds herself in the same ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Lisa Gastoni, Jerome Courtland, Walter Barnes, Agostino Salvietti

Votes: 114

40. Barbary Pirate (1949)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Adventure

The U.S. government sends Major Thomas Blake on a secret mission when the Bey of Tripoli starts demanding tribute from American merchant ships in the Mediterranean in the early 1800's. His ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Donald Woods, Trudy Marshall, Lenore Aubert, Stefan Schnabel

Votes: 33

42. The Black Pirates (1954)

74 min | Adventure

Pirates searching for treasure take over a small town in Central America where they believe the loot is buried, but discover that a church has been built over the spot. They force the ... See full summary »

Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Anthony Dexter, Martha Roth, Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Clarke

Votes: 36

43. Hell Harbor (1930)

Passed | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Lovely Anita dreams of escaping the monotony of her island home and sailing to bustling Havana. But when her abusive father promises her to the greasy local merchant, Anita does everything in her power to make her dream a reality.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Lupe Velez, Jean Hersholt, John Holland, Gibson Gowland

Votes: 138

44. Naughty Marietta (1935)

Passed | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 1,108

45. The Spanish Main (1945)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Paul Henreid, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 1,439

46. L'île aux trésors (2007)

100 min | Adventure, Comedy