Last Updated on 11 November 2023

I searched the Internet for lists of the best pirate movies of all time. Criteria included the movies being ranked, not just listed, and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like

I was able to find 31 lists. I took the 31 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 64 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 31) were:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) – 28 lists
  • The Princess Bride (1987) – 20 lists
  • Hook (1991) – 20 lists
  • Captain Phillips (2013) – 20 lists
  • Captain Blood (1935) – 19 lists
  • Muppet Treasure Island (1996) – 19 lists
  • Treasure Island (1950) – 18 lists
  • The Goonies (1985) – 17 lists
  • The Crimson Pirate (1952) – 16 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created: