WIND IN THE SAILS: PIRATES & CAPTAINS COURAGEUS (17th & 18th century)

by Maximilliann | created - 15 May 2014 | updated - 01 Oct 2016 | Public

The best pirate movies and all kinds of adventures at sea. From the drama of the mutineers of the HMS Bounty, to the dangerous and legendary Pirates of the Caribbean.

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1. 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: 12,023

2. Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

When some of his crew are captured by the Spaniards in Rio De La Hacha, pirate Captain Peter Blood enters the city in disguise in order to free his men from Marquis De Riconete's prison.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, George Macready, Alfonso Bedoya

Votes: 263

3. 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: 223

4. The Son of Captain Blood (1962)

88 min | Action, Adventure, History

The son of a notorious pirate is placed on the path of righteousness by his love for a beautiful young woman.

Director: Tulio Demicheli | Stars: Sean Flynn, Alessandra Panaro, Ann Todd, José Nieto

Votes: 101

5. 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: 8,482

6. 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: 3,724 | Gross: $1.01M

7. 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: 1,312

8. The Master of Ballantrae (1984 TV Movie)

150 min | Adventure

The story of two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn apart by the Jacobite rising of 1745.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: John Gielgud, Ian Richardson, Finola Hughes, Nickolas Grace

Votes: 147

9. Kidnapped (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1747, young David Balfour's life is threatened by his greedy uncle Ebenezer who wishes to become heir to the considerable Balfour estate.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Otto Preminger | Stars: Warner Baxter, Freddie Bartholomew, Arleen Whelan, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 255

10. Kidnapped (1948)

Approved | 81 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In Scotland in 1752, the 17-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Sue England, Dan O'Herlihy, Roland Winters

Votes: 170

11. Kidnapped (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Peter Finch, James MacArthur, Bernard Lee, John Laurie

Votes: 1,188

12. Kidnapped (1971)

G | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

In eighteenth century Scotland, during the Jacobite Rebellion, David Balfour claims his inheritance from his uncle who has him shanghaied on a ship where David meets fugitive Jacobite rebel Alan Breck.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Lawrence Douglas, Vivien Heilbron

Votes: 1,019

13. Kidnapped (1995 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When Scottish young gentleman David Balfour's father dies, he leaves school to collect his inheritance from uncle Ebenezer, who in turn sells the boy as a future slave to a pirate ship. ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Armand Assante, Patrick Malahide, Michael Kitchen, Brian Blessed

Votes: 407

14. Kidnapped (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 222 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

15-year-old Davie Balfour is poised to receive a vast inheritance when he's lured onto a cargo ship, knocked unconscious, and kidnapped by his malevolent uncle Ebenezer, who devises a ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Maher | Stars: James Anthony Pearson, Tania Anderson, John Bach, Emily Barclay

Votes: 228

15. Treasure Island (1934)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Family

Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger

Votes: 2,243 | Gross: $2.54M

16. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

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: 6,157

17. Long John Silver (1954)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In this sequel to Treasure Island, Long John hopes to rescue his friend Jim from a rival pirate and return for more treasure.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Lloyd Berrell, Grant Taylor

Votes: 614

18. The Adventures of Long John Silver (1955–1957)

30 min | Adventure, Family

Swashbuckling made for TVs episodes staring 'Legend' Robert newton as Long John Silver and argh 'Jim Larrd' as they face many new adventures......

Stars: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Kit Taylor, Eric Reiman

Votes: 122

19. Treasure Island (1972)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Family

Young Jim Hawkins has an unforgettable encounter with pirate Captain Long John Silver and his murderous mates.

Directors: John Hough, Andrea Bianchi, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Orson Welles, Kim Burfield, Lionel Stander, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,058

20. Treasure Island (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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

Director: Fraser C. Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee

Votes: 4,407

21. Treasure Island (2007)

186 min | Adventure

A terrible storm is raging the night it all begins - with a knock on the door. 17-year-old Jim Hawkins helps his widowed mother run their little tavern on the coast of 19th century England.... See full summary »

Director: Hansjörg Thurn | Stars: François Goeske, Diane Willems, Tobias Moretti, Christian Redl

Votes: 399

22. Black Sails (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 56 min | Adventure, Drama

Follows Captain Flint and his pirates twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "Treasure Island."

Stars: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Zach McGowan

Votes: 84,174

23. 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: 1,578 | Gross: $0.68M

24. 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: 4,030 | Gross: $2.96M

25. The Buccaneer (1938)

Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame

Votes: 581

26. Last of the Buccaneers (1950)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Adventure, History

Swashbuckler about the adventures of pirate Jean Lafitte after he helped save New Orleans from a British invasion during the War of 1812.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Paul Henreid, Jack Oakie, Karin Booth, Mary Anderson

Votes: 121

27. 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: 2,109

28. Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Passed | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey

Votes: 2,685

29. The Princess and the Pirate (1944)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.

Directors: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,677

30. 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: 1,391

31. 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: 1,389

32. 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: 1,085

33. 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: 1,201

34. 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: 2,089

35. 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: 5,289

36. Sea Devils (1953)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Gilliat,a fisherman/smuggler is in jail, and is offered a pardon, if he undertakes a mission to sail to France to rescue Douchette, an English agent, whose cover has been blown,and who has now been jailed. Gilliat accepts the challenge.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Rock Hudson, Maxwell Reed, Denis O'Dea

Votes: 462

37. Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure

Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida. He has fallen in love with her by the time he ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: John Payne, Donna Reed, Gerald Mohr, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 343

38. The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953)

Approved | 230 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The British Admirality assigns two officers, Richard Dale and Alan Duncan, to gather evidence to convict Captain Kidd of piracy in the English courts. They sail for New York to learn the ... See full summary »

Directors: Derwin Abrahams, Charles S. Gould | Stars: Richard Crane, David Bruce, John Crawford, George Wallace

Votes: 33

39. Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Action

Anthony Dexter---bare-chested most of the film with the smoldering nostrils from "Valentino"---as "Captain Kidd" is saved from hanging by an Earl who wants to get his hand on Kidd's ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Anthony Dexter, Eva Gabor, Alan Hale Jr., James Seay

Votes: 106

40. Moonfleet (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Drama

A young orphan is sent to the village of Moonfleet, in Dorset, England to stay with his mother's former lover, who has the facade of a gentleman but is a leader of a gang of swashbuckling bootleggers. The duo went on a treasure hunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 2,999

41. The Queen of the Pirates (1960)

80 min | Action, Adventure, History

In the 16th century, a sea captain and his daughter escape a false by running away to become pirates.

Director: Mario Costa | Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Massimo Serato, Scilla Gabel, Livio Lorenzon

Votes: 93

42. Marie of the Isles (1959)

111 min | Adventure, Romance

In 1635, Jacques du Parquet, the nephew of the well known explorer Belain d'Esnambic, enters a tavern in Dieppe, and falls in love with the daughter of the bartender, Marie Bonnard. He ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Combret | Stars: Belinda Lee, Alain Saury, Darío Moreno, Magali Noël

Votes: 16

43. 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: 113

44. Sir Francis Drake (1961– )

25 min | Adventure, Family

The adventures of Sir Francis Drake during the 1500's. Sir Francis is probably one of the most famous explorers of the high seas. The twenty six episodes of the series are about his ... See full summary »

Stars: Terence Morgan, Jean Kent, Michael Crawford, Milton Reid

Votes: 66

45. Seven Seas to Calais (1962)

Approved | 102 min | Adventure

Sir Francis Drake goes on an expedition to the New World and steals gold from the Spaniards. After making a daring getaway, he returns to England where he protects Queen Elizabeth I from a ... See full summary »

Directors: Rudolph Maté, Primo Zeglio | Stars: Rod Taylor, Keith Michell, Edy Vessel, Terence Hill

Votes: 328

46. The Executioner of Venice (1963)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In Venice,during the Inquisition,Sandrigo Bembo,the son of the Doge Giovanni Bembo,is falsely accused of treason out of pure malice by the Grand Inquisitor Rodrigo Zeno.

Director: Luigi Capuano | Stars: Lex Barker, Guy Madison, Alessandra Panaro, Mario Petri

Votes: 138

47. 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: 560

48. 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: 1,707