10 of the Most Memorable Swashbuckling Movie Pirates

dustin_hoffman_as_captain_hook_in_the_hollywood_bl_5195be0ed7

We’re used to seeing pirates portrayed as having a peg leg, an eye patch, and parrots on their shoulders. Thus, it’s a bit surprising to see an emaciated Somalian boy referred to as a “pirate” even though that’s often what a modern pirate might in fact look like.  With the recent news about pirates, I started thinking about pirates in movies, where they are stereotyped for the audience’s liking.  Take a look at 10 of the most memorable swashbucklers from the big screen.  Note: one pirate per movie/series! Arrrrrrrr!!!! Scurvyyyy!!!!! OK, I’ll stop.

maxresdefault

Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean Movies

Immortalized by Johnny Depp, Captain Jack Sparrow is memorable from his very first appearance in the first Pirates of the Carribbean movie. He’s crafty and resourceful, and comes off as (a not sober) Keith Richards with a dash of Steven Tyler and sprinkles of a homeless person. Still, he’s cool enough to flirt with Keira Knightly and can get away with wearing eye shadow. As bad as the sequels were – and they were effing BAD – Jack Sparrow was still worth watching.

pirate

Steve the Pirate – Dodgeball

Even though he didn’t have a pirate ship or a peg leg, Steve the Pirate could “Arrrr!” with the best of them. It was a shame that he lost his pirate getup at the end of Dodgeball; it must have been a real treat for his fellow gym members to bench press next to a pirate doing preacher curls. Alan Tudyk is a great actor and impossible not to like in Firefly and Serenity.

hello-my-name-is-inigo-montoya-

Dread Pirate Roberts/Wesley – The Princess Bride

Princess Buttercup believes that her love, Wesley, was attacked and killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts, and so she agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck. Wesley was not killed, however, after telling Roberts about his love for Buttercup. Roberts was so impressed that he made Wesley his apprentice and eventually passed to Wesley his name and rank of captain. Wesley, it should be noted, is just filthy with a sword.

12

Douglas “Dawg” Brown – Cutthroat Island

Played by Frank Langella, Dawg is the evil uncle of female pirate Morgan Adams. They both seek to find three pieces of a treasure map that leads to treasue on…Cutthroat Island. If this sounds stupid, it’s because it is: the movie was a ginormous flop. Still, Langella rules. The guy has played Skeletor, Nixon, and a pirate.

dustin_hoffman_as_captain_hook_in_the_hollywood_bl_5195be0ed7

Captain Hook – Peter Pan, Hook

With apologies to Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook is perhaps the most memorable pirate of all time. He loathes the boy who won’t grow up, Peter Pan, and generally terrorizes the citizens of Neverland. The hook that has replaced the Captain’s hand and surely formed the Captain’s moniker was bitten off by a crocodile. Sure, there are saltwater crocodiles, but wouldn’t a shark have made a bit more sense?

Long Jon

Long John Silver – Treasure Island

It’s kind of sad that Long John Silver is a legendary character born from the genius of Robert Lewis Stevenson, and whenever I see his name, I don’t think “Treasure Island.” I think about seafood.


Add Comment

Chopped TV Show
Reasons to Suggest the Show Chopped is Fake
Eye of the Dragon
Hulu To Take on Stephen King’s “Eye of the Dragon” For Television
NCIS Season 10 Finale
What’s Next for NCIS: Los Angeles after Season 10 Finale?
big bang theory win
Why The Big Bang Series Finale Completely Nailed It
Michael Rooker in Cliffhanger
Why Michael Rooker Would Make a Perfect King Shark
John Wick in the rain
How Much More of John Wick Can We Expect To See?
Crawl
Can New Alligator Movie “Crawl” Make up For All Bad Alligator Horror Movies?
apocalypse now memorial day movie
Five Awesome Movies to Watch on Memorial Day
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Kurtis Blow
october kingsley
10 Things You Didn’t Know about October Kingsley
huma qureshi
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Huma Qureshi
Karrueche Tran
20 Things You Didn’t Know about Karrueche Tran
Alan Moore Comic Book Writer
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Alan Moore
Squirrel Girl
Why Squirrel Girl Deserves Her Own Featured Film
10 Things You Never Knew about Batman’s Logo
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Doctor Strange’s Dormammu
Raphtalia
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Raphtalia
What Exactly is the Goku Ultra Instinct Form?
20 Things You Didn’t Know about Goblin Slayer
The History and Evolution of AnimeJapan
Georgia Setting
Is The Best ‘Walking Dead’ Story In A Video Game?
marvels iron man vr hero banner
Five Upcoming Superhero Video Games We’re Psyched For
Final Fantasy VII
Square Enix Finally Gives a Final Fantasy VII Update
Star Citizen
Will Gamers Ever Get to Play Star Citizen?