Ten Must Watch Pirate Movies
It's time to glug up the rum, pick up a wench and hit the local movie-house once again as the fourth installment of the Pirates Of The Caribbean -- called On Stranger Tides -- series hits theatres this Friday.
And while eyepatches may have been replaced by those pesky 3D glasses they hand out at multiplexes now, here's a look at ten movies all those fond of cinematic seadogs should know well.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl - 2003
Director Gore Verbinski introduced us to the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow, and Johnny Depp made the inimitable character completely irresistible.
The film itself reduced the world's audience to a clamoring throng of 12-year-old boys, proving itself to be a fantastically fun watch.
Image: A scene from Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl - 2003
The Princess Bride- 1987
And before Jack Sparrow came onto the scene, Cary Elwes' Westley was surely the coolest pirate in the land of the silver screen.
Image: A scene from The Princess Bride
The Pirates Of Penzance- 1983
Kline's pirate is an all-time great, and the songs are a blast.
Image: A scene from The Pirates Of Penzance
Blackbeard's Ghost- 1968
Speaking of good actors hamming it up, the great Peter Ustinov visibly had a blast in this Disney comedy about the legendary pirate rising from the dead and befriending a track coach who could clearly use a helping hand.
It's a tack we've copied with Chamatkar and Bhootnath, but nothing works like Ustinov's delightful original.
Image: A scene from Blackbeard's Ghost
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea- 1954
Two words: Captain Nemo. Jules Verne's classic novel made its way to the big screen several times, but this Disney version where the spectacular James Mason played the legendary commander of the Nautilus is by far the finest.
Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre also star.
Image: A scene from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Captain Kidd And The Slave Girl- 1954
A highly entertaining and unabashedly silly film: a must watch, really.
Image: A scene from Captain Kidd And The Slave Girl
Disney's Peter Pan- 1953
Image: A scene from Peter Pan
The Pirate- 1948
The lovely Judy Garland plays Kelly's heroine as he pretends to be feared pirate Mack The Black.
Image: A scene from The Pirate
Treasure Island- 1950
Image: A scene from Treasure Island
Captain Blood- 1935
And hey, he kisses Olivia De Havilland.
Image: A scene from Captain Blood