Pirate Gold on the Silver Screen

Top 10 Pirate Movies

In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Friday, 19 September 2014, we're featuring the most widely held pirate movies in WorldCat. For any bibliographic lubbers out there, this means that more libraries own copies of these movies than any others in WorldCat, the largest database of library materials in the world.

This is the first list in our feature: Treasure Aisles: 5 Lists for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

  1. Peter Pan, 1951 (Disney)

    Fantastic adventures await Wendy Darling and her brothers when Peter Pan whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land. After following Peter and his feisty sidekick Tinker Bell, they explore the island and Peter's secret hideout with the Lost Boys and leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous Captain Hook.

  2. The Princess Bride, 1987

    Return to a time when men were men and swamps were fire swamps, full of quicksand and rodents of unusual size. Lagoons were inhabited by shrieking eels, and the most beautiful woman in the world was named ... Buttercup? Well, it's a bent fairy tale, complete with all the fencing, fighting, chases, escapes and silly accents you'd expect.

  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl, 2002

    The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal. (Walt Disney Pictures / Jerry Bruckheimer Films, 2003).

  4. Hook, 1976

    A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, Hook stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook.

  5. Peter Pan, 2003 (Universal Pictures)

    In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckler skills and the ever fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become real heroes of an even greater story when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and takes them on a journey over moonlit rooftops to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life, free of grown-up rules.

  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, 2011

    A tale of truth, betrayal, youth, demise, and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past, he's not sure if it's love, or if she's a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever, Jack doesn't know who to fear more, Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

  7. Captain Phillips, 2013

    Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, 2006

    Captain Jack owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones, who captains the ghostly Flying Dutchman. Unless Jack can find a way out, he will be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation.

  9. Treasure Planet, 2002

    Jim is a young man who grew up reading tales of pirates and adventures on the high seas, and longs for similar excitement in his own life. One day a dying man hands him a map and gives him a warning. Upon careful examination, Jim realizes the map charts the course to Treasure Planet, a distant world where hundreds of space pirates have stashed their loot. Jim is certain this is the adventure he's been dreaming of and sets out to find the fabled Treasure Planet.

  10. Muppet Treasure Island, 1996

    Young Jim Hawkins inherits a long-lost map to a pirate's treasure, and soon the ship Hispaniola and its Muppet crew set sail on the bounding main.

This list was generated using OCLC WorldCat. The list order is based on the number of OCLC member libraries that hold a given title.

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