Mere mention of the words pirate and movies and one franchise leaps to mind with Disney’s Pirate of the Caribbean series being the most successful swashbuckling films ever made. But believe or not, there are other pirate movies, and lots of them. Have you seen them all? Today’s Here’s 5 are pirate movies that don’t star Johnny Depp.
In this musical comedy based on the hit Broadway play, a young pirate named Frederic (Rex Smith) is looking forward to turning 21 and being free of the Pirate King (Kevin Kline), but since his birthday is on a leap year, he still has four more years to go. But that's only half his problem in wooing the lovely Mabel (Linda Ronstadt). A rousing adventure with a great cast.
Cutthroat Island (1995)
A notorious box office flop that actually shut down its studio, this adventure follows wily and courageous Morgan Adams (Geena Davis) as she goes on the hunt for her pirate uncle Dawg Brown (Frank Langella) after he kidnaps her father who possesses a piece of a treasure map. With troublemaker and swashbuckler William Shaw (Matthew Modine) at her side, this is not nearly as bad as its reputation. But yeah, it's not great.
After notorious pirate Yellowbeard (Graham Chapman) escapes from 20 years in prison, he sets out to find his long lost treasure. Thing is, he's not the only one on the hunt as he faces off against his old shipmates and a pair of witty conquistadors (Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin). Made with Monty Python cast members, it doesn't quite it the high marks of their other films, but is still a fun time on the high seas.
When old salty pirate Captain Red (Walter Matthau) and his cabin boy Jean-Baptiste"The Frog" (Cris Campion) are captured and taken as prisoner aboard a big Spanish galleon, they take the opportunity to turn the crew and stage a mutiny to kidnap the niece of the governor of Maracaibo (Charlotte Lewis), a beautiful girl Frog falls in love with. A huge box office flop, this odd film is still worth watching if you're a fan of the genre.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
This classic Muppet adventure follows Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop), an orphan boy who ends up in possession of a secret treasure map and sets sail with Captain Abraham Smollett (Kermit the Frog) and crew to locate the fortune, but pirates are on the hunt and no one can be trusted as they take to the open seas. Two words: Tim Curry. Enough said.