12 movies to watch if you love 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
"Pirates of the Caribbean" is a swashbuckling adventure series with new additions in the works.
Fans of the pirate-centric plot may enjoy "Treasure Island" (1950) and "Moonfleet" (1955).
Hits like "Treasure Planet" (2002) and "The Road to El Dorado" (2000) capture the series' heart.
The writers of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) also penned "The Road to El Dorado" (2000).
Summary: After smooth-talking con artists Miguel (voiced by Kenneth Branagh) and Tulio (voiced by Kevin Kline) steal a map to the legendary city of gold, they follow a series of misadventures and are welcomed to El Dorado as gods.
Why you'll like it: From "The Curse of the Black Pearl" to "The Road to El Dorado," writing team Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have an impressive talent for creating rich characters and crafting memorable jokes.
Across their multi-decade career, Rossio and Elliott have also written the screenplays for beloved childhood favorites like "Aladdin" (1992) and "Shrek" (2001).
Johnny Depp and notable "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski reunited in "Rango" (2011).
Summary: In the animated movie "Rango," a sheltered chameleon (voiced by Depp) takes on an unexpected role as the sheriff of a small frontier town.
Why you'll like it: Verbinski directed the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" installments, from "The Curse of the Black Pearl" through "At World's End" (2007), and reunited with Depp to create this oddball animated comedy.
Keira Knightley shines in "King Arthur" (2004).
Summary: This adventurous film follows cavalry officer Arthur (Clive Owen) as he goes on a quest to save a Roman family and meets the bow-wielding Guinevere (Knightley), who offers insight into the ongoing war.
Why you'll like it: The film will likely feel familiar thanks to producer Jerry Bruckheimer and composer Hans Zimmer, who both worked on the "Pirates of Caribbean" franchise.
And Knightley shines as a strong central protagonist and breathes new life into the Arthurian interpretation as Guinevere.
Orlando Bloom plays a Trojan prince in "Troy" (2004).
Summary: As kingdoms stand on the brink of battle, Trojan prince Paris (Bloom) plunges Troy and Sparta into war when he steals Queen Helen (Diane Kruger) away from her husband, King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson).
Why you'll like it: Achilles (Brad Pitt) actually wields a sword more often than Paris in this epic war film, but fans of Bloom's performance as blacksmith-turned-pirate Will Turner will likely enjoy seeing the actor step into another action-packed role.
"Treasure Island" (1950) heavily influenced the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.
Summary: Cabin boy Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) sets sail on a search for buried treasure, unaware that the deadly pirate Long John Silver (Robert Newton) is aboard the same vessel.
Why you'll like it: This faithful adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel features a timeless tale of treasure hunting and has had a strong influence on "The Curse of the Black Pearl" and its successors.
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" series is littered with references to "Treasure Island," from Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) naming his monkey after his adversary to Gibbs (Kevin McNally) singing the classic sea song "Dead Man's Chest."
"Moonfleet" (1955) is a classic adventure film about piracy, legacy, and treasure.
Summary: In the adventure drama "Moonfleet," penniless orphan John Mohune (Jon Whiteley) is sent off to England to live with Jeremy Fox (Stewart Granger), a respectable gentleman who's quickly revealed to be a swaggering buccaneer.
Why you'll like it: Based on the novel by John Meade Falkner, this 18th-century epic is one of the more formative entries in a long line of pirate movies.
Although "Moonfleet" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" seem dissimilar at first glance, both films explore legacy, smuggling, and supernatural skulduggery.
"Captain Phillips" (2013) is a nail-biting thriller about modern-day pirates.
Summary: Inspired by a true story, this thriller follows ship captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his crewmates as they navigate a deadly hostage situation at the hands of Somali pirates.
Why you'll like it: A dramatic retelling of modern piracy, "Captain Phillips" is a more grounded approach to the fantastical adventures at play in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.
Fans of the suspense-filled chase scenes in the Disney series will likely enjoy the critically acclaimed drama, which is rich with tension and features enthralling performances from Hanks and his costar Barkhad Abdi.
"The Pirates of Penzance" (1983) is a musical take on high-seas adventure.
Summary: After he turns 21 years old, junior pirate Frederic (Rex Smith) is happy to hang up his hat for the woman he loves until the Pirate King (Kline) informs him that he must remain a servant for life because he was born on a Leap Day.
Why you'll like it: A cheesy and cheery comedy, "The Pirates of Penzance" brings the original Broadway show to life with extravagant sets and resounding musical numbers.
Although wildly different in tone, both "The Pirates of Penzance" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series center on colorful characters — Jack Sparrow and the Pirate King certainly share a penchant for dramatic flairs and costume pageantry.
Kids and teens go treasure hunting in "The Goonies" (1985).
Summary: Growing up on the "Goon Docks" of 1980s Oregon, Mikey (Sean Astin) and his friends discover a long-lost map in the attic and go on a treasure-hunting expedition with his reluctant brother (Josh Brolin).
Why you'll like it: Full of heart-pounding obstacles and old booby traps, "The Goonies" pairs the fun of an amusement-park ride with endlessly quotable lines.
Viewers who favor the goofier aspects of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise will likely love seeing the kids outwit criminals and sidestep danger on their way to finding One-Eyed Willy's legendary pirate ship.
In "Hook" (1991), Peter Pan returns to Neverland as an adult.
Summary: A grown-up Peter Pan (Robin Williams) must leap into action when his children are whisked away to Neverland by his old enemy, Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman).
Why you'll like it: Directed by Steven Spielberg and composed by John Williams, "Hook" is a fun, swashbuckling adventure film that brings the beloved story of Peter Pan to life through a new lens.
Fans swept up by the magical realism and death-defying sword fights of "Pirates of the Caribbean" will likely fall in love with this refreshing take on a classic story.
Disney put a futuristic spin on plundering in "Treasure Planet" (2002).
Summary: Set in an alternate future, "Treasure Planet" centers on 15-year-old Jim Hawkins (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he goes on an intergalactic quest for legendary loot and crosses paths with cybertronic captain John Silver (voiced by Brian Murray).
Why you'll like it: This wildly creative take on "Treasure Island" transports the beloved character Jim from the past and jettisons him to the futuristic planet of Montressor.
Released in the early 2000s, "Treasure Planet" and "The Curse of the Black Pearl" both share Disney's tried-and-true formula for blending humor and high stakes in a multifaceted family film.
"The Haunted Mansion" (2003) is also a Disney film based on a theme-park ride.
Summary: Realtors Jim (Eddie Murphy) and Sara Evers (Marsha Thomason) bring their children to a prospective rental property and find themselves stranded in an eerie mansion filled with ghosts and ghouls.
Why you'll like it: Beyond the connection of "The Haunted Mansion" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" both having ties to Disney theme-park rides, the films also share bone-chilling scares.
And although "The Haunted Mansion" wasn't well-received by critics upon its initial release, it has evolved into a family favorite through the years thanks to Murphy's memorable lead performance.
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