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In the early 2000s, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean introduced moviegoers to one of the decade’s most iconic film characters: Johhny Depp’s quick-witted pirate lord, Captain Jack Sparrow. On the back of Depp’s presentations, the quintet of swashbuckling adventures earned USD 4.5 billion at the worldwide box office — suitable for a spot among the most lucrative film franchises ever.
Ahead of the planned Pirates of the Caribbean 6, we’ve created a guide to help you navigate the series’ story for all the movies. Scroll down to find out how to watch the Pirates of the Caribbean films in order, by narrative chronologically or release date.
How Many Pirates of the Caribbean Movies Are There?
There are five feature-length Pirates of the Caribbean movies and one short film. Two future Pirates movies are planned: the franchise’s sixth mainline film and a female-led movie starring Margot Robbie. However, Margot Robbie has said that her film might not be happening.
Several other Pirates stories have been told through novels, comics, and video games. However, this list exclusively covers the film series.
Pirates of the Caribbean in Chronological Order
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1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
From then on, the Pirates movies’ release date and narrative chronologies line up. The Curse of the Black Pearl, the series’ first movie, takes viewers back to the early 18th century during the Golden Age of Piracy. The debut film presents us with the series’ main characters: Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), and Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush)
Plot: The film introduces us to the charismatic and eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp. Jack arrives in Port Royal intending to hijack a ship and embarks on a quest to retrieve his stolen ship, the Black Pearl. Along the way, he teams up with blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the governor’s daughter.
They discover that the Black Pearl and its crew are cursed, with each crew member being an immortal skeleton at night due to stolen Aztec gold. The trio must break the curse and defeat the treacherous Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Plot: In this installment, Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by the ghostly Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) due to a blood debt Jack owes him. Jack’s friends, Will and Elizabeth, are arrested for aiding him. They set out on a quest to find the heart of Davy Jones, which holds his curse, to free themselves from their predicaments. Along the way, they face numerous challenges, including encounters with cannibals and the notorious Flying Dutchman.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Plot: The final film in the original trilogy sees the pirate alliance, led by Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann, uniting to take on the mighty East India Trading Company, led by Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander). The pirates must also contend with the resurrected Davy Jones and the treacherous pirate Captain Hector Barbossa. The film culminates in an epic battle for control of the seas and the freedom of all pirates.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Plot: Jack Sparrow returns in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth. Along the way, he encounters the notorious pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his daughter Angelica (Penélope Cruz), who has a mysterious past with Jack. The quest for the Fountain involves challenges such as mermaids and zombies as various factions seek to claim their power.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (also known as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) (2017)
Plot: Captain Jack Sparrow faces a deadly new foe, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). A vengeful ghost pirate hunter who escapes from the Devil’s Triangle. And is to eliminate all pirates, especially Jack. Jack teams up with young astronomer Henry Turner and Carina Smyth to find the Trident of Poseidon. Which can control the seas and break curses.
Future Pirates of the Caribbean Movies
There are two future Pirates of the Caribbean movies in the works. Up next will be the franchise’s sixth mainline movie. The film will also be a reboot rather than a continuation of Dead Men Tell No Tales. Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production president Sean Bailey explained they have “a perfect, exciting story that honors the films that have come before but also has something new to say.”
And regarding Johnny Depp’s return to the franchise, Bailey also mentioned that he’s “noncommittal at this point” about getting Depp back into the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
In summary, these are the five prominent films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Each offering a unique blend of adventure, humor, and supernatural elements. While there have been talks of future installments and spin-offs, these were the filmsthat got release up to my last knowledge.