Ranking Pirates of the Caribbean Movies

Here we rank the Pirates movies!

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5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The fourth Pirates movie sought to shake up the formula a bit by having Captain Jack Sparrow go on a solo adventure. Unfortunately, this story is totally aimless, making for a messy film full of forgettable characters and unnecessary side stories. If the focus had been on Jack in a smaller, more intimate film, it could've worked, but the filmmakers tried too hard to make it another big, epic, action/adventure movie. Johnny Depp isn't bad in it, though, and he takes Sparrow to more heroic places making for a bit of welcome character development. This supporting cast isn't bad either with Ian McShance bringing gravitas and menace to the role of Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz delivering a fun performance as his daughter and Jack's former lover Angelica. However, Geoffrey Rush is still the highlight here giving Barbossa deep character motivations. The mermaids are fun for one scene, but the side story with missionary Phillip and captured mermaid Serena is almost completely meaningless and ends on an odd, unresolved cliffhanger. Overall, this is still an entertaining movie, but it just doesn't hold up to any of the other films.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Definitely the most convoluted of all the Pirates movies, At World's End is a shockingly dense movie for a summer blockbuster franchise. That can be both a good thing and a bad thing, though. I tip my hat to director Gore Verbinski and writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio who weave an extremely intricate story which follows the story of the second film and resolves it's cliffhanger while also introducing several new characters and giving us a satisfying conclusion to this epic story. Bill Nighy is a stand out as he does his best work as the undead, sea-creature captain Davy Jones here via motion capture as well as Naomi Harris as the creepy Tia Dalma. There's some over-the-top stuff in here that can distract from the overall story, but when you pay attention it's a great film with each character on their own mission. This film is full of double-crosses and manipulations and you really have to have seen Dead Man's Chest and pay close attention to get what's going on. It's got the biggest and best action of the entire series with great sword fights and ship-to-ship battles on the open sea with some of the best visual effects ever put to film and plenty of truly incredible shots of the Caribbean. 

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