If you or your kids have ever dreamed of sailing the Seven Seas in search of treasure, then a pirate’s life is probably for you. These movies for kids and families about pirates will take you to lands near and far in an adventure of epic proportions.
There is something about
being a pirate that seems so appealing to kids. Who wouldn’t want to spend their days exploring the open sea on a boat, fighting off enemies, searching for buried treasure, and seeing where the wind blows them? But it’s also best that kids just play pretend when it comes to being a pirate. Spending all of that time in the open ocean seems kind of dangerous (and just a little lonely!)
These movies will make everyone in the family feel as if they’re a pirate, even if they haven’t earned their sea legs just yet. Whether you watch a classic film like
Peter Pan or Hook or opt for an international film like Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Llama Rama, you will automatically be transported to the ocean. And some of these films, like Pirates of Penzance and Ice Age 4 use music and humor to make being a pirate seem so interesting.
Even if boats make you seasick, you will find a pirate movie that everyone in the family will want to watch.
1 The Adventures of Tintin
After Tintin and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship, they end up on an action-packed journey to uncover the ship’s secrets, which may hold a vast fortune, or an ancient curse.
Watch The Adventures of Tintin, rated PG, on HBO Max. 2 Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama is a movie from Norway. Sola Media/YouTube
In this international film from Norway, Captain Sabertooth and his crew set sail to find a treasure hidden in the lands of Lama Rama. But Pinky, an 11-year-old boy who dreams of being a part of Captain Sabertooth’s crew, may thwart his plans.
Watch Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama, rated PG, on Amazon Prime Video. 3 Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie is based on the Nickelodeon show. YouTube Movies
When Arnold and his friends win a class trip to San Lorenzo, their trip takes them on a swashbuckling adventure and a turn for the worst, leading them down the same dangerous path as Arnold’s missing parents.
Watch Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, rated TV-PG, on Netflix. 4 Hook
Middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning must return to his origins as Peter Pan when Captain Hook abducts his young children. But Peter’s old gang in Neverland might not be as willing to help their old leader rescue his children and save the day.
Watch Hook, rated PG, on Hulu. 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift Ice Age: Continental Drift is the 4th installment of the Ice Age film series. YouTube Movies
Manny the Mammoth and his friends experience consequences when the continents drift apart in the fourth installment of
Ice Age. Forced to find their way back home, the group of animals set sail on a floating iceberg, led by a band of pirates. Watch Ice Age: Continental Drift, rated PG, on Disney+. 6 Labou
Three young friends set out to find a pirate ship lost in the Louisiana bayou, where instead they discover a magical, friendly, swamp creature named Labou who helps them save the bayou from destruction.
Rent Labou, rated G, on A mazon Prime Video with Freevee. 7 LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
The Mystery Inc. gang heads to Blowout Beach for a seriously cool party. But when the Ghost Pirates show up and threaten to ruin all of the fun, it’s up to the gang to make sure their party is a smashing success.
Watch LEGO Scooby-Doo! Beach Blowout Bash, unrated, on HBO Max. 8 Muppet Treasure Island
The Muppets take to the seas in search of what else? Treasure. Good thing Captain Smollett, aka Kermit the Frog, is at the helm of the ship to steer them away from the greedy Long John Silver.
Watch Muppet Treasure Island, rated G, on Disney+. 9 Pan
This 2015 adaptation of
Peter Pan imagines Peter as a 12-year-old orphan, who is whisked away to the world of Neverland. Once he’s there, he must band together with his new friends to fight the evil pirate, Blackbeard. Watch Pan, rated PG, on Netflix. 10 Peter Pan
Peter Pan, the hero of Wendy’s stories, whisks away her and her brothers to the magical world of Never Land. After exploring the island and meeting Peter’s friends, the Lost Boys, they engage in a battle with the evil Captain Hook. It should be noted, according to Disney, that the movie includes negative depictions or misrepresentations of cultures.
Watch Peter Pan, rated G, on Disney+. 11 Peter Pan (2003) The live action version of Peter Pan is streaming on Peacock. YouTube Movies
After Wendy Darling and her brothers meet Peter Pan, a boy who never ages, they get transported to the island of Neverland. But when the evil pirate, Captain Hook, kidnaps Wendy and her brothers, it’s up to Peter and the Lost Boys to save them.
Rent Peter Pan, rated PG, on Amazon Prime Video for $3.99. 12 The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirates Band of Misfits is an animated movie from 2012. YouTube Movies
An enthusiastic pirate captain and his ragtag crew help their fearless leader attempt to win the title of Pirate of the Year. But first they have to defeat their rivals, Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz.
Rent The Pirates! Band of Misfits, rated PG, on Amazon Prime Video, for $3.99. 13 Pirates of Penzance
Fredric has spent his formative years as a junior pirate, and is looking to break free on his 21st birthday. But since he was born on a leap year, Frederic technically isn’t 21, and the Pirate King is still his master. This movie is also a musical, so there is a fun break in the comedy.
Rent Pirates of Penzance, rated G, on YouTube Movies for $3.99. 14 The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything is a Veggie Tales movie. YouTube Movies
Three lazy vegetable friends, who are employed at a pirate theme diner, dream of putting on the ultimate pirate show. But their lives are turned upside down when they are transported back to the 17th century.
Rent The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie, rated G, on YouTube for $3.99. 15 Seven Seas Pirates
Pirates Selkirk and Pupi are taken captive on a deserted island after their crew steals a treasure map from them. Selkirk must subdue his desire for revenge on his crew to learn to see the world differently.
Watch Seven Seas Pirates, rated TV-G, on Roku. 16 The Snow Queen 3: Fire & Ice
Gerda has the dream of finding her parents who were once taken by the North Wind. With the help of the tireless pirate, Alfida, they try to help her achieve her dream in this animated film from Russia.
Watch The Snow Queen 3: Fire & Ice, rated G, on Amazon Prime Video. 17 The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is from 2016. YouTube Movies
When Princess Alise is stranded on a wild, mysterious island, she and her gang of swashbucklers make new friends and work together to thwart beasts.
Rent The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today!, rated PG, on Google Play, for $3.99. 18 The Pirate Fairy
Meet Zarina, a dust keeping fairy who is captivated by blue pixie dust. But when her wild ideas get her in trouble, she flees her hollow to join the pirates of Skull Rock, who make her the captain of their ship. She, along with her friends, must fight against a band of pirates, including a young Captain Hook.
Watch The Pirate Fairy, rated G, on Disney+. 19 Treasure Planet
In this futuristic take on
Treasure Island, a secret map inspires a young Jim Hawkins and his crew to go on a treasure hunt across the universe, where they discover treasure greater than ever imagined. Watch Treasure Planet, rated PG, on Disney+. 20 The Wild Life
The day to day routine of the animals that inhabit a tropical island gets shaken up when a sailor named Robinson Crusoe gets washed ashore. He proves to be a helpful ally when two cats try to take over their paradise.
Rent The Wild Life, rated PG, on Amazon Prime Video for $3.99. 21 Sinbad Legend Of The Seven Seas
Follow the epic adventure of a sailor named Sinbad, who searches the Seven Seas for the Book of Peace to save an innocent prince from certain death after being framed by a treacherous Goddess of Chaos named Eris. This exciting movie stars Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Watch Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas (rated PG) on Peacock. 22 Scooby-Doo Pirates Ahoy!
This fun, 70-minute film follows Scooby-Doo and the gang on a creepy cruise to the Bermuda Triangle. But the fun pirate dress-up quickly turns scary as they have to solve a mystery before being made to walk the plank. Ahoy, maties! This calls for a Scooby Snack.
Watch Scooby-Doo Pirates Ahoy! (rated TV-Y7) on HBO Max. 23 Magic Island
Magic, mermaids, sword-fighting, and an island full of mysteries makes
Magic Island a classic. This Pirate film follows a 13-year-old named Jake who is transported inside his book about pirates, suddenly finding himself in the middle of an adventure on an island. Watch Magic Island (rated PG) on Amazon Prime Video with Freevee. 24 Pippi in the South Seas
When Pippi Longstocking discovers a band of pirates have kidnapped her father, the spunky redhead decides to rescue him herself. This cute 1975 film is filled with music and tons of adventure.
Rent Pippi In The South Seas (rated G) on Amazon Prime Video for $3.99. 25 Swiss Family Robinson
One of the greatest pirate films is
Swiss Family Robinson, a heroic tale of a family who overcome the challenges of living on a deserted island. After the Robinson family are shipwrecked, they create a civilized community out of their new home, which they must defend against pirates. It’s two hours and six minutes of classic Disney adventure. Watch Swiss Family Robinson (rated G) on Disney+.
From animated movies to live-action tales, these pirate movies are filled with adventure, sword-fighting, and sailing the Seven Seas.
This article was originally published on
Aug. 19, 2021