Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was destined to be the biggest flop of 2003. Really Disney, you made a movie out of your own theme park ride? But as history showed us, the first Pirates – or more accurately, Johnny Depp’s career-defining performance – pleased many audiences. For slightly better and so much worse, Jack Sparrow has been holding the franchise together ever since. Gore Verbinski’s original trilogy is a unique triptych of blockbusters that are refreshingly ambitious given their origin and unprofitable genre. The series has long overstayed its welcome, but a few of its entries remain some of the most enjoyable, freewheeling blockbusters of our time. By now, you already know how many Pirates of the Caribbean movies are there. Today, we are going to rank the list of all Pirates of the Caribbean movies, ranked in order from worst to best.
5. On Stranger Tides
Padded with lifeless action sequences and scarcely supported by its paltry collection of characters, On Stranger Tides foolishly placed Jack Sparrow at the center of everything. The fourth and most superfluous Pirates film attempts to echo the tone of the first film in its scaled back runtime and simplicity, but there’s nothing remotely diverting about the most dull and utterly forgettable film of the franchise. Almost painfully mediocre, Stranger Tides washes over you so feebly that upon rewatch it would be like you were seeing it for the first time.
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4. Dead Men Tell No Tales