In 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl sailed its way into cinemas.

The high-sea adventure movie, based on a Disney Land theme park ride, introduced audiences to Captain Jack Sparrow, was a big box office hit and led to a series of movies.

But how many Pirates of the Caribbean movies are there and what is the viewing order for the series?

In this post, I navigate my way around the films and reveal all of the details you need to know!

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The Pirates of the Caribbean films in order

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To date, there are five Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The Pirates of the Caribbean movies – which were produced between 2003 and 2017 – should be watched in this order:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)*

*Please note: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also goes by the name of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge. The name of the film differs depending on where in the world you live.

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Are all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies part of the same series?

All five Pirates films are part of the same series, with events told in chronological order.

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Who are the cast of the Pirates of the Caribbean films?

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The cast of the Pirates of the Caribbean films is pretty consistent across the course of the series. Notable actors in the Pirates of the Caribbean series include Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Javier Bardem, Chow Yun-fat, Penélope Cruz, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgård and Ian McShane.

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Is the Pirates of the Caribbean series the work of the same director?

The Pirates of the Caribbean films are the work of multiple directors. Gore Verbinski directed The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, and At World’s End, Rob Marshall directed On Stranger Tides, and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandber directed Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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What is the best Pirates of the Caribbean film?

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The Curse of the Black Pearl is generally considered to be the strongest film in the collection. According to IMDb the Pirates of the Caribbean films are ranked as follows:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) – 8.0/10
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – 7.3/10
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – 7.1/10
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – 6.6/10
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) – 6.6/10
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