Here’s every Pirates Of The Caribbean movie in chronological order. Prior to 2003’s original Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, pirate films were considered box-office poison by studios. High-profile flops included Cutthroat Island and Disney’s animated adventure Treasure Planet. Faith in Pirates Of The Caribbean, which was based off the iconic ride, was so low that at one stage an alternate, straight to video movie potentially starring Christopher Walken as Jack Sparrow was considered.
Instead, Disney rolled the dice on the project and it paid off beautifully. The movie’s witty script combined with Gore Verbinski’s assured direction made the first Pirates Of The Caribbean a juggernaut success. The movie has spawned four sequels to date, with the franchise having grossed nearly $5 billion collectively. In 2020 it was confirmed that Margot Robbie would front a new Pirates spinoff, though no real story details for this new entry have been revealed just yet.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies don’t use roman numerals so unless viewers have been paying attention over the years, the exact viewing order can be confusing. Here’s the chronological order for the series.
- 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)
While Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow might be the uniting factor between each installment, the first three movies centered around the love story between Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth and Orlando Bloom’s Will. Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End were shot back to back and the reviews for both were mixed, with their excessive runtimes and the overabundance of subplots being a source of criticism.
Neither Knightley nor Bloom returned for the fourth entry Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which instead had a romantic subplot between mermaid Syrena and missionary Philip. The story focused on the hunt for the Fountain of Youth, but while reviews continued to be mixed, the movie was another runaway success. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the most recent instalment, with a literal ghost from Jack’s past – played by Javier Bardem – coming back to seek revenge. In addition to the Margot Robbie Pirates Of The Caribbean spinoff, a sixth film to be helmed by Dead Men Tell No Tale’s co-director Joachim Rønning and potentially starring Karen Gillan is also in the works.