Reader Melissa calls me out, and rightly so, for not following through on my promise to talk about pirate movies. I apologize for this — we’ve been packing up our house in advance of a cross-country move, and we’ve had little time for film viewing.

But let me get on track here. I’ve taken inventory of the pirate movies available to me that I haven’t packed yet — things I own on VHS and DVD, things I taped off of TCM, bootlegs and fandubs I’ve traded around for, and the selection available on Netflix. I’m thinking that maybe what I should do is let you pick a couple you’d like to see me write about, or about which you’d like to converse through the comments section.

Here’s the list, in chronological order, with director listed:

Captain Blood (Curtiz, 1935)
The Sea Hawk (Curtiz, 1940)
The Black Swan (King, 1942)
The Spanish Main (Borzage, 1945)
Sinbad the Sailor (Wallace, 1947 [is Sinbad a pirate?])
Treasure Island (Haskin, 1950)
Tripoli (Price, 1950)
Against All Flags (Sherman, 1952)
The Crimson Pirate (Siodmak, 1952)
The Golden Hawk (Salkow, 1953)
Raiders of the Seven Seas (Salkow, 1953)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (Landers, 1954)
Morgan the Pirate (De Toth, 1960)
Pirates of Tortuga (Webb, 1961)
Queen of the Seas (Lenzi, 1961)
Tiger of the Seven Seas (Capuano, 1962)
Samurai Pirate (Taniguchi, 1963)
Cold Steel For Tortuga (Capuano, 1965)
Il Corsaro (Mollica, 1970)
Blackie the Pirate (Palli, 1971)
Ghost in the Noonday Sun (Medak, 1973)
Swashbuckler (Goldstone, 1976)
Pirates of Penzance (Leach, 1983)
Treasure Island (Heston, 1990)
Cutthroat Island (Harlin, 1995)
Muppet Treasure Island (Henson, 1996)
Pirates of the Caribbean (Verbinski, 2003)
The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists! (Lord, 2012)

I’ve not seen all of these, some I haven’t seen in a decade, some I’ve watched in the past month. Which of those look the most interesting to you? Which would you like to discuss? Let me know in the comments below!