The pen may be mightier than the sword but Hollywood was quick to realise that good vs evil with a couple of biros wasn't going to cut it in the action stakes. Epitomised by the likes of Errol Flynn (pictured with Basil Rathbone in 'Robin Hood') and Douglas Fairbanks Sr and Jr, the typical swashbuckler was a dazzling swordsman, a fearless adventurer with courage in his heart, romance on his mind and a spring in his step. So buckle your swash and get ready for some rollicking old style entertainment.

Against All Flags (1952)

Director: George Sherman
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Mildred Natwick

Feigning disgrace, British naval officer Brian Hawke (Errol Flynn) makes his way to Madagascar, tasked with infiltrating the pirate crew of Roc Brasil... Read more

Against All Flags / The Rare Breed (1952)

Director: Andrew V McLaglen, George Sherman
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Ben Johnson, Brian Keith, Errol Flynn, James Stewart, Juliet Mill...

With rapier in one hand and rope in the other, Errol Flynn swings into action as a British naval officer charged with stopping pirate Anthony Quinn, i... Read more

Alatriste (2006)

Director: Agustin Diaz Yanes
Starring: Javier Camara, Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Eduard Fernandez, Enrico Lo Verso

Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in this swashbuckling period drama about Diego Alatriste, a former soldier and mercenary who becomes a hero of... Read more

Beowulf ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright, Brendan Gleeson, Cr...

Director Robert Zemeckis ('The Polar Express') again pushes the boundaries of film animation in this visually stunning take on the oldest of English t... Read more

Beowulf and Grendel (2005)

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Gerard Butler, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Sarah Polley

Adapted from the epic Anglo-Saxon poem, and shot amidst the bleakly stunning vistas of Iceland, this fantasy adventure stars Stellan Skarsgard as a ki... Read more

Beowulf: The Director's Cut (2007)

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, John Malkovich...

Director Robert Zemeckis ('The Polar Express') again pushes the boundaries of film animation in this visually stunning take on the oldest of English t... Read more

Blackbeard (2006)

Director: Kevin Connor
Starring: Angus MacFadyen, Mark Umbers, Richard Chamberlain, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Ward...

The life and exploits of ruthless 18th Century pirate, Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, are brought to the screen in this rousing two-part Hallmark serie... Read more

Blackbeard - Terror at Sea (2006)

Starring: James Purefoy

Go inside the cunning mind of a charming criminal genius as 'National Geographic' tells the dramatic story of one of history's most fearsome pirates.... Read more

Captain Blood (1935)

Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Lionel Atwill, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn is the young physician, sentenced to slavery, who's rescued by Olivia de Havilland and begins a life of piracy on the high seas. Superb sw... Read more

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1950)

Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty

This thrilling adventure saga stars Gregory Peck as a British naval officer caught in the crossfire between the Spanish, the French and a Central Amer... Read more