10 Best Shark Movies Ever Made

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There’s been something in the water in Hollywood since the 1975 release of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. A pointed fin off the coast, to be precise, will somehow manage to constitute the underlying tension for an entire film.

Undoubtedly, shark films now feel a little campy, frequently full of obsolete special effects and inexpensive gore. Whether you’re looking for a thrill or some novelty nostalgia, the shark movie genre is still a great place to start. Outside of the Jaws franchise, there’s much to pick from, including pre-Jaws shark movies like Blue Water, White Death. (However, as evidenced by the innumerable knockoffs, the blockbuster remains at the top of the food chain)

We present to you the 10 best shark movies ever made.

The Shallows

In this 2016 thriller, Blake Lively plays a young medical student who seeks comfort on a deserted beach in Brazil after the death of her mother. She gets injured by a shark attack while surfing alone, leading her to run to a nearby offshore rock, where she is besieged by the monster. What follows is a full-fledged battle for survival.

Jaws

Jaws, the famous summer blockbuster from Steven Spielberg, is not only a fantastic shark movie but also a great film. (Yes, there is a significant difference between those two achievements.) Jaws is a timeless tale of man vs man-eating beast, thanks to Spielberg’s ultra-suspenseful storytelling, a memorable score by composer John Williams, and performances by Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. When a deadly great white shark visits a seaside community, three guys go on an open-ocean expedition to find the killer.

47 Meters Down

Have you ever seen somebody cage diving with sharks and thought to yourself, “Who the heck wants to do that?” You could have a point there. Claire Holt and Mandy Moore play as two sisters whose cage diving trip goes bad when the cage is separated from the boat, leaving them in shark-infested waters with depleted oxygen.

Open Water

When a vacationing couple goes on a dive adventure, they return to find their tour boat has inadvertently left them behind. When you add in the reality that sharks are waiting just beneath them, the two find themselves on the verge of death.

Deep Blue Sea

In this 1999 picture starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, and LL Cool J, shark horror meets sci-fi. At an undersea testing facility, a group of scientists is studying mako sharks. The genetically produced sharks, on the other hand, quickly go on the attack, destroying the facility in a succession of disasters.

The Reef

A group of friends’ holiday in Indonesia suddenly takes a turn for the worse when their yacht capsizes offshore in this Australian horror flick. They come to find a big white shark following them as they attempt to swim to safety on a neighboring island.

Blue Water, White Death

Blue Water, White Death, a 1971 documentary by Peter Gimbel, chronicles his crew’s quest to photograph a great white shark across the Indian Ocean. This is the film to watch if you want to avoid shoddy special effects and sink your teeth into something authentic, with real, courageous deeds in shark-infested waters and well-done filmmaking at its center.

The Meg

The Meg, as its name suggests (it’s short for Megalodon), is a B movie. But who doesn’t want to see Jason Statham save a crew from a 75-foot-long ancient shark at an underwater research facility?

Jaws 2

While Jaws 2 pales in comparison to its predecessor, it is nonetheless an excellent addition to the shark canon. Sheriff Brody’s measures read like a “kid who cried shark” to local beachgoers when reports of a shark return to the shell-shocked Amity Island. However, it is clear that there is trouble on the horizon.

Sharknado

Fortunately, there’s no chance any sharks were harmed in making Sharknado. Produced by The Asylum, the low-budget production company best known for “mockbusters” like Transmorphers and Triassic World, it became an unexpected sensation when it aired on Syfy in 2013 (leading to a one-night theatrical release). Responding to the question nobody had asked — what if a wild tornado dropped hundreds of sharks at the flooded LA? — filled with stars like Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, and the dashed-off CGI sharks? The anarchy resulting gives you much fun with your language, which (so far) inspired three sequences (starting with the brilliantly titled Sharknado 2: The Second One).

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