10 Best Shark Movies

10 Best Shark Movies

In the ocean, they have no rival. And on cable,
they have their own week. Our fascination with sharks has given filmmakers endless opportunities
to prey on audiences’ fears, turning this oft-misunderstood prehistoric species into
a bloodthirsty killing machine—even if you’re not in the water. Sharks in the desert, sharks
in space, sharks in a tornado, or sharks who come back from the dead to haunt you in your
backyard…shark movies are now firmly embedded as their own subgenre. Let’s take a look at
some of our most beloved movies starring Hollywood’s favorite maneater. Shark Night 3D If you were a teenager in a movie, why would
you ever go to a lake? Nothing good ever happens there. That goes double if you’re trapped
on an island with no cell service, and your ex-boyfriend and his buddy fill the water
with sharks so they can film the carnage. Despite some neat twists, slick production
values for the genre, and Sara Paxton and Katherine McPhee in bikinis, Shark Night 3D
was ultimately sunk by a PG-13 rating and near comical death scenes. But hey, at least
the dog survives. Open Water The premise? Pure nightmare fuel. A couple
on a scuba diving vacation are accidentally left behind (with a lot of sharks) when their
boat crew forgets about them. While the film is more of an exercise in psychological horror
and focuses on the broken relationship between the two main characters, the constant and
palpable fear that a shark may strike at any time makes Open Water one of the most terrifying
shark movies in recent memory. The only happy ending? It made ten times more than its $500,000
budget. Deep Blue Sea If you can ignore a premise that involves
scientists thinking Mako sharks are, like, the best cure for Alzheimer’s disease…because
sharks’ brains don’t age, apparently…you can appreciate this outrageously fun B-movie.
It’s got genetically altered, super-smart sharks going HAM—that’s “hard as a Mako,
friend”—in an underwater research facility. And if that weren’t enough for our team of
scientists to worry about, the screenwriters threw in an impending hurricane…just because.
Boasting incredible CGI for its time and Samuel L. Jackson chewing up all the scenery the
sharks left behind, Deep Blue Sea has earned cult-classic status. Plus, you can’t beat that LL Cool J rap theme: (music playing) Pure magic. Bait You have to at least give the Australian production
Bait a few points for originality. The last thing you’d expect after a freak tsunami is
sharks swimming down the frozen food section at your local grocery store, which by some
miracle still has electricity. Yet here they are—and they’re the most believable thing
in the movie. You can tell everyone involved really tried to make something serious here,
but how serious can it be when the hero takes out a great white with a taser? This would
probably be considered a classic by now if the filmmakers had been a bit more self-aware
and called it Sharks in a Grocery Store. Chalk that up to a missed opportunity. If a group
of mildly annoying survivors trapped in a supermarket with sharks is your thing, be
sure to add this to your queue. The Reef Another classic from Australia, 2010’s The
Reef proved that you don’t need a big budget or a convoluted plot to give your audience
legit scares. The tale of five friends who set out for Indonesia only to capsize on a
reef is an exercise in hopelessness. Do they stay with the boat and risk the very real
possibility of dying of thirst and exposure? Or attempt swimming to shore in shark-infested
waters? No unnecessary CGI, no cliched tropes, just people in the water…slowly being eaten
alive, one by one. Delicious. Soul Surfer Real-life events can be difficult to dramatize,
but the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton getting her left arm ripped off by a tiger
shark, and her subsequent struggle to surf again, was a story made for celluloid. Based
on Hamilton’s 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting
to Get Back on the Board, it didn’t blow critics away. But found a home among audiences who
like their shark attacks with an inspirational message of hope. Of course, for the audiences
who have no need for dumb things like hope or inspiration, there’s… Sharknado Syfy’s Sharknado knows full well that it’s
a movie about, well, a shark tornado, and it embraces that insane premise with every
frame. In between the actors winking at the camera, Sharknado gives you some of the most
outrageous and over-the-top sharks to ever hit the big screen. Running down the B-movie
checklist (and marking off many items more than once), this movie can even be considered
a work of art considering the glorious lengths it takes to not take itself seriously. The
dialogue is almost as bad as the color correction, the character development is more unbelievable
than the plot, and the CGI is almost as painful as the one-liners. But you know what? It works.
It delivers in every way possible. If you don’t like Sharknado, you don’t like fun. Blue Water, White Death The only documentary on our list, Blue Water,
White Death follows filmmaker and underwater photojournalist Peter Gimbel’s arduous nine-month
trek across the globe to capture a great white shark on film for the very first time. And
where did he find one? Right where he probably shoulda started: South Australia. With spellbinding
footage, Gimbel shows us the legendary great white in its full (and terrifying) glory.
Fun fact: Crew members Ron and Valerie Taylor provided Steven Spielberg with great white
footage for Jaws. Speaking of which… Jaws The opening sequence of Steven Spielberg’s
Jaws boasts the most terrifying shark attack ever filmed…and you never even see the shark.
The sense of building dread as you watch Police Chief Brody try—and repeatedly fail—to
convince officials in his coastal town to close the beach during peak tourist season
is enough to make you never want to set foot in an ocean again. John Williams’ iconic score
will make you pause before entering a pool. We won’t even mention the classic lines, because
you know them all. Okay, maybe just one… “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” So good. Of course, a movie this good just
has to have a sequel, right? Jaws 2 “Just when you thought it was safe to go back
in the water” …now that’s a tagline for a sequel. A sequel,
we might add, that Roy Scheider only agreed to star in to get out from under his contract
at Universal. It’s debatable whether even Spielberg could have saved the script for
Jaws 2. And you’d think Amity’s mayor would be more inclined to listen to Police Chief
Brody when he cries “shark!” this time around. But despite not coming close to the original,
Jaws 2 does offer up some scary moments. As well as perhaps the greatest shark electrocution
death scene in movie history: “Watch out!” “Come on! Come on! Open wide! Open wide! Say
aahhhh!” Well…not that there are too many shark electrocution
death scenes to choose from, but you get the idea. Seriously, though, no matter how many bad
sequels it spawned, the original Jaws is without a doubt the greatest shark movie of all time—past,
present, and future. Maybe it’s time we stop making them. After we get Sharknado 4, of
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  1. The scariest shark movie I have ever seen is 47 meters down. It's the story of 2 chicks stuck in a shark cage with limited air. The water is really dark so you can't see far away. Then the two chicks need to survive without communication and flashlights. The only thing that makes this movie so great is the fact that those elements are provided, but not directly to them. With sharks that may be roaming around, it creates a movie with a lot of suspense. Also, the ending is really unexpected and scared the shit out of me.

  2. Jaws 2 was good. The audience cheered when the shark bit into the cable and started frying. I just wish they had chucked that screamer overboard.

  3. if it was today, "The Shallows" would have made it, havent seen "47 meters down" yet, and lets see how "The Meg" turns out

  4. Please do an update and mention movies like the shallows and 47 meter's down and take away all of sharknato

  5. If this wasn’t way long ago…..here is my top Idk. (Starting from best)

    1: jaws
    2: The meg 😭😭😭RAINN WILSON 😭😭😭
    3: jaws 2
    4: 47 meters down
    7: that old movie from Disney that I forgot the names
    6: The shallows

    I’ve also seen sharknado that was crappy
    Cage Dive three made me laugh
    There was a movie called shark exorcist (tv movie) BARELY GOT THREW IT
    Jaws 3 was okay
    Jaws 4 was BAD JUST BAD
    I didn’t get to finish deep blue sea yet soooo ya 🌊


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