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Every 'Jaws' Movie, Ranked Best To Worst

Updated July 1, 2020 338 votes 99 voters 2.5k views4 items

List RulesVote up the best movies in the Jaws franchise.

The Jaws franchise has been making audiences afraid of the water for years. Jaws first came out in 1975 and invited audiences to ponder when it was safe to get back in the ocean. All of these movies are classics or at least memorable but one of them has to be the best of the Jaws movies. Will it be the first Jaws film or maybe one of the follow-ups in the series such as Jaws: The Revenge that will make it to the top of the list?

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Jaws movies are there? Look below to see all the films featuring your favorite great white shark and pay another visit to the fictional Amity Island. Each Jaws film in the franchise is listed with the year they were released so you can watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst.

Your votes will help determine the best movies in the Jaws series. Vote up the movies you loved and vote down the Jaws films you didn't like to ensure the right movie makes it to the top of the list.

  • Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history. In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town, prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. The film stars Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Murray Hamilton as the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody's wife, Ellen. The...  more
    • Actors: Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, John Searle
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
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    Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and the second installment in the Jaws franchise, which was based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc, it stars Roy Scheider as Police Chief Martin Brody, who must deal with another great white shark terrorizing the waters of Amity Island, a fictional seaside resort, with Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton reprising their respective roles as Martin's wife Ellen Brody and mayor Larry Vaughn. Like the first film, the production of Jaws 2 was troubled. ...  more
    • Actors: Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry, Billy Van Zandt, Lorraine Gary
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
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    Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the Jaws franchise. The film focuses on Ellen Brody and her convictions that a shark is preying on her family, particularly when a great white follows her to the Bahamas. Jaws: The Revenge was shot on location in New England and in the Bahamas, and completed on the Universal lot. Like the first two films, Martha's Vineyard was the location of the fictional Amity Island for the opening scenes. Although preceded by Jaws 3-D, Revenge ignores plot elements introduced in that film. Jaws: The Revenge earned the...  more
    • Actors: Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield, Judith Barsi
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Joseph Sargent
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    Jaws 3-D is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by Joe Alves and starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson and Louis Gossett, Jr. It is the second sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, which was based on the novel by Peter Benchley and is the third installment in the Jaws franchise. It is also the only one in the series not made directly by Universal, and one of the few theatrical films produced by Alan Landsburg Productions. The film is notable for making use of 3D film during the revived interest in the technology in the 1980s, amongst other horror films such as Friday the 13th Part III and Amityville 3D. Cinema audiences could wear disposable cardboard polarized 3D...  more
    • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett, Jr., Bess Armstrong
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Joe Alves
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