Lakes. Rivers. Ponds. Oceans. Shallows. Seas. No matter the body of water, our cultural obsession with what lies beneath has spawned some of the most frightening cinematic scenarios. Jaws set the tone in 1975 for the water-based creature feature, and in subsequent decades, other filmmakers have sought to ruin any remaining sense of comfort for swimmers, surfers, boaters, and floaters.
The films on this list will make you think twice about taking that quick dip. Hold your breath and dive in, if you dare.