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List Rules Movies must feature sharks prominently.

Water. Blood. Guts. Rows and rows and rows of teeth. This is a list of the best shark movies of all time, ranked by fans who can't get enough fins slicing through the waves. This list includes all genres of fiction as well as live-action shark films, horror movies with sharks, and animated shark movies.

Ever since Jaws brought shark movies into the mainstream, countless other shark films have been made. Be warned though: while some shark movies may be fine for kids, most of the best shark movies might be too scary. For whatever reason (probably the Jaws franchise), the great white shark is the most popular shark species in these films. That said, other species can be found too, including bull sharks, mako sharks, and even the mythical Megalodon. Shark attack movies on this list include The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea, 47 Meters Down, and the Sharknado movies. 

Vote up the top shark films, whether they are the scariest, the most interesting, or simply the most fun.

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider 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 ...more

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Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Thomas Jane Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was directed by ...more

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Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry 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 ...more

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The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
JurassicGames added Blake Lively The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The film follows a surfer (Blake Lively) as she gets stranded 200 yards from shore, and must use her wits ...more

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The Reef is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley The Reef is a 2010 Australian horror film. The film was written and directed by Andrew Traucki, his second feature film, and is about a group of friends who capsize while sailing to Indonesia. ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis Open Water is a 2003 drama psychological horror film loosely based on the true story of an American couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge ...more

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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
SuperFrozenhead added Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film adaptation of the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back ...more

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Shark Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
JasmineCullen added Katharine McPhee, Sara Paxton, Chris Carmack shark night is about a group of college students going ton sara(sara paxton) house for a weeekend but what they don't know that there isa sharks and priana that people are putting in the lake watching people get killed and make as it as tv show to make money Shark Night is a 2011 American 3-D horror action film directed by David R. Ellis and written by Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg. It stars Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee, Alyssa Diaz, Dustin ...more

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Bait 3D is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
JasmineCullen added Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson Bait is a 2012 action, thriller horror film written by Russell Mulcahy and by John Kim and directed by Kimble Rendall .

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Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
bojanthebest added Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles 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 ...more

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Jaws 3-D is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett 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 ...more

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The Deep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett, Eli Wallach The Deep is a 1977 adventure film directed by Peter Yates and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, and Nick Nolte.

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Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith Shark Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman. The film features an ensemble cast Will ...more

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Sharknado is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Julie McCullough Sharknado is a 2013 science fiction TV movie directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.

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47 Meters Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson 47 Meters Down is a 2017 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts. Two sisters, Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt), decide to go cage-diving while on a trip to Mexico. They board ...more

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Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing The Meg is a 2018 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub, based on the book by Steve Alten. Former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is ...more

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Coolio, Kristy Swanson, Lou Diamond Phillips Red Water is a 2003 made for television horror film starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Kristy Swanson, Gideon Emery and Coolio.

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Colin Egglesfield, Danny Keough, Jenna Harrison 12 Days of Terror is a 2004 television film that premiered on Animal Planet, and later on The Discovery Channel, directed by Jack Sholder and starring Colin Egglesfield, Mark Dexter, Jenna ...more

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aminalguy added Mark Sheppard, Robin Sachs, Al Sapienza Megalodon is a 2004 American shark film. It takes place out on a deep sea oil rig.

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David Caruso, Stacy Keach, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is a 1991 film directed by Robert Iscove.

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Elise Hennigan added Tara Reid, Kurt Angle, Vivica A. Fox Sharknado 2: The Second One is a 2014 American satirical disaster film comedy and a sequel to the 2013 television film Sharknado. It was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, with Tara Reid and Ian ...more

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Blue Water, White Death is a 1971 American documentary about sharks.

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Kathy Baker, Bryan Brown, Shannon Lucio Spring Break Shark Attack is a 2005 joint South African/American made-for-TV thriller film written by James LaRosa and directed by Paul Shapiro, and stars Shannon Lucio, Riley Smith, and Justin ...more

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Eric Roberts, Roger Corman, Shandi Finnessey Sharktopus is a 2010 SyFy original horror/science fiction film produced by Roger Corman, directed by Declan O'Brien, and starring Eric Roberts.

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JonDavidDavis added Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs, Robert Davi Swamp Shark is a 2011 American horror film directed by Griff Furst and starring Kristy Swanson, D. B. Sweeney, Robert Davi, Jason Rogel, Sophia Sinise, Richard Tanne, and Jeff Chase. The film ...more

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John Barrowman, Ryan Cutrona, Bashar Rahal Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is the second sequel to Shark Attack, released in 2002 straight to video. The film is notable for featuring John Barrowman who later found fame in popular shows such as ...more

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aminalguy added Ernie Hudson, Casper Van Dien, Bentley Mitchum Shark Attack is a 1999 television film directed by Bob Misiorowski starring Casper Van Dien, Jenny Mcshane, and Ernie Hudson.

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JonDavidDavis added Daryl Hannah, June Squibb, John Schneider Shark Swarm is a film created by RHI Entertainment as part of the Maneater film series. It premiered on Syfy on May 25, 2008. Directed by James A. Contner and written by Matthew Chernov and ...more

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JonDavidDavis added Mackenzie Rosman, Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis Ghost Shark is a 2013 Syfy television horror sci-fi directed by Griff Furst. The film premiered on the Syfy channel on August 22, 2013.

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Debbie Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas, Stephen Blackehart Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus is a monster/disaster film by The Asylum, released on May 19, 2009, in the United States and on August 7, 2009, in the United Kingdom. It was directed by Ace ...more

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Monto added Carmen Electra, Brooke Hogan, Charlie O'Connell Carmen Electra, Brook Hogan and a gigantic two-headed shark that can sink boats and even an island - One of Asylum's best!

2-Headed Shark Attack is a horror film by The Asylum, released on January 31, 2012 in the United States. The film stars Carmen Electra, Charlie O'Connell and Brooke Hogan. The film premiered ...more

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Nikita Ager, Danny Keough, Thorsten Kaye Shark Attack 2 is a 2001 direct-to-video horror film based in Wick, Scotland.

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Jana Kramer, Christine Lakin, Fiona Gubelmann Blue Demon is a 2004 comedy, thriller, science fiction, horror film written by Brett Thompson, Lisa Morton, and Daniel Grodnik, and directed by Daniel Grodnik

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KyleCrawford added Gina Torres, Jaleel White, Robert Picardo Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus is a monster disaster film by The Asylum, released on December 21, 2010 in the United States. The film stars Jaleel White, Gary Stretch, Robert Picardo, Dylan Vox, ...more

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John Hazard added Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico, William Atherton Jersey Shore Shark Attack is a 2012 television film that aired on Syfy on June 8, 2012 and was written by Michael Ciminera and Richard Gnolfo. It was built around the popularity of the MTV ...more

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JonDavidDavis added Attack of the Jurassic Shark is an 2012 Canadian independent action horror film project directed by Brett Kelly.

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JurassicGames added The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named ...more

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JonDavidDavis added Ralf Möller, Patriq Pinheiro, Oona-Devi Liebich

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Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Grand L. Bush The Megalodon shark. A prehistoric killing machine 60 feet long, flashing 200 pounds of teeth and weighing over 20 tons. It's the deadliest predator the world has ever seen. The scientists say ...more

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Velizar Binev, Brandi Sherwood, Dean Cochran Shark Zone is a 2003 direct to video film. It is the third sequel to the film Shark Attack.

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Burt Reynolds, Mini Andén, Arthur Kennedy Shark! is a 1969 American action film directed by Samuel Fuller and starring Burt Reynolds. The film was based on the Victor Canning novel His Bones are Coral with the original screenplay ...more

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Hunter Tylo, William Forsythe, Jeffrey Combs Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy, also known as Sharkman or simply Hammerhead, is a 2005 Syfy original movie, written by Kenneth M. Badish and Boaz Davidson, and directed by Michael Oblowitz. The film ...more

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Vanessa Angel, Corbin Bernsen, Corin Nemec Raging Sharks is a 2005 low-budget direct-to-DVD science fiction/horror film.

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SantoNahasapeemapetilonKoot added Priscilla Barnes, Susan George, Hugo Stiglitz Tintorera is a 1977 Mexican-British horror film directed by René Cardona Jr and starring Susan George, Hugo Stiglitz, Fiona Lewis and Andrés García. It is based on the novel ...more

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Heather Thomas, Martin Landau, Troy Donahue Cyclone is a 1987 science fiction action film about a woman who must keep the ultimate motorcycle from falling into the wrong hands. The film was directed by Fred Olen Ray, and stars Heather ...more

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SeaViper added Avalanche Sharks is a 2013 Canadian horror film directed By Scott Wheeler and written By Keith Shaw. It stars Kate Nauta, Emily Addison, Alexander Mendeluk, Mika Brooks and Jack Cullison.

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Daniel “Ceify” Lima added Norma J. Nesheim, Kirsten Urso, Gregg Hood Cruel Jaws, also known as The Beast, is a 1995 American direct-to-video thriller film. The film stars Richard Dew and was directed by Italian filmmaker Bruno Mattei. It was released on DVD in ...more

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SeaViper added Brooke Hogan, Julie Marie Berman, Corin Nemec Sand Sharks is a 2011 Sci-Fi horror film written by Cameron Larson and directed by Mark Atkins. The film is from the story written by Cameron Larson and Joe Benkis.

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Toxic Shark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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