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The Best Shark Movies of All Time 

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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
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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
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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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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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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) 8 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Katharine McPhee, Sara Paxton, Chris Carmack
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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Bait 3D is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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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 3-D is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett
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47 Meters Down is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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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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Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, Julie McCullough
Sharknado is a 2013 science fiction TV movie directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.
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The Deep is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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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
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Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs, Robert Davi
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Kathy Baker, Bryan Brown, Shannon Lucio
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