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The Best Shark Movies of All Time

Updated September 4, 2019 14.7k votes 4.6k voters 419.8k views38 items

List RulesMovies 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
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Jaws 2

    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton

    Released1978

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

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    Open Water is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Open Water

    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan

    Released2003

    Directed byChris Kentis

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  • 5
    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • 6
    The Reef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    The Reef

    Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering

    Released2010

    Directed byAndrew Traucki

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  • 7
    Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Soul Surfer

    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

    Released2011

    Directed bySean McNamara

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  • 8
    Bait 3D is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Bait 3D

    Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon

    Released2012

    Directed byKimble Rendall

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  • 9
    Shark Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Shark Night

    Katharine McPhee, Sara Paxton

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

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    The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    The Shallows

    Blake Lively

    Released2016

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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    The Meg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    The Meg

    Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee

    Released2018

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Jaws 3-D is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Jaws 3-D

    Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson

    Released1983

    Directed byJoe Alves

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    47 Meters Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    47 Meters Down

    Mandy Moore, Claire Holt

    Directed byJohannes Roberts

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    The Deep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    The Deep

    Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Yates

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    Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Jaws: The Revenge

    Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1987

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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    Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Shark Tale

    Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera

    Released2004

    Directed byVicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

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    Sharknado is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Sharknado

    Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo

    Released2013

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

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    Swamp Shark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Swamp Shark

    Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs

    Released2011

    Directed byGriff Furst

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    Sharknado 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Sharknado 2

    Tara Reid, Kurt Angle

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

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  • 20
    Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Megalodon

    Mark Sheppard, Robin Sachs

    Released2002

    Directed byPat Corbitt

    Megalodon is a 2004 American shark film. It takes place out on a deep sea oil rig.amazon buy button
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    Spring Break Shark Attack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Spring Break Shark Attack

    Kathy Baker, Bryan Brown

    Released2005

    Directed byPaul Shapiro

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  • 22
    Ghost Shark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Ghost Shark

    Mackenzie Rosman, Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis

    Released2013

    Directed byGriff Furst

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    Sharktopus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Sharktopus

    Eric Roberts, Roger Corman

    Released2010

    Directed byDeclan O'Brien

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    Shark Swarm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    Shark Swarm

    Daryl Hannah, June Squibb

    Released2008

    Directed byJames A. Contner

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    47 Meters Down: Uncaged is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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    47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    John Corbett, Nia Long

    Released2019

    Directed byJohannes Roberts

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