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The Best Shark Movies of All Time

Updated December 21, 2020 15.2k votes 4.6k voters 421.2k views46 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

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Jaws 2

    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton

    Released1978

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

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  • Finding Nemo4
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • Open Water5
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    Open Water

    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan

    Released2003

    Directed byChris Kentis

    Open Water is a 2003 drama psychological horror film loosely based on the true story of an...  more
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    Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus

    Debbie Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas

    Released2009

    Directed byJack Perez

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    The Reef

    Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering

    Released2010

    Directed byAndrew Traucki

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  • Spring Break Shark Attack8
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    Spring Break Shark Attack

    Kathy Baker, Bryan Brown

    Released2005

    Directed byPaul Shapiro

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    Soul Surfer

    Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

    Released2011

    Directed bySean McNamara

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  • Bait 3D10
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    Bait 3D

    Phoebe Tonkin, Julian McMahon

    Released2012

    Directed byKimble Rendall

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    Shark Night

    Katharine McPhee, Sara Paxton

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

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    The Shallows

    Blake Lively

    Released2016

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

    The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The...  more
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  • The Meg13
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    The Meg

    Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee

    Released2018

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Jaws 3-D

    Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson

    Released1983

    Directed byJoe Alves

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    47 Meters Down

    Mandy Moore, Claire Holt

    Directed byJohannes Roberts

    47 Meters Down is a 2017 survival horror film directed by Johannes Roberts. Two sisters, Lisa...  more
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    The Deep

    Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Yates

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  • Shark Tale17
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    Shark Tale

    Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera

    Released2004

    Directed byVicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

    Shark Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation,...  more
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  • Jaws: The Revenge18
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    Jaws: The Revenge

    Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1987

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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  • Jurassic Shark19
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    Sharknado

    Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo

    Released2013

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

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    Swamp Shark

    Kristy Swanson, Wade Boggs

    Released2011

    Directed byGriff Furst

    Swamp Shark is a 2011 American horror film directed by Griff Furst and starring Kristy...  more
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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....  more
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    47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    John Corbett, Nia Long

    Released2019

    Directed byJohannes Roberts

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    Sharknado 2

    Tara Reid, Kurt Angle

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

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    Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore

    Released2016

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

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