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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

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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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

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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Open Water is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

Released: 2003

Directed by: Chris Kentis

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The Reef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Zoe Naylor, Adrienne Pickering, Gyton Grantley

Released: 2010

Directed by: Andrew Traucki

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Shark Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Released: 2011

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Released: 2011

Directed by: Sean McNamara

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Bait 3D is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Kimble Rendall

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Jaws 3-D is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett

Released: 1983

Directed by: Joe Alves

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The Shallows is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Released: 2016

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

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Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Released: 1987

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

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Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

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The Deep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Nick Nolte, Jacqueline Bissett, Eli Wallach

Released: 1977

Directed by: Peter Yates

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Sharknado is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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47 Meters Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shark Movies of All Time
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson

Directed by: Johannes Roberts

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Released: 2010

Directed by: Declan O'Brien

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Released: 2002

Directed by: Pat Corbitt

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Released: 2008

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