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Top 5 Shark Movies Of All Time

This list is a matter of fact and undebatable.

No. Seriously.

Now that we’ve got that outta the way, here are the top five shark movies of all time.


The Reef

What they say:

A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

What we say:

Although based on a true story – supposedly – The Reef plays more less like a knock off of Open Water. Still, it’s a damn fine film with plenty of jump outta your seat moments. Bonus points for using real shark footage and very little CGI.


Open Water

What they say:

Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

What we say:

Made all the more scary by the fact that it’s based on a true story AND the fact that it plays out as the most realistic on our list. Plus, you gotta love a movie where the sharks wins…ooops…did we give away the end?


47 Meters Down

What they say:

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

What we say:

Don’t be fooled by the sharks. This is more or less a chick flick in disguise. It’s about two sisters dealing with life and love…oh barf! The shark parts are great as is the tension.


The Shallows

What they say:

A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

What we say:

Yes, this movie is about a hungry shark. But Blake Lively’s figure and good looks run a close second. Seriously, count how many times the camera pans over her bikini or focuses in on her face and hair.

Not that that’s bad.

The shark parts are great although some of the CGI is pretty lame.



What they say:

A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.

What we say:

The greatest shark movie of all time.


Director Steven Spielberg makes the most out of the terrorist nature of the shark by not showing the shark much at all. Quint is the all time great real man. Brody’s a close second. Hooper’s…well…he’s played by Richard Dreyfuss. Give Jaws a serious watch if you haven’t seen it in some time. It holds up great and is the greatest shark movie of all time.

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