Jaws by Steven Spielberg is usually regarded as the best shark film ever made, although films like 47 Meters Down and The Meg are also worth seeing.
Many films have been made over the years depicting animals that murder for sport. This has swiftly become a successful horror subgenre, ranging from stories about spiders to bears to crocodiles/alligators. The one exception is sharks, thanks to Steven Spielberg’s film Jaws, which made them world-famous.
Since the original Jaws film was so well-received, there have been a slew of low-budget shark flicks that range from passable to hilariously bad. And then, every now and again, a shark movie will be made that is truly terrifying because of a little extra effort. What are the finest other shark movies to see in the summer, since Jaws is so popular?
10. Shark Night (2011) – Free with Starz, For Rent On Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Apple TV
Shaking off the “stupid fun” tag, Shark Night is about a bunch of college buddies vacationing in a lake where they’re attacked one by one by a school of sharks. It’s also uncommon to see a film featuring numerous kinds of sharks, each of which attacks in a distinctive manner.
Why these sharks are in the lake has even more of a twist, which adds spice to Shark Night. Is it a work of art? But just like the Friday The 13th movies, from which it takes obvious inspiration, it isn’t without its share of gore and decent special effects.
9. 12 Days Of Terror (2005) – Not Streaming Currently
New England’s 1916 shark attacks inspired 12 Days of Terror, which features less sharks and more of the drama that comes with shark attacks. Still, Jaws-inspired movies like that one have undoubtedly altered the public’s perception of shark attacks.
It’s a fascinating look into what might have happened in the past, despite the fact that it’s a made-for-TV movie’s limited budget. Fans of Jaws will recognize some of the similarities.
8. Jaws 2 (1978) – Rent With Vudu, Prime Video, Google Play, Apple TV, YouTube
Jaws 2 was an intriguing creature feature despite its many production faults, despite the fact that a sequel to Jaws was utterly unneeded. At least in comparison to later pictures like Jaws 3 and The Revenge, Roy Scheider is still excellent as Martin Brody, the new shark is genuinely frightening, and there is clearly greater effort to create actual suspense.
The shark in Jaws 2 is constantly chasing a bunch of kids on boats in the middle of the ocean, which makes for some memorable deaths. This, along with the way the shark is killed, helps to distinguish Jaws 2 from its predecessor.
7. The Meg (2018) – Free With TNT & TBS Subscription, For Rent On YouTube, Vudu, SlingTV, Prime Video, Google Play
However, despite the fact that the film’s PG-13 designation was a missed opportunity, The Meg is still an entertaining popcorn monster movie. As again, Jason Statham’s performance is a highlight of the film, as is the impressive level of detail in the Meg itself.
Unlike Shark Night, The Meg recognizes that it’s an undersea kaiju film. It’s refreshing to see a megalodon movie that genuinely tries to be an entertaining action thriller, as opposed to the usual fare. Although there are moments of suspense and gruesome violence, there are also plenty of notable personalities and unforgettable events.
6. 47 Meters Down (2017) – Rent With Prime Video, Google Play, Apple TV, and YouTube
47 Meters Down has a simple but clever premise: two girls are trapped in a shark cage on the ocean below, with sharks all around them, in this basic but effective story. This one incorporates claustrophobia, galeophobia, and thalassophobia (a fear of sharks) into one terrifying package (the fear of confined places).
Shark sightings are rare, but the ones that do occur are jaw-dropping. 47 Meters Down never lets up with tension because of the dangers of the environment. A twist at the end will either save or break the film for many viewers.
5. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) – Free With Prime Video
47 Meters Down: Uncaged has a major flaw: the characters themselves. The opening twenty minutes of the film are so dreadful because so many of the main characters are so unlikable and irritating. It’s amazing how much better Uncaged is after sharks are introduced into the plot.
Now, the sharks are stone-like in appearance, pallid and blind, and they hunt entirely by sound. Thus, the suspense returns, resulting in this time around’s horror movie being more shark-centric. Additionally, the cave sharks’ CGI in this sequel is far superior to that of its predecessor.
4. Bait (2012) – Free With Prime Video & Tubi
Bait is praised for its more realistic concept: a tidal surge floods a subterranean grocery, turning it into a new home for two sharks. The customers are then forced to eke out an existence while perched on the racks. There are no “special” or “mutant” sharks to be found here, simply “normal” sharks.
The most important factor is the acting, which makes the situation more believable and suspenseful. The sharks’ digital and real effects, as well as the setting and environmental risks, are also well-executed in Bait. Among “shark horror” films, Bait is often regarded as an underappreciated gem for these reasons.
3. The Reef (2010) – Free With Prime Video
Friends are left in The Reef when their boat hits a reef, forcing them to swim to shore on their own. It’s only a matter of time before something awful happens. In The Reef, the majority of the shark footage is culled from movies of real sharks, which adds weight and realism to the scene.
You may expect to get cramped every time you come face-to-face with a shark! In The Reef, even when the shark isn’t present, there is a sense that the shark could appear at any moment.
2. Deep Blue Sea (1999) – Rent With YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV, Vudu, Prime Video
For a long time following the conclusion of the Jaws saga, shark moviegoers may consider themselves unfortunate. Forth 1999, Renny Harlin’s creature feature, Deep Blue Sea, ushered in a new era. Genetically modified Mako sharks chase and kill their creators and survivors in an underwater facility in this film.’
Deep Blue Sea is a cult classic, despite the fact that it sounds like something from the SyFy channel. Although it’s been twenty years since the film was released, its visual effects and unforgettable characters still hold up today.
1. The Shallows (2016) – Rent With Hulu, Vudu, SlingTV, Prime Video, Google Play
Everyone was taken by surprise when The Shallows appeared out of nowhere. A shark attacks a surfer in an isolated bay in order to preserve its primary source of food: a whale carcass. One of the few movies that can compete with Jaws is The Shallows, which features some of the best shark CGI in this subgenre, a stellar performance from Blake Lively, and stunning photography.
A personable hero, some lighthearted humor, and a wonderful pace make it a horror classic, much like Jaws. It’s refreshing to see a more knowledgeable human character in a movie, and Blake Lively does a good job of portraying that. As a result of all this, The Shallows has become a modern classic.