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10 Best Shark Attack Movies, According to IMDB

10 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) – 5.0

One of the blind sharks in a cave in 47 Meters Down Uncaged

Teenage stepsisters Mia and Sasha, along with a couple of friends, decide to have a fun day of unsupervised scuba diving in some underwater caves that Mia’s dad has been working in. Before they know it, everyone’s trapped with dwindling air supplies while being hunted by hungry and blind albino sharks.

This sequel to has nothing in common with the previous movie of the franchise aside from the general concept of some young women doing their best to not get eaten by sharks. While 47 Meters Down: Uncaged isn’t anything terribly fresh or well-done, this summer shark attack movie does have a lazy Saturday afternoon watchability to it thanks to director Johannes Roberts’ efforts.

9 Bait (2012) – 5.2

A tsunami traps a bunch of shoppers in an Australian supermarket with some large Great White sharks–in 3D. There are added wrinkles, like some untrustworthy gun-toting thieves and a loose electrical wire to deal with, but sharks in a flooded grocery store is the main gimmick.

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bait, or Bait 3D as it’s also known, is very much so the kind of movie for fans of a fun creature feature. There’s an eclectic cast of characters, silly 3D effects to chuckle at, and it doesn’t overstay its welcome at a fairly brisk 93 minutes. This should satisfy anyone whose interest was piqued at the concept of sharks eating people in an Australian grocery store.

8 47 Meters Down (2017) – 5.6

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt play sisters who go cage diving on a structurally-questionable boat. That turns out to be a poor way of having an up-close experience with some sharks when the cage they’re in drops to the ocean floor 47 meters below the surface.

While the sequel leans into violent (in a PG-13 way) sharks attacks, 47 Meters Down is more of a thriller. There’s a bit too much runtime padding boyfriend drama early on, but once the sisters get on the boat, the tension builds nicely. A healthy amount of suspension of disbelief is required, especially when it comes to how the sisters speak to each other while underwater, but fans will be happy to know that there are several other chilling movies like 47 Meters Down.

7 The Meg (2018) – 5.6

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A team of working researchers known out of an underwater research facility is exploring the Mariana Trench, the deepest oceanic trench on Earth, when a previously thought extinct species of shark as a Megalodon appears. The Megas they call it, proceeds to wreak havoc on anyone unlucky enough to cross its path and that’s where rescue diver/badass Jason Statham comes in.

It may not be one of Jason Statham’s best movies, but him vs a Megalodon was enough of a sell to get The Meg to a gross of 530 million dollars worldwidethe highest-grossing shark attack movie of all time, which in turn led to sequel Meg 2: The Trench’s August 4th, 2023 release date. As for the movie itself, it’s a wonderfully over-the-top shark attack flick that should be on any creature feature fan’s to-do list.

6 The Reef (2010) – 5.8

Shark circling the survivors in The Reef

Five people find themselves in a dangerous situation when the yacht they’re traveling on capsizes in a coral reef, leaving them stranded in the middle of the ocean. With no means of contacting anyone for help, the group is left with the choice to wait on the overturned vessel and hope for the best or take their chances swimming through shark-infested waters to find land.

A movie based on a true story of Ray Boundy‘s shark attack experience from 1983, The Reef is more of a harrowing tale of the hard and frightening choices necessary in that kind of situation than a traditional shark attack movie. There are sharks, for sure, and people do get eaten by them, but this one’s more tense and sudden than bloody and exciting.

5 Open Water (2003) – 5.8

A woman alone in the middle of the ocean in Open Water

A couple goes on a scuba diving tour only to find themselves stranded in the ocean when the boat they’re with forgets about them and departments. Based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonerganwho were never found.

While it’s unclear whether or not the real-life couple who experienced this horrible ordeal actually encountered sharks as they do in the Open Water, the movie itself leans into the horrors of a shark attack as much as being left behind to eventually die at sea. Knowing this scenario actually occurred goes a long way in selling the hellish situation the couple endures.

4 Jaws 2 (1978) – 5.8

A few years after Amity Island first experienced a shark with a taste for human flesh, another one comes along. Chief Brody finds himself as the sole voice of concern, once again, only this time he takes matters into his own hands when his two sons wind up playing around in the path of the killer shark.

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While jaws was an instant classic, Jaws 2 is simply amusing enough. Between the shark attacks and ’70s fashions, there’s certainly entertainment to be had as long as expectations are kept to a minimum. There is one bit of Jaws 2 that made a forever mark on pop culture, though, and that’s the tagline–“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”

3 Deep Blue Sea (1999) – 5.9

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Though not one of Samuel L. Jackson’s greatest characters, the famous actor plays a wealthy backer to a team of scientists working on a cure for Alzheimer’s. They’re using a few Mako sharks as guinea pigs for their experiments, only things get violently out of their control when the sharks have other plans in mind.

Director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) takes the viewer on an endlessly entertaining ride of super-smart sharks attacking people in wonderfully messy ways. The most famous scene has to do with Samuel L. Jackson’s rousing speech being interrupted by one of those genius sharks, but there are plenty of other amusing happenings to keep Deep Blue Sea moving until LL Cool J plays the movie out with “Deepest Bluest (Shark’s Fin).”

2nd The Shallows (2016) – 6.3

The shark attacking Nancy on the rock in The Shallows

Blake Lively stars as a surfer whose good time is ruined by a bloodthirsty Great White. She just needs to get from a rock she’s stuck on to the nearby shore, but that proves increasingly difficult since the shark has set its sights on her with every intention of eating her up.

A simple premise combined with Lively’s very effective performance makes The Shallows a must-see for any fan of shark attack movies. The backstory parts are needless, but director Jaume Collet-Serra proves adept at the various shark attack sequences. Lively’s friendly relationship with a nearby seagull also proves to be a point of concern that the film handles well.

one Jaws (1975) – 8.1

When a woman’s mangled body is found washed ashore one day, Chief Brody must do everything in his power to put a stop to the shark attack killings that continue to rock the peaceful Long Island town of Amity Island.

Not only the best shark attack movie, jaws is one of the greatest movies of all time according to many measurements of success. While the film undoubtedly earned its reputation, the writer of the novel jaws was based on, Peter Benchley, regrets the catastrophic effect it had on many shark populations. Hopefully humans will one day realize that jaws is just a great movie, not based in fact, and that we’re more of a danger to sharks than they are to us. Unfortunately, while there are many unanswered questions in jawsthe sequels failed to live up to this masterpiece.

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