Killer Shark Movies

by walkerfe | created - 15 Aug 2016 | updated - 15 Aug 2016 | Public

Killer shark movies. I stay away from most D-grade movies that just mash "shark" with another word/monster. Not complete by any means. Also, here's a disclaimer: just because it's in this list doesn't mean I've seen it. No guaranteed quality here.

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1. Blue Water, White Death (1971)

G | 99 min | Documentary

Documentary focusing on great white sharks.

Directors: Peter Gimbel, James Lipscomb | Stars: Tom Chapin, Phil Clarkson, Stuart Cody, Peter Lake

Votes: 331

2. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 522,153 | Gross: $260.00M

3. Sharks' Treasure (1975)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure

Eccentric charter skipper Jim Carnahan and his team of hard-luck dreamers battle sharks, bandits and their own greed to recover sunken treasure off the coast of Honduras.

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Yaphet Kotto, John Neilson, Cliff Osmond

Votes: 267 | Gross: $2.00M

4. Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A man accidentally learns that he has a mystical connection with sharks, and is given a strange medallion by a shaman. Becoming more and more alienated from normal society, he develops an ability to communicate with sharks telepathically, setting out to destroy anybody who harms sharks. People enter into his strange world to exploit his weird passion, and he uses the animals to gain revenge on ... See full summary »

Director: William Grefé | Stars: Richard Jaeckel, Jennifer Bishop, Buffy Dee, Harold Sakata

Votes: 579

5. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 66,824 | Gross: $102.92M

6. The Last Shark (1981)

PG | 88 min | Horror

James Franciscus tries to save hundreds of swimmers in a coastal resort after a Great White Shark starts terrorizing the area.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: James Franciscus, Vic Morrow, Micaela Pignatelli, Joshua Sinclair

Votes: 2,104

7. Jaws 3-D (1983)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

A giant thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in a SeaWorld theme park and it's up to the sons of police chief Brody to rescue everyone.

Director: Joe Alves | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 37,137 | Gross: $45.52M

8. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

15 Metascore

Chief Brody's widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles, Karen Young

Votes: 38,728 | Gross: $20.76M

9. Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Drama, History

True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Stacy Keach, Richard Thomas, Don Harvey, Robert Cicchini

Votes: 760

10. Creature (1998)

Not Rated | 240 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

An amphibious shark-like monster terrorizes an abandoned secret military base and the people who live on the island it is located on. A marine biologist, as well as several other people, ... See full summary »

Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Kim Cattrall, Colm Feore, Cress Williams

Votes: 2,462

11. Deep Blue Sea (1999)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie

Votes: 118,508 | Gross: $73.65M

12. Shark Attack (1999 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

In a once serene African fishing village, a marine biologist goes in search of some answers when his friend becomes a victim in one of a series of brutal shark attacks.

Director: Bob Misiorowski | Stars: Cordell McQueen, Casper Van Dien, Chris Olley, Jacob Makgoba

Votes: 2,718

13. Shark Attack 2 (2000 Video)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

The mutant sharks from Dr. Craven's experiments in "Shark Attack 1" are back, this time choosing Cape Town, South Africa as their hunting ground. Two sisters, Amy and Samantha, while diving... See full summary »

Director: David Worth | Stars: Thorsten Kaye, Nikita Ager, Dan Metcalfe, Caroline Bruins

Votes: 2,226

14. Shark Hunter (2001)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Years after his parents are killed by a megalodon (an enormous shark that has supposedly been extinct for millions of years), Dr. Spencer is obsessed with the idea of hunting down and ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Codd | Stars: Antonio Sabato Jr., Christian Toulali, Grand L. Bush, Heather Marie Marsden

Votes: 873

15. Megalodon (2002 Video)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A deep-sea drilling operation goes horribly wrong, releasing the deadliest ocean predator that has ever roamed the seas since prehistoric times-Carcharodon Megalodon...sixty feet of prehistoric terror.

Director: Pat Corbitt | Stars: Leighanne Littrell, Robin Sachs, Al Sapienza, Mark Sheppard

Votes: 1,961

16. Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002 Video)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

When two researchers discover a colossal shark's tooth off the Mexican coast their worst fears surface - the most menacing beast to ever rule the waters is still alive and mercilessly feeding on anything that crosses its path.

Director: David Worth | Stars: John Barrowman, Jenny McShane, Ryan Cutrona, George Stanchev

Votes: 4,860

17. Open Water (2003)

R | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

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

Director: Chris Kentis | Stars: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson

Votes: 49,260 | Gross: $30.61M

18. Red Water (2003 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A group of oil workers being held hostage by a group of gangsters on a small oil rig are attacked by a freshwater bull shark.

Director: Charles Robert Carner | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Kristy Swanson, Coolio, Jaimz Woolvett

Votes: 2,561

19. Dark Waters (2003 Video)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Moneyless, ocean-exploring gigolo and his worldly lady-friend are forced to take part in looking into the possibility that aggression - utilizing marine life - is being planned.

Director: Phillip J. Roth | Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Simmone Mackinnon, Jeffrey Gorman, Ross Manarchy

Votes: 692

20. 12 Days of Terror (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

For twelve days in July, 1916, a shark patrolled the waterways of northern New Jersey. This docudrama is based on Richard Fernicola's account of those days.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Colin Egglesfield, Mark Dexter, Jenna Harrison, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 1,609

21. Raging Sharks (2005 Video)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Doctor Mike Olsen returns from his oceanic observation station, where his wife Linda feels in charge, when it's reported in desperate trouble after a sudden shark attack wrecked the oxygen ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Lerner | Stars: Corin Nemec, Vanessa Angel, Corbin Bernsen, Todd Jensen

Votes: 922

22. SharkMan (2005 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A scientist tries to save his son from cancer but his experiments turn him into a shark-man instead. A group of people from a pharmaceutical corporation are sent to the mad doctor's island to investigate his activities.

Director: Michael Oblowitz | Stars: William Forsythe, Hunter Tylo, Jeffrey Combs, Elise Muller

Votes: 1,565

"Hammerhead" is how I know this movie.

23. The Reef (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

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

Director: Andrew Traucki | Stars: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor

Votes: 15,984

24. Dinoshark (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A baby dinoshark evolves into a ferocious predatory adult, terrorising tourists and locals offshore from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Director: Kevin O'Neill | Stars: Eric Balfour, Iva Hasperger, Aarón Díaz, Dan Golden

Votes: 2,451

25. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 42,977 | Gross: $43.85M

26. Shark Night 3D (2011)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

22 Metascore

A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee

Votes: 23,813 | Gross: $18.87M

27. Swamp Shark (2011 TV Movie)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An animal smuggling deal goes wrong, resulting in a large shark escaping into the swampy backwoods river.

Director: Griff Furst | Stars: Christopher Berry, Wade Boggs, Marcus Lyle Brown, Jason Rogel

Votes: 2,632

28. Bait (III) (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building - along with 12-foot Great White Sharks.

Director: Kimble Rendall | Stars: Richard Brancatisano, Xavier Samuel, Chris Betts, Sharni Vinson

Votes: 15,366

29. The Shallows (2016)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo, Joseph Salas

Votes: 112,292 | Gross: $55.12M



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