Dive Into A Movie Marathon With These 10 Great Shark Films

June 26, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

When summer arrives and the temperature begins to rise one of the first things that comes to mind is the beach, the cool water of the ocean and fun in the sun. But movies like The Shallows and Jaws capture the fear that comes with not knowing what lurks below the surface and just how fierce and relentless sharks can be.

What better way to celebrate the summer than to dive into a marathon of shark movies. There are hundreds of shark movies out there, however, most are cheesy and ridiculous. This list does not include those. Here are a few of our favorite serious movies starring sharks.


Jaws (1975)

When a giant great white begins to attack people in the waters of a small island community, the police chief, a marine biologist and a grizzled fisherman set out to hunt it down.

Jaws is a true classic that will never be out done (that’s my opinion). Recently a deleted clip, deemed to graphic for the film, has surfaced. You can watch it HERE.



The Shallows (2016)

The Shallows stars Blake Lively as Nancy, a woman surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a Great White and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of will.

Catch The Shallows in theaters now.



Deep Blue Sea (1999)

A group of scientists, at a remote ocean research facility, are searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s. They are experimenting with using the brain cells of sharks to heal damaged cells. The serum they’ve given the sharks to stimulate cell growth has made the animals extremely intelligent. Now, the scientists must fight to survive.



Bait 3D (2012)

A tsunami has trapped a group of shoppers inside a coastal supermarket – along with massive 12-foot sharks.



The Deep (1977)

From the writer of Jaws comes The Deep. In the film a pair of young vacationers are involved in a dangerous conflict with treasure hunters when they discover a way into a deadly wreck in the waters of Bermuda.



The Reef (2010)

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



Open Water (2002)

When two divers find themselves stranded in the ocean, getting rescued becomes the least of their worries when a frenzy of hungry sharks close in on them.

Both Open Water and Open Water II are available on Netflix



Shark Night 3D (2011)

A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks. The film is a little cheesy but still pretty good.



12 Days of Terror (2004)

For 12 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.

12 Days of Terror is based on a true story and is available on Netflix.




If you are in the mood for a less than serious movie,one name is synonyms with cheesy shark movies, that’s 2013’s Sharknado. Sharks, tornadoes, tons of cameos, what more can I say about the movie that spawned 3 sequels. The forth film in the franchise, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, premieres on SyFy on July 31 at 8/7c. In the mean time, you can find the other sequels, and the original, on Netflix.



By-the-way, you can find the full version of several of these films on YouTube for free.


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