5 Exciting Shark and Sea Creature Movies Like “Jaws”

Updated on September 28, 2019
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Poppy lives near Tokyo, Japan and loves to catch up with the latest movies, indie and blockbuster.

Jaws terrified the world in 1975 with its shocking, gory scenes and memorable music. Sharks, particularly great whites, have been given the reputation of being bloodthirsty monsters that can rip you in half with their hundreds of jagged teeth if you dare step into the water.

What is really lurking in those unexplored depths, and how fast could they catch you if you dared try to swim in the sea? Just how close by are sharks when we're taking a harmless dip in the ocean?


The monster animal genre is one that remains popular when you want to sit and enjoy some excitement and 'what-if' questions about the world we inhabit, as well as the animals that inhabit it with us. Fancy a shark-themed horror flick? Here are five exciting deep-sea creature movies similar to the classic horror Jaws.

1. “Deep Blue Sea” (1999)

Exciting, though perhaps bordering on a little silly, Deep Blue Sea tells the story of monster sharks maddened by a group of scientists' Alzheimer's research. The sharks are fast, angry, and rampant, determined to rip apart the people who made them. Samuel L. Jackson appears in this movie, along with Saffron Burrows, who plays a scientist in the research facility.

This movie is full of action and creative scenes beyond the typical "getting attacked while swimming at the beach." It is a good choice for if you're looking for some bitey gore and scream-laugh moments.

2. “The Shallows” (2016)

Blake Lively did a great job in this survival-horror drama. Nancy Adams (Lively) needs some time on her own, still reeling from the death of her mother. However, what is supposed to be a peaceful retreat quickly turns to horror as she's stuck in the middle of the ocean... and is being stalked by something deadly.

The good acting and background story of this movie took it away from the usual blood-and-gore horror. Can Blake survive the risks of sunstroke, dehydration, and the creature waiting to attack, or will she succumb to her impending doom?

3. “47 Meters Down” (2017)

Mandy Moore stars in another exciting survival movie. While on vacation in Mexico, two sisters decide to try out a thrilling day trip in a cage surrounded by deep sea creatures. However, it all goes wrong when their cage is broken away from the boat, leaving them on the ocean floor with a dwindling supply of oxygen... but is that their biggest worry?

Seeing big stars in horror movies makes them that much better. 47 Meters Down isn't a movie you want to miss, though it might put you off any deep-sea exploration activities for a while.

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4. “Piranha 3D” (2010)

Unlike some of the others on this list, Piranha 3D is actually a parody of the genre. Want to see bikini-clad girls screaming as they're torn apart by vicious prehistoric fish? This movie is for you.

It's quite fun seeing the likes of Jaws and the previous 1970's Piranha flick being teased while also delivering a pretty good story and some giggle-worthy moments. Don't take this one too seriously!


5. “The Meg” (2018)

Starring Jason Statham, The Meg has Jaws-reminiscent sharks (and enormous prehistoric ones at that) with Sanctum-reminiscent survival. I was particularly impressed with the characters, who were much deeper than in many horror movies.

The Meg is a pleasant blend of good acting and storytelling but still has some fun jumpscares and the classic panic-at-the-beach attack scene. What shark movie would be complete without one?

Sharks are awesome and cool creatures, but it is true they could rip you apart and eat you if they really wanted to! Monster films are a great way to de-stress and enjoy the thrill of 'what ifs' without leaving the safety of your sofa. Which of these fun shark or deep-sea creature movies is first on your to-watch list?

© 2019 Poppy


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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      9 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hi, Jeremy. No, I haven't seen those yet, but I'll check them out! Thank you for stopping by :D

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      Jeremy Gill 

      9 months ago from Louisiana

      Nice article! Have you ever seen the "Open Water" movies? The first one had sharks, but they weren't the main focus, while the second (which I prefer) offered a rare ocean-stranded movie without them.

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      13 months ago from Enoshima, Japan


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      Ellison Hartley 

      13 months ago from Maryland, USA

      I love Jaws!!!! Best shark movie ever made


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