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Trudi from Non-Fiction Collections July 29, 2019, 1:24 PM

You’re gonna need a bigger boat

Just in time for Shark Week I’ve rounded up my Top 10 shark movies to help take a bite out of the summer heat!

10. SHARKNADO (2013)

It’s sharks. It’s tornados. It’s sharks inside tornados. I mean, you can’t possibly get any more ridiculous or fun if you tried. An instant cult classic for all the right (or is that wrong?) reasons.

9. BAIT (2012)

A freak tsunami traps a group of people in a flooded grocery store. The catch? Trapped inside with them are a couple of huge sharks. The premise is ridiculous, but the result is an edge of your seat thrill ride.

8. THE MEG (2018)

Scientists exploring the Mariana Trench discover more than they bargained for – a Megalodon. Thought to be long extinct, the Meg is 75 feet of gaping maw, gnashing teeth and pure instinctual hunger. It’s Jason Statham in a wetsuit battling a prehistoric monster shark and it’s a good time.

7. OPEN WATER 2: ADRIFT (2006)

A group of friends on a luxury party yacht make a terrible mistake when they jump into the ocean to go swimming and forget to lower the ladder. Oops! Unable to climb back in, the group is stranded in the water miles from shore. And they’re not alone because … sharks!

6. DEEP BLUE SEA (1999)

A remote research lab in the middle of the ocean. Genetically engineered smart sharks. LL Cool J. This movie sells itself. 

5. 47 METERS DOWN (2017)

Cage diving in Mexico is fun until the cable breaks and your cage plummets 47 meters down to the ocean floor. Trapped, running out of oxygen and surrounded by sharks, two sisters fight to stay alive in a nail-biting race against time.

4. THE SHALLOWS (2016)

On a secluded beach, a surfer is hunted by a Great White and cut off from swimming back to shore. The cinematography here is exceptional and just for the visuals alone this movie is worth watching. But it’s also incredibly suspenseful.

3. THE REEF (2010)

When their sailboat capsizes, a group of friends is plunged into the ocean and must make a very difficult decision – stay with the boat or make the dangerous swim to land. Those who choose to swim are targeted by a Great White shark and the ensuing terror is unrelenting.

2. OPEN WATER (2003)

Inspired by a true story, this one brings to life the totally helpless feeling of being abandoned in the middle of the ocean. When accidentally left behind by their diving charter, a young couple fights to stay alive under terrifying conditions that include swarming sharks that have caught their scent.     

1. JAWS (1975)

It’s been 44 years, but Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is still King. No other shark movie comes close. It’s a genuinely scary, high adventure story that never stops being fun. It also has some of the most memorable characters to have ever appeared on screen. A young Spielberg went on from Jaws to direct some of the most significant, cultural watershed motion pictures ever made. But of them all, I still love Jaws the best.

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Trudi from Non-Fiction Collections

Natural habitat: Bingeing Netflix with my cat. I love scary movies and have been reading Stephen King since I was 11. Getting to see Hamilton in New York City was the thrill of a lifetime. My subject area for the library is everything nonfiction, including my favorites: memoirs, cookbooks, true crime, self-help, history and documentaries.

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