2. Jaws 2
The sequel to the immensely popular Jaws starts off with a hotel being opened on Amity Island just as a new shark enters the fray. Just like in the first film, no one believes Brody. Except this time he’s on his own.
Quint is gone and Hopper is on an expedition in Antarctica. Not only has crying shark gotten him a one-way ticket on the lonely train, but they also vote him out as Chief of Police so he doesn’t even have any power.
It’s a more than competent film with Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, and Murray Hamilton returning and more than holding up their end. However, it’s missing one thing. That Spielberg touch. Essentially this film is almost a direct copy of the first one. The story has already been told and the fact that this little island town is consistently besieged by great white sharks is a little ridiculous but ultimately it works.
The reason that it is so high on the list is that it’s the closest thing to the original, even if the sheer terror is gone. Let’s be honest, once you see the shark, fear is out the window.