1975 changed the game forever. Steven Spielberg became a household name. A horror film was a major summer blockbuster as well as the highest-grossing film of all time until Star Wars came out two years later. Both films were instrumental in establishing the modern Hollywood business model of going for the high box office profits from an action/adventure film with a simple premise.
Outside of The Exorcist, Jaws really set fear loose through the populous by adding a threat to an everyday things. Folks love swimming, but how much do you love it when death might be waiting for you inside?
Jaws also showcases one of the most amazing speeches in cinematic history. Delivered expertly by Robert Shaw, the speech had him re-telling the account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945.
The unbridled terror we all feel was basically all a mistake. We have all heard the line by now “The shark didn’t work” and had the shark worked the way that they wanted it to, we wouldn’t have all of the suspense and would have ended up with just another movie about a monster killing. Not the white knuckle trip that you go on watching it now.
Jaws was added to the United States National Film Registry in 2001 by the Library of Congress. With a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a box office of $476.5 million on a budget of $9 million, it’s no wonder that it remains one of the greatest films of all time.