In 1975, Jaws hit cinema screens and became a smash-hit. The film, about a great white shark that terrorises a small coastal town, was a huge success with audiences and kick-started a series.

But how many Jaws movies are there?

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Jaws films in order

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To date, there are four Jaws movies. The Jaws films – which were produced between 1975 and 1987 – include:

  • Jaws (1975)
  • Jaws 2 (1978)
  • Jaws 3-D (1983)
  • Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
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Are all of the Jaws movies part of the same series?

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The Jaws series is told in chronological order, beginning with Jaws. Jaws 3-D deviates from the story by focusing on new characters, but it is regarded as part of the same series.

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Who are the cast of the Jaws films?

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The cast of the Jaws film series varies from movie to movie, however some actors do appear in multiple entries. Notable actors in the series include Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., and Michael Caine.

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Is the Jaws series the work of the same director?

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Each entry in the series was overseen by a different director, with Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws 2 directed by Jeannot Szwarc, Jaws 3-D helmed by Joe Alves and Jaws: The Revenge directed by Joseph Sargent.

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What is the best Jaws film?

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Jaws is generally regarded as the best entry in the series and has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98%. The sequels are less popular and have lower scores.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the Jaws movies are ranked as follows:

  • Jaws – 98%
  • Jaws 2 – 60%
  • Jaws 3-D – 10%
  • Jaws: The Revenge – Not rated*

*I think this tells you everything you need to know about Jaws: The Revenge.

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