Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb
Based on: Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley
Why it’s better: While the novel Jaws was a fairly standard thriller, the film held back on violence — a serendipitous consequence of a low budget and a malfunctioning mechanical shark. The non-shark characters were also fleshed out and rendered more likable, helping the audience root for them.