Jaws requires no synopsis, so here’s the backstory: A guy was browsing through Cosmopolitan (he had his reasons) and saw a positive review of this book by first-time novelist Peter Benchley; one thing led to another, and the book became became Steven Spielberg’s ur-blockbuster that changed Hollywood forever.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award nomination for Best Picture; BAFTA nomination for Best Actor (Richard Dreyfuss)

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