!!The film:
* AccidentalInnuendo: Right as Chrissie is being eaten by the shark in the first scene, the guy she took with her to the deserted beach is almost passed out drunk on the sand, breathing heavily and whispering, "[[CallingYourOrgasms I'm coming...I'm coming...]]" Of course, given that he's wasted and he's chasing a girl, it may be deliberate.
* AdaptationDisplacement: The novel was made before the film, yet is not as known.
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: ''Jaws'' was initially picked up as a script treatment by Universal Pictures, [[TroubledProduction but ran into problems almost immediately]]. A rookie director who only had one other feature film that bombed in theatres to his name was chosen to direct the film. An actor who believed he was now box-office poison because of his prior work signed up as one of the main characters. Filming ran overbudget and overtime, with executives denying funding for key reshoots (which then had to be paid out of pocket). There were accusations that the practical effects were cheap and laughable, [[SerendipityWritesThePlot forcing the filmmaker to improvise]] by [[ObscuredSpecialEffects keeping it offscreen for most of the runtime]]. Yet, contrary to Creator/StevenSpielberg and Richard Dreyfuss' beliefs, ''Jaws'' became the first film to see wide-release distribution, became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and ushered in a new wave in American filmmaking.
* AwardSnub: Spielberg himself threw a fit in broadcast TV once he didn't get nominated for Best Director.
** You can watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mgrxvTdl-Q&feature=player_embedded here.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ''Da-DUN. Daaaa-DUN.'' The shark's {{Leitmotif}} is one of the most famous in film history.
** Even better when [[spoiler:the [[JumpScare shark pops up out of nowhere]] while Brody is tossing chum behind the boat and the leitmotif ''did not play''. In every scene ''before'' that, the da-dun music kicked in warning the audience that the shark was coming.]]
** Funnily enough, on first hearing the score Spielberg was quite bemused by how minimalist it was, and figured Williams had to be pulling a prank. Of course, he ''did'' initially hear it played on a piano, which probably made it sound dinkier than it would with a full orchestra.
* FanonDiscontinuity: What allows the original movie to be untainted by the sequels.
* FirstInstallmentWins: Not that there is any competition over this.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Now with [[Funny/{{Jaws}} its own page]].
* HarsherInHindsight: When you realize that the book and the film have contributed to making sharks endangered species by instilling such fear and hate of them to the point where the original author regrets writing it, then this property is horrible in an whole different way.
* HilariousInHindsight: Richard Dreyfuss stated that Spielberg looped the screams of the opening sequence by diving Susan Backlinie's head into a water bucket -- [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterboarding what's basically torture today.]]
* IAmNotShazam: ''Jaws'' is not the name of the shark. It had no name, unless you count [[ProductionNickname Bruce]].
* JerkassWoobie: Quint, during the monologue scene.
* JustHereForGodzilla: People often forget there's more to the film than just a shark killing everyone.
* MemeticMutation:
** "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
** "This was no boating accident."
** And, of course, see AwesomeMusic above.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Jaws}} Wanna go for a swim?]]
* OneSceneWonder: Susan Backlinie, in the very first scene. Still [[IncrediblyLamePun jaw]] droppingly terrifying decades later.
** The movie has a wealth of these, thanks to the makers practice of finding colorful-looking locals for background roles. For many of these, this was their only (uncredited) film role, making them "One Scene In Their Whole ''Career'' Wonders." Examples include Donald Poole (Harbormaster Frank Silva), Steven Potter (Pipit's owner), and Carla Hogendyk ("Artist," a.k.a. the girl who shouts "Shark!" when it goes into the pond).
** Ms. Kitner when she slaps Chief Brody. Technically she was also on the beach when her son dies, but her confrontation with Brody is unforgettable.
* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: Spielberg only directed the original movie, and the sequels are generally believed to get progressively worse.
* ParanoiaFuel: You better believe it. Beach attendance noticeably dropped in 1975 because of this movie.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Sometimes happens with the shark. Mostly due to RuleOfCool.
** Spielberg admitted that when he read the book, [[EightDeadlyWords he disliked the characters so much]] [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3400291.stm he wanted the shark to win]]. It's one of the reasons he applied some AdaptationDistillation.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Part of the reason the first film uses suspense and doesn't often show the shark is precisely because of this trope -- Spielberg thought that the animatronic shark that they had was too unconvincing.
** That, and it kept breaking down during filming, especially when they were out on the water.
** The shark's appearance in the "you're gonna need a bigger boat" scene has not aged well since the film's release. It looks almost intolerably fake to modern audiences. It doesn't help that it gently pushes its head above the surface...whilst the characters react as though it had leapt out of the water.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: The mayor isn't ''completely'' wrong that news of a shark could ruin the town -- all "summer tourist" towns are extremely dependent on seasonal income. He's extremely wrong, however, in the degree to which he ignores the evidence. Also, his refusal to cut open the shark, possibly spilling the remains of it's latest victim (a young child), is completely right. Why they couldn't both agree to wait until everyone left and cut it open late at night (what Brody and Hooper do ''anyway'') is anyone's guess.
** On the other hand he did let the killing of ''one'' shark erupt into a media frenzy and basically declare mission accomplished ''without'' making sure it was even the right shark in the ''first place,'' which is why Brody and Hooper even wanted to cut the shark open.
* TearJerker: Mrs. Kintner's confrontation with Brody over keeping the beaches open after Chrissie's death, resulting in her son being killed.
** Chrissie's anguished screams of "God, help me!" can get pretty wrenching.
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Captain Quint.]]

!!The NES video game:
* ItsShortSoItSucks: The game can be completed in under an hour, which is remarkably short by NES standards.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The game mostly consists of swimming around harpooning innocent and harmless sea creatures. The fact that it's also based on the ''worst'' of the ''Jaws'' movies doesn't help matters.
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