Jaws should be a horror film

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I did a imdb search for highest rated horror movies of the 1970s and Jaws (One of the greatest horror movies of all time) was nowhere to be seen. Turns out Jaws is an adventure-drama on IMDB and not a horror film. Even though all its less frightening sequels are all horror.

Please make Jaws primary genre horror like it obviously should be.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/
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Jeorj Euler

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Content such as gore, macabre, ambush, grotesquery or supernature, in combinations, are not really significant staples of Jaws, so omission between the particular movie and the horror genre is understandable. Apropos, genre assignments on IMDb do not have ranks or priorities, so there is no primary, secondary or tertiary genre of a movie.
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IMDb's genre guide defines the "horror" genre as having "numerous consecutive scenes of characters effecting a terrifying and/or repugnant narrative throughout the title." On account of the "and/or", I might have to consider this forum topic debatable, since it seems like "and" would appropriately narrow down the criteria as opposed to "and/or".
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? ?

Sharknado  (2013)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/reference
When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles,
nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air
as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2724064/trivia
Homage to Steven Spielberg (director of Jaws (1975)...

Genres: Action |  Adventure | Comedy |  Horror |  Sci-Fi
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Sharknado 2: The Second One  (2014)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3062074/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3062074/reference
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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!  (2015)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3899796/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3899796/reference
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Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens  (2016)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4831420/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4831420/reference
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Sharknado 5: Global Swarming  (2017)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6298780/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6298780/reference
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The Last Sharknado: It's About Time  (2018)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8031422/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8031422/reference

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Hi Zantar95 -

Please keep in mind that the Horror Genre is subjective.  For the title "Jaws" in particular, the "Thriller" genre is more applicable to the film than "Horror", as the film narrative is fear based and contains more sensational or suspenseful scenes.
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I agree the thriller genre is most applicable to Jaws but adventure and drama should not be attached to Jaws over horror. Jaws is definitely more of a horror than an adventure.

Why do Jaws 2 & 3 have the horror genre?
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Because IMDb is inconsistent.
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Two videos showcasing why Jaws is definitely a horror movie.

[Why Jaws is a horror movie]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSKXnKvkTNU

[Most influential horror movies of all time]
https://youtu.be/pob6ngBDFzw?t=2027
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I think its disrespectful not labeling Jaws as a horror movie as its main genre.

Arguably one of the greatest and most influential horror movies ever is not a horror movie on IMDB. While movies like Sharknado and its own sequels Jaws 2, Jaws 3D are horror movies...

https://www.themaven.net/theresurgent/contributors/jaws-is-the-greatest-horror-movie-of-all-time-lh8...
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It begs the question of how horrific the content of a movie has to be in order to be considered a part of the horror genre. To be fair, I cannot even begin to explain the inconsistency of perspective on movies featuring great white sharks that hunt and attack human beings or just by happenstance (natural disaster) get a taste of human flesh. Seems like none of them may be horror, or perhaps all of them are. The point that Courtney Olender brought up about Jurassic Park is interesting.
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I've always considered Jaws to be a horror film, as it's a rather classic example of a monster movie or creature feature (as is Jurassic Park) in the tradition of Hollywood's beginnings in the genre with King Kong or even Dracula and Frankenstein, and, of course, those films are part of other genres as well: e.g. King Kong is an adventure film; Frankenstein is sci-fi.

Plus, it has many other characteristics of horror movies, such as jump scares, an intense soundtrack and gore.  Heck, an entire generation and more of aquaphobia has been attributed to this one movie.
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Jaws is considered as one of the most iconic and influential horror movies of all time. It's on the top 5 of every list of great horror movies ever. If IMDB is not going to add the horror genre to Jaws at least be consistent with this and remove it from movies like Sharknado and all the Jaws sequels too.

Even the Jaws theme song is considered as the most iconic horror theme song...

Here is a quote on why Jaws is a 'scary movie' taken from this article where they ranked Jaws as the 5th scariest movie of all time.
https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/10/the-100-scariest-movies-of-all-time/full-post/

"You know why Jaws is scary and why it deserves a spot on this list: the music, the economic use of the shark, the power of what you don’t see. But we so rarely talk about how damn pleasant Amity Island looks, and how that’s scary. Outside of the opening death of Chrissie Watkins, every shark attack in the film takes place in broad daylight, among plenty of swimmers, sunshine, and Fourth of July festivities. It conjures what looks like the happiest place of the 1970s, until that dorsal fin cuts through the water, crystal clear, to remind you that, in any great horror movie, terror lurks right below anything that’s pretty. Not that I’d want to go in the water at night, either." –Dan Caffrey

Another great quote taken from this article
https://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2013/10/the-8-most-iconic-horror-theme-songs.html

"Two single notes never did as much work as it did when queueing up the intro of the ocean’s scariest predator. The Jaws theme, written and conducted by Hollywood legend John Williams, is (and will remain) one of the most recognizable, horrifying clips of music for decades to come. It’s also a great ringtone for fielding calls from the in-laws. And for those arguing that Jaws isn’t a horror movie—people are chewed to death by a giant (real-life) monster. Blood goes everywhere. Screams are had. It’s a horror movie."
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