Based on the Peter Benchley novel, this horror film was released just in time for beach season. The villain was a carnivorous and very homicidal great white shark that attacked people in a quiet coastal town. But the film, which Spielberg calls the most difficult he's made, often played on the power of suggestion, proving that what the mind conjures in the imagination can sometimes be more powerful than an actual image. Jaws made the most of that, earning more than $260 million in the United States and setting a record at the time for box office gross. The film also won Oscars for editing, sound, and original score.
Steven Spielberg was only just cutting his teeth on Jaws. Keep reading to find out other classic hits Spielberg had waiting up his sleeve.