I can't overestimate the imapct JAWS had on me as pre-teen. Both beautifully scripted and photographed, JAWS offered a master class in how to keep a budget from getting in the way of a good story. I had seen plenty of low-budget horror and sci-fi by then, but in those flicks, the victims were generally vilified well in advance. Jaws killed at random and without remorse.
In addition to taking home three Academy Awards and a nomination for Best Picture, JAWS was the first major motion picture title to be released for home viewing on the the then nascent LaserDisc format. That alone speaks volumes.
Sidenote: Apparently, the original artwork for the one-sheet poster has been missing for decades.
Steven Spielberg, Peter Benchley, Roy Scheider, Martin Brody, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, blockbuster, Brucie, Universal