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 will 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.
fun Fact: 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, Brucie, Universal