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Jaws vs. Jurassic Park: Which Is the Greatest Spielberg Blockbuster?

Two of Steven Spielberg's most influential films go head-to-head as we decide which of them is the greatest creature feature event-movie, according to Tomatometer, box office, and more.

by | May 6, 2020 | Comments

It’s Spielberg against Spielberg, Williams against Williams, and beast against beasts in our latest episode of Vs., in which we take two of the greatest and most beloved blockbusters of all time, put them through the ringer, and decide once and for all which of them is the true event-movie GOAT. (No, not the kind of goat you use to feed your once-extinct zoo animals.) Will it be the movie that INVENTED the concept of the blockbuster, Jaws, with its iconic score and “keep-Bruce-hidden” approach to keeping you out of the water? Or, will it be Jurassic Park, the special-effects–driven movie that changed the very idea of what was possible for blockbusters moving forward? Rotten Tomatoes Contributing Editor Mark Ellis is pitting the two movies against each other by Tomatometer, box office, and more to decide which beloved monster flick takes the biggest bite out of cinematic history.

Of course, if you don’t agree with our choice of winner, let us have it in the comments.


Jaws was released on June 20, 1975. Jurassic Park was released on June 11, 1993.


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