Do you love a good mystery? Maybe a little suspense and terror thrown in for good measure? If you said yes, then M Night Shyamalan movies are perfect for you!

M Night Shyamalan is one of the most well-known filmmakers of our time.

His work has been met with mixed reviews, but that doesn’t stop him from making movies.

From Sixth Sense to Unbreakable, these movies are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

And if there’s someone in your life that loves this genre as well, don’t forget to give them a gift card or two from Fandango and they’ll be set for their next movie night with friends.

Best M Night Shyamalan Movies

This article will explore M. Night Shyamalan’s movies and will give a taste of what he does best as a director and why he is so popular with audiences around the world.

It will also offer an opinion on each movie from someone who has seen them all before they were spoiled by their respective plots or twists – so no spoilers!

Unbreakable (2000)

The movie “Unbreakable” is a 2000 psychological thriller film directed by M.

Night Shyamalan, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film follows the first few years of David Dunn’s life after he survives being struck by a train because of his superhuman abilities.

It is also about Elijah Price, an individual who believes that everyone has a superpower called their “gift.”

While struggling to come to terms with this new world where people can do things like walk on water or talk to animals, David meets Elijah and slowly starts to believe him as well.

As the story progresses it becomes clear that there are other people in town with gifts just like theirs and they all start realizing that something bigger than them might be happening.

Unbreakable [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Split (2016)

It is a horror film by director M. Night Shyamalan and stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, and Jessica Sula.

The movie was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and had a budget of $9 million dollars, which is much lower than most major Hollywood films.

The film tells the story of three girls who are kidnapped by Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a man with a dissociative identity disorder that causes him to have 23 distinct personalities living inside his mind.

One personality, in particular, takes control often enough to make up one-third of this man’s mental capacity – “The Beast” – who has an unquenchable thirst for violence and commits terrible acts against others while under its influence.

When one personality takes control, the next day he will have no memory of what happened while it was in charge.

Split [Blu-ray]
  • Split
  • James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - M. Night Shyamalan (Writer) - M. Night Shyamalan (Producer)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.

The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and an equally troubled child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) whose own experiences as a child lead him to believe that he can help Cole.

He teams up with Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Willis) to help the ghosts that have unfinished business in the world move on peacefully to their afterlife.

The Sixth Sense was released on August 6th 1999 and grossed $293 million worldwide on its original release against an estimated budget of $40 million making it one of the most successful movies from Hollywood’s “New Generation” or “Brat Pack.”

The Sixth Sense
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Signs (2002)

If you’re looking for a movie to watch this holiday season, I recommend Signs.

The 2002 film Signs, directed by M. Night Shyamalan is about a family who comes home and finds that there are strange occurrences happening in their house.

The signs lead them to believe that they have been invaded by an otherworldly force.

The film starts with the Grahams’ youngest daughter, Bo (Abigail Breslin), riding her bike around the neighborhood before it goes dark outside as she’s riding through a tunnel.

She then sees something moving in the darkness at the end of the tunnel but is rescued from whatever it was when she reaches daylight on another street.

Signs
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - M. Night Shyamalan (Writer) - Frank Marshall (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Last Airbender (2010)

The Last Airbender is a 2010 live-action film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Noah Ringer as Aang, Dev Patel as Prince Zuko, Nicola Peltz as Katara, and Jackson Rathbone as Sokka.

It follows his journey as he tries to save his world from the Fire Nation and restore balance among people.

This movie has been given mixed reviews by critics since its release but I personally enjoyed watching it because of how visually engaging it is.

The film follows Aang, who is the Avatar: someone able to control all four elements. young boy’s quest to stop the Fire Nation from destroying his world in order to find peace for both humans and those who have mastered bending one of the four elemental powers: air, water, earth, or fire.

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The Last Airbender
  • Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone (Actors)
  • Portuguese, Spanish, French, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

After Earth (2013)

The 2013 sci-fi thriller movie, After Earth, is a story of a father and son who are stranded on earth 1,000 years after humankind abandoned it.

After Earth, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, tells of the struggles for survival that exist in this new world with little knowledge of what happened before they were born or how it came to be like this

The film did not do well at the box office, but it has been critically acclaimed by many critics as an ambitious project.

The plot revolves around Kitai’s discovery of his father’s logbook and finding out more about their past after they crash land onto an abandoned planet, Earth, which has been uninhabited for over 25 years due to its toxic atmosphere.

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After Earth
  • After Earth (DVD + UltraViolet)
  • Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Zoë Kravitz (Actors)
  • M Night Shyamalan (Director) - Jada Pinkett Smith (Producer)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

 

BEST M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN MOVIES

Who Is M. Night Shyamalan?

M. Night Shyamalan is an Indian-American film director, screenwriter, and producer who has been making movies for the past 20 years. He was born in India but moved to America as a child with his family.

The first movie that put him on the map was The Sixth Sense which came out in 1999.

This movie starred Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment who played Cole Sear, a boy who can see dead people because of a tragic accident when he was four years old.

 

 

Wide Awake (1998)

Wide Awake has been nominated for four awards including MTV’s Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance in 1999.

The movie has many themes such as religion, spirituality, death, and family dynamics which are all explored throughout the film (and not always in-depth).

Rosie O’Donnell, Denis Leary, Dana Delany, and Joseph Cross star in this feel-good comedy about the laughter, excitement, and fun that comes with being a kid! Joshua (Cross) is a thoughtful ten-year-old looking for some simple answers to life’s eternal questions.

Wide Awake (1998)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Denis Leary, Robert Loggia, Dana Delany (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - M. Night Shyamalan (Writer) - Cathy Konrad (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Lady in the Water (2006)

Originally intended as a story for children, the script was written by Shyamalan in 2000 as an answer to his critics who claimed that he did not understand how audiences had grown up since his previous film, 1999’s The Sixth Sense.

This movie follows Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti), an apartment manager who discovers a woman named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) at the bottom of a pool in one of his buildings.

The plot follows an average suburban housewife who discovers a fairy tale creature living in her pool but has trouble convincing others due to their disbelief of such things happening outside of books or movies.

Lady in the water stars Paul Giamatti as Cleveland Heep, a janitor who discovers a woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) on his apartment building’s pool floor during one of his nightly patrols.

As he tries to find out what she’s doing there, he realizes that her presence may have something to do with all the strange occurrences happening around him lately: lights flickering on and off, inexplicable noises coming from inside walls, objects disappearing into thin air…The movie has been rated PG-13 for “scary images.”

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Lady in the Water [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bob Balaban (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - M. Night Shyamalan (Writer) - M. Night Shyamalan (Producer)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

The Happening (2008)

Don’t be fooled by the movie’s title, “The Happening,” because this film is far from a comedy.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, and Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (among others), The Happening is an intense thriller that will have you on edge for its entire duration.

In what seems like every town across North America (in one day!), people begin committing suicide en masse—without warning or explanation.

This movie was a thriller that had many science-fiction aspects to it and, as such, caused much controversy among critics.

The main point of criticism is that the ending seems unfinished because so many plot points were not answered in detail.

However, there are those who argue that this was intentional and meant to leave you with more questions than answers about what happened in Philadelphia after they evacuated from their homes.

The Happening
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - Gary Barber (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Glass (2019)

Glass is a 2019 American neo-noir thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and written by Shyamalan and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Tony Basgallop.

The film stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn who pursues Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), one of the personalities inhabiting Crumb’s body, following a series of escalating encounters.

Samuel L Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy also star in supporting roles.

The movie follows the story of people with superhuman abilities known as “Unbreakables.”

The film focuses largely on how Kevin deals with this situation as he faces relentless pressure from all sides – including law enforcement, family members, and business associates – to step down from his position as CEO until he can clear himself of suspicions that have been leveled against him in a series of columns written by an anonymous author known only as “Glass”.

Glass
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - M. Night Shyamalan (Writer) - M. Night Shyamalan (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Village (2004)

The Village is a psychological horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released in 2004. It tells the story of a village cut off from the rest of civilization, who live in fear that creatures will come out at night to attack them.

There are three main characters: Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), her father Lucius (William Hurt), and her husband Edward Walker (Adrien Brody).

The movie starts with Ivy as she walks through the forest outside the village, looking for medicine for her father’s illness.

She sees some dead deer on the ground but doesn’t see any blood or tracks nearby; this makes her feel uneasy about what she may find back home.

The plot revolves around the inhabitants of an isolated village who believe that those outside are cannibals due to lack of contact with the outside world.

A new arrival proves this true when he tells his story to one of the villagers.

The Village was both a box office success as well as being largely panned by critics worldwide; some have gone so far as to say it’s the worst film they’ve ever seen!

It grossed $17 million in its opening weekend (the third-highest for any Shyamalan movie).

The Village
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Howard, Adrien Brody (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - M. Night Shyamalan (Writer) - M. Night Shyamalan (Producer)
  • Spanish, English (Playback Language)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)

The Visit (2015)

The Visit is an American-found footage supernatural horror comedy-drama film directed by M. Night Shyamalan from a screenplay written by M. Night Shyamalan and Bryan Woods & Scott Beck, produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, James Vanderbilt, Steven Schneider.

The film’s plot revolves around two kids that are sent to visit their grandparents and find out they’re not who they seem to be.

In the opening scene, we are introduced to the family who will be taking on the visit, consisting of a mother (DeJonge), a father (Oxenbould), and their young son James (Ed Oxenbould).

One day they receive an unexpected visit from estranged grandparents for James’ birthday which sets off a series of increasingly strange events that leads them to believe there is more than meets eye in their grandparent’s arrival.

The Visit [Blu-ray]
  • The Visit
  • Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn (Actor)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Old (2021)

This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day.

Old is a Blinding Edge Pictures production, directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, from his screenplay based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters. The film is also produced by Ashwin Rajan (Glass, AppleTV+’s “Servant”) and Marc Bienstock (Glass, Split). The film’s executive producer is Steven Schneider.

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Old - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital
  • Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell (Actors)
  • M. Night Shyamalan (Director) - M. Night Shyamalan (Writer) - M. Night Shyamalan (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

M. Night Shyamalan’s Directing Style

In the early 2000s, M. Night Shyamalan became well-known for his twist endings and directing style that often left audiences feeling unsettled or disturbed.

His films include “The Sixth Sense,” “Signs,” and “Unbreakable.” Shyamalan’s latest film is a Netflix original movie entitled, ‘The Visit.’

Night Shyamalan’s directing style is highlighted by a general sense of unease and the portrayal of people as “others” who are not to be trusted.

He draws on his own experience from being raised in America but living part-time with relatives in India, which helped him understand two different cultures that have both been victims of prejudice and mistrust for centuries.

This knowledge has allowed him to share stories that connect these seemingly opposite worlds while giving audiences an opportunity to see how they might react when faced with similar circumstances.

In conclusion, M. Night Shyamalan’s directing style is one filled with contrasts and tension but also conveys the message that it takes courage to confront our deepest fears head-on.

In a recent interview with MTV, M. Night Shyamalan discusses his directorial style and the importance of being able to “read people” in order to understand their motivations.

He also talks about what he learned from making The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, two movies that were nominated for Oscars for Best Picture.