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List of M. Night Shyamalan Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Sixth Sense (1999)
28
6
The Sixth Sense
PG-13
28
6

Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe sees an opportunity to redeem himself after he meets his new patient Cole Sear, who exhibits similar symptoms to one of his former patients whom he had failed to treat. Despite doubting Sear's claims at first, Crowe gradually discovers that he might actually be able to see dead people, unaware of their death.

Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
2. Unbreakable (2000)
15
6
Unbreakable
PG-13
15
6

David Dunn miraculously comes out unhurt in a train accident in which no one else survives. Elijah Price, a comic book store owner with brittle bone disease believes that David is Unbreakable – people with exceptional courage and tolerance to pain and an extraordinary sense of dangerous people and devastating happenings. David must figure out if the theory is indeed true.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Leslie Stefanson, Bruce Willis, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
3. Split (2016)
16
6
Split
PG-13
16
6

Three teenage girls, Cassey, Claire and Marcia are kidnapped by Kevin Wendell who suffers from dissociative identity disorder with 23 different personalities. A 24th persona, the most sinister one, can appear anytime. The girls, therefore, have to find a way to escape, before it is too late for them.

Starring:
James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Betty Buckley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
4. Signs (2002)
13
6
Signs
PG-13
13
6

Six months after losing his wife in an accident and leaving the church consequently, Graham Hess finds crop circles in his corn field. As crop circles begin appearing around the world, Graham and his family – brother and two children – try to understand the meaning of the Signs and eventually believe that there are aliens around.

Starring:
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
5. The Village (2004)
10
5
The Village
PG-13
10
5

Covington in the 19th-century rural Pennsylvania has a small population that lives peacefully within the boundaries of the village. Beyond the boundaries, there are fearful creatures inhabiting the wood that do not forgive any intrusion. When a determined man, Lucius Hunt decides to step out into the woods, the creatures are upset. But then, someone else must also step out into the woods.

Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
6. The Visit (2015)
8
5
The Visit
PG-13
8
5

Siblings Becca and Tyler go on a five-day visit to their estranged grandparents who they haven’t met before. But their visit turns into a nightmare when they witness strange happenings in the house and realize their grandparents might not be who they claim to be. 

Starring:
Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan, Kathryn Hahn, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
8. Old (2021)
6
5
Old
UA
6
5

A couple that is about to get divorced decides to go to a tropical resort for a vacation. They relax for a few hours at the secluded beach, but their life turns into a nightmare, when they discover that somehow the beach is starting to make them age rapidly.

9. Lady in the Water (2006)
6
5
Lady in the Water
PG-13
6
5

In this fantasy drama, a water nymph – Story – is discovered in the swimming pool of an apartment complex by the building superintendent, Cleveland Heep. She is in this world for a purpose after which she has to return to the Blue World. However, an evil wolf creature, scrunt, is after her and it is now up to Heep and a group of other apartment people to ensure her safe return.

Starring:
Jared Harris, Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey Wright, Sarita Choudhury
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
10. The Happening (2008)
6
6
The Happening
TV-MA
6
6

In an apocalyptic future, humanity is being plagued by an airborne neurotoxin, purportedly released as a defense mechanism by plants, which is driving people to mass suicide. Science teacher Elliot Moore, his wife Alma, and his colleague's daughter Jess struggle to survive from the intangible threat, but are on the verge of giving in.

Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
11. After Earth (2013)
6
6
After Earth
PG-13
6
6

It is the 31st century and humans have abandoned earth, now a hostile planet. Cypher Raige, a general in the peacekeeping organization Ranger Corps, and his son Kitai crash land on earth after an asteroid shower. Cypher is severely injured and it is now on upto young Kitai to traverse the dangerous terrains of earth and retrieve the backup beacon and call for help.

Starring:
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoë Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo, Glenn Morshower
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
12. Praying with Anger (1992)
3
4
Praying with Anger
PG-13
3
4
Starring:
Mike Muthu, Richa Ahuja Badami, Sushma Ahuja
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
13. The Last Airbender (2010)
4
6
The Last Airbender
PG
4
6

The Fire nation has declared war against the other nations, Air, Water, and Earth as they try to conquer the world. The only hope of the remaining three nations resides with 12 years old Aang, ‘The Avatar’, the only one who has the ability to control all four elements. 

Starring:
Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Cliff Curtis, Shaun Toub
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan

Movies (Actor)

1. The Sixth Sense (1999)
22
5
The Sixth Sense
PG-13
22
5

Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe sees an opportunity to redeem himself after he meets his new patient Cole Sear, who exhibits similar symptoms to one of his former patients whom he had failed to treat. Despite doubting Sear's claims at first, Crowe gradually discovers that he might actually be able to see dead people, unaware of their death.

Starring:
Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Mischa Anne Marsden Barton, Donnie Wahlberg, Olivia Williams
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
2. Unbreakable (2000)
12
5
Unbreakable
PG-13
12
5

David Dunn miraculously comes out unhurt in a train accident in which no one else survives. Elijah Price, a comic book store owner with brittle bone disease believes that David is Unbreakable – people with exceptional courage and tolerance to pain and an extraordinary sense of dangerous people and devastating happenings. David must figure out if the theory is indeed true.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Leslie Stefanson, Bruce Willis, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
3. Split (2016)
13
5
Split
PG-13
13
5

Three teenage girls, Cassey, Claire and Marcia are kidnapped by Kevin Wendell who suffers from dissociative identity disorder with 23 different personalities. A 24th persona, the most sinister one, can appear anytime. The girls, therefore, have to find a way to escape, before it is too late for them.

Starring:
James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Betty Buckley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
4. Signs (2002)
10
5
Signs
PG-13
10
5

Six months after losing his wife in an accident and leaving the church consequently, Graham Hess finds crop circles in his corn field. As crop circles begin appearing around the world, Graham and his family – brother and two children – try to understand the meaning of the Signs and eventually believe that there are aliens around.

Starring:
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
5. The Village (2004)
9
4
The Village
PG-13
9
4

Covington in the 19th-century rural Pennsylvania has a small population that lives peacefully within the boundaries of the village. Beyond the boundaries, there are fearful creatures inhabiting the wood that do not forgive any intrusion. When a determined man, Lucius Hunt decides to step out into the woods, the creatures are upset. But then, someone else must also step out into the woods.

Starring:
Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Judy Greer, Jesse Eisenberg, Joaquin Phoenix
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
6. Lady in the Water (2006)
5
4
Lady in the Water
PG-13
5
4

In this fantasy drama, a water nymph – Story – is discovered in the swimming pool of an apartment complex by the building superintendent, Cleveland Heep. She is in this world for a purpose after which she has to return to the Blue World. However, an evil wolf creature, scrunt, is after her and it is now up to Heep and a group of other apartment people to ensure her safe return.

Starring:
Jared Harris, Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey Wright, Sarita Choudhury
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan
7. Praying with Anger (1992)
3
3
Praying with Anger
PG-13
3
3
Role:
Dev Raman
Starring:
Mike Muthu, Richa Ahuja Badami, Sushma Ahuja
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan

Narrator/Dubbing

The Happening (2008)
8
8
The Happening
TV-MA
8
8

In an apocalyptic future, humanity is being plagued by an airborne neurotoxin, purportedly released as a defense mechanism by plants, which is driving people to mass suicide. Science teacher Elliot Moore, his wife Alma, and his colleague's daughter Jess struggle to survive from the intangible threat, but are on the verge of giving in.

Role:
Joey (voice)
Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, Kristen Connolly, Alan Ruck, Zooey Deschanel, Ashlyn Sanchez
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan

Special Appearance/Cameo

The Last Airbender (2010)
6
9
The Last Airbender
PG
6
9

The Fire nation has declared war against the other nations, Air, Water, and Earth as they try to conquer the world. The only hope of the remaining three nations resides with 12 years old Aang, ‘The Avatar’, the only one who has the ability to control all four elements. 

Role:
Firebender at Earth Prison Camp (uncredited)
Starring:
Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Cliff Curtis, Shaun Toub
Directed By:
M. Night Shyamalan

TV Shows

After Hours
9
1
After Hours
TV-14
9
1
Starring:
Daniel O'Brien, Katie Willert, Soren Bowie, Michael Swaim, Cody Johnston
Entourage
19
3
Entourage
TV-MA
19
3
Starring:
Jessica Alba, Gal Gadot, James Woods, Sarah Silverman, Malcolm McDowell, Anthony Anderson, Jaime Pressly
Directed By:
Julian Farino, Mark Mylod, Daniel Attias, David Nutter, Ken Whittingham
Wayward Pines
9
3
Wayward Pines
TV-14
9
3
Starring:
Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Juliette Lewis, Terrence Howard, Sarah Jeffery, Hope Davis, Toby Jones
Directed By:
Tim Hunter, Zal Batmanglij, Jeff T. Thomas, Ti West