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The Best M. Night Shyamalan Movies 

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List of the best M. Night Shyamalan movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. First known for his surprise twists in movies like The Sixth Sense and The Village, M. Night Shyamalan's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world, and inspiring plenty of fan theories. The order of these top M. Night Shyamalan movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated M. Night Shyamalan movies will be at the top of the list. M. Night Shyamalan has directed many films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest M. Night Shyamalan movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this, use this list of the most entertaining M. Night Shyamalan films to end the squabble once and for all.

This list includes the so-called Eastrail 177 Trilogy which includes Unbreakable (2000), Split (2016), and Glass (2019).  

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Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more

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James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

Released: 2017

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are taken in broad daylight: friends ...more

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Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more

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Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix

Released: 2004

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more

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Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Visit is a 2015 American found footage horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them ...more

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Paul Giamatti, M. Night Shyamalan

Released: 2006

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Lady in the Water is a 2006 American fantasy thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film's plot concerns a Philadelphia ...more

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Glass Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2019

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Glass is a 2019 American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb ...more

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Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

Released: 2008

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Happening is a 2008 American supernatural thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man, his wife, his best friend, and his friend's daughter as ...more

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Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Seychelle Gabriel

Released: 2010

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Last Airbender is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the first season of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The ...more

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Will Smith, Zoë Kravitz, Jaden Smith

Released: 2013

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

One Thousand A.E. is 2013 Science Fiction written by Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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Rosie O'Donnell, Julia Stiles, Dana Delany

Released: 1998

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Wide Awake is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and produced by Cathy Konrad and Cary Woods. The film stars Denis Leary, Dana Delany, Joseph Cross and Rosie ...more
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M. Night Shyamalan, Mike Muthu

Released: 1992

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Praying with Anger is a 1992 Indian-American drama film, known for M. Night Shyamalan who made his directorial debut, produced, wrote and starred in the film. It is about a young Indian ...more