M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most unpredictable directors in Hollywood today. He has done a number iconic movies that have put him on the map. Shyamalan is mostly known for his plot twists and surprise endings, so his newest feature Split is expected to stick to his signature themes.
Speaking of Split, many have said that this psychological thriller is the Indian-born director’s best one yet. But for others, there are other Shyamalan films that deserve the same recognition. So after years of box office fails, it is safe to say that he is certainly on the track of rebuilding his career in Hollywood.
In honor of the talented filmmaker, ExploreTalent has put up a list ranking the top 5 movies by M. Night Shyamalan. Find out which films made it to the list below.
The Top 5 M. Night Shyamalan Movies
5. The Visit, 2015
After a number of epic box office failures, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his horror roots to deliver one of the most terrifyingly good films in his career. The 2015 movie The Visit is a horror-comedy that centers around two unfortunate preteens who visit their grandparents only to find out that things aren’t like what they expect them to be.
4. Signs, 2002
M. Night Shyamalan proved to the world that he was born to be a filmmaker when he teamed up with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix for Signs. However, not everyone was impressed with how the film wrapped up, which is why it finds itself so high up on this list.
The first 100 minutes of Signs was completely on the level of The Sixth Sense. But when the film hit its conclusion, a lot of audiences were taken aback by the fact that these sinister aliens’ primary weakness was water. It led to a lot of plot holes and made the movie seem completely pointless.
3. Split, 2017
After The Visit opened to critical and commercial success, it was only fitting for the talented director to continue making more horror movies. The 2017 film Split features a powerhouse performance by James McAvoy, who plays a character who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. Because of this, he has to portray a total of 23 personalities.
2. Unbreakable, 2000
Unbreakable is definitely M. Knight Shyamalan’s most unique movie. The plot centers around Shyamalan-favorite Bruce Willis as an unlikely superhero who is just coming to terms with his powers. Acting alongside him is the ever-talented Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a physically frail villain whose involvement with the main character is deeper than what the story initially lets on.
1. The Sixth Sense, 1999
The Sixth Sense has put M. Night Shyamalan on Hollywood’s radar, and it continues to be one of the most influential horror films of the century. The movie featured great performances from Bruce Willis and a young Haley Joel Osment. But it was the direction of the film that made it truly stand out. Many critics have agreed that The Sixth Sense is his best movie to date.