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Ranking All Of Director M. Night Shyamalan’s Movies

“What are M. Night Shyamalan’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Shyamalan’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by M. Night Shyamalan and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of M. Night Shyamalan



13 ) The Last Airbender (2010)

The Last Airbender (2010)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

The story follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations.



12 ) Praying with Anger (1992)

Praying with Anger (1992)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

An alienated, Americanized teenager of East Indian heritage is sent back to India where he discovers not only his roots but a lot about himself.



11 ) After Earth (2013)

After Earth (2013)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.



10 ) The Happening (2008)

The Happening (2008)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

When a deadly airborne virus threatens to wipe out the northeastern United States, teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) flee from contaminated cities into the countryside in a fight to discover the truth. Is it terrorism, the accidental release of some toxic military bio weapon — or something even more sinister? John Leguizamo and Betty Buckley co-star in this thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.



8 ) Wide Awake (1998)

Wide Awake (1998)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

The tale of a ten-year-old boy in a Catholic school who, following the death of his beloved grandfather, embarks on a quest to discover the meaning of life.



8 ) Lady in the Water (2006)

Lady in the Water (2006)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.



7 ) The Visit (2015)

The Visit (2015)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.



6 ) The Village (2004)

The Village (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever.



5 ) Glass (2019)

Glass (2019)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

In a series of escalating encounters, security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Meanwhile, the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.



3 ) Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable (2000)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead — and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his bones as fragile as glass.



3 ) Signs (2002)

Signs (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.



2 ) Split (2017)

Split (2017)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.



1 ) The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.



M. Night Shyamalan’s Best Movies



M. Night Shyamalan Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
The Sixth Sense (1999) 1 1 4 1 1 1 1
Split (2017) 2 2 7 4 2 3 2
Unbreakable (2000) 4 3 8 2 2 2 3
Signs (2002) 3 5 1 3 5 4 3
Glass (2019) 8 4 2 5 4 5 5
The Village (2004) 6 7 3 6 6 5 6
The Visit (2015) 5 8 5 7 7 7 7
Wide Awake (1998) 7 5 9 12 8 8 8
Lady in the Water (2006) 9 9 5 7 9 10 8
The Happening (2008) 10 12 9 9 10 11 10
After Earth (2013) 11 10 9 10 12 12 11
Praying with Anger (1992) 13 13 9 12 10 8 12
The Last Airbender (2010) 12 11 9 11 13 13 13

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