The 50 Best Movies of the '90s

46. The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Donnie Wahlberg, Mischa Barton

Putting the words "movie" and "twist" next to each other quickly brings to mind M. Night Shyamalan's polarizing The Sixth Sense, an effective supernatural thriller that's been debated and criticized for its twist ending. Some feel it's a masterful and impeccably executed gotcha moment; others, however, feel it's overrated or contradictory, or both.

We, for our part, can't help but remember our reaction the first time we saw The Sixth Sense, which was thankfully before anyone could spoil the story's true colors. To give those who've yet to see Shyamalan's pre-suckage (i.e., before The Lady in the Water, The Happening). The Last Airbender, After Earth) classic of Twilight Zone-quality elegance and suspence the same chance at untainted enjoyment, we'll not elaborate any further on what's really driving The Sixth Sense.

Just prepare to utter "Oh, shit!" and want to re-watch the film to test its narrative tightness. (Spoiler: It holds up surprisingly well.) MB

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