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, and an equally troubled child psychologist (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him.
Released by Hollywood Pictures, the film was received well; critics highlighted the performances (especially by Osment and Willis), its atmosphere, and twist conclusion. The film was the second highest grossing film of 1999 (behind Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace).
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Shyamalan, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Osment, and Best Supporting Actress for Toni Collette.
M Night Shyamalan (/ˈʃɑːmələn/ born 6 August 1970 is an Indian-American screenwriter, film director, producer and occasional actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. His major films include the supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense (1999), the science fiction thriller Signs (2002), the psychological thriller The Village (2004), the fantasy thriller Lady in the Water (2006), and the sci-fi action adventure film After Earth (2013). He is also known for filming and setting his movies in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised, and for including unexpected plot twists in most of his films.