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List of Terrence Malick Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Badlands (1973)
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2
Badlands
PG
14
2

During 1950s in a small town of South Dakota, teenaged Holly and somewhat-older garbage-collector, Kit, fall in love. Kit fatally shoots Holly’s father when he takes objection to their relationship. Holly leaves with Kit, making it appear that they died in house fire. But a bounty is declared on their head as they continue killing people while heading towards Badlands of Montana. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Crime, Drama
2. Days of Heaven (1978)
14
2
Days of Heaven
PG
14
2

In 1916, Chicago steel-worker Bill flees to Texas with girlfriend and sister, after a fight with foreman. While working for a rich but dying farmer, Bill and girlfriend Abby pose as siblings. When the farmer proposes marriage Bill encourages Abby, so as to claim his wealth. Later, the farmer realizes the truth, but by then Abby has fallen in love with him.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams, Robert J. Wilke, Linda Manz
3. Dirty Harry (1971)
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3
Dirty Harry
R
14
3

This is the first film of the Dirty Harry series. When a psychopath sniper, called the ‘Scorpio Killer,’ terrorizes San Francisco, Harry Callahan, the SFPD inspector with ‘dirty’ attitude, is assigned to apprehend him. Harry succeeds in nabbing the criminal who is released over legal procedures. When Scorpio strikes again by kidnapping a school bus, only ‘Dirty’ Harry can save the situation.

As:
Writer
Director:
Don Siegel
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon, Andrew Robinson
4. The Thin Red Line (1998)
17
2
The Thin Red Line
TV-MA
17
2

Based on the eponymous novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line is a war drama revolving around a group of soldiers fighting to capture Guadalcanal for the Allied Forces during World War II. Featuring a brilliant star cast of Sean Penn, John Travolta, George Clooney, Jim Caviezel, and more, this film focuses on American soldiers trying to capture Japanese bunkers.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Drama, War
5. The Endurance (2000)
11
3
The Endurance
G
11
3
As:
Producer
Director:
George Butler
Genres:
Documentary, History
Star Cast:
Liam Neeson, David Cale, John Henry Cox, Julian Ayer, John Blackborow
7. Happy Times (2000)
11
2
Happy Times
PG
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Yimou Zhang
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Xuejian Li, Benshan Zhao, Jie Dong, Lifan Dong, Biao Fu
8. The Beautiful Country (2004)
11
2
The Beautiful Country
R
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Hans Petter Moland
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nick Nolte, Tim Roth, Bai Ling, Damien Nguyen, Thi Hoa Mai
9. The Gravy Train (1974)
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2
The Gravy Train
R
11
2

This action crime comedy film revolves around two rural West Virginia brothers, who leave home and choose to become fugitives. Shortly after, they rob an armored car.

As:
Writer
Director:
Jack Starrett
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Margot Kidder, Stacy Keach, Barry Primus, Frederic Forrest, Richard Romanus
10. Amazing Grace (2006)
11
3
Amazing Grace
PG
11
3

Amazing Grace is a biographical drama film which takes us to 18th century England. The film revolves around William Wilberforce and William Pitt, two politicians who begin a battle to abolish the slave trade in Great Britain.

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney, Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Michael Gambon
11. Lanton Mills (1969)
10
2
Lanton Mills
10
2

Tilman and Lanton Mills are two cowboys who decide to rob a bank, and set off on horseback for their mission. However, on the way, they decide to stop to see their boss, but they discover that he has been murdered by John Sparks, another cowboy.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Tilman
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Warren Oates, Tony Bill, Paul Ehrman
12. The Tree of Life (2011)
10
2
The Tree of Life
PG-13
10
2

Critically acclaimed, experimental-drama film, The Tree of Life, is based in Texas in 1950s. It explores the story of a father, a mother and three brothers, through the eyes of the youngest son Jack. He takes the viewers into his life and mind as a middle-aged adult, who is going through an existential crisis, while reminiscing his childhood struggles.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler
13. The New World (2005)
11
2
The New World
PG-13
11
2

Set up against a historical backdrop, the film focuses on the passionate native princess, Pocahontas. In love with John Smith, an ambitious English soldier taken prisoner by the natives, she helps him in many ways before being banished by her father. Although Smith reciprocates her love, his career is equally important to him. So, he leaves for England while Pocahontas is told that he has died. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
History, Drama, Biography, Romance
14. Undertow (2004)
10
2
Undertow
R
10
2

Following the death of his wife, a man takes takes his sons to rural Georgia, where they lead a reclusive lifestyle. Their lives take another turn for the worse when the brother of the man arrives, hoping to claim a stack of gold coins their father left them.

As:
Producer
Director:
David Gordon Green
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Dermot Mulroney, Kristen Stewart, Jamie Bell, Robert Longstreet, Terry Loughlin
15. Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)
10
2
Voyage of Time: Life's Journey
PG-13
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Documentary, Drama
Star Cast:
Cate Blanchett, Jamal Cavil, Maisha Diatta, Yagazie Emezi, Daryl James Harris II
17. Deadhead Miles (1973)
9
2
Deadhead Miles
R
9
2

Deadhead Miles is a comedy film which revolves around a long-distance trucker and his experiences with different people on the road.  

As:
Writer
Director:
Vernon Zimmerman
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, Alan Arkin, Hector Elizondo, Paul Benedict, Oliver Clark
18. The Better Angels (2014)
9
2
The Better Angels
PG
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
A.J. Edwards
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, Braydon Denney
19. Pocket Money (1972)
9
2
Pocket Money
PG
9
2
As:
Cast, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Stuart Rosenberg
Genres:
Western, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Lee Marvin, Paul Newman, Wayne Rogers, Strother Martin, Hector Elizondo
20. To the Wonder (2012)
8
2
To the Wonder
R
8
2

While in Paris, Neil falls in love with Ukrainian divorcee Marina and invites her with her daughter to his native Oklahoma. But as their passion cools, they drift apart; Marina befriends fellow-exile Catholic Priest Father Quintana, and later returns to France as her visa expires. Neil renews his friendship with childhood sweetheart Rachel, but is unwilling to commit. Then Marina returns to Oklahoma. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
23. Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016)
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2
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience
G
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Documentary, Short
Star Cast:
Brad Pitt, Jamal Cavil, Maisha Diatta, Yagazie Emezi, Daryl James Harris II
24. Almost Holy (2015)
11
2
Almost Holy
R
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Steve Hoover
Genres:
News, Drama, Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
Gennadiy Mokhnenko
25. Red Wing (2013)
10
2
Red Wing
PG-13
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Will Wallace
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Luke Perry, Frances Fisher, Glen Powell, Breann Johnson
26. Together (2018)
10
2
Together
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Drama, Short
27. The Unforeseen (2007)
10
2
The Unforeseen
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Laura Dunn
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Willie Nelson, Curtis Peterson, Gary Bradley, Ann Richards, Roy Butler
28. Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2016)
10
3
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
10
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Laura Dunn, Jef Sewell
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Wendell Berry, John Berry Jr., Mary Berry, Tanya Berry, John Logan Brent
29. Bear's Kiss (2002)
10
2
Bear's Kiss
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Sergei Bodrov
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Keith Allen, Maurizio Donadoni, Sergey Bodrov, Joachim Król, Rebecka Liljeberg
30. Endurance (1998)
9
2
Endurance
G
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Bud Greenspan, Leslie Woodhead
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Sport
Star Cast:
Haile Gebrsellasie, Shawananness Gebrselassie, Yonas Zergaw, Tedesse Haile, Bekele Gebrselassie
31. The Vessel (2016)
9
2
The Vessel
PG-13
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Julio Quintana
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Martin Sheen, Lucas Quintana, Jacqueline Duprey, Aris Mejias, Hiram Delgado
32. The Spearhead Effect (2017)
7
1
The Spearhead Effect
7
1
As:
Producer
Director:
Caleb Alexander Smith, Brandon Moore
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Alex McArthur, Darlene Vogel, Jaime Gallagher, Paul Schackman, Caleb Alexander Smith