Terrence Frederick Malick (; born November 30, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. In a career spanning over four decades he has directed six feature films. He made his directorial debut with the drama Badlands in 1973. Malick released his second film, the drama Days of Heaven, in 1978, after which he took a long hiatus from directing films. His third film, the World War II drama The Thin Red Line, was released in 1998. Seven years later he released his fourth film, the romantic historical drama The New World, which was followed by the critically acclaimed and 2011 Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life, an experimental drama. The following year saw the release of the sixth film directed by Malick, the romantic drama art film To the Wonder.