Terrence Malick (born November 30, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. In a career spanning almost four decades, Malick has directed nine feature films. Malick is known for his singular style that combines loose narrative and editing structure with spiritual themes. Many of his films are critically acclaimed, with some considering The Tree of Life to be a 21st century masterpiece. Malick's 1998 film The Thin Red Line was nominated for an Academy Award for both Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director.