Days of Heaven

Set against the landscape of early-20th century industrial Chicago and subsequently the rippling grain fields of the Texas Panhandle (in actuality central Canada), Malick’s immense tragedy follows lovers-masquerading-as-siblings Abby (Brooke Adams) and Bill (Richard Gere), who travel south in search of steady work but instead become embroiled in a complex, morally questionable love triangle with a nameless farm patriarch (Sam Shepard). Director Terrence Malick won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director Awards and Nestor Almendros won the Oscar for Best Cinematography for—in the words of film historian Peter Biskind—this “dark jewel of a film.”

Genres: Drama