The Basics: A dull Midwestern teenager (Sissy Spacek) becomes enamored by an increasingly psychotic drifter (Martin Sheen). The two speed through the plains with a bounty on their heads.
The Bottom Line: I love True Romance, and there would be no True Romance without Badlands – even the music is deliberately similar. Terrence Malick is so rightly beloved, and this movie is strikingly well written, timeless and charismatic. There is an almost heightened feel when seeing violence through innocent eyes. This is going to stay with me forever.
Rating: 9 (of 10).