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4. Woody Harrelson, “The Thin Red Line” (1998)
I surprised myself when ordering this list to find that what I felt to be the best performance in my favorite Malick film is the one that amounts on screen to little more than a cameo. But that’s also kind of the nature of “The Thin Red Line,” a film edited mercilessly into a potent mixture and a perfect storm of imagery and performance. Woody Harrelson gets precious few moments to shine as Sgt. Keck, but in a random, tragic instance (I won’t bother spoiling it in case some have not see this 15-year-old film), he exudes the most believable, passionate horror, shame and epiphany of anyone in the cast.