A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1939 – Gone With the Wind

I don’t have to say anything this year.

1939. Gone With the Wind.

Obviously this is the choice, no matter how many other iconic movies there were this year.

They called it “The Golden Year,” and few years have come close to the amount of amazing movies this year had. And even so… Gone With the Wind trumps them all. No matter how much you want to say Wizard of Oz. Gone With the Wind is still the answer. It just is.

Adjust for inflation, this is still the highest grossing movie of all time.

On just about every list of the greatest movies ever made.

One of the greatest accomplishments in film history.

Some of the most famous lines in film history.

One of the greatest stories ever told. And I’m not just talking about the movie. I’m talking about the making of the movie. It’s incredible.

Somehow this movie managed to start shooting and be released within 11 months.

I can talk about this movie for weeks. Which is why this article really won’t have much in the way of substance.

No matter how much anyone wants to say another movie from this year (The Wizard of Oz Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington… and those are just the obvious ones), Gone With the Wind has to be the choice. No film better represents this era of Hollywood than this one.


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