Gone With the Wind (1939)
Oh, the power of storytelling. There may be no stronger example of it than here, in this white-washed, racist, mistaken classic. Gone With the Wind is a film that portrays black slaves as the best friends of their white masters. That gives the black background actors lines that make them seem dumb as hell, and yet I can’t help but get swept up in Scarlett O’Hara’s story. Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara is a manipulative, selfish woman throughout the film’s nearly four hour run time. So when her husband, the roguishly handsome Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) finally puts her in her place with the immortal line, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,” and leaves, a classic scene is born, and an unforgettable ending.