Parents' Guide to

Gone with the Wind

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Undeniably an epic, but lots of problematic representations.

Movie G 1939 238 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 13+

It’s an important movie to me if you want to learn about the civil war.

I love how it has classic civil war songs like when Johnny comes marching home!I would recommend it’s for ages 13+.I’m ten and I saw it when I was nine witch I think is ok .
age 14+

kids need to be old enough to understand what's wrong here

there are plenty of other "classics" that don't romanticize the Confederacy. if you haven't seen it in 20 years, please read this before considering letting kids watch it:… besides everything that's wrong with it, it's just not the type of film most kids would enjoy anyway.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (60 ):

It's hard to look past this film's stereotypical depiction of enslaved people and its romanticizing of the antebellum South, but Leigh and Gable's performances are undeniably excellent. Actors who want a master class in chemistry should be forced to study their scenes together. Leigh, an Englishwoman, is effortless in her portrayal of a manipulative Atlanta socialite, and Gable causes swooning with the briefest of smoldering looks. The supporting cast is also remarkable, as are the cinematography and the costume design (the unforgettable green velvet dress made from curtains!).

Director Victor Fleming could have retired after 1939, and he'd still be lauded for having directed (or at least finished directing) two of the 20th century's landmark movies: Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Both films regularly rank in all-time-greatest lists, and both films will likely make a different impact at various points in a viewer's life. A tween taking in all four (!) hours of Leigh and Gable in Gone with the Wind might focus on the costumes and war, while an older teen might hone in on the swoon-inducing romance, and an adult might be less sympathetic to Scarlett and favor Melanie's quiet strength instead. There's a reason Hollywood's adaptation of this Southern saga won nine Academy Awards (including the first Oscar ever given to a Black actor, Hattie McDaniel, although she was famously almost barred from attending) and is still remembered decades later. It's got it all: drama, conflict, intrigue, romance, historical significance, a timeless score, and an amazing cast. Just be sure to put it all in context and identify the teachable moments for kids.

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