Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights (1939)

Growing up together in 19th-century Yorkshire, Heathcliff and Cathy form a deep bond. In young adulthood, Cathy wounds the penniless Heathcliff by marrying into wealth, and his obsession with revenge leads to tragedy. Laurence Olivier is… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 13, 1939
DVD Release Date: October 28, 1997
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Emily Bronte's novel tells a haunting tale of love and tragedy. Samuel Goldwyn's film version retains all of the grim drama of the book. It's heavy fare throughout.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Best version of the Gothic-romance revenge tale.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's okay, but it's the kind of classic that puts people off classics.

Franz Hoellering
The Nation

The cast is faultless.

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Emanuel Levy

Ace cinematographer Gregg Toland deservedly won the Oscar for his moody b/w imagery in William Wyler's supremely mounted production of Bronte's tragic novel; the only mediocre element is Merle Oberon's performance.

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Nigam Nuggehalli

Wyler's shot composition, production values, and art direction were the most impeccable in the industry.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a first-class Hollywood production.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

The definitive version.

Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Wuthering Heights (1939) is director William Wyler's tale of doomed love, conflicting passions, and revenge, one of Hollywood's all-time most romantic/drama classics.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With a gorgeous cinematography that uses strong black-and-white contrasts, this is an absorbing classic that eschews most of the crushing darkness and evil… More
Luke Baldock
Wuthering Heights tells the story of two people destined to be together, however they do nothing but hurt each other. It's a fantastic romance and a… More
Devon Bott
Wuthering Heights is the 1939 adaptation of the Emily Bronte novel by the same name. A lost stranger comes to the broken down estate of Wuthering Heights, lost… More
Kylie B
As a stand alone film, it is enjoyable and rather well executed. As an adaptation of the novel, frankly, it's not up to scratch. It is primarily this film… More
Kevin M. Williams
my only excuse for having missed on this classic for sooo very many years is that i thought it only a "chick flick". whatta maroon, shame on me.… More
danny d
the original version of a movie that has been remade as much as any in history. it seems someone takes a crack at remaking films based on bronte's novel… More