Awesome / Gone with the Wind
As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!
  • Rhett Butler, revealing to Scarlett that he has eavesdropped on her entire desperate attempt to keep Ashley Wilkes from marrying his cousin, and witnessed her destruction of a harmless vase: "Has the war started?" Topped a few seconds later, when Scarlett tells him he is no gentleman, and he responds, "And you, Miss, are no lady."
  • Katie Scarlett O'Hara, a crying, crumpled heap in the dirt, hungry, humiliated, everything she's known broken, reduced to clawing dead potatoes with her fingers from the ground, begins to stand up:
    "As God is my witness, as God is my witness, they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!"
  • Scarlett waltzing delicately into prison, wearing the finest dress ever seen in the South, despite being a few years out of fashion, and despite the fact that she barely has money to buy food. The fabric of the dress looks very much like the late curtains at Tara...
  • Scarlett shooting the Yankee soldier right between the eyes. No one invades Tara when Scarlett is there.
    • Melanie, who has risen from her sickbed and is holding a sword she can barely lift, sees the dead Yankee and says, "You killed him!... I'm glad you killed him."
    • Then Scarlett and Melanie, two "delicate flowers" raised in the most gentle of environments (at least until the war started), calmly search through the dead Yankee's belongings, then proceed to cover up the evidence of the murder (including getting rid of the body) by themselves, without even letting anyone in the family know what had happened. Melanie even effortlessly comes up with a plausible lie when Scarlett's father and sisters heard the gunshot.
  • The first time we see Rhett in the movie. He doesn't do anything but crack his Clark Gable smile while looking up at Scarlett yet he looks... awesome.
  • Scarlett facing off against the Yankees when they try to take Wade's sword in the book.
  • Melly running back to Tara to help Scarlett put out the fire started by the Yankees. Even Scarlett has to admit that Melly is always there when you need her.
  • Mammy ever so delicately pointing out to Scarlett that she "ain't never gonna be eighteen inches agin."
  • Awesome Music: There's a reason Max Steiner's score is number 2 on the list of AFI's top 25 film scores ever.
  • The impromptu ruse Rhett thinks up to make the Yankees think the gentlemen of Atlanta were not involved in the Shantytown raid. Especially awesome is how well Melly plays along.
    • This leads to a funny bit a little later when Rhett admits to Melanie that he did hide the gentlemen in Belle Watling's "sporting house", and Melanie huffily refuses to believe it.
  • Will Benteen skillfully removing the "eulogies from the neighbors" part of Gerald's funeral in order to protect Suellen from their neighbors' wrath.
  • Mammy revealing she understands that Scarlett plans on stealing Frank Kennedy from Suellen in order to get the money for the taxes on Tara - and giving Scarlett her full support.
  • "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Now that's a line worth waiting four hours for.
    • A bit of context: after years upon years of having her own way and essentially stepping on people, Scarlett finally gets told off. The line is Rhett cementing that, no matter what she tries, Scarlett cannot win this one.
  • "All we got is Cotton, Slaves, and Arrogance!" speech. Rhett manages to deflate the inflated fantasies of a roomful of Southern Gentlemen who are convinced they will defeat the Yankees by pointing out that the North have a fully equipped Navy and Army along with factories that can make weapons with a great sense of calm and dignity.
    • Ashley declares he will fight for the South but it's a sad, sad thing if things aren't even attempted to be resolved peacefully while warding off any criticisms of his more hot-blooded peers and gently telling Charles that there is no way he'd win in a fight with Rhett when the latter was accused of cowardice.
  • The ending. As Scarlett breaks down after saying goodbye to a dying Melanie and failing to stop Rhett from leaving, she remembers her father's words about Tara. And just as she did before, she gathers her strength and swears to return to Tara and find a way to get Rhett back. After all the tragedy she's been through in the past year, Scarlett refuses to be brought down by it.
    Scarlett: Tomorrow is another day!
  • Melanie (this shy, intellectual woman who everyone thinks is completely spineless) stands up against her own family to defend Scarlett, calling out several of Atlanta's most influential women (and, by extension, their ostracising, oppressive Southern culture). If anyone but Melanie had done so, they would have been made just as much an outcast as Scarlett; but as things go, Melanie's unyielding defense of her friend sparks a miniature civil war in the town. Her speech is almost enough to make the reader believe that Scarlett is a good person.
  • The soldier Dr. Meade is working on when Scarlett comes to beg him to help Melanie through childbirth. Despite the hellish situation he's in he manages to be in a fabulous mood, cheer the doctor on when he rants about the yankees ("Give them hell, doctor!") and even shows Scarlett sympathy for the predicament she's in.