Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American romantic period drama film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The films stars Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven and Geraldine Fitzgerald.

It had eight nominations of the Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and Best Actor. It was also nominated for original score, but lost to The Wizard of Oz.


Set in 19th-century England, wealthy young Cathy Earnshaw (Merle Oberon) shares a loving bond with Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier), a poor childhood friend who now works in her stables. Unfortunately, things become complicated when the affluent Edgar Linton (David Niven) decides to pursue Cathy, and Heathcliff leaves out of resentment. Though Heathcliff returns with a self-made fortune, he realizes he may have lost Cathy in his absence.


  • Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff
  • Merle Oberon as Catherine Earnshaw Linton
  • David Niven as Edgar Linton
  • Flora Robson as Ellen Dean
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald as Isabella Linton
  • Hugh Williams as Hindley Earnshaw
  • Donald Crisp as Dr. Kenneth
  • Leo G. Carroll as Joseph
  • Miles Mander as Mr. Lockwood - the stranger
  • Cecil Kellaway as Earnshaw, Cathy's father
  • Cecil Humphreys as Judge Linton
  • Sarita Wooton as Cathy – as a Child (as Sarita Wooten)
  • Rex Downing as Heathcliff – as a Child
  • Douglas Scott as Hindley – as a Child
  • Vernon Downing as Giles