The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Three wonderful loves in the best picture of the year!

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, War
  • Release Date: 1946-12-25
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 586 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: William Wyler
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From 586 Ratings


It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare.

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  • Fredric March

    as Al Stephenson
  • Myrna Loy

    as Milly Stephenson
  • Dana Andrews

    as Fred Derry
  • Teresa Wright

    as Peggy Stephenson
  • Virginia Mayo

    as Marie Derry
  • Cathy O'Donnell

    as Wilma Cameron
  • Hoagy Carmichael

    as Butch Engle
  • Harold Russell

    as Homer Parrish
  • Gladys George

    as Hortense Derry
  • Roman Bohnen

    as Pat Derry
  • Ray Collins

    as Mr. Milton
  • Minna Gombell

    as Mrs. Parrish
  • Walter Baldwin

    as Mr. Parrish
  • Steve Cochran

    as Cliff Scully
  • Dorothy Adams

    as Mrs. Cameron
  • Don Beddoe

    as Mr. Cameron
  • Marlene Aames

    as Luella Parrish
  • Charles Halton

    as Prew
  • Ray Teal

    as Mr. Mollett
  • Howland Chamberlain

    as Thorpe
  • Dean White

    as Novak
  • Erskine Sanford

    as Bullard
  • Michael Hall

    as Rob Stephenson
  • Victor Cutler

    as Woody Merrill
  • Claire Du Brey

    as Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer (uncredited)
  • Pat Flaherty

    as Salvage Foreman (uncredited)
  • Jackie Jackson

    as A Boy (uncredited)
  • William H. O'Brien

    as Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
  • Bert Stevens

    as Man at Airport/Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Marion Gray

    as Department Store Customer (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Ames

    as Jackie (uncredited)
  • Carol Andrews

    as Saleswoman (uncredited)
  • Mary Arden

    as Miss Barbour (uncredited)
  • Gertrude Astor

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Edward Biby

    as Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Harry Cheshire

    as Minister at Wedding (uncredited)
  • Sidney Clute

    as Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)
  • Tom Coleman

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Joyce Compton

    as Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
  • James Conaty

    as Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Heinie Conklin

    as Customer (uncredited)
  • Bert Conway

    as ATC Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Clancy Cooper

    as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Mady Correll

    as Announcer (uncredited)
  • Roy Darmour

    as Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited)
  • Hal K. Dawson

    as Man at Airport (uncredited)
  • Lawrence Dobkin

    as Bank Customer with Hat (uncredited)
  • Lester Dorr

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Tom Dugan

    as Doorman (uncredited)
  • Dick Earle

    as Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Edward Earle

    as Steese - Bank (uncredited)
  • Blake Edwards

    as Corporal at ATC Counter (uncredited)
  • Billy Engle

    as Customer (uncredited)
  • Ben Erway

    as Lou Latham - Bank (uncredited)
  • Doris June Fesetta

    as Camera Girl (uncredited)
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford

    as Nightclub/Hillbilly Singer (uncredited)
  • Louise Franklin

    as Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited)
  • Harry Gillette

    as Card Player at Lucia's (uncredited)
  • Dick Gordon

    as Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
  • Herschel Graham

    as Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Earle Hodgins

    as Diner Attendant at Lucia's (uncredited)
  • Stuart Holmes

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Ray Hyke

    as Gus - Salvage Worker (uncredited)
  • John Ince

    as Ryan - Bank Guard (uncredited)
  • Teddy Infuhr

    as Dexter - Brat in Drugstore (uncredited)
  • Georgia Kane

    as Singer (uncredited)
  • Robert Karnes

    as Technical Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Kenner G. Kemp

    as Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Donald Kerr

    as Steve the Bartender (uncredited)
  • Gene Krupa

    as Musician - Drum Solo (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Ethelreda Leopold

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Alyn Lockwood

    as Counter Girl (uncredited)
  • Wilbur Mack

    as Man at Airport (uncredited)
  • Susan Mann

    as Announcer (uncredited)
  • Thomas Martin

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Michael Mauree

    as Glamour Girl (uncredited)
  • Doreen McCann

    as A Girl (uncredited)
  • Peggy McIntyre

    as Girl at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)
  • Russell Meeker

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Chef Milani

    as Giuseppe - Lucia's Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)
  • Harold Miller

    as Wealthy Man at Nightclub (uncredited)
  • Ernesto Molinari

    as Card Player (uncredited)
  • William Newell

    as Waiter at Bank Dinner (uncredited)
  • Georgie Nokes

    as One of Homer's 'Kids' (uncredited)
  • Joe Palma

    as Card Player (uncredited)
  • Leo Penn

    as ATC Corporal (uncredited)
  • Caleb Peterson

    as Black Soldier at Airfield (uncredited)
  • Norman Phillips Jr.

    as Clarence 'Sticky' Merkle (uncredited)
  • Jack Rice

    as Apartment Desk Clerk (uncredited)
  • Suzanne Ridgway

    as Girl at Table with Cliff (uncredited)
  • Mickey Roth

    as Boy at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)
  • Loretta Russell

    as Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Ruth Sanderson

    as Mrs. Garrett (uncredited)
  • Ralph Sanford

    as George H. Gibbons (uncredited)
  • Noreen Sayles

    as Girl (uncredited)
  • Stephen Soldi

    as Card Player (uncredited)
  • Bert Stevens

    as Man at Airport / Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • John Tyrrell

    as Angus - Butch's Waiter (uncredited)
  • Amelita Ward

    as Counter Girl (uncredited)
  • Jan Wiley

    as Perfume Saleswoman (uncredited)
  • Marek Windheim

    as Waiter at Lucia's Restaurant (uncredited)
  • Catherine Wyler

    as Department Store Customer (uncredited)
  • Judy Wyler

    as Department Store Customer (uncredited)
  • William Wyler

    as Drug Store customer (uncredited)
Camera Gregg Toland Director of Photography
Writing Robert E. Sherwood Screenplay
Editing Daniel Mandell Editor
Costume & Make-Up Irene Sharaff Costume Design
Art George Jenkins Art Direction
Directing William Wyler Director
Art Julia Heron Set Decoration
Writing MacKinlay Kantor Novel
Production Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Sound Hugo Friedhofer Original Music Composer
Art Perry Ferguson Art Direction
Sound Richard DeWeese Sound Recordist
Crew John P. Fulton Special Effects
Sound Emil Newman Music Director
Costume & Make-Up Robert Stephanoff Makeup Artist
Crew Harry Redmond Sr. Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Marie Clark Hairstylist
Sound Gordon Sawyer Supervising Sound Editor
Lighting Bill McLellan Gaffer
Directing Jonathan C. Boyle Assistant Director
Sound Larry Gannon Sound