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  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
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    170 min | Drama, Romance, War
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Approved
170 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three World War II veterans, two of them traumatized or disabled, return home to the American midwest to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
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Robert E. Sherwood (screen play) | MacKinlay Kantor (from a novel by) (as Mackinlay Kantor)
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Release date
Nov 21, 1946 (United States)

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104 cast members
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Myrna Loy
Milly Stephenson Milly Stephenson   See fewer
Fredric March
Al Stephenson (as Frederic March) Al Stephenson (as Frederic March)   See fewer
Dana Andrews
Fred Derry Fred Derry   See fewer
Teresa Wright
Peggy Stephenson Peggy Stephenson   See fewer
Virginia Mayo
Marie Derry Marie Derry   See fewer
Cathy O'Donnell
Wilma Cameron Wilma Cameron   See fewer
Hoagy Carmichael
Butch Engle Butch Engle   See fewer
Harold Russell
Homer Parrish Homer Parrish   See fewer
Gladys George
Hortense Derry Hortense Derry   See fewer
Roman Bohnen
Pat Derry Pat Derry   See fewer
Ray Collins
Mr. Milton Mr. Milton   See fewer
Minna Gombell
Mrs. Parrish Mrs. Parrish   See fewer
Walter Baldwin
Mr. Parrish Mr. Parrish   See fewer
Dorothy Adams
Mrs. Cameron Mrs. Cameron   See fewer
Don Beddoe
Mr. Cameron Mr. Cameron   See fewer
Marlene Aames
Luella Parrish Luella Parrish   See fewer
Ray Teal
Mr. Mollett Mr. Mollett   See fewer
Howland Chamberlain
Thorpe (as Howland Chamberlin) Thorpe (as Howland Chamberlin)   See fewer
Dean White
Novak Novak   See fewer
Erskine Sanford
Bullard Bullard   See fewer
Michael Hall
Rob Stephenson Rob Stephenson   See fewer
Victor Cutler
Woody Merrill Woody Merrill   See fewer
Nestor Amaral
Guitar player in Samba band. (uncredited) Guitar player in Samba band. (uncredited)   See fewer
Jimmy Ames
Jackie (uncredited) Jackie (uncredited)   See fewer
Carol Andrews
Saleswoman (uncredited) Saleswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
Mary Arden
Miss Barbour (uncredited) Miss Barbour (uncredited)   See fewer
Gertrude Astor
Wedding Guest (uncredited) Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Edward Biby
Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited) Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Harry Cheshire
Minister at Wedding (uncredited) Minister at Wedding (uncredited)   See fewer
Sidney Clute
Drugstore Clerk (uncredited) Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
Tom Coleman
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
Joyce Compton
Hat Check Girl (uncredited) Hat Check Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
James Conaty
Dinner Guest (uncredited) Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Heinie Conklin
Customer (uncredited) Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
Bert Conway
ATC Sergeant (uncredited) ATC Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
Clancy Cooper
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
Mady Correll
Announcer (uncredited) Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
Roy Darmour
Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited) Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
Hal K. Dawson
Man at Airport (uncredited) Man at Airport (uncredited)   See fewer
Lawrence Dobkin
Bank Customer with Hat (uncredited) Bank Customer with Hat (uncredited)   See fewer
Lester Dorr
Bar Patron (uncredited) Bar Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
Claire Du Brey
Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer (uncredited) Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
Tom Dugan
Doorman (uncredited) Doorman (uncredited)   See fewer
Dick Earle
Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited) Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Edward Earle
Steese - Bank (uncredited) Steese - Bank (uncredited)   See fewer
Blake Edwards
Corporal at ATC Counter (uncredited) Corporal at ATC Counter (uncredited)   See fewer
Billy Engle
Customer (uncredited) Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
Ben Erway
Lou Latham - Bank (uncredited) Lou Latham - Bank (uncredited)   See fewer
Doris June Fesetta
Camera Girl (uncredited) Camera Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Pat Flaherty
Salvage Foreman (uncredited) Salvage Foreman (uncredited)   See fewer
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Nightclub / Hillbilly Singer (uncredited) Nightclub / Hillbilly Singer (uncredited)   See fewer
Louise Franklin
Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited) Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
Harry Gillette
Card Player at Lucia's (uncredited) Card Player at Lucia's (uncredited)   See fewer
Dick Gordon
Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited) Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)   See fewer
Herschel Graham
Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited) Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Marion Gray
Department Store Customer (uncredited) Department Store Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
Earle Hodgins
Diner Attendant at Lucia's (uncredited) Diner Attendant at Lucia's (uncredited)   See fewer
Stuart Holmes
Wedding Guest (uncredited) Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Ray Hyke
Gus - Salvage Worker (uncredited) Gus - Salvage Worker (uncredited)   See fewer
John Ince
Ryan - Bank Guard (uncredited) Ryan - Bank Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
Teddy Infuhr
Dexter - Brat in Drugstore (uncredited) Dexter - Brat in Drugstore (uncredited)   See fewer
Jackie Jackson
A Boy (uncredited) A Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
Georgia Kane
Singer (uncredited) Singer (uncredited)   See fewer
Robert Karnes
Technical Sergeant (uncredited) Technical Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
Kenner G. Kemp
Dinner Guest (uncredited) Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Donald Kerr
Steve the Bartender (uncredited) Steve the Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
Gene Krupa
Musician - Drum Solo (archive footage) (uncredited) Musician - Drum Solo (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Ethelreda Leopold
Nightclub Patron (uncredited) Nightclub Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
Alyn Lockwood
Counter Girl (uncredited) Counter Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Wilbur Mack
Man at Airport (uncredited) Man at Airport (uncredited)   See fewer
Susan Mann
Announcer (uncredited) Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
Thomas Martin
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
Michael Mauree
Glamour Girl (uncredited) Glamour Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Doreen McCann
A Girl (uncredited) A Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Peggy McIntyre
Girl at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited) Girl at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)   See fewer
Russell Meeker
Wedding Guest (uncredited) Wedding Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Chef Milani
Giuseppe - Lucia's Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited) Giuseppe - Lucia's Restaurant Proprietor (uncredited)   See fewer
Harold Miller
Wealthy Man at Nightclub (uncredited) Wealthy Man at Nightclub (uncredited)   See fewer
Ernesto Molinari
Card Player (uncredited) Card Player (uncredited)   See fewer
William Newell
Waiter at Bank Dinner (uncredited) Waiter at Bank Dinner (uncredited)   See fewer
Georgie Nokes
One of Homer's 'Kids' (uncredited) One of Homer's 'Kids' (uncredited)   See fewer
William H. O'Brien
Nightclub Waiter (uncredited) Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
Joe Palma
Card Player (uncredited) Card Player (uncredited)   See fewer
Leo Penn
ATC Corporal (uncredited) ATC Corporal (uncredited)   See fewer
Caleb Peterson
Black Soldier at Airfield (uncredited) Black Soldier at Airfield (uncredited)   See fewer
Norman Phillips Jr.
Clarence 'Sticky' Merkle (uncredited) Clarence 'Sticky' Merkle (uncredited)   See fewer
Jack Rice
Apartment Desk Clerk (uncredited) Apartment Desk Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
Suzanne Ridgway
Girl at Table with Cliff (uncredited) Girl at Table with Cliff (uncredited)   See fewer
Mickey Roth
Boy at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited) Boy at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene (uncredited)   See fewer
Loretta Russell
Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited) Bank Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Ruth Sanderson
Mrs. Garrett (uncredited) Mrs. Garrett (uncredited)   See fewer
Ralph Sanford
George H. Gibbons (uncredited) George H. Gibbons (uncredited)   See fewer
Noreen Sayles
Girl (uncredited) Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Stephen Soldi
Card Player (uncredited) Card Player (uncredited)   See fewer
Bert Stevens
Man at Airport / Dinner Guest (uncredited) Man at Airport / Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
John Tyrrell
Angus - Butch's Waiter (uncredited) Angus - Butch's Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
Amelita Ward
Counter Girl (uncredited) Counter Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Jan Wiley
Perfume Saleswoman (uncredited) Perfume Saleswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
Marek Windheim
Waiter at Lucia's Restaurant (uncredited) Waiter at Lucia's Restaurant (uncredited)   See fewer
Catherine Wyler
Department Store Customer (uncredited) Department Store Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
Judy Wyler
Department Store Customer (uncredited) Department Store Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
William Wyler
Cameo - Drug Store customer (uncredited) Cameo - Drug Store customer (uncredited)   See fewer
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