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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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170 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America 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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$ 2,100,000
Gross (USA)
$ 23,650,000
Gross (World)
$ 23,656,620
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Release date
Nov 21, 1946 (United States)

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Myrna Loy
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Fred Derry Fred Derry   See fewer
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Marie Derry Marie Derry   See fewer
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Gladys George
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Roman Bohnen
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Ray Collins
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Minna Gombell
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Walter Baldwin
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8.1 / 10 | 51,832 votes