The Best Years of Our Lives

TitleThe Best Years of Our Lives
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1946
AuthorsWyler, William
Running Time172 minutes
Date Released11/1946
DistributorRKO Radio Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageenglish

In this critically acclaimed film directed by William Wyler, widely regarded as one of the best American films in the 20th century, three World War II veterans experience difficulties adjusting to postwar life. Although Al, Fred, and Homer lived vastly different lives before the war, they forge a friendship of understanding and mutual respect when they return home. They share struggles with everyday life, work, family, and love. 


Myrna Loy

Fredric March

Dana Andrews

Teresa Wright

Virginia Mayo

Harold Russell


Produced by Samuel Goldwyn

Directed by William Wyler

Written by Robert E. Sherwood

Cinematography by Gregg Toland

Edited by Daniel Mandell

Music by Hugo Friedhofer


Drama, Romance, War

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Selected for preservation in 1989 by the Library of Congress National Film Registry. 

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