The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

  • 1946
  • 172 min
  • USA
  • drama, history, romance

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler

Screenwriter: Robert E. Sherwood

Stars: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews

Won 1947 Academy Awards Award for Best Picture

An engrossing look at the triumphs and travails of war veterans, The Best Years of Our Lives is concerned specifically with the aftermath of World War II, but its messages speak to the overall American experience.


  • William Wyler
    William Wyler

    William Wyler (July 1, 1902 - July 27, 1981) was a leading American motion picture director, producer, and screenwriter. Notable works included Ben-Hur (1959), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and

Main Cast


Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Editor: Daniel Mandell

Director Of Photography: Gregg Toland

Original Music Composer: Hugo Friedhofer

Costume Design: Irene Sharaff


Source: based on the novel by MacKinlay Kantor

Tagline: Three wonderful loves in the best picture of the year!

Genres: drama, history, romance

Categories: world war two veteran, homecoming soldier, b 17 bomber, war hero, post traumatic stress disorder


Year: 1946

Runtime: 172 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Color: Black and White

Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

Sound Mix: Mono