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The Best Years of Our Lives
Directed by William Wyler • 1946 • United States
Starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews
William Wyler’s multi-Oscar-winning masterpiece is an era-defining portrait postwar America. Sprawling yet intimate, the film traces the experiences of three GIs—played by Fredric March, Dana Andrews, and real-life veteran and first-time actor Harold Russell—as they return to their former small-town lives only to find their homes, as well as themselves, irrevocably changed. A rich, multilayered exploration of the scars of war as they persist beyond the battlefield, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES collected nine Academy Awards, including best picture, director, actor (March), and supporting actor (Russell, who became the first nonprofessional in history to win an Oscar).