The postwar classic The Best Years of Our Lives, based on a novel in verse by MacKinlay Kantor about the difficult readjustments of returning World War II veterans, tells the intertwined homecoming st... read more
DVD Release Date: October 30, 1997
Stats: 865 reviews
Flixster Reviews (865)
May 25, 2012
It definitely gets a little too syrupy at times, but William Wyler's ode to returning veterans is a remarkably bold and frank look at post-WWII America (especially brave, considering these were topics Hollywood avoided for years before its release). Fredric March is brilliant as ...
May 23, 2011
Before films like The Deer Hunter (among others) provided commentary on the readjustment of soldiers after the Vietnam War, this film tackled the way in which soliders dealt with coming home after World War II.
This is a long story that looks at the lives of three men from the ...
October 21, 2010
An interesting, but long, drama about life after returning from WWII.
April 12, 2010
The editing on this film could have been a little tighter, which would also have made this film a little shorter as it was quite a long film. The acting was really good and the story was a very simple one, but one that was told in such a way that it really brought the characters...
October 8, 2008
Very good, very long, and very much a melodrama.
August 23, 2008
The Best Years of Our Lives is an extremely long but well-constructed and well put together movie. It chronicles the struggles of American servicemen coming home from WWII from all imaginable angles. Great and solid performances all around from Frederic March, Dana Andrews, Myrna...
May 27, 2008
a bit sentimental but still great and remarkably honest portrait of the problems faced by returning veterans of ww2. i wish teresa wright had made more films. beautifully directed by william wyler
August 20, 2007
an anti war film; about the coming home part nobody likes to talk about when we're gettin' all fired up to go kick some camel jockey's ass...oh, wait, that's a different war, ain't it? our children coming home, well, at least they're the same children...ain't they?
August 10, 2007
Watching this one on Turner Classic Movies, and knowing that The Dirty Dozen was on AMC, I had to make a choice... I'm glad I stuck with this one: it may be the best film I've ever seen. The introduction to the film given by TCM's host said that some critics put it above Citizen ...
June 7, 2007
extremely long but i really like the way this movie is set up. it kinda provides an entire story of the war veterans and not just concentrating on one character. you've got the high, middle, and working class struggles.
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