"The Best Years of Our Lives" quotes

The Best Years of Our Lives poster
It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare.

Director: William Wyler
Writer: Robert E. Sherwood, MacKinlay Kantor
Production: N/A
Genre: drama, romance, war
Year: 1946
MetaScore: 93/100
ImdbRating: 8.1
BoxOffice: $23,650,000
Released: 29 May 1947
Awards: Won 7 Oscars. 21 wins & 4 nominations total

78 Clips

I'm going to break that marriage up - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:40
I'm going to break that marriage up
The war's over - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:30
The war's over
I can't stand it - The Best Years of Our Lives 01:09
I can't stand it
What have you been doing with yourself lately - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:26
What have you been doing with yourself lately
At what salary - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:17
At what salary
How long since you been home - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:12
How long since you been home
That's a good idea - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:25
That's a good idea
We don't need to worry about that child - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:10
We don't need to worry about that child
Give 'em time - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:35
Give 'em time
I don't know - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:44
I don't know
I didn't see much of the war - The Best Years of Our Lives 01:05
I didn't see much of the war
I've seen nothing - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:10
I've seen nothing
You're crazy - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:08
You're crazy
I dreamed I was gonna have my own home - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:25
I dreamed I was gonna have my own home
I had a dream - The Best Years of Our Lives 01:01
I had a dream
I don't recognize 'em - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:29
I don't recognize 'em
We've been having lectures in atomic energy at school - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:24
We've been having lectures in atomic energy at school
You'll probably have to make a speech - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:15
You'll probably have to make a speech
Your friends - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:25
Your friends
Some barracks you got here - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:11
Some barracks you got here
I've made up my mind - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:28
I've made up my mind
You know what it'll be - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:29
You know what it'll be
Tell me the truth - The Best Years of Our Lives 01:05
Tell me the truth
I'm glad to see you've all pulled through so well - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:35
I'm glad to see you've all pulled through so well
You gotta hand it to the Navy - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:14
You gotta hand it to the Navy
Who is this Peggy Stephenson - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:08
Who is this Peggy Stephenson
I saw them being tested - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:34
I saw them being tested
I was afraid you wouldn't be able to stand up for me - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:14
I was afraid you wouldn't be able to stand up for me
You and I were going to be married - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:59
You and I were going to be married
We never had any trouble - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:25
We never had any trouble
What are you talking about - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:17
What are you talking about
L can see because l love him - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:37
L can see because l love him
You've forgotten what it's like to be in love - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:35
You've forgotten what it's like to be in love
L'm going to break that marriage up - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:34
L'm going to break that marriage up
Well what have you been doing with yourself lately - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:26
Well what have you been doing with yourself lately
Say what's the big i - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:24
Say what's the big i
At what salary 32 50 per week - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:10
At what salary 32 50 per week
Yeah sure am How long since you've been home - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:07
Yeah sure am How long since you've been home
We don't need to worry about that child She can take care of herself - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:08
We don't need to worry about that child She can take care of...
What are you gonna do l'm going away - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:16
What are you gonna do l'm going away
What do you think l did all those years l don't know but l can guess - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:34
What do you think l did all those years l don't know but l...
Give 'em time kid They'll catch on - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:27
Give 'em time kid They'll catch on
L dreamed l was gonna have my own home - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:21
L dreamed l was gonna have my own home
Didn't think you'd be up for hours l had a dream l dreamt l was home - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:18
Didn't think you'd be up for hours l had a dream l dreamt l...
L don't know what to think Homer - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:25
L don't know what to think Homer
L've seen nothing - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:09
L've seen nothing
All marriages don't have to be like that one - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:16
All marriages don't have to be like that one
Some barracks you got here What are you a retired bootlegger - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:10
Some barracks you got here What are you a retired bootlegger
What do you think of the children - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:18
What do you think of the children
We've been having lectures in atomic energy at school - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:15
We've been having lectures in atomic energy at school
You'll probably have to make a speech - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:09
You'll probably have to make a speech
You're crazy No too sane for my own good - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:06
You're crazy No too sane for my own good
L'll need them l've made up my mind - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:27
L'll need them l've made up my mind
Tell me the truth Homer Do you want me to forget about you - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:36
Tell me the truth Homer Do you want me to forget about you
You gotta hand it to the navy They sure trained that kid how to use those hooks - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:13
You gotta hand it to the navy They sure trained that kid how...
Thank you very much l'll be with you in just a moment madam - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:11
Thank you very much l'll be with you in just a moment madam
L dreamed l was gonna have my own home - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:31
L dreamed l was gonna have my own home
Say who is this Peggy Stephenson She's a girl - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:08
Say who is this Peggy Stephenson She's a girl
L'm glad to see you've all pulled through so well - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:32
L'm glad to see you've all pulled through so well
Let's sit in the radio compartment for takeoff - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:35
Let's sit in the radio compartment for takeoff
L heard you were leaving town l was afraid you wouldn't stand up for me - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:09
L heard you were leaving town l was afraid you wouldn't...
You wrote me that when you got home you and l were going to be married - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:37
You wrote me that when you got home you and l were going to...
We never had any trouble - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:22
We never had any trouble
You won't get anyplace 'til you stop thinking about it - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:50
You won't get anyplace 'til you stop thinking about it
What's she like - The Best Years of Our Lives 06:45
What's she like
I know what it is - The Best Years of Our Lives 01:06
I know what it is
Do you mind if I ask you a personal question - The Best Years of Our Lives 01:29
Do you mind if I ask you a personal question
The war is over - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:31
The war is over
What do you think I was doing all those years - The Best Years of Our Lives 02:07
What do you think I was doing all those years
What are you gonna do - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:19
What are you gonna do
I dreamt I was home - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:36
I dreamt I was home
All marriages don't have to be like that one - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:32
All marriages don't have to be like that one
They'll catch on - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:43
They'll catch on
Too sane for my own good - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:08
Too sane for my own good
What do you think of the children - The Best Years of Our Lives 00:46
What do you think of the children
I have my elbows - The Best Years of Our Lives 02:02
I have my elbows
I'll tell ya - The Best Years of Our Lives 01:30
I'll tell ya
I'll do that - The Best Years of Our Lives 02:09
I'll do that

Cast

Milly Stephenson - Myrna Loy
Al Stephenson - Fredric March
Fred Derry - Dana Andrews
Peggy Stephenson - Teresa Wright
Marie Derry - Virginia Mayo
Wilma Cameron - Cathy O'Donnell
Butch Engle - Hoagy Carmichael
Homer Parrish - Harold Russell
Hortense Derry - Gladys George
Pat Derry - Roman Bohnen
Mr. Milton - Ray Collins
Mrs. Parrish - Minna Gombell
Mr. Parrish - Walter Baldwin
Mrs. Cameron - Dorothy Adams
Mr. Cameron - Don Beddoe
Luella Parrish - Marlene Aames
Mr. Mollett - Ray Teal
Novak - Dean White
Bullard - Erskine Sanford
Rob Stephenson - Michael Hall
Woody Merrill - Victor Cutler
Jackie - Jimmy Ames
Saleswoman - Carol Andrews
Miss Barbour - Mary Arden
Minister at Wedding - Harry Cheshire
Drugstore Clerk - Sidney Clute
Hat Check Girl - Joyce Compton
Man at Bank Dinner - James Conaty
Customer - Heinie Conklin
ATC Sergeant - Bert Conway
Taxi Driver - Clancy Cooper
Announcer - Mady Correll
Parking Lot Attendant - Roy Darmour
Man at Airport - Hal K. Dawson
Bank Customer with Hat - Lawrence Dobkin
Bar Patron - Lester Dorr
Mrs. Talburt - Perfume Customer - Claire Du Brey
Doorman - Tom Dugan
Steese - Bank - Edward Earle
Corporal at ATC Counter - Blake Edwards
Customer - Billy Engle
Lou Latham - Bank - Ben Erway
Camera Girl - Doris June Fesetta
Salvage Foreman - Pat Flaherty
Nightclub / Hillbilly Singer - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Ladies' Room Attendant - Louise Franklin
Card Player at Lucia's - Harry Gillette
Maitre d'Hotel - Dick Gordon
Diner Attendant at Lucia's - Earle Hodgins
Wedding Guest - Stuart Holmes
Gus - Salvage Worker - Ray Hyke
Ryan - Bank Guard - John Ince
Dexter - Brat in Drugstore - Teddy Infuhr
Singer - Georgia Kane
Technical Sergeant - Robert Karnes
Man at Bank Dinner - Kenner G. Kemp
Steve the Bartender - Donald Kerr
Musician - Drum Solo (archive footage) - Gene Krupa
Counter Girl - Alyn Lockwood
Man at Airport - Wilbur Mack
Announcer - Susan Mann
Waiter - Thomas Martin
Glamour Girl - Michael Mauree
A Girl - Doreen McCann
Girl at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene - Peggy McIntyre
Giuseppe - Lucia's Restaurant Proprietor - Chef Milani
Wealthy Man at Nightclub - Harold Miller
Card Player - Ernesto Molinari
Waiter at Bank Dinner - William Newell
One of Homer's 'Kids' - Georgie Nokes
Nightclub Waiter - William H. O'Brien
Card Player - Joe Palma
ATC Corporal - Leo Penn
Black Soldier at Airfield - Caleb Peterson
Clarence 'Sticky' Merkle - Norman Phillips Jr.
Apartment Desk Clerk - Jack Rice
Girl at Table with Cliff - Suzanne Ridgway
Boy at Soda Fountain - Mollett Scene - Mickey Roth
Mrs. Garrett - Ruth Sanderson
George H. Gibbons - Ralph Sanford
Card Player - Stephen Soldi
Man at Airport / Dinner Guest - Bert Stevens
Angus - Butch's Waiter - John Tyrrell
Counter Girl - Amelita Ward
Perfume Saleswoman - Jan Wiley
Waiter at Lucia's Restaurant - Marek Windheim
Department Store Customer - Catherine Wyler
Department Store Customer - Judy Wyler