The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Poster


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Remade as 

Returning Home (1975) (TV Movie)


Citizen Kane (1941)
Photography work, lighting techniques and camera.

Referenced in 

The Screen Director (1951) (Short)
The Jack Benny Hour (1959) (TV Special)
Jack mentions the film in a rant about Academy Award winners.
Hollywood and the Stars: The Angry Screen (1964) (TV Episode)
Still shown
American Sexual Revolution (1971)
Mentioned by the narrator.
All in the Family: Gloria the Victim (1973) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Edith
The Way We Were (1973)
mentioned in dialogue
Happy Days: Letting Go (1982) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Chachi Arcola
21 Jump Street: Best Years of Your Life (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
Memories of Me (1988)
Abe: "Let's say I lost The Best Years of Our Lives, I harvested The Grapes of Wrath, and I Inherited the Wind."
Quantum Leap: The Americanization of Machiko - August 4, 1953 (1989) (TV Episode)
Rusty refers to the film and compares himself to Homer Parrish, who lost both of his arms in World War II.
The Golden Girls: From Here to the Pharmacy (1991) (TV Episode)
Dorothy mentions the title
Fallen Angels: Since I Don't Have You (1993) (TV Episode)
A character references the title and some of the actors in it.
Sunny Side Up (1994)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Red Zone Cuba (1994) (TV Episode)
"Suddenly its the Best Years of our lives"
Family Matters: Best Years of Our Lives (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) (TV Episode)
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Monkeys (1997) (TV Episode)
listed on the Rialto Theatre's weekly schedule.
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV Movie)
Billboard seen in archive footage
Back to 'Somewhere in Time' (2000) (Video)
mentioned once
The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
Ca. 3 minutes into the film, there is a poster of the older film visible in Byron's and Dena's apartment.
The Majestic (2001)
A WWII veteran wears a split-hook prosthetic after losing his hand in the war.
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
mentioned in documentary
Day for Night: An Appreciation (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Arrested Development: Hand to God (2005) (TV Episode)
"I'm a monster!"
Casino Jack (2010)
The film's title is written on Jack's blackboard when he is seen teaching a screenwriting class in prison.
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) (TV Movie)
title referenced and poster shown
Videoclub (2013)
Video case is shown ("Los Mejores Años De Nuestras Vidas").
Five Came Back: The Price of Victory (2017) (TV Episode)
Discussed by William Wyler, Steven Spielberg, and the narrator, with the movie poster shown and the title displayed on a theater marquee.
The Ben Shapiro Show: The Most Shocking Failure In the Parkland Massacre (2018) (TV Episode)
Ben Shapiro compares "Thank You for Your Service" (2017) to this movie.

Featured in 

History Brought to Life (1950) (Short)
The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1991) (TV Movie)
Movie scene can be seen
The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1993)
Shown on movie theater marquee and on screen inside theater.
Homeward Bound (1994) (TV Movie)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
The Best Years of Our Lives is #37.
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 6
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
TCM Guest Programmer: Alfred Uhry (2005) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
The Best Years of Our Lives is #11.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
The Best Years of Our Lives is #37.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Post-War Cinema (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 4: The Cold War 1945-1950 (2012) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the film while discussing the return of U.S. veterans.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of the 1940s (2014) (TV Episode)
The Best Years of Our Lives gets an honorable mention.
De Palma (2015)
Clip shown.
Five Came Back: The Price of Victory (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
"Military in Film" montage

Spoofed in 

Tropic Thunder (2008)
The 'Four Leaf Tayback' character is a parody of 'Homer Parrish'

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