Owning the Oscars that year, this brilliant war film from perfectionist William Wyler tells the story of three men returning from WWII to discover that the home front has changed and so have they.

Alongside bigger stars like Myrna Loy and Virginia Mayo, Wyler also cast Harold Russell, a vet who had lost both hands. Samuel Goldwyn sent him to get acting lessons which infuriated Wyler (who wanted a completely naturalistic performance), but whichever method stuck, the performance was incredible. This was the first film (and one of the only) that Russell made, and he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor that year. Not bad for a first timer.

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