WWII Great Romance Movies Set During World War II  

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World War II was a violent and turbulent time, but many of the best films set in the era feature timeless stories of love. The top cinematic World War II romances feature characters falling for each other amid the horrors of war. This is a list of the greatest soldier love story movies including everything from Pearl Harbor to From Here to Eternity to Australia.

What romantic films will you find on this list of great war love stories? Forbidden love is at the heart of The English Patient. The movie took home several Academy Awards in 1997, including the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. Casablanca is another timeless love story set during the Second World War. Other good films featured on this list include Black Book, The End of the Affair, and Shining Through.

Do you have a favorite WW2 romance film? Give the best movies a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great movies that are missing.

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Suite Française is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Michelle Williams, Margot Robbie, Kristin Scott Thomas Suite Française is a 2015 romantic World War II drama film directed by Saul Dibb and co-written with Matt Charman. It is based on Irène Némirovsky's 2004 novel of the same ...more

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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars ...more

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Beautiful Dreamer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Beautiful Dreamer Brooke Langton, Colin Egglesfield, James Denton Beautiful Dreamer is a 2006 romantic drama film set during World War II.

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Black Book is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman, Derek de Lint Black Book is a 2006 Dutch World War II thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn. The film, credited ...more

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A Woman in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Nina Hoss, Juliane Köhler, Irm Hermann A Woman in Berlin is a 2008 film written and directed by Max Färberböck.

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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Charlotte Gray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon Charlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong and adapted from the novel of the same name by Sebastian Faulks. It is set in Vichy France during ...more

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham Australia is an Australian romance film-epic film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. An English aristocrat inherits a cattle station and when English cattle ...more

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Shining Through is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith Shining Through is a 1992 British-American World War II drama film, directed and written by David Seltzer and starring Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith, with Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson ...more

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Strayed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet Strayed is a 2003 film directed by Andr Tchin.

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Yanks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts Yanks is a 1979 period drama film set during World War II in Northern England. The film was directed by John Schlesinger and starred Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, Lisa Eichhorn ...more

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Every Time We Say Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Tom Hanks, Alon Abutbul, Gila Almagor Every Time We Say Goodbye is a 1986 drama film starring Tom Hanks and Cristina Marsillach. Hanks plays a gentile American in the Royal Air Force, stationed in Jerusalem, who falls in love with a ...more

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The War Bride is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Molly Parker It's 1940 London, the height of the Blitz. Best friends Lily (Anna Friel) and Sophie (Julie Cox) work as East End seamstresses. Despite the nightly bombings they work and play like typical 20 ...more

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Aimée & Jaguar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Heike Makatsch, Maria Schrader, Dani Levy In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women.

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Head in the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend Head in the Clouds is a 2004 drama film written and directed by John Duigan. The original screenplay focuses on the choices young lovers must make as they find themselves surrounded by ...more

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The End of the Affair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs The End of the Affair is a 1999 drama film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore and Stephen Rea. The film is based on The End of the Affair, a 1951 novel by British ...more