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Great Romance Movies Set During World War II 

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Updated October 8, 2019 3.6k votes 1.7k voters 83.6k views 21 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite love stories that take place during WWII.

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

Released: 2014

Directed by: Saul Dibb

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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The Exception is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
LadyMiss Suz added The Exception Lily James, Jai Courtney, Janet McTeer

Directed by: David Leveaux

This has everything hopeful that a love story in WWII needs. The ending is a happy one, and the story is closed off very well. Jai Courtney's portrayal of the German Officer in the spotlight is swoon-worthy. Just the thing for a rainy Saturday afternoon.    

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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Bay

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) 4 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

Released: 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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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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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Black Book is a 2006 Dutch WWII thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn. The film, credited as ...more

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Beautiful Dreamer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Beautiful Dreamer Brooke Langton, Colin Egglesfield, James Denton

Released: 2006

Directed by: Terri Farley-Teruel

Beautiful Dreamer is a 2006 romantic drama film set during World War II.
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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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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The Aftermath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Kent

The Aftermath is a 2019 British-German-American drama film directed by James Kent, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook. Post World War II, a British colonel (Jason Clarke) and his wife (Keira ...more
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A Woman in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
A Woman In Berlin Nina Hoss, Juliane Köhler, Irm Hermann

Released: 2008

Directed by: Max Färberböck

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) 10 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1953

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

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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Australia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham

Released: 2008

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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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Charlotte Gray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

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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Shining Through is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith

Released: 1992

Directed by: David Seltzer

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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The War Bride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Molly Parker

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lyndon Chubbuck

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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Every Time We Say Goodby... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Every Time We Say Goodbye Tom Hanks, Alon Abutbul, Gila Almagor

Released: 1986

Directed by: Moshé Mizrahi

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 End of the Affair is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs

Released: 1999

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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

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Yanks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts

Released: 1979

Directed by: John Schlesinger

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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Strayed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Released: 2003

Directed by: André Téchiné

Strayed is a 2003 film directed by Andr Tchin.
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Head in the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Duigan

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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Red Joan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Red Joan Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes

Released: 2019

Directed by: Trevor Nunn

Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney and inspired by the life of Melita Norwood.
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Aimée & Jagua... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Romance Movies Set During World War II
Heike Makatsch, Maria Schrader, Dani Levy

Released: 1999

Directed by: Max Färberböck

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.