Great Romance Movies Set During World War II

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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
    1
    Michelle Williams, Margot Robbie, Kristin Scott Thomas
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Saul Dibb
  • The Exception
    2
    Lily James, Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer
    • Released: 2016
    • 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.    

  • Casablanca
    3
    Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Pearl Harbor
    4
    Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • The Aftermath
    5
    Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: James Kent
  • Black Book
    6
    Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman, Derek de Lint
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
  • The English Patient
    7
    Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Anthony Minghella
  • Atonement
    8
    James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Joe Wright
  • Beautiful Dreamer
    9
    Brooke Langton, Colin Egglesfield, James Denton
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Terri Farley-Teruel
  • From Here To Eternity
    10
    Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
  • A Woman In Berlin
    11
    Nina Hoss, Juliane Köhler, Irm Hermann
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Max Färberböck
  • Charlotte Gray
    12
    Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
  • The Notebook
    13
    Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
  • Australia
    14
    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
  • Shining Through
    15
    Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: David Seltzer
  • Enigma
    16
    Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • Mrs. Miniver
    17
    Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Dame May Whitty
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • The Reader
    18
    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Allied
    19
    Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin
    20
    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: John Madden
  • Yanks
    21
    Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: John Schlesinger
  • The War Bride
    22
    Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Molly Parker
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Lyndon Chubbuck
  • The End Of The Affair
    23
    Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Neil Jordan
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
    24
    Tom Hanks, Alon Abutbul, Gila Almagor
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Moshé Mizrahi
  • Sophie's Choice
    25
    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Alan J. Pakula