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.
Directed by: Saul DibbSuite 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 name. The film stars... more
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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.
Directed by: Michael BayPearl 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
Directed by: Michael CurtizCasablanca 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 Humphrey... more
Directed by: James KentThe 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
Directed by: Paul VerhoevenBlack 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 based on... more
Directed by: Anthony MinghellaThe 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
Directed by: Terri Farley-TeruelBeautiful Dreamer is a 2006 romantic drama film set during World War II.... more
Directed by: Fred ZinnemannFrom 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 Burt... more
Directed by: Baz LuhrmannAustralia 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 barons... more
Directed by: Max FärberböckA Woman in Berlin is a 2008 film written and directed by Max Färberböck.... more
Directed by: Gillian ArmstrongCharlotte 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 World War... more
Directed by: David SeltzerShining 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 and... more
Directed by: Joe WrightAtonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola... more
Directed by: Nick CassavetesThe Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young... more
Directed by: John SchlesingerYanks 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 and... more
Directed by: John MaddenCaptain Corelli's Mandolin is a 2001 epic film directed by John Madden and based on Louis de Bernières' 1994 novel of the same name. It stars Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz. The film is dedicated to... more
Directed by: Lyndon ChubbuckIt'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 year... more
Directed by: Moshé MizrahiEvery 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 girl... more
Directed by: Neil JordanThe 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
Directed by: Stephen DaldryThe Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. The film was written by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. Ralph... more
Directed by: Michael AptedEnigma is a 2001 film directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard. The script was adapted from the novel Enigma by Robert Harris, about the Enigma codebreakers of Bletchley Park in... more
Directed by: Giuseppe TornatoreMalèna is a 2000 Italian romantic drama film starring Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Sulfaro. It was directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. It won the Grand Prix... more
Directed by: William WylerMrs. Miniver is a 1942 American romantic war drama film directed by William Wyler, and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on the 1940 novel Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther, the film shows... more
Directed by: Robert ZemeckisAllied is a 2016 World War II romantic thriller film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Steven Knight. It stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as an intelligence officer and resistance... more