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
    Michelle Williams, Margot Robbie, Kristin Scott Thomas
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Saul Dibb
  • The Exception
    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
    Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Pearl Harbor
    Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • The Aftermath
    Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: James Kent
  • Black Book
    Carice van Houten, Michiel Huisman, Derek de Lint
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
  • The English Patient
    Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Anthony Minghella
  • Atonement
    James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Joe Wright
  • Beautiful Dreamer
    Brooke Langton, Colin Egglesfield, James Denton
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Terri Farley-Teruel
  • From Here To Eternity
    Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
  • A Woman In Berlin
    Nina Hoss, Juliane Köhler, Irm Hermann
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Max Färberböck
  • Charlotte Gray
    Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
  • The Notebook
    Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
  • Australia
    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
  • Shining Through
    Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: David Seltzer
  • Enigma
    Kate Winslet, Mick Jagger, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • Mrs. Miniver
    Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Dame May Whitty
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • The Reader
    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Allied
    Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin
    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: John Madden
  • Yanks
    Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: John Schlesinger
  • The War Bride
    Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Molly Parker
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Lyndon Chubbuck
  • The End Of The Affair
    Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Neil Jordan
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
    Tom Hanks, Alon Abutbul, Gila Almagor
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Moshé Mizrahi
  • Sophie's Choice
    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Alan J. Pakula