WW2 Romantic Dramas

by parallelrealitiesmusic | created - 27 Oct 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

My choice of mostly romantic period dramas taking place before and during WWII

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1. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 160,473 | Gross: $78.65M

2. The Moon and the Stars (2007)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

Together in Rome to shoot a film, a German actress (McCormack) and an English actor (Pryce) contend with forces that complicate their romance as well as the production itself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Alfred Molina, Catherine McCormack, András Bálint

Votes: 291

3. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 455,454 | Gross: $1.02M

4. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 219,860 | Gross: $50.93M

5. Glorious 39 (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Toby Regbo

Votes: 4,788

6. Up at the Villa (2000)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, James Fox

Votes: 2,476 | Gross: $2.93M

7. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 26,834

8. Okupacija u 26 slika (1978)

116 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three young men - a Croat, an Italian, and a Jew - are the best friends in pre-WW2 Dubrovnik. When their country is occupied by Nazis and their cronies, the idyllic city becomes a place of ... See full summary »

Director: Lordan Zafranovic | Stars: Frano Lasic, Milan Strljic, Tanja Poberznik, Boris Kralj

Votes: 569

9. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, Music, Romance

36 Metascore

When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale

Votes: 30,434 | Gross: $25.54M

10. Mediterraneo (1991)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna, Claudio Bisio

Votes: 12,082 | Gross: $4.53M

11. The Edge of Love (2008)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, Simon Armstrong

Votes: 15,046 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Closing the Ring (2007)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

A young man searches for the proper owner of a ring that belonged to a U.S. World War II bomber gunner who crashed in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 1, 1944.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Dylan Roberts, Gene Dinovi

Votes: 4,083

13. The Camomile Lawn (1992– )

258 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1939, young Oliver, Calypso, Polly and Walter visit friends and family in Cornwall. Spanish Civil War is over and WW2 has begun, so they enjoy their love life while they can. Decades later, they gather again, this time for a funeral.

Stars: Felicity Kendal, Claire Bloom, Jennifer Ehle, Richard Johnson

Votes: 661

14. Suite Française (2014)

107 min | Drama, Romance, War

63 Metascore

During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Eric Godon

Votes: 17,974

15. The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)

Approved | 124 min | Drama, Romance

While the Nazi regime subjugates European Nations, in the Belgian Congo, Doctor Rachel Cade tries to cure those troubled people. Colonel Derode falls in love with her, but a young American injured pilot upsets his plans.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Angie Dickinson, Peter Finch, Roger Moore, Errol John

Votes: 394

16. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 10,928

17. Valter brani Sarajevo (1972)

133 min | Action, War

A man who tried to stop Nazi soldiers in World War II.

Director: Hajrudin Krvavac | Stars: Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Rade Markovic, Ljubisa Samardzic, Neda Spasojevic

Votes: 1,941

18. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,186

19. Otpisani (1974– )

55 min | Action, Drama, War

Prle, Tihi and other youths from resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Belgrade are high on the Gestapo termination list. Some of them get written off, but new ones arrive and continue to ... See full summary »

Stars: Dragan Nikolic, Vojislav 'Voja' Brajovic, Stevo Zigon, Bozidar Pavicevic-Longa

Votes: 1,209

20. Bright Young Things (2003)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

64 Metascore

An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.

Director: Stephen Fry | Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, Dan Aykroyd, Simon McBurney

Votes: 4,656 | Gross: $0.93M

21. Bitka na Neretvi (1969)

G | 105 min | Drama, War

World war two drama about the 1943 battle around the Neretva River between Axis forces and Yugoslav partisan units.

Director: Veljko Bulajic | Stars: Yul Brynner, Hardy Krüger, Franco Nero, Sylva Koscina

Votes: 2,758

22. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 41,748 | Gross: $42.77M

23. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

Votes: 211,701 | Gross: $34.19M

24. White Mischief (1987)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1940s Kenya, a married couple join other affluent British expatriates in a lifestyle of recklessness and excess, but soon find themselves in a troubling situation.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Sarah Miles, Joss Ackland, Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance

Votes: 2,263 | Gross: $3.11M

25. The Halcyon (2017– )

60 min | Drama, War

The story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the center of London society and a world at war.

Stars: Annabelle Apsion, Mark Benton, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel

Votes: 1,937

26. Burnt by the Sun (1994)

R | 135 min | Drama, War

Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleg Menshikov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova

Votes: 12,677 | Gross: $2.62M

27. Island at War (2004)

540 min | Drama, War

During the Second World War, a quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany.

Stars: Saskia Reeves, Owen Teale, Julia Ford, Clare Holman

Votes: 1,017

28. Allied (2016)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Vincent Ebrahim

Votes: 115,085 | Gross: $40.07M



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