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Director: Max Färberböck
Starring: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch, Elisabeth Degen, Detlev Buck, Dani Levy, Rosel Zech and Ulrich Matthes
Based on real life events. Felice is living a dangerous life: in the middle of World War II in Berlin, she is a Jew and a lesbian, and works undercover at a Nazi newspaper from which she finds information to take to the Jewish underground. One day she meets her lover, Ilse's employer Lilly, and falls in love with this bourgeois, Nazi-supporting hausfrau. Their affair is as intense as it is dangerous, with Felice in constant danger of discovery. In their own ways, each woman challenges what is expected of her.
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple, Vanessa Redgrave, Harriet Walter, Patrick Kennedy, Brenda Blethyn, Alfie Allen and Gina McKee
When a young girl catches her sister in a passionate embrace with a childhood friend, her jealousy drives her to tell a lie that will irrevocably change the course of all their lives forever.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page and John Qualen
In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo.
Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan....
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea, Jason Isaacs, Ian Hart, James Bolam, Heather-Jay Jones, Deborah Findlay, Penny Morrell,Cyril Shaps, Jack McKenzie and Simon Fisher Turner
On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. As Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled, he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed.
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth
Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of love, betrayal and politics that is later revealed in a series of flashbacks while Almásy is on his death bed after being horribly burned in a plane crash.
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, Claude Akins, George Reeves and Mickey Shaughnessy
The tribulations of three US soldiers stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, including First Sergeant Milton Warden who begins an affair with the neglected wife of his commanding officer, Captain Dana Holmes.
Hanover Street (1979)
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen, Patsy Kensit, Richard Masur, Max Wall, Sherrie Hewson, Suzanne Bertish, Shane Rimmer and John Ratzenberger
Margaret is a nurse in England during World War II and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Suzanna Hamilton, Michael Gough, Leslie Phillips, Rachel Kempson, Graham Crowden and Shane Rimmer
Danish writer Karen Blixen, better known as Isak Dinesen, travels to Kenya to be with her German husband but falls for an English adventurer just before the outbreak of World War II.
Director: Michael Tuchner
Starring: Kristy McNichol, Bruce Davison, Esther Rolle; Michael Constantine, Barbara Barrie, James Noble, Robyn Lively, Margaret Hall, Anne Haney, Sonny Shroyer and Michael Tuchner
13 year old Patty Bergen, a Jewish-American girl, befriends and hides Anton Friedrich Reiker, an escaped German prisoner of war, in Jenkinsville, Arkansas during World War II.
Director: Jack Lee
Starring: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Kenji Takaki, Tran Van Khe, Jean Anderson, Marie Lohr, Renee Houston, Maureen Swanson, Nora Nicholson and Eileen Moore
A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.
White Mischief (1987)
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance, Sarah Miles, Joss Ackland, Geraldine Chaplin, John Hurt, Ray McAnally, Murray Head, Trevor Howard, Susan Fleetwood, Catherine Neilson, Hugh Grant, Alan Dobie and Jacqueline Pearce
With much of the rest of the world at war, a number of bored British aristocrats live dissolute and hedonistic lives in a region of Kenya known as Happy Valley, drinking and indulging in decadent sexual affairs to pass the time.
On a January day in 1941, the Earl of Erroll, is found dead in his automobile in a remote location. The Earl has a royal pedigree but a somewhat sordid past and a well-deserved reputation for carrying on with other men's wives, including Lady Diana Broughton, the beautiful wife of Sir Jock Broughton, a man at least twice her age.
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, Chick Vennera, Wendy Morgan, Rachel Roberts, Tony Melody and Annie Ross
Prior to the Normandy Landings on D-Day, the arrival of US troops in a small northern English town causes upheaval among the local population. It also results in a number of relationships between the soldiers and the local women, including brash Sergeant Matt Dyson and shy shop assistant Jean Moreton, who is engaged to a British soldier fighting overseas.
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tom Hollander, Donald Sumpter, Matthew Macfadyen and Robert Pugh
In World War II England, a young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves.
The Clock (1945)
[also known as 'Under The Clock']
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson, Lucile Gleason and Ruth Brady
Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together. In this short time they find themselves falling in love with each other and they decide to get married before Joe has to return to the war.
A list of my favorite films featuring love stories that take place during World War II.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
Published 4 years, 1 month ago
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