6 War Romance Movies That Show Beauty In Conflict

Thursday, May 10 by Sasha Moody

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'All's fair in love and war.' Well, what if there's both? Some of the best and most tragic love stories ever were set in warn torn times. Whether you want to watch something related to your relationship or you just want a good old fashioned cry at a strong love story– these movies will show you how we even in tough times, the beauty in love never fades.

"Pearl Harbor"

 

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Released in 2001 starring Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale), Rafe (Ben Affleck) and Danny (Josh Hartnett) and many other famous stars, "Pearl Harbor" is a one-of-a-kind war romance. Set in Hawaii in 1941, the movie revolves around an army nurse named Evelyn who falls in love with charismatic Rafe. When best friends Rafe and Danny volunteer for a special mission, Rafe's plane goes down in flames and he is presumed dead. Back at Hawaii Evelyn falls in love with Danny who also gets called away for war during the attacks on Pear Harbor. The movie shows us that however much war tries to tear apart true love, it will always prevail.

 

"Atonement"

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"Atonement" is an exceptionally unique war-romance movie based on the best selling novel by Ian McEwan. Just before the second world war, young Briony (Saoirse Ronan) and her over active imagination send an innocent man Robbie (James McAvoy) also her sister Cecila's (Keira Knightley) one true love to jail.The only way for Robbie to get out of jail is for him to join the army, which he does. Later on to escape her household, Cecila also joins the army as a nurse. The story is being narrated by Cecila, now as a grown woman as secrets and the truth unfold.

"Tristan & Isolde"

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"Tristan & Isolde" is one of our absolute war and romance favorites!  Sophia Myles stars as Isolde, a beautiful Irish girl who finds James Franco, a British warrior (an enemy of the king) washed up on the Cornwall shore. As she nurses him back to health they fall in love. When he returns to England he is sent back to Ireland to fight for the King's daughter's hand in marriage for the King of England. He wins the battle without knowing Isolde is the King's daughter. They must learn how to live through British and Irish tensions and the fact that Isolde is married to Tristan's King!

"Gone With The Wind'

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This list would be incomplete without the legendary "Gone With The Wind". Set during the civil war in the United States. Scarlett 'O' Hara (Vivian Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) have a sort of a love-hate relationship. During the war their love is tested to the limit. "Gone With The Wind" won 8 Academy Awards and was nominated for 13! It also sold more box office tickets than any movie ever made.

"Casablanca"

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Another iconic movie with war and romance is the 1942 hit, "Casablanca". Set in North Africa during the first world war, Casablanca is crawling with nazi soldiers. The movie shows the bittersweet love story between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Underneath Bogart's rugged exterior, he is actually pretty ethereal. In the end, he puts his love Ingrid before himself and tells her to flee the country to save herself from the Nazis. The movie is unforgettably tragic and beautiful, especially when Bogart tells Bergman, "We'll always have Paris."

"Dr. Zhivago"

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"Dr. Zhivago" is another classic war and romance movie we adore. Dr. Zhivago (Omar Sharif) is a man living in Russia during a revolution. The country is torn apart and in ruins, while he is torn between the love of two women. Not only does he love his wife, but he feels like he loves his mistress whom he's having extremely steamy affair with.