The Netflix series Women at War is a French series set at the beginning of the First World War. It follows the stories of four women who lead completely different lives but are brought together when the German army heads towards their small town. The series explores the lives and struggles of those left behind when their family members go to war. It also highlights the contribution of women in various fields during the war, which mostly goes unnoticed in the context of the war. If you want more stories like this, where women take charge or where war is seen from a different perspective, then we’ve put together a great list for you. You can watch most of these series like Women at War on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. My Mother and Other Strangers (2016)
Despite being a war drama, Women at War focuses more on the impact war has on ordinary people’s lives. Everyone is ripped out of their lives, be it the men who leave their families to fight the enemy or the women who have to abandon their homes and everything they have built when the invaders come. In Barry Devlin’s My Mother and Other Strangers, a rural community in Ireland undergoes tremendous change when American soldiers camp there during World War II. We follow the story from the perspective of the Coyne family, whose lives are forever changed.
7. Our Girl (2013-2020)
In almost all retelling of war stories, there are always male protagonists. If, after Women at War, you’re more interested in seeing female characters and their stories as soldiers or medics, or simply as a civilian saving the day, Tony Grounds’ Our Girl is the series you need to see. Set in the present day, it tells the story of young Molly Dawes who joins the British Army to change her life, which has been stagnant for some time. This poses many challenges, from the difficulties of her education to the prejudices of her superiors and opposition from her family. Her journey is an inspiring story of breaking boundaries and succeeding against all odds.
6. The Bletchley Circle (2012-2014)
Inspired by the real women who worked as code breakers during World War II, The Bletchley Circle explores the lives of four women after the war. Written by Guy Burt, the play has similar themes to Women at War. Using a fictional portrait, it tells the story of the unsung heroes who worked tirelessly for Allied victory during the war, and what their life was like when few people appreciated their work and talents. This is another inspirational story that also reveals many things about the war that are not generally discussed in popular cinema.
5. Country Girls (2009-2011)
In Women at War, Caroline has to take over her husband’s job when he goes to war. The same happens to the workers in their factory when they leave and their wives take their place. In Roland Moore’s Land Girls we find the protagonists in a similar situation. Four women become part of the British Women’s Land Army and take over the farm work during World War II. Four women arrive as new employees at the Hoxley estate, each with a different reason for taking the job. As their stories develop, we see a very different side of their lives and how they connect to war.
4. Bomb Girls (2012-2013)
Created by Michael MacLennan and Adrienne Mitchell, the Canadian television series Bomb Girls explores the lives of four women who work in a munitions factory during World War II and find a newfound sense of freedom and independence there. The series shows the many difficulties they face along the way, the indomitable spirit of the women and the changes in their lives as they feel liberated from the limitations society has been putting on them all along. Shot in the same vein as Women at War, Bomb Girls is an exciting and compelling film.
3. Passport to Freedom (2021)
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Created by Mário Teixeira, the Brazilian series Passport to Freedom is set in 1935 and follows the events in the life of a young woman named Aracy de Carvalho, who works in the passport department in Hamburg and finds herself in a unique position to help the Jews who to escape the horrors of Nazi Germany. This Brazilian series has a strong and fearless protagonist, similar to that in Women at War. As things grow darker and more dangerous under Hitler’s rule, and the seeds of a new war are planted, Aracy becomes all the more determined to stand up to the system in her own way.
The Resistance series, loosely inspired by the work of the Groupe du musée de l’Homme, a resistance group in Nazi-occupied France, begins with the story of a 17-year-old girl who joins the rebels who the Nazis invaded push back in different ways. Created by Dan Franck, the series takes viewers through many ups and downs, focusing on the risks many civilians take to do their part in the war while soldiers fight on the borders. From the perspective of a teenage girl, it is shown that bravery is not limited to taking up arms during war.
1. ANZAC Girls (2014)
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Based on the book The Other ANZACs by Peter Rees, this Australian series follows the story of the women who volunteer as nurses at the start of the First World War. Leaving Australia to join the Allied forces, they must overcome many difficulties along the way while enduring the horrors of war. This show reflects the story of Suzanne in Women at War, where she and the other doctors and nuns of the convent must face many challenges to save the lives of wounded soldiers.