The English Patient is a remarkable story of love amidst war, based on a book of the same name by the author Micheal Ondaatje. The main timeline of the film takes place around the close of WWII. A young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing him to be an explorer in North Africa. And gradually, a poignant love story is unlayered as the story progresses. A story of love between two strong willed individuals, which is best described by the following quote from the movie-
Betrayals during war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire.
PS: The protagonist and the inspiration for the book, the Hungarian Count Laszlo Almasy was a real person, and the story is loosely connected to his real life.