From campy to a passionate romance, lesbian movies and films have always been a hot topic for many to watch.
While there are a multitude of movies, here are some of the top 10 greatest lesbian-themed movies.
TOP 10 LESBIAN MOVIES
Recruited by the U.S. government for their unique ability to lie, cheat and fight, Amy, Max, Janet and Dominique join an underground academy of secret agents known only as D.E.B.S. These crime fighting hotties set out to save the world and keep their lipstick perfectly applied while doing so. Now the girls must combine their skills for their most important mission- to capture vexing vixen Lucy Diamond, the deadliest criminal the world has ever known. When D.E.B.S. star player, Amy, falls for Lucy, chaos erupts and the D.E.B.S. loyalty is put to the test. The film is both a parody and an emulation of the Charlie’s Angels format. The plot revolves around the lesbian love story between one of the heroes and the villain.
Imagine Me And You (2005)
Rachel and Heck, long time friends and lovers, finally tie the knot, and during the celebration, Rachel starts a friendship with their florist, Luce. And while Rachel originally intended to match her new friend, Luce, up with her husband’s friend, Cooper, she soon finds out that Luce is a lesbian. During the course of their friendship, Rachel starts to question her own sexuality. And though she comes to realize she may have feelings for her new friend, Rachel must decide who she will ultimately find the most happiness with: Heck, her new husband who is also adored by her family, or Luce, who has turned her life and everything she thought she knew about love upside down.
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
This “campy” lesbian movie starring Natasha Lyonne and released in 1999, depicts a cheerleader who, although dating a football player, has a family who is convinced she is a lesbian. She is sent to a “reform” school – True Directions – to undergo treatment to ward off her ‘lesbian’ feelings. What was meant to be a means of changing Megan into a heterosexual woman quickly backfires as she finds love with another woman at True Directions. She doesn’t graduate from the school, but instead graduates into a love that she knows is true.
A Marine Story (2010)
Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy’s ass in a bar fight, but there’s one opponent she can’t beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from Iraq with a mysterious personal life, she finds herself charged with preparing a tempestuous teenage girl to boot camp.
Room In Rome (2010)
A young Russian woman named Natasha is soon to be married and is on holiday in Rome where she meets Alba. She accompanies Alba to her hotel room as a curious acquaintance and stays as a growing friend. In this room in Rome, the two women come to know one another intimately over the course of the night, and explore and discover themselves along the way. Only the break of day threatens to break their newly forged bond.
The Four-Faced Liar (2010)
A story of love and lies for four twenty-somethings looking to find themselves in New York City. A pair of best friends and a seemingly perfect couple meet at a local Irish pub tucked in the winding streets of the West Village. Through their chance meeting, the four bond and over time all of their relationships with one another morph into love, betrayal and heartbreak for all.
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Lost and Delirious is the story of three adolescent girls’ first love, their discovery of sexual passion, and their search for identities. Set in a posh, private boarding school surrounded by luxuriant, green forest, Lost and Delirious moves swiftly from academic routine, homesickness, and girlish silliness to the darker region of lover’s intrigue.
I Can’t Think Straight (2008)
In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala’s best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala’s forthright challenges to Leyla’s beliefs begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, Tala’s own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious wedding are well under way. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala finally cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to break free of her own self-doubt and her mother’s expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sexuality.
Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly play a fiery role with one another in this hot movie. Jennifer’s character, Violet, is dating a shady man, Caesar. Corky, depicted by Gina, is a convicted criminal-turned-plumber. She arrives to Violet’s apartment to fix needed repairs around the apartment only to fall into the catch of Violet’s ways and try to steal millions of dollars from a mob only to blame it on Caesar. The passion between Violet and Corky ride a large wave of love and suspense.
America’s first super model, Gia Carangi, who is played by Angelina Jolie, true story is displayed in this movie. Wilhelmina Cooper, Gia’s agent, quickly takes Gia under her wing and takes her straight to the top with her modeling career. Once Wilhelmina passes away, Gia turns to a life of drugs and falls into a love affair with her make-up artist, Linda. While this movie can easily be seen as a heartbreaking film, it does show the reality of fame and the price of addiction.
If These Walls Could Talk (2000)
This series of vignettes has some of today’s hottest stars playing various lesbian roles. Each story takes place in the same house, but in different periods of time. Some stories playing beauty, others playing sorrow, love is the main theme that runs through the series of short stories in this movie.
Go Fish (1994)
An independent movie that isn’t as well-known as others on this list but still deserve a nod is “Go Fish”. The setting of this movie, which takes place in around a coffee shop settled in Chicago, offers a location of mystery and movie fuelled with love and scandals. The twists and turns of relationships and love affairs are prevalent throughout this movie and are what drives this film.
Better Than Chocolate (1999)
Maggie and Kim, the two main characters in “Better Thank Chocolate”, are deeply in love and live with one another. Maggie’s mother, Lila, goes through a divorce and moves to live with Maggie and Kim. Meanwhile, Lila meets a transgender woman, Judy, who is preparing to go through a sex-change operation. Lila quickly learns more about her daughter, her friend and her daughter’s girlfriend during this exciting movie.
Loving Annabelle (2006)
In what seems to be a fantasy to many people, Annabelle is a student at a Catholic boarding school who falls in love with her teacher. Throughout the movie, the thrill of love with the teacher and the teacher having intimate feelings towards her student in return repeat throughout this sultry movie. The twists of this film captures the interests to many who love a good love story.
“Monster” is based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, one of the first American female serial killers. Aileen, who grew up with an abusive childhood, had a hard adult life that continued to follow her around. Using what she knew best, Aileen turned to a world of prostitution and along the way fell in love with another woman, Tyria Moore who was, as portrayed in the movie, unaware of the brutality that Aileen was akin to. During the movie is it shown that Tyria, or in the movie, Selby, would lie for Aileen, but at the time of testimony once arrested for murder, she did not defend her girlfriend, and Aileen was convicted of multiple murder charges of her Johns. Aileen died from lethal injection in October of 2002.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
This light-hearted comedy follows the life of Jessica Stein who is on the search to find the perfect man. In the midst of her journey, Jessica finds that she falls in love with a woman instead. Jessica files a personal ad in the local newspaper looking for a female, and responds to an ad from Helen. She quickly learns that she is falling in love with her as she would with a man, but not admitting to her family that she is in a relationship with a woman proves turbulent in the relationship. Finding true love and working through the confusion of same-sex relationship is what keeps this movie a classic and relatable movie for many lesbians.
- Water Lilies (2007)
- The Hours (2002)
- Desert Hearts (1985)
- Kiss Me (2011)
- The World Unseen (2007)
- Bloomington (2010)
- Cracks (2009)
- Elena Undone (2010)
- Saving Face (2004)
- Gray Matters (2006)
- Mulholland Dr. (2001)
- The Kids Are All Right (2010)
- My Summer of Love (2004)
- Nina’s Heavenly Delights (2006)
- The Gymnast (2006)
- Blue Gate Crossing (2002)
- Maggie and Annie (2002)
- Mango Kiss (2004)
- Joe + Belle (2011)
- Concussion (2013)
- Sappho (2008)
- Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
- Tipping The Velvet (2002)
- Fingersmith (2005)
Movies have always been a long staple of entertainment for so many. From comedies to true stories, the cinematic film industry continues to create a myriad of lesbian movies. What are some of your favorite lesbian movies that you can share with other readers? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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This article was written by Sarah of The Other Team.