30 Best Lesbian Movies Of All Time (Updated 2024)

Best Lesbian Movies

The best lesbian movies you need to see

Lesbian cinema at its core depicts women loving women or “Sapphic Love” with often a great deal of lust thrown in for good measure.

The cinema has more been ready to use and depict all female love if not for the risque nature but more for the fact that it is happy to sexualise the female and when you have more than one, then the more the merrier.

With this has come the danger of the lesbian movie becoming more of a glorified porn flick with a few extra lines of dialogue rather than something more

However as time has gone on there have been more and more stories that deal with the human element, of two people falling in love just as anyone else would.

The sex is the backdrop and is a narural progression rather than a story being made to simply faciliate what is often the male fantasy.

As such there is a good amount of both here as well as a scoring system that will make it easier for you to find what film is right for you.

So here is a list of some of the best lesbian movies that you really should already have seen or at least make sure are next. So log out of the dating apps, get comfy settle down and get ready to enjoy!

You can find and watch many of the best lesbian movies on Netflix, Hulu and even on Youtube. Though we did our best to include the Free Trial Links for streaming where possible and if not the best value price going for rental!

Here we have some of the Best Lesbian movies categorised by plot, visuals, romance and sex appeal along with what made them stand out.

Enjoy these lesbian movies!

30. Go Fish [1994]

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This lesbian movie, directed by Rose Troche and starring Guinevere Turner, takes the road less traveled by using a Chicago coffee shop as its setting.

This is an honest portrayal of lesbian life and community, showcasing the unconventional romance between young college student Max (Guinevere Turner) and Ely (V.S. Brodie). The black-and-white aesthetic of the film adds to its indie charm, bringing a raw and relatable quality to the narrative.

A distinctive entry into the genre of lesbian movies, ‘Go Fish’ is worth adding to your watchlist if you’re looking for a film that delves into the reality of everyday life and love in the lesbian community.

Romance: 2/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 2/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 10/20

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

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29. Room in Rome [2010]

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Could there be a more fitting setting for a lesbian love story than one of the most romantic cities in the world? This film unfolds over a single night in a hotel room in Rome, showing us the intimate and passionate connection between Alba (Elena Anaya) and Natasha (Natasha Yarovenko).

It’s a story that beautifully captures love’s unexpected and often surprising nature, all against the stunning backdrop of Rome’s ancient beauty.

This tale goes beyond the physical aspect of their relationship, exploring the emotional ties that bind these two characters together. With its lush visuals and emotionally charged narrative, ‘Room in Rome’ is a must-watch for any romance enthusiast.

Romance: 2/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 2/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 10/20

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 40%

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28. Cloudburst [2011]

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Light-hearted yet thought-provoking, this lesbian movie is directed by Thom Fitzgerald and stars Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, and Kristin Booth.

It’s a hilarious adventure that takes you on a memorable road trip with a lesbian couple who daringly escape to Canada to get married. As they navigate their way toward marital bliss, you’ll find yourself laughing, crying, and cheering them on every step of the way.

If you’re in the mood for a lesbian movie that combines humor with heartfelt romance, ‘Cloudburst’ is the film for you.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 3/5 · Visuals: 2/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 11/20

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

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27. I Love Her [2016]

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A poignant film from director Darya Perelay, ‘I Love Her’ follows the life of Natalie (Natalie Ivanchuck), a musician, and a deaf-mute girl, Anna (Clare Durant).

This tale of love is filled with doubt and pain, posing the heart-wrenching question – does true love have a time limit? The film’s exploration of a complicated love story against the backdrop of personal hardship makes it a compelling watch.

It’s a touching testament to the enduring power of love, showing us that even in the face of adversity, the human heart’s capacity to love remains undiminished.

Romance: 3/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 3/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 12/2

IMDB Rating: 4.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

26. Daphne [2007]

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Based on the life of the famous British author Daphne Du Maurier, this biographical drama uncovers her secret lesbian love life.

It delves into her tumultuous relationships and the profound impact these experiences had on her writing. This movie pays tribute to Du Maurier’s incredible literary talent. It gives us an insightful glimpse into her personal life, revealing a side of the celebrated author that has often been overlooked.

‘Daphne’ is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates a good biopic, offering an in-depth look at the intersection between the author’s work and her personal life.

Romance: 3/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 3/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 12/20

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

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25. Gia [1998]

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“Gia” is a biographical film about the life of model Gia Marie Carangi, a popular figure in the fashion industry during the late 1970s and early 1980s, portrayed by Angelina Jolie.

Gia’s beauty and charisma make her a darling of the fashion world, but her life is anything but perfect. She struggles with a troubled relationship with her mother, a volatile love affair with makeup artist Linda (Elizabeth Mitchell), and a growing addiction to drugs.

The movie vividly portrays Gia’s desperate search for love and acceptance, her fall from grace, and her tragic early death from AIDS-related complications. It’s a deeply moving portrayal of a woman’s struggle with her identity, addiction, and the cost of fame.

“Gia” is more than just a lesbian movie; it’s a poignant examination of the destructive nature of fame and the lengths to which people will go to feel loved and accepted. Jolie’s riveting performance adds depth to Gia’s character, making it a memorable film.

Romance: 2/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 12/20

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

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24. Mullholland Drive [2001]

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David Lynch’s surreal and mysterious thriller stars Laura Harring and Naomi Watts, offering viewers an unforgettable cinematic experience.

This film is a masterclass in storytelling, with unrequited love, passion, and an intricate plot making it a must-watch for any movie enthusiast. The complexities of the narrative are matched by the compelling performances of the lead actors, who bring their characters to life with incredible depth and nuance.

As you delve into the intricate world of ‘Mullholland Drive’, you’ll find yourself swept up in its gripping tale of love, loss, and longing, making it one of the most unforgettable lesbian movies ever.”

Romance: 1/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total Score 13/20

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

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23. Saving Face [2004]

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Woven seamlessly with comedy, drama, and romance, this Alice Wu-directed film represents a breath of fresh air in the arena of lesbian movies.

Showcasing the authentic connection between two women, it also profoundly dives into the nuanced relationship between a mother and daughter.

The stunning performances by Michelle Krusiec and Joan Chen add a layer of depth, making the story even more compelling. This movie has a charm, which will keep you engaged throughout.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 3/5 · Visuals: 3/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total Score: 13/20

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

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22. The Hours [2002]


This film, which graces the catalogue of impactful lesbian movies, stands out not only because of its cast – featuring the likes of Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore – but also due to its thoughtful narrative.

The narrative explores the significant influence of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway on three generations of women who are grappling with the idea of suicide.

The intertwining themes of time, lesbianism, liberation, and death make this movie unforgettable. The spirit of Virginia Woolf is ever-present, infusing each timeline with meaningful commentary.

Romance: 3/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 13/20

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

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21. The Secrets [2007]

Directed by Avi Nesher, this romance drama is a gem among lesbian movies.

It’s a cinematic experience that doesn’t shy away from exploring forbidden desires and tragic circumstances. Exceptional performances by Fanny Ardant and Ania Bukstein breathe life into the complex characters, drawing you in from the first scene.

If you’re not faint-hearted, “The Secrets” will take you on an emotional roller-coaster you won’t forget.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 3/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 13/20

IMDB Rating: 7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

20. Fingersmith [2005]

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While technically a mini-series, “Fingersmith” has the vibe of a classic lesbian movie, thanks to its three-hour runtime filled with crime, drama, and riveting romance.

It’s a beautifully crafted period piece with spot-on costume choices, a perfect setting, and thoughtful direction. It’s the series you might plan to savor over time, but don’t be surprised if you binge-watch the whole thing in one sitting.

With its tantalizing plot and rich storyline, it’s undoubtedly a must-watch in lesbian cinema.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 3/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 13/20

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

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19. With Every Heartbeat/Kiss Me [2011]

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Heartfelt, honest, and incredibly relatable, this film stands out in lesbian movies.

The movie spins a tale of undeniable attraction between Mia and Frida, who meet at a party.

Mia is engaged to a man she believes she loves, making her sudden attraction to Frida confusing, complex, and intoxicating. This beautiful Swedish film illustrates what it means to follow your heart, even when it leads you down an unexpected path.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 3/5 · Sex Appeal: 3/5

Total Score: 13/20

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

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18. Elisa & Marcela [2019]

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This Spanish film draws inspiration from a real-life story of love and resistance in the late 19th/early 20th century.

Elisa and Marcela’s passionate love story unfolds against societal norms and expectations, creating a stirring commentary on sexuality and gender identity.

The black-and-white palette lends a timeless quality to the film, making it an intriguing watch despite certain shortcomings in execution.

Romance: 3/5 · Plot: 2/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total score: 14/20

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 40%

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17. Imagine Me and You [2005]

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Imagine me and you, a name taken from the first line of The Turtles’ hit song Happy together is a light-hearted lesbian rom-com beginning with the wedding of Rachel (Coyote Ugly’s Piper Perabo) and Heck (Matthew Goode).

As Rachel walks down the aisle when she spots Luce (Lena Headley), who meet later at the reception and the two attempting to fish Rachel’s wedding ring out of a punch bowl.

Some time later, Rachel goes to a flower shop run by Luce to ask her to dinner, with the plans of setting her up with Heck’s best friend Coop (Darren Boyd).

Luce lets slip to Heck that she’s a lesbian and is bemused as Coop tries repeatedly to seduce her.

Throughout the film, Rachel continues to resist her growing attraction to Luce. Unable to deny what she is feeling, Rachel eventually confronts Luce directly at her flower shop.

She tells Luce that a romance between them cannot happen. After planning a trip overseas, Luce is tracked down by Rachel, whose feelings are now known to her husband and her parents, and the two kiss and reunite in the midst of a London traffic jam.

Buffy’s Anthony Stewart Head and Bridget Jones’ Diary’s Celia Imrie co-star as Rachel’s parents, making this light-hearted romp a funny and sometimes cringe-worthily romantic adventure

Romance: 5/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 15/20

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 35%

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16. Blue Is The Warmest Colour [2015]

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A master stroke from Abdellatif Kechiche which, as the title suggests, uses a wonderful colour pallet. This Drama Romance starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos is a tale of self-discovery through love, desire and loss.

A constant negotiation between the phycological and the physical, the acting feels real and you can tell there is sacrifice for the end result – which is totally worth it.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 3/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total Score: 15/20

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

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15. The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love [1995]

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Is one of those iconic lesbian movies that take us back to the ’90s. This charming coming-of-age rom-com tells a delightful tale of a love that develops between two girls who, on the surface, couldn’t be more different. Randy (Laurel Holloman), our unassuming hero, is a tomboy living in a trailer park with her lesbian aunt Rebecca (Kate Stafford).

Her world gets flipped upside down when she crosses paths with the famous, affluent Evie (Nicole Ari Parker) at a gas station. The two recognize each other from school, and a unique bond forms between them.

They embark on a secretive friendship, passing notes at school, trading mixtapes filled with Mozart and punk rock, and enjoying time in meadows — exploring their worlds, words, and emotions.

As their relationship deepens, they begin to experiment with how “out” they can be as lesbians in their world, even daring to hold hands in a local diner. Their words become more than just communication; they become whispers of their hearts’ desires.

The bubble bursts when Evie’s mother (Stephanie Berry) discovers them in bed together, and Randy’s aunt Rebecca learns of Randy’s declining grades, threatening her graduation. Seeking refuge from the turmoil, Randy and Evie escape to a motel, where tensions are boiling between friends and family.

“The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love” is a heartfelt addition to the canon of lesbian movies. It explores love’s nuances and the courage it takes to be true to oneself. It’s a tale of two girls from opposite sides of the track falling in love, complete with all the challenges and triumphs.

It’s an endearing and sincere portrayal that will leave you yearning for more and maybe even reminiscing about your first love.

Romance: 5/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 3/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 15/20

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

14. Summertime [2015]

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Set during the 1970s women’s liberation movement in France, this French-Belgian film by Catherine Corsini is a beautiful and tragic love story between two young women who have to overcome family and community prejudice.

Delphine (Izïa Higelin) is a young farm girl who moves to Paris, where she encounters Carole (Cécile de France), a member of a feminist group.

After the group helps to free a member’s gay friend who has been institutionalised, the two soon develop feelings for each other.

When Delphine returns home upon hearing of her father’s stroke, Carole visits and realises she cannot live without Delphine, so leaves her boyfriend and moves to the countryside to be with Delphine, although it’s not what she expected.

Having to live a secret life, and having her political views mocked due to the old-fashioned views of country folk creates tension between Carole and Delphine.

The tug-of-war between the two’s relationship and the ideology of the masses is a heart-wrenching look at feminism and lesbianism in 1970s Europe.

Romance: 3/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 3/5

Total Score: 15/20

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

13. Carol [2015]

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Romance and drama a plenty from leading ladies, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Set in the 1950’s, when Lesbian love was taboo, the film takes us on a subtle and classy journey.

Carol was named the best LGBT film of all time in 2016 and clearly it shows its excellence in almost every frame.

Combining the once stifled strong desires of Carol (Cate Blanchett) and the newly discovered ones of Therese (Rooney Mara), the ending will leave a lasting impression.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 3/5

Total Score 16/20

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

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12. The World Unseen [2007]

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Set in the 1950s, during the apartheid in South Africa, this lesbian movie focuses on relationships that are banned by the racist and homophobic state. One of these is the deepening attraction between Miriam (Lisa Ray) and Amina (Sheetal Sheth), and the lengths to which they go to spend time together.

The inescapable social distance between them makes them question their feelings, but, in the midst of hatred and oppression, their only refuge is love.

The landscape in which the film is set is stunningly beautiful, with the addition of a retro soundtrack, the movie explores Miriam’s relationship with Amina and how it empowers her to make personal choices that change her world.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 5/5 Sex · Appeal: 3/5

Total Score: 16/20

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 30%

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11. Elena Undone [2010]

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Peyton (Traci Dinwiddie) and Elena (Necar Zadegan) are, on the surface, diametrically opposed – one, a well-known lesbian writer, the other a mother and wife of a pastor – but when their paths cross, several times over, they feel compelled to connect.

What begins as friendship quickly blossoms into something deeper. Peyton tries to extricate herself before her heart wants what it can’t have.

Elena can’t imagine not having Peyton in her life. And despite the fact that she has never even considered kissing a woman, Elena is overwhelmed with a desire to do just that.

Despite Peyton’s reservations, Elena pushes the relationship into a full-blown affair. The two women fall deeply in love, both keenly aware a future together might be little more than a dream.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total Score: 16/20

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%

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10. Lovesong [2016]

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Neglected by her husband Sarah (Riley Keough) embarks on an impromptu Road trip with her young daughter and he best friend, Mindy (Jena Malone).

Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 4/5 · Sex Appeal: 3/5

Total Score: 16/20

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

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9. Mosquita y Mari [2012]

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Written and directed by Aurora Guerrero. When Yolanda Olveros (Fenessa Pineda) meets her new neighbour Mari Rodriguez (Venecia Troncoso), all they see in each other are their differences.

An only child, sheltered Yolanda’s sole concern is fulfilling her parents’ dream of a college-bound future.

With her father’s recent death, street-wise Mari, the elder of two, carries the weight of her sister as their mother works to keep them above water.

But despite their contrasting realities, Yolanda and Mari are soon brought together when Mari is threatened with expulsion after saving Yolanda from an incident at school.

The girls forge a friendship that soon proves more complex than anticipated when the girls unexpectedly experience a charged moment between them.

At a loss for words, the girls ignore their moment and move on to become best friends, unaware they have set in motion an unstoppable journey of self-discovery.

As Yolanda and Mari’s feelings reach new depths, their inability to put words to their emotions leads to a web of unspoken jealousy, confusion, and a sudden betrayal that ultimately rattles them at their core.

Romance: 5/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 2/5

Total Score: 16/20

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

8. Monster [2003]

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Monster is a film based on the true story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who murdered several clients in the late 80s and early 90s

Moving to Florida from Michigan, Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) is a street prostitute struggling to make ends meet. One night at a gay bar, she meets a young Selby Wall (Christina Ricci).

The two hesitantly connect, and become friends, until one night at a roller-skating rink, the two kiss and fall in love.

After being beaten and raped, Aileen kills her client in self-defect and vows to quit prostitution. Aileen tries to find legitimate work to provide for herself and her lover, but has difficulty due to her lack of qualifications and criminal history (murder was Wuornos’ worst but not the first run-in with the law).

Desperate for money, Aileen returns to prostitution. Paranoid and convinced they are all out to rape her, she kills and robs her clients, and uses the money to support herself and Selby.

Selby, upon reading newspaper reports, begins to suspect Aileen of the murders, and confronts Aileen. Aileen defends her actions, claiming self-defence. Selby returns to Ohio.

After being arrested, and revealing incriminating evidence on a tapped phone call with Selby, Aileen cops to the murders and protests that she committed the murders alone, to protect Selby. Aileen, is convicted and executed.

The film garnered an array of awards, including a Golden Globe, Oscar and a SAG award for Theron’s portrayal. Certainly not a film for the faint-hearted, but a fascinating insight into the criminal mind.

Romance: 3/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 3/5

Total Score: 16/20

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

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7. Tell It to the Bees [2018]

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Set in post-WWII Scotland, this period drama is based on a 2009 novel of the same name, by Fiona Shaw.

With her failing marriage and young son, Lydia (The Borgias’ Holliday Grainger) starts to connect with the town’s new doctor Jean (True Blood’s Anna Paquin).

After being evicted, Lydia and her son, Robert (Emun Elliott), move in with Jean; Jean and Robert bond after Robert takes an interest in her bee colonies.

Lydia and Jean move from only furtive glances and flirting to a much more physical relationship. As the small country town start to speculate as to the nature of their relationship, their devotion is tested as they face increasing ostracism and abuse from the community.

The forbidden nature of their blooming attraction to each other is stirring, if not at times cheesy. The use of bees as a metaphor as keepers of secrets and a rousing score make this a must-watch.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 3/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total Score: 16/20

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%

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6. Desert Hearts [1986]

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“Desert Hearts”, set in 1959, is a significant milestone in the history of lesbian movies. It tells the story of Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver), a Columbia University professor, who travels to Reno, Nevada, to establish residency for a quick divorce. She stays in a guest house owned by Frances Parker (Audra Lindley), where she meets Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a free-spirited young sculptor.

From the moment Vivian steps into the guest house, Cay is intrigued by her elegance and propriety. However, Their budding friendship unnerves Frances, who is disturbed by Cay’s lesbianism and worried about being left alone. As Cay and Vivian grow closer, tensions rise, leading to a tumultuous climax. “Desert Hearts” won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, paving the way for future lesbian movies.

It was groundbreaking in its time, portraying a lesbian relationship without a male lead or a tragic ending – a much-needed departure from the usual trope.

Despite being an older film, it remains a classic lesbian movie that continues to resonate with audiences today.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total Score: 17/20

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

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5. Portrait of a Lady on Fire [2019]

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“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is a mesmerizing addition to the collection of lesbian movies, offering a poignant narrative with minimal dialogue but abundant emotional expression. This stylish period drama is not just a film but a breathtakingly beautiful piece of art.

With an undercurrent of forbidden love, it embarks on a journey of discovery for its protagonists as they inch closer to their wedding days.

Starring Noemie Berlant and Adele Haenel, this movie isn’t merely to be watched; it’s to be savored, cherished, and remembered long after the credits roll.

Romance: 5/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 3/5

Total Score: 17/20

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

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4. The Handmaiden [2016]

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“The Handmaiden” is an extraordinary blend of drama, romance, and psychological thriller and an unforgettable standout in the pantheon of lesbian movies. Directed by Chan-Wook Park, this movie showcases the undeniable chemistry between actresses Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri.

In this intricate tale, even the silliest of moments are woven together to create a fun and beautiful narrative.

This movie keeps you engrossed with its striking visuals and compelling plot twists, so much so that the two-hour runtime feels like a breeze.

Prepare for a captivating journey of beauty, intrigue, and tastefully crafted romantic moments.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 4/5

Total Score 18/20

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

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3. Summer of Sangailė [2015]

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Summer of Sangailė is a Lithuanian Sundance winner and another great addition to the collection of lesbian movies. It’s a heartfelt story of self-discovery, fear, and the power of support.

Sangailė (Julia Steponatyte) is a young girl dreaming of becoming a stunt pilot, but her vertigo and lack of self-confidence keep her grounded. Everything changes when she meets Austė (Aistė Diržiūtė) at an airshow.

Austė finds ways to spend time with Sangailė, and they quickly become close. Sangailė’s struggle with self-harm is a dark undercurrent throughout the movie, but Austė uses her art to show Sangailė her worth. As their summer days together unfold, they share their secrets and passions, forging a deep romantic connection.

Their relationship faces hurdles when Sangailė’s vertigo ruins a plane ride organized by Austė. This setback sparks a conflict, but they manage to reconcile, and with Austė’s unwavering support, Sangailė begins to face her fears.

The Summer of Sangailė beautifully captures the intersection between fear, dreams, and reality in a heartfelt lesbian narrative.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 5/5

Total Score: 18/20

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

2. Wild Nights with Emily [2018]

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Wild Nights with Emily is an engaging dive into the hidden aspects of author Emily Dickinson’s life, mainly focusing on her creative process and her lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. It’s one of those lesbian movies that seamlessly combines biographical elements with drama and romance.

Emily Dickinson, played wonderfully by Molly Shannon, and her childhood friend Susan (Susan Ziegler) share a deep bond that evolves into passionate love. Susan marries Emily’s brother, Austin (Kevin Seil), much to Emily’s dismay, but she assures Emily that it’s a means to continue their relationship discreetly.

Over the years, they maintain their romantic connection, frequently communicating through notes. Emily’s poetry, much of which is dedicated to Susan, becomes a testament to their love. Encouraged by Susan, Emily attempts to get her work published.

Directed by Madeleine Olnek, a lesbian, this film aims to dispel common myths surrounding Emily Dickinson’s life. Balancing humor and touching moments, it’s definitely among the must-watch lesbian movies.

Romance: 4/5 · Plot: 4/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 5/5

Total Score: 18/20

IMDB Rating: 6.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

1. Rafiki [2018]

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“Rafiki” is an absolute gem in the genre of lesbian movies. Set in Kenya, it represents an underrepresented perspective in LGBT cinema, being one of the first widely recognized lesbian movies from the African continent.

Our story starts with Kena (Samantha Mugatsia), who helps her father run a small convenience store in Nairobi while he’s in the midst of a local election campaign. Kena lives a simple life with her mother, that is until she crosses paths with Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), a vibrant girl from the neighborhood who also happens to be the daughter of Kena’s father’s political rival.

They start sharing glances, whispers, and smiles, a flirtation that quickly turns into romantic dates. Their connection is palpable, but being open about it isn’t an option, given homosexuality’s illegality in Kenya. Tensions rise when Ziki’s friends, resentful of her spending so much time with Kena, attack Kena. However, Ziki bravely defends her.

The relationship becomes known when Ziki’s mother finds them in an intimate moment. Facing societal backlash, they run away, but the town gossip eventually leads an angry mob to them. After being arrested, they’re bailed out by their fathers.

Kena’s life takes a turn when Ziki, unable to face her, is sent to London by her parents. Despite the odds, Kena’s father stands by her, even if it means losing his political ambitions. “Rafiki” (which translates to ‘friend’) isn’t just a movie; it’s a statement on basic human rights, painting an honest yet beautiful picture of lesbian love that resonates far beyond the screen.

Romance: 5/5 · Plot: 5/5 · Visuals: 5/5 · Sex Appeal: 3/5

Total Score 18/20

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

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