The 100 Best Lesbian Movies Of All Time

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Films aimed at lesbian, bisexual and queer women have never exactly been noted for their universal excellence. Hollywood is a notoriously sexist machine and it’s hard enough to get a solid film about women made, let alone a solid film about women who prefer the company of other women. While unprecedented progress is being made on television, film lags sadly behind, offering few, if any, portrayals of LGBTQ women.

Curating a ranked list of the best 100 lesbian movies (and otherwise queer movies) of all time was not easy. It involved some rounds of nominations and voting from our own team members, Riese watching so many lesbian movies in such a short period of time that she lost her overall ability to determine “good” from “bad,” a surveyance of other lists and reading a ton of movie reviews to come up with the most objective list possible.

True story: it’s taken us over a year to put this post together. We watched hundreds of LGBT films for women, literally HUNDREDS, to come up with these final rankings.

There are some movies often lumped in with the “lesbian” category that are actually films about trans boys or men that you won’t see here, such as the excellent Boys Don’t Cry, Tomboy and By Hook or By Crook. 

We also ranked the films not only on how good they are, but on diversity as well as the quality of the gay lady storyline and characters. For example, Chasing Amy — an objectively decent movie containing many laughs and a nice fisting demonstration — didn’t make the list, as it promotes the dangerous idea that a lesbian is just a woman who hasn’t met the right man yet.

We also left out films that relied solely on lesbian subtext or eliminated or sidenlined a lesbian storyline that was present in the book it was based on (A League of Their Own, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Color Purple) or where the lesbian character was so small or her sexuality was so subtle that you could watch the film and not even remember that there was a queer involved (e.g., Sunshine Cleaning, Boys on The Side).

The term “lesbian movies” is used in the headline because that is the most popular search term for people looking for films about women who like other women, but these movies feature women of all sexual orientations besides “straight.”

You’ll undoubtedly disagree with many of these rankings so don’t forget to express your disagreement in the comments with as much vitrol, all-caps and excessive punctuation as possible. If you don’t accuse us of eating babies for breakfast, it’s unlikely we will consider your assessment reasonable or useful for our purposes.

102. Contracted (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%
Directed by: Eric England
Written by: Eric England
Starring: Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Katie Stegeman, Alice MacDonald

In 2013, Kate didn’t want you to miss this one. She said: “A lesbian is assaulted and raped and contracts a disease as a result. That’s a gigantic trigger warning within itself. What follows is some fairly hardcore body horror that will either have you cheering for a return to “real horror” after a year of Insidious sequels and Paranormal Activity wannabes, or turning away from the screen until you turn it off.”

101. Breaking The Girls (2013)

// our review //

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%
Directed by: Jamie Babbit
Written by: Guinevere Turner, Mark Distefano
Starring: Madeline Zima, Agnes Bruckner, Kate Levering

Kate thought that there were a lot of pools in this movie, but also: “It’s hard to get around the fact that the only character who is self-identified as a lesbian is also batshit crazy, and she straight up murders people to win the love of her straight crush. That obviously backfires, since everyone knows that we can’t have nice things, even in fictional depictions of lesbianism where, oh, you know, our narratives don’t have to follow conventional stereotypes. Crazy, right? Breaking the Girls is a thriller, though, so even murderous crazy lesbians have more on their plate than meets the eye.”

100. The Baby Formula (2008) (Canada)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Alison Reid
Written by: Richard Beattie
Starring: Megan Fahlenbock, Angela Vint

Before Canada gifted us with Lost Girl, Rookie Blue, Orphan Black, Carmilla, and Ellen Page, it gave us this mockumentary about a lesbian couple that uses an experimental procedure which allows them to make sperm from their own stem cells to impregnate each other with the other one’s baby. While the film didn’t receive many favorable critical reviews, it does boast a heartwarming, happy ending, which, as you know, is a bit of a novelty on a list like this one.

99. joe + belle (2012) (Israel)


Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Veronica Kedar
Written by: Stav J. Davis, Veronica Kedar
Starring: Sivan Levy, Veronica Kedar

Despite its harrowing premise — a drug dealer and a suicidal sociopath fall in love — Joe + Belle actually ends on a happy note. This after a handful of accidental murders, purposeful police evasions, and one very awkward karaoke night.

98. I Can’t Think Straight (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 16%
Directed by: Shamim Sarif
Written by: Shamim Shaif, Kelly Moss
Starring: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth

This is another film that lesbians either love or hate (real talk: this is not, objectively, a “good movie”), but this is the film that opened our hearts forever Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth, as they played Tala and Leyla, two women from very different backgrounds that fall in love on accident. Tala is a Jordanian Palestinian woman living in London and planning her wedding. Leyla is a British-Indian who is dating Tala’s BFF. They fall in love, fall apart, and fall back together again. It’s very sweet and pretty dang sexy.

97. Lost & Delirious (2001)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%
Directed by: Léa Pool
Written by: Judith Thompson
Starring: Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré and Mischa Barton

Most of us agree that this film was terrible, but its not without its merits. Like that cast, and those uniforms?

96. Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Wendy Jo Carlton
Written by: Wendy Jo Carlton
Starring: Jax Jackson, Jessica London-Shields

Oh, you know, just your standard musical comedy with lesbian main characters. Queer best friends Jamie and Jessie live together, spend all their time together, love each other deeply — but aren’t in love with each other. Spoiler alert: Yes, they are, which they discover as Jessie plans to move across the country to take a role on Broadway in NYC.

95. A Perfect Ending (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Nicole Conn
Written by: Nicole Conn
Starring: Barbara Niven, Jessica Clark

Nicole Conn is a prolific lesbian filmmaker and, to be honest, usually her name on a title is a pretty good indication that we’re not watching an objectively good movie. But a lot of queer women swear by her movies and love the heck out of ’em so we felt obligated to include at least one! If Pretty Woman had a baby gay baby with Nicholas Sparks, the result would be A Perfect Ending, a drama about a call girl with a heart of gold and an artist’s temperament who falls in love with a “straight” WASPy housewife who is dying of cancer. The ending may be perfect, but it’s sad as heck.

94. Jenny’s Wedding (2015)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%
Directed by: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Written by: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond

This was a nice effort — a little behind the times, ultimately, but still — that ended up falling a little flat due to, well… flatness: one-dimensional characters, no real exploration of the source of the parents’ homophobia, a total lack of chemistry between the lead characters. But Rory Gilmore plays a lesbian and if you watch it while making sarcastic commentary about it with your gal pals, you might really enjoy it! Plus, it’s the kind of movie that gives hope to proverbial lonely lesbians in the middle of nowhere.

93. Puccini For Beginners (2007)

// our review //


Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%
Directed by: Maria Maggenti
Written by: Mari Maggenti
Starring: Gretchen Mol, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser

This “screwball comedy of sexual confusion with lesbian inclinations” was made by Maria Maggenti, who also made “The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love.” It’s not a masterpiece, but out actress Sarah Croce and her two friends enjoyed watching it while eating Italian food, so.

92. It’s In The Water (1997)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Kelli Herd
Written by: Kelli Herd
Starring: Keri Jo Chapman, Teresa Garrett

In It’s In The Water, the whole town of Azalea Springs, Texas loses its damn mind when someone makes an offhand comment about having their water tested for The Gay. This film hits all the 90’s queer g-spots: beards, leather bars, AIDS, and anti-gay protesters foaming at the mouth. Plus some ladies making out in a supply closet, if you’re into that sort of thing.

91. Better Than Chocolate (1999) (Canada)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%
Directed by: Anne Wheeler
Written by: Peggy Thompson
Starring: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer

Better Than Chocolate is not without flaws. It’s cliched and over-the-top; there’s a trans woman character played by a cis man; and the poster looks like some kind of Lisa Frank fever-dream, all of which we can probably chalk up to it being a film from the 90’s. If you can get around that, you can enjoy this endearing and charming love story about a girl who drops out of college to work at a lesbian bookstore, much to the adorable confusion of her chocolate-addicted mother. Fun fact: the actor who played the trans woman character also played Bob Corbett on Bomb Girls and Henrik on Orphan Black.

90. Love My Life (2003) (Japan)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed By: Koji Kawano
Written By: Hiroko Kanasugi, Ebine Yamaji
Starring: Asami Imajuku, Rei Yoshii, Ira Ishida

Based off the josei manga by Ebine Yamaji, Love My Life is the twelve millionth film about a gay or lesbian youth who comes out to shitty parents. That’s pretty much it.

89. Family (2008)


Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Faith Trimel
Written by: Faith Trimel
Starring: Fadhia Carmelle Marcelin, Leslie Gilliam

A group of lesbian besties making a pact to come out together? A cast full of people of color? Sign us up.

88. Tru Love (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Kate Johnston, Shauna MacDonald
Written by: Kate Johnston, Shauna MacDonald
Starring: Kate Trotter, Peter MacNeill

The May/December romance at the heart of Tru Love is but one of the many complex relationships in this surprisingly layered film. Winner of nearly a dozen awards across the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and India, Tru Love might just make you want to believe in soul mates. Or fall asleep. Depends on your style.

87. My Friend From Faro / Mein Freund aus Faro (2008) (Germany)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Nana Neul
Written by: Nana Neul
Starring: Anjorka Strechel, Lucie Hollmann

Just your classic German tale of a tomboy who assumes the identity of a Portuguese guy named Miguel after she plows down a pretty girl in the street.

86. Girltrash: All Night Long! (2013)


Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Alex Martinez Kondracke
Written by:  Angela Robinson
Starring: Michelle Lombardo, Gabrielle Christian, Mandy Musgrave, Rose Rollins, Kate French, Clementine Ford, Malaya Rivera Drew, Jessica Chaffin

There was a lot of drama around the release of this film, and we do stand with Angela Robinson, who did not approve the final cut of the movie. But it’s still pretty cute and worth a mention — it’s a rock musical chock-full of ladies you love to see play gay, like the lead actresses from South of Nowhere and Kate French, Malaya Rivera Drew, Clementine Ford and Rose Rollins from The L Word.

85. Ashley (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed By: Dean Matthew Ronalds
Written By: Domenic Migliore, Giovanni Anthony Silva
Starring: Nicole Fox, Jennifer Bini Taylor, Nicole Buehrer

A yellow tank top immediately spins me into a lesbian mindset, but it isn’t A torturing Ashley — Ashley is doing it to herself. What’s interesting about this is that this movie on Amazon is one of this site’s top outclicks, back from when Kate recommended it in 5 Lesbian Films You Might Have Missed in 2013, perhaps because many people are drawn to stories that contain terrible things like self-mutilation and sexual assault. Or perhaps because you recognize the lead actress from America’s Next Top Model! 

84. Antonia’s Line (1996)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%
Directed by: Marleen Gorris
Written by: Marleen Gorris
Starring: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir

This multi-generational film that explores the lineage of a World War II widow named named Antonia, who returns to her hometown to take care of her ailing mother. Danielle refuses to take a husband, but does want to have a child. After getting pregnant and giving birth, Danielle ultimately love with her genius daughter’s tutor.

83. Female Perversions (1997)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%
Directed by: Susan Streitfeld
Written by: Susan Streitfeld, Julie Hebert
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan

The lesbian themes in Female Perversions aren’t central to the plot, and the non-linear storytelling is a bit much, but Tilda Swinton’s electric portrayal of the high strung Eve Stephens is outstanding. A lawyer who is one step away from being appointed a judge, Eve is called away to defend her kleptomaniac sister, Mad in this 1997 psychological gut punch.

82. Daphne (2007) (UK)

Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Directed by: Clare Beavan
Written by: Amy Jenkins, Margaret Forster
Starring: Geraldine Somerville, Elizabeth McGovern

Daphne is exactly the film you need, if the thing you’re missing from your life is Downton Abby’s Elizabeth McGovern in a depressing-as-fuck period drama about the unrequited lady loves of novelist Daphne DuMauier.

81. My Mother Likes Women (A Mi Madre Le Gustan Las Mujeres) (2002) (Spain)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%
Directed by:Daniela Féjerman, Inés París
Written by: Inés París, Daniela Féjerman
Starring: Silvia Abascal

Long-divorced Sophia gathers her three daughters to share the news that she’s fall in love! Hurrah! That love is the sapphic sort. Not-so-Hurrah.

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  1. Minor quibble. I really feel you’re selling Love My Life short with such a terse summary. There’s one shitty parent, but really the joy of the film, aside from the relationship between the main character and her girlfriend is the one between her and her father as she learns more about him and her mother’s past. I really think it’s a better movie than its ranking places it.

  2. D.E.B.S. was the first lesbian movie I watched after I came out, and I was like, “Oh my god, lesbian movies are going to be AWESOME!” And then I went on a streak of like eleven in a row where the lesbian got murdered.

    • Haha, I had a similar experience. I watched Imagine Me & You…Then I watched about 10 where terrible things happened. Watched Imagine Me & You a few more times to feel better, and started Googling all my movie options from then on.

      The occasional sad movie’s fine, but there’s a limit.

    • Here in Sweden channel 6 has, for as long as I can remember, had a few movies they keep showing every so often, D.E.B.S. being one of them. And I remember being like 10 or 11 flicking through the channels and stopping on channel 6 when D.E.B.S. was playing. I watched the 2nd half of the movie with the remote in my hand so I could change the channel if my mom came in. A while later they would show the movie again and I would watch the first half of it and then change the channel. I didn’t fully understand it at the time but something with that movie felt so important, something drew me in, and at the same time I felt something was dangerous about that, I needed to stay ready on the remote. Not just because it was PG-13 and I knew my mom wouldn’t want me watching that – she still changes the channel if two character kiss for too long actually. I understood that this particular movie was way worse, and I also understood that it interested me more than any romantic storyline had before.

      So, long story short: I think D.E.B.S. was one of my first clues into realizing I’m ALL the homo.

  3. Nice to see Stud Life and High Art on here. This list put a few on my radar, like Salmonberries and Stranger Inside (and reminded me of a bunch I’ve been wanting to see for a while, like Gia).

    Room in Rome: did it really not make the list? I know Riese thought it was truly weird from her review on AS a few years ago.

    Thank you for leaving out Chasing Amy! YES CORRECT.

  4. I’ve seen Amiee and Jaguar and all I can say is, do not watch it alone. I cried legit on & off for an hour after seeing it on Netflix.

    Is it coincidence that two well known streets near Hollywood(Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Drive) feature characters who are into women? I love Mulholland Drive(have a copy of it somewhere on DVD) and thought it was a bit weird. That is until I saw Lynch’s other movie about a place in SoCal, Inland Empire. I saw in theaters with a friend and he even owns a copy of it on DVD, and we still can’t fully grasp what that movie is about. I think Naomi Watts partially narrates the film, if I remember correctly.

  5. Love this list, there are a lot that I haven’t seen, but was happy as I got to the top 20 to see some of my favourites, and that I had seen most of them… There are several ones I saw that I now want to find, I love international ones, but they aren’t always easy to find without having to buy them! So glad to see High Art and Pariah listed, and better than chocolate, it has it’s issues but it was one of the movies I watched many times as a teenager, even before coming out to myself!

  6. Thanks for this list! I’ve only seen like 6 of them so I have alot of watching to do now 😀

    Also I LOVED Blue is the Warmest Color so much for 2/3 of it and then hated the direction it went at the end to the point where I haven’t brought myself to watch it again. Why must movies do this? 🙁

      • As someone who came out in the 1990s and watched Better Than Chocolate on a big screen when it first came out in 1999, I give it some points for good intentions. It was clearly trying hard to argue to argue for the full inclusion of trans & bi women in the queer women’s community at a time when that was not a popular position. And I actually can’t think of another film I’ve seen since in which a trans woman gets get her girl & a happy ending. (Maybe Autostraddle could do a list of those? Clearly I need to find some.)

        That said, I’m not sure I could sit through the cis male actor playing a transwoman today, after the conversation has advanced so far, and the Oversexed Bisexual of Sexual Liberation made me cringe even at the time, and feel worse after a couple of decades of conversation about bi women’s representation.

  7. Aimee and Jaguar is one of my favorite films. I am so happy that it was so high on the list. I honestly cannot recommend this film enough and I think it should be required viewing by all queer women. Yes, it’s tragic but oh so beautiful as well. If you haven’t seen it please do so.

    • I second this! I’d also love to see a list of all LQB movies you can watch on instant netflix ranked as well for those days you are desperate to watch something, and the pickings are slim!

      • I can’t give you a ranked list of all the Netflix instant LG movies, but here is a list of all the movies in Autostraddle’s “100 Best” list that are currently available:

        • Show Me Love (5)
        • Kiss Me (11)
        • Mosquita y Mari (13)
        • The Hours (15)
        • The Kids Are All Right (22)
        • Loving Annabelle (24)
        • The Fish Child (28)
        • Rent (36)
        • Stud Life (41)
        • The Four-Faced Liar (43)
        • Young and Wild (47)
        • Lianna (48)
        • Blue is the Warmest Color (51)
        • Heavenly Creatures (53)
        • Reaching for the Moon (59)
        • Itty Bitty Titty Committee (70)
        • Drool (73)
        • Girltrash: All Night Long (86)
        • Tru Love (88)
        • Better Than Chocolate (91)
        • A Perfect Ending (95)
        • Breaking the Girls (101)

        And these are movies on Netflix that were mentioned in the comments that did not make Autostraddle’s list:

        • Heterosexual Jill
        • Anatomy of a Love Seen
        • Tomboy
        • The Gymnast
        • Chasing Amy
        • Room In Rome

        I probably missed a couple. I hope this helps!

    • My guess is that there are three secrets:

      1. They’re a team. Combine their personal libraries and they probably own many of the films.

      2. The team members live in a community. They could borrow additional films from friends, or perhaps from a library.

      3. They have a budget from Autostraddle. Not a big one, but if they needed a couple of hundred dollars to research the article they could get it. They can rent the films from Amazon or Apple or wherever if they need to.

  8. Lost and Delirious makes 1000x more sense when you watch it knowing the plot ect. has been cribbed(adapted?) from a novel set in the early 1960’s.
    I watched that movie, on youtube, as messed up teenager who found Paulie’s breakdown and suicide beautiful the same way maybe people find the deceased Ophelia beautiful. Death seemed like freedom better than life because in life you’re always being trapped and weighted down, you can never truly fly.
    The falcon flew.

    But death is nonexistence, how can you be free if you don’t exist?

    Now that poster is messed up y’all it’s all sunshine, gossip and cookies which is so horrifyingly misleading. Who came up with that thing, just no.

  9. No.67: You´re picture of “Mädchen in Uniform” is actually from the remake from 1958, with Romy Schneider and Lilli Palmer. The first movie from 1931, had Dorothea Wieck and Hertha Thiele in the leading roles, anyway both movies are great:-)!

  10. There’s actually films I haven’t seen!!!! 😀

    It’s a silly but I always hated the Imagine Me and You poster because what’s-his-face has his hand so low and practically on Luce’s ass. She never let you do that what’s-your-face!!

  11. You know, that time you counted your money very carefully and thoroughly researched for weeks to then order a VHS from ebay/amazon/feminist bookstore or went, red faced to the local gay bookstore/blockbuster?
    I rented “Two Girls in Love” and “Bound” like this, and I still fondly own copies of “It’s in the Water” “Jessica Stein” and “But I’m a Cheerleader” “High Art” and “Aimee&Jaguar”(which is based on a true story, if you haven’t felt heart punched enough,yet) on VHS. I spent nights and months trying to tape “When Night is Falling” and actually saw “Female Perversions” on TV one night and stumbled across “Heavenly Creatures” on another.
    D.E.B.S. and Romy Schneider and Lilli Palmer in the 1958 “Mädchen in Uniform” are now firmly embedded on my DVD shelf, next to “I Can’t Think Straight” and “Imagine Me&You”, as is “The Hours”. My most lent movie.
    Also, I had the pleasure to see the striking “Spider Lillies” in Berlin with a friend who moved far away shortly after and the then newly restored 1931 Mädchen in Uniform in an Open Air Movie theater in the same city with my first girlfriend on a balmy summer night.
    What I’m trying to say is:
    Lesbian Movies are a part of my very own personal history and if you’re limiting yourself to Netflix, you’re really limiting yourself.
    Lesbian movies can wander back and forth between friends like trading cards and they can be a nice addition to your DVD shelf. Except for Female Perversions, that is.
    I have gotten SO many very weird looks for that harmless artsy movie that I can’t even describe.Also, don’t place it next to “Mädchen in Uniform” in a German speaking country. Very weird looks. Very.

    • I laughed about your last sentence, I have a lot of the movies you mentioned, but not “Female Perversions”. And mentioning “trading” DVD`s with friends reminds me now that I never got back my “Desert Hearts”-DVD, one of my alltime favourites…That was the first lesbian movie I ever saw in a cinema, a long time ago;-)…

  12. Before I moved every time I would go visit my one friend I would always drive by a Christian Center call New Beginnings. It always made me think of “But I’m a Cheerleader” because New Beginnings totally sounds like a name of a gay conversion therapy camp.

    P.S. But I’m a Cheerleader was the first queer film I bought.

  13. I’ve only watched part 1 of tipping the velvet so far. Sarah Waters is awesome. Life partners was pretty cute. There are so many of these that I need to see. Netflix often discourages me from watching lesbian movies because they give such bad descriptions. This list will be a great resource to avoid that.

  14. Surely that was the best year ever spent.

    I am mighty excited about this list! My lesbian viewing is set for the next…well, hopefully year, but who knows what will arise where I need to procrastinate.

    As you asked for it, WHY ARE BRITISH TELEVISION SHOWS BEING CLASSED AS MOVIES HERE!?! Although I think I might have an inkling of the answer: revenge for our calling “movies” “films”, and producing television shows with a preposterously small number of episodes.

  15. Thank you for including El Niño Pez, that movie is amazing.

    I have a recommendation, also from Argentina, Diego Lerman’s Tan de Repente (known as Suddenly in the US). Just a little detail: Mao and Lenin (the lesbian couple).

    I’m a bit surprise that Hu die (Butterfly) didn’t make this list.

  16. Overall this is a terrific list! I do have to take issue with Tipping the Velvet being that high above Fingersmith (which I personally think should be in the top three). But One and two are perfect!

    Oh and “Kids Are Alright” can DIE IN A FUCKING FIRE! There’s no way it should be ahead of some of the actually good queer films it’s above.

  17. I love Aimee and Jaguar (that scene with Felice in the tuxedo 😉 ), and I’m so glad to see Saving Face so high on this list! Saving Face is absolutely wonderful.

    Also, Gia isn’t just for folks over 35. That movie was definitely part of me recognizing I’m queer, and I’m under 30. I’d ride my boy’s-style bike to Blockbuster to rent that with my allowance…. (good god, how did I not realize sooner?).

  18. I strongly disagree with the ranking of ‘Can’t Think Straight’. I mean, it’s not an Oscar-contender, but it is funny and cute and sweet and features women of color and gives you warm fuzzy lesbian feelings. But then, I would also go back in time to prevent Blue is the Warmest Color from ever becoming a movie because I fucking hated it so much. So maybe I have different taste.

    • I was surprised to be told that I Can’t Think Straight isn’t “objectively ‘a good movie.'” Objectively how? I tried looking at the negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but idk several of them didn’t seem to describe the movie very accurately?

    • I have to say, I think I Can’t Think Straight is objectively the same quality as Imagine Me & You.

      I know this is complete blasphemy, because so many people love Imagine, but I’ve always felt like you could tell the latter was made by a straight dude who changed his male character to Lena Headey; it never rang true to me. I actually prefer ICTS!

      And let’s be honest, the mainstream press HATED IM&Y for the same rom-com cliches that people complain about in ICTS. What’s really different about them, except that one is about white queer women and other brown ones?

      Though maybe I need to rewatch them both to make sure…

      That said, if you were going to put a Lisa Ray/Sheetal Sheth lesbian movie made by Shamim Sarif on the list, I would have picked The World Unseen & rated it much higher.

    • I loved I Can’t Think Straight. Yes, it has its issues, but it’s cute and sexy and has some great music and some good laughs. I tried to like Blue but just… couldn’t.

    • I’d totally forgotten about The Gymnast! First LGBT movie I’d ever seen. My self-proclaimed “dykadelic” college roommate showed it to me, who somehow knew I was gay loooooooong before I did! (Though by all accounts I was the last person to THAT party – only person surprised when I came out was me…)

  19. THANK YOU. I’m so excited to work my way through this list! And I’ve only seen 16 of these, but I agree with almost all of their locations (!). Mosquita Y Mari, Pariah, and But I’m a Cheerleader are probably my three favorites that I’ve seen so far, although problems aside, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to remove Better Than Chocolate from my heart.

    Now the real question is do I start at the top or the bottom of the list?

    • Mosquita y Mari was something I’d’ve enjoyed a lot more if I wasn’t expecting it to be queer. There was maybe one scene that could be scene as the beginning of a character realizing she might like girls, but that was kind of it. Still, the rest of the movie was very well done and I’d recommend it for the rest of the plot/character development

  20. Excellent top five!

    Show Me Love is my all-time favourite film. I think it’s the best movie I’ve seen that perfectly captures adolescence, regardless of gender or sexuality. Makes me sob and beam and flail every single time. Everyone should see it!

  21. The description for “Gray Matters” isn’t quite accurate:

    “Heather Graham stars in this cheesy, adorable rom-com about a ballroom dancer who falls in love with her boyfriend’s girlfriend.”

    Actually, she falls in love with her BROTHER’s girlfriend (who soon becomes his wife). The whole premise of the movie is that she and her brother were inseparable (lived together, ballroom danced together, did everything together) and were often mistaken for a couple rather than siblings, but then their closeness was put in jeopardy after the brother (Tom Cavanagh’s character) has a whirlwind relationship and then a quickie marriage to a woman that the sister (Heather Graham’s character) finds herself falling in love with.

    • Yes! That is one of the sweetest films I ever saw, so creative, unusual, quirky. Too bad not many have heard of it. The conversations, the tension, the looks, while two once-best-friends realize that they might actually still have emotions for each other. And the scene where Julie’s mother discovers them – great and realistic.
      One of my favourites.

  22. I’m sad that “The Moth Diaries” didn’t make it. A lesbian vampire film that sad and depressing in that good way. It stars Sarah Bolger in (what I pretend is) a run up to playing one half of the lesbian Disney princess duo, Sleeping Warrior.

  23. yay for “the baby formula,” it’s a heartwarming, pick-me-up kinda comedy.
    and “yes or no” (fyi, there’s a “yes or no 2” and they’re both pretty good).
    there’s something so familiar and relatable in “saving face” that i just can’t put a finger on, good movie though.
    oh, and thanks for mentioning these movies based on novels by sarah waters (whom i’ve never heard of) and now i’m off to find them to read.

  24. Chloe Sevigny in If These Walls Could Talk 2 is my sexuality.

    So many memories of surreptitiously grabbing The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love, Fire (confession: we fell asleep), Kissing Jessica Stein, The Hours, Lost and Delirious as a 16 year old with my friend Brittney to marathon at my house.

    • Was there any consideration of “Kissing Jessica Stein?” This movie is like, the barometer of my queer identity. (Spoilers ahead)

      When I first saw it, I was just thrilled to watch a movie with women fucking (sort of). It was probably like, my third “lesbian” movie, ever. I probably watched it with my hand on the remote, ready to change the channel at any moment if I heard the sound of family footsteps. #starved

      Then I went to college and loved it because of the witty, snarky dialogue that made me feel sophisticated and New York and part of this gay, glamorous club very far away from Cornfield, Illinois. Just carefully overlooked the part where Jessica chose Josh (“Ew!”) at the end. #snob

      (Btw, am I the only one who figured out how the movie was going to end by that first “ew?”)

      Then at some point I realized…hey, this movie isn’t about LESBIANS. It’s about BICURIOUS STRAIGHT WOMEN. Duped! Stop appropriating my culture! Stop treating me like a PHASE! #rage!

      Then I became pensive. Wow…look how dedicated Jessica is to a relationship she doesn’t actually FEEL. SO TRAGIC. STOIC HERO. But then…Helen ended up with a chick at the end. Even though it was “the one thing she hadn’t done.” Maybe sexuality can be fluid. Maybe experimenting is okay. Maybe erotic and romantic attraction are different things. Maybe showing straight women fucking each other and then going back to men normalizes gay relationships (wait, what?). #deepthoughts

      Now I’m just over it. The dialogue isn’t witty, it’s elitist and unrealistic. Jumpy, girly homophobia is just SOO 2000s. The male gaze is all over this thing. And Jess was totally going to end up with Josh at that first “ew.” #post-impressed

      • I love Kissing Jessica Stein, and it meant the world to me as a bisexual woman when I first saw it. One of the things I like most about it is that there are no lesbians in it–there’s a bisexual woman and a straight woman questioning her sexuality.

        And I still love the ending. It ends not with any romantic relationship–Jessica is single (she doesn’t get together with a guy at the end; she gets his number & considers a date with him) and Helen in a relationship with a woman–but by affirming the friendship between two women, two exes. Especially as I grow older and recognize more and more how valuable queer culture’s affirmation of non-romantic relationships is, I love that.

        I actually think it has a lot of relevance today, when the bi women’s community is grappling with the increasing rise of women who identify as heteroflexible, mostly-straight, and the like, in situations where there is potential for allyship but also erasure and invisibility.

  25. Rome & Juliet by Connie Macatuno? A story of two Filipina women who start off in relationships with men falling in love with each other, and I like that it tells about their families, class stuff, faith, side stories, more. My shakespeare expert friend said it’s one of the best adaptations of Romeo and Juliet she’s ever seen, but I didn’t even notice and no, neither of the two main characters die. It’s really, really good drama with multidimensional characters. The main guy is awful, awful, but I guess he’s trapped in the confines of masculinity ya know. You gotta watch past the credits and it makes it all worth it!!!

  26. I love this list because it is exactly what I’ve been trying to find for literal YEARS. There’s a bunch of lists out there that are “the best LGBT” films, but the only ones that were even close to compelling were centered around gay cis men (which was super frustrating for me). So thank you for spending so much time making this, I now have queer lady movies for ages to come 😀

  27. I kept going and going and was SO afraid Saving Face wasn’t going to be on this list because it is my favorite movie. Not favorite lesbian movie. Favorite movie.

    I watch it once every month or two and when I do I’ll just watch it two or three times in a row, with the directors comments every once in a while.


  28. Just an FYI, the description of Red Door is all kinds of mangled. Julie, not Mia, is the daughter of the family. And they aren’t both doctors– Julie is, but Mia is an actress who was hanging around the hospital to prep for a role as a doctor.

    (Clearly I watched this movie one too many times in my baby gay days)

  29. Good list overall. Would have had Bound a little higher.

    Also would have included Love and Other Catastrophes. I was obsessed with this movie mainly because the lesbian story was front and centre but wasn’t a ‘lesbian’ movie. It was the first movie I saw where the relationship just WAS.

  30. Most of the films on this list which I have seen have a lot of sadness, with occasional happy endings. I need to find the happier ones and get them watched.
    I’ve said it before but watching All over me was THE gestalt moment of queerness for me. It really was the catalyst for self realisation and I am so glad I illicitly watched it, age 15, in my room. Forever grateful that channel 4 showed it.

  31. Yeah you mentioned Bumblefuck USA in it. Usually when i mention that one to anybody, i get these really strange looks and nobody has ever heard of it. Really worth to watch, not easy all the time as subject but certainly considering the low budget a great movie.

    All the rest in the list will be offcourse liked more or less by everyones taste, and i guess we could have discussions till the end about it.

    For me for exemple i liked the first part of Blue is the warmest color, because i recognised certain situations from my own confused teen years,but couldn’t get into the second part of the movie very much

    One that is missing for me is Spanish/Catalunian movie Eloïse, a coming out movie in that catholic region and in my humble opinion one with incredible chemistry between the two lead actresses

  32. I vote ITWCT2. For the biker girl charming away the Manson family lady. Or was it gangster, scientologist, ISIS recruit or whatelse, i don’t remember. But it was my favourite cinematic moment and my favourite message ever, maybe save Neo hacking 10.000 sentinels in your ‘Truth’.

  33. I’ve just finished watching “Blue Velvet” and was about to see “Mulholland Drive”, what a pleasant surprise! 😀
    My favourite lesbian film and one of my favourites in general is “Imagine me & you” – I’ve seen it so many times and I’m still excited whenever I rewatch it.

  34. omg! i remember trying to watch the incredibly true adventures of 2 girls in love as a teen while my parents were sleeping. my internet sucked and it felt like some epic task. i didn’t see it again until last year and was soooo happy i did 😀

    really, really happy to see saving face at the top of the list. also, the fish child is included! i wish the hair cutting scene had been mentioned, it feels like such an action-movie thing but better, because it’s a young queer heroine!

  35. Thank you so, so much for this ranking! Most of the rankings online are predictable and just list whatever movies they can think of, this one is acually very well thought of.

    However, in my opinion Blue is the Warmest Colour should have made it AT LEAST to top 50, the point of the film, any film, not only queer one is to tell a story, not have a perfect represenation. It’s not a TV advert. Cinematography in Blue is the Warmest Colour is just fantastic, with almost unbereable close-ups. Lea Seydoux is in my opinion, one of the best European actresses but both, her and Adelem deserve highest praise for their performances. And I genuinely hink that the storyline was interesting and real, it felt vibrant and honest, Adele is so young and naive, of course she is making mistakes. It’s one fo my favourite films, and I don’t really get why it gets such a bad press.

    Anyway, I haven’t even heard about some movies that made it to top 20, so I’m excited to catch up. I’m definitely gonna check out Circumstance and Secrets as soon as possible!

  36. I’m surprised A Marine Story didn’t make the list. Same main actress and director as The Gymnast which someone mentioned up thread, but I think it’s got a lot more substance than The Gymnast. Basically follows the life/re-integration of a queer marine who gets kicked out under DADT. Not the greatest movie by any stretch, but definitely should be on the list, I would think.

  37. I don’t get why people go on and on about IMAGINE ME AND YOU. The kisses where close mouthed and seemed forced, the actresses had little chemistry, and the storyline was mediocre at best.

    I can’t think straight on the other hand is funny, adorable, deals with homophobia, self denial, and how people run away from their truths. No one dies, it had a line that said “Thanks to you I know what I want and I can’t go back…I want to be with someone who, ten years from now, still makes my heart jump when I hear her key in the door. And that someone is you.” and it got such shitty ratings? I can’t even deal

    • I am amazed at this, because My Summer of Love is the film that introduced me to Emily Blunt, and I can’t imagine knowing her from anything else.

      It’s well-worth watching, but definitely not a happy ending film.

  38. Salmonberries is truly,truly awful. I have to say it is among the worst movies of any kind that I have ever seen. I saw it in 1991 when it closed out the NY Gay/Lesbian FilmFest. Lots of folks just walked out in the middle (or stayed and laughed because it was so bad.) Too bad I am not surprised that you actually found 30+ lesbian movies that are worse.

      • Ok- where to start? To be fair, I think that expectations were high because Bagdad Cafe was quite good and it starred k.d. lang and maybe that colored some of the response. That said- the plot was really silly- almost pre-verbal wild child becomes smitten with an East German refugee widow who has an obsession with canning salmonberries. k.d. lang’s acting was wooden- even seeing her naked couldn’t possibly make up for the scene in the bar in Berlin where she jumps up and makes a “speech” on a pinball machine. The dialogue was stilted, and not even the German actress (whose name escapes me but if I recall she had been in a couple of Fassbender movies ( yet another reason expectations were high)) could make it work. And it had Chuck Connor in it!!!

  39. Wow, THANK YOU for putting this together! I am so happy that I wasn’t the only one who thought I Can’t Think Straight was just a terrible movie, and that I have so many more queer lady movies to add to my list of things to watch!

  40. I get movie feelings are really subjective and some people will love or hate a thing.
    But how is I can’t think straight ‘objectively’ not a good movie? Like yes it has some pretty corny lines but no more than general rom coms and that’s what I loved about it. Idk, I’m kinda baffled. I mean, I have a lot of feelings about this film because I am South Asian and I think it deals relatively well with a lot of family stuff re coming out and being a lesbian, and it has this beautiful ending where they end up together and their families have come a place of some acceptance….and yeah, like I get people not liking it for whatever reason, but I disagree that it’s objectively not a good movie. I suppose maybe what was meant is that it was rated badly by critics or something, but I don’t really care what they think. It is exactly the kind of movie I wish I had seen as a younger lesbian.

  41. And now *somewhat calmed after my small rant* I can say yes But I’m a Cheerleader is in fact the best lesbian/queer lady movie ever and Clea DuVall in that movie is the girl I wish I met in high school. Or god forbid, at that gay conversion therapy I was almost sent to.*

    *I am very very thankful that never ended up happening, but if it had, then hopefully someone would have sent me a Clea Duvell lookalike.

  42. Thank you for doing this very hard work, Riese. And I’m completely serious. I imagine you watched a LOT of awful lesbian romance movies and cheesy comedies that did not make this list. I salute you.

    Also I’m glad Drool made the cut. It’s a weird and dark film with really low production value, but I really, really, really love it. Most of my faves are on here. My only surprise was over Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, which I actually walked out of because it was a 10am screening and the coffee shop number started and I just couldn’t. But perhaps I was being a cranky bitch because I usually like quirky and musical. I will try it again.

    Also also, this list made me feel really nostalgic about 90s lesbians. Such denim. Much pixie cuts. So girl power.

    • And Isabelle Hupert (that I ship very hard with Meryl Streep). Miou-miou is a great actress. Also, also, the movie speak about internment camp in the Pyrénées during the War, wich is very important, because it’s a big taboo in France.

  43. THank you so much for this list !

    Imagine me and you literally changed my life when I was 15. I went to bed crying, and then I watch the movie once a day. I remember watching it in a streaming version, with 5 parts, in english with very bad subtitles, and pausing every five minutes because there was so much thinking in my head. I had so much cliché about lesbian – the only movies/books with lesbian I had seen before were Millenium and the L word – that the whole “you can be a classic girl and still attracted to girl” resonnated in me so hard it was physical. I’ve had the same reaction with the fosters (who is the best series in the world about lesbian and family and everything, and why is it so little known ??). I sometimes think about writing a letter to Lena Headey or the realisator to thank them.

    Fucking Amal is amazing. The actress are so good.

    I want to see Mosquita and Mari, but can’t find it in streaming with subtitles in french 🙁 I’ll try to watch it in english.

  44. I have to say I’m kind of surprised that you guys classify Tomboy as being a film about a trans boy, I don’t think the conclusion of the film supports that theory and also think a lot of masculine of center women probably really identify with the feelings portrayed in that film.

    • (Sorry for my poor english)
      Exactly !
      I don’t know if it’s a problem of translation. A lot of non-french speakers seems to thing the same…
      Tomboy is not a trans movie… It’s in the title, it’s about un tomboy. It’s the story of a young girl questionning her sexuality and, yes, her gender because it’s a question every tomboy go through at some point. During the biggest part of the movie she pretends to be a boy but it’s what kids do when it’s complicate to explain, when they are lost and try to found out who they are. For her it’s easier to say she is a boy and she likes girls than that she is a girl, dressed as a boy and she likes girl…
      At the end she does’nt see herself as a boy… She sees herself as a girl, a lesbian, a tomboy. Not a trans. It’s a movie about figuring out who you are.
      It’s a lesbian movie.

  45. Such a great list, thank you to all who put it together!

    I have to say, I’m a little disappointed to see Israeli movies on the list. While I know we cannot throw movies out based on the politics of the countries where they were made (see: The U.S.) there is a call for a cultural boycott of Israel from Palestinians in occupied Palestine.

    If we’re being intersectional in our analysis of movies, it feels like we should at least mention that these films were made in an occupied country by an occupying force and that by patronizing them, one becomes implicit in that occupation.

    That being said, Queer films forever, this list rocks.

    • The phrase “cultural boycott of Israel” sounds one step away from true antisemitism. Also, queer Jews exist, and deserve to be represented just as other minorities within the queer community do. I’m going to assume films produced in Israel have a higher percentage of Jewish characters than films from anywhere else, so as one of the goals of this list is to highlight diversity within the category of “lesbian” movies, Israeli films definitely belong on this list.

  46. How is I Can’t Think Straight ranked so low and Loving Annabelle ranked so high? WHAAAAAAAT is even happening

    Also, how about some love for The World Unseen! Same folks as I Can’t Think Straight, except ICTS is pure happy sexy candy and The World Unseen is set in 1950s South Africa. Both super gay, with the same super hot leading ladies.

      • Um no one dies brutally or ‘tragically’ in the end but there’s no joint riding off into the sunset.
        Mild downer?
        But I still say trigger warning because one of the lady loves’ mothers was a product of rape for which granmaw got punished for it corporally in addition to having her child forcibly taken from her and we see parts of these events while she’s telling the story of her grandmother.

        • Yes! I love the World Unseen. And I love I Can’t Think Straight and think it should have been rated higher. (Though if I was going to pick one, it would be The World Unseen–the director had more experience & money for it.)

          I echo Lex’s comment–The World Unseen doesn’t have a big rousing happy song-and-dance ending, but it’s not devastating or in the same league as, say, the wonderful but appropriately depressing Aimee & Jaguar.

          And I have sexual violence triggers, but this film did not bother me in the least. (There is nothing anywhere near the brutal rape in Antonia’s Line, which triggered a major meltdown for me in the theatre, for instance.)

    • I do!

      I don’t actually remember it being very good, but it was better than a lot of things on this list. (Better than Go Fish or My Mother Likes Women, at least.) It was funny & sweet and cute, and the supportive Jewish mother of the girlfriend meant a lot to many people I know.

  47. And Fremde Haut (Unveiled)? Maybe it was sent to the trans boys or men category? If that’s the case, I had to say that it was, in my opinion, a bad interpretation on what the film is about.

    And maybe someday we can talk about Ma Vie en Rose (not to be confused with La Vie en Rose), a movie about a 7 year old transgirl. This movie is kind of old (1997) so it doesn’t reflects all the GLAAD Media Reference Guide, but it deals with trasnphobia, homophobia, bigotry.

    • fremde Haut (Unveiled) was a major oversight. totally inexcusable, we’d even included it on one of our ten lesbian movies that don’t suck posts back in 2009!! (we wrote two of those). i have no idea what happened between the spreadsheet and this post, but yes, that belonged on this list.

  48. I am so glad you have decided to put Saving face towards the top, I love that movie so much!! Also if anyone is in doubt aver Antonia’s line -it’s an old movie, but incredible. It’s feminist, matriarchal, feminist, portrays generations of women and their decisions and lives. It portrays disabled people, deals with rape and also elderly women being sexual and important. You need to see this movie is what I am saying:) I swear it’s my favorite movie of all time.

    • I respect that you love it, and I can objectively say that it has many good qualities, but the rape scene in it was so brutal and trigger a major meltdown for me in the theatre, so I still cringe whenever I think of it.

      If any film deserves a trigger warning, that one does.

  49. Here’s the films in a list form, for those who want to print it out and put on the fridge ;P

    102. Contracted (2013)
    101. Breaking the girls (2013)
    100. The baby formula (2008) (Canada)
    99. Joe + Belle (2012) (Israel)
    98. I can’t think straight (2008)
    97. Lost & Delirious (2001)
    96. Jamie and Jessie are not together (2011)
    95. A perfect ending (2012)
    94. Jenny’s wedding (2015)
    93. Puccini for beginners (2007)
    92. It’s in the water (1997)
    91. Better than chocolate (1999) (Canada)
    90. Love my life (2003) (Japan)
    89. Family (2008)
    88. Tru love (2014)
    87. My Friend From Faro / Mein Freund aus Faro (2008) (Germany)
    86. Girltrash: All night long! (2013)
    85. Ashley (2013)
    84. Antonia’s line (1996)
    83. Female perversions (1997)
    82. Daphne (2007) (UK)
    81. My Mother Likes Women (A Mi Madre Le Gustan Las Mujeres) (2002) (Spain)
    80. Cupcakes (2013) (Israel)
    79. Affinity (2008) (UK)
    78. Go fish (1995)
    77. The night watch (2011) (UK)
    76. The hunger (1983)
    75. Salmonberries (1991) (Canada)
    74. Miao miao (2008) (Taiwan)
    73. Drool (2009)
    72. Red Doors (2007)
    71. The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters /Les Filles Du Botaniste (2006) (China)
    70. Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)
    69. Gray Matters (2006)
    68. You and Me Forever (2012) (Denmark)
    67. Mädchen in Uniform (1931) (Germany)
    66. Camp Takota (2014)
    65. The Truth About Jane (2000)
    64. Cloudburst (2013)
    63. Bumblef*ck USA (2014)
    62. Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (2013)
    61. Monster (2004)
    60. The Journey / Sancharram (2005) (India)
    59. Reaching For The Moon (2013)
    58. Yes or No (Yak Rak Ko Rak Loei) (2012)
    57. Personal Best (1982)
    56. Spider Lilies (2007) (Taiwan)
    55. The Secret Diaries of Ms Anne Lister (2010) (UK)
    54. Laurel Canyon (2002)
    53. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    52. Karmen Gei (2001) (Senegal)
    51. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) (France)
    50. Girl With The Dragon Tatto (2009) (Sweden)
    49. Pretty Persuasion (2005)
    48. Lianna (1983) (Canada)
    47. Young and Wild / Joven y Alocada (2012) (Chile)
    46. The Incredible True Adventures of 2 Girls In Love (1995)
    45. Fingersmith (2005) (UK)
    44. BFFs (2014)
    43. Four-Faced Liar (2010)
    42. Concussion (2013)
    41. Stud Life (2012) (UK)
    40. Fire (1996) (India)
    39. Valencia (2013)
    38. Water Lilies (2008) (France)
    37. Farewell, My Queen (2012) (France)
    36. Rent (2005)
    35. Mullholland Drive (2001)
    34. Set it off (1996)
    33. Foxfire (1996)
    32. Boy Meets Girl (2014)
    31. High Art (1998)
    30. D.E.B.S. (2004)
    29. Codependent Lesbian Space Aliens Seeks Same (2012)
    28. The Fish Child / El Niño Pez (2009) (Argentina)
    27. Stranger Inside (2001)
    26. The Watermelon Woman (1997)
    25. Drifting Flowers (2008) (Taiwan)
    24. Loving Annabelle (2006)
    23. The Runaways (2010)
    22. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    21. All Over Me (1997)
    20. Tipping the Velvet (2002) (UK)
    19. Life Partners (2014)
    18. Desert Hearts (1985)
    17. If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)
    16. Appropriate Behavior (2014)
    15. The Hours (2002)
    14. The Secrets/Ha-Sodot (Israeli) (2007)
    13. Mosquita y Mari (2012)
    12. My Summer of Love (2004)
    11. Kyss Mig/Kiss Me (Swedish) (2011)
    10. Pride (2014)
    9. Bound (1996)
    8. Gia (1997)
    7. Aimee & Jaguar (2000) (Germany)
    6. Pariah (2011)
    5. Show Me Love / Fucking Amal (1999) (Sweden)
    4. Circumstance (2011) (Iran)
    3. Imagine Me & You (2006)
    2. Saving Face (2005)
    1. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

  50. I’ve seen 69 of these which is a good number. I have my gripes about the order of some films and omission of others, but the most important thing is, I had no idea what you’d rank #1 but when I saw it I knew it was exactly right. Thank you!

    • And now for my suggestions of other filmd you could have included:
      -Room in Rome
      -Nina’s Heavenly Delights
      -Being John Malkovich
      -Edge of Heaven, the
      -8 Femmes
      -French Twist
      -V for Vendetta
      -Spanish Apartment, the
      -Two Sides of the Bed, the
      -Kissing Jessica Stein
      -Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
      -Henry & June
      -The Girl Who Played With Fire
      -A Family Affair
      -April’s Shower
      -And Then Came Lola

  51. So glad to see that my all-time favorite film, Antonia’s Line, made the list. I recommend it all the time. Also, Imagine Me and You…I fell in love with those characters from the word go.

  52. Didn’t read all the comments but have yall seen “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”? Gus Van Sant directs Uma Thurman in a truly delightful movie. Soundtrack by K.d. Lang- nuff said…

  53. I’m always disappointed that Bobbies Girl doesn’t make the list of top lesbian movies. Rachel Ward as a tavern owner in Ireland and her life partner Bernadette Peters facing cancer and taking in a nephew…. OK now I need to watch it again

  54. Imagine Me & You is too high on the list! :/ I’m glad you included British tv mini series, they are better than most of these movies and should be higher on the list.

    Also this fantastic Taiwanese movie is missing: BLUE GATE CROSSING (2002).

    “Yes, this is a Taiwanese ‘art film’; and it does explore an old and worn theme – coming of age in high school. However, it does so in a tender, unusual way. Additionally, it tells a teen lesbian awakening, still now quite daring material for film from that part of the world. ”

    The love story is about love triangle among 3 high school kids who don’t love the right person – the girl who loves her best friend/classmate who is also a girl, who loves a boy, who falls for the first girl, while she tries to forward her friend’s love letters to him).

  55. Really wish the description of The Chinese Botanist’s Daughter included some sort of warning about how the love affair wasn’t only sensual but also TRAGIC to the point where I wish I hadn’t watched it depressed and unprepared.

    So allow me to write a more accurate one. SPOILERS.

    Li Ming, an orphan of the Tangshan earthquake, receives the opportunity to internship for a renowned, reclusive and verbally abusive botanist who’s daughter An she subsequently falls in love with and vice versa. The botanist’s son, a soldier who visits them on leave, also likes Li Ming and he proposes after knowing her for a day and a half. Li Ming and An decide the only way for the latter to remain in the family is for her to marry the brother which she does. On their wedding night he gets angry and violent because she’s not a virgin anymore and beats her up pretty badly. She goes back to An’s he goes back to the army. An and Li Ming are happy for a few months until the botanist discovers their relationship. They are trialed and sentenced to death by firing squad. The End.

    • I just watched it. The movie is beautifull and also very sad in the final part. But people shouldn’t spoil it for the others who didn’t see it. For me, there is no point in seeing a movie for which you know what will happen. :/

      I recommend you to check out Blue Gate Crossing, movie which I described in the comment above. The ending is not hartbreaking, I promise. 😉

  56. Commenting for the first time ever to say, unless I’ve been hallucinating all 800 times I watched it, the description of Red Doors is totally off. Julie is the daughter, not Mia, and only one of them is a doctor. And the movie is delightful, so this saddens me.

    Also, I love I Can’t Think Straight, and I cannot believe how low it is on this list.

    • I mean seriously, Kiss Me may be more polished but it is just as silly and the characters/plot don’t really ring true, and it’s way up at the top.

      Also, where is Nina’s Heavenly Delights? Also pretty silly, but very sweet, and Scottish accents everywhere.

      Ok, done ranting.

      • Agreed that I Can’t Think Straight should be much further up and Nina’s Heavenly Delights should be here & highly rated.

        Though I do think Kiss Me deserves its relatively high rating for the quality of its script and the complexity of the relationships.

      • I love that Karmen Gei is on this list! I adore that movie, and no one else seems to have heard of it! Though you should probably add that it is a retelling of the opera Carmen, or the ending would seem out of nowhere.

        I also love that you have Farewell, My Queen, which is another one of my absolute favorites, and Appropriate Behavior, and The Journey (so beautiful but oh so sad!). Though for my money Saving Face actually should have taken the top spot from the cheerleader movie.

        And I really miss the inclusion of When Night Is Falling (or at least I Can Hear the Mermaids Singing), Nina’s Heavenly Delights, and Unveiled. Kissing Jessica Stein is on my personal list of Best Bisexual Movies (which would also rate Puccini for Beginners much higher) but I get why lesbians hate it; it doesn’t include them.

        Also what about the Hong Kong film Intimates, or Ji Sor? I saw that in the 1990s when I was coming out and it made such a huge impression. So big and epic–it was really the lesbian equivalent of the Titanic for me, and not just because of the climatic scene with the boat.

  57. Okay I know this thread is over a month old now, but I just watched “But I’m a Cheerleader” for the first time and oh mY GOD! I loved it so much! It was so sweet and cheesy and wonderful and Natasha and Clea oh GOD! Where has this been all my life! I need to watch so many more movies on this list!

  58. Great list! Don’t necessarily agree with all of it, but hey, it’s not an east task and we all have our personal tastes. BUT, having just seen ‘Carol’, my major comment is that it absolutely has to slot in at #1, and push everything else back a spot. Most. Beautiful. Film. Ever.

  59. What? No “World Unseen”? Sheetal Sheth and Lisa Ray again, this time in apartheid South Africa? I loved that movie! (In my opinion, I Can’t Think Straight deserves a higher ranking; it’s not perfect but it’s cute, funny, sexy, has a happy ending AND great music – it introduced me to Ishtar Alabina and Leonie Casanova. Maybe it can swap places with Blue is the Warmest Color?)

    Other movies I’m surprised didn’t make the list include When Night is Falling, A Marine Story, Elena Undone and The Gymnast.

  60. Please consider in the list this best lesbian movies ever that will make you excited and never been in this list; Bloomington, Summer of Sangalie, Girl gets girl ( De chica en chica), Armune de Fermune or search it maybe I type wrong spelling, The Girl King and the last the best lesbian movie is “Bandaged”.

  61. On the classic side of things, I’d love to see The Children’s Hour make the list some time. James Garner, Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn. Classic/Dramatic/Sad but epic performances from all involved.

  62. You all need to watch this. O Perfume de Memoria / The Perfume of Memory by Oswaldo Mentenegro. Full movie on You Tube under the director’s account. It’s a brilliant movie. The concept is one night story like ‘Room in Rome’ .. no sex scene (sorry for spoilers) but I tell is just brilliant, that I actually watch it again after i finished watching it for the first time just to make sure i didn’t miss any words that they spoke.

  63. I found a random photo (pre-2012) on some random site that appears to depict a lesbian-theme (or lesbian undertone?) film. Can anyone help me find it? It shows 2 women, one Asian (ponytail hair, blue shirt unbuttoned) and one White (wide brim hat, blond hair, tan vest) who appear to close in for a kiss. The setting appears to be a ranch of some sort near the gate. Thanks!

  64. Imagine Me and You was just a bad movie. No wonder the ratings were horrible, the acting/writing was not good. The main females were basically having eye sex from the start of the movie. There wasn’t enough build up they were just instantly in love. Way too cliche. Also, Mosquita y Mari is hardly a lesbian movie. While it was a good film, I was utterly disappointed on the lesbian side of things. There’s a tiny tiny hint of them being attracted to each other, but that is it. There is not as much as a kiss or any sign that they would in any way romantically go after each other. Again, it was a good movie, I just would not personally say you can put it in this category.

  65. I just wanted to say jenny’s wedding isn’t the best as the chemistry between jenny and her ‘girlfriend’ is not there at all, jenny is more a straight girl trying to act gay but it doesn’t work at all. if her girlfriend in the movie was my girlfriend I would be the happiest girl alive seriously she is bloody beautiful!!

  66. Check the list twice cause I couldn’t believe “Carol” isn’t on it, but finally noticed the posting date. The list was compiled before “Carol” was released. Do yourself a favor and go watch it. At the very least top five of all time.

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