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35+ Best Lesbian Movies You HAVE to Watch

Who doesn’t love movies? Especially lesbian movies? We are so fortunate we live in a day and age where there are more lesbian films and lesbian shows than ever.

In this article with the best lesbian movies, we will talk about classic lesbian movies, lesbian romance movies, and the best new lesbian movies 2020 & 2021 to watch. Plus, we will talk about lesbian tropes: lesbian clichés we should all be aware of.

A lot has changed since the first lesbian film Mädchen in Uniform was released in 1931. The genre really came alive in the late 20th century though, and we have some oldies but goldies (or shall we say they deserve a gold star?).

And lucky us, there are more lesbian movies made every year! And there is an increasing amount of (queer) female directors creating magic: we live in exciting times.

What we’re excited about especially? Other genres! We want diverse storylines; we need movies where ‘being a lesbian’ is not the only story of the movie.

Sure, the lesbian romance movies and period dramas are cute (spoiler alert: the new lesbian movie Portrait of a Lady on Fire is HOT), but we need more thrillers and horrors (and no, we didn’t like The Perfection!), more action and sci-fi.

Because history can be rewritten through movies, and we deserve to have it all.

Enjoy watching these lesbian movies!

Lesbian Tropes

A couple of years back, I was a film major student, and after my studies, I have briefly worked as a film critic, so let me give you a little bit of background on the flaws of lesbian cinema so far!

There are a few clichés in movies that we should all be aware of while watching a lesbian movie!

  • Bury your gays when queer female characters are kiIIed off.
  • Gal-pals when gals are just being great pals.
  • Psycho lesbian particularly annoying when it’s their lesbianism driving them mad.
  • Girl-on-Girl for male gaze when lesbian intimacy is only to please the male viewer.
  • Sudden-onset gayness no buildup, out of the blue a straight girl is a lesbian because she meets a lesbian.
  • Coming out is the story and that’s it. We’re over that.

In addition to these tropes, it’s always a good idea to see if the movie passes the Bechdel test: does it have at least 2 named women? Who talk to each other? About something other than a man/men?

Glad we settled that, now let’s dive into the best lesbian movies!

We’ll start with some classic lesbian movies, then the best lesbian romance movies, and last but not least: the best new lesbian movies!

You can find these lesbian movies on Amazon Prime Video and some on Netflix.

Classic Lesbian Movies

Let’s start with a few classic lesbian movies. Of course, old lesbian movies aren’t perfect, but they paved the way for the lesbian movies that are made nowadays!

  1. Desert Hearts (1985)

This is one of the most ground-breaking lesbian movies. Set in the 50s, this lesbian romance movie is still relatable for many queer girls.

It’s a love story about a woman that is out, and one that isn’t.

Will they get their happily ever after?

Extra special: Desert Hearts is directed by a queer woman, in a time when there weren’t many female directors!

Desert Hearts 1985

  1. High Art (1998)

This movie takes place in an artsy Manhattan. Young Syd is treated as an intern at her job for a magazine and tries to impress her colleagues by getting her neighbor (a famous photographer that fell of the map years ago) Lucy to do submit her work for the magazine.

Then, the lines begin to blur between their professional relationship, which then becomes intimate.

It’s an artsy movie about seduction, and it’s great!

High Art is directed by lesbian Lisa Cholodenko.

High Art 2010

  1. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

This movie comes very close to the psycho lesbian trope, but it’s one of the classics nonetheless.

Yet again set in the 50s, two best friends Pauline and Juliet share a deep love of fantasy.

Pauline is diagnosed as gay (categorized as a mental illness), and the relationship between the girls is ambiguous. But the two are emotional connection is real.

The movie is based on the true story of the Parker–Hulme case in New Zealand. Pauline’s diary was one of the sources of the movie.

Heavenly Creatures 1994

Amazing news: the Oscars will have new diversity and LGBTQ+ inclusion rules in the near future (going into full effect in 2024)! If movies don’t meet at least 2 of 4 diversity requirements both on- and off-screen, they may not win the Oscar for ‘Best Picture’. Huge win for the community!

  1. All Over Me (1997)

15-year-old Claude and Ellen are best friends until one summer, they aren’t. We all know how hard it is being a teenager, and this movie addresses it all.

Claude loves Ellen in a more-than-friends kind of way, but… it’s difficult.

Then, Claude meets cool girl Lucy (Alice from the lesbian shows The L Word and The L Word Generation Q!) who turns her world upside down.

How this love story ends, you have to see for yourself!

A little side note: it’s refreshing the ‘gayness’ of the movie just happens – it’s not talked about it as much.

Directed by late female director Alex Sichel, written by her sister Sylvia!

All Over Me 1997

  1. Bound (1996)

If you’re looking for an exciting thriller, this is it.

There are activities that aren’t legal, there are struggles and there’s intimacy, all included in the lesbian movie Bound.

Not just some lesbian kissing, not some suggestive intimacy, but within 20 minutes of the movie, there’s a very explicit scene.

The movie is also feminist, Violet is a badass woman, she’s a woman of the street and proud of it. Yeah, this one’s a goldie!

Created by the Wachowskis (two sisters who are both trans women), known for The Matrix trilogy.

Bound 1996

  1. Go Fish (1994)

Groundbreaking and low budget (hence filmed in black & white), Go Fish is something special.

Created by lesbian couple Guinevere Turner and Rose Troche, Go Fish is an all-female picture about Gen X lesbian life around Chicago’s Wicker Park.

The movie isn’t globally received very well. Actually, a lot of people say it’s a bad movie.

So if you’re not into experimental films, this is not one for you! But if you are, definitely check it out!

Go Fish 1994

  1. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Initially, I only wanted to include movies from the 20th century in this classic lesbian movies list, but since a large portion of this movie was made in 1999, this movie still counts in my opinion!

A woman hides out in a residence after surviving a car accident on Mulholland Drive (but has amnesia). The residence is Betty’s aunt’s LA home.

Betty helps Rita (a name chosen from a movie poster) find out who she is and their connection grows. And then they sleep together!

The movie’s tagline is “a love story in the city of dreams” and that love story is between two women!

Yet, the lesbian narrative is not the focus of the movie – because it’s a David Lynch movie, it’s all pretty lucid!

Mulholland Drive 2001

  1. The Watermelon Woman (1996)

We need more black lesbian movies and more diverse representation in lesbian films!

In this mock documentary, black lesbian Cheryl is trying to put her first film together.

So it’s a movie in a movie, which is already interesting, but what’s more interesting: Cheryl is interested in black women in film.

Cheryl works in a video store and finds out black women weren’t always credited and that’s how she starts her film about ‘The Watermelon Woman’ (how the fictional black actress Fae Richards in the 30s was credited).

Cheryl learns about Fae’s white lesbian lovers, and at the same time, Cheryl gets a white lesbian lover.

This movie is really complex if you think about it too much, but it’s such an important movie that illustrates how white lesbian history and black lesbian history are very separate.

The Watermelon Woman 1996

  1. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

Where to start with this one? For the most part that we were watching this movie we thought: wait, what is this?

Teenager Megan (played by Natasha Lyonne, who we all know as Nicky from the lesbian Netflix series Orange Is the New Black) is sent to conversion therapy True Directions because her family and friends think she’s a lesbian.

It’s a campy* movie, but it is on purpose, and it’s quite smart actually!

If you’re looking for a more serious movie about conversion therapy, we recommend The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

But I’m a Cheerleader is directed by queer female director Jamie Babbit. And RuPaul makes an appearance as an “ex-gay”.

But I'm A Cheerleader 1999

*Campy (adjective)
in the style of camp: absurdly exaggerated, artificial, or affected in a usually humorous way

Lesbian Romance Movies

It’s time to continue with lesbian romance movies! And yes quite a few of these lesbian romance movies have a happy ending, but of course, we would love to see more lesbian movies with a happy ending.

You can find these lesbian movies on Amazon Prime Video and some on Netflix.

  1. Saving Face (2004)

Finally an Asian lesbian love story!

Also directed by a Chinese-American lesbian (Alice Wu), this movie is about Wil who’s juggling life as a surgeon and being part of a close-knit Chinese family who doesn’t acknowledge her being a lesbian.

But then Wil falls in love with Vivian – a ballet dancer – a girl she once kissed when she was little.

The story actually focuses more on Wil’s relationship with her mother, but I can’t tell you too much, or I will spoil things!

Make sure to read about Alice Wu’s Half of It later in this lesbian movies article too!

Rafiki 2018

  1. Pariah (2011)

A beautiful movie about a young Afro-American woman called Alike.

It’s a coming-of-age story about a girl figuring out her gender expression and how to accept her orientation.

She meets a girl and falls in love, gets hurt, and finally builds up the courage to choose freedom.

There aren’t nearly enough lesbian movies in black cinema yet, which is why this movie and Rafiki are so incredibly important!

Pariah is directed by Dee Rees, a black lesbian, who admitted the movie was semi-autobiographical.

Pariah 2011

  1. Below Her Mouth (2016)

Looking for a steamy lesbian movie and many steamy lesbian scenes? This is the movie to watch!

There isn’t much plot nor talking in Below Her Mouth, but there’s lots of other hot stuff going on. Girl-on-girl action, in the bathtub, on the stairs, in an alley, in bed, everywhere!

I must say, the first time I watched the lesbian movie I didn’t like it that much. Probably because I was a baby gay and I thought the movie was a bit intense.

The second time I watched, many years later, I got to enjoy it much more. Friends told me that, after watching this movie, they for sure knew they were lesbian.

Below Her Mouth is about Dallas, a roofer, who meets Jasmine, a fashion editor. The two have a passionate connection which turns into a steamy affair that changes their lives forever.

The movie is created by an all-female production crew, which is amazing (and important)!

below her mouth

  1. Wild Nights with Emily (2018)

This movie rewrites history!

Based on the private letters of poet Emily Dickinson, this movie tells the elaborate love story of Emily and her sister-in-law, Susan.

Rediscovering history like this (because of course there were lesbians in the 19th century too) is amazing, especially when it’s packaged this well.

It’s funny how the movie doesn’t feel like other forbidden love stories; it is funny, passionate, ambitious, and charming!

Extra points for this movie for having a lesbian director (Madeleine Olnek).

Tip: make sure to also watch the lesbian series Dickinson!

Wild Nights With Emily 2019

  1. With Every Heartbeat / Kyss Mig / Kiss Me (2011)

This is my girlfriend her favorite lesbian movie, and was already in her DVD collection before she knew she was gay (I know, how could she not know?).

The story in short: Mia is engaged to Tim, but falls in love with Frida and of course, it’s all complicated.

I was afraid it would be a campy movie, but it does a really great job! There are a few flaws, but it gets a lot right.

The characters have depth and aren’t caricatures. The fiancé Tim isn’t a bad guy and that Mia’s bi is totally valid.

It might help that a woman directed the movie, and probably that it’s European (Kiss Me is a Swedish movie).

Do you like this kind of lesbian movie and story? Check out Imagine Me & You later in this list!

With Every Heartbeat Kyss Mig Kiss Me 2011

  1. Carol (2015)

Carol is a lesbian love story made by gay filmmaker Todd Haynes.

It was named the best LGBT film of all time in 2016 and clearly, this is a good one. It’s a period drama, set in 1952.

It’s a love story: girl (Therese) meets girl (Carol), they bond and fall in love.

But of course, it’s complicated. The LGBT community criticized the movie for being made for the ‘male gaze’ still – but we have to say: we have to take this win!

The movie is based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 semi-autobiographical romantic novel “The Price of Salt”

Carol 2015

  1. Rafiki (2018)

There are not enough movies about black lesbians.

So imagine the enthusiasm when Rafiki came: a movie about two Kenyan girls who fall in love, directed by a female Kenyan director!

The film has, sadly, been banned in Kenya for its gay theme. They see the film as “promotion of lesbianism”.

The story is about Kena and Ziki, two girls and daughters of two rival politicians who are running for the local elections. They fall in love but it’s a forbidden one.

It’s not a very original storyline, but this is such a special movie – an African lesbian love story! – you have to see it!

Rafiki 2018

Want to see more lesbian movies from the African continent? Watch The World Unseen and While You Weren’t Looking!

  1. Freeheld (2015)

Lesbian age gap isn’t a common movie topic, but we’re so glad Freeheld made a movie about it!

Laurel, a detective from New Jersey, has cancer and needs to fight for her 19-year younger domestic partner Stacie to receive her pension rights.

It’s a movie about the inequality LGBT people face.

The movie was unfortunately less radical than the screenwriter intended – degayed to please a mainstream audience – but it’s absolutely a movie worth watching!

Freeheld is based on the true story of Laurel Hester. And Elliot Page (the actor who plays Stacie) came out as a lesbian shortly before the movie came out, which made the movie more meaningful to him.

In 2020, Elliot came out as transgender. You might have also seen Elliot in the LGBT Netflix shows The Umbrella Academy and Tales of the City.

Freeheld 2015

  1. Princess Cyd (2017)

Cyd moves in with her aunt in Chicago for the summer when she runs into a cute barista with a badass short haircut.

Cyd then realizes she’s not straight, but before you write this movie off: it’s not what the plot makes it seem!

More than Cyd’s orientation, Cyd’s relationship with her aunt – Miranda – is the focus of the movie. Miranda is a middle-aged writer who is happily single and childless; she’s a real gem.

There’s no coming out drama, there are no specific labels, and the movie is just really cute, so go watch it!

Princess Cyd 2017

  1. Loving Annabelle (2006)

A Catholic boarding school teacher (Simone) falls in love with one of her students (Annabelle)…

Yes, this is a steamy movie about lesbians, and you want to see it!

Lesbian director Katherine Brooks admitted the teacher/student story from the first lesbian movie, Mädchen in Uniform, was her inspiration.

Loving Annabelle 2006

  1. My Days of Mercy (2017)

It’s not a very light movie, but it’s also not as heavy as you might expect. The movie isn’t your average lesbian romance; it’s actually only a part of it.

Lucy’s (Elliot Page) father is waiting for his execution. Together with her sister and little brother, Lucy became activists to fight the law.

At one of the protests, she meets a girl and so their love story begins.

It’s not necessarily complicated in the usual ways, so it’s interesting to watch.

The intimate scenes are great and lesbian director Tali Shalom Ezer story telling is very well done.

My Days of Mercy 2017

  1. The Handmaiden / 아가씨 (2016)

South-Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook decided to adapt an English novel, Fingersmith, but put it in an Asian setting in the 1930s.

It’s a movie about intimacy and deceit.

Rich Lady Hideko as a handmaiden hires pickpocket Sook-Hee, but Sook-Hee has an ulterior motive.

It’s all very excessive and the movie has received the critique of being filmed for the male gaze (the director is a man, which never helps) but it does fit the movie.

The intimate lesbian scenes are excessive and explicit, but it’s also a reflection of the original book: both are about women learning their own desires through the male gaze.

And this movie is truly a spectacle!

There are three chapters, three perspectives, and we for sure did not see the plot twist coming.

The Handmaiden 2016

  1. Imagine Me & You (2005)

Before there was Kiss Me, we had Imagine Me & You.

The lesbian movie starts with Rachel’s wedding day, which is also the day she meets Luce – it’s a love at first sight situation.

The two immediately share a bond and well, you guess it: it complicates Rachel’s marriage.

It’s really a cheesy romantic comedy with a lesbian love story as the focus, and we love it!

Imagine Me And You 2005

  1. Booksmart (2019)

This teen comedy is everything teenage me wished for!

They get the representation right, it is incredibly funny, inclusive, humorous, self-aware, and so cute.

Best friends Molly and Amy realize they missed out on a lot of high school stuff because they were so serious about getting A’s.

All the characters feel three-dimensional; no one is simply a teen caricature.

Amy’s a lesbian but that doesn’t make her character simply ‘the gay one’. Molly is straight and their friendship isn’t about their different orientations – the movie actually does a great job in making them equally important.

The lesbianism is a non-issue, and it isn’t fetishized – it’s so refreshing! We love lesbian stories like this.

Booksmart is written by four women and directed by Olivia Wilde.

Booksmart 2019

  1. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

There aren’t many movies (yet) about lesbian moms.

So this movie about a middle-aged married lesbian couple that is confronted with the sperm donor of their children, directed by lesbian director Lisa Cholodenko  (yeah, the one from High Art!), sounded really great.

But two mainstream stars play lesbians, their relationship feels very hetero-normative, and the worst part: one of the lesbians sleeps with the sperm donor!

Of course, this enforces the idea of lesbian need a man for a ‘good f*ck’.

On the other hand, I can find myself in the fluidity and think this is a way of including queer women in movies who aren’t identifying as lesbian.

And again: lesbian moms, that’s rare.

The Kids Are All Right 2010

  1. Show Me Love (1998)

This Swedish movie is similar to All Over Me. It’s about two girls (but they’re not friends) who develop feelings for each other.

But this is a European movie and doesn’t take place in Hell’s Kitchen but in the small town of Åmål.

The movie doesn’t shy away from showing how awful teenagers can be but also showcases a cute lesbian teenage romance.

We have to say; we don’t agree with the English title – the movie isn’t as sweet as that!

Show Me Love 1998

  1. The Four-Faced Liar (2010)

The plot is familiar: the friendship of a group of friends (two couples and a lesbian friend) gets complicated when Molly falls in love with lesbian Bridget.

Molly is bored in her own relationship and that’s where the troubles start.

The independent movie (adapted from a play) is marketed as a comedy about a drama and that feels accurate.

The characters feel real, annoyingly real, and the movie is refreshing. It’s really good quality – something that is still rare in lesbian cinema!

TW: there’s a scene about attempted violation in minute 36 & 37 of the movie.

The Four-Faced Liar 2010

  1. Her Smell (2018)

This documentary-like movie tells the story of (fictional) female rock star Becky Something (of the band Something She) who is self-destructive and risks losing everything. She’s a monster.

She’s under the influence and ruins everything. Her all-female band is then replaced by the Akergirls (one of whom is the queer celebrity Cara Delevingne, a queer woman playing a queer woman, yes!).

Also: androgynous Agyness Deyn plays Becky’s guitarist!

It’s not an easy film to watch, as it’s very raw, but it’s definitely a good one about lesbian artists.

Her Smell 2018

  1. Disobedience (2017)

Disobedience tells the story of forbidden love, a story about lesbian orthodox Jews in London of the 1920s.

Ronit flies home for her father’s funeral, where she sees Esti again, with whom she shared a romance in the past.

The two picked up where they left off, and it’s all very hot, yet tragic.

The ending isn’t a very happy one, unfortunately, but it could be worse!

Disobedience 2017

  1. Blue Is the Warmest Color / La Vie d’Adèle (2013)

This movie is such a big deal. It is the most discussed lesbian steamy movie for sure. There was a huge problem with this movie: the male director.

Although some male directors can pull it off, lesbian intimacy in movies directed by men is not the kind of intimacy lesbians are looking for.

It’s the kind of scenes men are looking for.

And in Blue is the Warmest Color the director got representation mixed up with exploitation.

The plot was really promising: a young woman (Adèle) discovers her orientation and falls in love with Emma (part 1), who later learns how to navigate through their relationship (part 2). And they’re French!

But there is a lot, a lot of explicit intimacy.

I remember watching this movie around the time I was questioning my orientation and I must admit: I was scared about lesbian intimacy after watching this movie.

My proposal? Let’s make a reboot with a lesbian director and lesbian actresses; I would definitely want to see that!

La Vie D'Adele Blue is the Warmest Color 2013

  1. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

A Bollywood movie! I’m so happy that I can add a Bollywood movie to this best lesbian movies list. As representation and visibility are so important, all around the world.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, translated as ‘how I felt when I saw that girl’, is a coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama from India.

It’s about a young woman named Sweety Chaudhary, who’s a lesbian (in the closet). She is under pressure from her family, as they are seeking to marry her to a husband.

They do not know Sweety is actually in love with a woman. Sweety tries to come out to her traditional and controversial family, but that isn’t so easy!

I love how sweet this lesbian movie is, and it has a happy ending! It starts a bit slow and vague, but it’s worth it to keep watching. You can watch the movie on Netflix!

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) lesbian bollywood netflix

  1. The Favourite (2018)

This is not our favorite movie on this list with lesbian movies, but we do know many people that absolutely love it.

The humor in the movie is dark and that’s not for everyone!

The Favourite is a period black comedy with amazing actresses. Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone play the main characters and we love all three of them.

The movie tells the true story of the British Queen Anne and the two ladies fighting for her attention.

Olivia Colman won the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actress for her role!

It’s a funny (if it’s your kind of humor) and a tragic movie at the same time.

The Favourite 2018

Lesbian Movies 2020

What are the best new lesbian movies? 2020 wasn’t a great year for many things, but it was for lesbian movies, lesbian shows, and lesbian short films.

And we are going to tell you all about the must-see new lesbian movies.

You can find these lesbian movies on Amazon Prime Video and some on Netflix.

  1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire / Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (2020)

This lesbian movie is about the female painter Marianne in the 18th century, who is hired to paint Héloïse, who is to be married off to an Italian nobleman against her will.

And this is one of the best lesbian stories we’ve seen!

And not in the patriarchal, creepy male gaze kind of way.

Queer female director Céline Sciamma makes it about the female gaze – literally, the two women look at each other a lot – and it’s not only ‘oh I feel pretty when you look at me like that’.

It’s about looking and really seeing each other. There’s no feeling of audience/creepy watchers, it’s purely about desire and intimacy between two women.

And unlike any other French movie – there is not a lot of explicit intimacy. And yet, it’s so hot!

Portrait of a Lady on Fire 2020

  1. Summerland (2020)

This is my new favorite lesbian movie of all time. I know that is a big thing to say, but I simply love it a lot!

It’s hard for me to tell you about this movie without spoiling the plot.

Let me just say that the story is told by Alice, who is looking back on her interracial lesbian love story with Vera (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, you might know her from the lesbian episode of Black Mirror?).

The movie is told in 3 timelines, one that she’s old and writing a book, one that she’s a young woman and lives by the sea, and one period in which she is a student and is together with Vera.

The period that she lives by the sea by herself is the main timeline.

Alice hates kids, but then she gets a kid assigned from London to take care of. This kid will change her life though.

Summerland is so important, as it tells an interracial lesbian love story like it hasn’t been shown before.

We highly recommend this lesbian movie!

Summerland 2020

  1. The Half of It (2020)

Remember the movie Saving Face and how that was a BIG win for the Asian lesbian community?

The Half of It is directed by the same Alice Wu, who is a Chinese-American lesbian.

It took her nearly two decades to make a second film, and we are glad she took her time because it is great.

In this teen romantic comedy, young Chinese-American Ellie earns a little money by writing other schoolkids’ essays. Then, she gets a surprising writing-request from Paul; he wants her to help write a love letter to Aster.

An interesting friendship – and a unique love triangle – follows.

In the end, it’s not a story about love, it is a story about being seen. And that is what we need more of!

You can watch The Half of It on Netflix!

Half of It 2020

  1. A Secret Love (2020)

This lesbian documentary is a true peek into a real lesbian love story, the love between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel.

They pretended to be ‘just friends’ for most of their lives, but came out to their family just a couple of years ago. The lesbian couple have been together for nearly 65 years!

The documentary is made by Terry’s great-nephew and the story also reveals problematic family dynamics that are surely familiar to everyone.

An unpopular opinion of mine is that I think the movie put a little too much attention to the problems, and too little on the beauty and the resilience of the lesbian love story. Because it is such a great story to tell.

You can watch A Secret Love on Netflix!

A Secret Love 2020 lesbian documentary

  1. Ammonite (2020)

Do we need more lesbian period dramas? I think we’re good for now!

Kate Winslet is starring in this one though, and we simply love her!

Ammonite tells the lesbian love story of Charlotte Murchison and fossil hunter Mary Anning, in 1840s England. Interestingly, very little is known of Anning or her life.

It is yet another forbidden love story, and it gives us major Portrait of a Lady on Fire vibes. And critics have written Ammonite pales in comparison.

Ammonite 2020

  1. Happiest Season (2020)

A lesbian Holiday movie with Kristen Stewart? YES PLEASE!

This movie is directed by lesbian director Clea DuVall (yeah, the girl from But I’m A Cheerleader, and as Clea has been making the lesbian community laugh for forever you can find here on our list with lesbian comedians).

Happiest Season is about a girl, Abby, who is planning to propose to her girlfriend Harper at Harper’s family’s annual holiday party. But Harper hasn’t come out to her conservative parents yet…

The movie has received a lot of mixed reviews. Some love it because it’s so relatable, others are angry it’s yet another painful coming out story (also, big TW: someone is outed by a family member!).

We fall into the latter category. We want lesbian JOY for Christmas, not lesbian PAIN. Maybe we can get more happy lesbian Christmas movies in 2021 and 2022?

Aubrey Plaza and Dan Levy also play in Happiest Season, and they are simply the best!

You can watch Happiest Season on lesbian Hulu.

Happiest Season 2020

  1. The Prom (2020)

Prom is canceled at a high school in a small conservative town in Indiana, when Emma wants to bring her girlfriend as a date.

Luckily, a group of self-absorbed Broadway stars comes to the rescue to arrange a prom for EVERYONE! Yes, we love this feel-good, diverse, and inclusive lesbian movie on Netflix.

Though there’s one thing really wrong with The Prom. James Corden plays the gay lead character. Why did they do that? We do like James Corden, but why couldn’t his role be played by a gay actor? His character Barry Glickman is ‘as gay as a bucket of wigs’, according to his own words.

For a lesbian movie, it’s also surprising to see so very little of the actual lesbian characters, and so much of Meryl Streep (that’s okay) and James Corden (not so great in this case).

Besides that, The Prom is an entertaining lesbian movie that will leave you with a positive feeling.

Note: it’s a musical, so don’t watch if you’re not into singing and dancing!

You can watch the Prom on Netflix.

The Prom Lesbian Movie on Netflix

New Lesbian Movies 2021

It’s time for the newest lesbian movies: new lesbian movies 2021!

And hopefully we can add more and more amazing lesbian movies to this list this year.

  1. I Care a Lot (2021)

I Care a Lot is one of the new lesbian movies you simply have to watch! This dark comedy thriller is mind-blowing.

Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster. We have been waiting for a lesbian movie like this for a while!

The movie is not about being lesbian but the main character Marla Grayson, played by the fantastic Rosamund Pike, is a lesbian.

Yes, she is a bad lesbian, and we want to warn you for one of the lesbian tropes (without spoiling too much). But everyone in this movie is bad.

What is the movie about? Marlo Grayson is a legal guardian who takes care of elderly people who can’t care for themselves anymore. She is in charge of their finances and everything they own.

And well, she doesn’t really care for them. Marla puts them in a living facility and cuts them off from the outside world, to steal everything they have.

When she becomes the guardian of an elderly woman (a ‘cherry’ with no ties, lots of money), everything goes wrong!

I Care a Lot premiered in September 2020 at the Toronto International Film Festival, but from February 2021 you can watch the movie on Netflix.

Though it depends on where you are located. In the Netherlands for example, we can’t watch I Care a Lot on Netflix. But luckily we can thanks to the VPN Surfshark.

With a VPN you are able to stream the Netflix content you want from other countries. Use our Surfshark VPN link to get a huge discount!

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  1. The World to Come (2021)

Do we need more lesbian period dramas? Nope. Did we still watch The World to Come? Yes.

The trailer made us want to watch the movie, but we did get the feeling we had already seen lesbian movies like this before. We immediately thought of Ammonite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

And we know how lesbian movies like that usually end: they can’t be together, one of them passes, they both do, or one plays straight. And yes, spoiler alert, one of these things happens in The World to Come too. 

The World to Come takes place in the mid-19th century, and we know at that time a happy lesbian ending isn’t realistic. But can we please get more happy lesbian movies?!

In The World to Come a farmer named Dyer (played by Casey Affleck) and his wife Abigail (played by Katherine Waterston) get new neighbors, who will change their lives!

The lesbian movie is a bit boring and slow, but we recommend the movie just for Vanessa Kirby. She’s so beautiful and a great actress!

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  1. Benedetta (2021)

Benedetta premiered in July 2021 at the Cannes Film Festival, but it seems we have to wait a little longer before we can see it in the cinemas! 

The French 17-century drama is a lesbian movie about two nuns that have an affair in a convent. 

The movie is based on a true story, so we probably won’t get a happy ending. But looking at the trailer only, the movie will give us many intimate and steamy scenes between the nuns! 

Benedetta is directed by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, and his movies are usually pretty unique (and steamy). So we can’t wait to see what these lesbian nuns will bring us!

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Enjoy these lesbian movies. What are your favorite lesbian films? We would love to know!

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Kim

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

This is a good list. But it is missing the best movie of all times. The only movie lesbians ever really needed. D.E.B.S lighthearted; fun; no one dles + a happy ending

Shelley

Monday 19th of July 2021

Check out the movie Better Than Chocolate. It is a comedy and one of my favorites.

Masha

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Desert Hearts is a match! So romantic and has this slow pace of the story. What's more important, it's not that dramatic, as a lesbian movie can often be. I remember seeing the movie cover but haven't watched it. Thanks for the recommendation. And it has an open end! And I hope - the happy end :) Plus beautifully shot and good acting performance.

Also, I'd like to share a few good pieces (listed randomly):

1) Reaching for the Moon 2013 check it out. Cinematographical, good plot, cast 2) The story of Lizzie 2018 with Kristen Stewart - I literally believe that it has one of the most tender kissing scenes. Spiced with a bitter plot though. Plot is so-so, shot quite ok. 3) OMG and on of my fav- Battle of the S e x e s 2017 <33 !!! Cinematographical, good plot, cast. 4) Thelma 2017 - a bit dark, kind of thriller, but without any monsters. Cinematographical, for sure!

I have a special list of my top fav films, so, these treasures are shared with love and pleasure :**

Roxanne & Maartje

Monday 14th of June 2021

Thank you so much for these tips, we'll have to check them out!!

Amy

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Hey! My favourite lesbian/gay movie is called Dating Amber. It's set in catholic Ireland in 1995 so very strict. It follows Amber a lesbian and Eddie as they come to terms with their ടexuality and navigate being different in a small town and the pressures from school. They make an agreement at the start of the movie to fake date. Eddie struggles with the knowledge that he's gay and tries to treat their relationship as a real one while Amber meets a girl. The ending is amazing!! It made me cry, and I don't cry that much. It is also available on Amazon Prime for free!

Roxanne & Maartje

Monday 1st of March 2021

Omg we have to see this! Thanks so much!

Jennifer and Karen

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

I recently saw a preview for a lesbian movie, but I can't remember the name. Maybe someone recognizes it and can post a response? It was about a woman who is engaged to a man. But she gets in a fight with him and storms out of the house. While outside, she meets a gay man who claims to be her fairy godmother. He's there to show her how her life could have been (or could be) if she had chosen a different path in life. He then shows her (reminds her?) of her first love, a woman. He shows the woman what her life would have looked like if she'd stayed with her girlfriend. From looking at the trailer, it looked like her girlfriend might be dead now, but I can't be certain. Anyway, if anyone recognizes this plotline, please let me know. My wife and I would like to watch it. Thanks!

Roxanne & Maartje

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Yes!! That's A New York Christmas Wedding, it's in our lesbian Christmas movies article! It's on Netflix, ENJOY!

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