There are lots and lots of lesbian scenes. I should know. I wrote my master’s thesis about the representation of queer women in media. Lesbians could be seen in early films but weren’t often presented as such.
In the 1930s a few lesbian scenes could be seen on screen, but with the Hays Code implemented in 1934, explicit gayness in film was forbidden until 1968.
Obviously, queer women didn’t disappear. It became all about the subtext. This is why we’re all so good at recognizing lesbians in any film or TV show.
Nowadays, representation definitely still isn’t perfect, but it is quite nice to see how we are slowly moving towards better lesbian representation.
I did pick most lesbian scenes from recent lesbian movies and lesbian shows, since it would most likely be more accessible if you want to watch the entire film or show. But that isn’t to say there aren’t any lesbian scenes in older media.
Anyway, without further ado, enjoy these lesbian love scenes, steamy lesbian scenes, lesbian kissing scenes, and lesbian movie scenes!
The Best Lesbian Love Scenes
Let’s start with the best lesbian love scenes!
- Gentleman Jack (2019-) season 1, episode 8
This lesbian show tells the story of the life of Anne Lister, who was a landowner and diarist in Halifax, West Yorkshire in the 19th century.
I thought this show was definitely an eyeopener; the way Anne deals with her gender expression and orientation in a time when there were no words for this yet is pretty great to see.
Anne and Ann are also incredibly cute together, and I love how they both handled their relationship when this was far from accepted.
The Gentleman Jack lesbian love scene I picked is a reunion, as Anne has just gotten back from Copenhagen. Ann hints that if Anne were to propose to her, again, she would say yes this time.
Which is what happens. We love happy lesbians!
- Imagine Me & You (2005)
When this movie came out, there weren’t that many mainstream looking romantic comedies about two women falling in love with a happy ending.
And even though it’s been quite a few years, there still aren’t enough lesbian movies like this.
The ending of Imagine Me & You is definitely one of the cuter and better lesbian movie scenes in the books.
After Luce has taken off to leave the country (because she can’t stand being close to Rachel, since she is very much in love with her) Rachel realizes that Luce is the one that she wants, not her husband.
She chases Luce to tell her that she does love her. The entire lesbian scene is just too cute.
It definitely makes me want to fall in love and chase a girl for whatever reason.
- Black Mirror – San Junipero (2016) season 3, episode 4
If you still haven’t seen this episode of Black Mirror, what are you waiting for?
If I could, I had posted the entire episode here because every scene between Yorkie and Kelly is amazing, it’s one of my favorite lesbian stories. I figured this scene is a good lesbian love scene to put here.
It’s the first time the two are intimate with each other and Yorkie confesses that it’s her first time being intimate with anyone ever. I love how real this entire scene feels.
The two actresses have such a good connection together, which makes it seem even more natural than it already is.
Mackenzie Davis plays Yorkie in the episode, and we all know her from the lesbian Christmas movie Happiest Season!
- Carol (2015)
I’m still mad that Carol was taken off Netflix. Unacceptable.
Carol focuses on the relationship between a young photographer and an older woman going through a divorce, which already sounds gay enough in itself.
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.
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett take the plot to an even higher level with their great chemistry and amazing acting.
In this scene, the two have gone on a road trip together. And it’s not a road trip with two women who are helplessly in love with each other without some lesbian love scenes and intimate scenes, right?
It’s even better all of this is happening on New Year’s Eve. Happy lesbian new year!
Want to watch more lesbian romance movies? See our list with the best lesbian romance movies!
- The 100 (2014-2020) season 3, episode 7
So I know this one hurts (a lot) so I won’t dwell on it too much. But for a moment, let’s just pretend that what happened after this scene doesn’t actually exist.
I was a hardcore Clexa lesbian shipper back in 2015/2016, and I’m pretty sure I still haven’t healed. I don’t know if I ever will.
However, looking at this scene individually, isn’t this the most beautiful and one of the best lesbian love scenes ever? Is Clarke finally giving in to her feelings?
Lexa being the useless lesbian she is and crying when Clarke finally kisses her? Perfection.
- Orange Is the New Black (2013-2019) season 4, episode 6
It’s not an article about lesbian scenes without the lesbian Netflix show Orange Is the New Black on it.
There were so many lesbian scenes in Orange Is the New Black that it’s probably hard to count them. Has anyone done that before?
Anyway, personally, I still think that Poussey and Soso were the cutest lesbian couple to ever exist on the show. Their love was so pure, it made my heart melt every time the two of them were onscreen together.
The lesbian scene I picked is also a great example of that.
Soso tries to be intimate in the library because she has the feeling their relationship is one-sided since she’s never pleasured Poussey before. Poussey stops her to tell her she doesn’t have to do it if she’s not ready for it.
The rest of their conversation is incredibly cute and really shows a good way on how to talk about topics like these.
- The L Word: Generation Q (2019-) season 1, episode 1
I’m sure most of us have tuned in to the new The L Word Generation Q at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 to see some old familiar faces and to get attached to new ones.
A lot of drama has gone down again, and I enjoyed every little piece of it.
I know that there are a lot of discussions about whether Dani and Sophie’s relationship was problematic or not (yes), but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this lesbian love scene is very cute.
Dani proposes to Sophie, and it is all very cute and clumsy, which makes it all the way more real.
Let’s just not take into account that things went downhill pretty fast after this. We won’t spoil it, but you’ll see if they’ll become a married lesbian couple in season 2! And I can’t wait for a season 3!
It’s possible to watch The L Word Generation Q on Amazon Prime Video and on lesbian Hulu.
- Orphan Black (2013-2017) season 1, episode 8
Wow, I really miss this show. Orphan Black was a one-of-a-kind, high-quality show in which everything just felt right.
One of the right things they did was make one of the clones a lesbian.
Cosima and Delphine were the lesbian science nerds we didn’t know we needed in our lives but welcomed with open arms. Their chemistry was incredible!
In this scene, Delphine goes to visit Cosima, so they can geek out together and also talk about their first kiss as an excuse to kiss her back this time and also end up in her bed.
Sounds like a good plan to me.
- Harlem (2021-) season 1, episode 10
Harlem is one of the new lesbian series that’s worth a watch for sure! It’s a fun comedy series that premiered on Amazon Pride Video in December 2021.
The series follows four best girlfriends in Harlem in New York City. And while only one seems to be part of the LGBTQ+ community (the masculine lesbian Tye), more to the end of the season it seems Quinn isn’t straight either.
In the scene I picked, Quinn asks Isabela on a date, while they almost shared a kiss earlier. Quin’s response afterward, yelling YESSSS to her best friend and saying, ‘I’m an LGBTQ babe’, is gold. Yes to LGBTQ happiness like this.
I do hope she breaks up with her boyfriend before going on a date, as I never want to encourage cheating. And hopefully, we will see a lot more of Quinn and Isabela during season 2, can’t wait for it!
- Mulholland Drive (2001)
This is one of the older and classic lesbian movies and scenes on this list.
When a woman named Rita survives a car accident on Mulholland Drive, she has amnesia. After the accident, Rita hides out in a residence. It’s the residence of Betty’s aunt, and Betty decides to help Rita.
Their connection grows and a lot more happens!
In the lesbian scene I picked, Rita thanks Betty for everything, and then they sleep together.
- Yellowjackets (2021-) season 1, episode 6
Imagine being stuck on a deserted island after a plane crash with many other teenage girls. In 2020, we got the lesbian show The Wilds and in 2021 we got Yellowjackets.
It’s 1996 and the Yellowjackets, a New Jersey high-school girls’ soccer team, are on their way to nationals. But they never make it there!
With that many girls, some of them need to be queer, right? Nobody knows about Taissa’s and Van’s lesbian relationship (yet), so they need to be cozy together in the wilderness in secret.
And that’s one of the sweet lesbian scenes I picked.
The Best Steamy Lesbian Scenes
Let’s continue with some very steamy lesbian scenes.
- Disobedience (2017)
Since 2017, the lesbian community has been divided over whether the spitting was hot or not. But even if you weren’t a fan of it, you can’t deny that the rest of this scene is still incredibly hot and beautifully shot.
What I love is that this lesbian scene doesn’t take on a male gaze.
Also, by mostly focusing on the women’s faces, it leaves a lot to the viewers’ imagination.
Fun fact: for the spit they used lychee lube!
- Booksmart (2019)
I guess technically this scene doesn’t count as a full lesbian steamy scene, but a half steamy scene, because you know…
Booksmart is definitely one of my favorite lesbian movies from 2019 and this scene was definitely one of the highlights of the film.
Amy, known as a relatable useless lesbian with lots of gay stress, finds herself ending up in the bathroom at a party after a fight with her best friend Molly.
In there, she finds Hope, the hot and popular girl.
Obviously, you can guess what happens next.
- The L Word: Generation Q (2019-) season 1, episode 4
So, in my opinion, it’s safe to say that this new The L Word Generation Q is a big success. I absolutely love it.
There have been a lot of great hot lesbian steamy scenes on the show, old and new, but I think most of you will agree when I say the threesome between Alice, Nat, and Gigi was one of the best ones of the new seasons.
That shit was super hot! Maybe one of the hottest ever?! To more hot lesbian scenes like this one!
- Orange Is the New Black (2013-2019) season 3, episode 3
I think this shows deserves its own article because the show was so gay and had many great lesbian steamy scenes.
Even though Piper and Alex weren’t my favorite couple, I do think this lesbian scene was a great one, since it’s their one and only hate ടex.
The tension in this scene is palpable, and the fact that they’re doing this being behind bars only makes it even hotter in my opinion.
- Black Swan (2010)
Yes, you are allowed to admit that this was one of those hot scenes that were part of your gay awakening.
When this movie came out I was 16/17 years old, and I’d been out and proud for about four years already. But I’d be lying if I said this scene wasn’t another slap in the face for me to verify my lesbianism.
Whether this Black Swan steamy scene between the two really happened or it was all in Nina’s head, the way Nina finally lets go and explores her orientation is something that many of us can relate to.
- The Handmaiden (2016)
This South Korean lesbian movie is inspired by the lesbian novel Fingersmith, written by Sarah Waters.
This might sound familiar to some of you because BBC has also made the novel into a miniseries back in 2005.
I absolutely love this lesbian film! Every aspect of it is so beautifully done.
The clip shows some of the most steamy scenes in the film, including a scene where the two ‘practice’ for one of the girls her future husband.
The rest of these lesbian scenes will also definitely make you blush!
- Atomic Blonde (2017)
Lorraine is an MI6 spy who comes across French rookie agent Lassalle on one of her missions. Even though she is wary of her, the two develop a romantic relationship.
In this scene, the two meet at a club. At first, they circle around each other for a bit until they both realize their tension is too much.
I remember seeing this movie in theaters, not knowing that this steamy lesbian scene was in it. Well, my mouth fell wide open.
It’s still quite rare to see a scene like this in a mainstream film that doesn’t feel like it’s meant for the male gaze.
Also, notice the bi pride colors!
This isn’t exactly a happy lesbian movie. The story is about a girl named Cameron who is sent to conversion therapy.
This all happens because of the lesbian intimate scene I have chosen here.
Cameron and her best friend Coley are at prom but have decided to take a break from the school party and go to the car to smoke and well, do some more stuff.
However, they get rudely interrupted by Cameron’s date. The rest of the film deals with the aftermath.
The film is a beautiful coming-of-age story in which Cameron gets to know herself and for the first time connects with peers within the LGBTQ+ community.
And don’t worry, just because she’s at a conversion therapy camp doesn’t mean there’s any less lesbian action.
Talking about steamy and hot lesbian scenes, hello, Blue Is the Warmest Color! It’s one of the most famous and also controversial lesbian movies ever made. And it’s 3 hours long!! Three hours of French lesbian scenes.
But there’s sadly a lot wrong with the movie, especially with how it’s made and by whom, but let’s talk about the lesbian scenes for now!
The whole movie is super steamy and there are many very intimate lesbian scenes. But one sticks out, as it’s a 7-minute bed scene between Emma and Adèlè.
For the whole lesbian scene, you simply have to watch the movie, but I have a sneak peek for you.
The Best Lesbian Kissing Scenes
It’s time for the best lesbian kissing scenes.
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
If you haven’t seen this movie with a beautiful lesbian love story yet, it’s a must-see!
I’d say that this is one of the best scenes of lesbians kissing at the moment.
Lesbian director Céline Sciamma has done an absolutely beautiful job capturing not just this scene, but the entire film.
I was lucky enough to attend one of the Portrait Q&As in Los Angeles. Which is when she said that she wanted to make sure the audience knew this was a consensual kiss, which is shown by both of them taking away the scarf in front of their mouth.
- Dickinson (2019-2021) season 1, episode 1
I don’t think many of you have seen this lesbian show yet, so I won’t say too much about it.
You can probably guess from the title that it’s about Emily Dickinson’s life. However, the show gives it a little contemporary twist.
Often Dickinson has been portrayed as a straight woman, while she actually had a long-term romantic relationship with her childhood best friend and sister-in-law, Sue.
If you’re still not convinced, these lesbian kissing scenes between the two probably will!
Emily is unsure whether Sue will still love her in the future since she’s marrying her brother, but Sue tells her everything is going to be okay.
When they kiss, it starts raining. Of course. We love a good cliché. This scene couldn’t be missed on this list with lesbian scenes.
You can only watch Dickinson on Apple TV+ (so not on Amazon Prime Video or Netflix like the other lesbian movies and lesbian shows).
- Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Let’s be real. Was this lesbian kissing scene necessary for the film? No.
Was it only added so that teenage boys could watch Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried make out? Yes.
Was it hot? Yes.
Was this hot lesbian kiss part of your gay awakening? Probably a big yes.
Was it the best lesbian kiss ever? Maybe yess too!
- Wynonna Earp (2016-2021) season 1, episode 9
Aren’t we all extremely glad that this show got picked up for another season after having to wait way too long? Because I sure am.
For anyone who hasn’t seen it; the supernatural Western show not only has some badass women leading the show, but two of them happen to fall in love with each other too.
Waverly and Nicole (Wayhaught) share many great hot lesbian kissing scenes on the show, so it was hard to pick one, but a first kiss is always one that stands out.
Especially when it’s a very hot one like this one!
- A Simple Favor (2018)
This is another one of those extremely random lesbian kissing scenes that have absolutely no meaning and do not further the plot in any way.
Stephanie and Emily are just casually sitting on Emily’s couch talking when Stephanie gets emotional. That’s when the kiss happens.
Earlier in the film, Emily states that she’s bi even though that still doesn’t give the kiss much more meaning. But are we complaining?
I sure as hell wasn’t when I saw it in the movie theater. Guess we were still content deprived in the year 2018.
- The Favourite (2018)
Are lesbian films even allowed anymore if Rachel Weisz isn’t in it? I’m a huge fan of this film.
Everything about it is just amazingly done.
In this lesbian scene, Queen Anne and Sarah are making out, while Abigail accidentally has to witness the whole event.
Later on, Sarah and Abigail start fighting for the Queen’s attention, which is definitely one of the gayest things ever.
Also, goals much?
- Amar a Muerte (2018-2019) Capítulo 8
I’m not even going to try to explain the plot of this Mexican telenovela because it’s too much.
The only thing that really matters is that they have an extremely cute lesbian couple on their show, Valentina and Juliana.
Here Valentina is trying to teach Juliana how to float in the pool after which the two share their first kiss.
The way the two are hesitant to kiss each other, the lingering, ah it’s just so beautiful.
- Atypical (2017-2021) season 3, episode 10
The number of times I screamed “just kiss her!!!” at my TV with these two was getting ridiculous at one point.
Casey and Izzie were extremely frustrating to look at sometimes, but I guess they are an accurate representation of how useless we are when we’re in love with another woman.
This scene shows their first kiss and I think it’s a very cute one that fits their characters so well, too, since the two of them both run track.
In Atypical’s final season, we see the two go through many more changes – and we see them figure out how to be in a relationship!
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- One Day at a Time (2017-2020) season 2, episode 6
One Day at a Time is one of those series that should get a lot more recognition for what they’re doing than they’re getting because the show deals with many important issues.
In this episode, the apartment building is put on lockdown so Elena and Syd get stuck in the apartment.
Elena has a very hard time acting normal around Syd because she likes them so much, but Syd takes it the wrong way and thinks Elena doesn’t actually like them.
They get out on the balcony to get away from her, but Elena follows them and explains the situation. And they lived happily ever after.
I think the way the show has dealt with Elena’s coming out was relatable for many of us.
And I love the way they explain topics on gender and orientation with Elena and Syd’s relationship, who definitely make one of the cutest couples on TV right now.
You can watch One Day at a Time on Netflix & on Pop TV.
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