A List of 121 Lesbian Movies

121 of the Best Lesbian Movies

Look no further than our extensive list of 121 lesbian movies if you’re looking for that girl on girl fix. Whether you’re looking for a drama fiction, a true story or a light-hearted comedy, we a great collection of lesbian films listed below. Grab your popcorn, kick back and enjoy…

Blue is the Warmest Color

One of the best lesbian movies of all time, critically acclaimed and compared to the award-winning gay film ‘Brokeback Mountain’. Blue is the Warmest Colour is based on the 2010 French graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh and stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.
The plot centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love.

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A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.

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Bound (1996)

One of our favorite lesbian movies, directed and written by the Wachowski brothers, who are now the Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lilly. Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of a violent mob gangster, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), while Corky is fresh out of prison renovating the apartment next door.

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As the two women launch into a passionate love affair, they assemble an intricate plan for Violet to escape from Caesar, with two million dollars of the mob’s money, but the important part is to make it out alive.

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Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)

One of the relatively new lesbian movies. A young secretary goes on a journey of self-discovery in this satirical feminist comedy from director Jamie Babbit. Working as a receptionist for a plastic surgeon, twenty-something lesbian Anna (Melonie Diaz) is still trying to figure out her place in life. Leaving work one night, she stumbles upon a woman spray-painting feminist slogans on the walls of the surgery. Introducing herself, Anna learns that the woman, Sadie (Nicole Vicius), is the leader of a lesbian direct-action group calling themselves CIA (Clits in Action), who target billboards and stage public ‘events’ to get their message across.

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As the weeks pass, Anna grows increasingly attracted to Sadie and her band of merry women, but soon finds herself having to contend with Sadie’s longterm girlfriend Courtney (Melanie Mayron).

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Cloudburst (2011)

A Canadian-American adventure comedy-drama film by American-Canadian writer and director Thom Fitzgerald, starring Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker. The film is an adaptation of Fitzgerald’s 2010 play of the same name. Stella (Dukakis) and Dotty (Fricker) are a lesbian couple from Maine who embark on a ‘Thelma and Louise’ style road trip to Nova Scotia to get married after Dotty is moved into a nursing home by her granddaughter.

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Along the way, they pick up Prentice (Doucette), a hitchhiker traveling home to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother, and the three bond deeply as they travel.

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In this adaptation of the novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk in 1950s Manhattan, meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), a beautiful older woman stuck in a depressing marriage of convenience.

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As their bond deepens and they become romantically involved, Carol finds the strength to leave her husband (Kyle Chandler). Unfortunately, her spouse starts to raise questions about her fitness as a mother when he realizes that Carol’s relationships with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) and Therese are more than just friendships. Directed by Todd Haynes.

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I Love Her (2016)

This story is about a musician, Natalie, who moves to a big city and tries her luck at becoming famous. And here she finds not only a great opportunity for her career, but also a new love with another girl, Anna. They two are very different: one poor, the other one is rich, one of them writes music and sings, the other one cannot hear or speak…

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They are united by love for each other, but their own fears stand in the way of their happiness. They both go through doubts and pain. When they finally find courage in their hearts, it seems like it’s too late… But does true love have time limits?

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I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

Written and directed by Patricia Rozema, the title is taken from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot. Absent-minded photographer Polly (Sheila McCarthy) lands a job at an art gallery in Toronto which is operated by a woman named Gabrielle (Paule Baillargeon).

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Gabrielle tells Polly she regrets never becoming a great painter. Polly is impressed with Gabrielle’s paintings, and after she smuggles a piece into a gallery show, a critic praises it as a masterpiece. But when it turns out to be the work of Gabrielle’s lover (Ann-Marie MacDonald), Polly begins to understand how the art world works.

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Unveiled (Fremde Haut)

A German movie written and directed by Angelina Margarine in 2005. Iranian interpreter Fariba (Jasmin Tabatabai) escapes to Germany to avoid capital punishment for homosexual activity, but her application for political asylum is denied.

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Awaiting deportation, Fariba gains a new identity when fellow Iranian refugee Siamak (Navid Akhavan) kills himself. Disguising herself as a male, Fariba is released from detention as Siamak. Fariba begins working in a small-town factory while saving money for a fake passport that will let her live as a woman again.

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The Girl King

Based on the true story of Queen Kristina of Sweden, this is one of our all time favorite lesbian movies. Raised as a prince under a conservative Lutheran court, Queen Kristina grows up with ideas for modernizing Sweden and bringing an end to war. Kristina begins to rule at the age of 18 and is quickly faced with choosing between her country, a new male suitor, her people and her religion. She caused a scandal when she chose not to marry and anointed Countess Ebba Sparre, as her Bed Companion.

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Fighting for her country she chooses to take control of her destiny and to find the freedom she desires. ‘The Girl King’ is the captivating new feature by Finland-born filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki, one of world cinema’s most versatile and acclaimed talents. The English-language film is a depiction of several years in the life of the 17th century Queen Kristina of Sweden, the Girl King. Born in 1626 and queen by the age of six, Kristina was the most famous woman in the world during her lifetime and remains a controversial figure in Sweden to this day and one of the most influential and fascinating figures to have graced European history.

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Kiss Me (2011)

A runaway hit at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Kiss Me is a stunningly rendered and honest love story about what happens when you follow your heart. When Mia and Frida’s eyes meet for the first time at a party, the attraction is instant. However, Mia is engaged to be married to a man she believes she loves, so acting on anything seems out of the question.

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When subsequent circumstances throw the two women together, openly gay Frida finds it impossible to resist seducing Mia, and Mia finds it impossible to resist. Soon, Mia must choose between following her heart or fulfilling everyone else’s expectations of her. A candid and beautiful film, ‘Kiss Me’ is a classic lesbian movie in the making.

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Freeheld (2015)

The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However, the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this.

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Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells and activist Steven Goldstein unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

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Summertime (2015)

There was little chance, in the year 1971, that Carole, a Paris Spanish teacher, and feminist militant, would ever meet Delphine, the daughter of a couple of Limousin farmers. But they did meet and not only did they come across each other but they fell passionately in love as well.

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Unfortunately, Delphine’s father fell victim to a stroke, and the young woman had no other choice but to go back home to help her mother run the family farm. Carole, who was so smitten by Delphine, couldn’t stand the estrangement and decided to join her lover at the farm. But could feminism and lesbianism easily be transferred to the countryside and its standards of the time…?

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The Guest House (2012)

Eighteen-year-old Rachel is an aspiring songwriter who has given up on her music after the recent death of her mother’and without an attentive father figure in her life. Rachel s father’s newest recruit, Amy, is staying in their swanky Los Angeles guest house for the weekend. Amy becomes the sole inspiration that Rachel has been yearning for.

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A wholesome college graduate fresh to California from the cornfields of Iowa, Amy happily confesses her dreams and desires to Rachel over the course of the weekend and the two women gradually fall in deep passionate love.

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The Quiet (2007)

This erotic and suspenseful tale of passion, lies and betrayal stars Elisha Cuthbert as Nina Deer, a pretty cheerleader whose life is turned upside-down by the arrival of her parents’ godchild Dot (Camilla Belle), a deaf and mute girl recently orphaned by her father’s death. Although Nina looks upon Dot’s deafness with disdain, her family and friends develop a strange attraction to her, and Dot soon becomes a sounding board for everyone’s heaviest burdens.

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But when Nina becomes convinced that Dot is hiding a few secrets of her own, she decides to confess a family secret so disturbing, it cannot be ignored.

The Watermelon Women (2017)

An American lesbian film directed by Cheryl Dunye. It was the first movie directed by black lesbian. Cheryl is a young, African American lesbian who works in a video rental store in Philadelphia with her friend Tamara. They earn extra money by making professional home videos for people.

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Cheryl becomes interested in films from the 1930s and 40s which feature black actresses. She notices that these actresses are often not credited. She watches a film called ‘Plantation Memories’ with a black actress who is credited simply as “The Watermelon Woman”. Cheryl decided to make a documentary about the Watermelon Woman and find out more about her life.

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Starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, Ronit Krushka flies to London from her work as a photographer in New York City after the death of her estranged father. Ronit returns to the same Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her childhood affair with Esti, a female friend.

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Their fortuitous and happy reunion soon reignites their burning passion as the two women explore boundaries of faith and sexuality.
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Yes or No (Thai: อยากรัก ก็รักเลย “Let’s Love As We Wish”)

A Thai Film starring Sucharat “Aom” Manaying and Suppanad “Tina” Jitaleela. The film was directed by Sarasawadee Wongsompetch. Pie comes from an upper middle class Thai family that adheres to traditional thoughts and customs, including a very vocal disapproval of homosexuality.

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Kim, on the other hand, carries herself with deliberate masculinity that defies convention and intimidates Pie on their first encounter, so much so that she immediately requests a roommate change which the college promptly denies.

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Daphne (2007)

As is well-known and frequently discussed, the gothically-inclined English woman of letters Daphne Du Maurier also happened to be a lesbian, but virulently suppressed these inclinations given her beloved father’s abhorrence to homosexual behavior – attitudes that Du Maurier imbibed and that gave her lifelong pangs of guilt and self-denial. She experienced two life-altering homosexual loves, however: an irreciprocal one for heterosexual Ellen Doubleday, the wife of her publisher Nelson Doubleday, and another for bisexual actress Gertrude Lawrence, which Lawrence purportedly helped her consummate.

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As created for Du Maurier’s centenary, Claire Beavan’s BBC production Daphne dramatizes the connection between these two relationships; Beavan pulls from private letters and memoirs to depict the series of events by which Du Maurier (played by Geraldine Somerville) fell into an impassioned love for Doubleday (Elizabeth McGovern), and how the unrequited nature of that love spurred her on to author a play about forbidden romantic longings, September Tide – a play that, ironically, introduced her to the second great love of her life, Lawrence (Janet McTeer). In so doing, the film not only resurrects a long-buried and hidden part of Du Maurier’s life but explores the connection between life experiences and highly personalized artistic expression. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi.

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Better Than Chocolate

A Canadian movie directed by Anne Wheeler. Not long after moving into her own place, Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) finds herself with two unsolicited roommates: her recently divorced mother, Lila (Wendy Crewson), and her young brother.

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The timing is especially bad, considering Maggie has fallen hard for an attractive woman, Kim (Christina Cox), only hours before they move in. What could be a non-issue becomes increasingly complicated — since Maggie’s family is unaware of her sexual orientation, and Maggie is not open to sharing that information.

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First Girl I Loved (2016)

An American movie directed by Jeremy Sanga. Anne falls in love with the most popular girl in her high school.

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When she confesses how she feels to her best friend Clifton, he does everything he can to sabotage Anne’s potential romance.

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Elena Undone (2010)

Peyton and Elena are, on the surface, diametrically opposed – one, a well-known lesbian writer, the other a mother and wife of a pastor – but when their paths cross, several times over, they feel compelled to connect. What begins as friendship quickly blossoms into something deeper. Peyton tries to extricate herself before her heart wants what it can’t have.

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Elena can’t imagine not having Peyton in her life. And despite the fact that she has never even considered kissing a woman, Elena is overwhelmed with a desire to do just that. Despite Peyton’s reservations, Elena pushes the relationship into a full-blown affair. The two women fall deeply in love, both keenly aware a future together might be little more than a dream.

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Me, Myself & Her (Io e Lei) (2015)

Italian movie directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi. Marina and Federica have been together for five years now, they live in a gorgeous apartment in Rome, they share the same bed, they use the same face cream, they make love, they fight, but they still don’t know if they’re a couple.
Marina has it all: she’s beautiful and funny. Once a popular and loved actress, today she successfully runs a health food restaurant. She’s an independent, self-confident and curious woman, who knows what she wants and has no doubts about her sexuality. She likes women and she loves Federica.

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Federica is a busy respected architect with a marriage behind her and a grown-up son in his twenties, she has a difficult time to keep up (but who doesn’t?). Marina is the first and only woman of her life. Federica is overly discreet and very different from Marina. Marina and Federica’s love story suddenly reaches a crossroads. While Marina is happy to believe she is part of a couple, Federica, after meeting a man she once had a crush for, experiences a crisis of identity and starts asking herself what she really wants from life and love.
At times comedic and sometimes tragic, the answer will not be an obvious one to solve.

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The Truth about Jane (2000)

Written and directed by Lee Rose. High school student Jane (Ellen Muth) finds herself drawn to a new girl in her class, and quickly discovers that her feelings are sexual in nature. Realizing that she is gay, Jane tries to talk to her parents Janice (Stockard Channing) and Robert (James Naughton), who are horrified by their daughter’s revelation.

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Jane struggles to find love and acceptance, turning for support to her mother’s friend Jimmy (RuPaul), the only gay adult she knows well enough to trust.

The Secret Diaries of Miss Ann Lister

Anne Lister (1791–1840) was a well-off Yorkshire landowner, diarist, mountaineer, and traveler. Throughout her life, she kept diaries which chronicled the details of her daily life, including her lesbian relationships, her financial concerns, her industrial activities and her work improving Shibden Hall.

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Her diaries contain more than 4,000,000 words and about a sixth of them—those concerning the intimate details of her romantic and sexual relationships—were written in code.The code, derived from a combination of algebra and Ancient Greek, was deciphered in the 1980s. Lister is often called “the first modern lesbian” for her clear self-knowledge and openly lesbian lifestyle.Called “Fred” by her lover and “Gentleman Jack” by Halifax residents, she suffered from harassment for her sexuality and recognized her similarity to the Ladies of Llangollen, whom she visited.

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Room in Rome (2010)

A Spanish erotic, comedy-drama, lesbian romance film, depicting emotional and sexual relations of two women (Alba and Natasha) throughout a single night in a hotel room in Rome.

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The plot is loosely based on another film, En la cama (In Bed). Room in Rome was Julio Medem’s first English language film.

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Blush (Barash) (2015)

Israeli movie written and directed by Michal Vinik. A high school student uses alcohol, drugs, and friends to escape her troubled home.

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When a free-spirited girl moves into town, they fall in love almost immediately and give each other’s lives new meaning.

Late Bloomers (1996)

Written by Gretchen Dyer, directed by Julia Dyer. High School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process.

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Two Girls Descending The Stairs

They’re complete opposites. Adri has an Art degree but lives in that post-graduation limbo. Mona is a chill architect with plans and money to spare.

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A great passion is born, with the city in the background and the wind blowing the days away. Nine months, nine staircases and nine seasons of love.

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The Cricket and the Ant (La Cigale et la Fourmi) (2016)

A german-french short movie written and directed by Julia Ritschel. La Cigale et la Fourmi also known as The Cricket and the Ant, is a short film written and directed by Julia Ritschel. It tells the story of Lena, a 18 years old student who suddenly becomes interested in learning French, just before graduation.

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To tell the truth, it’s not really the language that fascinates Lena, but her teacher Katharina. After a game of seduction, a forbidden but furiously passionate relationship begins between the two young women, until their expectations emerge as too concrete to converge. The maturity of Katharina slowly brings her back to her old life, which leaves her lover in confusion and pain. Lena must now face reality and choose what path she wants to go down, if she doesn’t want to end up as devoid as the Cigale.

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Zoe Misplaced (2014)

Directed by Mekelle Mills. Zoe is a gay 20-something student whose regimented life is thrown into upheaval when she unexpectedly falls in love and is faced with making a series of choices whose outcomes not only impact on her independence but on the relationships with those most important to her.

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A Million Happy Nows (2016)

Written by Marisa Calin and directed by Albert Alarr. Veteran actress Lainey Allen (Chappell) is tired of being sidelined for younger talent on the soap she has starred in for twenty years. Coupled with finding it harder to retain her lines, she decides not to renew her contract, and she and her publicist and partner, Eva Morales (Leccia), move to a beach house overlooking the ocean on the Central California coast.

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The move highlights small changes in Lainey’s personality – mild depression that Eva puts down to leaving the show. But when Lainey starts to forget more than can be attributed to stress, Eva insists on a visit to the doctor. ‘A Million Happy Nows’ chronicles Lainey and Eva’s changing relationship as they struggle to deal with the diagnosis of Lainey’s Early Onset Alzheimer’s, the prospect of an indomitable woman’s future of dependence and her single support system – the woman who was once in awe of her, became everything to her, and will now look after her.

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Brides to Be (2016)

Written and directed by Kris Boustedt and Lindy Boustedt. Robin and Jenna are getting married. Robin is excited beyond words; Jenna is plagued by panic attacks and struggles to write her vows.

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But when they arrive at their secluded fairy-tale venue, sinister forces besiege them, threatening to tear them apart. Full movie you can find on lesbian movies TV and books FB page or on YouTube.

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Mosquita y Mari (2012)

Written and directed by Aurora Guerrero. When Yolanda Olveros meets her new neighbor Mari Rodriguez, all they see in each other are their differences. An only child, sheltered Yolanda’s sole concern is fulfilling her parents’ dream of a college-bound future. With her father’s recent death, street-wise Mari, the elder of two, carries the weight of her sister as their mother works to keep them above water. But despite their contrasting realities, Yolanda and Mari are soon brought together when Mari is threatened with expulsion after saving Yolanda from an incident at school.

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The girls forge a friendship that soon proves more complex than anticipated when the girls unexpectedly experience a charged moment between them. At a loss for words, the girls ignore their moment and move on to become best friends, unaware they have set in motion an unstoppable journey of self-discovery.
As Yolanda and Mari’s feelings reach new depths, their inability to put words to their emotions leads to a web of unspoken jealousy, confusion, and a sudden betrayal that ultimately rattles them at their core.

Liz in September (2014)

Originally titled ‘Liz en Septiembre’, this is a Venezuelan drama directed by Fina Torres, based on the play ‘Last Summer at Bluefish Cove’ by Jane Chambers. Every year, Liz, a hardcore party girl, and womanizer, celebrates her birthday with her friends at a Caribbean beach retreat.

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This year is different. She becomes unwell and hates the pity from her friends, so she decides to hide her terminal illness. When a young women arrives, Liz’s friends dare her to seduce her. But the ingenue is deeply wounded by the recent death of her young son, and nothing turns out as expected.

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Margarita With A Straw (2014)

An Indian drama directed by Shonali Bose. Laila is a young romantic, a secret rebel in a wheelchair. Undeterred by cerebral palsy, she embarks on a journey of sexual discovery. Her exhilarating adventures cause a rift both within herself and with those she is closest to.

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Ultimately, it is in the intensity of these bonds that she finds the strength to be truly herself.

To Each Her Own (2008)

Written and directed by Heather Tobin. Jess meets Casey, a very openly gay woman and quickly the girls form a strong romantic bond which forces Jess to come to terms with her true sexuality. Jess is captivated by Casey’s lifestyle, meeting Casey’s friends and accepting family sends Jess’s life spinning out of control.

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She does not know what to do as she falls deeper in love with Casey and risks losing her loyal and kind-hearted husband. Casey’s life is turned upside down as well, having been a very promiscuous woman and never feeling that true love was really her thing, until now! Ultimately, Jess is forced to choose between Casey and Trevor. Risking stability, her family and all that she knows for the great unknown and her new found love. “To Each Her Own” goes deep into the feelings and emotions that people go through while undergoing the coming out process, in hopes of helping people understand how truly hard the struggle can be with both internalized and external homophobia.

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Lianna (1983)

Linda Griffiths plays Lianna, the naive young wife of a professor bored with her life and angered at her husband’s blatant sexual indiscretions.

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She has an affair with another woman, Ruth (Jane Hallaren), and when her affair becomes common knowledge, she finds herself shunned by both her friends and family.

Ever (2014)

Written and directed by Josh Beck. While struggling to cope with the death of her boyfriend, a young woman begins to have romantic feelings for her new supportive female friend.

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Ich will dich (2014)

Marie is a successful designer and has a loving husband and two children. But fate offers more. When she meets the fiancée of their friend Dom, the two women fall for each other.

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This comes out and life gets out of control. Can there be a long-term solution? One of the listed lesbian movies from Germany.

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Seeking Dolly Parton (2015)

Directed and written by Michael Worth. When Charlie and her girlfriend Cerina decide to have a baby together, the idea of using Cerina’s ex-boyfriend Josh as the live-in donor turns an easy on-paper idea into a much more challenging event.

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A Perfect Ending (2012)

She’s elegant, wealthy and proper – an upstanding wife and mother with three grown children, a swanky estate and a horrible husband. But when Rebecca confesses to her friends about her unsatisfactory love life, they set her up with an exceptionally talented high-class call girl named Paris – and, needless to say, the lives of both Rebecca and Paris are changed forever. Filled to the brink with aching desire, the sexual chemistry is off the charts between ’90s TV icon Barbara Niven as the beautiful blond client and out lesbian actress Jessica Clark (True Blood’s Lilith) as the smokin’ hot hooker who truly does have a heart of gold.

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Grappling with a veritable soap opera of family drama at home, Rebecca escapes into the oasis of her encounters with Paris. Meanwhile, outside of her lucrative pleasure-worker day-job, Paris is a struggling artist with troubles of her own. Featuring a bold, beautiful, unleashed performance by Barbara Niven and a star turn from Jessica Clark, A Perfect Ending also boasts the fabulous Morgan Fairchild as the presiding madam of ill-repute and the talented John Heard (Home Alone) as Rebecca’s husband.

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Tru Love (2013)

A Canadian drama film written and directed by Shauna MacDonald and Kate Johnston.

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The film stars MacDonald as Tru, a commitment-phobic lesbian who is drawn into an emotionally intimate relationship with Alice (Kate Trotter), who is the the mother of her friend Suzanne (Christine Horne).

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Viola De Mar (The Sea Purple)

A woman who dares to live as she pleases is officially declared a man in this historical drama inspired by a true story. Angela (Valeria Solarino) is a strong, passionate, and willful woman whose father (Ennio Fantastichini) operates a mining business for the Spanish royal family. Her father wanted a boy and makes no secret of his disgust with Angela, despite (or perhaps because of) her willingness to flaunt the conventions of what is acceptable for a woman in 19th century Spain. Angela is powerfully attracted to her childhood friend Sara (Isabella Ragonese), and though Sara is pledged to marry Tommaso (Marco Foschi), Angela sets out to win her heart.

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Her father, however, has arranged a marriage between Angela and the son of a business associate; Angela bitterly refuses to wed the young man, declaring she would prefer death to the false relationship. Her mother, Lucia (Giselda Volodi), arranges for a radical solution to this dilemma; using some privileged information as leverage, she persuades the village priest to declare that Angela is, in fact, Angelo and has been a male all along. This action prevents Angela from marrying the boy and allows her and Sara to be together, but now her father insists she take her place in a business she doesn’t care about, and the community isn’t sure how to react to the new “man” in the village. Viola di Mare (aka Purple Sea) was an official selection at the 2010 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.

Imagine Me and You (2005)

Imagine you are getting married. The big day has arrived. You’re walking down the aisle on your father’s arm and your eyes meet the eyes of the person you know you’re going to spend the rest of your life with.

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Then, imagine that that person isn’t the nervous man standing next to the vicar. It isn’t a man at all. It’s the woman who’s been employed to do the flowers in the church. “Imagine Me and You” is a funny and fresh romantic comedy about that undeniable moment of knowing that someone is the right someone for you.

Loving Annabelle (2006)

The tough 17-year-old Annabelle (Erin Kelly) knows her rebellious behavior immediately all the attention pulling when she at her new school, a boarding school for Catholic girls, arrives. Fearing that the other students are affected by it, passes the stern headmistress on the popular Simone Annabelles teacher, to take her under her wing and keep an eye on.

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Simone, who leads a pretty boring life with her boyfriend, noting that the 17-year-old Anna-belle deeply hidden feelings loosens her, which she has long since felt more. Gives the teacher over it? Loving Annabelle (reminiscent of Léa Pool’s Lost and Delirious) is inspired by the classic German Mädchen in Uniform 1931 and is a modern take on the story of forbidden love.

The World Unseen (2007)

Based on the novel by Shamim Sarif. In 1950s Cape Town, progressive and free Amina (Sheetal Sheth) co-owns a cafe with a black man named Jacob. One day, a beautiful housewife named Miriam (Lisa Ray) visits the cafe, and Amina is instantly smitten.

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Miriam runs a store outside of town with her husband, Omar (Parvin Dabas), and feels increasingly stifled in her conventional life. She cannot help but give in to her desire when Amina comes calling.

Goldfish Memory (2003)

Written and directed by Elizabeth Gill. Quirky Irish drama about life and love in contemporary Dublin amongst a group of mismatched young people.

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Clara (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) sees her boyfriend Tom (Sean Campion) kissing another woman, something that sends her into a tail-spin through the Dublin dating world, where she meets a lecherous university lecturer, a cynical bike courier, and a bisexual woman who has run off with her boyfriend’s mistress.

I Can’t Think Straight (2008)

In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter, Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala’s best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala’s forthright challenges to Leyla’s beliefs begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, Tala’s own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious wedding are well underway.

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As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala finally cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to break free of her own self-doubt and her mother’s expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sexuality. When Ali and Leyla’s feisty sister Zara help throw Tala and Leyla together again, Tala finds that her own preconceptions of what love can be is the final hurdle she must jump to win Leyla back.

Lost and Delirious(2001)

A Canadian movie loosely based on the novel “The Wives of Bath” by Susan Swan, and directed by Léa Pool. Shy, unassuming teenager Mary ‘Mouse’ Bedford (Mischa Barton) is enrolled at a prestigious all-girls’ boarding school hidden away amongst lush countryside forest. Upon arrival, she is welcomed by her two roommates, the carefree and impressionable Tori (Jessica Paré) and excitable, temperamental Paulie (Piper Perabo).

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Mary soon discovers that Tori and Paulie are deeply in love with one another, yet when Tori’s younger sister finds out and threatens to break the secret to her friends and family, Tori breaks off the relationship. Unable to deal with losing the other half to her whole, Paulie will do anything to get her girlfriend back, even if it means risking her life.
A powerful and disturbing look at first love which features a trio of young and talented actresses burning up the screen years before they went on to break Hollywood.

The Pirate (La Pirate) (1984)

With the help of a couple of her oddball friends,a women takes her former lesbian lover to a hotel to convince her that their affair shouldn’t end.

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After much shouting and passionate making up, things become complicated when the lover’s husband shows up.Directed by Jacques Doillon. Stars: Jane Birkin, Maruschka Detmers, Philippe Léotard.

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Girls Can’t Swim (Lea filles ne savent pas nager) (2000)

A French movie directed by Anna-Sophie Birot. This wonderful debut feature captures the elusive relationship between two teenaged girls. Gwen and Lise live in opposite parts of France but have spent summer vacation together on the Brittany coast for years.

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The 15th summer of Lise and Gwen will be one of many contrasts, between love and desire, laughter and tears, life and death. An intimate, unflinching look at the intricacies of two girls’ lives.

Concussion (2013)

An American drama film written and directed by Stacie Passon and starring Robin Weigert. Although not autobiographical, the story was partially inspired by Passon herself suffering a mild concussion, in the same manner that is depicted in the film, shortly before she began writing the screenplay.

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Abby Ableman is a lesbian who becomes disillusioned with her domestic life and career after suffering a mild concussion when her son, Jake, accidentally hits her in the head with a thrown baseball. She then begins working as a prostitute for other women.

Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras)

a sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer’s block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary (Tracy Middendorf).

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Hoping to find inspiration on Mary’s sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more – a tempestuous relationship with Mary’s bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance, and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. The attraction of two polar-opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen. The film is based on the book “Flores rares e Banalissimas” written by Carmen L.Oliveira and directed by Bruno Barreto.


Based on the book of the same name by Sarah Waters, Affinity is the story of unmarried upper-class women, Margaret Prior, who start visiting the Milibank Prison in 1870. Victorian-era England.

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She is an unhappy person, recovering from her father’s death and a failed suicide attempt. She became a “Lady Visitor” of the prison hoping to escape her troubles and be a role model to the prisoners. As she peers through a flap in a cell door, she sees a young woman with a flower, and she is reminded of a Carlo Crivelli painting. Of all the prisoners, she is most fascinated by this woman, whom she learns to be Selina Dawes, medium of spirits

Tierra Madre (2010)

A Mexican movie directed by Dylan Verrechia, and written by Aidee Gonzalez and Dylan Verrechia. Based on the true story of Aidee González, a mother determined to raise her children with her partner in the Mexican border town of Tecate.

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Aidee works as an exotic dancer providing for her family. One day her partner shares her desire to have a child of her own and convinces Aidee to go on the hunt for a conceiver for a child.

Kissing Jessica Stein

A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman in this romantic comedy. Jessica Stein (Jennifer Westfeldt) is a woman with a solid career as a copy editor, but her love life isn’t much to write home about; she’s been through a long series of disastrous first dates that refuse to evolve into second dates, and the well-intended advice of her best friend Joan (Jackie Hoffman) and former boyfriend Josh (Scott Cohen) isn’t helping a bit. One day, Jessica is scanning personal ads in the newspaper with her friends, and she sees one with a quote from her favorite poet. Jessica reads on to discover that she has a lot in common with the person who placed the ad — too much so, since it turns out the notice is from a woman, Helen Cooper (Heather Juergensen), who manages an art gallery.

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Jessica figures it would at least be nice to hang out with someone who shares her interests, and she gives Helen a call. Jessica and Helen quickly strike up a close friendship that evolves into something more intimate, though neither of them has ever been involved with another woman … and Helen is a bit more avid about her new romantic horizons than Jessica. As their relationship progresses, Jessica finds herself struggling with her feelings about her new sexual outlook, and she isn’t sure how to break the news about her relationship to her mother (Tovah Feldshuh) as she tries to decide if she should bring Helen along to her brother’s wedding.

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Puccini for beginners (2006)

Written and directed by Maria Maggneti. When her inability to commit leads to a breakup with her girlfriend (Julianne Nicholson), opera-loving writer Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) winds up in the bed of amiable professor Philip (Gretchen Mol).

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He is so smitten with Allegra that he dumps his lover, Grace (Justin Kirk), and convinces Allegra to continue their affair. When Allegra meets Grace, sparks fly, and she begins a parallel romance, unaware that her new lover is the woman Philip left to be with her.

Hannah Free (2009)

An American lesbian romance film, adapted from Claudia Allen’s play of the same name. It is a story about living, loving, and letting go. Hannah and Rachel grew up as little girls in the same small Midwest town, where traditional gender expectations eventually challenged their deep love for one another. Hannah becomes an adventurous, unapologetic lesbian and Rachel a strong but quiet homemaker.

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Weaving back and forth between past and present, the film reveals how the women maintained their love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelities, and family denial.

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The Fox (1967)

Canadian Golden Globe awarded movie based on the D.H.Lawrence’s novel directed by Mark Rydell. Headstrong Ellen (Anne Heywood) and her more demure lesbian lover, Jill (Sandy Dennis), pass their time together on an isolated farm in rural Canada.

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While Jill longs for nothing more than spending her life with Ellen, Ellen is becoming discontented with their relationship. The farm’s former owner’s grandson, Paul (Keir Dullea), arrives unannounced and asks to spend the rest of his leave from the Merchant Marines living and working on the farm. But Ellen’s attraction to him could be disastrous.

Drifting Flowers

Taiwanese movie directed by Zero Chou. Far different from the tantalizing Spider Lilies, Drifting Flowers is a mood piece and a simple take on the (ever-so-fashionable) multiple-thread storyline.

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The film follows three branching storylines about lesbian characters, each examining a different kind of love.

Saving Face (2004)

An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama. Wilhelmina Pang (Michelle Krusiec) is a surgeon living in Manhattan whose mother (Joan Chen) is eager for her to settle down with a nice man and get married. What Ma doesn’t know is that Wilhelmina happens to be a lesbian — or rather, Ma prefers not to acknowledge it since she once walked in on Wilhelmina and her girlfriend several years before. As it happens, Wilhelmina is looking for someone special in her life and thinks she may have found her in Vivian (Lynn Chen), a beautiful dancer, but a fear of commitment and a desire to keep her medical career on track is making their relationship problematic.

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As Wilhelmina tries to get her love life in order, her mother’s shifts into crisis mode. Ma, a 48-year-old widow, has just discovered she’s pregnant, and her staunchly traditional father (Li Zhiyu) will not allow her back into the home they share until she’s married someone respectable. Unwilling to name the father of her baby, Ma is forced to move in with Wilhelmina, and while enduring the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy she is being pressured by friends and relatives to marry Cho (Nathaniel Geng), a sweet but boring man she doesn’t especially like. Saving Face was the first feature film from writer and director Alice Wu.

Fear of Water (2015)

A British movie directed by Kate Lane.

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Two teenage girls with parallel lives but coming from different socio-economic backgrounds meet one summer to discover friendship and a sexual awakening.

Producing Adults (Lapsia ja aikuisia-Kuinka niitä tehdään)

A Finish movie from 2004 directed by Aleksi Salmenperä. Venla (Minna Haapkylä) and Antero (Kari-Pekka Toivonen) are a couple who have been together for years, but have yet to try for a child.

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When Venla gets baby fever, Antero doesn’t share her enthusiasm, afraid it will negatively impact his speed-skating career. In fact, Antero goes as far as undergoing a vasectomy and keeps it from Venla. Determined to become pregnant, Venla goes to a female fertility doctor, Satu (Minttu Mustakallio), and eventually falls in love with her.

Nitrate Kisses (1992)

The first part of an experimental History Trilogy directed by Barbara Hammer. Nitrate Kisses combines interviews with four same-sex couples.
Hammer unveils an invisible history contextualized in relation to the sexual behavior of gays and lesbians of her time.
The couples featured in the film are making love, they are two elderly lesbians, an interracial gay male couple, two young pierced and tattooed women of color and an S/M lesbian couple. The scenes of the gay male couple are overlaid with the Motion Picture Production Code.

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Part of the film focuses on the story of American novelist Willa Cather, who destroyed many personal letters and papers before her death; the film argues that Cather was covering up evidence of lesbianism. (Note, however, that such claims have been disputed by other scholars of Cather’s life and career.) Another section of the movie explores the treatment of lesbians by the Third Reich.

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Tender Fictions (1996)

An autobiographical documentary film directed by American experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. It is the second of a trilogy of documentary films that includes Nitrate Kisses and History Lessons. Together, the three films are sometimes known as the “History trilogy”.

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Tender Fictions details Hammer’s life and her attempts to “construct” a self. The film was nominated for a prize at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.

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History Lessons (2000)

The third part of Barbara Hammer’s History Trilogy. In this wonderfully irreverent yet empowering film, Barbara Hammer traces lesbian history by presenting an extraordinary array of archival footage – and then playfully manipulates it to make it seem as though lesbians were everywhere.

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From popular films to newsreels, stag reels, medical and educational films, old nudies and more, ‘History Lessons’ reclaims and rewrites lesbian history.

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My Friend from Faro (Mein Freund aus Faro)

A German movie from 2008 directed and written by Nana Neul. Nana Neul’s blistering directorial debut, which has drawn comparisons with Boys Don’t Cry and Unveiled comes to DVD on a wave of film festival acclaim. An assured, mature piece of work that draws heartfelt performances from its leads, My Friend From Faro marks Neul as a talent to watch.Eternal daydreamer Mel can’t wait to quit her sucky catering job and fly to her dream destination: Portugal.

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Things change when the beautiful Jenny literally crashes into her life when Mel nearly runs her over in her classic BMW. It is love at first sight, however, there is just one problem: Jenny mistakenly assumes Mel to be a boy. Despite this, the pair becomes boyfriend and girlfriend. With Mel attempting to disguise her true gender at every turn, her journey from tomboy to out lesbian is fraught with life-defining dilemmas and sweet surprises.

Sand Dollars(Dólares de Area)

Written and directed by Israle Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán. An older European woman becomes enchanted with a young Dominican woman who must struggle to make ends meet.

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Love brings a flow of entanglement in a drama that unfolds like palm trees in an irresistible storm.

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011)

An American independent comedy film written and directed by Madeleine Olnek. It parodies lesbian culture and low-budget American 1950s science-fiction films in the style of Ed Wood.
The film is about three lesbian space aliens that come to Earth. Once on Earth, one of the space aliens, Zoinx, falls in love with an employee at a greeting card store named Jane.

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Jane shyly returns Zoinx’s affection and they begin a romance, though Jane does not know that Zoinx is a space alien. In the meantime, Jane, Zoinx and Zoinx’s friends do not know that they may be in trouble: there are two government agents -men in black— monitoring Jane as she starts to become closer to a woman who the men feel does not belong on this planet.

Cul-de-sac (2010)

Directed and produced by Ramin Goudarzi Nejad and Mahshad Torkan. Kiana Firouz, an Iranian lesbian who had left Iran to avoid of getting arrested, meets Sayeh, a journalist and activist focused on Iranian human rights issues in the United Kingdom. Sayeh tries to collect information about the controversial subject of Iranian homosexuals’ lives from Kiana, who had formerly tried to make an underground documentary about the suffering of lesbians in Iran.

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The story develops the relationship between Kiana and Sayeh against the background of recent uprisings in Iran and the series of incidents that led Kiana to collaborate with the opposition and eventually resulted in her claim of asylum in the United Kiana Firouz, an Iranian lesbian who had left Iran to avoid of getting arrested, meets Sayeh, a journalist and activist United Kingdom.

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Salmonberries (1991)

Canadian movie directed by Percy Aldon Roswitha (Rosel Zech), a lonely immigrant, works in the library of a small Alaskan town. When ill-mannered, sexually ambiguous Eskimo Kotzebue (k.d. lang) rudely disrupts her work, Roswitha refuses to help the strange woman researching her family history.

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But as Kotzebue’s repeated visits to the library begin to wear her down, Roswitha relents. Unlikely friendship blooms after the two strangers discover they share a love of the salmonberry, a wild Alaskan fruit similar to the raspberry.

The Secrets (Ha-Sodot)

An Israeli movie from 2007 directed by Avi Nesher. In The Secrets, two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out. Naomi, the studious, devoutly religious daughter of a prominent rabbi, convinces her father to postpone her marriage for a year so that she might study at a Jewish seminary for women in the ancient Kabalistic seat of Safed. Naomi’s quest for individuality takes a defiant turn when she befriends Michelle, a free-spirited and equally headstrong fellow student.

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When the pair encounters a mysterious, ailing foreigner with a disturbing past named Anouk (the iconic French actress Fanny Ardant) they begin a risky journey into forbidden realms. In the hopes of easing her suffering, Naomi and Michelle secretly lead Anouk through a series of Kabalistic cleansing rituals. The process opens up overwhelming new horizons for the girls who find themselves caught between the rigid male establishment they grew up in, and the desire to be true to themselves, no matter the cost.

The Stolen Diary (La Cahier Volé) (1992)

A French movie based on the novel written by Régine Deforges and directed by Christine Lipinska. The time of a summer, a girl (Virginia) will know the ideal love through that of three of his friends, Anne, Maurice, and Jacques.
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She keeps a diary that is stolen by a young man who loves her although she is in a lesbian relationship.

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4 Minutes (Vier Minuten)

A 2006 German movie. An embittered, 80-year-old piano teacher working in a women’s prison takes on the most challenging student in her enduring career in director Chris Kraus’ low-key musical drama. For years, Miss Krueger (Monica Bleibtreu) has been teaching classical piano to some of the most hardened female prisoners in all of Germany, but upon meeting brooding new inmate Jenny (Hannah Herzsprung), Miss Krueger finally seems to have found the one student she can’t break through to — until she hears Jenny play, that is.

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A former piano prodigy whose abusive childhood prompted her to neglect her natural gift for music in the name of survival, Jenny is a violent offender whose notorious temper has, as an adult, repeatedly landed her behind bars. Though she does still display considerable talent on the ivory, her decidedly antisocial behavior compelled the troubled prisoner to repeatedly sabotage opportunities to take part in recitals that would, at the very least, provide a momentary respite from her grim day-to-day existence.

Pariah (2011)

Directed by Dee Rees. Teenager Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). A lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity and is looking for her first lover, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents’ marriage already strained.

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When Alike’s mother presses her to befriend a colleague’s daughter (Aasha Davis), Alike finds the gal to be a pleasant companion.

The Favourite (2018)

Set in early 18th century England during war with the French. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her very close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper.

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When new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the comedic politics of war become time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

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Bloomington (2011)

Bloomington takes student/teacher relations to sexy new heights in this riveting and fresh drama. Jackie, a 22-year-old child star, leaves her Californian roots behind in a bid to gain a sense of normality and independence after her long-running TV show is suddenly canceled. During her first days at a mid-west college, Jackie meets the gorgeous Catherine Stark, a mysterious teacher with an infamous lady-killer reputation.

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In spite of warnings, Jackie quickly falls for her teacher s seductive charm and the two outsiders begin an intensely passionate relationship. Through the course of the school year, the couple’s bond grows stronger until Jackie is faced with the chance to audition for a feature film version of her now-defunct television show forcing her to choose between her public façade and controversial relationship. This multi-award-winning and undeniably sexy drama is set to be a sure-fire staple in modern lesbian cinema.

My Summer of Love (2004)

A British movie directed and co-written by Pawel Pawlikowski. When upper-class Tamsin (Emily Blunt) meets working-class Mona (Natalie Press) they are immediately drawn to each other. Although coming from different worlds, the two find common ground in their dysfunctional family lives.

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To seal their friendship, Mona introduces Tamsin to her born-again Christian brother (Paddy Considine), and Mona helps Tamsin spy on her adulterous father. Bound together by their secrets, Tamsin and Mona see their friendship deepens and enters into dangerous waters.

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Circumstance (2008)

Directed by Maryam Keshavarz, an Iranian-American filmmaker.

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An Iranian teenager (Nikohl Boosheri) enters a lesbian relationship, while her brother (Reza Sixo Safai) becomes dangerously obsessed with Islamic fundamentalism.

Sea Without Shore (2015)

A Swedish movie directed by André Semenza and Fernanda Lippi. A rhythmically captivating exploration of love and loss at the fin-de-siècle. An amorous relationship between two women abruptly cut short. Dissolving under the impact of the loss of her soul mate, the surviving lover is drawn into the depths of mid-winter forests, into spheres of the subconscious, initiated by unknown forces.

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There is no return. The stream-of-consciousness narration, a collage of poetic fragments, features words by 16th-century lesbian poet Katherine Philips, 19th-century fin de siècle poets Renée Vivien and Algernon Charles Swinburne whose agnostic, visionary poetry lends the film a hypnotic quality.

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But, I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

A hilariously cheesy satirical romantic-comedy directed by Jamie Babbit. Natasha Lyonne (of Orange is the New Black fame) stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader whose parents send her to a residential gay-conversion therapy camp to ‘cure’ her lesbianism.

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Megan soon comes to embrace her sexual orientation once she has arrived at the True Directions camp, and despite the expensive therapy, she falls in love with Graham (Clea DuVall).
RuPaul stars as the Camp leader. But I’m a Cheerleader was Babbit’s first feature film. It was inspired by an article about conversion therapy and her childhood familiarity with rehabilitation programs.

So Hard To Forget (Como Esquecer)

After breaking up with her enigmatic girlfriend Antonia, 35-year-old English Literature teacher Julia is thrown into a desperate, painful situation. Her life and values have been tinged with unbearable melancholy and her thoughts seem to be reduced to out-of-focus fragments of her memories.

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Her inner turmoil makes it difficult to adapt to a new life. But throughout this process, she finds new friends like Helena, who also struggles with the experience of loss in her life. Sharing the same experience of pain and solicitude the two women become closer.

Cracks (2009)

An independent movie based on Sheila Kohler’s novel, directed by Jordan Scott. Set in 1930s in a strict elite British boarding school.

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Miss G. (Eva Green), an enigmatic diving instructor, becomes obsessed with Spanish pupil, Fiamma (Maria Valverde) making Di (Juno Temple) terribly jealous, leading the movie to a tragic ending.

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Tomboy (2011)

A French drama film written and directed by Céline Sciamma. The story follows a 10-year-old tomboy, Laure, who moves during the summer holiday with her family to a new neighbourhood. At that time of life, when everything is still open, she experiments with her gender identity.

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The film opened to positive reviews, with critics praising the directing and the performers, particularly Zoé Héran as the lead.

The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters (Les Filles du botanist)

A French and Canadian movie, with the background set in China. Dai Sijie’s dramatic story of star-crossed lesbian love, The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters stars Mylene Jampanoi as Li Min, an orphan since the age of three who gets a job as assistant to a botanist. While on the island where they do their research, Li Min falls in love with the botanist’s daughter.

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The two secretly engage in a sexually charged relationship that blossoms into true love. When the scientist’s son arrives home after some time in the military, the commanding old man forces the son to marry Li Min. When the son discovers that his new bride has been intimate before their wedding night, tragedy ensues.

Violette (2013)

A French-Belgian biographical drama film written and directed by Martin Provost, about the French novelist Violette Leduc, author of Therese and Isabelle.
Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés.

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An intense relationship begins between the two women that will last throughout their lives. The relationship is based on the quest for freedom by Violette’s writing.

The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls In Love (1995)

Randy Dean (Laurel Holloman), a boyish lesbian who works at a gas station, has trouble performing in high school and is treated badly by bigoted locals because of her sexual identity. She begins an unlikely friendship with one of her school’s popular girls, the affluent Evie (Nicole Parker).

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But when their friendship blossoms into a romance, the two find themselves struggling with the intricacies and pitfalls of discovering love and having to reveal their relationship to friends and family.

The Handmaiden ( 아가씨)

A 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by legendary Park Chan-wook and starring Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, and Kim Tae-Ri.

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The film is adapted from the novel ‘Fingersmith’ by Welsh writer Sarah Waters, with the setting changed from the Victorian era to Korea under Japanese colonial rule.

Personal Best (1982)

Directed and written Robert Towne. Young sprinter Chris Cahill (Mariel Hemingway) is having difficulty reaching her potential as an athlete until she meets established track star Tory Skinner (Patrice Donnelly).

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At first, the two women form a friendship as Tory and her coach (Scott Glenn) help Chris with her training. Gradually, Tory and Chris start having an intimate relationship and become very close. Their intimacy becomes complicated when Chris’ improvement causes them to be competitors for the Olympic team.

The Investigator (1997)

Assigned to root out lesbians in the British military, a soldier turns from hunter to prey
Helen Baxendale stars as Caroline Meagher, who in the 1980s was an up-and-coming staff sergeant in the Royal Military Police. Caroline eagerly accepts a plum assignment with the Special Investigative Branch. But her task—to root out and interrogate suspected lesbians—becomes a nightmare as she gradually awakens to the truth about her own heart’s desire.

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Based on a true story, this stirring drama tells a shocking tale of intolerance, of private lives, invaded and careers destroyed—all carried out in the name of justice when the only crime is love.

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The Night Watch (2011)

Based on the historical fiction novel by Sarah Waters, the Night Watch movie was released by the BBC in 2011. In post-war London Viv Pearce, seeing married spiv Reggie runs a dating bureau with Helen Giniver, who lives with her older lover, authoress Julia Standing. Viv’s younger brother Duncan, a tormented homosexual, has been in prison and is sought out by his – straight – ex-cellmate Robert Fraser, who served time as a conscientious objector and is now concerned for the boy’s welfare.

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Viv encounters Kay Langrish, a wealthy, reclusive butch lesbian and for both women, this evokes memories of 1944 when Kay was a heroic ambulance driver and Helen was Kay’s girlfriend before Kay introduced her to her ex-lover, Julia. Viv had an illegal abortion, funded by Reggie, and, after she needed hospital treatment, Kay saved her from prosecution by claiming she was a married woman who had miscarried. Three years earlier Kay and Julia are still an item and Viv meets unhappily married soldier Reggie on a train. Kay pulls Helen from the wreckage of a bombed house whilst we learn why Duncan was in prison following a suicide pact with the boy he loved. As the scene returns to 1947 there are happier endings for some, not for others but there is still optimism.

The Four-Faced Liar

Set in New York City spanning six or seven months, Greg (Daniel Carlisle) has just moved in with his girlfriend Molly (Emily Peck). During their first night out since moving in together, Greg and Molly go out for drinks and a meal at a local bar called The Four-Faced Liar.

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There, they meet Trip (Todd Kubrak), his girlfriend Chloe (Liz Osborn), and his lesbian friend Bridget (Marja Lewis Ryan). Molly and Bridget bond as they discuss Wuthering Heights and relationships. Molly tells Bridget that she has everything in common with her boyfriend, but Greg lacks passion. Bridget tells Molly that she doesn’t have a girlfriend because no one can hold her interest for long enough to bother. Bridget is in fact flatmates with Trip where they always get up at the same time every morning and they both brush their teeth together while standing in front of the bathroom mirror.

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Juliet & Romeo (2015)

Short movie by Tucky Williams.
The greatest love story of all time, retold with a lesbian twist.

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Nina’s Heavenly Delights (2006)

A British drama romance comedy film, directed by Pratibha Parmar. When young Glaswegian cook Nina Shah (Shelley Conn) returns home for her father’s funeral after three estranged years in London, she begins a romantic relationship with Lisa (Laura Fraser), an old childhood friend who now owns half her late father’s Indian restaurant, The New Taj.

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Girls in Uniform (Mädchen in Uniform)

A German movie from 1931, remade in 1958 starring Romy Schneider and Lilli Palmer. After the death of her mother, teenager Manuela (Hertha Thiele) is sent off to boarding school run by the autocratic Fräulein von Nordeck (Emilia Unda).

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Initially withdrawn from the other girls due to her grief and anger at being sent away, Manuela is brought out of her shell by the beautiful and sympathetic young teacher Elizabeth von Bernburg (Dorothea Wieck). But when Manuela’s fondness for her teacher turns into a romantic attachment, it becomes a school-wide scandal.

The Fish Child (El niño pez) (2009)

An Argentine drama film directed by Lucía Puenzo. The film is a loose adaptation of Puenzo’s first novel of the same name.

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Lala (Inés Efron) a girl from a well-off Argentinian family is in love with Ailin (Mariela Vitale) who has worked as a maid for her family since she was 13. The two plan to run away to Ailin’s hometown in Paraguay. To finance the move they steal jewelry from Lala’s mother and paintings from her father.

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Gray Matters (2006)

Sam (Tom Cavanagh) and Gray (Heather Graham) are such a well-matched pair that it is difficult to believe they are brother and sister rather than husband and wife.

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They both share a love of 1940s movies and dancing, and when they meet Charlie (Bridget Moynahan), they have something else in common: They both fall in love with her. Sam must deal with unexpected feelings of jealousy, while Gray struggles to come to terms with her sexual orientation.

Serving in Silence (1996)

Margarethe “Grethe” Cammermeyer was born in Norway in 1942, while this country was occupied by Nazi Germany. In 1951 her family moved to the US and in 1960 she became a US citizen. She married and had four sons, but the marriage was not going well; it ended with a divorce in 1980.
She joined the US Army and later transferred to the National Guard in Washington State in order to be closer to her sons. She served as a nurse in various locations for more than twenty years, reaching the rank of a colonel. In 1988 she met Diane Divelbess, an artist and a professor of art, who became her partner in life.

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In 1989, during an interview for a promotion, she stated that she was a lesbian. That was when her troubles began. The official position of the army was that she could no longer serve.
However, her superiors did not want to lose her. They suggested that she should recant, i.e. take back her statement, but she replied: “I cannot lie. I have to be honest, even if it will get me into trouble.”
The army went ahead with its policy and in 1992 she was honorably discharged from her position in the Army and the National Guard.
The army is a place where you follow orders, but after thinking about it and after talking with those who were close to her, she decided that she was not going to follow this order. She decided to fight back. This movie is the story of her life, her career, and her fight for her right to continue serving in the army.

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The Journey (Sancharram)

An Indian movie from 2004, written and directed by Ligy J. Pullappally. Kiran (Suhasini V.Nair) is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah (Shrruiti Menon).

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They live in an idyllic Indian village where arranged marriage is the only acceptable form of coupling.

When Night Is Falling

A Canadian drama movie directed by Patricia Rozema. The story of Camille, who works at an uptight Protestant college as a professor of mythology. She has been going out with career theologian Martin for three years, but it appears her real true love is her dog, Bob. Bob dies in a tragic car accident and poor Camille is devastated. She is so upset that she grabs the wrong clothes from the laundromat.

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The clothes belong to the beautifully predatory Petra. Camille discovers the error and returns them to Petra’s workplace, an avant-garde circus in an empty warehouse where Petra confesses that she switched them on purpose so she could seduce Camille. Camille demurs. Petra begins following her and gets to kiss her in the lobby. Eventually, the persistent Petra succeeds and the two become lovers.

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La Répétition (2001)

Nathalie and Louise are childhood friends and while studying Drama at University, Louise becomes hopelessly obsessed with her friend. Jealous of Nathalie’s male friends, she breaks up the friendship, which closely follows a suicide attempt.

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Later, Louise marries, and after 10 years she meets the now accomplished actress, Nathalie. La Repetition follows their journey as their friendship comes together and breaks up again.

Butterfly (Hu die) (2004)

Chinese movie directed by Yan Yan Mak. Flavia is a thirtysomething married teacher. She has suppressed the memory of her adolescent lesbian fling with Jin and is stuck in a stifling marriage.

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A chance encounter in a supermarket with the playful and seductive singer Yip reawakens dormant feelings and she begins to think back on her teenage affair with Jin.

Heavenly Creatures

Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) is a student in New Zealand who doesn’t much care for her family or her classmates; she’s a bit overweight and not especially gracious, but she quickly makes friends with Juliet (Kate Winslet), a pretty girl whose wealthy parents have relocated from England. Pauline and Juliet find they share the same tastes in art, literature, and music (especially the vocal stylings of Mario Lanza), and together they begin to construct an elaborate fantasy world named Borovnia, which exists first in stories and then in models made of clay.

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The more Pauline and Juliet dream of Borovnia, the more the two find themselves retreating into this fantastical world of art, adventure, and Gothic romance as they slowly drift away from reality. The girls’ parents decide that perhaps they’re spending too much time together, and try to bring them back into the real world, but this only feeds their continued obsession with Borovnia (and each other) and leads to a desperate and violent bid for freedom.

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High Art(1998)

A Canadian-American independent award-winning romantic film directed by Lisa Cholodenko. When Lucy’s upstairs neighbor, the seemingly innocent 24-year-old blonde Syd (Radha Mitchell) enters into their lives, their world changes forever.

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High Art paints a startlingly real picture of the nature of an all-consuming bond between women, and the effect the haze of drugs and scourge of infidelity can have on that connection. A cinematic triumph that transcends any simple ‘lesbian’ tag.

With Every Heartbeat (Kyss Mig)

Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez) announces her engagement to her boyfriend Tim (Joakim Natterqvist) at her father’s 60th birthday party, where her father Lasse (Krister Henriksson) has just asked his live-in girlfriend Elizabeth (Lena Endre) to marry him.
When Mia meets Elizabeth’s fun-loving daughter Frida (Liv Mjones), she is initially wary to be accepted into Elizabeth’s family. Reluctantly, Mia agrees to a weekend getaway on the island of Fyn, Denmark, with Frida and Elizabeth. Forced to share a bedroom with Frida, Mia finds herself fascinated by the other woman’s free-spirited enjoyment of life. While out walking in the woods one night, Mia boldly kisses Frida leading to an amorous embrace.

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Frida is ready and willing to reciprocate and is soon feverishly intimate for the first time. With the weekend over, Mia must return to Stockholm and her life with Tim, and Frida returns to her life partner Elin (Josefine Tengblad). Both women find it hard to put the intimacy they shared behind them. However, neither woman is unable to forget about their secret passionate time they spent and Mia is left to decide whether to suppress her romantic feelings for Frida and go on with her wedding plans, or break off her engagement to Tim and pursue a new life with Frida.
A chance meeting leads to Mia and Frida escaping into the windswept Swedish countryside where they shed their inhibitions once more and, in the process, fall deeply in love. Will they have a future together or will their sexual attraction to each other bring everything in their perfect lives to a halt?

A Woman’s Love (Un amour de femme) (2001)

A French movie directed and written by Sylvie Verheyde. A woman caught in a comfortable but lifeless marriage gets a wake-up call that threatens to dismantle her entire existence in this erotic drama starring Raffaela Anderson and Anthony Delon. A successful osteopath living in Paris, Jeanne feels something is missing from her life. While attending a party with her husband, Jeanne makes the acquaintance of a professional dancer named Marie. As Jeanne and Marie form a close-knit bond and Jeanne begins taking private dance lessons from Marie, she soon begins to get back in touch with her body and realize her inner desires.

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When Marie reveals that she is sexually attracted to Jeanne, Jeanne quickly realizes that she too is attracted to Marie, and is slowly falling in love with her. When Jeanne confides her secret in a close friend, the shock that her revelation arouses spills over into her husbands’ suspicions that his wife is having an affair, overwhelming the woman whose life has suddenly taken a dramatic and unexpected turn.

Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

One of our favorite lesbian movies! Based on a true story, this drama was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered tragic consequences as a result. In 1993, 20-year-old Brandon (Hilary Swank) leaves Lincoln, Nebraska for the nearby community of Falls City, where she sports a crew cut, favors jeans and boots, and is regarded as a man by most of the people in town. While Brandon’s friend Lonny (Matt McGrath) warns her that sexual outsiders aren’t looked upon kindly in Falls City, she develops a reputation for being something of a ladies’ man, and is soon living with a single mother named Candace (Alicia Goranson).

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But when Brandon meets teenage Lana (Chloe Sevigny), the two become romantically involved almost immediately. Brandon makes friends with Lana’s mother (Jeanetta Arnette) and a burly ex-con named John (Peter Sarsgaard). John and his buddy Tom (Brendan Sexton) run with a rough group of men who like to drink and carouse, and they accept Brandon as one of their own. However, when Brandon ends up in jail on a traffic violation, her secret comes out, and, while Lana stands by Brandon’s side, John and Tom feel betrayed — and their anger soon boils over into violence.

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Fucking Åmål (Show me love)

A Swedish movie directed by Lukas Moodysson (1998). Teens Elin (Alexandra Dahlström) and Agnes (Rebecca Liljeberg) are schoolmates. Elin is upbeat and popular, while Agnes is morose and friendless. Both girls are very frustrated with life. Elin dreams of fleeing their dull Swedish town (Åmål). Agnes dreams of Elin.

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Though Agnes has never acted on her feelings, it’s widely rumored she’s a lesbian. But when Elin kisses Agnes on a cruel dare, it leads to an apology, a growing closeness between the girls and a plan to solve the problems of both.

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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)

A 1972 German movie directed and written by great Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This tale of intermingled love and hate is directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and is the 13th of the 33 films he made in his short life. It explores the universal dynamics present in close human relationships, even lesbian ones.

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Petra Von Kant (Margit Carstensen) is a fashion designer. Some time ago, she divorced the husband she no longer loved. Until recently, she has been in a fairly satisfactory S & M relationship with her assistant. When she develops an obsession with her fashion model, however, things become far more complicated.

Another Way (Egymásra nézve)

Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia is in the hospital with a broken neck; Livia’s husband, Donci, is under arrest. In a flashback to the year before, we see what leads up to the tragedy.

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Eva gets a job as a writer. She meets Livia and is attracted to her. Livia feels much the same, but as a married woman has doubts and hesitations. In their work, they (and Eva in particular) bang up against the limits of telling political truths; in private, they confront the limits of living out sexual and emotional truth.

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Fine Mrtve Djevojke (Fine Dead Girls)

Croatian movie directed by Dalibor Matanic 2002. Iva and Marija, who are a lesbian couple, rent an apartment in Zagreb in a building that seems to a safe environment for their love. But as time passes by, the atmosphere in the house gets more and more aggressive.
Elder Olga is dominating the house. Other tenants include her calm husband and her grown-up son Daniel (who has a crush on Iva), prostitute Lidija, an abused housewife, a widower keeping the corpse of his newly deceased wife, a gynecologist performing abortions and an ex-soldier who regularly plays martial music at night.

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The characters are meant to display madness of the post-war Croatian society. The conservative religious father of Marija is secretly tracing his daughter and pays Lidija to try to seduce Iva, which fails. After Olga finds out that Iva and Marija are lesbians, the situation escalates to rape, murder, and kidnapping.

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Desert Hearts (1985)

Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was…complicated.

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Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman.

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A HBO movie directed by Michael Cristofer. A’Gia’ is a biographical movie about openly gay supermodel Gia Marie Carangi who was sadly one of the first female celebrities to die from AIDS.

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Passages from Gia’s diary are included in the documentary that allows the audience to get inside her intimate thoughts. Angelina Jolie gives one of her best performance as Gia and as such, she was awarded a Golden Globe. Right until today, the rumors have stuck that ‘that scene’ between her and Elisabeth Mitchell was not acted, see what you think.

Set Me Free (Emporte-moi) (1999)

A Canadian/Swiss/French production directed by Léa Pool. ‘Set Me Free’ tells the tale of Hannah (Karine Vanasse), a tomboyish 13-year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard’s “Vivre sa vie” (1962) about a Parisian woman’s descent into prostitution.

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Her confusion surrounding what is real leads to a crush on her female teacher and her actively pursuing what it’s like to be a prostitute for an evening.

Fire (1997)

An Indian movie directed by Deepa Mehta. Sita (Nandita Das) and Radha (Shabana Azmi) are two Indian women stuck in loveless marriages. While Sita is trapped in an arranged relationship with her cruel and unfaithful husband, Jatin (Jaaved Jaafei), Radha is married to his brother, Ashok (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), a religious zealot who believes in suppressing desire.

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As the two women recognize their similar situations, they grow closer, and their relationship becomes far more involved than either of them could have anticipated.

Therese and Isabelle(1969)

Based on the Violette Leduc novel, directed by Radley Metzger. In this film, Therese is sent to an all-girl school when her mother marries a man who dislikes children. She meets Isabelle, and the two become fast friends.

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After they experience unfulfilling and often brutal sexual encounters with men, the two turn to each other and become lesbian lovers.

Eloïse (Eloïse’s Lover – English title)

A Spanish movie directed by Jesús Garage. Young woman named Asia falls in love with an artist, Eloïse and she starts to discover her sexuality.

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Scenes of Asia in a coma in hospital makes up most of the movie where her flashbacks reveal her desires for women. As the story unfolds, we discover their love story and the tragic accident that lead to her hospitalisation.

Portrait of a Marriage

Set in 1918, writer Vita Sackville-West and British aristocrat Harold Nicolson are a golden couple, who socialized in high society literary circles and whose friends included Virginia Woolf and TS Elliot.

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Married in 1913, their love endured and deepened over the course of their 50 years together. Each, however, was knowingly and repeatedly unfaithful to the other, Vita most famously with fellow writer Virginia Woolf. But only one affair threatened their union: Vita’s tempestuous liaison with her childhood friend Violet Keppel.
This 1990 BBC drama is the story of that affair based on an extraordinary literary biography by Nigel Nicolson, Vita and Harold’s son.

Aimée & Jaguar

In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust, married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood.

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For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim, a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive.

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The Children’s Hour (1961)

Based on the 1934 Stage play written by Lillian Hellman, directed by William Wyler. Longtime friends Martha (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen (Audrey Hepburn) run a boarding school for girls. When an unruly child, Mary (Karen Balkin), is punished for lying, she concocts a story that Karen and Martha are having a lesbian relationship.

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When the story spreads, parents withdraw their children from the school. The women’s lawsuit for libel hits many snags when they lack witnesses to speak for them. All the stress adversely affects Karen’s engagement to Joe Cardin (James Garner). Although the movie doesn’t have a lesbian scene, it speaks about the ‘stigma’ of lesbianism during the 1930s.

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