10 Good Lesbian Movies

Wednesday, December 8 by Amin El-Gazzar

While it is hard to compile a list of 10 good lesbian movies, it is not impossible. Traditionally, Hollywood has always shied away from movies about gays and lesbians, which makes it much harder to find any quality films. Most films of this nature are low budget and suffer from bad acting, cheesy writing and poor film quality. There are, however, a few notable exceptions.

  1. "Desert Hearts", 1985 with Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau. This is a beautiful love story about a gorgeous casino worker falling in love with an aging professor. The college professor is getting a divorce and therefore vulnerable to the advances of the casino change operator. This is probably the first openly lesbian movie to ever be released to a mainstream audience.
  2. "But I'm a Cheerleader", 1999 with Natasha Lyonne. Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) is a happy and heterosexual cheerleader, but her friends are convinced she is lesbian. To "help" her they decide to send her to therapy to cure her homosexuality. But of course this backfires and Megan realizes her true orientation and embraces her sexual tasts.
  3. "Everything Relative", 1996 with Monica Bell, Carol Schneider. Normally, we would call this a boring coming of age story of some burnt out housewives coming together for a last ditch effort to relight their teen spirits. But beyond the poor acting and the over-preachy sociological undertones, the movie is telling a great story of unresolved romance and longing.
  4. "Bound", 1996 with Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon. A violence and sex filled story about two lesbian lovers that decide to steal millions from a mafia boyfriend. To make the sex scenes as realistic and hot as possible, the studio employed a sex choreographer to design the stylish sex scenes.
  5. "Boys on the Side", 1995 with Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Marie Louis Parker. The movie really is a road trip movie with lesbian tidbits sprinkled throughout. Three women go on a road trip to escape their brutal boyfriends and the depressing reality of being infected with HIV. One of the three is a lesbian who slowly breaks down social barriers and convinces the rest to also engage in homosexual exploration.
  6. "High Art", 1998 with  Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell. A respected editor for a photography magazine is drawn into the life of a famous heroin addicted photographer and her life on the darker side.  
  7. "All Over Me", 1997 with Alison Follard, Tara Subkoff. Tender story about two teenage girls who play in the same band. They soon discover that they both have feelings for each other and start discovering their blooming homosexual fantasies. Their lesbian love allows them to escape the brutal reality of abusive alcoholic boyfriends and parents.
  8. "The Incredibly True Adventures of 2 Girls in Love", 1995 with Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker. This is the story about a marijuana smoking cashier at a gas station falling in love with a married woman who hasn't moved a finger her entire life. Soon a relationship develops that moves quickly beyond friendship to a steamy lesbian encounter full of romance and heat.
  9. "If These Walls Could Talk 2", 2000 with Vanessa Redgrave, Marian Seldes, Chloe Sevigny, Michelle Williams, Sharon Stone, Ellen DeGeneres.  Most movies show the lesbian lifestyle in a way that has nothing to do with reality. Many filmmakers have tried to come close to telling the true story but only few have succeeded. This film definitely has made the cut. Probably the most realistic depiction of lesbian couples and life covering three couples living in three different decades.
  10. "Go Fish", 1994 with Guinevere Turner, V S Brodie. Nerd meets gorgeous girl, falls in love and they live happily ever after. A story told maybe a million times, but this time the story is about two lesbian looking for true romance and companionship. Even though it is a low budget production, the female director created a sensitive and beautiful love story.