5 Famous Lesbian Movies

Tuesday, January 25 by Megan Bushree

The following list includes 5 famous lesbian movies. There is a strange fascination for films about women in love. Sometimes these films are about the forbidden desire that a women has for her friend, acquaintance or a perfect stranger. These flicks are all famous for being known as lesbian movies.

  1. "Gia" Although "Gia" is a film about a troubled young woman who became a modeling sensation in the early 1980s, it is mostly regarded as a film that Angelina Jolie portrays a lesbian supermodel. Jolie received plenty of accolades, including a Golden Globe, for fearlessly portraying the real Gia Carangi. The lesbian love story in the film surrounds Gia and photographer Linda (Elizabeth Mitchell). Linda is not quite as comfortable with her sexuality, nor does she trust that Gia is as serious about the relationship as she would like. The sad reality that Gia really isn't able to handle an adult relationship and begins to spiral out of control in every aspect of her life, which makes this lesbian film a bit of a downer.
  2. "Black Swan" The Darren Aronofsky psychological thriller has been getting rave reviews from critics who cannot seem to shake the perfection of Natalie Portman's portrayal of a tormented ballerina. There is plenty of Oscar buzz surrounding the two lead actresses, Portman and Mila Kunis, for their unflinchingly dedicated performances of what it takes to become engulfed in the world of dance. The other element of the film that is most talked about is the love scenes between the two lovely leads. Before the film was even released, it was widely known to include a lesbian love scene that was both dark and graphic, two things that Aronofsky never shies away from.
  3. "Mulholland Drive" There is a lot of weird that occurs in David Lynch's story of a small town girl who comes to Hollywood in search of stardom. Although there are plenty of characters to confuse us, including a director, actresses who share the same name, actresses who have more than one name, lounge singers, cowboys and a man who has a startling recurring dream, one thing is certain: there is a nice little lesbian lust story in there somewhere. The characters of Rita and Betty, or Rita and Diane, share an immediate connection, but are unaware of the reasoning. The two women attempt to form a friendship that begins as platonic and evolves into sexual, but wait. Do they already know each other? Is there a long and sorted relationship that preceded the friendship that they formed as a new arrival and amnesia victim? Getting past the pretzel of a plot, this film is often remembered for its love scenes featuring the two actresses, Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring.
  4. "But I'm a Cheerleader" A comedic take on the life of a teenage lesbian. Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is a naive cheerleader who doesn't realize that she may actually like girls. After her goody-goody parents decide that they must eradicate any possibility of their daughter being a lesbian, she is sent to a camp for rehabilitation. Of course the worst place to send a confused young girl with lesbian tendencies is a camp that is filled with other young girls who have those same lesbian tendencies.
  5. "If these Walls Could Talk" A serious film that features three separate vignettes about lesbian love. The first is a heartbreaking tale of a woman (Vanessa Redgrave) who must suffer through silence as her departed partner's family attempts to take possession of the home that that they once shared. The second story involves a liberal college girl (Michelle Williams) who falls in love with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. The third vignette tells the story of a modern couple (Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone) in their efforts to start a family. Throughout the decades, beginning in 1961 and concluding in 2000, each story packs an emotional punch and a glimpse into what it means to be a lesbian in love. 
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