Lesbian & Bisexual Womenby Sanguine_Marble | created - 30 Jun 2013 | updated - 01 Jul 2013 | Public
I tried to focus on films with lead characters that are Lesbian or Bisexual. I have not included Boys Don't Cry, since I think Brandon Teena would have identified as Transgender rather than as Lesbian. Little Tidbit: I have an M.A. in Media Studies, so I tried to also include films that are less known.
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1. Producing Adults (2004)
102 min | Comedy, Drama
Longtime couple Venla and Antero come to a serious impasse. After years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family, but her boyfriend, worried that parenthood will stifle his speed-skating ... See full summary »
I love this one! It definitely doesn't get enough praise!
3. Saving Face (2004)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Votes: 8,381 | Gross: $1.19M
5. Ci qing (2007)
94 min | Drama, Romance
When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, ... See full summary »
6. Fire (1996)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance
Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,096 | Gross: $0.40M
8. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.
Votes: 21,532 | Gross: $2.21M
9. High Art (1998)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Votes: 8,900 | Gross: $1.93M
10. Vivere (2007)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
On Christmas Eve, Francesca sets out for Rotterdam in order to find her little sister, who has run off with her musician boyfriend. On the way, she picks up Gerlinde, a heartbroken older woman at the end of her rope.
Votes: 148 | Gross: $0.00M
11. The Secrets (2007)
R | 127 min | Drama
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 ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,686 | Gross: $0.12M
12. Bound (1996)
R | 108 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller
Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.
Votes: 44,024 | Gross: $3.80M
13. The L Word (2004–2009)
TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Romance
Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of lesbians living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.
14. Lip Service (2010– )
60 min | Drama
Lives, loves & lusts of Lipstick Lesbians in Scotland.
Great TV series that had two short seasons. Check it out on Netflix!
18. Show Me Love (1998)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.
Votes: 44,990 | Gross: $0.17M
19. Better Than Chocolate (1999)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,022 | Gross: $2.01M
20. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.
Votes: 79,551 | Gross: $9.08M
22. Elvis & Madonna (2010)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
Elvis & Madona is a romantic comedy that deals with an unusual subject in a delicate and realistic way: a love story between young lesbian Elvis and a transvestite Madona. The story takes ... See full summary »
I love this film! I wish more people knew about it. It features a rare relationship seen in film--a lesbian & a transvestite together.
24. Mädchen in Uniform (1958)
91 min | Drama
After the death of her parents young girl Manuela von Meinhardis is sent to a boarding school where Prussian drill rules the education. Desperately seeking love and warmth in Manuela's ... See full summary »
25. Viola di mare (2009)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance
Nothing - not her father, not the church - can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love, Sara. Based on a true story, Viola di mare, presents a ... See full summary »
26. El niño pez (2009)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A desperate love story between two young girls of extremely different social backgrounds who, unable to find a place for their love in the world they live in, are pushed to commit a crime.
Also, check out Lucía Puenzo's other amazing film XXY about an intersex teen.
27. D.E.B.S. (2004)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.
Votes: 12,977 | Gross: $0.10M
This one is a guilty pleasure! It's so fun to watch!
28. French Twist (1995)
R | 104 min | Comedy
After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.
Votes: 4,021 | Gross: $1.40M
29. The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama
Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who... See full summary »
30. Go Fish (1994)
R | 83 min | Drama, Romance
Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely, whom Max likes, but Ely is frumpy, homely, and older. Nor do they have much in ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,759 | Gross: $2.41M
31. Fingersmith (2005– )
Not Rated | 181 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.
32. Love My Life (2006)
96 min | Romance
Ichiko and Eri are two beautiful Japanese Uni students who are in a lesbian relationship. Ichiko comes out to her father who tells her he is also gay and her mother was a lesbian. Her best ... See full summary »
33. Lost Girl (2010–2016)
TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy
Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her ... See full summary »
How refreshing to see a Bisexual woman who is multidimensional! In the U.S. it can be seen on SyFy Network and on Netflix.
34. The Journey (2004)
107 min | Drama, Romance
In Sancharram ("The Journey"), Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah, in an idyllic Indian village where arranged marriage is the only acceptable form of coupling.
35. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
Votes: 53,271 | Gross: $3.05M
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance.
Votes: 3,802 | Gross: $1.98M
39. El Calentito (2005)
90 min | Comedy, Music
A posh girl introduces to a women punk band, having their first concert on a crucial event: 23F's coup d'etat.
Love this one!
40. The Gymnast (2006)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
The talented Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely & Amazing) was an impressive gymnast at the top of her game until a devastating injury ended her career. Now she pours the passion, strength ... See full summary »
41. Affinity (I) (2008)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A grieving upper class woman becomes a "Lady Visitor" at Millbank prison, hoping to escape her troubles and be a guiding figure in the lives of the female prisoners. Of all her friendships ... See full summary »
42. Crime d'amour (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance
Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. But when the protégé's ideas become tempting enough for ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,619 | Gross: $0.53M
44. Anyone But Me (2008– )
When 16 year old Vivian McMillan has to move from New York City to the suburbs, her relationships, past and present, are tested. And her identity goes through seismic changes. The daughter ... See full summary »
Love this web series! Now on DVD!
45. The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005)
102 min | Drama, Mystery
"Laughing Water - Mine Ha-Ha" is based on "Mine-Haha or Physical Education of Young Girls" by German author Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening, Lulu, Pandora's Vase). Thuringia, Germany, in ... See full summary »
This is a hard film to find, I have yet to see it.
46. Le nouveau monde (2008 TV Movie)
92 min | Drama
Another great unknown film about a happy French lesbian couple who decide they want to have a kid which threatens the stability of their relationship.
47. Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)
91 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.
48. A Marine Story (2010)
Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from ... See full summary »
51. Henry & June (1990)
NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,873 | Gross: $11.57M
Both Anais Nin & June Miller were bisexual.
52. Gia (1998 TV Movie)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death.
53. My Summer of Love (2004)
R | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.
Votes: 17,367 | Gross: $0.99M
54. Loving Annabelle (2006)
Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance
Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,142 | Gross: $1.10M
55. Imagine Me & You (2005)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.
Votes: 25,388 | Gross: $0.67M
56. Naissance des pieuvres (2007)
85 min | Drama, Romance
Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.
Votes: 7,503 | Gross: $0.08M
57. Les filles du botaniste (2006)
105 min | Drama, Romance
At the house of a famous Chinese botanist teacher his daughter and a female intern fall in love with each other - a forbidden love that must be kept secret.
I haven't seen this one yet, but it looks good.
59. All Over Me (1997)
R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,890 | Gross: $0.15M
60. The Hours (2002)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.
Votes: 109,392 | Gross: $41.68M
61. Wild Side (1995)
R | 96 min | Action, Thriller
While Bruno is an international money mover and influence peddler and Virginia is his very beautiful wife, his sexual appetite requires the services of banker and part-time hooker Alex. It's love at first sight. But, who are the lovers?
Love Joan Chen's character in this film! It's so fresh to see a multidimensional Bisexual Asian woman in film.
62. The Color Purple (1985)
PG-13 | 154 min | Drama
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
Votes: 66,107 | Gross: $98.47M
Not a fan of Steven Spielberg, but love Whoopi's performance.
63. Elena Undone (2010)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Fate brings two diversely different women together, and sets them on a collision course that will shatter their preconceived notions about love, life and the power of one's soul.
64. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
R | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance
A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.
Votes: 6,847 | Gross: $0.07M
65. Chloe (2009)
R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger.
Votes: 61,073 | Gross: $3.07M
66. The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at the life of 19th century Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister (1791-1840), who lived openly as a lesbian and kept diaries chronicling the details of her daily life.
Haven't seen it, but would love too!
67. A Perfect Ending (2012)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance
Rebecca has a very unusual secret, one that not even her best friends know about. The last person on earth she expects to reveal it to is a high priced escort named Paris. What starts as a ... See full summary »
I haven't seen this one yet, but it has great ratings on Amazon.com
68. Piao lang qing chun (2008)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance
Teddy Award-winning Director Zero Chou (Spider Lilies) weaves three poetic tales as the lesbians in Drifting Flowers seek their true identify. In the first story, Jing, a blind singer, ... See full summary »
70. Mosquita y Mari (2012)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama
After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.
Would love to see this one
71. Damned If You Don't (1987)
Not Rated | 42 min | Short, Drama, Romance
"Damned If You Don't is a real prize. Beautifully shot in black and white, it blends conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voicovers to create an ... See full summary »
If you love unconventional film, check out Su Friedrich's other films.
72. Habitación en Roma (2010)
Unrated | 109 min | Drama, Romance
A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.
73. Desert Hearts (1985)
R | 96 min | Drama, Romance
A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.
Votes: 3,677 | Gross: $2.49M
Definitely check this one out! An important film for LGBTQI Film Studies!
74. Hu die (2004)
124 min | Drama
A married teacher/closeted lesbian meets a young, free spirited singer who will allow her to rediscover herself.
Also called Hu Die.
76. Hannah Free (2009)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance
A film about a lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home.
I had the privilege of meeting Sharon Gless, and she is so lovely!
77. Gasoline (2001)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Mechanic Stella owns a gas station with introvert Lenni. When Stella accidentally kills Lenni's abusive mother, they try to dump the body. They run into trouble, thugs and cops but stick together as they fall in love with each other.
Votes: 325 | Gross: $0.00M
79. Cloudburst (2011)
Unrated | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A lesbian couple escape from their nursing home and head up to Canada to get married. Along the way, they pick up a young, male hitchhiker.
80. Lianna (1983)
R | 110 min | Drama, Romance
A happily married woman comes to realize herself of being a repressed lesbian after she has an affair with a female college professor, and then tries to come to terms with her newfound lifestyle.
Votes: 1,411 | Gross: $1.50M
81. Entre Nous (1983)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War
In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the... See full summary »
Who doesn't love Isabelle Huppert!
82. Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
High School grad and all American gal, Anna finds her purpose and herself after she hooks up with the radical feminists in The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.
Votes: 2,642 | Gross: $0.02M
83. Female Perversions (1996)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
An ambitious female attorney wallows in excess and meaningless sex with both male and female partners, while dealing with her personal life problems including helping her kleptomaniac sister.
Votes: 2,076 | Gross: $0.88M
84. Jack & Diane (2012)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Diane's feelings for Jack -- the girl she met over the summer -- begin to manifest themselves in terrifying ways when she learns that her friend will soon be moving away.
Votes: 2,372 | Gross: $0.00M
86. Je te mangerais (2009)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Music
Marie leaves home to study the piano at the conservatory in Lyons. Through lack of money, she is obliged to share an apartment with Emma, a friend of the family who has lived alone since ... See full summary »
87. Chasing Amy (1997)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Votes: 120,368 | Gross: $12.01M
90. Pandora's Box (1929)
Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.
Votes: 8,105 | Gross: $0.01M
Small scene that hints at Pandora's (played by Louise Brooks) bisexuality. Before the Hays Code in the 1930's, sexuality was a little more open.
91. Morocco (1930)
Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance
A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.
As do many, I just love that scene with Marlene Dietrich in a suit singing to a woman.
92. Apflickorna (2011)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Sport
Two adolescent girls on an equine acrobatics team form an intimate friendship that becomes threatened by their competitive nature.
93. Joe + Belle (2011)
Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A dark comedy about two girls who fall in love with their country and with each other en route from Tel Aviv to Sderot (the ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks).
96. Mistresses (2008– )
60 min | Drama
The lives and loves of four female friends: Katie, a doctor having an affair with a patient; Trudi, a 9/11 widow; Siobhan, a barrister; and Jessica, a commitment phobe who plays the field.
Shelley Conn's character has a relationship with Anna Torv in the first season of this all-female fronted show.
97. Bloomington (2010)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama
"Bloomington" is a coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor.
98. Red Is the Color of (2007)
Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The tense marriage between two painters is shaken and stirred when the husband's provocative free-spirited nude model ignites his wife's sexual and spiritual awakening. In a three way game ... See full summary »
99. The Girl (2000)
Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A torrid affair between two women, a struggling artist and a flame-haired blues singer, upsets a man who has a thing for the girl.
Votes: 375 | Gross: $0.03M
100. The Four-Faced Liar (2010)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two couples in their twenties, who are struggling to find substance and meaning in their lives and relationships, meet by happenstance in a New York City Irish tavern called The Four-Faced Liar.