Bisexual Films

by BisexualMedia | created - 11 Jan 2018 | updated - 02 Jan 2019 | Public

A list of movies with bisexual themes or characters. Not all will be "good-rep", not all are good films. I will try comment on the ones I've seen. Additional comments taken from "The Unicorn Scale" and BFI.

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1. Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 4,210

Unicorn Scale: 4/4 BFI: 10 great bisexual films

2. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

R | 118 min | Drama, Music

65 Metascore

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette

Votes: 34,880 | Gross: $1.05M

Unicorn Scale: 3/4

3. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 238,913 | Gross: $18.10M

Unicorn Scale: 3.5/4, "This is gonna be hailed as a modern queer classic, and it deserves the title. The film is sensitive and authentic without getting hacky ... it deserves to be seen and cherished." https://bisexual.org/the-unicorn-scale-call-me-by-your-name/

4. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh, Esther Wurmfeld

Votes: 16,407 | Gross: $7.02M

5. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

Votes: 25,200 | Gross: $1.59M

Story of a BDSMing poly throuple Does not use the word Bi

Unicorn Scale: 3.5/4, "See it. It’s fun, the dynamics are enticing, and the chemistry between the leads is palpable. Plus it’s just a damn good story." https://bisexual.org/the-unicorn-scale-professor-marston-and-the-wonder-women/

6. The Hunger (1983)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror

52 Metascore

A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff De Young

Votes: 24,575 | Gross: $5.98M

7. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 85,799 | Gross: $25.89M

Unicorn Scale: 4/4

8. Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (2005)

87 min | Documentary

A story of violence, love, sex, politics and media centered around the life of Griffith, a six-time world welterweight champion.

Directors: Ron Berger, Dan Klores | Stars: Don Dunphy, Benny Paret, Emile Griffith, Pete Hamill

Votes: 349

9. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Music, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 52,220 | Gross: $42.77M

BFI: 10 great bisexual films

10. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 305,320 | Gross: $105.26M

11. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 236,478 | Gross: $8.70M

The lead character sugests he is attracted to men and women, even if the term bi is not used

12. Crash (1996)

NC-17 | 100 min | Drama

50 Metascore

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 56,559 | Gross: $2.04M

13. Y tu mamá también (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama

88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 119,616 | Gross: $13.62M

14. Love Songs (2007)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Ismael and Julie enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice. When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Chiara Mastroianni

Votes: 9,464 | Gross: $0.10M

Les Chansons d’Amour / Love Songs

Unicorn Scale: 4/4, "An incredible and wildly romantic movie that shows us there is no right way to be in love.", "no one says they’re bi" https://bisexual.org/the-unicorn-scale-love-songs/

15. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship. Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 339,702 | Gross: $83.04M

Does not use the word Bi. Often overlooked or assumed a gay film.

Unicorn Scale: 4/4, "appreciate it for the great bi romance it is", "Their behavior, yearnings, gazes, attractions, relationships … they all adhere to the bi definition." https://bisexual.org/the-unicorn-scale-brokeback-mountain/

16. The Comedian (2012)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

Ed (Edward Hogg) is at a crossroads in his life. In his early thirties, his unrewarding job in a call centre is getting more and more frustrating, while his career as a stand-up is not ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Shkolnik | Stars: Edward Hogg, Elisa Lasowski, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Steven Robertson

Votes: 355

Quite bleak film about a bi man's life falling apart

BFI: 10 great bisexual films

17. Chasing Amy (1997)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee, Scott Mosier

Votes: 135,420 | Gross: $12.02M

Amy calls herself a Lesbian early on but is depected as bisexual

18. Kaboom (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

64 Metascore

A sexually "undeclared" college freshman's clairvoyant/prophetic dreams are the first sign that something very strange is going on involving his class-mates -- with him at the center.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida

Votes: 12,844 | Gross: $0.12M

19. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 48,515 | Gross: $10.21M

Has gay, straight and bisexual characters, even if the word is not used (due to being a period peice). Kinsey himself is shown as bisexual. On the whole a bi-positive film.

20. Slash (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

64 Metascore

Freshman Neil's Vanguard stories are all he cares about...until he meets the older Julia, who pushes him to put his own fan fic online. When the website's moderator takes a special interest in Neil's work, it opens up a whole new universe.

Director: Clay Liford | Stars: Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff, Courtney Bandeko, Michael Johnston

Votes: 1,109

21. Alright Now (I) (2018)

TV-MA | 95 min | Drama

A rock musician enrolls in college after she breaks up with her boyfriend and her band falls apart.

Director: Jamie Adams | Stars: Cobie Smulders, Richard Elis, Jessica Hynes, Emily Atack

Votes: 561

22. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 352,914 | Gross: $27.11M

23. 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.

Director: Josiane Balasko | Stars: Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko, Alain Chabat, Ticky Holgado

Votes: 4,870 | Gross: $1.40M

aka Gazon Maudit BFI: 10 great bisexual films

24. Sex in Chains (1928)

107 min | Drama

A young man is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a term in prison. There he forms a close relationship with his cellmate and upon his release his wife is concerned as to how prison has changed the man she married.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Dieterle, Gunnar Tolnæs, Mary Johnson, Paul Henckels

Votes: 270

aka Sex in Chains BFI: 10 great bisexual films

25. D.E.B.S. (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster, Devon Aoki, Jill Ritchie

Votes: 15,484 | Gross: $0.10M

Unicorn Scale: 3/4, does not use the word Bi, however "Queer Cinema Masterpiece" https://bisexual.org/the-unicorn-scale-d-e-b-s/

26. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Scotty Bowers, Lois Bowers, William Mann, David Kuhn

Votes: 1,262 | Gross: $0.46M

Documentary

Unicorn Scale: 4/4, "It’s worth the trip, baby.", "he easily uses the term “bisexual” to describe the encounters of his tricks, clients and customers" https://bisexual.org/the-unicorn-scale-scotty-and-the-secret-history-of-hollywood/

27. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A gender-queer punk-rock singer from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 34,615 | Gross: $3.03M

28. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

Anaïs Nin meets the American writer, Henry Miller, in Paris in 1931. She keeps a diary of her sexual awakening which includes Henry and his wife, June.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 12,950 | Gross: $11.57M

29. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 652,034 | Gross: $315.06M

Lots of queer coding, but no explicitly queer characters.

Valkyrie, Loki, Korg and Grandmaster can all be seen as queer but being a big studio PG-13 film this is only hinted at.

Evil-bi trope.

30. Les Biches (1968)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacqueline Sassard, Stéphane Audran, Nane Germon

Votes: 3,221

BFI: 10 great bisexual films

31. Loving Annabelle (2006)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Romance

The intelligent Annabelle starts in an elite Catholic girls' boarding high school after being expelled from the previous 2 schools. She's open about being lesbian. She's attracted to her teacher, Simone.

Director: Katherine Brooks | Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge, Michelle Horn

Votes: 12,396 | Gross: $1.10M

32. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 289,969 | Gross: $27.85M

33. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

Votes: 53,936 | Gross: $6.40M

34. Teorema (1968)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Mystery

A mysterious young man seduces each member of a bourgeois family. When he suddenly leaves, how will their lives change?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky

Votes: 12,991

aka Theorem BFI: 10 great bisexual films

35. Atomic Blonde (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 185,227 | Gross: $51.69M

36. Rent (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

53 Metascore

This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 50,256 | Gross: $29.08M

37. Auto Focus (2002)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson

Votes: 13,694 | Gross: $2.06M

38. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 189,747 | Gross: $117.73M

BFI: 10 great bisexual films Depicts bisexual women as amoral, hypersexual, cold-blooded killers

39. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 324,038 | Gross: $22.86M

40. Rope (1948)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 136,720

41. Score (1973)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adult, Comedy, Drama

Liberated '70s couple seduce another couple into experimentation with bisexuality and group-sex.

Director: Radley Metzger | Stars: Claire Wilbur, Casey Donovan, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant

Votes: 1,152

BFI: 10 great bisexual films Note: tagged as "Adult", contains real sex scenes The word Bisexual is not used but the film leaves no doubt that the main characters are bi

42. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

In a magically realistic version of Toronto, a young man must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes one by one in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 403,426 | Gross: $31.49M

43. Shortbus (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: Sook-Yin Lee, Peter Stickles, PJ DeBoy, Paul Dawson

Votes: 32,919 | Gross: $1.99M

44. Splendor (1999)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Veronica, 22, meets a writer and a drummer hunk at a club on Halloween. Why choose when she can have both? 3some? But then a third man comes along.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Kathleen Robertson, Johnathon Schaech, Matt Keeslar, Kelly Macdonald

Votes: 3,327 | Gross: $0.05M

45. Stage Beauty (2004)

R | 106 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desdemona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked for and eventually replaced?

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Derek Hutchinson

Votes: 10,269 | Gross: $0.78M

46. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R | 110 min | Drama

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