Best Lesbian Films to Watch

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1. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 10,844 | Gross: $1.19M

2. The Half of It (I) (2020)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn't expect to become his friend - or fall for his crush.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Wolfgang Novogratz

Votes: 31,523

3. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

R | 122 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 74,436 | Gross: $3.76M

4. Carol (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 120,608 | Gross: $12.71M

5. My Days of Mercy (2017)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a man on death row falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family's political cause.

Director: Tali Shalom-Ezer | Stars: Elliot Page, Kate Mara, Amy Seimetz, Charlie Shotwell

Votes: 3,887

6. Disobedience (2017)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser

Votes: 27,287 | Gross: $3.48M

7. Lovesong (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Jessie Ok Gray, Cary Joji Fukunaga

Votes: 4,581 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Imagine Me & You (2005)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie

Votes: 30,820 | Gross: $0.67M

9. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 142,964 | Gross: $2.20M

10. Bound (1996)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

Tough ex-con Corky and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 52,347 | Gross: $3.80M

11. I Can't Think Straight (2008)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman engaged to be married finds her life changed forever when she meets her best friend's girlfriend.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil

Votes: 8,089 | Gross: $0.04M

12. 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: 12,221 | Gross: $1.10M

13. 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.

Director: Nicole Conn | Stars: Necar Zadegan, Thunderbird Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks, Sam Harris

Votes: 5,563

14. My Summer of Love (2004)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews

Votes: 20,011 | Gross: $0.99M

15. High Art (1998)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A young female intern at a small magazine company and a drug-addicted lesbian photographer slowly fall in love while exploiting each other to advance their respective careers.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson, Gabriel Mann

Votes: 10,147 | Gross: $1.93M

16. Go Fish (1994)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A romantic tale about finding a soulmate. The only difference here is that both partners are women...in Chicago's lesbian community.

Director: Rose Troche | Stars: V.S. Brodie, Guinevere Turner, T. Wendy McMillan, Migdalia Melendez

Votes: 2,062 | Gross: $2.41M

17. Lost and Delirious (2001)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

After starting at an upmarket boarding school, a teenage girl forms close friendships with her two older roommates. However, when she discovers that her new friends are lovers she finds herself caught in a complicated situation.

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs

Votes: 20,465 | Gross: $0.30M

18. Better Than Chocolate (1999)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Maggie, 19, works at a lesbian/LGBT bookstore. Her mom's getting divorced and has invited herself to stay with Maggie. Maggie hasn't told her, she's lesbian. Her new girlfriend moves in as well.

Director: Anne Wheeler | Stars: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Votes: 8,133 | Gross: $2.01M

19. My Summer of Love (2004)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews

Votes: 20,011 | Gross: $0.99M

20. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 50,791 | Gross: $0.17M

21. Kiss Me (2011)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman engaged to be married finds herself in an affair with her soon-to-be stepmother's lesbian daughter.

Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining | Stars: Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjönes, Krister Henriksson, Lena Endre

Votes: 10,108

22. Below Her Mouth (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.

Director: April Mullen | Stars: Erika Linder, Natalie Krill, Sebastian Pigott, Mayko Nguyen

Votes: 11,143

23. The World Unseen (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen

Votes: 4,059 | Gross: $0.02M

24. Room in Rome (2010)

Not Rated | 107 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.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Votes: 22,936

25. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Park Chan-Wook | Stars: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Moon So-ri

Votes: 124,657 | Gross: $2.01M

26. Freeheld (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Director: Peter Sollett | Stars: Julianne Moore, Elliot Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon

Votes: 12,118 | Gross: $0.53M

27. Water Lilies (2007)

85 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

After meeting at a local pool over their summer break, a love triangle forms between three adolescent girls, which proves difficult to sustain as they each desire the love of another.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel, Warren Jacquin

Votes: 10,823 | Gross: $0.08M

28. Tell It to the Bees (2018)

TV-MA | 108 min | Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

In 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient's mother.

Director: Annabel Jankel | Stars: Billy Boyd, Gregor Selkirk, Anna Paquin, Euan Mason

Votes: 4,011

29. 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: 15,242 | Gross: $0.10M

30. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard, Kerry Butler

Votes: 20,004 | Gross: $0.90M

31. Concussion (2013)

R | 96 min | Drama

56 Metascore

After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can't do it anymore. Her life just can't be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor.

Director: Stacie Passon | Stars: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Ben Shenkman

Votes: 5,254 | Gross: $0.04M

32. The Summer of Sangaile (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

Director: Alante Kavaite | Stars: Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute, Jurate Sodyte, Martynas Budraitis

Votes: 2,859 | Gross: $0.00M

33. Princess Cyd (2017)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl visits her aunt in Chicago for the summer. While there, she falls for another girl, and she and her aunt challenge each other's sex and spirit.

Director: Stephen Cone | Stars: Marika Mashburn, Jessie Pinnick, Paul Brian Fagen, Keith Kupferer

Votes: 3,428

34. When Night Is Falling (1995)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny, David Fox

Votes: 6,832 | Gross: $1.19M

35. 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.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Linda Griffiths, Jane Hallaren, Jon DeVries, Jo Henderson

Votes: 1,611 | Gross: $1.50M

36. 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.

Director: Jacob Chase | Stars: Daniel Carlisle, Todd Kubrak, Emily Peck, Marja-Lewis Ryan

Votes: 2,520

37. Fear of Water (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

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

Director: Kate Lane | Stars: Lily Loveless, Alex Macqueen, Sara Stewart, Chloe Partridge

Votes: 351

38. 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.

Director: Fernanda Cardoso | Stars: Allison McAtee, Sarah Stouffer, Katherine Ann McGregor, Ray Zupp

Votes: 5,018

39. Sirens (2014– )

45 min | Mystery, Thriller

An Israeli cop is faced with the shocking discovery of her missing twin sister's body being washed-up on the seashore. The case opens old wounds and draws her deep into a roller-coaster ride of cryptic secrets and mysterious discoveries.

Stars: Magi Azarzar, Sasson Gabay, Roy Nik, Rotem Abuhab

Votes: 189

40. Sirens (2014– )

45 min | Mystery, Thriller

An Israeli cop is faced with the shocking discovery of her missing twin sister's body being washed-up on the seashore. The case opens old wounds and draws her deep into a roller-coaster ride of cryptic secrets and mysterious discoveries.

Stars: Magi Azarzar, Sasson Gabay, Roy Nik, Rotem Abuhab

Votes: 189

41. So Hard to Forget (2010)

100 min | Drama

Julia is a 35-year-old English Literature teacher struggling with depression as she tries to get her life back together again after her long, intense love affair with Antonia. Feeling ... See full summary »

Director: Malu De Martino | Stars: Ana Paula Arósio, Murilo Rosa, Natália Lage, Arieta Corrêa

Votes: 462

42. Summertime (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A young woman moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a feminist leader in this drama set in 1970s France.

Director: Catherine Corsini | Stars: Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Jean-Henri Compère

Votes: 4,544 | Gross: $0.04M

43. Intimates (1997)

117 min | Drama, Romance

Foon escapes an arranged marriage by walking the road of a Ji Sor. After an affair with Shing, she becomes pregnant. An attempted abortion nearly costs Foon her life. Wan, the young owner ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung | Stars: Carina Lau, Charlie Yeung, Ah-Lei Gua, Theresa Lee

Votes: 490

44. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, History

42 Metascore

A story set in nineteenth-century China and focusing on the life-long friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid social norms imposed on women.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Bingbing Li, Jun Ji-hyun, Vivian Wu, Russell Wong

Votes: 3,670 | Gross: $1.35M

45. Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

Directors: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Revathi, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal

Votes: 3,623



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