If you've ever found yourself gazing at the opposite sex wondering if the grass is greener on the other side, this list is for you. Ladies can appreciate a beautiful woman, that's for sure. But at what point does admiration turn into something a little more? Given gender and sexual fluidity, how can you really know where you exist on the spectrum without exposure to alternatives? And what better form of exposure is there than mass media? If you sometimes find yourself watching sapphic cinema and lusting for another woman, at least a few of these movies that make you question your sexuality will be familiar to you.
In light of all this, an obvious question arises: when does a film offer such a lucid picture of lesbian love it can make a woman question her own sexuality? The answer probably changes from person to person. Perhaps erotic lesbian movies get you hot and bothered, but it's great bisexual movies like Blue Is the Warmest Color, which explore the full spectrum of sexuality, gender, and the confusion that comes with it, that impact you emotionally. You should probably also ask yourself whether you're horny watching Wild Things or heart broken from the social injustice and restrictive codes on display in Carol.
Female sexuality in film is ubiquitous, but when women turn their attention towards each other, well, that's a different movie altogether, especially when that film deviates from the male gaze and takes a distinctly female or nonbinary view of sexuality. The eroticism of movies with lesbian affairs is second to none and can certainly make any girl wonder.
You know the scene. It begins as a murderous cat fight in a moonlit pool and ends in daring lesbian sex of the sort the mainstream film industry hadn't shown before. Denise Richards's and Neve Campbell's visceral ratcheting of sexual tension and the torrid tryst that releases said tension comes to mind whenever Wild Things comes up in conversation; more than a few remember rewinding once or twice.
The pool scene isn't even the sexiest scene Wild Things, so you'll have to watch it again if you don't recall a threesome and a bottle of bubbly, and the curiosity it aroused when you watched it with your girlfriends.
Actors: Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, + more
Initial Release: 1998
Directed by: John McNaughton
#33 on The Best Movies of 1998see more on Wild Things
At 179 minutes, Blue Is the Warmest Color is a serious commitment, but the film's depiction of female sexuality is unparalleled. The French drama, which won the Palme d 'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, is raw and real and probably shouldn't be the first film you view on this list, because the turbulent portrait it paints of discovering sexual fluidity in an antagonistic world might give you pause (those sex scenes will help you get over your doubt, though).
Just because Blue Is the Warmest Color French doesn't mean it's hard to watch. The relationship between the leads is riveting and erotic to say least, and their performances are phenomenal. The film's structure is fantastic - it's divided into two halves, which mirror one another - and has a lot to say about class, race, and the politics of relationships, if you care to scratch the surface. Carve out some time and give it a try.
Actors: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky, Aurélien Recoing, Salim Kechiouche, + more
Initial Release: 2013
Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche
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If you've seen Jennifer's Body, not much explanation is required here beyond Megan Fox. If you've read the title of this list and kind of get what it's about, not much explanation is needed beyond Megan Fox. If you're still looking for an explanation, what about Megan Fox kissing Amanda Seyfried? If you were a nerdy girl in high school who admired the hot girl not because you wanted to be her but because you wanted to be her girlfriend, this movie manifests all your fantasies in one scene.
That kiss is why Jennifer's Body will make you question your sexuality, or bring you back to a time when you did. What if you didn't just have to admire or look jealously at someone who embodies female sexuality? What if you could have that person sexually?
Of course, the movie offers a lot more than that, if you care to look. It's a subversive fable about a young woman who, inhabited by a demon, turns her back on patriarchal society, murdering men and taking herself away from them as a sexual object by reserving her sexuality for other women. There's some stellar writing and genius plot twists in writer Diablo Cody's follow up to Juno.
Actors: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pratt, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, + more
Initial Release: 2009
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
#36 on The Best Female Buddy Moviessee more on Jennifer's Body
You know how some people are just so damn interesting you could watch them read the newspaper and be enthralled? Cate Blanchett is that kind of person. Throw her in a great movie and you have a can't-lose proposition. Such is the case with Carol, a 1950s-set drama about a forbidden lesbian love affair, as directed by Todd Haynes, adapted from a story by Patricia Highsmith, and starring an equally terrific Rooney Mara.
Carol offers a lot to think about - a beautiful love story, some tender and very passionate sex, an unflinching examination of the hardships of being a gay woman in a straight man's world, an insightful look the sexual confusion of youth, and the complexities of navigating the straight of desire and social obligation. Let's just say you're not the only one that looked at your husband a little sideways while watching this steamy drama.
Actors: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Cory Michael Smith
Initial Release: 2015
Directed by: Todd Haynes
#51 on The Best Winter Moviessee more on Carol