Lesbian Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians  

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Love is love, and these mainstream lesbian movies celebrate relationships between women, whether they're destined to be together forever or doomed to split up. The best movies about lesbian characters focus on the triumphs and tribulations of being involved. This is a list of the greatest mainstream movies about lesbians including everything from The Hours to But I'm a Cheerleader to Imagine Me & You.

What films will you find on this list of great movies about lesbian characters? In Chasing Amy, comic book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls for fellow creative Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), despite the fact that she is a lesbian. Kevin Smith wrote and directed this 1997 film. Blue Is the Warmest Colour follows the blossoming connection between a shy teenager and an intriguing woman with bright blue hair. The Kids Are All Right examines what happens when a married lesbian couple meets their sperm donor. Other good films about lesbians include Kissing Jessica Stein, High Art, and Show Me Love.

It's up to you to decide which movie about lesbians deserves the top spot on this list. Vote your favorites up to number one, and please add any films that are missing.

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Carol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Carol is an upcoming British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars ...more
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Imagine Me & You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Matthew Goode
Imagine Me & You is a 2006 British-American comedy-romance film written and directed by Ol Parker. It centres on the relationship between Rachel and Luce, who meet on Rachel's wedding day. ...more
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I Can’t Think Straight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Lisa Ray, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia
I Can't Think Straight is a 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of ...more
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Ann Ramz added Below Her Mouth Natalie Krill, Erika Linder
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But I'm a Cheerleader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne
But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader ...more
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Bound is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni
Bound is a 1996 , drama, thriller film written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.
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Gia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis, Faye Dunaway
Gia is a 1998 biographical HBO film about the life of model Gia Marie Carangi starring Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Mercedes Ruehl, and Elizabeth Mitchell. It was directed by Michael Cristofer ...more
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Desert Hearts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Jeffrey Tambor, Audra Lindley, Denise Crosby
Desert Hearts is a 1985 lesbian-themed romantic drama film loosely based on the Jane Rule novel Desert of the Heart. Directed by Donna Deitch, the film stars Helen Shaver and Patricia ...more
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Room in Rome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Elena Anaya, Enrico Lo Verso, Natasha Yarovenko
Room in Rome is a 2010 Spanish erotic romance film, depicting emotional and sexual relations of two women throughout a single night in a hotel room in Rome. The plot is loosely based on another ...more
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky
Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more
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Elena Undone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Necar Zadegan, Edith Fields, Traci Dinwiddie
Elena Undone is a 2010 lesbian film written and directed by Nicole Conn.
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The World Unseen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Lisa Ray, Nandana Sen, Parvin Dabas
The World Unseen is a 2007 historical drama film written and directed by Shamim Sarif, adapted from her own novel. The film is set in 1950s Cape Town, South Africa during the beginning of ...more
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A Perfect Ending is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
marajanerogers added Morgan Fairchild, Jessica Clark, John Heard
A Perfect Ending is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Nicole Conn.
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Lost and Delirious is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Mischa Barton, Emily VanCamp, Piper Perabo
Lost and Delirious is a 2001 Canadian drama film directed by Léa Pool and loosely based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan. Lost and Delirious is filmed from the perspective of ...more
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Freeheld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon
Freeheld is an upcoming American drama film directed by Peter Sollett and written by Ron Nyswaner. The film stars Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes and Michael Shannon, and ...more
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Saving Face is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Joan Chen, Jessica Hecht, Michelle Krusiec
Saving Face is a 2004 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Alice Wu. The film focuses on Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American surgeon; her unwed, pregnant mother; and her dancer ...more
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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore
The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on ...more
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Heavenly Creatures is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey
Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme case in ...more
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Kissing Jessica Stein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Jon Hamm, Idina Menzel, Michael Ealy
Kissing Jessica Stein is a 2001 American independent romantic comedy film, written and co-produced by the film's stars, Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen. The film also stars Tovah ...more
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High Art is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson
High Art is a 1998 Canadian-American independent film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell.
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The Kids Are All Right is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo
The Kids Are All Right is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. A hit at 2010 Sundance, it opened in limited release on ...more
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Show Me Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Alexandra Dahlström, Ralph Carlsson, Erica Carlson
Show Me love is a 1998 Swedish film directed by Lukas Moodysson. The film follows the lives of two seemingly disparate teenage girls who begin a tentative romantic relationship. The film first ...more
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Chasing Amy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Smith
Chasing Amy is a 1997 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. The central tension revolves around sexuality, sexual history, and evolving friendships. It is the third ...more