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Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians 

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Updated March 30, 2020 1.3k votes 372 voters 16.2k views 27 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies featuring two women in a relationship.

 

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

Released: 2015

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Carol is a 2015 British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. In 1950s New York, aspiring photographer Therese Belivet ...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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ol Parker

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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Ann Ramz added Below Her Mouth Natalie Krill, Erika Linder

Released: 2016

Directed by: April Mullen

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I Can’t Think Straight ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
I Can’t Think Straight Lisa Ray, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia

Released: 2008

Directed by: Shamim Sarif

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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Blue Is the Warmest Colo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Released: 2013

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. French teenager Adèle ...more
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But I'm a Cheerleader is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jamie Babbit

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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Gia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Cristofer

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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Bound is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Bound Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Bound is a 1996 , drama, thriller film written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.
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Desert Hearts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Jeffrey Tambor, Audra Lindley, Denise Crosby

Released: 1985

Directed by: Donna Deitch

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) 10 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Elena Anaya, Enrico Lo Verso, Natasha Yarovenko

Released: 2010

Directed by: Julio Medem

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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The World Unseen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Lisa Ray, Nandana Sen, Parvin Dabas

Released: 2007

Directed by: Shamim Sarif

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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Elena Undone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Elena Undone Necar Zadegan, Edith Fields, Traci Dinwiddie

Released: 2010

Directed by: Nicole Conn

Elena Undone is a 2010 lesbian film written and directed by Nicole Conn.
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Kiss Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
stay4bangchan added Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson, Björn Kjellman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Alexandra-Therese Keining

With Every Heartbeat, also released as Kiss Me, is a 2011 Swedish drama film directed by Alexandra Therese Keining. The film won the "Breakthrough Award" at the 2011 AFI Festival.
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Freeheld is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon

Directed by: Peter Sollett

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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Lost and Delirious is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Mischa Barton, Emily VanCamp, Piper Perabo

Released: 2001

Directed by: Léa Pool

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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Jenny's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
stay4bangchan added Jenny's Wedding

Jenny's Wedding is a 2015 American romantic dramedy film directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue. Jenny is the middle daughter of a conservative Catholic family in Cleveland, Ohio, she is a closeted lesbian who struggles to come outto her family and get them to come to her wedding.

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Go Fish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
stay4bangchan added Guinevere Turner, Mimi Weddell, V.S. Brodie

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rose Troche

Go Fish is a 1994 American lesbian-themed independent drama film. Directed and co-written by Rose Troche, the film tells the story of the interrelationships of a small group of lesbian friends ...more
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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

Released: 2002

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

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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A Perfect Ending is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
marajanerogers added A Perfect Ending Morgan Fairchild, Jessica Clark, John Heard

Released: 2012

Directed by: Nicole Conn

A Perfect Ending is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Nicole Conn.
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Almost Adults is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
stay4bangchan added Almost Adults Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis, Winny Clarke

Directed by: Sarah Rotella

Almost Adults is a 2016 Canadian comedy film directed by Sarah Rotella. Two best friends in their final year of college struggle to keep their friendship together as they grow apart.
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Saving Face is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Joan Chen, Jessica Hecht, Michelle Krusiec

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alice Wu

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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Kissing Jessica Stein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Jon Hamm, Idina Menzel, Michael Ealy

Released: 2002

Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

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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Heavenly Creatures is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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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The Kids Are All Right ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko

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) 25 on the list Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians
Alexandra Dahlström, Ralph Carlsson, Erica Carlson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Lukas Moodysson

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