I’ve watched a number of lesbian-themed films in order to help myself understand my sexuality better, as well as to feed that hunger inside me to experience, albeit visually, sapphic romance. I can’t say that I have enjoyed all the lesbian films I’ve seen because there have been those that made me go, “Ugh…” or “I can’t watch this anymore, let’s fast forward to climactic moments and to the end.” So, in order to save you lesbian film fanatics from such ordeal, here are my top 10 picks that I consider worth watching.
#10 Bitch Slap
An action movie featuring 3 sexy butt-kicking, bad-ass, hot gay women! There were times when I didn’t pay attention to girl fighting scenes here because some of it were just unnecessarily long. I don’t like watching girls getting violent all over each other. Moreover, the movie has a good deal of nasty talking and cussing. Most of it sounds too ridiculous to understand anyway. Overall, though, I would recommend this because both the storyline and acting are good, and the femme-fatales are absolute eyecandies.
“I’m gonna booty-bang bitch slap your fucking ass until you’re just this side of salvage. Then I’m gonna ram-ride girly’s show tits asunder before I plow both of you bitches under!” – Camero
#9 Saving Face
A romantic-comedy about two Chinese-American lesbians falling for each other. It’s also about clashes against cultural and traditional expectations. It has a happy ending, which I like. It is definitely a feel-good type of movie.
And, as a Chinese lesbian, it’s good for me to see at least a couple of Asian lesbians who are the main characters on a good storyline. Represent, y’all! More Asian gay people need to be on the screen.
“Kiss me. Now. In front of all these people” – Vivian
#8 Imagine Me and You
It tackles the debatable existence of love at first sight. Newly married bride, Rachel, feels an instant connection to the wedding’s florist, Luce. At first, Rachel tries to rationalize it as just friendship. But she soon finds out that Luce is a lesbian and questions her own sexual orientation. In the end, she has to choose whether to stay with the man she married or to pursue the woman she fell head over heels for.
Feel good movie. Gorgeous actresses. Great acting and chemistry. Sexy British accent. Need I say more?
“No, really, that you could meet someone, or just… across a room, and with that one glance you could look in their eyes and see their soul. Do you believe that could happen?” – Rachel
A tragic true story about a prostitute named Aileen Wuornos accused of being a serial killer. She lived an extremely hard life of abuse, drugs and sex with strange men. Upon meeting Selby, she fell in love and fought to have a normal life together with her. However, she was tried for killing some of her clients. Despite her claiming that she killed them in self-defense for trying to rape and murder her, she was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
The flawless Charlize Theron stars as the main character. She does it exceptionally well and her physical transformation to embodying Aileen is uncanny. This is a hard movie to watch and you can’t help but feel really bad for her because of all the hardships she had in her life.
“So I made a deal. I said God, I gotta spend this 5 bucks but when it’s gone, so am I so, if you got something for me in this life you better bring it on …. and there she was.” – Aileen
#6 Boys Don’t Cry
Another hard movie to watch, which stars Hilary Swank. It’s based on the heartbreaking, true story of female-to-male transgendered teenager Brandon Teena, who suffered through ridicule, rape and murder. It shows how monstrous some people can be because of ignorance. But despite the difficult life she knew she had to face because of her gender identity, she still had the courage to live her truth. She managed to pass out as male for a long time, and even fell in mutual love with a girl.
“Shut up, that’s your business. I don’t care if you are half monkey or half ape, I’m gettin’ you out of here!” – Lana
#5 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
Set in 19th century England, this movie is an interesting story about Anne Lister – a wealthy woman who deftly lived her life as a lesbian throughout that conservative time. She definitely knew how to get the ladies, and I believe, based from the movie, has had a satisfactory gay life, which I found to be a bit surprising because of the era she lived in. Anyway, the story is really good and I admire this intelligent and independent woman.
“I love and only love the fairer sex and thus beloved by them in turn, my heart revolts from any love but theirs.” – Anne Lister
Adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel, the movie depicts lesbain love during the Victorian era. Sue is a fingersmith, or a thief, who connives with Mr. Rivers to deceive Maud Lily into marrying him, to trap her in the madhouse and steal all her money. However, nothing is what it appears to be. Maud Lily and Sue falls in love with each other. Lust and betrayal come in between them. In the end, well, I don’t want to spoil it for you.
What makes the story interesting is not just the romance between the two women, but more about the twists and turns along the way. You can feel the chemistry between them, and their inner struggle to choose whether or not to trust one another.
“They’re full of words saying… how I want you. How I love you” – Maud Lily
#3 Kyss Mig (Kiss Me)
A Swedish film about an engaged woman falling in love with her lesbian stepsister whom she just met at their parents’ engagement party. While the plot seems a bit cliché, the story, setting, acting and chemistry panned out beautifully. The love scenes are helluva sexy too. I felt really enthralled from beginning to end of the story. Another thing I like about the movie is its use of Robyn’s heartrending song “With Every Heartbeat”. If you haven’t heard of that, please listen to the song.
“Varför kysste du mig?” – Mia ( I don’t know what the heck that means, LOL.)
#2 The Kids Are All Right
Veteran actors – Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo – grace this movie about how the family life of a lesbian couple with 2 children has been rocked by the visit of the kids’ biological father. The movie tackles the gray area of sexuality, the sheer strength it takes for a married couple to stay together, and the kind of love that builds a family.
“Bottom line is, marriage is hard. Its really fucking hard. Just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. Its a fucking marathon, okay? So, sometimes, you know, you’re together so long, that you just… You stop seeing the other person. You just see weird projections of your own junk. Instead of talking to each other, you go off the rails and act grubby and make stupid choices, which is what I did. And I feel sick about it because I love you guys, and I love your mom, and that’s the truth. Sometimes you hurt the ones you love the most. I don’t know why.” – Jules
#1 If These Walls Could Talk 2
The movie takes us to 3 different decades of lesbian love. It begins with an old discreet lesbian couple in the 1960s whose story revolves around the struggle of being ridiculed and having lack of rights as a committed couple. The next story is about the feminist movement which has occurred during the 70’s, and how one feminist who shuns the idea of women dressing as men falls in love with a cute, androgynous lesbian (starring Chloe Sevigny). Finally, the movie ends in 2005 with a romantic-comedy about a lesbian couple (played by Ellen Degeneres and Sharon Stone) trying to get pregnant through artificial insemination.
The stories and love scenes here are amazingly written and shot. What makes this movie even better is how it gives the viewers a historical idea about progressive changes in the gay movement.
You can listen to the song of the same name sung by Celine Dion here.
“All I want to do is love you. And just keep loving you, and love our kid, and have our kid witness our love. It’s all from love, how can that be wrong?” -Kal