|Rae D. Magdon
Unfortunately, good lesbian movies are hard to find. Movies require money, and lots of independent film makers don't have the funds to produce quality work. The lesbian movie market is sadly lacking compared to the regular movie world. However, there are a few gems out there, and I'm always looking for new lesbian movies to enjoy, so I thought I'd start a thread. What are some good movies you've seen? (Not porn. I mean, like, real movies (although sex isn't necessarily absent from them ;D)).
Better Than Chocolate (R) - Probably the ultimate lesbian movie. A nineteen year old lesbian, Maggie, is forced to share an apartment that isn't even hers with her mother and brother when her mother gets a divorce. She doesn't want her mother to know about her new relationship with a traveling artist, and meanwhile, her mother unknowingly befriends a transgendered club singer. The bookstore where Maggie works is also under assault by Canadian customs. Very sexy, funny, and thought-provoking. You can't not love this movie.
But I'm A Cheerleader! (PG-13) - Absolutely hilarious! A must-watch, even for the straight crowd. Poor Megan is sent away to a de-gaying religious camp by her parents, who suspect she is a lesbian. She falls in love with Grahm, a cynical heiress, who is there for the same reason. Despite their troubles, they run away together at the graduation ceremony.
Eulogy (PG-13) - Not absolutely lesbian-centered, but it's a pretty big part of the plot, and the movie is so good that it's worth watching. Katie is forced to deal with her weird family when her grandfather dies. His four children, all of whom hate each other most of the time, are forced to stay together in the same house. There's Skip, a pervert with two perverted twin sons who drove their mother away; a lesbian who just wants everyone to respect her upcoming commitment ceremony; Alice, a badgering mother of three who has made her husband and three children completely silent (and is also hiding a secret); and Katie's dad, a sad former child-star who is now in porn, much to his daughter's embarrassment. Meanwhile, the grandmother keeps trying to commit suicide in comical ways, including throwing herself out of a moving car and landing on top of Katie.
Bound (R) - If you can get through the cheesiness of the beginning (which is made that way on purpose), a VERY sexy thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat (or bed, if you're lazy like me and use your computer in your dorm room bed). Violet, a mobster's live-in girlfriend, is sexually attracted to Corky, a plumber/handywoman who moves in next door after doing time for "repossession and distribution of wealth". They start a clandestine affair when Violet confesses that she wants out, and wants to screw over the mob by stealing 2 million dollars from her boyfriend. However, things don't go according to Corky's plan, and the two risk everything for each other. The most touching scene is probably when Violet calls Corky in the next apartment over. Corky has the money, but Violet hasn't gotten away from Cesar. She is amazed to find that Corky hasn't taken the money and run without her.
Fire (R, for one nipple being shown for, like, 2 seconds, but really, -I- think it's more like PG-13)- This movie takes place in India, and there are very strong and interesting cultural references. Sita, a new bride, finds herself falling in love with the wife of her husband's brother, Radha, who hasn't had sex for over a decade because she is infertile, which caused her husband to listen to the teachings of an abstinence-supporting guru. Sita's husband makes no secret of the fact that he is in love with his Chinese girlfriend, Julie. Sita and Radha make plans to run away together, when they are found out by a household servant. Of course, they get away together in the end, but not before setting the house on fire and lots of drama.
DEBS (PG-13)- My girlfriend would kill me if I didn't post this one. The special effects suck, but that's part of the movie's charm. An absolutely adorable story of a DEB secret agent, Amy, who wants to be an artist, and ends up falling in love with "hardened criminal" Lucy Diamond, who isn't actually so evil after all. Silly, cute, and basically the perfect fluffy romantic movie to watch with somebody you love. 311/24/2008 #1
|Rae D. Magdon
I forgot a few! Here's three more. The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love (R) - Cute, but not as good as a few of the other movies out there. Two very different girls fall in love in high school, despite the objections of one of their mothers. A rich black girl and a rather uneducated white car repair assistant at a gas station find they have more in common than they thought. The end is a little ambiguous, but I like to think it leans more on the positive side.
Loving Annabelle (R) - There is only one sex scene in this one, but it is SO. Hot. Like, Better Than Chocolate hot. @_@ I love this movie. A teacher falls in love with her student at a boarding school. Or, rather, is practically seduced by the student, despite how uncomfortable she is with it. She's arrested at the end, but there's an alternate ending, don't worry. n_n A very cute, sexy, and romantic story that I enjoyed a lot (as long as you make sure to watch the alternate ending. It's not that the regular ending is sad... just ambiguous).
It's In The Water (R? PG-13? Not sure) - Very silly commentary on the social attitudes of the deep south. Alex meets up with her old high school friend, Grace, while volunteering at the Hope House for people living with AIDS. She finds out Grace is a lesbian, and they start a relationship that the entire town finds out about. Meanwhile, a male newspaper reporter who is trying not to be gay for his father finds himself attracted to a painter named Tomas, and they also start a relationship. Eventually, everything turns out happy when the annoying priest is caught at a leather gay bar (and he looks SO silly in his outfit, too).11/24/2008 . Edited 11/24/2008 #2
It's sad that I've seen all those movies except for 'It's in the Water'.
I'm currently on Nanowrimo break so I can't stay long but some that I've enjoyed include:
My Summer of Love
Gray Matters (As cheesy as Kissing Jessica Stein)
'Water Lillies' just arrived in the mail today so I'll watch that soon. I think it's another foreign film. Ugh, I hate subtitles, can't blink or you miss half the movie!
I'll try to add little blubs on such in Dec when this madness is over.11/24/2008 #3
What about Lost and Delirious - staring Piper Perebo, Mischa Barton - Mary Bradford is a shy, naive, freshman newcomer to a fancy girls boarding school where she strikes up a friendship with her two senior roommates, the overachieving Tori Moller, and the voraciously poetry reading, unapologetic, closeted lesbian Paulie Oster. As Mary tries to adjust to her new surroundings, with some guidance from the local groundskeeper Joe Menzies, she soon learns that Paulie and Tori are lovers. When Tori, under pressure from her classmates, wants to break it off with Paulie, she resorts to extreme measures to win Tori back. (although a lovely movie the ending SUCKED. I wrote to the film company and director about it, I was so angry. It was sending the wrong message.) watch it and see what you think
My favourite is Imagine Me & You - Staring Lena Headey and Piper Perebo. I love this the most because of the ending (won't spoil it)
Feast of Love - although not totaly lesbian movie, an aspect of it staring Selma Blair who falls for a woman. It is only a minor part
this person maybe our saviour. Rosser Goodman is a director and hopefully have some lesbian flicks in the pipeline11/25/2008 #4
|Rae D. Magdon
Okay... maybe this is kind of lame... but I can't watch a movie or read a story with a sad ending. I'm tired of seeing so many lesbian movies and TV shows end in heartache... I can't think of a single lesbian TV show that has the girl couple live happily ever after. Not in Buffy, not in Xena (and that's technically just subtext), and The L Word is just as bad as a regular soap opera, only with women... It's so discouraging to see the media's perception of us... or maybe I'm asking for too much. I guess I just want all the cheesy, romantic soul mate stuff that straight people can find. Red Doors looks like an amazing movie, but most of the other movies seem way too depressing for me. I LOVE Imagine Me and You, though. That's exactly the kind of movie I want. n_n It has a very happy, uplifting ending, even though there's some angst in it.
I guess it all stems from the 1950s pulp fiction... lesbian literature, movies, and TV shows have a history of ending in a depressing way. Beebo Brinker was the first book to break out of that mold. The publishers couldn't get anything sold if they depicted happy endings. Either someone had to die, or one of the women had to realize the error of her ways and end up with a man. That's the only way they were allowed to sell their prettily packaged smut. Sorry if this seems like a bit of a rant. I just find it depressing.
PS: Red Doors looks intriguing. I tried to find it on iTunes, but couldn't.
PPS: On the bright side, I just bought 5 Radclyffe books, so I'm waiting with bated breath for my mailbox to produce a package slip saying that they're here! *Squee*11/30/2008 #5
2 movies you must watch RR..... Imagine Me and You..... (you won't be disappointed) and Bound...... see what you think.11/30/2008 #6
At first I was going to say that it's unfair to write off a movie or story because there's no happy ending. But after reading through your post and really thinking about it, I see where you're coming from. However, forced happy endings to satisfy the viewer/reader isn't often a reflection of reality.
There have been instances where the creators have altered their work to appease the audience and it failed as a whole because the end result wasn't true to their vision. Now I'm not saying there shouldn't be happy endings. I always feel sad when the characters don't get together or one of them 'has to die to protect their love' or whatever bullshit justification there is. At the same time if they don't end up together, I can respect the reality of the situation.
Personally I think you could potentially miss out on some wonderful movies and books if you only seek a 'happily ever after ending' which often in lesbian fiction isn't there. Many of these stories are written from personal experiences, especially first time writers and more often than not, their first experiences weren't soul mate type relationships, and people can relate to that. There's nothing wrong with fluff, but at the expense of realism it can be too much at times.
I don't know, I'm rambling and depressed that Nanowrimo is over. :(12/1/2008 #7
|Rae D. Magdon
Knightmare, you make an excellent point. Where would the world be without Casablanca? Romeo and Juliet? Movies with sad or ambiguous endings definitely have a place in the movie world, just as books do. It's just that if you're overwhelmed with them, you get a little down. It's hard enough having your parents and some of your friends come down on you for having a lesbian relationship, you know? There's so much hate. And if you just see movie after movie and read book after book with sad endings, it makes you really depressed. I guess that's all I was trying to say. I wish there was a different proportion of happy-to-sad movie ratios... I don't want to exclude darker films altogether. xD12/1/2008 #8
Oh, another lesbian movie : If walls could talk 2 starring Ellen Degeneres & Sharon Stone. Its quite a old movie. But I'm a sucker for Ellen Degeneres, she's absolutely hilarious.12/10/2008 #9
I don't mind sad endings, but tragedies in lesbian stories are becoming cliche and a custom. There is no reason it should be that way. I mean, it doesn't have to be happily ever after, but even ambiguity is better than tragic ends. Star-crossed lovers are so depressing to read. Its as if educating people 'see, this is what you will become if you are a lesbian'. Well, that's only my opinion ^^
By the way, my favourite one is My Summer of Love. I was very delighted that there is no hints of showing discrimination towards homosexuals in the movie. Although I don't really think its a true lesbian movie though, just two girls fooling around. But it was so tasteful.12/13/2008 #10
I saw an independent film recently called "Even Cowgirls get the Blues" and, while it did have a sad ending, it was one of the best movies I've ever seen, and certainly the best indie film. It's a little strange in place, and you can kinda tell it was made while the writers were doing a lot of drugs, but it is sweet.
It's about a girl with big thumbs (yes, thumbs) gone hitchhiking across the country, only to fall in love (of course, obviously) It does have two heterosexual scenes, one of which is pretty graphic, but the main point isn't that. I liked it, and thought it was pretty brilliant.1/3/2009 #11
I really liked Lost and Delirious, even though (I'm slightly embarrassed to say) it made me bawl. I adore Imagine Me & You, and it's great that it's family-friendly. That movie is how all lesbian flicks should be; light-hearted, happy, and romantic. If you're gonna have a Piper Perabo marathon, watch Imagine Me & You last so you go to bed smiling and humming. Hihi.
Another I really liked was Goldfish Memory. It's not only about lesbian relationships, but more like Love Actually, with friends and relatives and how they're all somehow connected. There's like 2 lesbian relationships, 1 gay guy relationship, and a few more straight ones, and it's hilarious how they start (and some end). The script was witty, the characters were lovable and VERY relatable, and the ending was sweet. The movie really made me smile.
If These Walls Could Talk 2 rocks! It's the only movie ever that made me cry the first 15 minutes, and then smile and giggle at the end. It was cool.
Saving Face is also a must-see. Wil, a surgeon, is the daughter of a traditional chinese mother in a chinese community in New York. She falls for her boss's daughter Vivian, a dancer, just as she finds out her mother is pregnant without a husband. Wil's grandfather throws her mother out of the house until she gets married, and so Wil suddenly has a very high maintenance roommate - right when she seriously doesnt need one as things get more serious with Vivian. Wil helps her mother go husband-hunting but can't seem to get her mother to follow her heart, and is afraid to follow her own. It's very cute. And a happy ending!!1/4/2009 #12
I think the only lesbianic movie I've watched (which is a shame because I want to watch other les bian films) is a film called spider lillies which I enjoyed and would recommend XD1/4/2009 #13
I'm still in NJ on vacation but I was in my 'local' Hollywood video and they have a TON of lesbian movies now. I'm so jealous, in Georgia there's like 1 Hollywood video and it's miles away! All I have are billions of Blockbusters, but I have that total pass thing so I'll add the movies to my queue, hopefully if they have them. I also got another movie called 'Salt' which I have yet to watch, I want to check it out once I get back home later this week. I'm so behind in everything. :(1/5/2009 #14
Fingersmith is a must-see. It's pretty lengthy but other than that it is Great! I guarentee it will catch you off-guard. You'll never see it coming...
Here's an overview of the story:
Sue Trinder, an orphan raised in 'a Fagin-like den of thieves' by her adoptive mother, Mrs. Sucksby, is sent to help Richard 'Gentleman' Rivers seduce a wealthy heiress. Posing as a maid, Sue is to gain the trust of the lady, Maud Lilly, and eventually persuade her to elope with Gentleman. Once they are married, Gentleman plans to commit Maud to a madhouse and claim her fortune for himself.
Sue travels to Maud's secluded home in the country Briar where Sue and Maud forge an unlikely friendship, which develops into a mutual physical passion; after a time, Sue realizes she has fallen in love with Maud, and begins to regret her involvement in Gentleman's plot. (And this is only Part 1)1/13/2009 . Edited 1/13/2009 #15
I rented Fingersmith a while back, and you're right. I definitely didn't see it coming which made it all the more enjoyable. Gentleman was pretty cool. :)1/13/2009 #16
Omg, I've been sooo addicted to some movies that aren't on here.... Okay, Fingersmith is absolutely amazing! If you liked that one, try Tipping the Velvet (from the same author).. I must recommend these films... Heavenly Creatures, Sister my Sister, Murderous Maids (Les Blessures Assasines), and Boys Don't Cry... other than the Sarah Waters' films, the rest are quite sad...2/8/2009 #17
While this isn't technically a movie, though I did make it to promote my lesbian vampire story, in case anyone hasn't seen it.4/15/2009 #18
Bobbie's Girl with Bernadette Peters is a must-see - unfortunately I have yet to see it but BERNADETTE PETERS! Come on, that woman could make me watch ANYTHING.9/10/2009 #19
I've actually watched an almost scary number of them recently (thank you, Netflix). Some of them have already been mentioned.
Show Me Love- a Swedish movie about two high-school aged girls. I was iffy about it at first, but by the end, I loved it. Subtitles can be mildly annoying, but it's worth it.
Itty Bitty Titty Committee- an indie film about a militant feminist group that also focuses on a few relationships. Pretty good, overall.
Puccini for Beginners- kind of weird. The protagonist is a lesbian, but dates a man and a woman in this one. The ending saves it. I thought it was good.
Saving Face- focuses on a traditional Chinese American family, so you get a lot of cultural stuff along with a number of unorthodox relationships. Good, though.
Spider Lilies- I think it's Taiwanese, so you have to deal with subtitles again. A little hard to follow, but interesting. Worth a watch.
Aimee and Jaguar- German this time. Takes place around the end of WWII. Interesting, but intense (like most German movies...). Okay, but it doesn't end particularly well.
It's in the Water- focuses on the small-minded Southern town. It's kind of funny, but in a depressing this-still-happens-sometimes kind of way. It's decent.
I'm still waiting on Imagine Me and You and Goldfish Memory and But I'm a Cheerleader. They're on my list. I liked all the ones I listed, though.12/15/2009 #20
Here's some more lesbian movies that I just didn't see on the list already:
Un Amour De Femme: French movie about a lesbian dancer and a married woman who falls in love with her. Not my favorite, but interesting none the less.
Auf der anderen Seite (Or the edge of heaven): I honestly can't remember what language this is, Turkish? This one was good, the main characters are lesbians but the story revolves around more than their romance. The story is so impactful, the cinemetography is great.
Mango Kiss: An insanely gay movie. Really quirky. Makes fun of people playing into stereotypes kind of like But I'm a Cheerleader.
Ha-Sodot (The Secrets): Really, this movie is marvelous if you can manage to find it. It's a story about two deeply religious jewish girls going to school together.
Unveiled: A really well made movie. A woman from Iran is caught sleeping with another woman and the police attempt to arrest her. She escapes the country to Germany and tries to get into the country. One of my favorites.
When Night is Falling: A professor falls for a woman in the circus. It's a really sexy film.
Alright, there you go. Enough foreign lesbian movies (and some others) to get you by for awhile at least!12/15/2009 . Edited 12/15/2009 #21
I'm a supernatural girl myself, so I always love books/movies/tv shows etc with Lesbians who are vamps/were's/etc. -Lesbian Vampire Killers - a parody I know but I personally loved it because it was so funny, it's a light-hearted movie and it may not be everyone's cup of tea but it's something good to watch when you're bored and need a good laugh. It's British Comedy. But I loved Imagine Me & You, But I'm A Cheerleader, Bound and Loving Annabelle. Wasn't a fan of 'Better Then Chocolate' though, just wasn't my type :P12/19/2009 #22
I saw the Cheerleader one! And, The Itty Bitty Committee, and True Story of Two Girls in Love--skipped the sleepover part. I was sort of boring.2/13/2010 #23
Another sort of satire movie (better the Lesbian Vampire Killers though) is Bitch Slap! Which is making fun of all B-Rate Action Movie. The girls are GORGEOUS (especially Hel who literally looks and dresses as a 1950s pin-up girl) lots of Lesbian scenes, and the main one the girls actually asked an on scene bi-girl if it looked real enough because (from the words of Erin Cummings0 I wanted a lesbian to look at that scene and go "I want to be in the middle of that!" I myself loved the movie and have *that* scenes on my ipod.2/13/2010 #24
I really enjoyed 'The Truth About Jane.' You can watch it on youtube (search 'TTAJ queer movie'). I also recently watched 'The Roe Effect' which is a short film, about 20 minutes. It was okay, but very depressing and sad.2/15/2010 #25
Better Than Chocolate is not a good movie, but for some reason, still entertaining as hell. And I absolutely love Ann-Marie MacDonald's character.
I watched some of this movie called The Girl on youtube a while ago. I think it was French. Unfortunately, never finished it, and can't find it online now. It got bad reviews, but I liked the chemistry that I saw. That's all I really remember anyway, lol.4/26/2010 #26
I recently started a Netflix trial because my friend wanted to watch a movie together over Xbox live. I really didn't care about the service since I always felt their streaming was a gimmick and I don't exactly have super faster internet. Anyway, to make a long story short, they have a large selection of lesbian movies.
Even more helpful and awkward (when you have guests) is that once you watch one movie in a genre, it automatically suggests around ten or so similar movies. So Netflix isn't a bad place get access to lots of lesbian movies, of course many of them are trash but it also has a lot of hard to find foreign films too!8/9/2010 #27
I just watched a movie that turned out to be quite a surprise: Out at the Wedding. I was expecting some cheesy, unoriginal movie about a girl who pretends to be gay to get attention from her family and ends up worsening her sister and hers relationship, only to have an unrealistic makeup at the end. However, the movie was very funny and very genuine. Because of a miscommunication at her sister's wedding, the main character has to pretend to be gay so that her family doesn't meet her (male) fiance (who she has kept a secret) and so that she and her sister can work on their relationship. When the sister wants to meet the girlfriend, things get very confusing, very fast, for everyone involved... except the viewer. I found it easy to follow, the kisses were convincing (and sexy), there were few stereotypes (except for the flamboyant gay friend, but he was essential to the plotline), the jokes were fresh, and the reconciliation (especially between the sisters) was heart-felt and well-acted.
It's worth watching!8/10/2010 #28
Sounds interesting.8/10/2010 #29
Better than Chocolate was cute/funny, but lacked development. But I'm a Cheerleader is hilarious (and Graham is hot), Loving Annabelle was sweet although I'm not entirely into the whole teacher/student thing, and my alltime favorite was Lost and Delirious, just because I can relate to Paulie's overpassionate and deep thinking, although I didn't like the ending. It makes me cry everytime, but I get so into it.
I need to see Imagine Me & You, because that looks cute and I adore Piper Perabo.
There's also a new one out called The Kids are Alright that I need to see. Actually IN THEATERS. GASP.
Also, never ever ever see Kissing Jessica Stein. Terrible movie.8/11/2010 #30
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