Must-Watch Lesbian Movies to Get You Hyped for Pride Month

2024-03-01 // SuperPodium
Check out this collection of lesbian movies ranging from romances to comedies to thrillers, exploring the intricacies of identity and desire in queer cinema.

Representation of lesbian stories in film has improved, but there's still a lack of lesbian movies when you really need one. Fear not! This list of must-watch lesbian movies is the perfect collection to get you as hyped as possible about WLW stories and queerness in cinema. From romances to comedies to thrillers, these films delve into the complexities of identity and desire, along with the fun and excitement of counter culture communities. Some explore the history of real queer icons, while others provide incisive commentary on the political influences over lesbian couples worldwide. And of course, there are stories about two women falling in love and figuring it out, which are always relatable. Scroll through for more.

1. "Body Elevation" (2024)

Starring Kristen Stewart and Katy O'Brian, this lesbian thriller from A24 is set in a small-town in New Mexico. When the paths of Lou, a gym manager, and Jackie, a drifter and bodybuilder, cross, their chemistry is undeniable. However, Jackie's ambition for body elevation leads to violence that threatens their lives and love amidst the influence of Lou's criminal family.

2. "Gia" (1998)

This biopic portrays the life of real supermodel Gia Carangi, played by Angelina Jolie. The film focuses on her rise to fame as a fashion model and her tragic downfall, highlighting her loving relationship with her girlfriend Sandy Linter.

3. "The Kids Are All Right" (2010)

Nic and Jules, played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, have been together for 20 years and share two children. When their eldest daughter makes contact with their sperm donor, their dynamics and understanding of each other are tested. As their kids grow up and prepare to leave the nest, Nic and Jules examine their life together and what has kept their relationship strong.

4. "But I'm a Cheerleader" (2000)

This campy cult classic follows a naive cheerleader who discovers her own sexuality after being sent to a conversion camp. Starring Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall, it is a hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age story.

5. "Carol" (2015)

In 1950s New York, Carol Aird, played by Cate Blanchett, meets a young photographer named Therese Belivet, portrayed by Rooney Mara. Their instant connection threatens Carol's custody of her daughter as she is going through a divorce. They embark on a road trip to escape the pressures that might tear them apart.

6. "The Watermelon Woman" (1996)

Written, directed, and starring Cheryl Dunye, this film examines racism in romantic relationships between white and Black lesbians, and the representation of queer women in media. It provides a thought-provoking commentary on both the personal and societal levels.

7. "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" (2019)

Set in 18th-century France, this period piece explores love, connection, and societal expectations. A young woman portraitist arrives at a grand estate to secretly paint the subject, who is set to marry a suitor she has yet to meet. Secrets are revealed during a weekend alone, challenging their desires and the constraints of their society.

8. "Disobedience" (2017)

Ronit, played by Rachel Weisz, returns to her Orthodox Jewish community in London following the death of her father. She reconnects with her childhood friend Esti, portrayed by Rachel McAdams, and they must navigate their complicated relationship as adults in a conservative community.

9. "The Handmaiden" (2016)

Directed by Park Chan-wook, this Korean film is based on "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters. It follows a young con artist who falls in love with her planned victim, leading to unexpected twists and turns in their thrilling journey.

10. "Pariah" (2011)

This coming-of-age story centers around Alike, a 17-year-old discovering her own identity while grappling with her parents' contrasting reactions to her sexuality. Adepero Oduye delivers a powerful performance in this heartfelt and raw portrayal of self-discovery.

11. "The Favourite" (2018)

Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, this film explores the power dynamics and relationships within the court of Queen Anne. Humorous and provocative, it delves into themes of trust and the fragility of relationships.

12. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (2022)

In this metaphysical film, Michelle Yeoh portrays a disconnected mother whose daughter is trying to introduce her girlfriend. From familial to metaphysical, the movie explores the complexities of relationships and the consequences of parental shortcomings.

13. "Lydia Tár" (2022)

Cate Blanchett delivers a captivating performance as Lydia Tár, an incredible conductor with a complicated personal life. As her career unravels, she relies on her daughter Petra for support in this emotionally charged drama.

14. "Bessie" (2015)

Queen Latifah stars in this biopic of blues singer Bessie Smith, known as the Empress of the Blues. Directed by Dee Rees, it explores the challenges faced by Smith due to racism, societal stigma, and the ups and downs of show business.

15. "Ammonite" (2020)

Inspired by the life of Mary Anning, a renowned paleontologist, this film delves into her quiet and scientific world. When she forms a connection with a wealthy man's depressed wife, their relationship becomes sensual and transformative.

16. "The Half of It" (2022)

This teen rom-com follows a girl who develops a crush on her classmate's sister while trying to pursue her own artistic dreams. It's a heartfelt coming-of-age story that explores the complexities of love and self-discovery.

17. "Benedetta" (2021)

Set in 17th-century Italy, this controversial film tells the story of Benedetta Carlini, a young woman who claims to have a direct connection with Jesus Christ. Her relationship with Sister Felicita becomes the center of scrutiny and accusations of heresy.

18. "Booksmart" (2019)

This queer feminist take on a classic teen rom-com follows two nerdy friends on their last night before high school graduation. It's a hilarious and transformative adventure that explores friendship, identity, and the pursuit of fun.

19. "Bound" (1996)

Directed by the Wachowski sisters, this thriller stars Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as two women who develop a passionate relationship while caught in a dangerous situation involving the mafia. It's a gripping film with intense chemistry between the leads.

20. "Happiest Season" (2020)

This Christmas rom-com stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as a couple dealing with the challenges of coming out to their families. It's a heartwarming and humorous film that tackles themes of love, acceptance, and the holiday spirit.

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