Queerlife staffers got together around a cup of “tea” recently and after much debate, decided on our top ten lesbian movie favourites of all time.
Scroll down to see if your favourite made the list…
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
This “campy” lesbian movie starring Natasha Lyonne and released in 1999, depicts a cheerleader who, although dating a football player, has a family who is convinced she is a lesbian. She is sent to a “reform” school – True Directions – to undergo treatment to ward off her ‘lesbian’ feelings. What was meant to be a means of changing Megan into a heterosexual woman quickly backfires as she finds love with another woman at True Directions. She doesn’t graduate from the school, but instead graduates into a love that she knows is true.
Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly play a fiery role with one another in this hot movie. Jennifer’s character, Violet, is dating a shady man, Caesar. Corky, depicted by Gina, is a convicted criminal-turned-plumber. She arrives to Violet’s apartment to fix needed repairs around the apartment only to fall into the catch of Violet’s ways and try to steal millions of dollars from a mob only to blame it on Caesar. The passion between Violet and Corky ride a large wave of love and suspense.
America’s first super model, Gia Carangi, who is played by Angelina Jolie, true story is displayed in this movie. Wilhelmina Cooper, Gia’s agent, quickly takes Gia under her wing and takes her straight to the top with her modeling career. Once Wilhelmina passes away, Gia turns to a life of drugs and falls into a love affair with her make-up artist, Linda. While this movie can easily be seen as a heartbreaking film, it does show the reality of fame and the price of addiction.
If These Walls Could Talk (2000)
This series of vignettes has some of today’s hottest stars playing various lesbian roles. Each story takes place in the same house, but in different periods of time. Some stories playing beauty, others playing sorrow, love is the main theme that runs through the series of short stories in this movie.
Go Fish (1994)
An independent movie that isn’t as well-known as others on this list but still deserve a nod is “Go Fish”. The setting of this movie, which takes place in around a coffee shop settled in Chicago, offers a location of mystery and movie fuelled with love and scandals. The twists and turns of relationships and love affairs are prevalent throughout this movie and are what drives this film.
Better Than Chocolate (1999)
Maggie and Kim, the two main characters in “Better Thank Chocolate”, are deeply in love and live with one another. Maggie’s mother, Lila, goes through a divorce and moves to live with Maggie and Kim. Meanwhile, Lila meets a transgender woman, Judy, who is preparing to go through a sex-change operation. Lila quickly learns more about her daughter, her friend and her daughter’s girlfriend during this exciting movie.
Loving Annabelle (2006)
In what seems to be a fantasy to many people, Annabelle is a student at a Catholic boarding school who falls in love with her teacher. Throughout the movie, the thrill of love with the teacher and the teacher having intimate feelings towards her student in return repeat throughout this sultry movie. The twists of this film captures the interests to many who love a good love story.
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is based on the true story of Brandon Teena, a female to male transgendered outcast in a small Nebraska town. Brandon falls in love with Lana Tisdale, who is unaware of Brandon’s transgender identity. Hounded on by a nagging mother, a spying sister and ruthless males in the community questioning her sexuality and gender, the truth about Teena’s sex isn’t revealed until she is imprisoned for falsifying checks. She is segregated with the women and questioned by girlfriend Lana about her sexuality which Teena confesses to. Teena succumbed to a violent death by those who hounded her and her memory still stands strong today as an advocate and representation of the transgender and LGB communities.
“Monster” is based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, one of the first American female serial killers. Aileen, who grew up with an abusive childhood, had a hard adult life that continued to follow her around. Using what she knew best, Aileen turned to a world of prostitution and along the way fell in love with another woman, Tyria Moore who was, as portrayed in the movie, unaware of the brutality that Aileen was akin to. During the movie is it shown that Tyria, or in the movie, Selby, would lie for Aileen, but at the time of testimony once arrested for murder, she did not defend her girlfriend, and Aileen was convicted of multiple murder charges of her Johns. Aileen died from lethal injection in October of 2002.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
This light-hearted comedy follows the life of Jessica Stein who is on the search to find the perfect man. In the midst of her journey, Jessica finds that she falls in love with a woman instead. Jessica files a personal ad in the local newspaper looking for a female, and responds to an ad from Helen. She quickly learns that she is falling in love with her as she would with a man, but not admitting to her family that she is in a relationship with a woman proves turbulent in the relationship. Finding true love and working through the confusion of same-sex relationship is what keeps this movie a classic and relatable movie for many lesbians