Not to mention, the Marvel big bad Thanos took over over Earth in hopes of obtaining a collection of fine jewelry. In celebration of all this queerness, Vulture has assembled a list of 40 essential lesbian love stories from around the world: But all of them will hit you right square in the heart.
A lesbian love story made in the s! The Killing of Sister George You have to give it up for the legacy lesbian movies. Desert Hearts In this period piece set in , an English professor named Vivian Helen Shaver divorces her husband and sets out for the West.
While set up in Reno, Nevada, she meets Cay Rivvers Patricia Charbonneau , who draws Vivian out with her boldness and her big personality. The s were still early for lesbians on film, and Hearts was notable for not portraying the lead characters as awful people or subjecting them to terrible torment.
There are family complications and small-town gossips to contend with — and there also happens to be annoying institutional bigotry that makes being young and gay and out a tall order.
Indie cinema was at its peak, and we were still romanticizing working at video stores. Cheryl Dunye wrote, directed, and starred in this movie about an aspiring filmmaker who becomes fixated on learning more about an actress from the s known as the Watermelon Woman.
As she researches, she meets and starts a relationship with Diana Guinevere Turner , which creates friction between her and her close friend, Tamara Valarie Walker. Upon its release in India, Fire was protested, and theaters that played it were vandalized. But the women, as they do, persisted, and the movie is now a landmark in Bollywood cinema.
All Over Me Come through riot grrrls! All Over Me has a welcome twist: Fortunately for both, love awaits — but not before the extroverted girl cons the introverted one with a cruel prank. Syd is an ambitious aspiring photo editor at a magazine, and Lucy is a once-famous photographer who lives in the same building as Syd. See also from Cholodenko: Gia In her younger years, Angelina Jolie made a habit of playing women who were devastatingly compelling, and constantly on the edge of shattering.
Even though she won her Oscar for Girl, Interrupted, no character so fully embodied that wild volatility as Gia Carangi, a real model from the s who rocketed to global fame before a heroin addiction tore her down and she eventually died of AIDS. Gia looked for love and fulfillment in so many of the wrong places, but was too far gone to take refuge in the loving relationship she did have with her girlfriend Linda Elizabeth Mitchell.
You may never truly recover from the closing scene. You know where this is going. The movie is based on the book by Erica Fisher, which was written from actual accounts given to the author by the real Lilly Wust.
The first If These Walls was based around the theme of abortion, but the sequel delves into three stories of three different lesbian couples living in different decades. The fantasy stops, however, when the two young lovers are torn asunder by prejudice and the pangs of being a teen in a space not safe for young queers. Why, yes, we have that! Saving Face is about Wil Michelle Krusiec and Vivian Lynn Chen , two ladies brought together by unexpected attraction, pushed apart by diverging life paths, and then — well, it would be rude to spoil the end, but just get ready to dab your eyes.
No list of lesbian love stories would be complete without some schoolgirls who are also secret government agents, duty bound to apprehend a baddie Jordana Brewster who has a love thing burgeoning with one of the D. This movie has a boarding-school plot, nefarious seduction, lies, betrayal, sexual discovery, and more. This sweet little love story stars Piper Perabo as Rachel, a woman happily engaged to a very nice man named Heck Matthew Goode , but who only realizes what true love is for the first time after meeting the utterly charming Luce Lena Headey.
So many lesbian romance films involve death and tragedy and separation by the patriarchy or other horrible circumstances, but Imagine is just a movie filled with nice people doing their best. Life is complicated enough. It centers on two teenage girls coming into their own over the course of one summer in a lazy French suburb. The Secrets Ha-Sodot, Nothing lifts up a lesbian love story like repressive religious upbringings. The two also meet an ill foreign woman named Anouk Fanny Ardant , who they try to cleanse through Kabbalah.
Itty Bitty Titty Committee Somehow, Itty Bitty Titty Committee was made in , even though it looks like it was found in a time capsule from How lesbian is this movie? Circumstance If there is an emotional equivalent to getting doored by a parked car, Circumstance is it. But why is it so crushing?
Pariah Writer and director Dee Rees came on the scene as a force with her feature film debut, Pariah. The beautifully shot story focuses on Alike Adepero Oduye , a Brooklyn teen who is embracing her lesbian identity and looking for her first lover while taking heavy pushback from her mother about her masculine style — which obviously betrays her closeted sexual preferences.
It is one of the highest-profile — if not the highest-profile — black queer films of all time. These two are bolting for Canada so they can finally get married. I only see Robin Weigert serving up Julianne Moore domestic malaise realness.
The sex scenes are visceral and intense, but are still somehow outmatched by the yearning Exarchopoulos is able to convey in her eyes. Be prepared to feel everything. Their highly choreographed relationship is a fascinating, sexy, and strange look at sexual power dynamics, and the opulent home Cynthia lives in makes for one hell of a stage for the movie to play out on. Margarita With a Straw Written, directed, and produced by Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose, Margarita centers on Laila Kalki Koechlin , a teenage girl with cerebral palsy who takes a scholarship to attend New York University for a semester.
During her time abroad, she falls for a blind activist named Khanum Sayani Gupta. Rooney Mara plays Therese Belivet, a mousy shopgirl who manages to bewitch the classy and confident and semi-closeted married woman Carol Aird Cate Blanchett. Smith ultimately settled down with a man, Richard Morgan Mike Epps , but the movie puts into focus the racism, sexism, and colorism she confronted as a bisexual woman in the course of becoming an icon.
Also, Air provides the score, so get ready for a whole vibe. The Handmaiden With The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook delivered the greatest Shakespearean lesbian love story and long-con crime-caper period piece ever made. Like all movies from the auteur, Handmaiden is dark and funny and occasionally brutal and smart and devastatingly beautiful. Kim Tae-ri and Kim Min-hee star as a pair of women who have too long lived under the rule of men, and while the two meet each other as marks in a scam, they come together as coconspirators in a most surprising way.
Lovesong is an almost painfully understated movie that stars Riley Keough and Jena Malone as besties who become estranged after things like life and kids and marriage to subpar men get in the way. But when they reunite on the occasion of one getting married, it gives them a chance to realize affections that have been long-since buried.