EDITOR’S NOTE: There have been a lot of movies featuring lesbian characters over the years, and some of them have been truly amazing. So in a recent editorial meeting we started discussing favorites, but as we did one thing became perfectly clear: The editors are much older than the writers at First to Know.
Where we, the editors, were in college in the 1990s when having gays and lesbians in movies wasn’t quite common, the younger folk had much more representation, and many more favorite movies that we’d never heard of. (Go ahead, take away our gay club card. We’re married now, so we don’t care as much.) We though it was exciting that their list of best lesbian films offered more than just your basic coming out story — and, at the same time, it was great that we could expose them to some titles they’d never heard of. But because there were so many titles we each didn’t know, we thought it would be good to create a list that readers of all ages could look at and check out for themselves.
There were some films that we both picked, but here are a few the editors know and love.
Bound (1996) – Jennifer Tilly and Gena Gershon
But I’m a Cheerleader (2000) – Natasha Lyonne
Boys Don’t Cry (1999) – Hillary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgard
Gia (1998) – Angelina Jolie
D.E.B.S. (2005) – Sarah Foster, Devon Akoi, Meagan Good, Jordana Brewster, Holland Taylor
Set It Off (2009) – Okay, there’s only a subplot with Queen Latifah, but it’s still a great movie.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) – Artistic and beautiful.
Check out what our writers liked in the slide show above. Don’t see your favorite flick on the list? Let us know which ones we missed in the comments.