The Best Lesbian Movies of All Time

Here’s a list of what we think are the best lesbian movies of all time. Get cosy and get these on. We’ve included a good selection but if we’ve missed any then do let us know by commenting below.

If you only care about where you can watch them, then head to our other article on lesbian movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime.



Our Best Lesbian Movies List

Appropriate Behaviour

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Released in 2015, this film is definitely worth a watch.

This is Desiree Akhavan’s debut indie film and you might recognise her from her series on Channel 4, The Bisexual. The bisexual was written, directed by and starred Akhavan. She also directed The Miseducation of Cameron Post which is another great movie, so we know she’s got the gay-ness and indie-ness covered.


Appropriate Behaviour tells a story of a twenty-something New Yorker who has just broken up with a man and decided she would like to explore her sexuality. Que some fucking funny awkward moments.

Duck Butter

Butter Duck is about two women, who seem to be very dissatisfied with the shitshow they see in the dating world and relationships in general, so they decide spend 24 hours together, in the hope to find a new intimacy.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a movie about an artist, her subject and their slow-burning, intense love affair.

At the start of the film, we see Marianne teaching Art to students in Paris. One of her students is nosey and stumbles across a portrait. This portrait then transports us to the past and the love story begins.

Directed by Celine Sciamma who captures the tense anticipation between the two main characters with such elegance and class which only a female director could do.

If you like this Director why not check out her other movies, Tomboy, Water Lilies and Girlhood.

The Handmaiden

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Based on a book that was published in 2002 called Fingersmith. The book was originally set in Victorian England. The book and film tell a story of deception between an heiress, a conman, a pickpocket and a pornographer. With a love story bubbling up underneath.


Director Park Chan-Wook is best known for his psychological thrillers. Renowned for his vengeance trilogy, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance. This film is also surreal, violent, with a fair bit of eroticism. It’s bloody brilliant and we don’t want to give too much away so crack on and watch it.

The Duke of Burgundy

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This is about two women within a BDSM relationship, unlike Fifty Shades of Grey another film based on BDSM which is obvious and trashy, this film is told as if it were a lucid, gothic, sex dream in which you might wake up confused and in a hot sweat.

The story centres around Evelyn who comes to clean Cynthia’s ivy-covered mansion (somewhere in Europe in possibly the 70s) and underwear every day, she is then told it isn’t good enough.

The dreamlike world where Peter Strickland creates is completely void of any men. Even though this erotica is directed from a males perspective there’s no nudity, the sex is about mutual pleasure and tenderness (unlike some other lesbian movies directed by men)

Princess Cyd

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Princess Cyd came out in 2017 and was only released on iTunes and Amazon. It is a coming-of-age story about a relationship between Cyd and her aunt.

The story is about Cyd who goes to stay in Chicago to escape her depressed Dad. She stays with her aunt, who’s a writer, for the Summer when Cyd embarks on a romantic relationship with a lesbian barista.

It’s a slow but touching story on relationships.


Disobedience Trailer

Starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams it tells the story of a woman who has been ostracised by her Orthodox Jewish community, returning home for her father’s funeral.

As the story unfolds we begin to understand why the woman has been ostracised and we see an old affair begin between.

If you liked this article, why not suther educate yourself in all things lesbian and read our article on Lesbian TV Shows?

Happy lockdown watching!

There are probably loads more movies so if we’re missing any then let us know in the comments section below.

Love Team Nonchalant x

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