What better way to celebrate Lesbian Day of Visibility in these uncertain times than settling in and watching some quality women loving women content?
Obviously, there isn’t.
Here is a list of five…no, seven… of the best lesbian movies to watch to celebrate our day of visibility on Sunday 26th. We couldn’t stop at 5, and besides – now is not a time to be limiting the enjoyment in our lives!
Where to watch
Distribution is different in every country. So we can’t easily tell you where you can see these films.
To find out where to watch these brilliant movies, go to the excellent resource that is https://www.justwatch.com to find out how to get them safely and legally wherever you are in the world. I Can’t Think Straight and Road of Bygones, however, are both on Lesflicks VOD worldwide – so sign up and watch now!
I Can’t Think Straight
I Can’t Think Straight is a superb offering from Shamin Sharif, starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. It is a beautiful romantic drama centred around two women falling in love whilst dealing with cultural differences and familial expectations, with a chic London backdrop. It is sprinkled with humour and realistic drama without playing into any overused trope. It is a long-time fan favourite and after viewing, it isn’t hard to see why.
But I’m a Cheerleader
If a campy romp is your thing, then you’ve probably heard of But I’m a Cheerleader. Focusing on the coming out story of a regular cheerleader and the colourful, larger than life characters that feature in the ‘straight camp’ that she is sent to. It is tropey and cliché but in the best way. The romance at the heart of the movie is sweet in its innocence and will leave you all warm and fuzzy, but laughing all the way. And any movie that stars Clea DuVall and Natasha Lyonne is always a winner!
Imagine Me & You
Imagine Me & You is one of only a handful of movies with lesbian content to get a mainstream release this is down to the heavyweight cast and writer. It is a lovely story dealing with the idea of love at first sight and the fallout from that meeting. With a cast including Piper Perabo and Lena Headey, it is an ideal movie to get lost in for a little while.
Saving Face is a stunningly beautiful movie that is criminally underrated, from director Alice Wu. It deals with a lot of themes that recur a lot in movies with lesbian content such as a closeted protagonist and dealing with family and cultural expectations. Set in Manhattan, we see a story set in the Chinese-American community. Where Saving Face truly shines is in its ability to inject humour into situations without downplaying the seriousness or disregarding the characters feelings. The romance feels sweet but organic and faces tests that feel real.
Liberty’s Secret is aptly named as it feels like a guilty pleasure. It is a light hearted musical set against an American Political backdrop. While it seems like a strange environment for lesbian love to grow, we learn (through the epic medium of song and dance!) that there is more to the characters then we initially thought. Liberty’s Secret will have you bopping along while you root for the two main ladies to get it together.
Road of Bygones
Now, if you are looking for something a little less light and fluffy Road of Bygones is for you. While it still has comedic moments, Road of Bygones deals with heavier threads, including the reconnection of two sisters. The movie comes from the amazing Astrid Ovalles, who gave us the incredible Camp Belvidere which is a fantastic movie in its own right. Road of Bygones is beautifully sexy and showcases dynamics that may seem taboo, but are no less real or loving.
If lesbian gangster crime movies are your thing then I am guessing Bound is already on your shelf! Bound is hot, sexy and leans heavily towards a mafia film noir feeling. It stars Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon and was quite a mainstream offering from the Wachowskis. The movie has aged well and is a perfect offering for a day celebrating visibility.
That’s our list, folks…enjoy!