24 Lesbian romance movies you should watch right now

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We are still enjoying the summer sun in Hungary for the moment so there isn’t that much time spent in front of the TV. But we do love our occasional movie night, snuggled up close together on the couch sipping on some red wine (for me) Inge loves her beer 🙂 We do however often have a hard time choosing which movie we want to see. That’s how I came up with the idea of researching lesbian romance movies. What are the most recent lesbian movies that are worth to watch? 

I created this round-up of 24 lesbian love movies starting with 2019 going back in time until 2013. Watch the trailer if you like or read the short description underneath. Some stories are biographical others are pure fiction. Some tales take you back in time and are full of dark humor and nasty fun, where others are more romantic, creepy or have explicit love scenes. But they all have one thing in common:  a lesbian protagonist! 

So go ahead and take a look! 

Vita and Virginia

London 1920. Famous novelist Virginia Woolf and poet Vita Sackville-West fall in love with each other despite both of them are married. This forbidden romantic liaison can only lead to heartbreak. The movie is based on the real love letters written between Vita and Virginia and the affair was the inspiration of Woolf’s famous novel “Orlando”

Starring: Gemma Arterton  & Elizabeth Debicki 

Genre: Lesbian romance – Drama – Biography

Lesbian romance movies of 2018

Tell it to the bees

Based on a novel by Fiona Shaw, Tell it to the bees portrays the story of Lydia and Jean. Lydia gets abandoned by her husband and evicted from her house together with her son Charlie. Jean is the town doctor and gets to know Lydia after treating Charlie. Jean and Lydia fall in love but conservative Scotland in the 1950s isn’t ready for their secret relationship.

Starring: Anna Paquin & Holliday Grainger

Genre: Drama – Lesbian romance

Colette

Imagine Paris in the “Belle Epoque”. Willy is a writer who craves the luxurious lifestyle of the rich and famous. He convinces his wife Colette to ghostwrite his next novel for him. “Claudine à l’école” becomes a big sensation that will change their lives forever. 

Starring: Keira Knightley – Eleanor Tomlinson – Dominic West 

Genre: Drama – Biography

The miseducation of Cameron Post

America 1993. Cameron gets caught having sex with a girl in a car at her prom night. This is a no-go, and she gets sent to a Catholic Conversion Camp. Follow Camerons coming of age story and her fight to be who she is. 

Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival 2018

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz – Quinn Shephard

Genre: Drama

Rafiki

In Rafiki you follow the story of Kena and Ziki, two girls from Kenya who fall in love with each other. They want to choose their happiness above the values of their families and the community they live in. Are they still safe in conservative Kenya? And does love conquer all?

Starring Samantha Mugatsia – Sheila Munyiva

Genre: Drama – Lesbian Romance

Snapshots

Snapshots portrays the story of three generations of women, all with their emotional baggage. Grandma remembers her past love affair with a female friend when a lost film roll is discovered by her grandchild. Reminiscing over these old photographs of the 1960s memories come back alive and forgotten feelings revive.

Starring: Piper Laurie – Brooke Adams – Emily Goss

Genre: Drama

Lez bomb

Lez Bomb tells the story of Lauren. She thinks a perfect way to come out to her family is at Thanksgiving. Yeah right! That’s the plan anyway. But when Lauren brings her “secret” girlfriend to the family party her male roommate shows up unexpectedly. Will this be one heck of a family get together or what?

Starring: Jenna Laurenzo – Caitlin Mehner

Genre: Rom Com

Eva & Candela

Follow the love story of Eva and Candela, two ambitious women fall in love and enjoy their sensual and passionate relationship. But then life happens. Passion burns out and routine sets in. Is this what they want from life and are they truly happy? 

Starring: Silvia Varon – Alejandra Lara

Genre: Drama

Nina

What if you desperately want to become a mother but nature decides otherwise? Nina and her husband want to find a surrogate mother to fulfil their dream. They seem to have found the perfect candidate but then Nina starts to fall for her.

Starring: Julia Kijowska – Eliza Rycembel

Genre: Romance – Drama

Lizzie

Welcome to the infamous Borden family! In 1892, they welcome the new Irish housemaid Bridget into their home. Bridget befriends the daughter of the house Lizzie and soon their relationship evolves to something more. At the same time, the relationship between Lizzie and her family becomes darker. 

Starring: Kristen Stewart – Chloë Sevigny

Genre: Thriller – Biography

The favourite

18th Century England at war with France. Queen Anne who rules England is in a rather fragile state. Her companion and close friend Lady Sarah rules in her stead. The arrival of the new maid Abigail mixes things up. A clash between cousins Sarah and Abigail seems inevitable in the favourite.

Starring: Olivia Colman – Emma Stone – Rachel Weisz

Genre: Black Comedy

Carmen y Lola

Carmen is a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who lives with her family in the suburbs of Madrid. She is destined to be the wife of Rafa, get married and have a lot of children. This is the way of life in the Gypsy community for as long as anyone can remember. One day, Carmen meets free spirit Lola. She has totally different goals than her Gypsy family. And above that: she loves girls. Carmen y Lola is a lesbian romance movie!

Starring: Rosy Rodriguez – Zaira Romero

Genre: Romance – Drama

The Heiresses

In the film The Heiresses, Chela and Chiquita are used to a life of wealth and comfort in Asuncion. But a change in their financial situation forces them to sell their family heritage. Chela’s life gets turned upside-down when Chiquita gets imprisoned for fraud. Slowly Chela starts to find herself in this new life. And then Angy comes along.

Starring: Ana Brun – Ana Ivanova – Margarita Irun

Genre: Drama

Lesbian films 2017

My days of Mercy

My days of Mercy tells the story of a man on death row and his daughter Lucy fighting for his redemption. During Lucy’s struggle, the unthinkable happens, and she falls in love with Mercy, a woman of the rival side. A heartbreaking story about justice and love.

Starring: Ellen Page – Kate Mara

Genre: Drama – Romance

Princess Cyd

16 Year old Cyd spends her summer with her aunt in Chicago. She is on a journey to discover life, love and to tighten family bonds. With her open mind and curious character, she captures the attention of more than one potential lover. One of them is Kate, a barista in her aunt’s neighbourhood.

Starring: Jessie Pinnick – Malic White – Rebecca Spence

Genre: Romance

Disobedience

In Disobedience we follow Ronit who is a photographer enjoying her life in New York City, until she gets a phone call from London. Her father, a rabbi, died. Ronit returns home to face the family who is part of an Orthodox Jewish community. Her reappearance in this world where she wasn’t accepted for who she was disturbs the frail balance between members of the family and the community.

Starring: Rachel Weisz – Rachel McAdams – Alessandro Nivola

Genre: Drama – Romance

Best lesbian films 2016

Below her mouth

In Below Her Mouth, Jasmine is about to get married to her boyfriend Rile. When she meets hot roofer girl Dallas, the two of them get entangled in a passionate love affair. A movie about love, gender identity and a lot of sex.

Starring: Erika Linder – Natalie Krill

Genre: Romance

Best lesbian movies of 2015

Freeheld

Laurel is a respected police officer who lives together with her lesbian life partner Stacie. Unfortunately, Laurel gets diagnosed with cancer. When they realize Stacie will not have the right to Laurel’s pension benefits, they start a battle to change the law. Freeheld is a movie about love, death, grieve and the unequal rights for the LGBT+ community.

Starring: Ellen Page – Julianne Moore

Genre: Drama

Jenny’s Wedding

Jenny has always been open about her lesbian relationship with Kitty, except to her family, who think Kitty is her roommate. When Jenny and Kitty decide to take the leap and get married Jenny has to confront her family. 

Starring: Katherine Heigl – Alexis Bledel

Genre: Rom Com

Carol

Based on the novel “The price of salt” by Patricia Highsmith, Carol tells the story of 2 women in New York. One is a bit older and trapped in a loveless marriage and the other one is young and looking for meaning in her life. A tale about forbidden love in the 1950s.

Starring: Cate Blanchett – Rooney Mara

Genre: Romance – Drama

Summertime

Delphine is the daughter of a farmer’s couple studying in Paris, where she falls in love with Carole. After Delphine’s father falls ill, she returns home to help her family. Carole decides to leave Paris and go with her to the farm. Does their relationship have a chance in rural France in the summertime of 1970?

Starring: Cécile de France – Izïa Higelin

Genre: Romance – Drama

The summer of Sangaile

Sangaile is a troubled 17-year-old girl who has a passion for stunt planes. During an air show she meets Auste and the two girls get to know each other better over the summer. As their relationship deepens, Sangaile opens up to Auste, the only person who truly inspires her to enjoy her life and fly freely. 

Starring: Julija Steponaityte – Aiste Dirziute

Genre: Drama – Romance

Best lesbian movies of 2013

Blue is the warmest colour

Adèle is a young woman who doesn’t really fit in. Her life changes completely when she meets Emma, a twenty-something art student with blue hair. Adèle and Emma fall deeply in love with each other which results in a  relationship that will impact these women for the rest of their lives. Blue is the warmest colour is the winner of the Palme d’Or award on the Cannes Film Festival of 2013.

Starring: Lea Seydoux – Adèle Exarchopoulus

Genre: Drama – Romance

La Luciernaga - The Firefly

La Luciernaga portrays the story of Lucia and Mariana. Lucia is shocked when she hears her brother Andres has died in a car accident. He was about to get married to Mariana that day. Mariana lost her future husband and best friend. In her grieve over Andres, Lucia and Mariana comfort each other and their relationship evolves in love. Where can they go from here?

Starring: Carolina Guerra – Olga Segura

Genre: Drama – Romance

Did you like our list of lesbian films?

I hope you’ve found some movies that made you curious for more. We didn’t have the time to see all of them yet but some of them are high on our want-to-see-real-soon list. The movies that sparked our interest the most are Colette, The Favourite, and Firefly. Maybe we dare to watch Lizzie on a brave evening. 🙂

Don’t be shy to let us know what your favourite lesbian film is. Of this list or any other for the matter of fact. We always love to hear from you!

Enjoy your movie night!

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