ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

So, you're gay. Or you just love the gays. Either way, that's awesome and for being awesome you deserve some great movies to watch. I tend to avoid lesbian movies of the drawn-out-despair-ending-in-death variety, opting instead for those movies that are clever, funny, romantic and just make you feel good.

Netflix has a lot of those movies and these are my 10 favorite lesbian movies from the admirable queer programming on everyone's favorite streaming service. Go forth and gay up your Netflix life!

10. Blue is the Warmest Color

  • Released: 2013
  • Genre: Artsy erotic drama

    This is, without a doubt, the hottest movie ever. It's also one of the most tragic and heart-rending. I watched this in the cinema on a first date (because I am a stupid person) and I just was not prepared for that kind of heady mix of lust and heartbreak. Despite a lot of people complaining that the lesbian sex scenes weren't 'realistic', I'd say what really made people uncomfortable is that it's pretty damn spot on.

9. Room in Rome

  • Released: 2010
  • Genre: Artsy erotic drama

It's basically just two super hot women boning in a hotel room for 90 minutes, and if that doesn't sell it to you then it's not your kind of movie. Definitely not one to watch with parents, first dates or anyone of a prudish disposition.

8. Kiss Me

  • Genre: Rom-Com
  • Released: 2011

Lovely Swedish women falling in lovely love! It's all very sweet and romantic and provides a nice break from the trend of lesbian movies as constant wailing tragedies. You might have seen it marketed as With Every Heartbeat (possibly another crack at making a lesbian movie successful by naming it after a Robyn song [see Show Me Love]?)

7. Loving Annabelle

  • Released: 2006
  • Genre: Romantic drama

It's the old story; improbably attractive teacher meets improbably precocious student and forbidden passions thrust them together despite ethical violations and a kinky age gap... Except this movie is kinda sweet and so earnest you can't help but like it.

6. The Duke of Burgundy

  • Released: 2014
  • Genre: Erotic Arthouse

Imagine John Fowles's The Collector by way of Amer and you'll have some kind of idea what to expect from this sizzling concoction of lesbianism and lepidoptery. Actually, maybe just imagine a sapphic version of The Secretary. Beautifully shot, crackling with sensuality and just plain HOT, you owe it to yourself to see this movie.

5. Bare

  • Released: 2015
  • Genre: Drama

Glee's Dianna Agron and Nurse 3D's Paz de La Huerta may seem an unlikely pairing, but it works. A simple storyline viewed through the haze of coming-of-age wildness, the movie offers the bare necessities (sorry) but does it well.

4. The Girl King

  • Released: 2015
  • Genre: Historical Drama

Christina of Sweden ruled from 1632 to 1654. She also had a number of lesbian affairs throughout her life, and was remarkably chill about it for a woman of that period of history. It's great to see queer history kept alive for a new generation.

3. Compulsion

  • Released: 2013
  • Genre: Thriller

A totally deranged tale of obsession and personal demons but oddly funny and cartoonish, Compulsion sees The Matrix's Carrie Ann Moss and Austin Powers's Heather Graham as odd neighbors who are inexorably drawn together. It's a light-hearted, slightly bizarre watch, but do check out Heather Graham's other lesbian movie, Gray Matters, which is not on Netflix but is great fun nonetheless.

2. Orange is the New Black

  • Released: 2013
  • Genre: Drama

Yes, obviously it's not a movie, but if Netflix keeps cancelling their awesome lesbian movies and replacing them with awesome shows, there's nothing to be done but keep up with the programming. OITNB is the greatest queer show to ever air, period. Go 'ship Vause and Chapman (or Nicky and Morello) and soak up the utter, unbridled joy of this glorious show.

1. The L Word

  • Released: 2004
  • Genre: Drama

Nope, not a movie either, but with six seasons of full-on lesbian DRAMA to contend with, you'd be mad not to give The L Word a try. Whether you're with 95% of women who would do anything for Shane or form a more unusual L Word crush, the show is the highs, lows and ridiculousness we love to veg out to.

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1. All Cheerleaders Die

  • Released: 2013
  • Genre: Comedy Horror

Director Lucky McKee (he of the disturbing kidnap/torture madness The Woman) made a horror movie about hot cheerleaders, which makes me suspect he somehow has access to the perviest recesses of my brain and wants to make me happy. Either way, All Cheerleaders Die is a great, fun comedy horror AND features the charismatic Caitlin Stasey getting seriously Sapphic. WIN.

2. Show Me Love

  • Released: 1998
  • Genre: Coming-of-age indie comedy

Two little Swedish girls fall in love and it's adorable and wonderful. Show Me Love is also super funny and darkly accurate about how teenagers really talk and interact with each other. In case you were wondering, yes, the name was taken from Robyn's 1995 pop hit, although the original Swedish movie title is Fucking Åmål.

3. Breaking The Girls

  • Released: 2012
  • Genre: Thriller

The little kid from The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Madeline Zima) is all grown up and now she's hot and dangerous! This enjoyable thriller from Jamie Babbit, director of heartwarming camp classic But I'm a Cheerleader harks back to the overwrought thrillers of the '90s... and I like it. If you wanted Single White Female or Basic Instinct to be more gay, you're in luck here.

4. Heavenly Creatures

  • Released: 1994
  • Genre: Real Life Crime Drama

Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey play real life teenage lovers Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, whose intricately detailed fantasy world begins to take over their reality when they're threatened with separation. Bear in mind: this is what Peter Jackson was doing before The Lord of the Rings...

5. Cracks

  • Released: 2009
  • Genre: Period drama

Eva Green leads this little-known curio as a teacher adored by her young female charges until one day, she finds a girl she adores back... a little too much. The movie's rural location is beautifully shot and the tension crackles around Green as her charm and magnetism give way to obsession and predation.

6. Girltrash: All Night Long

  • Released: 2014
  • Genre: Musical Rom-Com

Words cannot quite express how much I love this movie. Director Angela Robinson is partially responsible for The L Word and wholly responsible for D.E.B.S. - a lesbian comedy spy caper with the tagline 'They're Crime-Fighting Hotties With Killer Bodies' - so this lesbian movie veteran knows how to deliver a good time. It's a lesbian romantic comedy musical - what's not to love?

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