ByCiara Pitts, writer at
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Ciara Pitts

Impressive and well-written lesbian movies are out there, but unfortunately, they don’t come around as often as we'd like. Mainstream cinema is severely lacking when it comes to the inclusion of queer women, but indie films continue to lead the way with narratives that uplift us.

The year ahead looks bright for lesbian movies, and there's a wide variety of stories to make you swoon. Whether you're in the mood for classic romances, supernatural thrillers or coming-of-age tales, make your watchlist gayer with these new and upcoming titles about girls who like girls.

1. Carmilla

  • Release date: October 26, 2017
  • Director: Spencer Maybee
  • Cast: Natasha Negovanlis, Elise Bauman, Dominique Provost-Chalkley

With three seasons, over 100 episodes and a cult following, KindaTV's Carmilla web series is ready to receive a full-length movie. The campy, modern take on the Gothic novella began with Laura Hollis (Bauman) investigating the disappearance of girls at Silas University, all while dealing with her new roommate, Carmilla Karnstein (Negovanlis), who happens to be a vampire. Eventually, an endearing romance between Laura and Carmilla ensues. The upcoming movie takes place five years after Season 3, so you might want to catch up on YouTube before its release.

2. Thelma

  • Release date: November 10, 2017
  • Director: Joachim Trier
  • Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins

Straying from the cliche romance narrative, Norwegian thriller Thelma brings a fresh approach to the lesbian film world. The titular character (Harboe) begins to fall in love with another girl, Anja (Wilkins), only to discover that mysterious powers are triggered by those emotions. With alluring cinematography and a spooky atmosphere, this movie is definitely worth your attention.

3. My Days of Mercy

'My Days of Mercy' [Credit: Killer Films]
'My Days of Mercy' [Credit: Killer Films]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Director: Tali Shalom-Ezer
  • Cast: Ellen Page, Kate Mara

In this compelling drama, Lucy (Page) and Mercy (Mara) embark on a romantic journey despite their opposing political beliefs. Their conflicting views could easily make their relationship tense, but their powerful connection will overcome it all. The talented women behind the project are dedicated to creating three-dimensional queer characters who aren't defined by their sexuality, and that's important.

4. Disobedience

'Disobedience' [Credit: Curzon Artificial Eye]
'Disobedience' [Credit: Curzon Artificial Eye]
  • Release date: April 27, 2018
  • Director: Sebastián Lelio
  • Cast: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz

Love and religion will be explored in this adaptation of Naomi Alderman's novel. When Ronit (Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish community after her father's death, she rekindles a romance with her childhood friend, Esti (McAdams). Esti happens to be married to Ronit's cousin, so naturally, lots of drama awaits them. Critics are already raving about a mind-blowing sex scene between the two lead women — if that doesn't rev up your Disobedience anticipation, I don't know what will.

5. A Worthy Companion / Allure

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez
  • Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone

Failing to cope with her troubled past, 30-year-old Laura (Wood) finds safety within 16-year-old Eva (Stone), and the two begin a relationship that is intimate, but essentially manipulative. Even though the storyline sounds a little disturbing, A Worthy Companion might be worth a shot for the talent and punk rock charm of Evan Rachel Wood.

6. Montana

'Montana' [Credit: United Channel Movies]
'Montana' [Credit: United Channel Movies]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Limor Shmila
  • Cast: Noa Biron, Netta Shpigelman

When Efi (Biron) returns to her hometown in Israel after her grandfather's death, an unexpected romance begins with a woman named Karen (Shpigelman), who is — you guessed it — married. Marriage plots in lesbian movies continue to be exhausted, but you never know, the chemistry between the two women in Montana might make it stand out from the pack. (We think not, but Kiss Me did it well).

7. Porcupine Lake

'Porcupine Lake' [Credit: pUNK Films]
'Porcupine Lake' [Credit: pUNK Films]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Ingrid Veninger
  • Cast: Charlotte Salisbury, Lucinda Armstrong Hall

This coming-of-age tale follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Bea (Salisbury) and Kate (Hall), during a summer in Ontario. While dealing with their troubled family lives, their budding romance is the only thing that lets them escape it. Since Porcupine Lake deals with the struggles of discovering one's sexuality, this one might be a relatable tearjerker.

8. Vita and Virginia

  • Release date: 2018
  • Director: Chanya Button
  • Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton

Vita and Virgina will tell the true story of the love affair between groundbreaking writer, Virginia Woolf (Debicki) and socialite, Vita Sackville-West (Arterton). The 1920s romance is still widely recognized today for the women's exchange of adorable love letters, an aspect that the upcoming biopic will focus on. Vita and Virginia's goal to produce a fresh, creative exploration of sexuality makes it destined to become a classic.

Which lesbian movie on this list are you anticipating most? Let us know in the comments!


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