Memorable Lesbian Moments in Cinema

Memorable Sapphic Moments in Cinema

Now that I’ve reviewed all 20 of your favorite lesbian-themed films, I thought it would be a good time to bubble up five of the films that didn’t make the list.  Many of these are favorites of mine and I’m happy to mention them now!

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Nordisk Film presents The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth & Miriam Wu: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Q: Why didn’t it make the list?

B:  A lot of what happens between Lisbeth & Mimmi at this stage in the Millennium trilogy is subtext.  Subtext is sexy (hey, it’s in the rules!), but not enough was shown to develop a significant relationship between the two.  Bottom line: we want more.


Universal Pictures presents Fried Green Tomatoes

Ruth & Idgie: Fried Green Tomatoes

Q: Why didn’t it make the list?

A:  For fans of Fannie Flagg’s classic novel, the celluloid relationship between Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker) failed to live up to their expectations.  Sure, there are plenty of genuinely sincere moments between the two throughout the film adaptation, but most of their relationship exists in subtext.

If it wasn’t such a landmark film for so many people, I’d be championing a remake – one that held a bit truer to Flagg’s original work.  Truth be told, I couldn’t imagine any other actress as Idgie, and I wouldn’t want to.


Red Road Studio presents The Gymnast

Jane & Serena: The Gymnast

Q: Why didn’t it make the list?

A:  This is a terrific film, and I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a Dreya Weber fan (it goes back to the 1996 relationship drama Everything Relative days when she was known as Andrea Weber).  In a perfect world, everyone would like The Gymnast as much as I did.


October Films presents High Art

Syd & Lucy: High Art

Q: Why didn’t it make the list?

A:  This is one of the first LGBT-themed films I ever saw and had I not already been slightly crushing on Radha Mitchell (from her Love and Other Catastrophes role as Danni) I would’ve been after seeing High Art.

The relationship between her character, Syd, and Ally Sheedy’s Lucy Berliner has always made me slightly uncomfortable.  As a result, I can never seem to watch High Art to enjoy it.  Syd always seems so scared and Lucy so sad and alone.  It’s so close to reality – especially the very tepid night they spend together in upstate New York where it’s clear they want to be together, but aren’t quite sure where to begin.

High Art is a beautiful film and I highly recommend it.


Lionsgate presents But I'm a Cheerleader

Megan & Graham: But I’m a Cheerleader

Q: Why didn’t it make the list?

A:  Another fan favorite is the 1999 romantic comedy But I’m a Cheerleader, directed by Jamie Babbit.  I went back and forth on the inclusion of the film.  When it was being rated by the MPAA they intended the film to be released with an NC-17, which blows me away given the film’s gentle and rather bubble gum feel.  But, those were different times (I can barely say that with a straight face), and the MPAA still had a long way to go when it came to LGBT content.

Long story short, while But I’m a Cheerleader is a strong satirical comedy, I felt it was a stretch to place it on a list where the other film’s sapphic scenes were done … well … more seriously.  Clea DuVall is absolutely crush-worthy in her role as Graham, even if I keep telling her to wash her hair in my head.


Thanks again to all of the readers who chimed in with suggestions and their favorite moments!



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