Coming to terms with one’s own sexual identity can be an emotionally draining experience but the feeling of liberation it intoxicates you with must be truly beyond words. Love takes different forms but what really matters is how genuine and truthful we remain to ourselves and not merely conforming to societal expectations. We’ve already covered an article on LGBT movies but this article exclusively focuses on the portrayal of lesbian relationships in cinema. So, here’s a look at the list of top movies about lesbian relationships ever made.
15. Monster (2003)
‘Monster’ is a truly heartbreaking film that depicts the relationship between a mentally troubled prostitute and a younger, introverted woman. The film is based on the real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos who killed six men in the late 80s and early 90s and was executed in Florida in 2002. Charlize Theron is stunning in the lead role and completely loses her own self, portraying Wuornos with astonishing control and nuance. She brings much more to the character than on paper as she humanises the character in a way that makes you empathise with her despite seeing how violent and emotionally troubled she is. ‘Monster’ is a flawed film but it portrays a tragically beautiful relationship that lingers in your mind long after the film.
14. XXY (2007)
‘XXY’ is an Argentine-Spanish-French film which follows the story of Alex Kraken, a 15-year-old intersex person. Born with both male and female sexual organs, Alex lives as a girl, relying on medication to hide her masculinity all her life. After stopping the medication, and moving to Uruguay from Argentina with parents, Alex meets a boy called Álvaro, who turns about to be gay, as Alex starts to have feelings for him. Meanwhile Alex has to make a choice about which gender to pick, as her parents expect her to undergo surgery. This amazing story of how difficult life can be for an intersex person, puts forward one important question : is there a need to choose?
13. Saving Face (2004)