Lesbian Sex Scenes that Made Movie History

Gia (1998)

Gia was actually made for HBO, although it looks and feels like a theatrical release. It starred Angelina Jolie as the bisexual model Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS in 1986 when she was only 26 years old. Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, ER) plays her lover, Linda, and the two steamed up HBO’s screens to such an extent that when the film was released on video, Jolie reportedly pressured them into deleting around six minutes of nudity. The full, "unrated" version is now available on DVD. It is still an exceptionally explicit sex scene by today’s standards, and even more so for cable TV a decade ago.

High Art (1998)

It’s not the first lesbian drug addict movie; Gia snuck in just before High Art was released. But it still belongs in the golden age of lesbian film sex. In the film, former brat packer Ally Sheedy plays a drug-addicted former photographer who has an affair with her new neighbor, Syd, also a photographer, played by Radha Mitchell.

Written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko, the sex scene is actually one of the most realistically awkward first times ever filmed, all fumbling and too much emotion, powered by excellent performances by both Mitchell and Sheedy. It’s not an easy film, or a happy one, but not many movies manage to reveal so much about their characters in a single sex scene.

Wild Things (1998)

Wild Things stars ’90s teen favorites Neve Campbell and Denise Richards as scheming, conniving bad seeds who cheerfully lie, cheat, steal and kill to get their sultry, pout-lipped, Sapphic schoolgirl way. But unlike other cinematic bad girls before them, these two go way, way past gazing suggestively at each other over the heads of their victims, and actually do the deed in pretty explicit detail.

Those scenes, both the infamous nude make-out session in the swimming pool and a long, slow, three-way seduction with their male guidance counselor (that’s considerably more disturbing given they’re celebrating getting away with murder), are definitely a teenage exploitation flick first.

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