46. Spider Lilies (2007)
Starring: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong Director: Zero Chou
Can a rebellious cyber sexcam operator and grieving tattoo artist find true love with one another? That’s one of the matters at hand in this Taiwanese drama/romance that became a festival favorite when it was released in 2007. Criticized by some for being muddled and cartoonish, others found it to be a sexy, thrilling alternative to some of the more serious-themed lesbian films we typically have to chose from. Those of you who voted for it obviously agree!
47. The Children’s Hour (1961)
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn Director: William Wyler
If you’d ever like to assure yourself that conditions have (and continue to) improved for LGBT people, hunt down a copy of this 1961 film about the power of a lesbian rumor to destroy lives. Of course, William Wyler’s film version of the Lillian Hellman play never explicity uses the terms “lesbian” or “gay” but the impact of the suggestion of an “unnatural” relationship between two co-heads at a private school for girls is still shattering.
48. Go Fish (1994)
Starring: Guinevere Turner, V.S. Brodie Director: Rose Troche
It was the lesbian film of its generation, a surprise indie hit that launched the careers of its director (Troche) and writer/star (Turner), who went on to participate in some the most memorable lesbian films and TV shows of the last 20 years. In it, Turner’s Max is something of an Everylesbian, describing herself as a “single lesbo, looking for love.” Funny, charming, and revelatory in its chatty simplicity, Go Fish offered a first glimpse of a new generation of lesbian movies.
49. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Starring: Kate Winslet, Melanie Lynskey Director: Peter Jackson
Based on a shocking true story, Peter Jackson’s film is a surreal, dramatic depiction of obsessive teen love gone horribly awry. Kate Winslet made her big screen debut as Juliet, a pretty, vivacious girl who shared a strong attachement with moody, pensive Pauline.When their parents became concerned about the nature of their relationship and tried to keep them apart, Pauline and Juliet killed Pauline’s mother. Why is a film about such a horribly depressing topic on this list? Probably because many of us can relate to being prevented from embracing our first love because of our sexuality, and how hopeless and desperate repression can make us feel. Also, did we mention Kate Winslet?
50. Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)
Starring:Melonie Diaz, Carly Pope, Nicole Vicius Director: Jamie Babbit
Fun, sexy, playful and decidedly punk in spirit, fans of Babbit’s But I’m a Cheerleader were likely pleased with this comedic film about radical feminists.
How many of the Best 50 Lesbian/Bi Films Ever have you seen? Did your number one make the cut?