1. Imagine Me & You (2005)
Starring: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey Director: Ol Parker
Having already solidified herself as a lesbian favorite from Lost & Delirious, Piper Perabo starred in this romantic comedy with a delightful lesbian twist. Interestingly enough, the film was first written to be straight-forwardly straight, which Piper’s Rachel leaving her new husband for another man. But when that felt too conventional, the script changed and Lena Headey was given the pivotal part as a ginger-haired flower shop owner that wooed Rachel’s heart, even on her wedding day. With a sweet soundtrack and feel-good ending, it’s clear that AfterEllen.com readers prefer a lesbian love story that has a happily-ever-after.
2. I Can’t Think Straight (2008)
Starring: Lisa Ray, Sheetel Sheth Director: Shamim Sarif
Written and directed by an out lesbian, this film was one of the first and best depictions of two Middle Eastern women from different backgrounds falling for one another. The follow-up to Sarif’s The World Unseen had all kinds of conflicts happening for the women at its center, but never lost its way. It also made lesbian icons of the actresses, and Sheth will reprise her role as Leyla in the upcoming web adaptation.
3. Kiss Me/Kyss Mig (2011)
Starring: Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjönes Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
It’s interesting to see how high a film released in the last year can rank so high on the list of Best Lesbian/Bi Films Ever, but it’s no surprise that it was Kiss Me. The Swedish film about step-sisters-to-be who find themselves with an unexpected attraction is well-written, beautifully-shot and incredibly acted. It’s based on similar circumstances from the writer-director’s real life, which gives it an added element of lesbian appeal.
4. Elena Undone (2010)
Starring: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie Director: Nicole Conn
A movie about spiritual connection as much as it is about Sapphic relationships, Elena Undone followed the blossoming relationship between Elena and Payton, which was inspired by Nicole Conn’s meeting of her wife in real life. The film boasted the longest kiss to ever be filmed, clocking in at 3:24.
5. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, RuPaul, Mink Stole Director: Jamie Babbit
This dark comedy about ex-gay conversion delivered a political message alongside several lesbian characters and a romance between Megan, the Christian cheerleader, and Graham, the sarcastic rich girl at risk of losing her inheritance. An all-star cast with quotable quips and a killer soundtrack including an unforgettable cello-laden song played during a soft sex scene, we’d be shocked if this wouldn’t have landed in the top five.