11. Bound (1996)
Starring: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly Directors: The Wachowskis
The ninth highest grossing lesbian film ever, Bound is arguably one of the most well-known. The sexual chemistry between Gina Gershon’s Corky and Jennifer Tilly’s Violet made Bound one of the best butch/femme situations to ever be portrayed, and the mob element only made their shared scenes hotter. The directors knew they were making the right decision with the story, too, as they were encouraged to change Corky from a female to a male and refused, saying “that movie’s been made a million times.” Certainly there’s only one Bound.
12. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)
Starring: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler Director: Max Färberböck
The historical film is based on a real-life tragic love story that was detailed in memoirs found after WWII. The cinematography and acting were impeccable, the story undeniably moving. This tearjerker won both actresses Best Actress awards at Berlinale and was also nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes that year. A Holocaust story like we hadn’t heard before, it also proved lesbians have been part of even the worst of times in the history of the world.
13. Tipping the Velvet (2002)
Starring: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes Director: Geoffrey Sax
Sarah Waters doesn’t make too poor a showing with two of her lesbian novel adaptations both figuring into the top 15. Tipping the Velvet had a little more controversy surrounding its filming, with the presence of dildos in the story and other kinds of sexual innuendo. But the end result proved to be a happy medium of explicitness and serving the story.