30. The Four-Faced Liar (2010)
Starring: Marja Lewis Ryan, Emily Peck Director: Jacob Chase
Molly and Bridget start up a sexual relationship despite the fact that Molly has just moved in with her longterm boyfriend and Bridget claims that no woman can hold her attention for longer than a few minutes. The film ends with one of them in love and one of them in like.
31. Circumstance (2011)
Starring: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Circumstance is a coming-of-age story that follows two Iranian teenage best friends, Atafeh and Shireen, who fall in love. Things get complicated by the fact that Atafeh’s hyper-religious brother is also in love with Shireen.
32. The Hours (2002)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Miranda Richardson Director: Stephen Daldry
Based on Michael Cunningham‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film looks at the lives of three women across three generations, all of whom are connected by Virginia Woolf‘s Mrs Dalloway. Among the stories is that of the lesbian relationship between Meryl Streep’s Clarissa Vaughn and Allison Janney’s Sally Lester.
33. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
An honest, organic exploration of sexual fluidity, Kissing Jessica Stein follows Jessica as she discovers that everything she is looking for in a man is contained in the person of Helen Cooper.
34. Nina’s Heavenly Delights (2006)
Starring: Laura Fraser, Shelley Conn Director: Pratibha Parmar
Director Pratibha Parmar may be better known for her documentaries (she’s currently working on one about writer Alice Walker), but her romantic comedy about Nina, a woman who falls for Lisa, the new co-owner of her Scottish family’s Indian restaurant, was an instant crowd-pleaser. Combining food, love and coming out metaphors in one tasty mix (Nina must teach Lisa to, ahem, cook), Parmar delivered a feature film that tread some familiar ground in the lesbian film canon while avoiding the tragedy pitfall that mars far too many cinematic lesbian love stories.
35. Black Swan
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis Director: Darren Aronofsky
Natalie Portman scored a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Nina, the obsessive yet emotionally fragile ballerina whose quest to land the role of the Swan Queen in a high-profile production of Swan Lake sends her over the edge and, briefly, into the arms of her competitor, played by Mila Kunis. By the end of the film, viewers were left wondering if the sex and violence in the film were literal or metaphorical, real or imagined. Either way, and to the delight of many lesbian/bi audiences, the onscreen chemistry between Portman and Kunis was undeniable.