Lesbian Sex Scenes that Made Movie History


Wild Side (1995)

Starring Anne Heche in her pre-Ellen days and the always gorgeous Joan Chen as lovers, this stylish and somewhat bewildering crime drama had a troubled history. Its director was fired from the film and later killed himself.

A newly edited version that is probably truer to the film as it was originally envisioned has been released, but it can be hard to locate. As it is, Wild Side features lots of steamy bedroom (and powder room, actually) action between the two women in this interracial bad girl thrill-fest. Don’t expect a masterpiece, but it brings the sex.

When Night Is Falling (1995)

Unlike every other film in this category, Patricia Rozema’s lesbian film When Night Is Falling was given a great deal of critical attention and even acclaim, probably due to the strength of her earlier film, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing. Night is a much more sexualized coming-out story, starring Pascale Bussières as an aspiring Christian missionary named Camille and Rachael Crawford as a sexy juggler named Petra.

This film was released originally with an NC-17 rating, which is ridiculous; the sex scene is neither explicit nor steamy, just sweet. The film is now available without a rating.

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