Autostraddle's 200 Best Lesbian, Queer & Bisexual Movies Of All Time (2021)

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"The goal with this list was to create a canon of Lesbian+ film that honors all the different types of work worthy of viewing. There are films that are simply fun for a casual night in, there are deeply thought-provoking films, and there are films that are mostly just here to turn you on.

This list was created through a rigorous multi-step process that involved a lot of watching, a lot of voting, and a lot of weighing factors often ignored on mainstream film lists. It was important to us that we not take into account any metric voted on by institutions composed mostly of cis straight white men. While it’s impressive when a film about queer women or nonbinary people manages to get Oscar nominations or a high Rotten Tomatoes score, the films that get those recognitions are not often made by us or specifically for us.

This list does not include films about trans men (e.g. Boys Don't Cry, By Hook or By Crook), films about trans women exclusively interested in men (e.g. Tangerine, A Fantastic Woman), films based on queer books that had their explicit queerness removed (e.g. The Color Purple, Fried Green Tomatoes), or films where the queerness is just subtext (e.g. A League of Their Own, Rebecca). This list also doesn’t include short films, documentaries, or porn — with a handful of exceptions where length/genre lines were blurred."

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    But I'm a Cheerleader

    1999, in 2 top lists Check
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    Saving Face

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Pariah

    2011, in 5 top lists Check
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    Desert Hearts

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Watermelon Woman

    1996, in 3 top lists Check
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    Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

    2019 — a.k.a. Portrait of a Lady on Fire, in 10 top lists
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    Bound

    1996, in 5 top lists Check
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    Appropriate Behavior

    2014 — a.k.a. Appropriate Behaviour, in 2 top lists Check
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    All Over Me

    1997, in 1 top list Check
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    Mädchen in Uniform

    1931, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ah-ga-ssi

    2016 — a.k.a. The Handmaiden, in 9 top lists Check
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    Carol

    2015, in 7 top lists Check
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    Fucking Åmål

    1998 — a.k.a. Show Me Love, in 6 top lists Check
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    Olivia

    1951, in 0 top lists Check
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    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    2017, in 0 top lists Check
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    Je tu il elle

    1974 — a.k.a. Je Tu Il Elle, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Half of It

    2020, in 0 top lists
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    D.E.B.S.

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    MURDER and murder

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Alice Júnior

    2019, in 0 top lists
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    Hide and Seek

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    Manji

    1964 — a.k.a. All Mixed Up, in 1 top list Check
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    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    2018, in 1 top list
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    As Boas Maneiras

    2017 — a.k.a. Good Manners, in 1 top list
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    Certain Women

    2016, in 3 top lists Check
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    Naissance des pieuvres

    2007 — a.k.a. Water Lilies, in 0 top lists Check
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    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    1978 — a.k.a. The Meetings of Anna, in 5 top lists Check
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    Segunda estrella a la derecha

    2019 — a.k.a. Second Star on the Right, in 0 top lists
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    Rafiki

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Princess Cyd

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    Born in Flames

    1983, in 4 top lists Check
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    Emporte-moi

    1999 — a.k.a. Set Me Free, in 2 top lists Check
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    Mommy Is Coming

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Suicide Kale

    2015, in 0 top lists Check
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    Todo sobre mi madre

    1999 — a.k.a. All About My Mother, in 17 top lists Check
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    Bessie

    2015, in 1 top list Check
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    Blockers

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Las hijas del fuego

    2018 — a.k.a. The Daughters of Fire, in 1 top list
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    Imagine Me & You

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Yeogo goedam II

    1999 — a.k.a. Memento Mori, in 2 top lists Check
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    Multiple Maniacs

    1970, in 1 top list Check
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    Foxfire

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Favourite

    2018, in 7 top lists Check
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    Circumstance

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mosquita y Mari

    2012, in 1 top list Check
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    Valencia: The Movie/S

    2013 — a.k.a. Valencia, in 0 top lists Check
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    A Date for Mad Mary

    2016, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chutney Popcorn

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 26, 2021; source