Romance movies have long been a popular genre and they certainly and rightfully have evolved in the past few decades to provide enriching and personal stories from all over the sexual orientation spectrum. Gay and lesbian-themed romance films are at last becoming far more mainstream and better representative of the people whose stories they tell. How many have you seen? Today’s Here’s 5 are emotional lesbian romance movies you need to see.
One day, Rachel (Piper Perabo) and Luce (Lena Headey) meet, finding an immediate attraction. Too bad it was at Rachel's wedding. Now Rachel must confront her own feelings and sexual orientation, ultimately forced to decide what it means to have true happiness. A sometimes funny, but often emotional story, this rom-com is a surprisingly deep and honest film about true love.
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
A young woman named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) shies away from her sexuality at school until she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), a free-spirited graduate student. It's not long before the two become lovers and explore what both the emotional and physical depths of what that means. Together, they face societal pressures, but more importantly, complex personal struggles about how they feel. Sexually graphic, it's a powerful experience.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
While it ultimately skimps on the theme, this romance between two women in New York City who come together after Jessica (Jennifer Westfeldt) answers a newspaper ad from Helen (Heather Juergensen) after a series of unfulfilling male relationships is a funny and dramatic story that feels extremely genuine. One of the best to deal positively with an openly gay female relationship, it remains a touching romance well worth adding to your list.
In 1950s New York City, a young department store clerk named Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) begins a secret romantic relationship with Carol (Cate Blanchett), a disillusioned and wealthy wife trapped in a loveless marriage. While their emotions are pure, the times and the place keep them apart. Fearless performances drive this tragic love story. More here.
Lost and Delirious (2001)
A young girl nicknamed Mouse (Mischa Barton) arrives at an all-girl's boarding school and befriends Pauline (Piper Perabo - in her second appearance on this list) and Victoria (Jessica Paré), two outgoing girls who are more than friends. A moving story of first love and sexual awakening, this is a beautifully photographed and acted film that treats these complex characters with great respect. Watch this movie.