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Five best lesbian movies (and why you should watch them)

Admittedly, there aren't a lot of movies out there revolving around female couples (we get maybe one or two every five years and most of them are usually pretty bad), but the ones below should be on everyone’s must see list.

Fingersmith (2005): Based on the novel of the same name, Fingersmith follows the life of a young girl, Sue Trinder, who grows up surrounded by thieves in the 1800’s. Posing as a maid to the wealthy Maud Lily, Sue sets out to encourage Maud to marry a man who is only after her fortune (and will commit her to the madhouse shortly after their wedding). Sue and Maud develop a surprising friendship that becomes physical and the plot turns. Shown from both women’s perspectives, Fingersmith will keep you guessing till the very end.

Kissing Jessica Stein (2001): Okay, so girl doesn’t get girl in the end, but it’s still a great movie. In Kissing Jessica Stein we find a humor we don’t normally come across in lesbian movies. The characters are clever, interesting and successful. Jessica’s neurotic behavior can be a bit much at times, but it’s also a regular source of amusement. Made for mainstream audiences, Kissing Jessica Stein may lack the sort of “depth” we’re used to finding in lesbian-based movies, but it makes up for it in actual humor.

Julie Johnson (2001): No one plays white trash better than Courtney Love. From The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996 to Julie Johnson in 2001, Love has proven her uh...range(?) an actress. While the story of Julie Johnson may be a bit dated (dissatisfied New Jersey housewife searches for more and along the way finds she's interested in her best friend), Love and costar Lili Taylor somehow manage to breathe life into an otherwise boring story. Perhaps not the best movie on the list, but definitely worth watching.

When Night is Falling (1995): One of the best lesbian films to date, When Night is Falling is the story of an uptight University Professor at a Christian school who falls in love with a Cirque de Soleil type performer. The dialogue is eloquent, the cinematography outstanding, and there’s no loss of passion in the love scenes. Filmed in Toronto, ON, When Night is Falling is undoubtedly one of Canada’s best offerings.

Gia (1998): Based on the real life story of 70’s and 80’s supermodel Gia Carangi , Gia is a heartbreaking tale of love, drugs, and the glamorous life. Striking performances by Angelina Jolie are bound to leave you in tears. Gia is a must see for any audience, gay or straight.


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