The 33 Best Lesbian Movie Scenes of All Time

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Let’s face it; all of us queer girls look forward to a juicy lesbian movie scene. I know I’ve been craving them since I was a mere, closeted teenager, at a time when lesbians were fiercely underrepresented.

I remember watching Cruel Intentions too many times to mention just for THAT lesbian kiss. Other than an iconic music video by t.A.T.u, there was little else to ignite my gay awakening.

Fast forward twenty years, and we have seen heaps of progression in this area. While, of course, there’s still a long way to go, LGBTQ+ representation on our screens is at an all-time high.  

Naturally, we must continue to advocate for better representation both in cinema and TV; however, for now, let’s take a look at some of the iconic lesbian movie scenes that helped shape lesbian culture today.

So let’s get to it. Here are our 33 favourite lesbian movie scenes. Enjoy!

33 Best Lesbian Movie Scenes

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1. Frida

One of the most intimate and intense lesbian movie scenes takes place in the 2002 movie Frida. Based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the film charts Frida’s passion for her work, her controversial lifestyle, and naturally, her complicated relationships. We learn in the movie that Frida, played by the beautiful Salma Hayek. is sexually fluid, and many of her affairs involve other women.  

In this particular scene, we witness Frida win a dance with Tina in a drinking competition. The dancing itself is mesmerising, but the chemistry between the two actresses is what makes this lesbian love scene so captivating. It’s erotic yet classy, and we loved that about it!

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2. The Half of It

Easily one of the best lesbian movies on Netflix right now, The Half of It follows Ellie, the high school nerd who’s popular for all the wrong reasons. Her sideline hustle of completing other students coursework in return for money is how she meets Paul. Only Paul doesn’t want Ellie to do his school work. He wants her to write love letters to help him win over the pretty girl in school – Ester.  

Yep, you guessed it. Ellie ends up falling for Ester herself. Being from a small town and born into a traditional Chinese family, this is a tough realisation for Ellie. Ester, on the other hand, is confused about her sexuality. She is carrying a heavy burden due to her religion, which becomes apparent in the intimate scene between Ellie and Ester in the hot springs.

Never have I wanted a kiss to happen as much as I did during this scene. The conversation, the setting, and the music all suggest it’s going to happen, but it never does. Nonetheless, the emotion and chemistry between the actresses is magical, which is why it’s one of my favourite lesbian love scenes in a movie.

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3. Tell it to the Bees

Based on the book of the same name, Tell it to the Bees portrays a beautiful lesbian love story between two women from a small town in Scotland. Set in the 1950s when being queer was taboo, the movie was a good representation of what it might have been like to be ‘different’ in those days. As well as providing an insight into other issues, such as illegal abortions, and domestic abuse.

To be honest, I wasn’t big on the ending of this film. But I would still say that the movie is worth a watch. One of my favourite scenes is when the boy, Charlie, encourages Jean and Lydia to dance in the front room. While there is no kissing or sex scene, it’s a pinnacle moment in the film as they both seem to acknowledge their mutual attraction.  

4. Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone plays the protagonist in this biographical sports film, which follows renowned tennis player Billie Jean King. King, whose most famous for her defeat against Bobby Riggs in the 1973 tennis match, was also one of the first athletes to be publicly outed. She has since gone on to say that it wasn’t easy at a time when “being gay was a big deal”.

The film follows King as she struggles with two monumental battles. The one which would lead to her defeat over Briggs. And the one that sees her trying to come to terms with her sexuality.  

There are some beautiful and sensual scenes throughout the movie with her and Marilyn. But I love the car scene in particular when they agree to be just friends; however, their flirtation suggests otherwise. Oh, and Elton John’s Rocketman playing in the background is just perfect! 

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5. Carol

Set in the 1950s and derived from the lesbian novel The Price of Salt, the lesbian movie Carol is a timeless and exquisite production. The story follows aspiring photographer Terese, who falls for Carol after meeting her in a department store. The pair embark on a romantic love affair. But with Carol going through a tricky divorce, they are playing a dangerous game.

The scene in question; however, follows after Carol and Terese decide to take a festive road trip together. We observe the sexual tension building between them before they kiss and have sex for the first time on New Year’s Eve. The scene is sensual, intimate, and doesn’t feel tacky at all. And kudos to the actresses for both portraying their roles flawlessly.

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6. Freeheld

I feel like this movie needs to come with a warning. So I’m going to get that out of the way first.  Freeheld is a beautiful and heartwarming story, but it’s also going to break your heart. You have been warned.

Julie-Anne Moore and Ellen Page star in the movie, which chronicles the true story of a New Jersey police detective, who after being diagnosed with terminal cancer wishes to leave her pension benefits to her domestic partner. After being denied by the state, she escalates her claim, and what follows is a heart-wrenching battle for equal rights.

In this scene, however, we witness one of Laurel and Stacies happier times as they frolic on the beach. Seeing the couple carefree and in love is as equally beautiful as it is devastating when you know what’s to come. Many critics have criticised the lead actresses portrayal of the story, but I thought it was a tremendous effort on both parts. 

7. Desert Hearts

One of the older titles on this list, Desert Hearts is a groundbreaking movie for its time. The storyline charts a New York professor as she leaves her home, divorces her husband and starts an affair with another woman.

Made in the 80s but set in the 50s, the movie features numerous iconic lesbian scenes. However, the one that sticks in my mind is the first kiss, when Cay kisses Vivien in the rain. There’s just something so romantic and sexy about kissing in the rain. Don’t you agree?  

8. But, I’m a Cheerleader

In this cult classic lesbian movie, Megan is sent to a conversion therapy camp after her parents suspect she might be a lesbian. Megan, having never questioned sexuality is naturally surprised. But when she meets out and proud lesbian Graham, she starts to question whether her parents were right after all.

The scene where Megan and Graham have sex for the first time is beautifully portrayed. The camera focuses in on the girl’s faces rather than their nudity, capturing the raw emotion and intensity of the moment. By far, one of the most iconic lesbian movie scenes of all time.

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9. Go Fish

One of the most influential lesbian films of the past 30 years, Go Fish follows Max, who leaves behind her girlfriend to attend a college in Chicago. She later meets Ely, an unconventional older woman, and there is an obvious attraction between them from the get-go.  

The scene when Max and Ely kiss for the first time is incredibly cute. Well, that is until they are awkwardly interrupted by a phone call from Max’s girlfriend. But the way they handle the situation is incredibly mature.

I loved how this movie challenged lesbian stereotypes. And how rather than orchestrating it to be easy on the eye, it was an accurate representation of your average lesbian and their relationships.

10. Imagine Me & You

Imagine Me & You was one of the first lesbian movies I ever watched. And despite the fact I adored it, I still didn’t clock on that I was gay for another five years. Anyhow, the storyline centres on Rachel and Luce, who fall for each other after meeting at Rachel’s wedding. Yes, you read that right. Rachel is newly married to a man, so as you can imagine, it gets kind of messy from there.

*Spoiler Alert* – If you don’t want to know how the story ends, move on to the next film now.

It’s an enthralling storyline, and there are some unforgettable romantic scenes. However, nothing can compete with the final five minutes, when Rachel chases after Luce to tell her ‘I can do this’. The moment when they run into each other arms gives me all the feels. And it was a delight to see the girl win the girl after all.

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11. Cloudburst

Cloudburst is likely to be one of the least known lesbian movies on this list, but deserving of a spot nonetheless. In this comedy-romance, a lesbian couple of 31 years escape from a nursing home, after old age and a selfish granddaughter threaten to tear them apart.  

Their goal is to reach Canada, where they can get married. Along the way, they pick up a male hitchhiker, and the three embark on a wild adventure. The film is funny and charming in equal measure, and the rare representation of an older lesbian couple is refreshing.  

The protagonists, Stella & Dot, are #couplegoals. They joke about lesbian porn, carry vibrators, and the love they have for each other couldn’t be more obvious. There’s a lovely scene where they share a kiss in the rain which will warm even the coldest of hearts.

12. I Can’t Think Straight

Another firm favourite of mine thanks to its typical British humour, I Can’t Think Straight centres on a blossoming relationship between two women from very different backgrounds. Tala is an upper-class woman from Jordan due to be married, while Leyla is a British Indian woman from a traditional family.  

The pair form an unlikely connection, and in this memorable scene during a weekend getaway, they end up having sex. Unlike the novel of the same name, the sex scenes are not explicit. But they are sensual, passionate and erotic.  

Of course, the women begin to fall in love, but will cultural differences keep them apart? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out!.

13. My Summer of Love 

Based on the 2001 lesbian book of the same name, My Summer of Love focuses on the lesbian love story of two young women from different classes and backgrounds. Tamsin, played by a young Emily Blunt, is from an upper-class family; however, upon meeting working-class Mona, there is an immediate attraction between them.

Emily Blunt is super-sexy in the movie, and the kissing scene in the waterfall is hot (it’s that water again!) Well, it is until it’s not, and you’ll only know what I mean if you’ve seen the film. Unfortunately, the cute and sexy love story takes a twisted turn. But, will it be a happy ending, that’s the question?

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14. Summertime

In this French lesbian movie, Carole and Delphine meet and fall in love in the city of love, Paris, during the early 1970s. When Delphine has to return to her family in the countryside, Carole, a feminist activist, follows her. Only their relationship causes quite the stir, and they learn that neither feminism nor lesbianism is accepted in Delphine’s home town.

Again, it’s hard to choose one particular lesbian sex scene from this movie. However, when Carole and Delphine take a day trip and end up having sex on the grass is a standout moment for me. There’s definitely something about getting naked and wild in nature, that seems, well, so natural!

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15. Kill For Me

In this American-thriller, two roommates Amanda and Hailey, concoct a sinister plan to get rid of their abusive boyfriends. As the movie develops, Amanda finds herself in a sticky situation with Hailey, who turns out to be quite the psychopath.  

While I far from loved this movie, there’s no denying it features one of the hottest lesbian movie scenes of all time. After Hailey protects Amanda from her bully ex, the two end up having steamy sex in the bathroom. And hot damn! I only wish I could enjoy stand up sex as much.

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16. Disobedience

The title itself is seductive enough. But In this 2017 lesbian movie, we see acclaimed actresses Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams play former lovers reunited after years apart. Both women were born into Jewish families, only while Ronit escaped the customs expected of her, Esti is still a part of the community. Not only that, she is married.

There is one notable and lengthy sex scene in the movie. And while it’s not exactly porn, it’s sure to get you pretty hot under the collar. Watching Esti and Ronit as they explore each other’s bodies, is incredibly erotic. And then, of course, there’s that ‘spitting’ scene that got everybody talking.  

17. Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue is the Warmest Colour is probably the most famous and controversial lesbian movie ever made. Many criticised the film and that unforgettable 10-minute sex scene, and I understand why. However, if you remove the straight male director out of the equation, we found it to be incredibly hot and relatable.

The movie itself tells the story of a teenager named Adele, who falls for eccentric art student Emma after meeting her at a lesbian bar. The film follows their relationship into early adulthood and is a painful yet beautiful portrayal of first love.  

The lead actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux are exquisite in the movie, and it’s one of our favourite lesbian films of all time. A must watch!

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18. Below Her Mouth 

Below Her Mouth is by far one of the raunchiest lesbian movies ever made. And I’m talking a LOT of sex that goes on in this movie. If you’ve seen it, you will know what I mean when I say the entire film is pretty much a sex scene of its own.

The various sex scenes which take place in a variety of locations are incredibly hot and realistic. Which probably has something to do with the fact women directed the film. On the other hand, it’s just a shame that the storyline and script don’t do the movie justice. 

The stereotypical storyline of an emotionally unavailable androgynous character has run its course as it is. But in this movie, it manages to make it cringe-worthy as well. Worth it for the sex scenes? Potentially, yes.

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19. Elisa & Marcela 

Based on the true story of Spain’s first same-sex marriageElisa and Marcela is one of the more romantic lesbian films on Netflix. It follows the story of Elisa and Marcela (funnily enough) as their relationship develops into a forbidden love that they have to keep secret.

While the acclaimed black and white movie has been ‘femmed’ up, so to speak, this is a true story worth hearing. And oh, the sex scenes are pretty great, albeit slightly strange at times. One scene bizarrely involves an Octopus, and another a lot of milk. Who knew that milk could be so sexy!

20. The Handmaiden

Bizarrely, this erotic South-Korean thriller is a loose adaptation of the famous lesbian novel, Fingersmith. In regards to the storyline, it’s very much the same as the book. A young pickpocketer assumes the role of handmaiden for a wealthy family, as part of a plan to deceive the young heiress into marrying a crafty con man.  

Naturally, the handmaiden develops feelings for the heiress, and a passionate relationship develops. Only the lesbian sex scenes in the movie are far more erotic than those in the book. One might even go as far as to say pornographic.

You can expect several lengthy and graphic scenes between the two women, including one scene involving the 69 and scissoring positions. Hot damn! 

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21. Loving Annabelle

Whilst not the most creative of lesbian movie storylines, Loving Annabelle, is incredibly gripping. And will resonate with anybody who ever had a crush on their high school teacher. (Hi, Miss Jackson!)

Annabelle is a troubled teen who after being kicked out of two other schools, lands up in a catholic boarding school. It’s here that she meets sheltered teacher Simone, and the film charts their relationship as the sexual tension between them grows.

The scene where Annabelle and Simone finally have sex is well worth the wait. That fantasy of student and teacher makes it incredibly hot to watch. And it’s certainly one of the most memorable lesbian sex scenes in a movie of all time.

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22. Black Swan

If you’ve not seen Black Swan, I’m not quite sure where you’ve been hiding for the past decade. But it features what is probably one of the most iconic lesbian movie scenes of the 21st Century.  

The storyline centres around Nina. A ballerina who gets a chance to play the role of the white swan in Swan Lake. But when the director questions Ninas’ ability to fulfil the role, she finds herself slowly losing her mind. To this end, the movie takes on a dark and twisted turn.

In one scene, Nina (Natalie Portman) and her dance rival Lily (Mila Kunis) get incredibly intimate. And it is sexy because I mean, who wouldn’t want Mila Kunis between their legs. That is unless you are watching it with your Mum, of course. Then it just becomes plain awkward. Yep, that happened!

23. Heavenly Creatures

In this 90s cult classic, a young character played by Kate Winslet moves to New Zealand with her family. After meeting Pauline, the two form a bond, and it soon develops into a lustful albeit slightly obsessive relationship. When the parents attempt to intervene, the girl’s concoct a sinister plan that they believe will allow them to stay together.

Out of all the lesbian movies on this list, Heavenly Creatures has one of the best and most exciting storylines. However, there is also a notable sex scene between the two girls, which deserves praise for its tactfulness and sensuality.   

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24. Gia

An article on the best lesbian movie scenes would not be complete without a mention of Gia. In this biographical movie, Angelina Jolie takes on the role of troubled supermodel, Gia Marie Carangi, whose life spirals out of control following the loss of her mentor.  

I won’t give too much away should you not be familiar with the story. However, I can tell you that every queer girl’s fantasy comes true in the movie, with Jolie involved in a number of graphic lesbian sex scenes. In one particular scene, what starts as an innocent photo shoot, escalates to a steamy encounter in the shower.  

25. Princess Cyd

I adored this coming-of-age movie that tells the story of a young girl named Cyd, who moves to her Aunt’s place in Chicago to spend her summer there. While she’s there, she meets a cute barista named Katie and finds herself attracted to her. With her Aunts support, Syd starts to confront her fluid sexuality, and a beautiful relationship develops between the two young women.

After watching the sexual tension build between Syd and Katie, it’s a magical moment when the two finally get intimate. And it’s also much to the delight of Syd’s Auntie who overhears them doing the deed. Other than this subtle sex scene, there are few other x-rated moments in the film. However, there is a rape attempt that may be a trigger for some people.  

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26. Cruel Intentions

Come on, you all knew it was coming. I don’t know about you, but THAT kiss between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair was a part of my gay awakening. I know you could argue it was catering to the male gaze. But let me tell you, it was catering to my gaze as well. And even now, I’d say it’s one of the best lesbian movie scenes of all time.

It also helps that the movie is awesome, as is the soundtrack. As you can tell, I’m a big fan. The storyline centres on Sebastian and his stepsister Kathryn. Two spoiled rich kids with despicable morals and a desire for ruining peoples lives. When they make a bet for Sebastian to take the virginity of a girl at school, the story takes an unexpected turn of events.

27. Mulholland Drive

Not only does this film feature one of the best lesbian kissing scenes of all time, but it’s a gripping movie with an epic storyline. The plot focuses on the story of a young amnesiac named Rita, who alongside her friend Betty, tries to figure out what led her to this point in her life.  

What I loved about the scene in question, is that if you didn’t know about it, it comes as somewhat of a surprise. But when the two actors involved passionately kiss in bed, the intimacy and chemistry between them is captivating. And considering the movie is directed by a man, the scene is extremely subtle and tasteful.

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28. My Days of Mercy 

Famous lesbian Ellen Page stars as Lucy in My Days of Mercy, a young woman who’s father is on death row. Lucy and her older sister Martha travel around the country in a camper van, partaking in anti-death penalty demonstrations. Only at one protest, she locks eyes with Mercy who is an activist for the opposite side.

Despite their activism for opposite sides, the sexual tension builds as they get to know each other, and their feelings turn romantic. In one ironic scene, the lyrics “you got me begging you for mercy” play on the radio, as Lucy & Mercy share a passionate kiss. And yes, the kiss soon progresses into a hot sex scene as well.

In what should be quite a dark and distressing storyline, the relationship between Lucy & Mercy is a beacon of light.  

29. Yes or No 

Yes or No is the Thai lesbian movie that stole our hearts with its adorable albeit slightly cheesy storyline. It is an iconic LGBT+ movie, in the sense that it is the first lesbian film from Thailand to feature a Tom (i.e. butch) lead character.

At first, Pie is intimidated by her Tomboy-ish roommate. But before long she finds herself increasingly attracted to her. Attraction and lust draw them together, but traditional customs threaten to tear them apart.

In one scene, Pie and Kim embrace in a phonebox in the pouring rain, before it cuts to the bedroom and they share their first kiss. With both women soaking wet and the rain pouring outside, it sets a romantic and intimate mood. 

30. Jennifer’s Body

I couldn’t have a section on the best lesbian kissing scenes in movies, without including Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfriend in Jennifer’s Body.  Was the kiss irrelevant to the storyline? Yes. Did I love it anyway? Absolutely yes.  

I mean Megan Fox is otherwordly isn’t she. And even though at this point she’s crazy and sacrificed herself to Satan, I would still trade places with Amanda in a heartbeat. This kiss is one of those kisses, that will stick in your mind forever. And so will Megan Fox.

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31. Lovesong

If there’s any film that’s going to have you yelling at the screen ‘just kiss, god damn it!” it’s Lovesong. This beautiful coming-of-age romance explores the intensity and desire between two teenage friends confused about their sexuality. 

When Sarah and Mindy share a drunken kiss in a nightclub, sparks fly as if they’re the only ones in the room. It’s a beautiful moment that is unfortunately short-lived when Mindy walks out, leaving Sarah alone at the bar.

I loved how well-acted and relatable this movie is, and when circumstances tear the friends apart, my heart broke harder than I care to admit. Will Sarah be able to save her relationship with Mindy before she marries? The answer is in the movie!

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32. Elena Undone

The storyline of a lesbian falling for a straight married woman may be stereotypical and overdone, but there’s no denying it’s a reality that many queer women face. In Elena Undone, Peyton and Elena are from entirely different backgrounds. One is a well-known lesbian writer while the other is a mother and the wife of a priest.  

What begins as friendship quickly develops into something more profound. And despite Elena having never thought about kissing a woman, she has an overwhelming desire to do just that. 

What follows is said to be the most extended uncut kissing scene in cinema history. The 3:24 kiss is what every first kiss should be like – passionate, emotional, and will take your breath away. And I’m sure all of us lesbians can relate to the ‘soft like velvet’ statement.

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33. Kiss Me

In this acclaimed Swedish lesbian movie, we are met with another lesbian falls for straight girl storyline. But actually, it’s a really good and uplifting movie. And the chemistry between the two protagonists is convincing enough to stick around for

After meeting at an engagement party, Mia and Frida form an unlikely attraction to one another. After all, Mia is engaged to be married to a man. So now Mia finds herself in a complicated love triangle and has to decide whether to follow what her heart wants. Or do what she thinks is expected of her and marry Tim. 

When Mia and Frida kiss for the first time at the family summerhouse, it’s as intense as one would expect from tasting the forbidden fruit, so to speak. They are later involved in a passionate sex scene; however, it’s the lustful first kiss that stole the show for me.

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