Last week I went through the list of top 250 IMDb movies. I had a great time doing it, so I decided to find another list where I could to the same thing. I used Autostraddle’s Top 200 Lesbian Movies, because that is by far the most inclusive list I could find. You can go over there to read little blurbs about every single movie, as well as links to where to watch each one.

The goal is for this to be a personal tracker for me, as well as a way for you to find more great movies to watch. If the title of a movie is hyperlinked, that means there’s a review of said movie on this site that you should go read.

I plan on doing more lists like these, so if you have list ideas that you’d like me to use, drop those in the comments as well.

For my complete Queer Girl Canon Rankings, based on the films I watched (which may or may not be on this list), read my list on Letterboxd


Total Watched as of August 23rd 2022: 11/200 (5.5%)

  • But I’m a Cheerleader (#1)

The number one movie on this list is extremely deserved, in my opinion. But I’m a Cheerleader so campy, delightful, filled with an all-star cast, and unapologetically gay. It’s intentionally ridiculous, and yet it pulls it off in a way that lets the emotions feel real. 10/10 stars.

  • Saving Face
  • Pariah
  • Desert Hearts
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (#6)

If you enjoy endless minutes stretching on in front of you with nothing interesting happening and no end in sight, you’ll enjoy Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Otherwise, you won’t. This period piece was long and boring without enough emotional investment for my taste. 5/10 stars.

  • Bound
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • All Over Me
  • Madchen in Uniform
  • The Handmaiden
  • Carol
  • Show Me Love
  • Olivia
  • Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle
  • The Half Of It (#17)

This movie was so so good. I love a good coming of age story, especially one that allows gay people to have their conflicting feelings of being gay without it being steeped entirely in a coming out narrative. The actors also have very cute interactions together on social media, so it’s worth the watch for that alone. 9/10 stars.

  • DEBS
  • Alice Junior
  • Dirty Computer
  • MURDER and murder
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • Hide and Seek
  • Manji
  • Good Manners
  • Certain Women
  • Water Lilies
  • I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing
  • Les Rendez-vous d’Anna
  • Second Star on the Right
  • Rafiki
  • Princess Cyd
  • Born in Flames
  • Set Me Free
  • All About My Mother
  • Suicide Kale
  • Bessie
  • Mommy is Coming
  • Blockers (#39)

Although this movie isn’t extremely gay, it is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The whole thing was so well executed and I found myself enjoying it the entire time. 10/10 stars.

  • Imagine Me & You (#40)

I watched this movie rather recently, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Classic romcoms from the early 2000s are some of the best comfort movies ever made, and this was exactly that. I didn’t even realize there was a lesbian version of this genre of romcom until this movie. 8/10 stars.

  • Memento Mori
  • Multiple Maniacs
  • Foxfire
  • The Daughters of Fire
  • A Date for Mad Mary
  • Circumstance
  • Mosquita y Mari
  • Valencia
  • House of Hummingbird
  • The Children’s Hour
  • The Favourite
  • Chutney Popcorn
  • Set It Off
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Signature Move
  • Simone Barbes or Virtue
  • The Novice
  • High Art
  • A Simple Favor (#59)

Okay this movie is hands down one of the best movies ever made. I watched it with my girlfriend, and we were obsessed. Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick are so good together that even though this is more or less a satire, there’s still unmistakable chemistry there. 10/10 stars.

  • Pepi, Luci, Bom
  • Booksmart (#61)

There’s so many coming of age movies on this list. It’s interesting to compare that to the IMDb list, which is nearly entirely fandom movies, while this list has a mostly younger audience. Booksmart was a good movie because of the casual queerness that felt real for high school. 8/10 stars.

  • Tahara
  • Persona
  • In Between
  • Tomboy
  • Working Girls
  • Disobedience (#67)

This movie is famous for the spitting scene, but it’s good for many more reasons than that. The longing is so quintessentially queer, so incredibly desperate. If you’re looking for a movie about longing with a hot sex scene, this is the movie for you. 7/10 stars.

  • Thelma
  • Black Swan
  • Lianna
  • Titane
  • Daddy Issues
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Love, Spells and All That
  • Gia
  • Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Sam
  • Holy Camp!
  • The Haunting
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  • Lyle
  • Summertime
  • Eva + Candela
  • La Leyenda Negra
  • Dope
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • Glen or Glenda?
  • Afternoon Breezes
  • Atomic Blonde
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
  • Parallel Mothers
  • Kiss Me
  • Grandma
  • Personal Best
  • Wild Nights with Emily
  • Women Who Kill
  • Novitiate
  • Blue Gate Crossing
  • The Hunger
  • Shiva Baby
  • A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • The Summer of Sangaile
  • The Hours
  • Karmen Gei
  • Shortbus
  • I Shot Andy Warhol
  • Welcome to the USA
  • Aimee & Jaguar
  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Go Fish
  • The Fox
  • V for Vendetta
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Adam
  • I Can’t Think Straight
  • The Journey
  • The Strings
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- 2009
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- 2011
  • Leading Ladies
  • Lost and Delirious
  • Young & Wild
  • The Secrets
  • Liz and the Blue Bird
  • Vampyros Lesbos
  • The Fear Street Trilogy
  • Fire
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Monster
  • Laurel Canyon
  • The First Death of Joana
  • Another Way
  • Holy Trinity
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  • Annihilation
  • Passing (#139)

Although I’m normally good at picking up on any potential lesbian subtext, I didn’t really get it in this movie. I felt like Tessa Thompson’s desire was more tied up in the life that Clare (Ruth Negga) had and the way she was viewed by others than anything else. The movie was good, I’m just shocked that it’s considered explicitly queer. 7/10 stars.

  • Margarita with a Straw
  • Girl with Hyacinths
  • The Prom (#142)

I hated The Prom. It was so bad. If someone made a parody of a musical, it would be The Prom. I watched this with my family, but had I been alone, I wouldn’t have even finished it. 2/10 stars.

  • Bit
  • Caramel
  • Walk on the Wild Side
  • Blue is the Warmest Color
  • The Runaways
  • Spider Lilies
  • First Girl I Loved
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Forgotten Roads
  • My Summer of Love
  • Unveiled
  • Miao Miao
  • Jules of Light and Dark
  • Jennifer’s Body (#157)

I’m going to take a bold stance here and say that Jennifer’s Body is ranked too low. This is another intentionally camp movie, starring bicon Megan Fox. Was this ridiculous? Yes. But was it great? Also yes. 8/10 stars.

  • Tove
  • The Fish Child
  • Unpregnant
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Celts
  • Replay
  • The Feels
  • Therese and Isabelle
  • AWOL
  • Drifting Flowers
  • Boys On the Side
  • Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
  • The Lure
  • Violette
  • The Chinese Botanist’s Daughter
  • Carmen & Lola
  • Reaching for the Moon
  • Cracks
  • Red Doors
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee
  • Knife + Heart
  • Stranger Inside
  • Bliss
  • Emilia
  • Who’s Afraid of Vagina Woolf?
  • The Heiresses
  • Yes or No?
  • When Night is Falling
  • My Mother Likes Women
  • Stud Life
  • My Days of Mercy
  • Ride or Die
  • Rent
  • Blush
  • The Killing of Sister George
  • Cocoon
  • Concussion
  • Knocking
  • Entre Nous
  • Love My Life
  • The Firefly
  • The Pirate
  • Nina’s Heavenly Delights

How many of these movies have you watched?