Not so long ago, lesbian movies could only be found on porn sites. Fortunately, that is not the case anymore and we can enjoy them on mainstream platforms like Netflix these days. However, finding a good one to watch can be pretty exhausting. Even the basic search will often yield several pages of aforementioned porn sites and even if you find something not in smut category chances are it is utter trash. Either the plot is ridiculous, actors are visibly uncomfortable or we are served yet another Hollywood cliché. To help you avoid that, we have created a list of the best lesbian movies on Netflix. Hopefully, you will be able to find something to spend an evening with.
1. The Half of It
Directed by: Alice Wu
Starring: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire
Ellie Chu is a smart, shy, and poor high school girl who decides to write a love letter for a school football star. The consequences of her decision are far deeper than she anticipated. Instead of making some quick cash, she develops a friendship with the jock, but also falls in love with his crush. It is a beautifully written coming of age story, set in a familiar highs school environment.
2. Elisa & Marcela
Directed by: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernández, Sara Casasnovas
Set at the beginning of the 20th century, Elisa & Marcela tells a story of the first same-sex marriage in Spain. Elisa Sanchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas are lovers who have been together for 15 years. In 1901, they decide to get married, but to do so, Elisa must assume the alias of Mario Sánchez. The movie tells a true story of their love, starting in 1885 when they first met in at the school. Gradually, their close friendship transforms into passionate love, resulting in one of the biggest scandals in Spain.
3. The Perfection
Directed by: The Perfection
Starring: Allison Williams, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber
We also have something for horror fans. The Perfection is a movie about Charlotte, a musical prodigy with a lot of problems, and Lizzie, one of the best students in her former music school. The two engage in a romantic relationship that soon takes a dark turn. Not the most profound movie on our list, but it is still an entertaining watch.
Directed by: So Yong Kim
Starring: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Jessie Ok Gray
Two best friends, Sarah and Mindy, decide to go on a road trip to take their minds off of problems at home. As miles pass by, two of them discover that they have deeper feelings for each other and a romance is born. Once they return, those feelings seem to cool off, only to be reignited by Mindy’s upcoming wedding.
5. A Perfect Ending
Directed by: Nicole Conn
Starring: Barbara Niven, Bryan Mordechai Jackson, Jessica Clark
Rebecca has spent her entire life living with a secret she didn’t confine even to her best friend. It will take an escort girl named Paris to bring it out and help her discover her sexuality. The movie tells a story of her coming to grips with a new personality, often confused and even comical at times. The end will surprise you, breaking the cliché of what a perfect ending should be.
6. Loving Annabelle
Directed by: Katherine Brooks
Starring: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge
A classic teacher-student story, with an added twist. When Annabelle joins a boarding Catholic school for girls, her teachers find it hard to deal with her. She is extremely intelligent, already expelled from her two previous schools, and quite open about being a lesbian. The only teacher that supports her is Simone Bradley, but even she soon finds her self in a dilemma, as Annabelle won’t stop coming on to her. Does she listen to her heart or do what is right?
7. The Feels
Directed by: Jenée LaMarque
Starring: Jenée LaMarque
Year: Constance Wu, Angela Trimbur, Josh Fadem
A group of friends gets together in a cabin to celebrate bachelorette evening and the upcoming wedding of Andi and Lu. The romance between the two brides hits a snag during the evening when one of them admits she never had an orgasm. After getting drunk, Lu opens up and tells her friends and Andi that she was never satisfied in bed. Andi is naturally shocked by this revelation and tries to come to grips with it.
8. Duck Butter
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Starring: Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa, Mae Whitman
Seeing all relationships and dating as inherently dishonest, two women decide to try to fast-track love by spending 24 hours together. The added spice is they both have to have orgasm together every hour on the hour. The idea is that this will create a much more honest intimacy between them. One of the best performances by Alia Shawkat.
9. Lez Bomb
Directed by: Jenna Laurenzo
Starring: Jenna Laurenzo, Caitlin Mehner, Deirdre O’Connell
Lauren decides that the best way to come out of the closet to her family is to bring her girlfriend over for Thanksgiving dinner. Things get complicated when her male roommate appears uninvited. A word of warning, there are several highly offensive jokes in the movie, so it may not be for everyone. If you decide you can live with them, you will spend an enjoyable 90 minutes with Lez Bomb.
10. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga – How I Felt When I Saw That Girl
Directed by: Shelly Chopra Dhar
Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao
A closeted lesbian, Sweety Chaudhary tries to come out to her family in an attempt to stave off the arranged marriage they are preparing for her. The husband they have chosen for her, a young writer, is completely smitten by her, which only complicates matters further. Chaudhary struggles with the decision that may turn her family against her. The movie is filled with genuine emotions and humorous situations, making it a great watch.