The lesbian sub-genre of movies is one that most lesbians will eat up without question. We love to see some lady-on-lady loving, even if the representations we see are all too often unrealistic or completely messed up. We don’t care. We’ll watch it anyway (and the producers know that, too). But some movies are just better than others – and they inspire us to try and do that thing that you saw so-and-so do in that one movie…
I know, I know. Not the greatest way to explain it. But really, we love lesbian films, especially if we need some new ideas, because even the ones that were written and produced by straight people have some ideas that seem pretty exciting, at least to try…
Ahem. Where were we? Oh yes – lesbian love scenes! Love them or hate them (or, love them in secret while pretending you hate them), they’re here to stay as one of the things that can either make or break a lesbian movie. In fact, it’s considered “financially damning” to include lesbian sex scenes in films, because they’re often slapped with the NC-17 rating for showing a vagina. (Coincidentally, you can have as many topless women in a film as you want without getting stuck with that rating, but the first time someone takes their panties off, you’ve got “pornography” on your hands. Go figure.)
If you’re looking for some sexy movies that portrayed lesbian sex the way it was meant to be portrayed, check out our list of the top 10 lesbian sex scenes below.
The movie itself might be a bit strange, with the lines between “strange” and “strained” being a bit blurry. For starters, this one is in Swedish with English subtitles, so those who don’t speak Swedish might be forced to choose between watching the actresses or reading the dialogue. Those who stick it out, though, will be shown a bunch of attractive people and some sexy love scenes between a woman and her future step-sister. There is, of course, more going on than that, but you’re going to have to watch it and find out for yourself.
Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
Now, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I have yet to see this movie. It’s on nearly every list of lesbian movies I’ve ever seen anywhere, and even though it’s gotten some controversial opinions about the use of fake vaginas in the sex scenes, lesbians everywhere seem to eat it up anyway. (Pun only sort-of intended.) Remarkably, despite the prosthetic vaginas, the rest of the movie is said to feel so real – perhaps because of how hard the director pushed the cast. What was originally intended to be shot in about two months ended up taking almost five and a half, and the struggling you see on camera is really the actresses struggling themselves. I can’t wait to watch this one myself and decide for sure.
If you’ve been waiting for a movie that tells the forbidden student-teacher romance story with a lot of sex… Bloomington is that movie. This movie is so steamy, that it’s hard to think of it as anything else. There’s so much going on in this one, and the story itself has quite a few layers that you might not expect, but… Come on. Student-teacher, lots of sex. What more do you need to know?
I Can’t Think Straight (2007)
A passionate exploration of sexual identity – ah, how we love that in our lesbian romances. This movie isn’t exactly a fairy tale movie like you might expect, but instead it offers a rollercoaster you can’t tear yourself away from. As a bonus, both lead actresses are completely gorgeous (as they usually are in lesbian films!) so the sex scenes are going to be pretty steamy, by design. We couldn’t be happier.
The Four-Faced Liar (2010)
Okay, so, the idea of cheating on your partner is pretty much implied in pretty much every lesbian movie, ever… And this is no different. But this particular movie happened to win an HBO Audience Award at Outfest, which means it’s actually a pretty decent movie. It explores the opposing views of society and the heart, and blah, blah, blah… And the passionate sex that can sometimes be missing from our lives. Some pretty good ideas in this one, actually.
I have to admit – I don’t know exactly what this movie is about, but I know it’s got sexy older actresses and one of them is a sex worker. That already implies there are going to be some great sex scenes, but this movie seems like it goes a bit deeper than that. The trailer alone shows quite a few ideas worth noting, so you can imagine how much the movie is going to inspire.
The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009)
This lesser-known sequel to the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in Swedish) shows what happens after the events of the first movie. Of course, just like all the best lesbian films, it’s subtitled into English, but that doesn’t make it any less breathtaking. Plus, you’ve only got to wait about 18 minutes for the first sex scene – no beating around the bush here.
If you’re tired of lesbian movies that portray femme-femme pairings, Stud Life offers the not-often-touched subject of the femme-stud dynamic. Plus, the stud’s best friend is a gay man. I, for one, am quite interested to see a lesbian movie that deals with something other than the same old thing that everyone else does. If you need some studs in your life, the answer is obvious.
Please note that this particular movie will not let you pretend that you’re watching for the plot. At all. This one’s pretty cheesy, but the sex scenes are hot and something that most of us have thought of – at least in passing. If you want to watch a porn that’s not quite a porn, this is pretty much it. It feels like a home movie, for sure, but there is lesbian sex, and some inspiring dialogue.
The Gymnast (2006)
Okay, if your mind is most inspired by imagining things and not actually seeing them, The Gymnast is just the movie you need to get your motor running. Truly, we don’t ever actually see the sex scenes, but we can hear them, and they’re still pretty sexy. We are forced to explore our own desires with this one, because it doesn’t show anything upfront – and do we really need it to? Maybe, maybe not – watch it and decide for yourself.