Whenever a new TV show or hyped book series comes out and it is just full of straight white people I’m usually hopping on a one-way ticket to snoretown. I mean, come on, it’s 2014 and that’s still the majority of the media we’re left with? Come on! We can get just as excited about the lives of people who don’t fit into that bubble! Representation is important, right?
That’s probably why I’m really into expanding my horizons a bit and checking out the vast world of queer film, especially the lady oriented ones. Whether you identify as a queer girl, a straight girl or anything in-between, you have to check out these 13 movies about queer girls. Warning: They’ve been known to change lives.
But I'm A CheerleaderThis movie isn't exactly loved by critics, but it is the definition of a cult classic. You can't have a list of amazing queer films without including But I'm A Cheerleader. It's campy, endearing and super aesthetically pleasing.
PariahI love Pariah! It's the story of a young, black, butch lesbian teenager living in Brooklyn who is grappling with fully embracing her queer identity and dealing with her parents' blind eye to the increasingly open displays of her sexuality. It is a must see that will stomp all over your heart. Er, in the best way possible.
Blue Is The Warmest ColorYou've probably heard of this French, coming-of-age movie because a) it came out very recently and b) it has received a ton of hype. It's certainly controversial, especially if you explore the behind the scenes details, but it is still a movie worth checking out.
D.E.B.S.This movie has been described as the action-comedy movie love child of Charlie's Angels and Clueless...which should be more than enough to get you curious about this movie. The fact that there is a lesbian love story thrown in should make this mandatory viewing.
Mosquita Y MariIf you're into some seriously indie movies, you'll love Mosquita Y Mari. It debuted at Sundance in 2012 and tells the tale of two teenage girls who are convinced that they have absolutely nothing in common. Well, that's until they suddenly hook up. What happens next is a series of self-discovery and general awkwardness that you can't help but love.
I Can't Think StraightWho doesn't love a movie seeping with drama? In I Can't Think Straight, our protagonist is a Jordanian woman who is set to wed. But then she becomes involved in an extramarital relationship with a woman. The fact that this isn't just about affairs but also about cultural norms and traditionalism makes for a particularly interesting--and different--love story. The two stars are also in another film together called The World Unseen, which I also hear is definitely worth checking out!
Ma Vie En RoseYou know those movies that make you laugh and rip your heart out at the same time? Yeah, that's Ma Vie En Rose for me. This French movie about a young transgender girl who is seen by her parents, family and their neighborhood as a boy. There aren't many movies about transgirls out there, but this is absolutely one that tackles the complexity of identifying as trans as a little kid.
Saving FaceThere aren't enough lesbian films depicting Asian women in relationships. But Saving Face is a modern classic that everyone loves. This film is as much about the importance of family and community as it is about love, so if you want to watch something a little more well rounded, this is the movie for you.
The Children's HourFor you vintage movie lovers, you'll love this '60s film. The Children's Hour stars Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, two women who start a private girls school. After a series of dramatic events, the women find themselves thrown in the middle of a serious scandal: Being accused of being involved in a lesbian relationship.
Show Me Love/F***king AmalOpposites can definitely attract. In Show Me Love we've got got the depressed, lonely girl in one corner and the wild, outgoing one in the other. If you're into that kind of dynamic you have to see this movie.
The Incredibly True Adventure Of Two Girls In LoveThis '90s movie is such a heartwarming coming of age story. One likes punk rock, the other likes classical. One comes from a lower class background, the other from a super bougie one. They fall for each other and, along with all of the other bumps in the road that come with being in a relationship, try to see just how "out" they can be.
Imagine Me And YouMore wedding drama (in a rom-com format): In Imagine Me And You, a woman named Rachel falls in love with a woman named Luce...on Rachel's wedding day. Ruh roh...
Yes Or NoRoommates aren't always so awful. In this Thai movie, a conservative girl from an upper class background reluctantly finds herself falling for her tomboy roommate. If you can find a way to check out this movie, do it!
For more suggestions, check out this helpful Tumblr post that rounds up dozens of queer films.
What other films about queer girls do you recommend? Which do you think are given too much hype and which are totally underrated? Tell us in the comments!