8 Best Lesbian Movies On Netflix

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While positive LGBTQ+ portrayal has finally made its way into mainstream media in Hollywood, there’s still a long way to go when it comes to lesbian movies. These days, we see more diverse casts and characters on our screens. The problem? They usually take the form of a quirky sidekick or supportive best friend who provides comic relief to the main character despite their own travels. There’s nothing wrong with supporting characters – except when they’re meant to represent a community that needs support.

Lesbians and queer women want to see themselves better reflected in the media, which means they need to be front and center 👏 and 👏 center 👏. They deserve cute musical movies like Prom and a heartbreaking slow burn that hits close to home like Alice Wu’s Half. Luckily for us, Netflix’s wide range of titles includes both these films, thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and documentaries that tell the inspiring stories of real people. Ahead, find the best lesbian movies on Netflix.

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half of it

In half of it, Ellie writes papers for the other students at her school to help her father pay the bills. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with a sportsman named Paul once he asks her to write love letters to his crush, Aster. The only problem? Ellie also begins to fall in love with her.

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2

A secret love

Produced by Primetime Emmy winner Ryan Murphy, this original documentary follows an elderly couple who have lived together for 65 years. They dated later in life due to anti-LGBTQ legislation in the United States, but proved that their love outweighed any challenges they faced along the way.

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3

Prom

Yes, we have another Ryan Murphy production on this list. PROMis a musical centered on a small town in Indiana where big Broadway stars help high schooler Emma when she’s been banned from attending prom with her girlfriend.

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4

I care a lot

Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a sleazy legal guardian who lands in hot water when she tries to take advantage of an elderly woman who has ties to a powerful mobster. She’s not the friendliest protagonist, but her romance with Fran almost makes you root for her.

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5

Duck butter

After becoming jaded by their own broken relationships, two women make a pact to spend 24 uninterrupted hours together and ultimately take their relationship to new heights.

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6

tig

This heartfelt documentary takes viewers into the world of comedian Tig Notaro after she endured a devastating year in 2015. Not only did she recover from a life-threatening infection, but she was still grieving the loss of her mother’s sudden death . On top of that, Tig was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. She turned her pain into punchlines and found an outpouring of support in the comedy community and beyond.

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let it snow

When a snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school kids find their friendships and love lives collide. One of the overlapping stories includes a romance between two girls – one who is out and one who isn’t.

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8

ride or die

In Japanese film ride or die, a woman named Rei has been in love with her friend for years and kills her abusive husband to protect her. They then try to circumvent the law but develop feelings for each other along the way.

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