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1. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,404 | Gross: $0.40M

2. Will & Grace (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Gay lawyer Will and straight interior designer Grace share a New York City apartment. Their best friends are gleeful and proud gay Jack and charismatic, filthy-rich, amoral socialite Karen.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

Votes: 48,236

3. The L Word (I) (2004–2009)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of gay women living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.

Stars: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 22,657

4. Desert Hearts (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.

Director: Donna Deitch | Stars: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers

Votes: 4,520 | Gross: $2.49M

5. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 23,914 | Gross: $2.21M

6. High Art (1998)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson, Gabriel Mann

Votes: 9,432 | Gross: $1.93M

7. The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance.

Director: Maria Maggenti | Stars: Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Maggie Moore, Kate Stafford

Votes: 4,097 | Gross: $1.98M

8. Better Than Chocolate (1999)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Wheeler | Stars: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Votes: 7,513 | Gross: $2.01M

9. Water Lilies (2007)

85 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

After meeting at a local pool over their summer break, a love triangle forms between three adolescent girls, which proves difficult to sustain as they each desire the love of another.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel, Warren Jacquin

Votes: 8,103 | Gross: $0.08M

10. Therese and Isabelle (1968)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school...

Director: Radley Metzger | Stars: Essy Persson, Anna Gaël, Barbara Laage, Anne Vernon

Votes: 532

11. The Truth About Jane (2000 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

A high-school girl's first sexual experience is with another girl, and, along with her first broken heart, she must deal with her mother's reaction to her revelation that she is a lesbian and with ostracism at school.

Director: Lee Rose | Stars: Stockard Channing, Ellen Muth, Kelly Rowan, Jenny O'Hara

Votes: 2,223

12. Lost and Delirious (2001)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A newcomer to a posh girls boarding school discovers that her two senior roommates are lovers.

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs

Votes: 19,224 | Gross: $0.30M

13. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh, Esther Wurmfeld

Votes: 15,476 | Gross: $7.02M

14. Elena Undone (2010)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Romance

Fate brings two diversely different women together, and sets them on a collision course that will shatter their preconceived notions about love, life and the power of one's soul.

Director: Nicole Conn | Stars: Necar Zadegan, Thunderbird Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks, Sam Harris

Votes: 4,883

15. Imagine Me & You (2005)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie

Votes: 28,115 | Gross: $0.67M

16. Late Bloomers (1996)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

High School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process.

Director: Julia Dyer | Stars: Connie Nelson, Dee Hennigan, Gary Carter, Jonah Lisa Dyer

Votes: 404 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Personal Best (1982)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly, Kenny Moore

Votes: 2,327 | Gross: $5.67M

18. Bound (1996)

R | 109 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

61 Metascore

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 47,936 | Gross: $3.80M

19. Loving Annabelle (2006)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Romance

Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between ... See full summary »

Director: Katherine Brooks | Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge, Michelle Horn

Votes: 11,245 | Gross: $1.10M

20. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 47,971 | Gross: $0.17M

21. Go Fish (1994)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely, whom Max likes, but Ely is frumpy, homely, and older. Nor do they have much in ... See full summary »

Director: Rose Troche | Stars: V.S. Brodie, Guinevere Turner, T. Wendy McMillan, Migdalia Melendez

Votes: 1,885 | Gross: $2.41M

22. Bar Girls (1994)

R | 93 min | Drama

Loretta is a successful lesbian writer of cartoons with problems in her romantic life with Annie. She is a habitué of a lesbian bar. One day she meets Rachel and they start a new life ... See full summary »

Director: Marita Giovanni | Stars: Nancy Allison Wolfe, Liza D'Agostino, Camila Griggs, Michael Harris

Votes: 538 | Gross: $0.57M

23. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 9,289 | Gross: $1.19M

24. D.E.B.S. (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster, Devon Aoki, Jill Ritchie

Votes: 14,044 | Gross: $0.10M

25. Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

High School grad and all American gal, Anna, finds her purpose and herself after she hooks up with the radical feminists in The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Melonie Diaz, Ana Mercedes, Cecile Rivore, Marisa Ramirez

Votes: 2,735 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 127,132 | Gross: $34.47M

27. Chasing Amy (1997)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee, Scott Mosier

Votes: 127,084 | Gross: $12.01M

28. Fingersmith (2005)

Not Rated | 181 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.

Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Rupert Evans

Votes: 7,627

29. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska

Votes: 121,751 | Gross: $20.81M

30. If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Trio of stories about lesbian couples in three different decades.

Directors: Jane Anderson, Martha Coolidge, Anne Heche | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Marian Seldes, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 6,319

31. Room in Rome (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Votes: 20,920

32. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 62,645 | Gross: $82.42M

33. Gia (1998 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death.

Director: Michael Cristofer | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mercedes Ruehl

Votes: 38,805

34. My Summer of Love (2004)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews

Votes: 18,756 | Gross: $0.99M

35. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch

Votes: 5,839 | Gross: $0.93M

36. I Can't Think Straight (2008)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman engaged to be married finds her life changed forever when she meets her best friend's girlfriend.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil

Votes: 7,308 | Gross: $0.04M

37. Puccini for Beginners (2006)

82 min | Comedy, Romance

54 Metascore

A recently-singled New York writer finds herself in two surprising and complicated relationships.

Director: Maria Maggenti | Stars: Ken Barnett, Julianne Nicholson, Brian Letscher, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 2,247 | Gross: $0.09M

38. It's in the Water (1997)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

Residents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay.

Director: Kelli Herd | Stars: Keri Jo Chapman, Teresa Garrett, Derrick Sanders, Timothy Vahle

Votes: 1,520

39. Love My Life (2006)

96 min | Drama

Ichiko and Eri are two beautiful Japanese Uni students who are in a lesbian relationship. Ichiko comes out to her father who tells her he is also gay and her mother was a lesbian. Her best ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Kawano | Stars: Rei Yoshii, Asami Imajuku, Naomi Akimoto, Miyoko Asada

Votes: 761

40. Tru Love (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

A lesbian with commitment issues befriends a widowed mother who is visiting her workaholic daughter.

Directors: Kate Johnston, Shauna MacDonald | Stars: Kate Trotter, Peter MacNeill, Shauna MacDonald, Anna Cyzon

Votes: 592

41. My Mother Likes Women (2002)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

In Madrid, the divorced middle-age pianist Sofía discloses to her daughters Elvira, Gimena and Sol on the day of her birthday that she is in love with the talented Czechoslovak pianist ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniela Féjerman, Inés París | Stars: Leonor Watling, Rosa Maria Sardà, María Pujalte, Silvia Abascal

Votes: 1,526 | Gross: $0.08M

42. Daphne (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance