No longer limited by low budgets, films with gay and lesbian stories have flourished in the first two decades of the 21st century. There is something about the scrappy DIY aesthetic that will always be essentially queer — and the films below reflect a notable shift in the ambition and scope of contemporary queer films. Here are the 20 best LGBT films of the 21st century.
Here are some examples of good lesbian sex scenes in movies. Some of these are good movies on their own. Others, you might just want to fast-forward to the sex scene.
Ladies can appreciate a beautiful woman, that's for sure. But at what point does admiration turn into something a little more? Given gender and sexual fluidityhow can you really know where you exist on the spectrum without exposure to alternatives?
InDesiree Akhavan shot a very different lesbian sex scene. Early on in the film, Cameron and Coley tentatively make love for the first time in the back seat of a car. The sex is subtle and nuanced, the result of two young women clumsily figuring out how to please each other.
Throughout her long and fearless career, Susan Sarandon has appeared in a panoply of skin-baring scenes. She was the older, bolder woman who seduced a young widower played by James Spader in White Palace In Bull Durhamshe was a philosophical baseball groupie who bedded dim fireballer Tim Robbins.
Cruel Intentions, Wild Things, Basic Instinct … hot stuff, maybe, but not the most realistic or responsible depiction of what women actually do in bed together. Think two feminine women posing for the camera, tongues visible and hands brushing over breasts, only occasionally digits going lower eg Bound. Even arthouse hits such as Blue is the Warmest Colour have divided audiences: many gay women complained that the seven-minute scene in the film was unrealistic, directed by a man according to his own fantasies — something the lead actors backed up.
Whether you're a queer person aching for representation or a straight human looking for a good time, we are all searching for the same thing in life: quality lesbian sex scenes. Historically, they've been excruciatingly hard to find. That's why it's delightful to see newly-released indie drama Disobedience get it mostly right. Neither a heteronormative pornographic fantasy nor a dry, anthropological account, Disobedience manages to depict queer sex without exploiting the actors performing it.
Well, now "Black Swan" is finally here, so it's a great opportunity — and not gratuitous at all, really — to take a look at the five most famous lesbian scenes on film. A side note: "Showgirls" might have been a serious contender, but it appeared last week among the five most irresistible guilty-pleasure movies. It is tempting to find a reason to talk about "Showgirls" every week, though
These formative cinematic experiences have helped make us the gay sexual creatures we are today. This is not a comprehensive list, and only represents films available to stream. Just a hunch! Lana and Lilly are sisters and trans women, at the time that this film was made, they were still presenting as male.