We’ve compiled 5 of our favorite sapphic movies for you to enjoy before pride month wraps up. And don’t worry we’ve got links for you to watch them ASAP!
As much as it pains us to say it, pride month is quickly coming to a close. But have no fear! We’ve put together a list of our favorite sapphic films for you to laugh, cry, swoon, and maybe yell at as June winds down or watch at any point during the year. Our picks range from serious to silly, so we’re sure that you’ll find one to suit your tastes! Let’s carry these good, queer vibes into the summer with us!
1. But I’m a Cheerleader (Comedy)
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We’re starting off our list with three internet sweethearts: Natasha Leone, Clea DuVall, and Melanie Lynskey! These three, and the rest of the stellar cast, pull you into their nutty little world. This cult classic, released in 1999, follows Megan, a teenager who doesn’t know she’s a lesbian…yet. Her family knows who she is before she does and preemptively sends her away to a conversion camp. From there, chaos ensues. With its bright colors, and absurd villains, this film is camp in the most fun of ways. Conversion camps are a very real and abhorrent reality for queer people, But I’m a Cheerleader manages to celebrate queers and their ability to turn lead into gold.
2. Disobedience (Drama)
This next pick is a completely different vibe. For those of you who live for the drama, Disobedience has everything a person could want from a forbidden love story. Secret meetings, longing glances, dramatic declarations of love, oh my! Also, can any film go wrong when the stars are Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz? The answer is no. The subject material might be heavy for some, Ronit and Esti’s love is unwelcome in their conservative community, but the film does end on a positive note. It’s a real, heartwrenching treat for those of us that need a good cry.
Where to watch: You can stream Disobedience on Netflix right now!
3. Imagine Me & You (Rom-com)
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If you’re in the mood for a straightforward, no-nonsense, by-the-book romantic comedy, Imagine Me & You is what you’re looking for. Lena Headey and Piper Perabo play lovesick, morally gray women whose meet-cute takes place at Rachel’s wedding (to a man). Luce, the florist, is openly gay while Rachel has always believed herself to be straight. There are plenty of soapy, yelling-at-the-top-of-their-lungs moments to keep you entertained, so make sure you have tissues near! Also, the fashion in this film is giving us a severe case of Y2k Deja Vu.
4. Happiest Season (Christmas Rom-Com)
Who couldn’t use a little Christmas in June? Happiest Season is the newest film on this list; it was released in 2020. Directed by Clea DuVall (the same Clea DuVall in But I’m a Cheerleader!), this film feels like a fresh take on the rom-com genre. Kristen Stewart is a great lead and Mackenzie Davis does a great job of straddling the line between frustrating and understandable behavior. The film follows Abby and Harper as they navigate not being out to Harper’s family at Christmastime. The film explores topics like self-worth and self-acceptance while still feeling comedic and energetic. Keep an eye out for Aubrey Plaza; she shines in every one of her scenes.
Where to watch: You can stream Happiest Season on Hulu now!
5. The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (Coming of Age/Rom-Com)
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Put your 90’s goggles on! Released in 1995, this one might be the oldest film on our list, but it was and still is ahead of its time. Starring a young Laurel Holloman, a.k.a. Tina from The L Word, and Nicole Ari Parker, this film is sure to send you off into the summer with the warm and fuzzies. The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love is probably the easiest watch on this list, so if you’re looking for a low-stakes movie, this one is for you. The film does deal with some negative reactions to a person’s coming out journey, but it handles the love story with such tenderness that any negativity is rendered irrelevant. Randy and Rebecca get to be two kids that fall in love, just like any other teen romance.
Where to watch: You can rent The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love from Youtube for as low as $3.99!
We hope you’ll take some time to celebrate pride just a little bit more this month and snuggle up with a good film, or two, or five! It’s the perfect time to support queer films. But, let’s be real, anytime is a great time to support lesbian, wlw, nblw, and otherwise sapphic movies! What’re your favorite sapphic movies? We’re dying to talk about it! Tweet us @AfterBuzzTV!