15 Best Lesbian Movies on Netflix


We’re still trudging through winter and you know what that means: lots of Netflix and chill weekends. By now, you’re an expert at scrolling through seemingly endless offerings and finding the perfect movie for your mood. Whether you like to scare yourself with a horror movie or let it all out with a tearjerker film, there’s something on Netflix for everyone. And if you’re looking for lesbian representation in your Friday-night viewing, Netflix has you covered with plenty of LGBTQ+ friendly options. We’ve gone through and selected some of the best movies with queer love on Netflix you can stream now.

Some of these films are sweet romantic dramas about falling in love and overcoming challenges. Some of them are straight-up slasher flicks. And some are documentaries that provide insight into LGBTQ+ history. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s probably a movie about it. While some of the films center specifically around a lesbian relationship, others feature lesbian relationships as just a part of a character’s background and let other elements drive the plot. After all, if a heterosexual romance can be the B-plot in any other action or comedy or drama, why should it be any different with a lesbian romance?

Here are some of the best movies with lesbian characters you can watch now on Netflix, from rom-coms to psychological thrillers.

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The Half of It

This coming-of-age film follows Ellie Chu, a smart, shy high school student in a small town who makes money writing homework papers for other students. When her classmate Paul approaches her to write a love letter to their classmate Aster, Ellie agrees. Ellie and Paul start to develop a friendship as she helps him craft his communications, but Ellie soon realizes that she also has feelings for Aster.



Duck Butter

When Naima meets an enigmatic girl named Sergio out at a bar, they quickly connect. Sergio proposes the idea of spending 24 hours with a person (and having sex once per hour) as a way of fast-forwarding a relationship. Naima declines at first, but then decides to take Sergio up on the idea. Spoiler alert: things get complicated.



Ride or Die

This Japanese film follows Rei, who learns that her former classmate Nanae is being abused by her husband. Rei takes matters into her own hands to defend Nanae and prove how much she loves her. In the aftermath of Rei’s decision, both women struggle with their intense feelings towards each other and the consequences of Rei’s actions.



The Prom

Oh hi, Meryl Streep! This musical tells the story of Emma, a student who wanted to take her girlfriend to prom. But because this is a small conservative Indiana town, the PTA decides that Emma cannot bring her girlfriend to prom, and instead just cancels the dance altogether?? A group of Broadway performers sees the story on Twitter, and they decide to head to Indiana to voice their support for Emma (and revitalize their careers). There are some twists and turns, but rest assured, there’s a happy ending.



A Secret Love

A League of Their Own + a lesbian relationship = this documentary movie. This film tells the real-life story of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Terry Donahue and her partner Pat Henschel, who were in a relationship for almost seven decades before telling their families. The film explores Terry and Pat’s love story, including the challenges that lesbians and other members of the LGBTQ+ community have faced throughout history.



ANNE+: The Film

This film based on a Dutch television series follows Anne, a woman who is planning to finish writing her novel and move from Amsterdam to Montréal to be with her long-term girlfriend, Saar. But her plan changes when she meets a non-binary drag artist named Lou who offers a different perspective on love, sex, and life.



Elisa and Marcela

This film is based on the true story of Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, two women in Spain who posed as a heterosexual couple in order to get married in 1901. They fall in love as classmates, and eventually hatch a plan that Elisa will leave their town for a time before coming back as “Mario,” so that she can marry Marcela. Fun fact: theirs is the first same-sex marriage on record in Spain.



A Perfect Ending

When housewife Rebecca tells her friends that she’s never had an orgasm and that she and her husband only have sex a couple of times a year, one of them suggests that Rebecca hire a sex worker through a discreet service. Rebecca ends up meeting Paris, an artist and sex worker who helps her explore her sexuality. They develop a close relationship, but Rebecca has a secret that ultimately changes everything for both of them.



The Perfection

If you like your movies with a biiiig dose of psychological horror, check this one out. Allison Williams plays Charlotte, a cello player who had to drop out of her prestigious musical academy to take care of her dying mother, and Logan Browning plays Lizzie, the new star student of the academy. When Charlotte reconnects with the director of the academy and meets Lizzie, things quickly get sinister. Not to spoil anything, but there are several seriously f*cked up plot twists you absolutely will not see coming.



I Care A Lot

Rosamund Pike plays con artist Marla Grayson in this dark comedy thriller. She takes advantage of elderly people and sells off their assets with the help of her girlfriend/business partner Fran. But Marla realizes they’ve exploited the wrong woman when her crime lord son comes after them. Marla and Fran’s relationship isn’t necessarily the central focus of this movie, but it doesn’t need to be to make this one worth watching.



What Keeps You Alive

An anniversary weekend takes a terrifying turn in this tense horror film. Jules believes that she and her wife Jackie are celebrating their first anniversary at a remote cabin belonging to Jackie’s family. But when an old friend tells Jules about a tragic incident from Jackie’s past, things take a dark turn and Jules finds herself fighting for her life.




If you’ve ever had a strangely intense and kind of romantic friendship, you’ll get this movie. Sarah is an overwhelmed mother raising a toddler mostly on her own while her husband frequently travels for work. She calls her old friend Mindy, and they take an improptu road trip where they reconnect and find themselves getting physically intimate. Years later, Mindy is engaged to marry a man, and Sarah comes to the bachelorette party where lots of complicated feelings arise. Neither character is necessarily explicitly lesbian, but this film is still an interesting exploration of friendships and queer love.



Fear Street Part One: 1994

Like slasher films? Lesbian romance? Here you go! This movie is based on the book series by R.L. Stine, and follows a group of teenagers trying to fight against evil supernatural forces after several brutal deaths in their small town. One member of the group, Deena, refuses to believe in the alleged curse placed on the town. But eventually she realizes that the curse is real, and the only possible solution might be killing her ex-girlfriend Sam.




In this thriller, Julianne Moore plays Catherine, a doctor who suspects her husband is having an affair. She decides to hire a sex worker named Chloe to test her husband’s loyalty. Chloe obliges, but both women quickly realize that there might be a spark between them.



Someone Great

Okay, so this comedy is about a lot of things: female friendships, breakups, career goals, and more. Although it isn’t the main plot line, Erin has some seriously adorable moments with Leah, the girl she’s dating.


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