Movies are a huge part of representation in media and LGBTQ+ movies with good representation are few and far between. But some movies have amazing representation, especially of sapphic characters. Here is a list of some of the movies that I have either watched already or plan on watching in the future.
1. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Starting with a classic: But I’m a Cheerleader is a romantic comedy starring Natasha Lyonne. The movie follows a cheerleader who gets sent to a conversion camp by her parents after they suspect her of being a lesbian. Of course, she does end up being a lesbian. This movie is a cult classic among LGBTQ+ people around the world. It’s the perfect combination of the late 90s/early 2000s rom-com and sapphic love. A must-watch for all.
2. Crush (2022)
Crush, another romantic comedy, is about a teenage girl named Paige (played by Rowan Blanchard) who joins the track team to go after a girl she likes. But she soon finds herself falling for another teammate. This movie is adorable while also diving into what it’s like being a queer teenage girl. Many moments are funny, cute, and relatable all in one, which allows viewers to enjoy the quality of the film even further. Overall, a very cute movie.
3. The Half of It (2020)
The Half of It follows a girl who helps a jock win the heart of a girl they both are interested in. I wouldn’t consider this movie a rom-com; it’s more of a coming-of-age story. The film includes many different elements and stories, including what it is like for an immigrant family living in a small town (as well as what it’s like to be a closeted queer girl). The movie is guaranteed to make you get in your feels.
4. D.E.B.S (2003)
D.E.B.S. is basically Charlie’s Angels with an added lesbian romance. The film’s plot tells the story of four girls who get recruited to help the U.S. government fight crime. The movie has an all-star cast including Devon Aoki, a.k.a. Suki in the Fast and Furious movies. I will say that this movie is definitely created more for the male gaze, so it may not be as enjoyable as others, but it’s still a good watch.
5. I Care a Lot (2020)
A Netflix film, I Care a Lot is about two women who con elderly people out of their money. However, their newest victim also happens to be a con woman, which poses some more pressing problems. The movie is a comedic thriller and has a really good story with casual sapphic representation. Overall, a great movie for those who like crime and thriller movies.
There are many more movies and TV shows out there with amazing representation. Some TV shows that weren’t featured are Killing Eve, Dickenson, and of course, classics like The L Word and Orange Is the New Black. Representation like this is very important in all media, books, movies, and shows alike. With this representation, people will be able to see themselves in media, something that wasn’t possible 40 years ago. This makes these movies and shows extremely important to both the sapphic community and beyond.