5 LGBTIQ+ Films About Women To Watch On Netflix

Looking for something to watch this weekend? We've got you covered.


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We’ve all been there; you invite your girlfriend over to “Netflix and Chill”, only to spend over an hour searching for the perfect film and occasionally getting into a fight over what Jennifer Lawrence movie to watch.

 

It’s okay, Curve is here to help. We’ve selected five of the best movies from this decade for you to stream this weekend with your favorite girl. Although, fair warning, you might not get to the “and Chill” section of the night as soon as you’d hoped…sorry about that.

 

Freeheld (2015)

 

This moving film follows Detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) on her historic legal battle to have her pension benefits passed onto her same-sex partner, Stacie (Ellen Page) upon Hester’s impending death from lung cancer.

 

Based on a true story, and a 2007 documentary of the same name, this film is sure to bring on the waterworks as you cheer on Hester’s fight for equality under the law in Orange County, NJ.

 

It is worth noting that, in 2005, when this battle was happening, counties in New Jersey did have the option to extend pension benefits to same-sex couples, but Ocean County Freeholders refused to.

 

Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015)

 

When Elsie (Diane Flacks) had her heart broken at age 12, she vowed that it would never happen again, and has since moved constantly from serious relationship to serious relationship; preferring to be the one who ends things.

 

Now, she finds herself single for the first time in decades, after a friend dares her to remain single for at least five months. But, as everyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy knows, the second you declare that love is off the table, the universe places the love of your life right in front of you.

 

Now Elsie is battling against falling for Lolli (Vanessa Dunn) and trying to shake off the feeling that she was wrong to break up with Robyn (Carolyn Taylor). Who will she choose? Will she win the dare?

 

 Margarita, With a Straw (2014)

 

This touching drama tells the story of Laila (Kalki Koechlin), an Indian teenager with cerebral palsy, who attends New York University where she discovers her sexuality.

 

Laila falls in love with fiery activist Khanum (Sayani Gupta), a blind woman, but also has feelings for fellow student Jared (William Moseley), leading her to determine that she is bisexual.

 

Although the movie is pretty heart-wrenching at times, it does also maintain a healthy element of humor; like when Laila’s mother, oblivious to the actual relationship between the young women, mistakes them for best friends and invites Khanum to India for the winter break.

Life Partners (2014)

 

This odd-couple comedy focuses on the relationship between best friends Paige (Gillian Jacobs), a straight girl with a Type-A personality and Sasha (Leighton Meester), a lesbian slacker.

 

Sasha and Paige endure good-natured teasing about the close (and perhaps co-dependent) they share, from friends who joke that the path from best friends to girlfriends isn’t that far.

Unfortunately, when Paige gets engaged to a handsome doctor called Tim (Adam Brody), the girls’ friendship hits a bump in the road and they have to figure out how their relationship works now.

 

52 Tuesdays (2013)

 

Bisexual teenager Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) is coming to terms with her own sexuality and the transition of her lesbian mother (which is how they identified at the beginning of the film) to live full-time as a man called James (Del Herbert).

 

I can’t help but think that both of these things would have been easier for Billie, if James hadn’t sent her to live with her father, Tom (Beau Travis Williams); a move that left Billie feeling abandoned.

 

The story is told from Billie’s perspective, in 52 segments, one for each Tuesday that she sees James over the year that she lives with Tom.

 

What did you think of these picks? What other movies would you suggest from the 2010s? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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