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There are free, streaming, full-length, lesbian-themed movies online, that do not require registration. There are not an overwhelming number of them, but they do exist. There are movies made in the United States and various other countries and in various languages. Only a few of the titles are presented on this page. For a more extensive list of lesbian movie titles see web sites that rank lesbian movies such as The Best Lesbian Movies Of All Time at AutoStraddle. Be prepared to spend some time searching. There are few sites that list lesbian movie titles, and it still takes a bit of trial and error to find free, full-length, movies, with lesbian characters and with an obvious lesbian storyline throughout the duration of the movie.
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Often considered the 1st lesbian film in the U.S. Made in 1914, a silent film by Sidney Drew. Includes blackface comedy. Based on 1891 novel and 1896 play titled A Florida Enchantment by Fergus Redmond and Archibald C. Gunter.
Often referred to as "The First Lesbian Film," the film was made 17 years after A Florida Enchantment (see above). Mädchen in Uniform, a 1931 German film, is based on the play Gestern und heute (Yesterday and Today) by Christa Winsloe who also wrote the movie screenplay. Stars Hertha Thiele and Dorothea Weick. Directed by Leontine Sagan. Artistic direction by Carl Froelich who also funded the film. German Language. English Subtitles. Film remade in 1958.
Available for free viewing at Tubi.
Set in the 1950s. Ellen (Barbara Marten) makes friends with her son’s schoolteacher, Miss Thompson (Andrina Carroll), and their relationship grows as Ellen’s marriage to Hardy (Andrew Dunn) falls apart. Movie was made in 2004. UK version is 79 minutes. US version is 93 minutes.
2014 Thai film with English subtitles. Pat and Pim fall in love and have to deal with a parent who does not approve of their relationship. They have a commitment ceremony. Things are going well until there is a tragedy. Thai law currently does not recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships.
Available on YouTube
The Killing of Sister George is a 1968 British film directed by Robert Aldrich, and based on the 1964 play by Frank Marcus. The film was presented as a serious look at lesbianism with the story of June "George" Buckridge, an older television actress, and her younger lover, Alice, who George fondly (and at times not so fondly) calls Charlie. Their long-term relationship starts to fall apart when George suspects that her soap opera character is to be killed off the BBC Television series Applehurst. Life is not going well at home and Charlie/Alice is being wooed away.by BBC Network producer Mrs. Croft. June "George" Buckridge is played by Beryl Reid. Alice/Charlie is played by Susannah York. Mrs. Croft is played by Coral Browne. The film received an X rating, perhaps due to the lesbian sex scene, and there were censorship battles in England before it was released countrywide and internationally.
Based on the real life story of Mary Jo Risher. A woman fights her ex-husband for custody of their youngest child after the husband sues for custody when he learns that she is living in a relationship with another woman. Television movie released in November of 1978, and groundbreaking for the time period. Written by William Blinn. Stars Gena Rowlands as Linda Ray Guettner [Mary Jo Risher]; Jane Alexander as Barbara Moreland [her partner]; Clue Gulager as Mike Guettner [her ex-husband]; Jocelyn Brando as Mrs. Hunicutt [her mother]; and Ned Beatty as Dwayne Stabler [husband's attorney].
"Miss Understud is a confessional-style documentary about Masculine Identifying Lesbians commonly referred to as "Studs". The film examines societal norms toward (and self-identity within) the stud community." Director: Adam L. McMath. 2013. Documentary: 57 minutes. Production Company: Coloring Box Entertainment Group.
A female FBI agent befriends a woman and her adorable, young, special needs son who live in the countryside. The women's friendship soon turns into romance but family secrets complicate things. Written and directed by Nicole Conn. Released in 2019. Won the Best Picture awards at the LA Femme Film Festival, the White Light City Film Festival, and the International Ind Film Festival.
Black lesbian studs, their lives, loves, families. Five friends who love other women and assume the more aggressive role. Directed by Paulara Hawkins. Movie was made in 2011 and runs 18:28 minutes.
A Chinese movie produced/sponsored by the sapphic dating app Rela. It follows three girls on a road trip. Chinese language with English subtitles.
South African photographer and activist Zanele Muholi is on a mission to bring black lesbians in her home country to the forefront, as many members of the community face high rates of violence, including so-called “corrective rape.” PBS NewsHour