There are few things in life better than watching two famous actresses go at it on screen. Turns out quite a few of them have done it, too. In a scholarly effort to document all of these occurrences, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 greatest lesbian scenes of all time. Gentlemen, prepare the Google machine. You’re going to want to look these up.
30. Mercy (Ellen Barkin and Peta Wilson)
Yes, Ellen Barkin is kind of old now, but at the time that Mercy was released she was officially within MILF range and raring to go.
29. Better Than Chocolate (Christina Cox and Karyn Dwyer)
A film in which two women realize that there are some things better than chocolate. Namely, vagina.
28. High Art (Rahda Mitchell and Ally Sheedy)
Remember that weird goth chick from The Breakfast Club? Well, turns out she did a lesbian scene in a film called High Art. If only Molly Ringwald had gone in the same direction. Instead, she just ate a lot.
27. Loving Anabelle (Erin Kelly and Diane Gaidry)
A boarding school student falls in love with her female teacher. Men everywhere let out a round of applause.
26. Saving Face (Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen)
Will Smith produced this movie, which means absolutely nothing, other than that Will Smith clearly has a thing for Asian lesbians. Someone add that to his Wikipedia entry.
25. I Can’t Think Straight (Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth)
Neither can I. Get it, girls.
24. But I’m a Cheerleader (Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall)
23. Higher Learning (Jennifer Connelly and Kristy Swanson)
Jennifer Connelly did a lesbian scene? Yup. And you know what else? It was every bit as awesome as you’d imagine a lesbian scene involving Jennifer “the girl you’ve been crushing on since you saw Labyrinth” Connelly — and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer — would be.
22. American Pie 2 (Lisa Arturo and Denise Faye)
It’s from an American Pie movie, which means it’s raunchy, over the top and heavily focused on the appearance of breasts.
21. The Hunger (Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve)
It’s easy to forget that Susan Sarandon was once the hottest thing in Hollywood. Watch this scene and forgetting will become a little bit harder.
20. Head In the Clouds (Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz)
Two Oscar-winning actresses locking lips on screen. There should be a separate award category for this kind of thing.
19. Chloe (Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore)
The old-young dynamic makes this scene all the more poignant. It’s almost like Julianne Moore is passing the symbolic torch of hotness on to Amanda Seyfried. Lucky for us, she’s passing it with her mouth.
18. Cruel Intentions (Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair)
This scene is little more than a brief make-out session, but it’s a brief make-out session between Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar, which makes it one of the most important scenes in the history of American cinema. Citizen Kane has nothing on this.
17. Vicky Christina Barcelona (Penelope Cruz and Scarlet Johansen)
Disregard the entirety of Woody Allen’s film career up until Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the man would still be a legend just for bringing these two beauties together in a moment of simulated lesbian passion. That said, the rest of Vicky Cristina Barcelona is awful.
16. Girlfriend (Amrita Arora and Isha Koppikar)
This Hindi film is about a covert love affair between two women. The film was so controversial, people burned posters advertising it in parts of India. You know what else was burning? The hotness. The hotness of the lesbians. It burned like fire. Poetry, baby.
15. If These Walls Could Talk 2 (Sharon Stone and Ellen Degeneres)
It’s Ellen, yes, but don’t discount this scene so quickly. She might be weird looking and oddly quirky, but the chick had one hell of a body back in the day. Add to that the appearance of a very-nearly naked Sharon Stone, and you’ve got yourself some great cinema.
14. Embrace of the Vampire (Alyssa Milano and Rebecca Ferratti)
This scene marked Alyssa Milano’s official passage from 80s good girl to 90s kinda-promiscuous girl. The other chick is some kind of porn-star-vampire hybrid who proceeds to corrupt young Milano with her tongue. Unspeakable horror!
13. When Night is Falling (Pascale Bussieres and Rachel Crawford)
This film was rated NC-17 when it was first released, meaning its crowning lesbian scene depicts some serious nudity, sexual themes and all-around cinematic genius. Bravo.
12. If These Walls Could Talk 2 (Michelle Williams and Chloe Sevigny)
In this film, Chloe Sevigny dresses like a man, styles her hair like a man, and generally acts like a man, but once the clothes start flying off it’s pretty obvious she’s all woman.
11. Piranha 3D (Riley Steele and Kelly Brook)
Piranha 3D is 90 minutes of cheese, violence and sex. In other words, it’s fantastic. The best part? Kelly Brook and Riley Steele go at it. Underwater. With no clothes on. Greatest movie ever? No, but definitely the greatest movie where Kelly Brook gets it on with a girl ever.
10. Lost and Delirious (Jessica Pare and Piper Perabo)
Just a couple of hot young schoolgirls experimenting with their burgeoning sexuality. Nothing to see here.
9. Desert Hearts (Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau)
Considered the first ever all-out lesbian-themed movie, Desert Hearts contained one of the greatest examples of girl-on-girl intimacy recorded on film to date. It’s hard to improve on an original like this.
8. Wild Side (Anne Heche and Joan Chen)
Director Donald Cammell committed suicide shortly after seeing this film, allegedly having grown depressed at what the producers did to it in final edits. If they screwed up the lesbian scene, we can’t tell, because it’s pretty close to perfect.
7. Frida (Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd)
It doesn’t get much better than this. Two of the most iconic female sex symbols of the last two decades come together like a pair of gorgeous, well-endowed magnets. Selma’s unibrow is definitely kind of a curveball, but it really doesn’t matter once she and Judd lock lips.
6. Femme Fatale (Rie Rasmussen and Rebecca Romijn Stamos)
I don’t really know what was going on here. As far as I can tell, Rie Rasmussen played a time-traveling Egyptian prostitute and Rebecca Romijn Stamos had to steal her clothes from her. One way or another, it involved the two of them making out and Rasmussen taking off her snake armor bra thing.
5. Mullholand Drive (Naomi Watts and Laura Harring)
This scene is what people picture when they think of lesbian sex in movies. It is iconic. It is sensual. It is unbelievably hot and it is surely available to stream somewhere on the Internet. Get to it.
4. Wild Things (Denise Richards and Neve Campbell)
If you were a man in the late 90s this scene was the greatest thing to happen to you since you first discovered porn (on VHS of course). Denise Richards at the peak of her hotness gets into a pool with Neve Campbell and proceeds to create sexual magic. This is what the guy from the Dos Equis commercials watches on lonely nights.
3. Black Swan (Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis)
Far and away the most highly anticipated on-screen lesbian moment of the year, this sexually charged scene featured a slightly unhinged Natalie Portman receiving some serious cunnilingus action from a dark and seductive Mila Kunis. Darren Aronofsky must never be allwed to stop making movies.
2. Bound (Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly)
The tension in this scene is indescribable. Not only are these two carrying on a secret lesbian relationship, they’re doing it in the midst of some crazy mafia sh*t that makes you think a fat guy in a suit is going to walk into the room and cap them both at any second. Hot.
1. Gia (Angelina Jolie and Elizabeth Mitchell)
The best part about Gia is that the whole movie is essentially an extended lesbian scene, with actual lesbian scenes (topless ones) scattered throughout. You’re going to want to watch them all. This is why pause buttons were invented.