Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The first winner of the Queer Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival to be directed by a woman, this French film peers inside the nuances of the relationship between a young aristocrat and the woman hired to paint her portrait.
The two begin a forbidden love affair which they know from the start is destined to end, but which leaves a lasting and unforgettable impact on their lives.
If Beale Street Could Talk
From acclaimed Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk is based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name. When a young woman’s partner is wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit, she becomes determined to clear his name before the birth of their child.
Told in a non-linear fashion, this sprawling and emotional love story is surely one for the ages.
I Still Believe
This Christian musical romance starring Riverdale’s KJ Apa is based on the real-life story of Jeremy Camp and his first wife, Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp.
Camp’s wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly before their marriage and passed away soon after. The film follows Camp’s rise to fame as a Christian singer-songwriter and the power of faith despite grief.
Vita & Virginia
Adapted from the 1992 play Vita & Virginia, this film tells of the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, which spanned ten years and defined much of their lives.
Though both women were married to men, they carried on well-known relationships with women, and none better known than this one. Vita Sackville-West famously served as the inspiration for the protagonist in Woolf’s Orlando. Now, you can learn why.
No Strings Attached
This 2011 rom-com now streaming on Hulu stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher as childhood friends determined to keep their relationship purely physical—no emotional strings attached.
As they become closer and more entangled in their adult lives, they find they can’t keep their hands, or their hearts, off each other.
Based on David Levithan’s novel of the same name, Every Day is a romantic fantasy film that follows Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) who falls in love with “A,” a traveling spirit who wakes up every day in a new body. The two vow to always find their way back to each other, no matter what form that may take.
For those looking for a more experimental romance movie streaming on Hulu, Beach Rats is less plot-focused and more of an exploration of identity and sexuality.
An aimless Brooklyn teenager begins causing trouble with friends and flirting with older men online, and falls into intense territory. He begins cruising on a beach to meet men at the same time he cautiously enters a relationship with a woman, forcing him to reckon with himself and his identity.
This 1987 classic starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in arguably their most iconic roles is now at your fingertips.
Baby is stuck spending a summer at a resort with her family. But when she meets the resort’s dance instructor and he taps her to be his new partner, things begin to look up. The two fall in love, and despite the forbidden nature of their romance, they are determined to perform one final dance.
Everyone hits that point in life where it feels like everyone is getting married—except you. When Alice and Ben find themselves there, single and lonely, they agree to be each other’s plus-ones to every insufferable wedding they’re invited to. But they might find more love than they bargained for at the end of these aisles...
This Chilean-Spanish film was remade in 2018 as Gloria Bell, but the original is not to be missed. When 58-year-old Gloria decides that she no longer wants to be alone, she starts visiting singles discos, where she begins an affair with a beguiling new man.
But when things between the two sour, Gloria may find that the only person she needed to learn to love was herself.
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