The long July 4 weekend is made for watching fireworks…and we don’t mean the kind that the neighbors oooh and aaahhh over. Rather it’s a great time for catching up on delectable lesbian rom-coms that weren’t made for straight men. If you have a Netflix subscription, here are five worth checking out.
1. Cloudburst (2011). Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis. A lesbian couple escapes from their nursing home and heads to Canada to get married. Along the way, they pick up a young male hitchhiker.
2. The Duke of Burgundy (2014). A butterfly expert and her housekeeper are in an intimate master-and-slave relationship but their elaborate romance is about to take a turn.
3. Mosquita y Mari (2012). A very straightforward and beautiful coming-of-age tale. The isolation that both of these girls feel is as palpable as the sense of relief they feel when they’re together. This isn’t some lurid, Lolita-via-Thirteen bullshit, either. This is a textured, unromantic look at life as a a teenager today.
4. Liz in September (2014). One’s escaping a broken marriage. The other’s broken by illness. A well-made lesbian love story that gives off that twinkly, Nicholas Sparks, beach-read sort of vibe that many people look for in their romances.
5. All About E (2015). The chemistry between the two female leads is mercifully believable and their love scenes seem authentic without feeling gratuitously pornographic, which comes as an honest-to-God blessing when you’ve already seen 17 lesbian romances clearly intended to be enjoyed by 13-year-old boys.