wlw movies that aren't period dramas and don't have sad endings

since you bitches love to complain

uhhh a few notes since this list has reached a MUCH wider audience than i was expecting:
-wlw = an umbrella term referring to lesbian, bi, pan, and queer women
-i said “not sad” endings rather than happy endings for a reason. in my personal opinion none of these films end sadly. i also don’t think a couple necessarily has to end up together for the ending to be happy, depending on the movie. but several people have commented in particular that they think Lovesong, Cloudburst, and All About My Mother are sad, so keep that in mind. 
-“why isn’t x movie on the list?”
there are three possibilities:
1) i haven’t heard of…

  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Bound
  • Saving Face
  • The Half of It
  • Booksmart
  • Pariah
  • Imagine Me & You
  • Show Me Love
  • With Every Heartbeat
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Grandma
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • D.E.B.S.
  • Shakedown
  • Skate Kitchen
  • The Potluck and the Passion
  • Thelma
  • Lovesong
  • Hustlers
  • Someone Great
  • A Secret Love
  • Rafiki
  • Concussion
  • Tig
  • Water Lilies
  • Sword of Trust
  • Go Fish
  • The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
  • Margarita with a Straw
  • Mosquita y Mari
  • Blockers
  • Princess Cyd
  • Season of Love
  • Life Partners
  • Better Than Chocolate
  • Duck Butter
  • The Feels
  • I Can't Think Straight
  • Anatomy of a Love Seen
  • Elena Undone
  • All About E
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Best in Show
  • This Is Where I Leave You
  • Suicide Kale
  • The Truth About Jane
  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle
  • All About My Mother
  • Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee
  • Addicted to Fresno
  • Rough Night
  • Nina's Heavenly Delights
  • My Days of Mercy
  • The Intervention
  • Cloudburst
  • Puccini for Beginners
  • Stud Life
  • Drifting Flowers
  • Red Doors
  • Dope
  • Dirty Computer
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • AWOL
  • All Over Me
  • The First Wives Club
  • Below Her Mouth
  • Chutney Popcorn
  • The Meetings of Anna
  • Bit
  • Signature Move
  • Great Moments in Aviation
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
  • Fire
  • Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
  • Antonia's Line
  • Holy Camp!
  • The Perfection
  • Late Bloomers
  • Sensitivity Training
  • Dating Amber
  • My Mother Likes Women
  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • City of Trees
  • Unpregnant
  • Disobedience
  • Kiss Me Before It Blows Up
  • Two of Us
  • When Night Is Falling
  • I've Heard the Mermaids Singing