Celluloid Closet

04.01.13

Top Ten Lesbian Film Cliches

From coffee-shop chats to Chloe Sevigny cameos.

Long coffee-shop chats about feelings. Long bathtub chats about feelings. A cameo by Chloe Sevigny.  

As the debate over gay marriage rages in America, the British papers are getting in on the debate with a cheeky round-up of the top ten gay and top ten lesbian film clichés. Combing through gems such as Boys Don’t Cry, Babes In Toyland, Kissing Jessica Stein and, of course, Showgirls, The Guardian parses the most classic tropes for lipsticks, diesels, and everything in between. From sudden-onset homosexuality to the spontaneous outdoor swim, all the classics are here.