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The Best and Worst Dyke Films of the 90's

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All Over Me (1997)

Directed by Alex Sichel. With Alison Folland, Tara Subkoff, Cole Hauser, Wilson Cruz. Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is changed one night when a violent and meaningless death rocks their lives.

Go Fish (1994)

Directed by Rose Troche. With V.S. Brodie, Guinevere Turner, T. Wendy McMillan, Migdalia Melendez. Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely, whom Max likes, but Ely is frumpy, homely, and older. Nor do they have much in common.

Directed by Patricia Rozema. With Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny, David Fox. An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.

Foxfire (1996)

Directed by Annette Haywood-Carter. With Hedy Burress, Angelina Jolie, Jenny Lewis, Jenny Shimizu. The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards " Megan is an all-American girl. She's a cheerleader and has a boyfriend, but she doesn't like kissing him very much, and she's pretty tactile with her cheerleader friends, and she only has pictures of girls up in her locker.

Bound (1996)

8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards " Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone.

High Art (1998)

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko. With Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson, Gabriel Mann. A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

Better Than Chocolate (1999)

Directed by Anne Wheeler. With Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie MacDonald. Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced and decides to move to Vancouver and join the household.

The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Directed by Cheryl Dunye. With Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson. Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman.

Directed by Rafal Zielinski. With Renée Humphrey, Alicia Witt, William R. Moses, Leslie Hope. Hillary and Bonnie meet one morning by the side of the road. They become fast friends, share their secrets, and on a rising wave of frenzy later that afternoon, murder an old woman.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards " Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

The story of two girls, Randy and Evie. Randy is a low economic class lesbian living with other lesbians including her aunt. Evie is a wealthy, popular girl with a boyfriend. When Evie befriends Randy, she begins to feel a passion for her she's never felt before.