Films With Actually Bisexual Characters

Not "gay with exceptions". Not "curious". Not doing it for the sake of a plot twist or a neat ending. Not "leaning" one way or another, and even if they were it's nobody's business. This list is for films that have characters who are actually bisexual, and who the film they're in accepts as such. Suggestions hugely welcome.

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    Suggested by Luke McCarthy.

  • Savage Nights

    Savage Nights

    Suggested by Ana B.

  • Don't Call Me Son

    Don't Call Me Son

    Suggested by Ana B.

  • Baden Baden

    Baden Baden

    ★★★½

    Suggested by Sarah C.

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  • A Date for Mad Mary

    A Date for Mad Mary

    Suggested by Sarah C.

  • Undertow

    Undertow

    Suggested by Jacob: "The lead in Undertow (2009) has a sexual relationship with both a man and a women; I suspect that it is more that he is closeted but as it's never explicit..."

  • I'm Hungry, I'm Cold

    I'm Hungry, I'm Cold

    Going by Sally's review.

  • Falling Star

    Falling Star

    ★★★★

    Huh, somebody made a film where a bisexual man is a romantic lead. Still reeling a bit tbh.

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  • Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

    Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

    ★★★½

    Any film about James Dean which is accurate to the facts of his life is a film about a bisexual man.

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  • James Dean

    James Dean

    Likewise. Also possibly the first step in James Franco's careful, step-by-step coming out.

  • Definitely Dusty

    Definitely Dusty

    Speaking of bisexual historical figures: this documentary was the first time I'd seen a bisexual person on TV shown in a positive light (as opposed to those terrible bi-themed Very Special Episodes of Ally McBeal and Sex and the City, the latter being one of the many reasons why I can't take that show seriously as the empowering, sex-positive programme its fans believe it to be). It still has a huge place in my heart. So does she.

  • Planet Terror

    Planet Terror

    Suggested by Indiana Stoker.

  • Flirting with Disaster

    Flirting with Disaster

    Suggested by Patrick Ripoll - Josh Brolin's character.

  • Carny

    Carny

    Suggested by Melody.

  • Plan B

    Plan B

    Amazing slew of films added by Victor Santana, starting here: "Both male characters are in love with each other, but they have had relationships with women and they kind of had the same girlfriend for a while and thorough the movie it's implied that they have "okay sex" with women."

  • A Blast

    A Blast

    Victor Santana: "the husband character has a lot of sex with his wife, actually, there are really a lot of straight sex scenes and some of him with a male friend (it's never implied if he has a "preference")."

  • Artificial Paradises

    Artificial Paradises

    Victor Santana: "the movie is about a straight relationship, but the girl also has a relationship with her female friend, they have sex."

  • Chuck & Buck

    Chuck & Buck

    Victor Santana: "a movie about a man obsessed with his male childhood friend, this male friend has a wife but he is not averse to the idea of having sex with a man."

  • What's New About Love?

    What's New About Love?

    Victor Santana: "portuguese film about a lot of couples, one of them is gay and one of the guys has a girlfriend that he actually likes."

  • The Man Who Loved Yngve

    The Man Who Loved Yngve

    Victor Santana: "the boy is in love with another, but he's not averse to the ideia of having sex with his girlfriend. Also based on the series of books and other movies about this character, it can be said he's probably bisexual."

  • Seashore

    Seashore

    Victor Santana: "one of the main male characters is not in any way averse to the idea of having sex with girls, but he's pretty interested with having sex with his male friend."

  • Cut Snake

    Cut Snake

    Jacob: "protagonist has had previous homosexual relationship and now in hetero one. The one disclaimer I'll give is that his homosexual relationship occurred in prison but he does declare actual love for both relationships."

  • Love in Thoughts

    Love in Thoughts

    Suggested by JeanLouiseBlue.

  • The Last Emperor

    The Last Emperor

    Nominated by Peter H.

  • The King of Escape

    The King of Escape

    ★★★★

    The hero of Alain Giuraudie's film starts by identifying as gay, but enters into a sexual relationship with the female lead.

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  • (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer

    Added by MDelancy.

  • Heartbeats

    Heartbeats

    Added by cat.

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Ramona Flowers has male and female exes. All evil, though. That's her type.

  • My Own Private Idaho

    My Own Private Idaho

    FxcitDude: "Don't know if it would count, but in My Own Private Idaho, River and Keanu are moth male escorts that are hired by women at one point (presumably willingly), while River also has feelings for Keanu and Keanu ends up with a woman. It's never explicitly stated whether either is straight, gay, or bi, but I'd say it at least has potential for being on here."

  • Blue Girls Burn Fast

    Blue Girls Burn Fast

    ★★★

    Suggested by Sacha.

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  • Nowhere

    Nowhere

    Seandroid: "Gregg Araki's Nowhere (James Duval's character)"

  • Sexual Chronicles of a French Family

    Sexual Chronicles of a French Family

    Seandroid: "The main character's brother is bisexual in Sexual Chronicles of a French Family. He is seen engaging in sexual activity with females in the first half of the movie; he has a boyfriend in the second half of the movie. A family member refers to him as gay at one point, and he corrects the person by stating that he is bisexual."

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★½

    Added by eduarda. Colin Farrell's lead asks if the hotel makes allowances for bisexuals, and Olivia Colman tells him they had to discontinue it for being too complicated. Ha!

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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★½

    Jacob: "Song to Song is another you can add to the list: Rooney Mara's character has relationships with men (Ryan Gosling/Michael Fassbender) and a woman (Bérénice Marlohe)."

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  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★

    The notes for this film reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Sarah C: "...the two male leads are predominantly heterosexual but they share a kiss which suggests they are at least open to other possibilities."

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  • Entertaining Mr. Sloane

    Entertaining Mr. Sloane

    ★★★★

    A comic spin on Teorama, where the title character revels in his disruptive effect on a brother and sister.

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  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★

    Suggested by olive knight.

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  • Young and Wild

    Young and Wild

    Suggested by nat.

  • Loot

    Loot

    ★★★½

    Dennis and Hal are lovers, and Hal likes watching Dennis with women. Perhaps the only positive portrayal of a monosexual-bisexual relationship I've ever seen.

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  • The Raspberry Reich

    The Raspberry Reich

    ★★★

    I mean, you could question whether the male lead is genuinely bisexual, as he's forced into a male-male relationship by his girlfriend who wants to loosen up his boundaries. But this is a Bruce LaBruce film, so of course he loves it.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★

    Added by andibgoode.

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  • Lovesong

    Lovesong

    Added by Meagan S.

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    The notes for this film reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    From Mumciur: "Nymphomaniac (Part II especially) - minor spoilers follow: There are two female characters (one of them appears in Part I, second debuts in Part II) that are shown to have affairs with men through entire movie, but later get together"

  • The Driller Killer

    The Driller Killer

    ★★★

    Carol cheats on Reno with another woman and her ex-husband. Apparently the cut version of this removes the sex scene between the two women.

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  • Battle of the Sexes

    Battle of the Sexes

    From Jacob: "New one for you: Battle of the Sexes. Even if Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) was to be taken as a lesbian woman who begins the film in a relationship with a man, her lover Marilynne explicitly says she sleeps with men and women."

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero

    Black Mirror: San Junipero

    From mumciur: "Black Mirror: San Junipero has a woman who used to have a husband and daughter (and cared for them deeply) and she forms a relationship with another woman
    Worth noting it's actually a TV episode but it's on Letterboxd so I guess it could count

  • The Lure

    The Lure

    From Hannah: "The Lure's Golden is shown to have interest in men and women- though it is somewhat unclear if she is interested in men only as prey. She has consensual sex with a woman. I was convinced she was bi (incredible film, you should watch to confirm)."

  • The Hours

    The Hours

    Added by Meagan S.

  • I Promise You Anarchy

    I Promise You Anarchy

    Added by Zheddy.

  • Princess Cyd

    Princess Cyd

    Added by Meagan S.

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  • So Long Suburbia

    So Long Suburbia

    Added by Brandon Caswell Douglas.

  • Stage Beauty

    Stage Beauty

    Added by Kisaki: "a period piece with a bisexual male protagonist. It also deals with issues of gender and sex in a very charming way."

  • Sade

    Sade

    Added by Kisake: "a french movie about the Marquis de Sade. In contrast to most movies with the label "de Sade" attached to it, it's quiet and contemplative, but the character is very obviously shown as unapologetically bisexual. :)"

  • Slap Shot

    Slap Shot

    Added by FxckItDude: "Slap Shot has Paul Newman sleep with an opponent’s wife, who then admits to him that she’d also had multiple sexual encounters with another woman, followed by the two sharing another kiss."

  • Unsolved Suburbia

    Unsolved Suburbia

    Added by enricc1: "Add Unsolved Suburbia the movie is a mess a fun mess but the main character is openly bi."

  • Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

    Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

    Added by Andi B Goode.

  • The Cakemaker

    The Cakemaker

    Added by Iter Intergalactic.

  • Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop

    Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • North Sea Texas

    North Sea Texas

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • Chloe

    Chloe

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • I Love You Renato

    I Love You Renato

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    Added by brunesamilli.

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  • Tom at the Farm

    Tom at the Farm

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • Sense8: Happy F*cking New Year

    Sense8: Happy F*cking New Year

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • Burn Burn Burn

    Burn Burn Burn

    Added by Irene.

  • I Dream in Another Language

    I Dream in Another Language

    Added by Iter Intergalactic.

  • The City of the Future

    The City of the Future

    Added by Zheddy.

  • Dirty Computer

    Dirty Computer

    ★★★½

    All the runaways. Bless Janelle.

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  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
  • Le Beau Serge

    Le Beau Serge

    Added by Lucas Santana: "Clearly François is in love with Serge in “Le Beau Serge” de Claude Chabrol, and both men have relationships with women."

  • The Boy and the Wind

    The Boy and the Wind

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • Giselle

    Giselle

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • Drama

    Drama

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • Truth or Dare

    Truth or Dare

    Added by brunesamilli.

  • The Breaker Upperers

    The Breaker Upperers

    ★★★½

    Added by Doug Dillaman: "The Breaker Upperers has a bisexual lead character."

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  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    Frances beans: "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar should be on this list just because of Robin Williams saying 'that's so bi!'"

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • Othello

    Othello

    Added by loureviews: "Definitely read Iago as bi."

  • Victim

    Victim

    Added by loureviews.

  • Inside Daisy Clover

    Inside Daisy Clover

    Added by loureviews: "Robert Redford."

  • Go Fish

    Go Fish

    Added by loureviews: "Daria."

  • Morocco

    Morocco

    Added by loureviews.

  • Queen Christina

    Queen Christina

    Added by loureviews.

  • The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour

    Added by loureviews.

  • Zee and Co.

    Zee and Co.

    Added by loureviews.

  • Jubilee

    Jubilee

    ★★★★½

    The two incestuous brothers who have a three-way with a female painter.

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  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★★★

    Sandra Bullock admits to hooking up with Richard Armitage when she was "going through a rough patch" with Cate Blanchett. She's technically talking about having done heists with him, but she also has a romantic relationship with him - and given that Blanchett's character is coded as lesbian in everything from her motorcycle riding to her innuendo-riven dialogue ("She's the best pair of hands I know", she drools over Awkwafina's street magician) it's fair to make an assumption here. This is coded bisexuality on the level of a 1950s screwball comedy, and it's hardly progressive to still be dealing with it in the 21st century - but it also still has that cheeky, getting-shit-past-the-studios feel.

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  • A Very English Scandal

    A Very English Scandal

    ★★★★½

    If we go by characters' self-definition, Jeremy Thorpe is straight! Very straight! How dare you assume otherwise! He isn't, of course, but I'm not sure either of his two marriages are painted as beards. Likewise, Alex Jennings and Adrian Scarborough's characters both talk of having had same-sex experiences without identifying as exclusively gay (unlike Norman Scott, whose relationships with women are either purely platonic or deeply unhappy).

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  • Tully

    Tully

    Added by Allyson.

  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Knife+Heart

    Knife+Heart

    ★★★★½

    Added by Zheddy.

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  • The Kids Are All Right

    The Kids Are All Right

    Tamara: "The Kids are All Right? Julianne Moore's Jules character has an affair with her kids' father."

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    Jacob: "A new one: A Simple Favour - it's that trashy kind of bisexuality as code for untrustworthy individual, but Blake Lively's character talks about a previous threesome with another woman, kisses a woman and is married to a man (who she clearly enjoys sex with)."

  • Colette

    Colette

    ★★★½

    Dorsey Winter: "Colette is a BI-opic about a bi woman, sex scenes with both men and women that she enthusiastically enjoys!"

    I'd also like to note that this poster is perhaps the last word in bisexual chic.

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  • Je, tu, il, elle

    Je, tu, il, elle

    Suggested by Rosalind.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    We stan a bisexual Queen.

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  • Torch Song Trilogy

    Torch Song Trilogy

    Andi B Goode: "Just watched Torch Song Trilogy and one of the characters is bisexual (and says so too which seems rare...) :)"

  • 2 In the Bush: A Love Story

    2 In the Bush: A Love Story

    Jacob: "an irritating look at bisexuality that falls into the trope of straight in a hetero relationship and gay when in a same-sex one."

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★★

    Jacob: "Almodovar's Pain & Glory contains a character who is arguably bi; it's a bit murky whether he's just supposed to be closeted. We see current desire for a man (and know his homosexual history) but he also speaks of two relationships (one historical and one current) with women."

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