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The Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Times

Jamie: Scared of being called queer?
Ste: Are you?
Jamie: Maybe… maybe not.
Ste: And are ya?
Jamie: Queer?
Ste: Gay.
Jamie: Very happy. I’m happy when I’m with you…
Beautiful Thing (1996)

LGBT movement has gained their civil right in many countries, after many centuries of persecution, shame, suppression, and secrecy. We have entered a time which there is plenty of LGBT movies are releasing in mainstream. Starting from the 2010's, queer cinema's influence evolved towards a more universal audience.

The film list that we compiled consists of many really good LGBT+ movies. Some of are the love stories between the same sex people, some of them shed light on LGBT+ people's life. We also included many great movies from the list of British Film Institute's best LGBT films of all time.

Also, It is not easy to distinguish queer cinema and LGBT+ cinema for us because queer cinema already existed before the such specific genre labeled as queer cinema. Considering this we have decided to give LGBT+ name to this movie list. 

 

Release Year
1920
1950
2019
2020
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9.9
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8.3/10

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2019

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, an artist is commissioned to paint a young woman's wedding portrait. The director only shows us the world of women. It's both a friendship movie and a film about passion. In an interview with the female director Sciamma, she says that ...

drama

history

romance

8.3/10

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1999

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Mulholland Dr.

After a car wreck, an amnesiac woman sets out to learn what happened to her with the help of a wannabee actress.

art house

drama

golden palm

8.1/10

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2016

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The Handmaiden

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing a ...

artistic

bdsm

crime

drama

erotic

love story

8.1/10

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1994

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Three Colors: Red

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who ma ...

golden palm

life & death

melancholy

8.1/10

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1990

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Paris Is Burning

This is a documentary of 'drag nights' among New York's underclass. Queens are interviewed and observed preparing for and competing in many 'balls'. The people, the clothes, and the whole environment are outlandish.

documentary

lgbt

queer

8.1/10

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1966

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Persona

A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth ...

art house

artistic

black and white

golden palm

melancholy

psychological

7.9/10

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1999

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All About My Mother

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and ...

drama

family drama

golden palm

queer

social commentary

tragedy

7.9/10

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2017

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Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify th ...

based on book

lgbt

romance

7.8/10

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1961

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Victim

A plea for reform of England's anti-sodomy statutes, this film pits Melville Farr, a married lawyer, against a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young gay man (who is being blackmailed and later commits suicide) in Farr's car. After the suicide, Farr tracks down other gay men being extorted f ...

film noir

lgbt

queer

social commentary

7.8/10

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1997

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Happy Together

Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a tango bar to save up for his trip home. When a beaten and bruised Po-Wing reappears, Yiu-Fai is empathetic but ...

black and white

golden palm

independent film

love story

melancholy

7.8/10

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2013

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Blue Is the Warmest Color

Adèle is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adèle's friends reject due ...

artistic

drama

erotic

golden palm

lgbt

love story

7.8/10

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1972

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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and invites her to move in. The rest of the film deals wit ...

golden palm

lgbt


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