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Must-See LGBTQ+ Movies

Sony Pictures

From coming-of-age films and heartbreaking dramas to cult classics and recent favorites… There’s something for everyone to enjoy! Scroll below for must-see movies that focus on LGBTQ+ characters and stories.

But I’m a Cheerleader

Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, RuPaul

Lionsgate 

A satirical rom-com about a high school cheerleader who gets sent to “sexual redirection” camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Moonlight

Starring: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders

A24

An African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality during childhood, adolescence, and early adult life.

The Boys in the Band (2020)

Starring: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells

Netflix

Based on the 1968 play of the same name, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths at a birthday party in ‘60s New York City.

The Half of It

Starring: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire

A shy straight-A student finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love.

Other People

Starring: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow

Vertical Entertainment

In the midst of the worst year of his life, a 29-year-old gay man returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother and deal with his conservative father.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor

New Line Cinema

A gender-queer punk rock singer from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story while following the former lover who stole her songs.

Tangerine

Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan

Magnolia Pictures

Shot on 3 iPhones, the film tells the story of a sex worker who, after hearing her boyfriend cheated on her while she was in jail, goes on a mission to track him down and teach him a lesson.

Happiest Season

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza

Hulu

A young woman plans to propose to her girlfriend while at her family's annual holiday party. However, she doesn’t know her partner has yet to come out to her conservative family.

Love, Simon

Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford

20th Century Fox

A coming-of-age story about Simon Spier, who has a huge secret. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing

Universal Pictures

Three drag queens travel cross-country to Hollywood... until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

A Fantastic Woman

Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim

Sony Pictures

Marina, a woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is thrown into turmoil by the death of her partner.

Carol

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy

The Weinstein Company

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York, which comes with complicated consequences.

Booksmart

Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Annapurna Pictures

The day before high school graduation, two overachiever best friends decide to cram four years of fun into one night.

Brokeback Mountain

Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams

Universal Pictures

Based on Annie Proulx’s short story of the same name, a rodeo cowboy and a ranch hand develop a deep lifelong connection that spans 20 years of their lives.

Shiva Baby

Starring: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper, Danny Deferrari

Utopia

A college student has an awkward encounter with her sugar daddy and ex-girlfriend while attending a Jewish funeral service with her parents.

The Birdcage

Starring: Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria

MGM

A gay club owner and his companion agree to put up a false straight front so their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing parents.

Disobedience

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser

Universal Pictures

A woman returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend.

Parting Glances

Starring: Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan

Cinecom Pictures

One of the first films to address the AIDS pandemic, the drama revolves around a gay couple – one of which is leaving for a work assignment in Africa, while the other stays behind.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Neon

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of a reluctant bride-to-be.

Call Me By Your Name

Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Sony Pictures

While spending the summer in Italy, a seventeen-year-old falls for his father’s research assistant – altering their lives forever.

Stage Mother

Starring: Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu, Adrian Grenier, Mya Taylor

Momentum Pictures

A conservative church choir director inherits a drag club started by her deceased son.

What Keeps You Alive

Starring: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen

IFC Midnight

A young woman fights for her life as her wife's murderous intentions become evident while celebrating their one-year anniversary.

Pride

Starring: Billy Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine

Calamity Films

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Beautiful Thing

Starring: Linda Henry, Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson

Sony Pictures

Two struggling teenagers bond over their troubles at home and school, and discover what they feel for each other is more than friendship.

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