films The Best Gay Movies on Netflix  

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Whether it’s modern classics like The Birdcage and In & Out, high-quality independent films like Weekend and Keep the Lights On, or top-notch documentaries like We Were Here and Paris is Burning, this list of the best gay movies on Netflix has everything from serious, heartfelt emotion to roll-around-on-the-floor laughter.

The best homosexual movies on Netflix includes unmissable films, such as Parting Glances, which was one of the earliest films to take a hard, blunt look at the AIDS crisis (it also starred a young Steve Buscemi).  Also included are Christopher Plummer's Oscar-winning performance in Beginners, as well as the quirky cult classic Sordid Lives.

 Of special note in this list are the films having to do with Christopher Isherwood: A Single Man and Christopher and His KindA Single Man is the film adaptation of Isherwood's 1964 brilliant classic by the same name, but Christoper and His Kind is biopic based off of his own autobiography, and delves deep into the work that inspired the Broadway musical hit, Cabaret.

Netflix has a wide variety of queer movies, many of which have become timeless classics. Vote up the best gay genre films on this list, and let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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A Single Man


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A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. It is directed by Tom Ford in his directorial debut and stars Colin Firth, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of George Falconer, a depressed gay British ...more

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Actors: Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Ginnifer Goodwin, Colin Firth Elisabeth Harnois, + more

Initial Release: 2009

Directed by: Tom Ford

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#5 on The Best LGBT Movies On Netflix Instant

#30 on The Best Movies About Depression

#6 on 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic

#9 on Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse

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Weekend


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Weekend is a 2011 drama romance film written and directed by Andrew Haigh. ...more

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Actors: Tom Cullen, Kieran Hardcastle, Chris New, Sarah Churm Caroline Woolley, + more

Initial Release: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Haigh

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#2 on The Best LGBT Movies On Netflix Instant

#1 on The Best Gay and Lesbian Movies Streaming on Hulu

#46 on The Best Movies About Unrequited Love

#16 on The Best British Movies Streaming on Hulu

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The Way He Looks


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Actors: Selma Egrei, Eucir de Souza, Naruna Costa, Júlio Machado Tess Amorim, + more

Initial Release: 2014

Directed by: Daniel Ribeiro

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#1 on The Best LGBT Movies On Netflix Instant

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Bridegroom


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Bridegroom is a 2013 American documentary film about the relationship between two young gay men, produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Bridegroom premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2013, and attracted further press coverage because its premiere screening at the ...more

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Initial Release: 2013

Directed by: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

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#7 on The Best LGBT Movies On Netflix Instant

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Paris Is Burning


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Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The film is considered to be an invaluable ...more

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Actors: Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Venus Xtravaganza, Octavia St. Laurent Willi Ninja, + more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Jennie Livingston

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#59 on The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

#54 on The Best Documentary Movies on Netflix Instant

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Stranger by the Lake


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Stranger by the Lake is a 2013 French drama-thriller film written and directed by Alain Guiraudie. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where Guiraudie won the award for Best Director. The film also won the Queer Palm award. ...more

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Actors: François-Renaud Labarthe, Pierre Deladonchamps, Patrick D'assumçao, Sébastien Badachaoui Jérôme Chappatte, + more

Initial Release: 2013

Directed by: Alain Guiraudie

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#21 on The Best LGBT Movies On Netflix Instant

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G.B.F.


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G.B.F. is a 2013 American teen comedy film directed by Darren Stein and produced by School Pictures, Parting Shots Media, and Logolite Entertainment. The film made its first official screening at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in April 2013 and got its theatrical release on January 17, 2014 by ...more

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Actors: JoJo, Rebecca Gayheart, Megan Mullally, Sasha Pieterse Natasha Lyonne, + more

Initial Release: 2013

Directed by: Darren Stein

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#4 on The Best LGBT Movies On Netflix Instant

#2 on The Best Gay and Lesbian Movies Streaming on Hulu

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We Were Here


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We Were Here is a 2011 documentary film about the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. The film, produced and directed by David Weissman with editor/ co-director and Bill Weber, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011, The Berlin Film Festival in February 2011 and had its theatrical ...more

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Actors: Ed Wolf, Paul Boneberg, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark Eileen Glutzer

Initial Release: 2011

Directed by: David Weissman, Bill Weber

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