LGBTQ+ The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies  

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The best black LGBTQ+ films explore and deconstruct a character’s experience. The cinema provides a spectator the opportunity to witness lives that are different from their own. The big screen allows us to travel to the moon, see what it’s like to live in other countries, and even go forward in time 200 years. This list of black LGBTQ+ movies is a cultural roadmap for storytellers and spectators to share on the pathway to enlightenment.

Barry Jenkins’ 2016 film Moonlight reads like a poem, a coming of age story told in three parts, of a man’s journey to find his sexual identity. The low-budget film shocked the world by winning the Best Picture Oscar in 2017 over the big-budget darling La La Land. The victory was even more momentous because Moonlight became the first movie with an all-black cast and first gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people film to win Hollywood’s most prestigious award.

Although Moonlight is clearly among the best black LGBTQ+ movies, is it the greatest? That’s for you to decide. Vote up the top black LGBTQ+ movies.

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more
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Stud Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Stud Life Vineeta Rishi, Kathleen Bryson, Doña Croll
Stud Life is a 2012 drama romance film written and directed by Campbell Ex.
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Blackbird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, Isaiah Washington, D. Woods
Blackbird is a 2015 drama film directed by Patrik-Ian Polk and starring Mo'Nique and Isaiah Washington in the lead. The film is adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry Duplechan. It is ...more
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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams
Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by Justin Simien. The film focuses on black students attending a college in America and stars Tyler James ...more
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Pariah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Kim Wayans, Charles Parnell, Raymond Anthony Thomas
"At the club, the music thumps, go-go dancers twirl, shorties gyrate on the dance floor while studs play it cool, and adorably naive 17-year-old Alike takes in the scene with her jaw ...more
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Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Charles S. Dutton, Courtney B. Vance, Lonette McKee
Blind Faith is a 1998 film starring Charles S. Dutton, Courtney B. Vance, and Lonette McKee.
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Brother to Brother is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Anthony Mackie, Daniel Sunjata, Lance Reddick
A feature-length drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.
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Rafiki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati
Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are the daughters of two political rivals who fall in love amidst family and ...more
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The Skinny is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Wilson Cruz, Jussie Smollett, Shanika Warren-Markland
The Skinny is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film from the creator of the LOGO television series, Noah's Arc. It was released on April 6, 2012 in select theaters.
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Holiday Heart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Alfre Woodard, Ving Rhames, Mykelti Williamson
Holiday Heart is a 2000 TV movie starring Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, and Mykelti Williamson. It was directed by Robert Townsend, aired on the cable TV channel Showtime, and was distributed on ...more
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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne
The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as ...more
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Young Soul Rebels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Sophie Okonedo, Eamonn Walker, Frances Barber
Young Soul Rebels is a 1991 critically acclaimed coming-of-age/drama British film written by Derek Saldaan McClintock, Isaac Julien and Paul Hallam, and directed by Juilen. The film examines the ...more
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The Watermelon Woman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Camille Paglia, Cheryl Clarke, Guinevere Turner
The Watermelon Woman is a 1996 drama film written and directed by Cheryl Dunye.
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Naz & Maalik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Naz & Maalik Curtiss Cook Jr., Kerwin Johnson Jr., Annie Grier
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Paris Is Burning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
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, ...more
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Pink Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole
Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American transgressive black comedy exploitation film written, produced, scored, shot, edited, narrated, and directed by John Waters. When the film was initially ...more
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Brother Outsider: The Life of ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin is a 2003 documentary film written by Marc Weiss and directed by Nancy D. Kates and Bennett Singer.
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Tangerine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian
Tangerine is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Sean Baker. A transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, tears through Tinseltown on ...more
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Drool is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Laura Harring, Oded Fehr, Jill Marie Jones
Drool is a 2009 American film, starring Laura Harring, Jill Marie Jones, Oded Fehr, Ashley Duggan Smith, and Christopher Newhouse. The film itself speaks of sexual assault, teenage sex, ...more
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Finding Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
Finding Me Eugene Turner, Derrick L. Briggs, Ronald DeSuze
Finding Me is a 2009 drama film directed by Roger S. Omeus Jr. The film released on March 3, 2009 and stars RayMartell Moore as Faybien Allen, a young gay man that must navigate through a series ...more
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Starrbooty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black LGBTQ+ Movies
RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Candis Cayne
Starrbooty is a low-budget film written by and starring drag queen RuPaul. The movie is the fourth in a series of films starring the title character, a top secret government agent and ...more