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.