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The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films  

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The greatest LGBTQ+ drama movies offer strong stories, memorable characters, and emotional payoffs that stick with you long after they're over. They focus on a variety of subjects and approach them in both subtle and more overt manners. They come from big studios and independent distributors. The top LGBTQ+ drama movies, like Brokeback Mountain and Moonlight, have even found themselves nominated for -- or winning -- Academy Awards. In every way, these are some of the most important movies of our time. 

This list includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people dramas. Vote up the best LGBTQ+ drama films to make sure they make it to the top of the list and vote down any movies that you didn't like. If you have a particularly dramatic favorite that's not on the list, add it, then check back to see how other users are rating your choice. 

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more
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Desert Hearts is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Jeffrey Tambor, Audra Lindley, Denise Crosby
Desert Hearts is a 1985 lesbian-themed romantic drama film loosely based on the Jane Rule novel Desert of the Heart. Directed by Donna Deitch, the film stars Helen Shaver and Patricia ...more
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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
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Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play.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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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between a ...more
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BPM (Beats per Minute) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
BPM (Beats per Minute) is a 2017 French drama film directed by Robin Campillo. Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat ...more
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Weekend is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Tom Cullen, Kieran Hardcastle, Chris New
Weekend is a 2011 drama romance film written and directed by Andrew Haigh.
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Show Me Love is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Alexandra Dahlström, Ralph Carlsson, Erica Carlson
Show Me love is a 1998 Swedish film directed by Lukas Moodysson. The film follows the lives of two seemingly disparate teenage girls who begin a tentative romantic relationship. The film first ...more
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Carol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Carol is an upcoming British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars ...more
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Longtime Companion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Shalhoub, Dermot Mulroney
Longtime Companion is a 1989 film with Bruce Davison, Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, and Mary-Louise Parker. The first wide-release theatrical film to deal with the subject of AIDS, the film ...more
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Maurice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley
Maurice is a 1987 British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. It is a tale of homosexual love in early 20th century England, following its main character ...more
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My Beautiful Laundrette is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth
My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title ...more
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All About My Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Penélope Cruz, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Antonia San Juan
All About My Mother is a 1999 Spanish comedy-drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, transsexualism, faith, and ...more
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Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more
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The Boys in the Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Maud Adams, Kenneth Nelson, Keith Prentice
The Boys in the Band is a 1970 American drama film directed by William Friedkin. The screenplay by Mart Crowley is based on his Off Broadway play of the same title. It is among the first major ...more
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My Own Private Idaho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix
My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V, and starring ...more
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Personal Best is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Jim Moody
Personal Best is a 1982 movie centered on a group of women trying to qualify for the American track-and-field team bound for the 1980 Olympic Games. Despite their commitment to their training ...more
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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more
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The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson
The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop ...more
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Pariah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
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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High Art is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson
High Art is a 1998 Canadian-American independent film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell.
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky
Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more
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Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea
Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more
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The Ground Beneath My Feet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger
The Ground Beneath My Feet is a 2019 Austrian drama film directed by Marie Kreutzer. A business consultant, Lola (Valerie Pachner) is on the fast track to success when a tragic event forces her ...more
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A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Ginnifer Goodwin
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 ...more
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Heavenly Creatures is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films
Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey
Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme case in ...more