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The Best LGBTQ+ Drama Films

Updated September 22, 2020 481 votes 42 voters250 items

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. 

  • Call Me by Your Name1
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    4

    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Released2017

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

    Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Maurice2
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    Maurice

    Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant

    Released1987

    Directed byJames Ivory

    Maurice is a 1987 British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same title by E. M.... more on Wikipedia
  • Moonlight3
    15
    4

    Moonlight

    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • Brokeback Mountain4
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

    Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Desert Hearts5
    15
    5

    Desert Hearts

    Jeffrey Tambor, Audra Lindley

    Released1985

    Directed byDonna Deitch

    Desert Hearts is a 1985 lesbian-themed romantic drama film loosely based on the Jane Rule... more on Wikipedia
  • My Own Private Idaho6
    9
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    My Own Private Idaho

    Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel

    Released1991

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent drama film written and directed by Gus Van... more on Wikipedia
  • My Beautiful Laundrette7
    8
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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey

    Released1985

    Directed byStephen Frears

    My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a... more on Wikipedia
  • Weekend8
    6
    2

    Weekend

    Tom Cullen, Kieran Hardcastle

    Released2011

    Directed byAndrew Haigh

    Weekend is a 2011 drama romance film written and directed by Andrew Haigh.
  • BPM (Beats per Minute)9
    6
    2

    BPM (Beats per Minute)

    Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois

    Released2017

    Directed byRobin Campillo

    BPM (Beats per Minute) is a 2017 French drama film directed by Robin Campillo. Members of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Cal10
    1
    1

    Cal

    Helen Mirren, John Lynch

    Released1984

    Directed byPat O'Connor

    Cal is a 1984 Irish drama film directed by Pat O'Connor and starring John Lynch and Helen... more on Wikipedia
  • Urbania11
    2
    0

    Urbania

    Alan Cumming, Paige Turco

    Released2000

    Directed byJon Matthews

    Urbania is a 2000 independent drama film based on the play Urban Folk Tales. It was nominated... more on Wikipedia
  • Angels in America12
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    Angels in America

    Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Angels in America is a 2003 HBO miniseries adapted from the play of the same name by Tony... more on Wikipedia
  • Milk13
    1
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    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn

    Released2008

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon14

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Maybury

    Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon is a 1998 film made for television by... more on Wikipedia
  • And the Band Played On15
    1
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    And the Band Played On

    Ian McKellen, Steve Martin

    Released1993

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    And the Band Played On is a 1993 American television film docudrama directed by Roger... more on Wikipedia
  • Red Dirt16
    0
    0

    Red Dirt

    Karen Black, Walton Goggins

    Released2000

    Directed byTag Purvis

    Red Dirt is a 2000 American film written and directed by Tag Purvis. The film starred Dan... more on Wikipedia
  • Borstal Boy17
    0
    0

    Borstal Boy

    Michael York, Danny Dyer

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Sheridan

    Borstal Boy is a 2000 British/Irish romantic drama film adaptation of the Brendan Behan... more on Wikipedia
  • Cock & Bull Story18
    1
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    Cock & Bull Story

    Kelly Macdonald, Brian Austin Green

    Released2003

    Directed byBilly Hayes

  • Doing Time on Maple Drive19
    1
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    Doing Time on Maple Drive

    Jim Carrey, Lori Loughlin

    Released1992

    Directed byKen Olin

    Doing Time on Maple Drive is a 1992 drama television film. Written by James Duff and directed... more on Wikipedia
  • Sin Destino20
    0
    1

    Sin Destino

    Roberto Cobo, Mariana Gaja

    Released2002

    Directed byLeopoldo Laborde

  • Quinceañera21
    4
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    Quinceañera

    Emily Rios, Alicia Sixtos

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland

    Quinceañera is a 2006 American independent drama film written and directed by Richard Glatzer... more on Wikipedia
  • Hate Crime22
    2
    0

    Hate Crime

    Giancarlo Esposito, Susan Blakely

    Released2006

    Directed byTommy Stovall

    Hate Crime is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Tommy Stovall and starring Seth... more on Wikipedia
  • Save Me23
    2
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    Save Me

    Stephen Lang, Judith Light

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Cary

    Save Me is a 2007 film directed by Robert Cary about Mark, a drug-addicted homosexual man who... more on Wikipedia
  • Shelter24
    2
    0

    Shelter

    Albert Reed, Alicia Sixtos

    Released2007

    Directed byJonah Markowitz

    Shelter is a 2007 American film directed and written by Jonah Markowitz. It stars Trevor... more on Wikipedia
  • All About My Mother25
    4
    2

    All About My Mother

    Penélope Cruz, Fernando Fernan Gomez

    Released1999

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

    All About My Mother is a 1999 Spanish comedy-drama film written and directed by Pedro... more on Wikipedia