LGBT The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the most entertaining films & shows (including streaming series) featuring LGBTQ+ characters and themes.

One of the least-represented groups in the population to be seen in film and television have been the LGBTQ+ community. For years, these people have been depicted as cliched stereotypes that have been both offensive and wildly inaccurate. Fortunately, the community has seen better representation in recent years and the stories about LGBTQ+ people are on the forefront of the entertainment industry. In both film and television, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and questioning people have taken the center stage as writers and actors present endearing and interesting stories about the community. Now, we all have a range of LGBTQ+ TV shows and movies spanning a variety of genres. 

Not all representations of LGBTQ+ people have been negative, which has led to the creation of some amazing movies and television shows over the years. LGBTQ+ films like Moonlight tell a coming-of-age story about the difficulties African Americans face when embracing their sexuality and identity at a young age. Over on television, more comedies like the popular series Will & Grace depict homosexuals in a positive, yet hilarious light. Whatever your interest in the genre, there are plenty of options to choose from and this list compiles the very best in TV shows and movies related to LGBTQ+ culture. 

Which LGBTQ+ movies and shows deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows missing from the list.

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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patientsÂ’

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
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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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Tomboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Tomboy is a 2011 French drama film written and directed by Céline Sciamma. The story follows a 10-year-old tomboy, Laure (Zoé Héran), who moves during the summer holiday ...more

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...more

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster ...more

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The Kids Are All Right is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
The Kids Are All Right is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. A hit at 2010 Sundance, it opened in limited release on ...more

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Skins is a British teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Its controversial storylines have explored ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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Stranger by the Lake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
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 ...more

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The Handmaiden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook.A woman (Kim Tae-ri) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee), but ...more

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Pariah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
"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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London Spy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
London Spy (BBC Two, 2015) is a British-American five-part drama television serial created by Tom Rob Smith. A chance romance between two men from very different worlds, one from the ...more

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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. After losing their fortune, a family is forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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Weekend is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Weekend is a 2011 drama romance film written and directed by Andrew Haigh.

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Carol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
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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Stonewall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Stonewall is a 1995 historical comedy-drama film. Inspired by the memoir of the same title by openly-homosexual historian Martin Duberman, Stonewall is a fictionalized account of the weeks ...more

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Please Like Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Please Like Me is an Australian television comedy drama series starring Josh Thomas. The series premiered on 28 February 2013 on ABC2 in Australia. The show explores realistic issues with ...more

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Tarnation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Tarnation is a 2003 American documentary film by Jonathan Caouette. The film was created by Caouette from over 20 years of hundreds of hours of old Super 8 footage, VHS videotape, photographs, ...more

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I Killed My Mother is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
I Killed My Mother is a 2009 Quebec biographical drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. It is an exposé on the complexity of the mother and son bond. The film attracted ...more

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Keep the Lights On is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Keep the Lights On is an American drama film, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released in New York City and Los Angeles on September 7, 2012 by Music Box Films. ...more

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Tangerine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American crime drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no ...more

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Queer as Folk is a drama television series. An American–Canadian co-production, the series ran between December 2000 and August 2005 and was produced for Showtime and Showcase by Cowlip ...more

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Milk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
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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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film based on the stage musical of the same name about a fictional rock band fronted by an East German gay male singer who ...more

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Far from Heaven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Far from Heaven is a 2002 American drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson. The film tells the story of ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...more

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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
The L Word is an American/Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender people and their friends, connections, ...more