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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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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on Andre Aciman's novel of the same name. In 1980s Italy, a romantic ...more
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. A socially awkward high school virgin (Asa Butterfield) living with his sex therapist ...more
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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Please Like Me is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Carol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Carol is a 2015 British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. In 1950s New York, aspiring photographer Therese Belivet ...more
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Rent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
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Rent is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, in turn based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. ...more
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Weekend is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Skins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Skins is a British teen comedy-drama television series that follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Its controversial ...more
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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Schitt's Creek
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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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
Tales of the City (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries based on a series of novels by Armistead Maupin of the same name. The show follows Mary Ann, who returns home to ...more
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London Spy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies of All Time
London Spy
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