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The Best LGBTQ+ Shows & Movies Of All Time

Updated September 2, 2021 8.5k votes 1.1k voters 20.1k views87 items

List RulesVote 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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    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and...  more
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    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 by...  more
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    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 Productions,...  more
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    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 relationship...  more
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    Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series created by Ed Decter and is based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just...  more
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    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 mother...  more
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    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 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, adolescence and...  more
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    Love, Victor (Hulu, 2020) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, inspired by and set in the same world as the 2018 film of the same name....  more
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    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 asset:...  more
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    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 involved for...  more
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    The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley Bredeweig and Peter Paige. Teenager Callie Jacob (Maia Mitchell) is placed in a foster home with a lesbian...  more
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    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 humorous...  more
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    Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting...  more
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    Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from the...  more
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    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, 2006, for a...  more
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    Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and...  more
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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. The film...  more
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    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 San...  more
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    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 to...  more
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    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, as a...  more
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    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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    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and violence....  more
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    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 headquarters of...  more
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    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 actress...  more
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List Rules: Vote up the most entertaining films & shows (including streaming series) featuring LGBTQ+ characters and themes.