The 50+ Best PG-13 Teenage Gay And LGBTQ+ Movies

Over 600 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The 50+ Best PG-13 Teenage Gay And LGBTQ+ Movies
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Vote up your favorite LGBTQ+ movies that are rated PG-13.

The best PG-13 LGBTQ+ movies show what it's like to come out during high school. These coming-of-age movies are more than just about finding yourself, they're also about being proud of who you are. While there are some really good gay teen movies on the list like Love, Simon. You'll also find movies on here about LGBTQ+ adults like Philadelphia and the movie adaptations of Rent. PG-13 rated LGBTQ movies include mostly comedies and dramas but there's something for everyone on this list.

But which one of these PG-13 LGBTQ movies is the best? You can help decide by voting up your favorites and vote down any that you think other fans should skip. Then be sure to check back for new and recent LGBTQ films that are rated PG-13 when they added to the list after being released.

Did you know that Steven Spielberg and David Lynch have both directed PG-13 LGBT movies?

Most divisive: Mrs. Doubtfire
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  • Love, Simon
    Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner
    370 votes
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Greg Berlanti

    This heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the life of Simon Spier, a high school student who struggles with hiding his true identity as a gay teenager from his friends, family, and classmates. The film conveys the challenges of embracing one's own identity while navigating the complexities of adolescence, love, and friendship. With a charming cast including Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel, Love, Simon swiftly became a significant milestone in mainstream LGBTQIA+ cinema for its earnest and realistic portrayal of the coming-out experience.

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  • The Half of It

    The Half of It

    Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire
    107 votes
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Alice Wu

    This Netflix original takes a unique spin on the conventional rom-com by entwining themes of love, identity, and friendship within a compelling narrative. The protagonist, Ellie Chu, is a socially awkward Chinese-American teenager who begins helping a fellow student write love letters, only to discover she also shares feelings for the girl in question. Directed by Alice Wu, this endearing film presents an honest and heartfelt look into self-discovery, fitting into small-town norms, and the power of platonic bonding among LGBTQIA+ youth.

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
    46 votes
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

    A profoundly impactful tale of teen angst, mental health, and acceptance, this film takes viewers through the highs and lows of the adolescent experience for its three main characters, Charlie, Sam, and Patrick. With a standout performance by Ezra Miller as a confident yet tormented young gay man, this adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's novel is equally thought-provoking, compassionate, and sensitively constructed, making it an essential watch for both LGBTQIA+ and non-LGBTQIA+ audiences alike.

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  • Rent
    Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin
    65 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Chris Columbus

    Based on the iconic Broadway production, this movie adaptation examines the interconnected lives of a group of artists, musicians, and dreamers, as they navigate through hardships such as poverty, addiction, and the AIDS crisis in late-'80s New York City. Featuring a diverse ensemble cast with unforgettable performances from Idina Menzel and Wilson Jermaine Heredia, this powerful film showcases emotional depth in the exploration of love, loyalty, and friendship across various LGBTQIA+ narratives.

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  • I Can’t Think Straight

    I Can’t Think Straight

    Lisa Ray, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia
    27 votes
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Shamim Sarif

    A captivating romantic drama that challenges cultural expectations, this film follows the lives of Tala, a Jordanian woman preparing for her arranged marriage, and Leyla, a British-Indian writer. The women unexpectedly fall in love, defying family conventions and religious norms, as they journey together toward self-discovery and freedom. This poignant story provides insight into the cross-cultural complexities faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals, skillfully elevating the film beyond the traditional romance genre.

  • The Color Purple
    Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery
    39 votes
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg

    An adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this poignant movie illustrates the heart-wrenching journey of two African-American sisters, Celie and Nettie, living in the early 20th-century rural South. With evocative performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Margaret Avery, this tale delves into themes of racism, misogyny, and the undying power of sisterly love, while also exploring Same gender, love, hidden desire, and Shug Avery's character who defies societal norms.

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