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The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies

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List of R-Rated LGBTQ+ movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated LGBTQ+ movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated LGBTQ+ movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated LGBTQ+ movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated LGBTQ+ movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated LGBTQ+ films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated LGBTQ+ film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

Movies on this list include American Beauty and Ed Wood.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated LGBTQ+ movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated LGBTQ+ movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new LGBTQ+ movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great LGBTQ+ movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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  • 1
    Dare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Dare

    Emmy Rossum, Rooney Mara

    Released2009

    Directed byAdam Salky

    Dare is a 2009 indie romantic drama film directed by Adam Salky. It is written by David Brind.... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Chasing Amy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Chasing Amy

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1997

    Directed byKevin Smith

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    Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released1994

    Directed byTim Burton

    Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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  • 6
    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Gosford Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Gosford Park

    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Gosford Park is a 2001 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    All That Jazz

    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • 9
    Threesome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Threesome

    Lara Flynn Boyle, Josh Charles

    Released1994

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

    Threesome is a 1994 American comedy-drama film, written and directed by Andrew Fleming. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Heavenly Creatures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Heavenly Creatures

    Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    The Hunger

    David Bowie, Willem Dafoe

    Released1983

    Directed byTony Scott

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    The Incredibly True Adventure  is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Released1995

    Directed byMaria Maggenti

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  • 13
    The Adventures of Priscilla, Q is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies

    Released1994

    Directed byStephan Elliott

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  • 14
    if.... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    if....

    Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe

    Released1968

    Directed byLindsay Anderson

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  • 15
    Boys on the Side is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Boys on the Side

    Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1995

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • 16
    Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Midnight Express

    John Hurt, Randy Quaid

    Released1978

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    High Art is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    High Art

    Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy

    Released1998

    Directed byLisa Cholodenko

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    Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    Velvet Goldmine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Velvet Goldmine

    Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor

    Released1998

    Directed byTodd Haynes

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  • 20
    Before Night Falls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Before Night Falls

    Johnny Depp, Sean Penn

    Released2000

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

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    Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

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  • 23
    Elephant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Elephant

    Timothy Bottoms, Matt Malloy

    Released2003

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Fellini Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Fellini Satyricon

    Capucine, Gordon Mitchell

    Released1969

    Directed byFederico Fellini

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    Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
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    Wonder Boys

    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes

    Released2000

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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