The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies 

Updated January 29, 2020 4.5k votes 220 voters 20.8k views 207 items

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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.

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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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Emmy Rossum, Rooney Mara, Alan Cumming

Released: 2009

Directed by: Adam Salky

Dare is a 2009 indie romantic drama film directed by Adam Salky. It is written by David Brind. The movie is based on Salky's 2005 short film which was met with acclaim at film festivals. The ...more
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Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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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Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme case in ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

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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Nicole Ari Parker, Dale Dickey, Laurel Holloman

Released: 1995

Directed by: Maria Maggenti

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love is a 1995 film, written and directed by Maria Maggenti, of the story of two very different high school girls who fall in love.

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Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Released: 1998

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Velvet Goldmine is a British drama film directed and co-written by Todd Haynes set in Britain during the glam rock days of the early 1970s; it tells the story of the fictional pop star Brian ...more

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Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike Nichols

The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Édouard Molinaro. A gay cabaret owner (Robin ...more

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Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephan Elliott

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual ...more

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James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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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Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko

High Art is a 1998 Canadian-American independent film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell.

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
ChloeFletcher added Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

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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Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Billy Elliot is a 2000 British dance drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry. Set in north-eastern England during the 1984-85 coal miners' strike, it stars Jamie Bell as ...more

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Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

Released: 2003

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for taking six men's lives in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and ...more

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Beautiful Thing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
jasonskalandis added Meera Syal, Ben Daniels, Linda Henry

Released: 1995

Directed by: Hettie MacDonald

Beautiful Thing is a 1996 British film directed by Hettie MacDonald and released by Channel 4 Films. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Harvey based on his own original play of the same ...more
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Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Matthew Goode

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ol Parker

Imagine Me & You is a 2006 British-American comedy-romance film written and directed by Ol Parker. It centres on the relationship between Rachel and Luce, who meet on Rachel's wedding day. ...more

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Rosie O'Donnell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film written for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Based on Mitchell's and Stephen Trask's stage musical Hedwig ...more

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Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill, Karen Allen

Released: 1980

Directed by: William Friedkin

Cruising is a 1980 psychological thriller film written and directed by William Friedkin and starring Al Pacino. The film is loosely based on the novel of the same name, by The New York Times ...more
My Days of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
Kate Mara, Ellen Page, Amy Seimetz

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tali Shalom Ezer

My Days of Mercy is a 2017 (2019 US release) American-British drama-romance film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer. The daughter of a man who is on death row, Lucy (Ellen Page) falls in love with ...more
Portrait of a Lady on Fi... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami

Released: 2019

Directed by: Céline Sciamma

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. A young female portrait painter (Noémie ...more

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Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave

Released: 1998

Directed by: Bill Condon

Gods and Monsters is a 1998 British-American drama film that recounts the last days of the life of troubled film director James Whale, whose experience of WWI is a central theme. It stars Ian ...more

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Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

I Love You Phillip Morris is a 2009 comedy film based on the 1980s and '90s real-life story of con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell, as played by Jim Carrey. ...more

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Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

Released: 1980

Directed by: Alan Parker

Fame is a 1980 American musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva and directed by Alan Parker. Its screenplay is by Christopher Gore, its choreography by Louis Falco and musical ...more

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A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies
Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tom Ford

A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. It is directed by Tom Ford in his directorial debut and stars Colin Firth, who was ...more

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Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Carrie Preston

Released: 2005

Directed by: Duncan Tucker

Transamerica is a 2005 independent comedy-drama film produced by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company. The film tells the story of Bree, a transgender woman, who goes on a road trip with her ...more

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