LGBTQ+ The Best R-Rated LGBT Movies  

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List of R-Rated LGBT movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated LGBT movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated LGBT movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated LGBT 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 LGBT 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 LGBT films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated LGBT 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 LGBT movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great LGBT movies rated R, so get out there and start watching.

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Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese are among the directors that have worked on a R LGBT film.

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Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria
The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film, directed by Mike Nichols and stars Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Dianne Wiest. Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
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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Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Matthew Goode
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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James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin
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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBT Movies
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George
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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Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Carrie Preston
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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Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey
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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Rosie O'Donnell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film based on the stage musical of the same name about a fictional rock band fronted by an East German gay male singer who ...more

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Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith
Set It Off is a 1996 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly ...more

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Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave
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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Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray
Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he ...more

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Smith
Chasing Amy is a 1997 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. The central tension revolves around sexuality, sexual history, and evolving friendships. It is the third ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne
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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David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon
The Hunger is a 1983 British horror film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. It is the story of a love triangle between a doctor who ...more

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Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith
Gosford Park is a 2001 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, ...more

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Liam Neeson, Tim Curry, John Lithgow
Kinsey is a 2004 American biographical drama film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Charles Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of sexology. His 1948 publication, ...more

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Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter
Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more

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A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated LGBT Movies
Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Ginnifer Goodwin
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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Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell
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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Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more

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Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon
Wild Things is a 1998 American thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Theresa Russell. It was directed by John McNaughton. An "uncut" ...more

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Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly
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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Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson
High Art is a 1998 Canadian-American independent film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell.

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Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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