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The Best LGBTQ+ Documentaries

April 30, 2021 926 votes 36 voters52 items

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The greatest LGBTQ+ documentary movies offer strong stories, memorable characters, and emotional payoffs that stick with you long after they're over. They focus on a variety of subjects and approach gender and sexuality in both subtle and more overt manners. They come from big studios and independent distributors. The greatest LGBTQ documentary movies, like Paris is Burning and The Times of Harvey Milk, have even found themselves nominated for - or winning - Academy Awards. In every way, these are some of the most important movies of our time. A lot of these LGBTQ docus are available on streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

This list includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex documentary films. Vote up the best LGBTQIA+ documentary films to make sure they make it to the top of the list and vote down any movies that you didn't like. Be sure to check back for new LGBTQ+ docs as they are added to the list after they have been released.

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    Paris Is Burning

    Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian
    Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in...  more
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    The Times of Harvey Milk

    Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk
    The Times of Harvey Milk is a 1984 American documentary film that premiered at the Telluride...  more
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    Disclosure

    Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono
    Disclosure (aka Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen) is a 2020 American documentary film,...  more
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    Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

    Michele Josue, Judy Shepard
    Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine is a 2012 documentary historical fiction and biographical...  more
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    27
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    Portrait of Jason

    Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke
    Portrait of Jason is a 1967 documentary film directed by Shirley Clarke. Black gay prostitute...  more
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    Call Me Kuchu

    David Bahati, David Kato
    Call Me Kuchu is a 2012 American documentary film directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and...  more
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    Wojnarowicz

    David Wojnarowicz, Fran Lebowitz
    Wojnarowicz is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Chris McKim. A controversial...  more
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    25
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    Circus of Books

    Karen Mason, Barry Mason
    Circus of Books is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Rachel Mason. For decades, a...  more
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    The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson

    Victoria Cruz, Marsha P. Johnson
    The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson is a 2017 documentary film directed by David France....  more
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    A Secret Love

    Terry Donahue, Pat Henschel
    A Secret Love is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Chris Bolan. It follows a former...  more
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    Before Stonewall

    Rita Mae Brown, Maua Adele Ajanaku
    Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community is a 1984 American documentary...  more
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    The Celluloid Closet

    Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis
    The Celluloid Closet is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein...  more
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    State of Pride

    Troye Sivan, Raymond Braun
    State of Pride is a 2019 American social activism documentary directed by Raymond Braun along...  more
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    Tongues Untied

    Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell
    Tongues Untied is a 1989 semi-documentary film directed by Marlon Riggs. The film seeks, in...  more
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    The Queen

    Flawless Sabrina, Crystal LaBeija
    The Queen is a 1968 American documentary film directed by Frank Simon. It follows and is...  more
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    Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

    Thea Spyer, Edie Windsor
    "This moving documentary is the story of the life-long love affair of two New York based...  more
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    18
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    Kiki

    Loretta Coombs, Takima Coombs
    Kiki is a 2016 American-Swedish documentary film directed by Sara Jordenö. It takes place in...  more
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    22
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    Trembling Before G-d

    Shlomo Ashkinazy, Steve Greenberg
    Trembling Before G-d is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about...  more
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    22
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    Stonewall Uprising

    Paul Bosche, Alfredo del Rio
    "World premiere of a new documentary all about the Stonewall riots featuring unique testimony...  more
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    After Stonewall

    Dorothy Allison, Jewelle Gomez
    After Stonewall is a 1999 documentary film directed by John Scagliotti about the 30 years of...  more
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    Pageant

    Carl Glorioso, Victor Bowling
    Pageant is a 2008 documentary film directed and produced together by Ron Davis and Stewart...  more
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    14
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    We Were Here

    Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein
    We Were Here is a 2011 documentary film about the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. The film,...  more
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    Stained Glass Windows

    Christopher Atkins, Sheila Ivy Traister
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    Laerte-se

    Laerte Coutinho, Eliane Brum
    Laerte-se is a 2017 Brazilian documentary film directed by Lygia Barbosa and Eliane Brum about...  more
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    Jewel's Catch One

    Thea Austin, Sandra Bernhard
    Jewel's Catch One is a 2016 American documentary film directed by C. Fitz. The legacy of a...  more