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The Best Gay Movies 

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Updated August 4, 2020 4.5k votes 819 voters 93.8k views 176 items

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A list of all the best gay movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This gay movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of famous gay films also contains movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film; it can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best gay movies of all time, as voted on by fans.

Whether you're at home and want to watch something on DVD or streaming, or if you're seeing something in theaters for the first time, this is a list of good gay movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. If we missed any movies on this list, please add them yourself. 

William Friedkin and Jonathan Demme are among the directors who have worked on Gay movies in the past.

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Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2018

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

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Timothy Holdiness added Selma Egrei, Eucir de Souza, Naruna Costa

Released: 2014

Directed by: Daniel Ribeiro

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Timothy Holdiness added Micha Hulshof, Jeffrey Hamilton, Rifka Lodeizen

Released: 2014

Directed by: Mischa Kamp

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gay Movies
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mosfine32 added Albert Reed, Alicia Sixtos, Katie Walder

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jonah Markowitz

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jacqueline Bissett, Amber Benson

Released: 2003

Directed by: C. Jay Cox

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Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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North Sea Texas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gay Movies
Timothy Holdiness added Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans, Jelle Floorizoone

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bavo Defurne

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Handsome Devil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gay Movies
ArminWalker added Nicholas Galitzine, Fionn O'Shea

Directed by: John Butler

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Michelle Trachtenberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gregg Araki

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Free Fall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gay Movies
ArminWalker added Péter Forgács, Tibor Szemző, András Soós

Released: 1996

Directed by: Péter Forgács

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Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1987

Directed by: James Ivory

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Lea DeLaria, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych

Released: 1998

Directed by: David Moreton

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Holding the Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gay Movies
ArminWalker added Ryan Corr Craig Stott

Released: 2015

Directed by: Neil Armfield

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Prayers for Bobby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gay Movies
Timothy Holdiness added Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Carly Schroeder

Released: 2009

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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ArminWalker added Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

Released: 2014

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

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Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix

Released: 1991

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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Alex Strangelove is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gay Movies
ArminWalker added Daniel Doheny, Antonio Marizale, Joanna Adler

Released: 2018

Directed by: Craig Johnson

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gay Movies
ArminWalker added Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

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Trick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gay Movies
Miss Coco Peru, Tori Spelling, Missi Pyle

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jim Fall

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ArminWalker added Rooney Mara, Diana Scarwid, Rickie Lee Jones

Released: 2008

Directed by: James Bolton

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ArminWalker added James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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