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The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies 

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A list of all the best LGBTQ+ movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Find your favorites on The Best LGBTQ+ Movies on Netflix and The Best LGBTQ+ Movies on Amazon Prime lists.

This list of gay-themed films also contains gay-themed movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. You'll even find great biopics about gay figures on the list. This LGBTQ+ movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year, and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst, as voted on by fans of the films. Upvote your favorite movies on this list to see them get to the top, just like you always hoped they would.

Whether you're at home and want to watch something on DVD, Blu-ray, or streaming this list of good LGBTQ+ movies can be helpful in either situation.

Plenty of well-known directors have been associated with Gay Themed films, including Richard Lester and Rikki Beadle-Blair.

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Shelter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Albert Reed, Alicia Sixtos, Katie Walder

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jonah Markowitz

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Latter Days is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Latter Days Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jacqueline Bissett, Amber Benson

Released: 2003

Directed by: C. Jay Cox

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Milk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
AbzoluteArtistry added James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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Prayers for Bobby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
NicholasCallahan added Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Carly Schroeder

Released: 2009

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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Mysterious Skin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Michelle Trachtenberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gregg Araki

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Torch Song Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Fierstein

Released: 1988

Directed by: Paul Bogart

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Beautiful Thing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
nwadoug added Meera Syal, Ben Daniels, Linda Henry

Released: 1996

Directed by: Hettie MacDonald

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From Beginning to End is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
LeeMarkuckis added Rafael Cardoso, João Gabriel Vasconcellos, Júlia Lemmertz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Aluizio Abranches

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Summer Storm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Robert Stadlober, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Jürgen Tonkel

Released: 2004

Directed by: Marco Kreuzpaintner

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
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The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
TonyRois added Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
crazieanimefan1 added Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

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Carol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
MichaelOberg added Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Todd Haynes

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Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
z4chvanwin added Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders

Released: 2014

Directed by: Mischa Kamp

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Pride is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
JP01 added Pride Pauley Perrette, Susan Blakely, James Karen

Released: 2011

Directed by: Marc Saltarelli

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Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
SoulDestroyer added Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2018

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

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Get Real is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
DanielLahaie added Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Louise J. Taylor

Released: 1998

Directed by: Simon Shore

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Out in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
LeeMarkuckis added Loai Nofi, Michael Aloni, Jamil Khoury

Released: 2012

Directed by: Michael Mayer

21
Weekend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
D Church added Tom Cullen, Kieran Hardcastle, Chris New

Released: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Haigh

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Free Fall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Booster added Péter Forgács, Tibor Szemző, András Soós

Released: 1996

Directed by: Péter Forgács

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Longtime Companion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Shalhoub, Dermot Mulroney

Released: 1989

Directed by: Norman René

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The Adventures of Prisci... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
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My Own Private Idaho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix

Released: 1991

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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