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The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies 

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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

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

3
Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

4
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

5
Beautiful Thing is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Milk is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
TonyRois added Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike Nichols

9
The Adventures of Prisci... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephan Elliott

10
Free Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Booster added Péter Forgács, Tibor Szemző, András Soós

Released: 1996

Directed by: Péter Forgács

11
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

12
Mysterious Skin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Michelle Trachtenberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gregg Araki

13
Torch Song Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Fierstein

Released: 1988

Directed by: Paul Bogart

14
Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
z4chvanwin added Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders

Released: 2014

Directed by: Mischa Kamp

15
Weekend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
D Church added Tom Cullen, Kieran Hardcastle, Chris New

Released: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Haigh

16
To Wong Foo, Thanks for ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Robin Williams, Naomi Campbell, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1995

Directed by: Beeban Kidron

17
Maurice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1987

Directed by: James Ivory

18
My Own Private Idaho is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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

20
Transamerica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Carrie Preston

Released: 2005

Directed by: Duncan Tucker

21
Trick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Miss Coco Peru, Tori Spelling, Missi Pyle

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jim Fall

22
Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

23
The Broken Hearts Club: ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Nia Long, Timothy Olyphant, Jennifer Coolidge

Released: 2000

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

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The Way He Looks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
LeeMarkuckis added Selma Egrei, Eucir de Souza, Naruna Costa

Released: 2014

Directed by: Daniel Ribeiro

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Longtime Companion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best LGBTQ+ Themed Movies
Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Shalhoub, Dermot Mulroney

Released: 1989

Directed by: Norman René