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

A list of all the best gay-themed movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Find your favorites on The Best LGBT Movies on Netflix Instant and The Best LGBT Movies on Amazon Prime lists.

 This gay-themed movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of gay themed films also contains gay-themed movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. It includes films about gay men and lesbians alike, from Brokeback Mountain and Shelter to Philadelphia and Boys Don't Cry. This gay-themed films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best gay-themed movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This gay-themed movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year, and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Upvote your favorite movies on this list to see them get to the top, just like you always hoped they would.

List of gay-themed films includes gay-themed movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Re-rank this list to fit your opinions, the share it with your friends, to find out how they would rank it via votes.

These are the top films in the gay-themed genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the gay-themed genre in it, be it the motifs of the gay-themed genre or just some of the most common archetypes. This includes lots of gay romantic comedies as well as romantic gay movies in general. Asian gay films. I mean really every kind of LGBT-themed movie about homosexual men is right here for ya. 

Make sure to vote for movies like Latter Days or Mysterious Skin if you like them. If we missed any gay themed movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous gay themed movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about gay themed movie lists.

 You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the gay themed movies. List includes photos and gay romance movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

This list includes Fish Can't Fly: Conversations About God and Struggling to Be Gay, Coffee Date and more.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these gay themed movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good gay themed movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest gay themed movies, here is the full gay themed movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Brokeback Mountain 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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Shelter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Shelter Albert Reed, Alicia Sixtos, Katie Walder Shelter is a 2007 American film directed and written by Jonah Markowitz. It stars Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, and Tina Holmes. It was the winner of "Outstanding Film – Limited Release" ...more

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Beautiful Thing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
nwadoug added Beautiful Thing Meera Syal, Ben Daniels, Linda Henry Beautiful Thing is a 1996 British film directed by Hettie MacDonald and released by Channel 4 Films. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Harvey based on his own original play of the same ...more

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Latter Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Latter Days Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jacqueline Bissett, Amber Benson Latter Days is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film about a gay relationship between a closeted Mormon missionary and his openly gay neighbor. The film was written and directed by C. Jay ...more

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Call Me by Your Name Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between a ...more

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Free Fall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Booster added Free Fall Péter Forgács, Tibor Szemző, András Soós Free Fall is a 1996 war documentary film written and directed by Péter Forgács.

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The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
TonyRois added The Birdcage 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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Milk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
AbzoluteArtistry added Milk 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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Moonlight Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more

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Weekend is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
D Church added Weekend Tom Cullen, Kieran Hardcastle, Chris New Weekend is a 2011 drama romance film written and directed by Andrew Haigh.

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Q... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual ...more

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Maurice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Maurice Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley Maurice is a 1987 British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. It is a tale of homosexual love in early 20th century England, following its main character ...more

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Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more

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To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everyt... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Robin Williams, Naomi Campbell, Patrick Swayze To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 American comedy film, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo as three New York drag queens who embark on a road ...more

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Mysterious Skin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Mysterious Skin Michelle Trachtenberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue Mysterious Skin is a 2004 Dutch-American drama film directed by American filmmaker Gregg Araki, who also wrote the screenplay based on Scott Heim's 1996 novel of the same name. The film is ...more

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Prayers for Bobby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
NicholasCallahan added Prayers for Bobby Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Carly Schroeder Prayers for Bobby is a 2009 television film that premiered on the Lifetime network on January 24, 2009. It is based on the book, Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of ...more

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Boys Don't Cry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Boys Don't Cry Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more

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Trick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Trick Miss Coco Peru, Tori Spelling, Missi Pyle Trick is a 1999 American gay-themed romantic comedy film starring Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc and Tori Spelling. Independently produced by Eric d'Arbeloff, Ross Katz and Fall, the film ...more

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Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Edge of Seventeen Lea DeLaria, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych Edge of Seventeen is a 1998 coming of age romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Moreton, written by Moreton and Todd Stephens, starring Chris Stafford, and co-starring Tina Holmes and ...more

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Torch Song Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Torch Song Trilogy Matthew Broderick, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Fierstein Torch Song Trilogy is an American comedy-drama film adapted by Harvey Fierstein from his play of the same title. The film was directed by Paul Bogart and stars Fierstein as Arnold, Anne Bancroft ...more

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Transamerica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Transamerica 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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My Own Private Idaho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
My Own Private Idaho Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V, and starring ...more

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Get Real is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
DanielLahaie added Get Real Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Louise J. Taylor Get Real is a 1998 British drama film directed by Simon Shore, based on the play What's Wrong with Angry? by screenwriter Patrick Wilde. The plot is about gay teenager Steven Carter's coming out ...more

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Geography Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
johanjordaan21 added Geography Club Ana Gasteyer, Scott Bakula, Meaghan Martin Geography Club is an American comedy-drama film based on the Brent Hartinger novel of the same name. It was written by Edmund Entin, directed by Gary Entin, and stars Cameron Deane Stewart, ...more

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Shortbus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
2probb added Shortbus Daniela Sea, Justin Vivian Bond, Miriam Shor Adults only. Shortbus is a 2006 American film written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. The plot revolves around a sexually diverse ensemble of colorful characters trying desperately to connect in New ...more

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Summer Storm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Summer Storm Robert Stadlober, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Jürgen Tonkel Summer Storm is a 2004 German coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner, starring Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, and Miriam Morgenstern. The story ...more

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Gods and Monsters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Gods and Monsters 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 war in World War One is a central ...more

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Were the World Mine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
2probb added Were the World Mine Zelda Rae Williams, Christian Stolte, David Darlow Were the World Mine is a 2008 romantic musical fantasy film directed by Tom Gustafson and written by Gustafson and Cory James Krueckeberg. Were the World Mine is a story of gay empowerment, ...more

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The Broken Hearts Club: A Roma... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Nia Long, Timothy Olyphant, Jennifer Coolidge The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy is a 2000 American film written and directed by Greg Berlanti. It follows the lives of a group of gay friends in West Hollywood, centered on a ...more

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Priest is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
2probb added Priest Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Marsha Thomason Priest is a 1994 British drama film marking the debut of director Antonia Bird. The screenplay by Jimmy McGovern focuses on a Roman Catholic priest as he struggles with two issues that ...more

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Yossi & Jagger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
2probb added Yossi & Jagger Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Asi Cohen Yossi & Jagger is a 2002 Israeli romantic drama film directed by Eytan Fox about soldiers at the Israel – Lebanon border who try to find some peace and solace from the daily routine of war. ...more

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
AbzoluteArtistry added Hedwig and the Angry Inch 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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Bent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
2probb added Bent Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ian McKellen Bent is a 1997 British/Japanese drama film directed by Sean Mathias, based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman, who also wrote the screenplay. It revolves around the persecution ...more

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Jeffrey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Jeffrey Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Nealon Jeffrey is a 1995 American gay romantic comedy directed by Christopher Ashley. It is based on a play depicting the life and times of Richard Jeffrey by Paul Rudnick, who also wrote the ...more

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But I'm a Cheerleader is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
But I'm a Cheerleader Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader ...more

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G.B.F. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
AnotherGuy added G.B.F. JoJo, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen Great, funny & inventive film. Awesome cast. 10/10 G.B.F. is a 2013 American teen comedy film directed by Darren Stein and produced by School Pictures, Parting Shots Media, and Logolite Entertainment. The film made its first official screening ...more

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
2probb added Cabaret Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

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A Home at the End of the World is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
A Home at the End of the World Colin Farrell, Robin Wright, Sissy Spacek A Home at the End of the World is a 2004 drama film directed by Michael Mayer. The screenplay by Michael Cunningham was adapted from his 1990 novel of the same title.

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My Beautiful Laundrette is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
My Beautiful Laundrette Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title ...more

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The Wedding Banquet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
The Wedding Banquet Michael Gaston, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein The Wedding Banquet is a 1993 film about a gay Taiwanese immigrant man who marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents ...more

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Jongens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
z4chvanwin added Jongens Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders

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Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
LeeMarkuckis added Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho

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Longtime Companion is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Longtime Companion Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Shalhoub, Dermot Mulroney Longtime Companion is a 1989 film with Bruce Davison, Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, and Mary-Louise Parker. The first wide-release theatrical film to deal with the subject of AIDS, the film ...more

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Jongens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
z4chvanwin added Jongens Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders

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Big Eden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
TonyRois added Big Eden Louise Fletcher, Tim DeKay, George Coe Big Eden is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. It won awards from several gay and lesbian film festivals, and was nominated for best limited release film ...more

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Mambo Italiano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
Torbjörn Jons added Mambo Italiano Paul Sorvino, Mary Walsh, Sophie Lorain Mambo Italiano is a 2003 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Émile Gaudreault. The screenplay was written by Gaudreault and Steve Galluccio, based on Galluccio's theatrical play by the ...more

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Wilbert Jade Lorenzo added The Way He Looks Selma Egrei, Eucir de Souza, Naruna Costa The Way He Looks is a 2014 Brazilian coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Daniel Ribeiro, based on the 2010 short film I Don't Want to Go Back Alone. Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) is a ...more

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And the Band Played On is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
dee123 added And the Band Played On Ian McKellen, Steve Martin, Richard Gere And the Band Played On is a 1993 American television film docudrama directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The teleplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the best-selling 1987 non-fiction book And the ...more

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Bridegroom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gay Themed Movies
2probb added Bridegroom Bridegroom is a 2013 American documentary film about the relationship between two young gay men, produced and directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Bridegroom premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film ...more