My Top 100 LGBTQIA-filmsby candypants42 | created - 18 Jul 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
This is a list of the top 100 movies that I have seen where LGBTQIA-themes are central to the plot. No tvseries, no documentaries. Not super particular about the order but currently I'd say I highly recommend the top 50 ones.
Lately I'm trying to add some comments on content and tone, don't read too closely if you really want to avoid spoilers.
movies that gets pushed off of this list ends up here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls059911089/
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2. Appropriate Behavior (2014)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.
3. Parting Glances (1986)
90 min | Drama, Music, Romance
As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,351 | Gross: $0.54M
4. Whole New Thing (2005)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention... See full summary »
Votes: 1,194 | Gross: $0.01M
realism, comedy/drama, outsider, precoucoius kid, androgynous, queer, winter, hippie parents, dysfunctional marriage, small town, bullying, cruising, unrequited love, hot for teacher
cw nudity, drugs, underage smoking, homophobic bullying, sex
funny, mostly happy
5. Moonlight (I) (2016)
R | 111 min | Drama
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Votes: 171,257 | Gross: $27.85M
realism, drama, artistic, childhood, coming of age, african-american, gay, mother-son relationship, friendship, homophobia, circle of violence
cw: some parental abuse, drug use, homophobic violence
sad but not tragic, slow but strong
6. Grandma (2015)
R | 79 min | Comedy, Drama
A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter.
Votes: 12,278 | Gross: $6.98M
low-key drama, funny, moving, older lesbian, eccentric, grandmother, granddaughter, mini-roadtrip, roadtrip-through-the-past, teenage abortion, semi-dysfunctional family, may-december relationship, feminism, solidarity, laverne cox in small role
cw abortion, throwing up, some light drug use
unsentimental, low key, life-affirming
8. Weekend (II) (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance
After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.
Votes: 22,781 | Gross: $0.46M
9. A Single Man (2009)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.
Votes: 93,581 | Gross: $9.17M
10. Shortbus (2006)
Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
Votes: 29,015 | Gross: $1.99M
11. Show Me Love (1998)
Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.
Votes: 44,976 | Gross: $0.17M
12. Naz & Maalik (2015)
Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the cross-hairs of the War on Terror.
13. Nånting måste gå sönder (2014)
85 min | Drama, Romance
A gritty story taking place in Stockholm, about the passionate love between the self-abusive Sebastian who wants to be a woman, and the easy-going Andreas who is certainly not gay.
14. XXY (2007)
Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Romance
The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.
Votes: 11,378 | Gross: $0.05M
15. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.
Votes: 21,522 | Gross: $2.21M
16. Closet Monster (2015)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery
A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.
Votes: 5,189 | Gross: $0.04M
dysfunctional family, talking hamster, closeted teen, childhood trauma, ptsd(?), artsy, angsty, homophobia, internalized homophobia, breaking free, hallucinations.
cw homophobic violence, body horror, emotional abuse, sex (semi-consentional?) drugs
angsty but hopeful
17. Quand on a 17 ans (2016)
Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Romance
Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.
Votes: 3,231 | Gross: $0.05M
coming out, nature, first love, gay teens, adopted, bullying, violence, family, realism, happy end?
cw death, grief, bullying, homophobic violence
18. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Not Rated | 127 min | Comedy, Drama
A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.
19. D.E.B.S. (2004)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.
Votes: 12,972 | Gross: $0.10M
20. Freeheld (2015)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Votes: 9,086 | Gross: $0.53M
22. Were the World Mine (2008)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream' to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.
Votes: 4,666 | Gross: $0.12M
23. Any Day Now (I) (2012)
R | 98 min | Drama
In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.
Votes: 5,171 | Gross: $0.20M
24. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
R | 104 min | Drama
Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.
Votes: 40,598 | Gross: $6.40M
new queer cinema, artsy, road movie, gay hustlers, narcolepsy, unrequited love, homelessness, dysfunctional family
cw drugs, sex, implied incest, blood, some violence
25. Saving Face (2004)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Votes: 8,377 | Gross: $1.19M
27. Sommersturm (2004)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.
Votes: 11,911 | Gross: $0.10M
28. Taking Woodstock (2009)
R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.
Votes: 26,002 | Gross: $7.44M
29. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
R | 118 min | Drama, Music
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.
Votes: 29,469 | Gross: $1.05M
fantasy, glam rock, bisexuality, *beep* 70's, camp, celebrity, fans, queer mythology, supernatural elements, fashion, dreamy, queer
cw homophobic slurs, biphobia, shooting, drinking, drugs
epic, christian bale shines in his best role ever
30. The Imitation Game (2014)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Votes: 556,687 | Gross: $91.13M
32. All Over Me (1997)
R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,888 | Gross: $0.15M
33. Romeos (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance
A drama centered on the relationship between a two young men, as one of them navigates the difficulties of life as a transgender man.
Votes: 2,778 | Gross: $0.00M
35. Imagine Me & You (2005)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.
Votes: 25,379 | Gross: $0.67M
36. Beautiful Thing (1996)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.
Votes: 19,978 | Gross: $1.50M
37. Vergine giurata (2015)
Unrated | 84 min | Drama
Years after declaring her eternal virginity and opting to live life as a man in the mountains of Albania, Hana looks to return to living as a woman as she settles into a new existence in modern-day Milan.
Votes: 713 | Gross: $0.00M
38. Go Fish (1994)
R | 83 min | Drama, Romance
Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely, whom Max likes, but Ely is frumpy, homely, and older. Nor do they have much in ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,759 | Gross: $2.41M
41. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama
A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.
42. The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama
Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who... See full summary »
44. The Sum of Us (1994)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right."
Votes: 4,568 | Gross: $0.77M
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance.
Votes: 3,801 | Gross: $1.98M
46. Holding the Man (2015)
Unrated | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance... See full summary »
realism, period, highschool sweethearts, first love, coming out, 70's, 80's, catholic, american football, AIDS, discrimination, homophobia, queer community, activism, actor, hospital
cw homophobia, homophobic violence, drugs, surgery, nudity, sex
funny, happy and sad
47. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
Votes: 11,611 | Gross: $2.45M
48. First Girl I Loved (2016)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.
highschool, coming out, first love, sports, obligatory heterosexuality, homophobia, internalized homophobia, breaking free
cw nonconsentual sex, drinking, objectification
angsty but grounded. fairly happy
49. Shelter (II) (2007)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.
Votes: 17,680 | Gross: $0.14M
50. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Votes: 60,081 | Gross: $0.70M
51. Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance
At the suggestion of a straight friend, gay man Leo joins a men's group, where he causes some upsets by declaring his attraction to one of its members.
Votes: 3,028 | Gross: $0.02M
53. Girl with Hyacinths (1950)
89 min | Drama, Mystery
The young Dagmar Brink commits suicide. Her belongings are inherited by the resident caretaker in the house she lived in. The caretaker, who never knew her, wonders why and make contact ... See full summary »
54. Lilting (2014)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
A young man of Chinese-Cambodian descent dies, leaving behind his isolated mother and his 4-year male lover, who grieve but don't speak a lick of each other's language.
Votes: 4,941 | Gross: $0.02M
56. Boy Meets Girl (I) (2014)
95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.
Votes: 3,584 | Gross: $0.02M
57. Cheonhajangsa madonna (2006)
116 min | Comedy, Sport
OH Dong-gu believes himself to be female. Although overweight and on the short side, he dreams of becoming perfect some day, and devotes himself to mimicking Madonna's singing and dancing ... See full summary »
58. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)
R | 88 min | Drama
Ludovic is a transgender girl who is coming out. She talks of marrying her neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. Her family and neighbors struggle ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,842 | Gross: $2.28M
59. Time to Leave (2005)
Unrated | 81 min | Drama
A fashion photographer with terminal cancer elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.
Votes: 7,684 | Gross: $0.12M
61. The Color Purple (1985)
PG-13 | 154 min | Drama
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
Votes: 66,081 | Gross: $98.47M
62. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Votes: 82,583 | Gross: $11.53M
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Votes: 39,942 | Gross: $11.22M
65. Dyke Hard (2014)
Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A lesbian rock band sets off on a road trip to a battle of the bands in the big city. A mysterious billionaire with an army of ninjas, cyborgs and roller derby girls is doing everything to ... See full summary »
66. Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (2014)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.
Votes: 16,950 | Gross: $0.10M
67. Gun Hill Road (2011)
R | 86 min | Drama
An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Votes: 1,021 | Gross: $0.15M
68. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Votes: 109,308 | Gross: $2.20M
70. Joven y Alocada (2012)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama
Daniela, raised in the bosom of a strict Evangelical family and recently unmasked as a fornicator by her shocked parents, struggles to find her own path to spiritual harmony.
Votes: 2,112 | Gross: $0.00M
71. The Wedding Banquet (1993)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.
Votes: 11,719 | Gross: $6.93M
72. Tomboy (2011)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama
A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.
Votes: 14,402 | Gross: $0.13M
74. Angels of Sex (2012)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
The established relationship between university student Bruno and aspiring photographer Carla is thrown into turmoil when Bruno feels drawn to sexy karate instructor/break dancer Rai. Complications ensue.
77. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
Votes: 27,935 | Gross: $3.03M
78. Kapgang (2014)
108 min | Drama
Martin (14) is forced to deal with confused sexuality and the loss of a mother in a provincial setting in the mid-seventies, where the famed Danish liberation of porn has had its influence on the grownups.
80. Save Me (I) (2007)
96 min | Drama, Romance
A sex and drug addicted young man who is forced into a Christian-run ministry in an attempt to cure him of his "gay affliction", where instead he is faced with the truth in his heart and spirit.
Votes: 1,871 | Gross: $0.08M
83. Maurice (1987)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Votes: 12,096 | Gross: $3.13M
84. Young Soul Rebels (1991)
R | 105 min | Drama, Music
Set in London in 1977, the plot takes place against the background of the Silver Jubilee. This is a buddy movie between two friends Chris and Caz who run a pirate radio station from a tower... See full synopsis »
gay boy-straight boy-bffs, radio djs, music, cruising, hate crime, leather aesthetics, youth culture, fashion, soul vs punk, interracial gay relationship, neo nazis, racist police, murder mystery, POV-shots, stalking
cw murder, racism, homophobia, homophobic and racist slurs, drinking, light drug use
well worth seeing, though the murder-mystery parts are a bit weird. great music
85. Orlando (1992)
PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,057 | Gross: $5.29M
87. A escondidas (2014)
Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
Ibrahim, a 14-year-old Moroccan boy, walks down a road in the outskirts of a big city alone and disoriented. Recently informed that he will be deported in two days, he packed his belongings and ran away. He is now alone with no place to go.
young teens, first love, realism, migration, deportation, slow
cw racism, islamophobia, homophobia, drugs
88. Spa Night (2016)
Unrated | 93 min | Drama
A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.
Votes: 758 | Gross: $0.04M
realism, korean-american, diaspora, older teen, lonely queer, closeted, poverty, family pressure, likeable
cw sex, self-harm, alcohol abuse
89. Margarita with a Straw (2014)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.
feel-good, upbeat, coming out, bisexual, cerebral palsy, musician, femme, desi, cute family, friendship, first love, activist, cancer, ableism, infantilization, date with yourself
cw: police brutality, minor character death, drinking
good in a lot of ways but the main character is really mean to her gf, which made her hard to like at times. also falls into the trope of cheating bisexual
90. Barash (2015)
81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
17 year old Naama Barash enjoys alcohol, drugs and hanging out with like-minded friends. Her activities are an escape from a home where her parents always fight, and a rebellious, ... See full summary »
91. 3 Generations (2015)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama
After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray's mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent.
Votes: 3,139 | Gross: $0.07M
dramedy, queer family, trans guy, single-mom, lesbian grandmothers, motherhood, struggling to support your trans kid, dysphoria, skater, starting hormones, all trans kids v-log
cw one instance of physical abuse, transphobic violence
mostly a parents perspective on having a transgender child. all Rays inner monologues and creative projects feel forced. still cute overall
92. Bound (1996)
R | 108 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller
Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.
Votes: 44,013 | Gross: $3.80M
thriller, neo-noir, lesbians, camp, pulp-romance, gangsters, murder, butch-femme, nineties, solidarity between women
cw rape threats? graphic violence including torture
fun and very camp but dark
93. Handsome Devil (2016)
95 min | Drama, Sport
Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities.
dramedy, feel-good, friendship, all boys boarding school, teens, homophobia, rugby, gay teacher-mentor, gay jock, outing, gay friends<3
cw homophobic slurs?
mc is annoying, otherwise good movie
94. 3 (2010)
Unrated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.
Votes: 4,518 | Gross: $0.06M
realism, artsy, middle aged intellectuals, ennui, middle-class, married couple, bisexual men, cheating, cruising, cancer, polyamorous
cw nudity, sex, minor character death, some very graphic surgery scenes
tries for a thriller-like intensity which is weird. otherwise overly drawn out but good.
95. Other People (I) (2016)
Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.
Votes: 6,288 | Gross: $0.09M
96. The Misandrists (2017)
91 min | Drama
The Misandrists begin with Volker, a young man with an injured leg, stumbling through the forest, pursued by the police and their tracking dogs. When he emerges from the woods, he sees two ... See full summary »
camp as hell, lesbian separatism, radical feminism, communist politics, explicit sex, activism, castration, male eradication, cute butch minor char, cute trans girl character, highly quotable
cw graphic castration scene, some violence, explicit sex, cis-sexism, outing
pretty great if you can get over some parts of the plot being genuinely horrifying
97. 120 battements par minute (2017)
140 min | Drama
Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.
Votes: 2,897 | Gross: $0.09M
mostly realism, pop/techno soundrack and montage, gay male mc, broader minor character representation, activism, HIV/AIDS, early AIDS-epidemic, solidarity, internal conflicts, love, friendship, clubbing
cw: some parts of the illness may be hard to watch, though not overly graphic. Large amounts of fake blood, police brutality, major character death, drinking.
I didn't get as close to the characters as I would have liked. still a great movie
98. A Date for Mad Mary (2016)
82 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A woman newly released from prison seeks a date to bring to her best friend's wedding.
best friends, getting out of jail, *beep*-up, bitter, wedding, maid of honor, first same-sex relationship, bisexual?
cw minor violence, drinking, drugs(?), some blood
pretty great, like a gritty gayer bridesmaids
99. Freak Show (2017)
95 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows the story of teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.
queer teen, campy storytelling, move to conservative small town, bullying, eccentric outsider, femme, alcoholic glamour mom, rich family, drama queen, gender non-conformity, drag, mc is a hero, dumb love interest, violent closeted stalker
cw bullying, drinking, homophobic violence, stalking, assault
wants to be uplifting? mc is great but has to rise above so much adversity it becomes depressing, almost like they have to become a martyr to appeal to straight kids in the audience? (still worth seeing)
100. Late Bloomers (1996)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
High School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process.
Votes: 395 | Gross: $0.03M
romantic comedy/dramedy, low budget, high school teacher, middle aged lesbian, coming out later in life, first love, divorce, lesbian and bisexual couple, soft butch, butch-femme, divorce, supportive ex-husband, moral panic, oreo-throwing homophobes, workplace discrimination, chrisis as main theme, cute, naked basketball, turtles as pets, same sex marriage, happy ending
very cute, weird soundtrack