LGBT Of Color

by halfrocentric1975 | created - 01 Sep 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

LGBT films with main characters of color

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1. The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

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 »

Director: Cheryl Dunye | Stars: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker, Lisa Marie Bronson

Votes: 851

2. Dirty Laundry (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist. It follows Patrick, a magazine writer, who seems to have the "perfect life," until one day, there is a knock at the door. On the other side stands a secret that brings him face to face with the traditional southern family he hasn't seen in over 10 years.

Director: Maurice Jamal | Stars: Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Terri J. Vaughn

Votes: 452 | Gross: $0.02M

3. Princesa (I) (2001)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Fernando, a.k.a. Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transgender woman, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance sex-change surgery. Fernanda dreams of becoming a "real" woman, ... See full summary »

Director: Henrique Goldman | Stars: Ingrid de Souza, Cesare Bocci, Lulu Pecorari, Mauro Pirovano

Votes: 398 | Gross: $0.02M

4. The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (2008)

R | 80 min | Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

Raquela, a transsexual from the Philippines, dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life in Paris.

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson | Stars: Raquela Rios, Stefan C. Schaefer, Olivia Galudo, Brax Villa

Votes: 215 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 9,730 | Gross: $3.78M

6. Virtuality (2009 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The crew of spaceship begin to die because of unknown defect in a virtual reality device.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kerry Bishé, Joy Bryant, Jose Pablo Cantillo

Votes: 3,979

7. Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

Various stories of how crack cocaine has infiltrated the inner-city streets. Based on Buddy Giovinazzo's novel "Life is Hot in Cracktown".

Director: Buddy Giovinazzo | Stars: Evan Ross, Stephanie Lugo, Maurice Blake, Omar Regan

Votes: 1,681

8. Brother to Brother (2004)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.

Director: Rodney Evans | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Alex Burns, Kevin Jackson

Votes: 1,027

9. Noah's Arc (2005–2006)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Explore the daily lives of Noah, Alex, Ricky, and Chance, four African-American gay men in Los Angeles, through their relationships with their friends and lovers.

Stars: Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Christian Vincent, Doug Spearman

Votes: 1,027

10. Fortune Cookie Magic Tricks (2011)

11 min | Short, Action, Comedy

A traditional Chinese father struggles to cope with his son's homosexuality, which then takes an absurd and comical turn for the worse.

Director: Alex Chu | Stars: Derek Lui, Jim Lau, Elijah Rock, Martin De Boer

Votes: 19

11. She Hate Me (2004)

R | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

28 Metascore

Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 6,972 | Gross: $0.37M

12. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 72,118 | Gross: $98.47M

13. A Frozen Flower (2008)

133 min | Drama, History, Romance

A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Jin-mo Ju, Ji-Hyo Song, Yong-gu Do

Votes: 3,362

14. A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, JD Pardo, Lupe Ontiveros, Henry Darrow

Votes: 1,671

15. Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong

Votes: 3,015 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Shank (2009)

R | 94 min | Drama

A closeted teenage street punk takes up with the latest roughed-up gay victim of his bullying gang, which does not set well with the gang's drugged-up, brotherly leader.

Directors: Simon Pearce, Christian Martin | Stars: Wayne Virgo, Marc Laurent, Tom Bott, Alice Payne

Votes: 2,350

17. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 13,040 | Gross: $2.45M

18. Destiny (1997)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Two young high school boys, Manga and Sory, are gay and in love in Guinea. This is their story.

Director: Muhammad Camara | Stars: Cécile Bois, Mamady Mory Camara, Muhammad Camara, Koumba Diakite

Votes: 115

19. Pariah (I) (2011)

R | 86 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis, Pernell Walker

Votes: 5,522 | Gross: $0.76M

20. The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.

Director: Auraeus Solito | Stars: Nathan Lopez, Soliman Cruz, J.R. Valentin, Neil Ryan Sese

Votes: 1,438

21. Stranger Inside (2001 TV Movie)

97 min | Crime, Drama

A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility

Director: Cheryl Dunye | Stars: Yolonda Ross, Davenia McFadden, Rain Phoenix, Ella Joyce

Votes: 503

22. Gun Hill Road (2011)

R | 86 min | Drama

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green | Stars: Esai Morales, Robert Salzman, Ty Jones, Harmony Santana

Votes: 1,051 | Gross: $0.15M

23. Bessie (2015 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Michael Kenneth Williams, Tika Sumpter, Queen Latifah, Oliver Platt

Votes: 3,628

24. Vida (2018– )

TV-MA | 35 min | Drama

This show follows the life of two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force ... See full summary »

Stars: Melissa Barrera, Mishel Prada, Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon

Votes: 1,548

25. Euphoria (2019– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex, and violence.

Stars: Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane

Votes: 19,580

26. Tangerine (2015)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan

Votes: 23,469 | Gross: $0.70M



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