every lgbtq+ film i've watched ever, and a few i haven'tby loobeyloo | created - 7 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public
ranked, in my opinion. biased towards films with a lil kick to em. a lil spice. ginger beer flicks. plus i prefer films that give a perspective i don't commonly hear. brings something new to the table.
i take racial representation, straight gaze, the male gaze and general ethics behind the film into account for a good few of these. cos as many of us know, race, gender and power have this gargantuan impact on how much your voice is heard in cinema
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1. The Aggressives (2005)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary
An insightful exposé on the subculture of lesbian butches and their "femme" counterparts who tow the line between gender definitions. Filmed over five years in NYC, the featured "Aggressives" share their dreams, secrets and deepest fears.
fuckin ace man. just so great. all the people filmed are genuinely so interesting and add so much colour to the spectrum of queer visibility. 9/10
2. 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.
Votes: 8,726 | Gross: $3.78M
Again really good, like a bona fide classic. heard some sad stuff about the director not actually paying the subjects she filmed or giving them their dues but just taking all the shine for the film herself I hope that's not true, I don't really know how documentary royalties work tbh. sounds really exploitative if it is true, the stars and originators of the ball scene are largely low income black and latinx LGBTQ+ folks. they would've definitely needed that opportunity to profit from their own art. 9/10
3. Tongues Untied (1989)
Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary
Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill ... See full summary »
classic. a staple. definitive, educational, self-actualising, self-loving, black gay film. brothertobrotherbrothertobrother. 8/10
4. 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: 224,517 | Gross: $27.85M
boom film, but it loses a bit of its magic every time I see it so I don't see it too much. it's great okay it's a good film. 9/10
5. 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: 23,264 | Gross: $2.21M
i like stylised gay films. and it's actually really on point with its humour, its kind of like a gay bring it on. and i loved bring it on. plus rupaul's in it. 9/10
6. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
R | 132 min | Drama, Romance
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.
Votes: 150,410 | Gross: $18.10M
critically-acclaimed, really well made film about heartbreak and yeah sujfan stevens' on the soundtrack yeah yeah yeah but it's actually about an adult man and a teenager in a relationship? it was good but are we not gonna talk about that? 8/10
7. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama
In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.
Votes: 11,990 | Gross: $0.90M
The book is amazing. A lot better than the film, but the film is still great. Probably the most charismatic acting I've seen in a queer film, great characters, tells an important story, and actually really believable romance/sex scenes, which is rare. It reminded me of my first encounters as a gay pup. My biggest peeve is that they removed so much of the book's plot, leaving really just a shell of a story. Because of that it's just not as poignant or as touching. 8/10
8. Totally F***ed Up (1993)
Unrated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Six queer teenagers struggle to get along with each other and with life in the face of varying obstacles.
Votes: 2,413 | Gross: $0.10M
content warning for suicide :( v edgy cool 90s film with some queer main characters. kinda mtv, very much a satire of teen culture and being a dissaffected youth, at least that's how i took it. it's like a mix between skins and daria. 8/10
9. The Doom Generation (1995)
R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.
Votes: 12,977 | Gross: $0.26M
content warning for rape - again, really edgy 90s film with a bi main character, v daria, satires commercialist america, super counterculture, weirdly ultraviolent and self-indulgent though. both cool and quite an unnecessarily disturbing film. araki's nuts but i do think he took it too far with this one. still quite high up here just cos i really really like the style and the superficial side of the film's attitude, but it definitely is a bit of a questionable film. 6/10
10. Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)
115 min | Comedy, Drama
A photographer invites her closest friends to vacation at her family's home in Goa in celebration of her upcoming marriage.
now this is how you tell a gay story. a randomly assorted group of young Indian women staying over at their mutual friends' place in Goa for a week, all at different stages in life with vastly different personalities. Having a real vibrant time with each other, basking in feminine energy... partying together, pampering one another, sharing their different struggles in romance, at work, in a larger sexist society.... AND THERE'S A BIG LESBIAN PLOT IN THE CENTRE. To top it off, there's a strong, empowering, Indian, feminist, anti-rape culture vein running through it. It's also funny, and genuinely engaging. nah this is really how you do it guys. perfect balance
11. Love, Simon (2018)
PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
Votes: 79,275 | Gross: $40.83M
a really normal, well-written, teen gay film. no stereotypes, decent racial representation (just decent though), enjoyable story without any cheese. 8/10
12. 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: 123,263 | Gross: $2.20M
believable, genuinely well-made, actually sexy lesbian film. but for that, it borders on indulgent. kechiche the director was actually incredibly invasive, exploitative and disrespectful towards his cast and crew, especially the leads. the two women were uncomfortable doing the sex scenes in this film, those very sex scenes that have made this film so famous. lesbian sexuality should be all about empowering women, the complete opposite of exploiting them. And it definitely shouldn't be told through the lens of an insensitive male film director. that really sours this movie. i feel the overall quality of the film gives it cultural significance and power, but you gotta take everything into account here. as a story, it's relatable to some, but as a professional piece of work, it is downright wrong, and coming from a place of straight male entitlement. (https://metro.co.uk/2013/11/19/lea-seydoux-the-sex-scenes-in-blue-is-the-warmest-colour-were-humiliating-to-shoot-4191389/). 6/10
13. 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: 12,788 | Gross: $2.45M
i really like hanif kureishi's work all his books have such spunk to them, and they always have qtipoc front and center. this one translated to film really well. 7/10
14. Out in the Night (2014)
Unrated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend ... See full summary »
made me angry to watch. people don't speak up for the way black lesbians, especially masculine ones, can be dehumanised and criminalised. a very important story. 7/10
15. Halston (2019)
120 min | Documentary
Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.
A documentary about an iconic gay high-end fashion designer to the stars, who famously brought high-end to the high street, and then had a massive falling out with the corporate world which basically robbed him of the rights to his own name. It's not just for fashion-heads, it's a pretty charming and rock-and-roll story - dude was best friends with Andy Warhol and Liza Minelli, and had this big Hollywood presence. Some cool snippets about attitudes towards homosexuality in the 60s too. 7.5/10
16. Carol (2015)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
Votes: 99,695 | Gross: $12.71M
Initially I wasn't really that interested in this film, cos 1 - it seemed a bit middle of the road, didn't have much spark to it personality-wise. And 2 - it looked really white, and I've cumulatively seen way, WAY too many homogenous white films. I recently got the audiobook out of desperation for gay content in my life (true story), and then got this subsequent urge to watch any and all lgbtq+ movies. THAT'S what brought the film back to my attention.
And in terms of cinema, it is a beautifully-shot feature. It is really white, it is a bit emotionally tense, which I figured was on purpose, and a lot of the drama relies too heavily on subtext to really get you going in my opinion. However, Carol is majestic as all hell, and boy does she have big dick energy. really she makes the film.
I don't like the idea of LGBTQ+ films having a gay relationship as the only point of dramatic gravity. That to me is a very obviously simplistic and straight perspective, which I just find patronising. As a queer person, I know our lives are complex, and queerness is but one of the things that makes them so. More comedy, more interesting personalities, more twists and turns in gay cinema please, it is getting boring. Overall I'd give it a 7/10.
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama
Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
Votes: 25,365 | Gross: $36.47M
randomly, i watched this film at least 3 times when i was 7 years old. it had a... je ne sais quoi. it's about drag queens and, yeah it probably is actually as good as i remember it being tbh. was cool to see wesley snipes in drag. white men can't tuck? 7/10
18. The Watermelon Woman (1996)
Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 »
living for the 90s black soft stud styles in this one oh my goddd. a well-made film in its own right. 7/10
19. Fire (1996)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance
Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.
Votes: 5,324 | Gross: $0.40M
one of the first bollywood films to have a homosexual relationship in it and it's between women! and it's not toootally about their relationship either. there's feminism in there, family drama in there... bit slow, but the drama delivers. 7/10
20. Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson (2012)
54 min | Documentary
Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, starving actress, and Saint, as well as a downtown NYC fixture from ... See full summary »
important story. everybody these days talks about how marsha kickstarted the fight for lgbt rights but most people don't ACTUALLY know all that much about her. n marsha was a really interesting person. didn't realise how interesting til i watched this. 7/10
21. Leave It on the Floor (2011)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Set in the ballroom world originally memorialized by the documentary Paris Is Burning, Leave It on the Floor is an original musical set in the scene in Los Angeles 2011.
the songs in this one are quite catchy. i had to include it on the list because i've never seen a musical about ballroom culture before. and it had personality as a film. lil cheesy though. a lil cheesy. 6/10
22. God's Own Country (2017)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance
Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
Votes: 17,324 | Gross: $0.34M
'10s brokeback mountain. but i liked it 7/10
23. 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: 15,376 | Gross: $0.13M
defo a well-made film, interesting trans story. i personally like drama though. wasn't enough drama. that's why it's not higher up on this list 7/10
24. Almost Adults (2016)
TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
A film about growing apart when growing up. Two best friends relationship strains when one deals with her newfound sexuality and the other with breaking up with her long term boyfriend.
it was nice to see a lesbian being best friends with a straight woman and not have a romance between them being the plot. like, it wasn't about being gay. it was about friendship really. i'm here for that. and generally it was a pretty fun film. not amazing, kinda amateurish in bits, the girls were a little boring, but the story and the general energy of the film was still kinda fun. 6/10
25. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Votes: 297,836 | Gross: $83.04M
two butch cowboys, out on the ranch. doin' the thang thang. for some reason I really don't feel like this film did much for the gay community. but, maybe it did. it must have? 6/10
26. 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.
black gay drama set in guinea. slower-paced, beautiful visuals, but not much action. pleasant. a pleasant film. the kind of film you watch with a plate of olives and a glass of wine. 6/10
27. Stranger Inside (2001 TV Movie)
97 min | Crime, Drama
A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
another cheryl dunye film i need to watch
28. Thelma (II) (2017)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.
Votes: 20,328 | Gross: $0.15M
haven't seen this
29. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)
Not Rated | 143 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: 10,304 | Gross: $0.13M
haven't seen this either
30. 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: 29,374 | Gross: $3.03M
nope, not seen it
31. Bombay Talkies (2013)
Not Rated | 127 min | Drama
One hundred years of Hindi cinema is celebrated in four short stories showcasing the power of film.
nuh uh, not seen this film yet, no opinion for you
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Votes: 42,966 | Gross: $11.22M
i've seen like 5 minutes of this film and to tell you the truth it really just looked a bit corny but i will come back to it and really give it a chance
33. Looking for Langston (1989)
R | 45 min | Biography, Drama
A black and white, fantasy-like recreation of high-society gay men during the Harlem Renaissance, with archival footage and photographs intercut with a story. A wake is going on, with ... See full summary »
34. Stud Life (2012)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
JJ is a 'Stud' Lesbian. Together with her best friend Seb, a gay pretty boy, they work as wedding photographers. When JJ falls in love with a beautiful diva, JJ and Seb's friendship is ... See full summary »
35. Young Soul Rebels (1991)
R | 105 min | Drama, Music
Youth culture meets identity politics in this part-thriller, part-gay love story set in London in 1977, days before the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The hedonistic world of pirate ... See full summary »
36. Go Fish (1994)
R | 83 min | Comedy, 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: 1,848 | Gross: $2.41M
39. The Imitation Game (2014)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Votes: 614,735 | Gross: $91.13M
40. Milk (I) (2008)
R | 128 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Votes: 155,138 | Gross: $31.84M
41. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
Votes: 205,323 | Gross: $77.32M
42. Duck Butter (2018)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two women, who are dissatisfied with the dishonesty they see in dating and relationships, decide to make a pact to spend 24 hours together hoping to find a new way to create intimacy.
Votes: 1,852 | Gross: $0.01M
This film was too corny for me to get through the first 10 minutes. I could tell the writing and acting was in a very true-to-life style which I'm always here for, but:
1. the majority of lesbian stories out there are white, running out of patience for it.
2. this isn't exactly offering an amazing new perspective - I don't wanna see corny white girls getting self-indulgent with each other on a sleepover for a whole hour and a half thanks. don't care how steamy the steamy scenes are dude. 4/10
43. Below Her Mouth (2016)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance
An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.
didn't finish this one because it was basically a porno with a lot less sex. like, yes erika linder is dapper as hell, but that shouldn't be the centre of an entire film. this was just another self-indulgent famous LGBTQ+ personality flick, with a pretty overdone story, and bad acting.
literally erika's a builder who sees a rich straight woman watching her from across the road, and turns her, lol. could've been like, i dunno a 30 minute high end porn movie, if we're being real, and it probably would've been better off as one. Well. The acting was so bad, and the premise was so corny, that i didn't even find it that sexy either. So really what the hell WAS the point of this film? 2/10.
44. 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: 27,291 | Gross: $0.67M
gonna keep it real with you. this film, is absolute shite. end of. why it has a higher rating than the aggressives, i will never know.
it's actually been mentioned in pretty some respectable lgbt publications as a lesbian film you "have to" watch. I've seen an article on it with a quote from the film, but because the film is so bad, I couldn't tell if the quote was a joke from the film, or just a random bit of dialogue. of course, none of the actual jokes in the film are funny either. i'm just gonna say it - in all honesty, imagine me & you is tesco's discount dvd rack fodder. fight me.
and white people man. stop gassing things that are below mediocre just because they're gay and familiar would you? daaamn. 1/10