200 Best LGBT Movies of All Time

200-151 | 150-101 | 100-51 | 50-1

#150
#150
Adjusted Score: 77.018%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The three-decade-old annual Manhattan gathering of drag queens and their fans is portrayed in this colorful documentary. The film concentrates... [More]
Directed By: Barry Shils

#149

Burnt Money (2001)
77%

#149
Adjusted Score: 77.152%
Critics Consensus: Burnt Money tells a stylish and steamy story about criminals on the lam.
Synopsis: Love and betrayal complicate a robbery gone wrong in this offbeat crime thriller shot in Argentina. Angel (Eduardo Noriega) and... [More]
Directed By: Marcelo Piñeyro

#148
#148
Adjusted Score: 77.384%
Critics Consensus: Led by two fine lead performances, Brother to Brother is a moving and thought-provoking dramatization of the Harlem Renaissance.
Synopsis: This feature length narrative film follows the emotional and psychological journey of a young, black, gay artist as he discovers... [More]
Directed By: Rodney Evans

#147
#147
Adjusted Score: 79.017%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight... [More]

#146

Trick (1999)
78%

#146
Adjusted Score: 78.186%
Critics Consensus: By portraying its love story as nothing less than conventional, Trick avoids genre tropes to create a simple, effective romance.
Synopsis: In this comedy, Gabriel is a smart composer specializing in musical comedies. Mark is a real Adonis who works as... [More]
Directed By: Jim Fall

#145
Adjusted Score: 78.309%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is a nostalgic French coming-of-age drama from director Andre Techine set in a Provence deeply divided over the war... [More]
Directed By: André Téchiné

#144

Tropical Malady (2005)
78%

#144
Adjusted Score: 78.693%
Critics Consensus: Tropical Malady forsakes straight narrative lines and easy answers in favor of an utterly unique drama that leaves a lingering, dreamlike impact.
Synopsis: One of Thailand's leading experimental filmmakers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul directed this ambitious examination of fear and desire. Keng (Banlop Lomnoi) is... [More]

#143

Water Lilies (2008)
78%

#143
Adjusted Score: 78.878%
Critics Consensus: Water Lilies is a sharply-observed, provocative coming-of-age story that captures the anxieties of the early teen years.
Synopsis: Three 15-year-old girls living in the ultra-modern Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise find the dynamics of their relationships gradually beginning to... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#142

The Intervention (2016)
78%

#142
Adjusted Score: 79.112%
Critics Consensus: The Intervention's familiar plot is enlivened by complex character dynamics and a likable cast.
Synopsis: A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was... [More]
Directed By: Clea DuVall

#141

Closet Monster (2016)
79%

#141
Adjusted Score: 79.183%
Critics Consensus: Closet Monster is a unique, understated fable, buoyed by a strong performance from Connor Jessup.
Synopsis: A closeted Newfoundland teen named Oscar (Connor Jessup) dreams of becoming a special-effects makeup artist, and is terrified of his... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Dunn

#140

Born in Flames (1983)
79%

#140
Adjusted Score: 79.521%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society... [More]
Directed By: Lizzie Borden

#139

Holding The Man (2015)
80%

#139
Adjusted Score: 80.031%
Critics Consensus: Heart-wrenching performances center Holding the Man, an achingly beautiful portrayal of love and death that may be too real for some.
Synopsis: Tim and John fell in love and embarked on a forbidden high school romance that was to last a lifetime.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#138
Adjusted Score: 80.397%
Critics Consensus: Happy Together's strong sense of style complements its slice of life love story, even if the narrative slogs.
Synopsis: Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong... [More]
Directed By: Kar-Wai Wong

#137

Get Real (1999)
79%

#137
Adjusted Score: 80.424%
Critics Consensus: An authentic portrayal of homosexuality in high school, Get Real is an engaging dramedy that doesn't sermonize its audience nor trivialize its characters.
Synopsis: Simon Shore manages the transition from television and documentary to feature filmmaking with great assurance in his debut, the captivating,... [More]
Directed By: Simon Shore

#136

G.B.F. (2014)
80%

#136
Adjusted Score: 80.717%
Critics Consensus: G.B.F. explores high school relationship dynamics and teen stereotypes with a refreshingly humorous touch - and surprisingly subtle smarts.
Synopsis: In G.B.F., social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice, Mormon princess 'Shley... [More]
Directed By: Darren Stein

#135
#135
Adjusted Score: 81.07%
Critics Consensus: From Afar is narratively elliptical to a fault, but for patient viewers willing to allow the story to unfold at its own unhurried pace, the end result is its own absorbing reward.
Synopsis: Armando, a 50 year old man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he... [More]
Directed By: Lorenzo Vigas

#134
Adjusted Score: 81.082%
Critics Consensus: Strong direction and delicate performances save Noordzee, Texas from its narrative cliches.
Synopsis: Pim, an introverted child, occupies his time drawing and fantasizing while keeping his emerging desires a secret. As a teenager,... [More]
Directed By: Bavo Defurne

#133

Kiki (2017)
81%

#133
Adjusted Score: 81.19%
Critics Consensus: Kiki compassionately captures a scene on the social margins, offering -- and demanding -- respect and empathy for people to whom it's too often denied.
Synopsis: Sundance Selects will release the documentary KIKI, a dynamic coming of age story about resilience and the transformative art form... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sara Jordenö

#132

Transamerica (2006)
77%

#132
Adjusted Score: 81.241%
Critics Consensus: A terrific performance by Felicity Huffman carries this unconventional but touching transgender road movie.
Synopsis: The first film by Duncan Tucker, Transamerica stars Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual named Bree (whose given name was... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Tucker

#131

The Birdcage (1996)
79%

#131
Adjusted Score: 81.241%
Critics Consensus: Mike Nichols wrangles agreeably amusing performances from Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in this fun, if not quite essential, remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles.
Synopsis: Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. "Their"... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#130

Beau Travail (2000)
81%

#130
Adjusted Score: 81.291%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this military drama, a military man finds his position of prominence questioned when a new recruit wins the commander's... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#129
Adjusted Score: 81.615%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A macho but naive and inexperienced youth who believes passionately in Communism and the Cuban Revolution, finds his values undergoing... [More]

#128
Adjusted Score: 81.677%
Critics Consensus: Well cast and beautifully filmed, Sorry Angel explores a young man's sexual awakening with wit, empathy, and a satisfying depth.
Synopsis: Paris, 1993. Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a semi-renowned writer and single father in his thirties trying to maintain his sense... [More]
Directed By: Christophe Honoré

#127

Lovesong (2017)
82%

#127
Adjusted Score: 82.282%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy.... [More]
Directed By: So Yong Kim

#126

Go Fish (1995)
82%

#126
Adjusted Score: 82.331%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This hit arthouse ensemble piece traces the romantic and political ups and downs of a group of multicultural Chicago lesbians.... [More]
Directed By: Rose Troche

#125

Signature Move (2017)
100%

#125
Adjusted Score: 82.416%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her relationship with her recently widowed mother who escapes to TV... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Reeder

#124

Philadelphia (1993)
79%

#124
Adjusted Score: 82.939%
Critics Consensus: Philadelphia indulges in some unfortunate clichés in its quest to impart a meaningful message, but its stellar cast and sensitive direction are more than enough to compensate.
Synopsis: At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political,... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#123

Handsome Devil (2017)
82%

#123
Adjusted Score: 83.06%
Critics Consensus: Handsome Devil offers a charming, well-acted variation on the coming-of-age story with a few fresh topical twists.
Synopsis: Ned, the bullied outsider, and Conor, a new boy and star athlete, are forced to room together at their cloistered... [More]
Directed By: John Butler

#122

Alex Strangelove (2018)
83%

#122
Adjusted Score: 83.136%
Critics Consensus: Alex Strangelove offers a refreshingly insightful -- and fittingly adult -- take on teen sexuality enlivened by smart humor and a fearlessly progressive approach.
Synopsis: ALEX STRANGELOVE tells the story of Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire... [More]
Directed By: Craig Johnson

#121

Beautiful Boxer (2005)
83%

#121
Adjusted Score: 83.317%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful Boxer blends boxing and identity politics to create a striking, if overdrawn, portrait of self discovery.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight... [More]
Directed By: Ekachai Uekrongtham

#120
Adjusted Score: 84.118%
Critics Consensus: Rocky Horror Picture Show brings its quirky characters in tight, but it's the narrative thrust that really drives audiences insane and keeps 'em doing the time warp again.
Synopsis: This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sharman

#119

Lilting (2014)
83%

#119
Adjusted Score: 84.318%
Critics Consensus: Skillfully weaving multiple delicate tonal strands into a quietly affecting whole, Lilting serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer-director Hong Khaou.
Synopsis: Set in contemporary London, LILTING tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her... [More]
Directed By: Hong Khaou

#118

XXY (2007)
84%

#118
Adjusted Score: 84.691%
Critics Consensus: This sharp directorial debut by Lucia Puenzo treats the challenging subject of intersexuality with intelligence and sensitivity.
Synopsis: Lucia Puenzo's drama XXY probes the psychological aftereffects that adolescent transsexuality can yield. With a name easily applicable to either... [More]
Directed By: Lucía Puenzo

#117
#117
Adjusted Score: 85.064%
Critics Consensus: A tantalizing glimpse of a talented director and his stars all at the top of their respective games, Gus Van Sant's loose reworking of Henry IV is smart, sad and audacious.
Synopsis: Gus Van Sant's dreamtime riff on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II" features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#116

The Hours (2002)
80%

#116
Adjusted Score: 85.347%
Critics Consensus: The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.
Synopsis: Spanning across various time periods in the 20th Century, a drama which revolves around three very different women: two of... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#115

Laurence Anyways (2013)
84%

#115
Adjusted Score: 85.55%
Critics Consensus: Passionate and powerfully acted, Laurence Anyways sometimes strains to achieve its narrative ambitions (and fill its three-hour running time), but ultimately succeeds.
Synopsis: Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Dolan

#114

Girl (2018)
84%

#114
Adjusted Score: 85.699%
Critics Consensus: Girl uses one aspiring dancer's story as the framework for a poignant drama that approaches its difficult themes with fittingly alluring grace.
Synopsis: GIRL tells the story of 15-year-old Lara who wants to become a ballerina, with a classical training for female dancers.... [More]
Directed By: Lukas Dhont

#113
Adjusted Score: 84.891%
Critics Consensus: Knife + Heart wrings giallo-inspired thrills out of a boldly challenging story that defiantly succeeds on its own stylish merits.
Synopsis: Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries... [More]
Directed By: Yann Gonzalez

#112

All Over Me (1997)
85%

#112
Adjusted Score: 85.961%
Critics Consensus: All Over Me takes a serious, sensitive approach to teen lives and romantic relationships that are all too often ignored or misunderstood.
Synopsis: A teenage lesbian comes-of-age in this drama. Claude (Alison Folland) is a raw-boned girl graduating from high school. She spends... [More]
Directed By: Alex Sichel

#111

Monster (2004)
81%

#111
Adjusted Score: 86.05%
Critics Consensus: Charlize Theron gives a searing, deglamorized performance as real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, an intense, disquieting portrait of a profoundly damaged soul.
Synopsis: Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

#110

Old Joy (2006)
84%

#110
Adjusted Score: 86.342%
Critics Consensus: A serene, melancholy beauty permeates this meditative portrait of deep friendship and faded glory.
Synopsis: "Old Joy" is the story of two old friends, Kurt and Mark, who reunite for a weekend camping trip in... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#109
#109
Adjusted Score: 86.372%
Critics Consensus: Kiss of the Spider Woman weaves an alluring exploration of sexual and societal norms that's further elevated by strong work from William Hurt and Raul Julia.
Synopsis: Two cellmates in a South American prison--one, a gay man serving time for molesting a young boy and the other... [More]
Directed By: Hector Babenco

#108

Yossi & Jagger (2003)
86%

#108
Adjusted Score: 86.395%
Critics Consensus: A tersely told yet deeply felt romance.
Synopsis: Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is the stoic company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit on the Lebanese border. Jagger (Yehuda... [More]
Directed By: Eytan Fox

#107

The Color Purple (1985)
85%

#107
Adjusted Score: 86.464%
Critics Consensus: A sentimental tale that reveals great emotional truths in American history.
Synopsis: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#106

Chuck & Buck (2000)
84%

#106
Adjusted Score: 86.665%
Critics Consensus: Poignant, unsettling.
Synopsis: Chuck and Buck were once "best friends," a relationship that means so much to children but fades once the innocence... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#105

Other People (2016)
86%

#105
Adjusted Score: 87.45%
Critics Consensus: Other People resists easy melodrama, rewarding viewers with a smart, subtle look at family dynamics with a talented cast and a finely calibrated blend of funny and serious moments.
Synopsis: A struggling comedy writer in New York City (Jesse Plemons) returns home to Sacramento to care for his dying mother... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kelly

#104
#104
Adjusted Score: 87.465%
Critics Consensus: With little dialogue, Tsai Ming-liang takes the viewer through a powerful journey of loneliness and longing.
Synopsis: Homeless on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Hsiao Kang is robbed, beaten and left for dead; he is found and... [More]
Directed By: Ming-liang Tsai

#103

Circumstance (2011)
86%

#103
Adjusted Score: 87.618%
Critics Consensus: A thought-provoking, insightful look into Iranian youth culture.
Synopsis: Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up privileged, in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. While... [More]
Directed By: Maryam Keshavarz

#102
Adjusted Score: 87.708%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Patricia Rozema's seminal debut feature - a charming, whimsical story about a waifish daydreamer with artistic aspirations - won the... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Rozema

#101

Mysterious Skin (2005)
85%

#101
Adjusted Score: 88.063%
Critics Consensus: Bold performances and sensitive, spot-on direction make watching this difficult tale of trauma and abuse a thought-provoking, resonant experience.
Synopsis: "The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours, lost, gone without a trace..."... [More]
Directed By: Gregg Araki

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