200 Best LGBT Movies of All Time

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#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 96.974%
Critics Consensus: Sexy, smart, and darkly humorous, Stranger by the Lake offers rewarding viewing for adult filmgoers in search of thought-provoking drama.
Synopsis: Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of... [More]
Directed By: Alain Guiraudie

#49

1985 (2018)
95%

#49
Adjusted Score: 96.036%
Critics Consensus: 1985 pays tribute to a generation of lost lives with a powerfully made look at how HIV and the social attitudes surrounding homosexuality affect one man's choices.
Synopsis: Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, "Gotham") returns to his Texas hometown for... [More]
Directed By: Yen Tan

#48

In the Family (2012)
96%

#48
Adjusted Score: 96.042%
Critics Consensus: In the Family uses one couple's tragedy to examine the legal meaning of parenthood - and make a persuasive argument for a more inclusive approach to family law.
Synopsis: In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Wang

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 96.146%
Critics Consensus: Hedwig and the Angry Inch may very well be the next Rocky Horror midnight movie. It not only knows how to rock, but Hedwig's story has an emotional poignancy.
Synopsis: Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#46

Pride (2014)
91%

#46
Adjusted Score: 96.153%
Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.
Synopsis: PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Warchus

#45
Adjusted Score: 96.282%
Critics Consensus: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson uses its belated investigation into an activist's murder as the framework for a sobering look at the ongoing battle for equal rights.
Synopsis: Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? When the beloved, self-described "street queen" of NY's gay ghetto was found floating in the... [More]
Directed By: David France

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 96.688%
Critics Consensus: The Celluloid Closet takes a thought-provoking look at the decades of omission and misrepresentation endured by the gay community in mainstream cinema.
Synopsis: Documentary directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, already well-established for bringing gay issues to a mainstream film audience, examined the... [More]

#43

Weekend (2011)
95%

#43
Adjusted Score: 96.791%
Critics Consensus: It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting.
Synopsis: Weekend follows Russell (newcomer Tom Cullen, Best Actor winner at Nashville), who, after randomly picking up artist Glen (Chris New)... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 97.103%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, sensual, and smart, The Duke of Burgundy proves that erotic cinema can have genuine substance.
Synopsis: Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends... [More]
Directed By: Peter Strickland

#41

Grandma (2015)
91%

#41
Adjusted Score: 97.129%
Critics Consensus: Boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin and some powerfully empathetic work from writer-director Paul Weitz, Grandma is a dramedy that shouldn't have to ask you to visit.
Synopsis: Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly... [More]
Directed By: Paul Weitz

#40
Adjusted Score: 97.383%
Critics Consensus: While its premise is ripe for comedy -- and it certainly delivers its fair share of laughs -- Priscilla is also a surprisingly tender and thoughtful road movie with some outstanding performances.
Synopsis: The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters... [More]
Directed By: Stephan Elliott

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 98.404%
Critics Consensus: Warm, funny, and quietly profound, Appropriate Behavior serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer, director, and star Desiree Akhavan.
Synopsis: For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't... [More]
Directed By: Desiree Akhavan

#38
Adjusted Score: 97.609%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's funny and ultimately poignant comedy of manners reveals the filmmaker's skill across genres.
Synopsis: A gay New Yorker stages a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family, but... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#37

Pariah (2011)
95%

#37
Adjusted Score: 97.79%
Critics Consensus: Pulsing with authenticity and led by a stirring lead performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah is a powerful coming out/coming-of-age film that signals the arrival of a fresh new talent in writer/director Dee Rees.
Synopsis: Adepero Oduye portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 98.089%
Critics Consensus: Gods and Monsters is a spellbinding, confusing piece of semi-fiction, featuring fine performances; McKellen leads the way, but Redgrave and Fraser don't lag far behind.
Synopsis: Hollywood history comes to life in this tale of the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale, played by Sir... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#35

Victor Victoria (1982)
96%

#35
Adjusted Score: 98.106%
Critics Consensus: Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.
Synopsis: On the verge of starvation in 1930s Paris, erstwhile entertainer Julie Andrews is rescued by gay cabaret performer Robert Preston.... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#34

Tomboy (2011)
97%

#34
Adjusted Score: 98.205%
Critics Consensus: In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.
Synopsis: A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays.... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 97.415%
Critics Consensus: Battle of the Sexes turns real-life events into a crowd-pleasing, well-acted dramedy that ably entertains while smartly serving up a volley of present-day parallels.
Synopsis: In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennismatch between women's World... [More]

#32

The Crying Game (1992)
94%

#32
Adjusted Score: 98.831%
Critics Consensus: The Crying Game is famous for its shocking twist, but this thoughtful, haunting mystery grips the viewer from start to finish.
Synopsis: In this successful psychological thriller, a reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army discovers that some people just aren't who... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 99.24%
Critics Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.
Synopsis: Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#30

Cabaret (1972)
95%

#30
Adjusted Score: 99.355%
Critics Consensus: Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.
Synopsis: Adapted from the Broadway show, this hard-hitting musical drama is set in decadent 1930s Berlin during Hitler's rise to power.... [More]
Directed By: Bob Fosse

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 99.369%
Critics Consensus: My Beautiful Laundrette is fast and all over the place because it has so much to say, and show, including a highly watchable fresh-faced Daniel Day-Lewis.
Synopsis: After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 99.414%
Critics Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.
Synopsis: Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#27
Adjusted Score: 99.558%
Critics Consensus: Led by a standout performance from Ana Brun, The Heiresses takes a thoroughly compelling look at lives little explored by mainstream cinema.
Synopsis: Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently... [More]
Directed By: Marcelo Martinessi

#26

Love, Simon (2018)
92%

#26
Adjusted Score: 101.037%
Critics Consensus: Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.
Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to... [More]
Directed By: Greg Berlanti

#25

C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
100%

#25
Adjusted Score: 100.053%
Critics Consensus: Balancing heart and humor against outstanding work from a talented cast, C.R.A.Z.Y. proves the coming-of-age formula can still produce powerful results.
Synopsis: Zachary Beaulieu was born on Christmas Day 1960. He was different from his four brothers but desperate to fit in.... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée

#24

Law of Desire (1987)
100%

#24
Adjusted Score: 100.266%
Critics Consensus: Law of Desire is kinky fun that's as explosively bright and provocative as ever.
Synopsis: Popular film director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela) has found a new love in the form of handsome blue-collar Juan (Miguel... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#23

Love Is Strange (2014)
94%

#23
Adjusted Score: 100.392%
Critics Consensus: Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity.
Synopsis: After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding... [More]
Directed By: Ira Sachs

#22

Desert Hearts (1986)
100%

#22
Adjusted Score: 100.532%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on Jane Rule's novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch's narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian... [More]
Directed By: Donna Deitch

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 100.665%
Critics Consensus: With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.
Synopsis: During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch)... [More]
Directed By: Morten Tyldum

#20
Adjusted Score: 101.146%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Inspired by Christa Winsloe's play Gestern und Heute, Maedchen in Uniform is one of the most memorable and moving of... [More]

#19

La Cage aux Folles (1979)
100%

#19
Adjusted Score: 101.068%
Critics Consensus: La Cage aux Folles is a fine French-Italian farce with flamboyant, charming characters and deep laughs.
Synopsis: Una farsa sobre una pareja gay (Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault) que hace frente a una crisis familiar poco común. Michel... [More]
Directed By: Edouard Molinaro

#18

Tangerine (2015)
96%

#18
Adjusted Score: 101.259%
Critics Consensus: Tangerine shatters casting conventions and its filmmaking techniques are up-to-the-minute, but it's an old-fashioned comedy at heart -- and a pretty wonderful one at that.
Synopsis: A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart. (C) Magnolia... [More]
Directed By: Sean Baker (II)

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 101.357%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, God's Own Country marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.
Synopsis: Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family's remote farm in the north of England.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lee

#16

Paris Is Burning (1991)
100%

#16
Adjusted Score: 100.509%
Critics Consensus: Paris Is Burning dives into '80s transgender subculture, with the understated camera allowing this world to flourish and the people to speak (and dance) for themselves.
Synopsis: Jennie Livingston's documentary offers a behind-the-scene glimpse at the golden age of New York "Drag Balls" where rival fashion houses... [More]
Directed By: Jennie Livingston

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 101.343%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This violent dramatic bloodbath concerns a love triangle in a gay bar in Tokyo. Eddie (Peter) and the transvestite Leda... [More]
Directed By: Toshio Matsumoto

#14
Adjusted Score: 101.434%
Critics Consensus: Almodovar weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity with an affectionate wink to classics of theater and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion.
Synopsis: Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 101.57%
Critics Consensus: Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée

#12
Adjusted Score: 101.847%
Critics Consensus: Subtle and tender, A Fantastic Woman handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care.
Synopsis: Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender nightclub singer, comes under suspicion when her much older lover Orlando (Francisco Reyes) dies suddenly.... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#11

Milk (2008)
93%

#11
Adjusted Score: 102.025%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Sean Penn's powerhouse performance, Milk is a triumphant account of America's first openly gay man elected to public office.
Synopsis: In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#10
Adjusted Score: 102.536%
Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.
Synopsis: From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired... [More]
Directed By: Chan-wook Park

#9

Victim (1961)
100%

#9
Adjusted Score: 102.493%
Critics Consensus: Further elevated by a strong central performance from Dirk Bogarde, Victim offers an eloquent and emotionally affecting argument against prejudice.
Synopsis: In its time, this movie was considered as daring a film as had ever been made in England. Dirk Bogarde... [More]
Directed By: Basil Dearden

#8
Adjusted Score: 102.631%
Critics Consensus: Moving without resorting to melodrama, BPM offers an engrossing look at a pivotal period in history that lingers long after the closing credits roll.
Synopsis: In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on... [More]
Directed By: Robin Campillo

#7

McQueen (2018)
99%

#7
Adjusted Score: 103.35%
Critics Consensus: McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that were tragically cut short.
Synopsis: A personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ian Bonhôte

#6

Booksmart (2019)
97%

#6
Adjusted Score: 110.39%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Synopsis: The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high... [More]
Directed By: Olivia Wilde

#5

Carol (2015)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 105.186%
Critics Consensus: Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of the novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

#4

The Favourite (2018)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 109.659%
Critics Consensus: The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars.
Synopsis: Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail... [More]
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 109.576%
Critics Consensus: Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
Synopsis: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love,... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 110.445%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Synopsis: In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#1

Moonlight (2016)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 112.001%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Synopsis: The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life... [More]
Directed By: Barry Jenkins (III)

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