150 Best LGBT Movies of All Time

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#30

Victor Victoria (1982)
96%

#30
Adjusted Score: 98.08%
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

#29

Tomboy (2011)
97%

#29
Adjusted Score: 98.206%
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

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 98.302%
Critics Consensus: Affectionate without sacrificing honesty, Behind the Candelabra couples award-worthy performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with some typically sharp direction from Steven Soderbergh.
Synopsis: Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 98.09%
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

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 99.4%
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

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 99.22%
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

#24

Cabaret (1972)
95%

#24
Adjusted Score: 99.325%
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

#23

Love Is Strange (2014)
94%

#23
Adjusted Score: 100.395%
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
#22
Adjusted Score: 99.367%
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

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 100.608%
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

Paris Is Burning (1991)
100%

#20
Adjusted Score: 100.245%
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

#19

Law of Desire (1987)
100%

#19
Adjusted Score: 100.262%
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

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 94.425%
Critics Consensus: Longtime Companion is a sensitive ensemble AIDS drama, lensed with sympathy which builds to a moving finale.
Synopsis: One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay... [More]
Directed By: Norman René

#17
Adjusted Score: 100.952%
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]

#16

Love, Simon (2018)
91%

#16
Adjusted Score: 100.004%
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

#15

La Cage aux Folles (1979)
100%

#15
Adjusted Score: 101.083%
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

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 95.497%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: (1970) "You show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a gay corpse." In what Pauline Kael likened to... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#13
Adjusted Score: 101.433%
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

#12
Adjusted Score: 102.488%
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

#11

Tangerine (2015)
96%

#11
Adjusted Score: 101.191%
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)

#10

The Crying Game (1992)
94%

#10
Adjusted Score: 98.885%
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

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 102.483%
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

#8

Victim (1961)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 102.51%
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

#7
Adjusted Score: 102.6%
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

#6

Milk (2008)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 101.77%
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

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 101.279%
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

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.861%
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

#3

Carol (2015)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 105.134%
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

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 109.605%
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

#1

Moonlight (2016)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 111.907%
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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