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200 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time

200-151 | 150-101 | 100-51 | 50-1

#150

Happy Together (1997)
82%

#150
Adjusted Score: 82892%
Critics Consensus: Happy Together's strong sense of style complements its slice of life love story, even if the narrative slogs.
Synopsis: Lai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his boyfriend, Ho (Leslie Cheung), arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong, seeking a better... [More]
Directed By: Kar Wai Wong

#149
#149
Adjusted Score: 83048%
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: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#148

Transamerica (2005)
77%

#148
Adjusted Score: 82987%
Critics Consensus: A terrific performance by Felicity Huffman carries this unconventional but touching transgender road movie.
Synopsis: Right in the midst of important changes in her life, Bree Osborne (Felicity Huffman) learns that she fathered a son,... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Tucker

#147

Kiki (2016)
83%

#147
Adjusted Score: 83330%
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: In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather on the Christopher Street Pier to practice the performance-based art form Ballroom, which... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sara Jordenö

#146
#146
Adjusted Score: 83632%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a unique perspective and a magnetic lead performance, Margarita with a Straw puts some welcome spins on the coming-of-age genre.
Synopsis: A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves India to study in New York. On her journey of self-discovery, she... [More]

#145

Closet Monster (2015)
82%

#145
Adjusted Score: 83731%
Critics Consensus: Closet Monster is a unique, understated fable, buoyed by a strong performance from Connor Jessup.
Synopsis: Haunted by traumatic memories, an artistic teenager is driven to escape from his hometown.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Dunn

#144

The Birdcage (1996)
82%

#144
Adjusted Score: 84937%
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: In this remake of the classic French farce "La Cage aux Folles," engaged couple Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#143

Knife + Heart (2018)
80%

#143
Adjusted Score: 84352%
Critics Consensus: Knife + Heart wrings giallo-inspired thrills out of a boldly challenging story that defiantly succeeds on its own stylish merits.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1979, Paris-based filmmaker Anne is a producer of third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover... [More]
Directed By: Yann Gonzalez

#142

Lovesong (2016)
83%

#142
Adjusted Score: 84410%
Critics Consensus: Wise, well-acted, and emotionally resonant, Lovesong explores emotionally resonant themes through the ups and downs of the bond between two women.
Synopsis: Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Riley Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best... [More]
Directed By: So-yong Kim

#141

Call Her Ganda (2018)
100%

#141
Adjusted Score: 84484%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a transgender Filipina woman is found dead in a motel room and the leading suspect is a U.S. Marine,... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: PJ Raval

#140

Laurence Anyways (2012)
84%

#140
Adjusted Score: 86017%
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: In the '90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend, Fred, that he wants to become a woman; they confront the prejudices of... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Dolan

#139

Uncle Frank (2020)
77%

#139
Adjusted Score: 85295%
Critics Consensus: Uncle Frank finds writer-director Alan Ball still untangling the modern American family dynamic, aided by standout work from Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis.
Synopsis: In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her... [More]
Directed By: Alan Ball

#138

The Hours (2002)
79%

#138
Adjusted Score: 85705%
Critics Consensus: The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.
Synopsis: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#137

Handsome Devil (2016)
84%

#137
Adjusted Score: 86937%
Critics Consensus: Handsome Devil offers a charming, well-acted variation on the coming-of-age story with a few fresh topical twists.
Synopsis: Two opposites, a loner and the top athlete at a rugby-obsessed boarding school become friends, and the authorities test their... [More]
Directed By: John Butler

#136

Ammonite (2020)
69%

#136
Adjusted Score: 87042%
Critics Consensus: The chemistry between Saoirse Ronan and a never-better Kate Winslet helps Ammonite transcend its period romance trappings.
Synopsis: In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lee

#135
#135
Adjusted Score: 87062%
Critics Consensus: I Killed My Mother's raw, blunt coming-of-age narrative marks an impressive debut for filmmaker Xavier Dolan.
Synopsis: A young homosexual has problems with his mother.... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Dolan

#134

Chuck & Buck (2000)
84%

#134
Adjusted Score: 86816%
Critics Consensus: As poignant as it is unsettling, Chuck & Buck uses the complex dynamic between two men as fuel for untangling a rich assortment of thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: "Chuck & Buck" is the story of a childlike young man who becomes fixated on his onetime best friend, now... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#133

Yossi & Jagger (2002)
86%

#133
Adjusted Score: 86847%
Critics Consensus: A tersely told yet deeply felt romance.
Synopsis: Jagger (Yehuda Levi) is the outgoing unit leader of an Israeli Defense Force squad stationed on the Lebanese border; Yossi... [More]
Directed By: Eytan Fox

#132

Undertow (2009)
88%

#132
Adjusted Score: 87450%
Critics Consensus: A drama as beautifully filmed as it is finely detailed, Undertow is a wonderfully unique love story with a touch of magic.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Javier Fuentes-León

#131

Monster (2003)
81%

#131
Adjusted Score: 87977%
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: Shortly after moving to Florida, longtime prostitute Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) meets young and reserved Selby Wall (Christina Ricci) and... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

#130

Born in Flames (1983)
87%

#130
Adjusted Score: 89072%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel.... [More]
Directed By: Lizzie Borden

#129

The Pass (2016)
89%

#129
Adjusted Score: 88170%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The night before their first Champions League match, a shared experience goes on to change the course of Jason and... [More]
Directed By: Ben A. Williams

#128

All Over Me (1996)
87%

#128
Adjusted Score: 88179%
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: Claude (Alison Folland) is a young musician living in New York City's tough Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. She finds herself falling... [More]
Directed By: Alex Sichel

#127
#127
Adjusted Score: 89224%
Critics Consensus: Touching and profound, Looking: The Movie puts a bittersweet conclusion to the too-soon-gone HBO series with humor and hopeful tenderness, even if its structure is slightly wobbly.
Synopsis: After living in Denver for nearly a year, Patrick Murray (Jonathan Groff) returns to San Francisco to celebrate the wedding... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#126

Circumstance (2011)
86%

#126
Adjusted Score: 88579%
Critics Consensus: A thought-provoking, insightful look into Iranian youth culture.
Synopsis: An Iranian teenager (Nikohl Boosheri) enters a lesbian relationship, while her brother (Reza Sixo Safai) becomes dangerously obsessed with Islamic... [More]
Directed By: Maryam Keshavarz

#125

Old Joy (2006)
85%

#125
Adjusted Score: 88609%
Critics Consensus: A serene, melancholy beauty permeates this meditative portrait of deep friendship and faded glory.
Synopsis: Soon to be a father, Mark (Daniel London) feels the pressure of domestic responsibility closing in, so he is more... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#124

Maurice (1987)
82%

#124
Adjusted Score: 82873%
Critics Consensus: Maurice sensitively explores the ramifications of forbidden desire with a powerful love story brought to life by the outstanding efforts of a talented cast.
Synopsis: In 1909, Maurice Hall (James Wilby) enters Cambridge, where he befriends wealthy Clive Durham (Hugh Grant). Clive confesses he is... [More]
Directed By: James Ivory

#123

Fire (1996)
89%

#123
Adjusted Score: 89898%
Critics Consensus: Fire takes a slow-burning approach to its exploration of illicit love, trading overwhelming heat for a seductive warmth that lingers.
Synopsis: Sita (Nandita Das) and Radha (Shabana Azmi) are two Indian women stuck in loveless marriages. While Sita is trapped in... [More]
Directed By: Deepa Mehta

#122

Other People (2016)
85%

#122
Adjusted Score: 88981%
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, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kelly

#121
#121
Adjusted Score: 90039%
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: In a prison cell somewhere in Latin America, two very different men warily confront each other. Molina (William Hurt) is... [More]
Directed By: Hector Babenco

#120

Saving Face (2004)
87%

#120
Adjusted Score: 90289%
Critics Consensus: A charming tale of a love affair that overcomes cultural taboos.
Synopsis: Wil (Michelle Krusiec) is a lesbian, but she not dare tell her widowed mother, Hwei-lan (Joan Chen), or her very... [More]
Directed By: Alice Wu

#119

Boy Meets Girl (2014)
89%

#119
Adjusted Score: 89292%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ricky, a 21-year-old transgender young woman living in Virginia, dreams of becoming a designer in New York.... [More]
Directed By: Eric Schaeffer

#118
Adjusted Score: 88939%
Critics Consensus: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood offers plenty of prurient thrills for film fans, but beyond the gossip lies a poignantly illuminating look at decades of sexual mores.
Synopsis: The deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a former Marine who lands in Hollywood after World War II and becomes... [More]
Directed By: Matt Tyrnauer

#117

At First Sight (1983)
100%

#117
Adjusted Score: 89179%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lena (Isabelle Huppert) is a Jewish refugee from Belgium living in occupied France in 1942. The only way she can... [More]
Directed By: Diane Kurys

#116

Mysterious Skin (2004)
86%

#116
Adjusted Score: 90000%
Critics Consensus: Bold performances and sensitive, spot-on direction make watching this difficult tale of trauma and abuse a thought-provoking, resonant experience.
Synopsis: One youth (Brady Corbet) becomes obsessed with UFOs, while another (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes a gay hustler in the years following... [More]
Directed By: Gregg Araki

#115

The Wild Boys (2017)
91%

#115
Adjusted Score: 90429%
Critics Consensus: Debuting writer-director Bertrand Mandico's The Wild Boys impresses with the breadth of its ambitions -- and the skill with which they're often triumphantly realized.
Synopsis: In the beginning of the 20th century, five children on the island of La Réunion commit a savage crime. As... [More]
Directed By: Bertrand Mandico

#114
#114
Adjusted Score: 90730%
Critics Consensus: Longtime Companion is a sensitive ensemble AIDS drama, lensed with sympathy which builds to a moving finale.
Synopsis: During the 1980s, a group of gay men and their straight female friend confront the spread of AIDS. Personal trainer... [More]
Directed By: Norman René

#113
#113
Adjusted Score: 91040%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent, empathetic, and well-acted, First Girl I Loved explores teen romance from a refreshing - and emotionally resonant - perspective.
Synopsis: Anne falls in love with the most popular girl in her high school. When she confesses how she feels to... [More]
Directed By: Kerem Sanga

#112

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
90%

#112
Adjusted Score: 93075%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet stirring, Boys Don't Cry powerfully commemorates the life -- and brutally unjust death -- of transgender teen Brandon Teena.
Synopsis: Young female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) leaves his hometown under threat when his ex-girlfriend's brother discovers that he's biologically... [More]
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce

#111
#111
Adjusted Score: 92094%
Critics Consensus: Keep the Lights On is a mysterious, sexy journey deep into the love affair of two men that always manages to stay true to life.
Synopsis: Substance abuse and emotional and physical distance threaten the relationship between a gay filmmaker (Thure Lindhardt) and his longtime lover... [More]
Directed By: Ira Sachs

#110

Beginners (2010)
85%

#110
Adjusted Score: 91340%
Critics Consensus: Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.
Synopsis: After his mother dies, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is stunned when his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), recently diagnosed with terminal cancer,... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mills

#109

Bound (1996)
90%

#109
Adjusted Score: 92656%
Critics Consensus: Bound's more titillating elements attracted attention, but it's the stylish direction, solid performances, and entertaining neo-noir caper plot that make it worth a watch.
Synopsis: Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of... [More]

#108

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
85%

#108
Adjusted Score: 92584%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmirizing performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.
Synopsis: A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#107

Beach Rats (2017)
85%

#107
Adjusted Score: 91515%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil.
Synopsis: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn is having a miserable summer. With his father on his deathbed... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#106

Show Me Love (1998)
91%

#106
Adjusted Score: 91610%
Critics Consensus: A naturalistic depiction of teenage life, Show Me Love has a charming, authentic feel.
Synopsis: Teens Elin (Alexandra Dahlström) and Agnes (Rebecca Liljeberg) are schoolmates. Elin is upbeat and popular, while Agnes is morose and... [More]
Directed By: Lukas Moodysson

#105

Beautiful Thing (1996)
91%

#105
Adjusted Score: 91617%
Critics Consensus: An engaging slice of life drama that happens to double as a gay coming-of-age story, Beautiful Thing captures its place and time with deceptive depth and skill.
Synopsis: Shy Jamie (Glen Berry) and athletic Ste (Scott Neal) are teen boys who live near each other in the London... [More]
Directed By: Hettie MacDonald

#104
#104
Adjusted Score: 93058%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Hitesh Kewalya

#103

Women Who Kill (2016)
93%

#103
Adjusted Score: 93125%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Morgan, the co-host of a true crime podcast, thinks her ex-girlfriend's new love interest is a murderer.... [More]
Directed By: Ingrid Jungermann

#102

Anaïs in Love (2021)
90%

#102
Adjusted Score: 92072%
Critics Consensus: The main character may be hard to like, but Anaïs in Love offers a well-acted and breezily humorous take on its admittedly well-worn themes.
Synopsis: ANAIS IN LOVE is a buoyant French comedy from filmmaker Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet. Boasting a playfully magnetic performance by star Anaïs... [More]

#101

Desert Hearts (1985)
89%

#101
Adjusted Score: 89312%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New York professor (Helen Shaver) divorces her husband and has an affair with another woman (Patricia Charbonneau) in 1959... [More]
Directed By: Donna Deitch

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