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200 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time

Culled from a longlist of hundreds, movies considered for the list prominently feature gay, lesbian, trans, or queer characters; concern itself centrally with LGBTQ+ themes; present its LGBTQ+ characters in a fair and realistic light; and/or be seen as a touchpoint in the evolution of queer cinema. Every movie here is Fresh, from at least 20 reviews. They’re ranked by Tomatometer, with Certified Fresh films first. And we recognize that some of the films in the list will re-ignite healthy debates that have been fixtures of discussion around LGBTQ+ films — straight actors playing gay characters, cis actors playing trans characters, and the historical dominance of white male perspectives. We’d encourage those debates to continue, respectfully, in the comments section below. (And speaking of comments: yes, we know that But I’m a Cheerleader is missing — we love it too! — but it’s Rotten.)

Best LGBTQ+ Movies
1-100 | 101-200

#101
#101
Adjusted Score: 87802%
Critics Consensus: A vibrant portrait of culture clashes and generation gaps, The Persian Version gains added resonance through its spirited specificity.
Synopsis: Leila is an Iranian American woman who strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures. When her large family... [More]
Directed By: Maryam Keshavarz

#102
#102
Adjusted Score: 96780%
Critics Consensus: With a distinctive visual aesthetic that enhances its emotionally resonant narrative, I Saw the TV Glow further establishes writer-director Jane Schoenbrun as a rising talent.
Synopsis: Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a... [More]
Directed By: Jane Schoenbrun

#103
#103
Adjusted Score: 101505%
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: The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all... [More]

#104

Benedetta (2021)
84%

#104
Adjusted Score: 93807%
Critics Consensus: Precariously walking a tightrope of varying genres and tones, Benedetta provokes salient questions about sexual freedom and its relationship to faith.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, a 17th-century nun becomes entangled in a forbidden lesbian affair with a novice. But it... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#105

Beach Rats (2017)
84%

#105
Adjusted Score: 89383%
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

Chuck & Buck (2000)
84%

#106
Adjusted Score: 87139%
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

#107

Laurence Anyways (2012)
84%

#107
Adjusted Score: 86247%
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

#108

Handsome Devil (2016)
84%

#108
Adjusted Score: 85510%
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

#109

Happy Together (1997)
84%

#109
Adjusted Score: 86429%
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

#110

The Birdcage (1996)
84%

#110
Adjusted Score: 87986%
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

#111

Rustin (2023)
83%

#111
Adjusted Score: 92144%
Critics Consensus: Colman Domingo is sensational in Rustin, a stirring biopic that shines an overdue light on a remarkable legacy of public service.
Synopsis: The architect of 1963's momentous March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was one of the greatest activists and organizers the world... [More]
Directed By: George C. Wolfe

#112

Happiest Season (2020)
82%

#112
Adjusted Score: 94056%
Critics Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.
Synopsis: This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]
Directed By: Clea Duvall

#113

Water Lilies (2007)
82%

#113
Adjusted Score: 83179%
Critics Consensus: Water Lilies is a sharply-observed, provocative coming-of-age story that captures the anxieties of the early teen years.
Synopsis: Set during a sultry summer in a French suburb, Marie is desperate to join the local pool's synchronized swimming team,... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#114

Monster (2003)
82%

#114
Adjusted Score: 88573%
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

#115

Philadelphia (1993)
81%

#115
Adjusted Score: 86936%
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: Fearing it would compromise his career, lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) hides his homosexuality and HIV status at a powerful... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#116

Framing Agnes (2022)
81%

#116
Adjusted Score: 82443%
Critics Consensus: Framing Agnes may be frustratingly uneven as a work of cinematic storytelling, but that's often outweighed by its thoughtful expansion of established historical narrative.
Synopsis: The pseudonymous Agnes was a pioneering transgender woman who participated in an infamous gender health study conducted at UCLA in... [More]
Directed By: Chase Joynt

#117

Knife + Heart (2018)
81%

#117
Adjusted Score: 84868%
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

#118

The Old Guard (2020)
80%

#118
Adjusted Score: 96469%
Critics Consensus: The Old Guard is occasionally restricted by genre conventions, but director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings a sophisticated vision to the superhero genre - and some knockout action sequences led by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: A group of mercenaries, all centuries-old immortals with the ablity to heal themselves, discover someone is onto their secret, and... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#119
#119
Adjusted Score: 85063%
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

#120

GBF (2013)
80%

#120
Adjusted Score: 81263%
Critics Consensus: G.B.F. explores high school relationship dynamics and teen stereotypes with a refreshingly humorous touch - and surprisingly subtle smarts.
Synopsis: A closeted gay teen (Paul Iacono) wants to join the popular gals' clique, but his scheme backfires when his best... [More]
Directed By: Darren Stein

#121

The Hours (2002)
80%

#121
Adjusted Score: 86629%
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

#122
Adjusted Score: 85260%
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: In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm,... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sharman

#123

Get Real (1998)
79%

#123
Adjusted Score: 81290%
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: Steven (Ben Silverstone) spends his school days longing for all-star athlete John (Brad Gorton). But John has a gorgeous girlfriend,... [More]
Directed By: Simon Shore

#124

Outrage (2009)
79%

#124
Adjusted Score: 80583%
Critics Consensus: Outrage walks a difficult moral and ethical line -- and not always successfully -- but despite its flaws, it's a fascinating, provocative look at homosexuality in American politics.
Synopsis: Oscar-nominated documentarian Kirby Dick directs this shocking and passionate indictment of the clandestine hypocrisy of many closeted homosexuals in Washington,... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Kirby Dick

#125

The Intervention (2016)
78%

#125
Adjusted Score: 79612%
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

#126

Concussion (2013)
78%

#126
Adjusted Score: 79917%
Critics Consensus: Smart, nuanced, and sexy, Concussion transcends its more awkward moments thanks to Robin Weigert's remarkable starring performance.
Synopsis: A fateful blow to the head makes a middle-aged lesbian housewife (Robin Weigert) seek satisfaction as a high-end escort.... [More]
Directed By: Stacie Passon

#127

Transamerica (2005)
77%

#127
Adjusted Score: 82155%
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

#128

Uncle Frank (2020)
77%

#128
Adjusted Score: 83478%
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

#129

High Art (1998)
76%

#129
Adjusted Score: 78500%
Critics Consensus: A surprisingly sultry performance from Ally Sheedy elevates High Art from pretentious melodrama to compelling -- if still a little pretentious -- romance.
Synopsis: Syd (Radha Mitchell), a low-level editor at a photography magazine eager to establish herself, discovers her neighbor is the once-celebrated... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#130
#130
Adjusted Score: 80822%
Critics Consensus: A tantalizing glimpse of the bond between two people, the well-acted Strange Way of Life adds a brief but still rewarding chapter to Pedro Almodóvar's filmography.
Synopsis: A man rides a horse across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake.... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#131

Go Fish (1994)
76%

#131
Adjusted Score: 80838%
Critics Consensus: With sensitive direction from Rose Troche and terrific work from co-writer/star Guinevere Turner, Go Fish plays a winning hand.
Synopsis: After leaving behind her girlfriend to attend college in Chicago, young lesbian Max West (Guinevere Turner) is introduced to Ely... [More]
Directed By: Rose Troche

#132
#132
Adjusted Score: 81963%
Critics Consensus: Amusing and endearing, Red, White & Royal Blue is a cheerfully formulaic rom-com that embraces inclusion without falling back on stereotypes.
Synopsis: Alex Claremont-Diaz (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the President of the United States (Uma Thurman), and Britain's Prince Henry... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Lopez

#133
#133
Adjusted Score: 82133%
Critics Consensus: The World to Come is made from ingredients that will be familiar to fans of period forbidden romance movies, but they're given fresh life thanks to an excellent cast.
Synopsis: In this powerful 19th century romance set in the American Northeast, Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer's wife, and her new... [More]
Directed By: Mona Fastvold

#134
#134
Adjusted Score: 77645%
Critics Consensus: An impressionistic, fragmented look at Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls' imagery manages to evoke a sense of the writer's artistry, and Bardem's strong performance holds the film together. Finally, a biopic done well.
Synopsis: A richly imagined journey into the life and writings of brilliant Cuban author and exile Reinaldo Arenas. It spans the... [More]
Directed By: Julian Schnabel

#135

Heartbeats (2010)
74%

#135
Adjusted Score: 76274%
Critics Consensus: An art film to the max, Heartbeats intriguing and appealing premise is sometimes buried by director Xavier Dolan's filmmaking flourishes.
Synopsis: Francis (Xavier Dolan) is a young gay man, Marie (Monia Chokri) is a young straight woman and the two of... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Dolan

#136
#136
Adjusted Score: 77169%
Critics Consensus: This fact-based romantic comedy has its flaws, but they're mostly overcome by its consistently sweet, funny tone and one of the best performances of Jim Carrey's career.
Synopsis: Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) becomes a cop, gets married and starts a family, but after a terrible car accident, he... [More]
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

#137

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

#137
Adjusted Score: 100307%
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: Teenager Zachary Beaulieu is confused about his sexuality and is in conflict with his Canadian-Catholic upbringing which alienates his father... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée

#138

Victim (1961)
100%

#138
Adjusted Score: 103159%
Critics Consensus: Further elevated by a strong central performance from Dirk Bogarde, Victim offers an eloquent and emotionally affecting argument against prejudice.
Synopsis: In early 1960s London, barrister Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde) is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases... [More]
Directed By: Basil Dearden

#139

Portrait of Jason (1967)
100%

#139
Adjusted Score: 102550%
Critics Consensus: Like any great work of art, Portrait of Jason tells a story that reaches far beyond its canvas in the act of illuminating its subject.
Synopsis: A black male prostitute and aspiring entertainer recounts his life story for filmmaker Shirley Clarke.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Shirley Clarke

#140

Signature Move (2017)
100%

#140
Adjusted Score: 100230%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Muslim lesbian from Chicago cares for her TV-obsessed mother and falls in love with a wrestler.... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Reeder

#141

Victor/Victoria (1982)
97%

#141
Adjusted Score: 100081%
Critics Consensus: Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.
Synopsis: Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews), a down-and-out British soprano, struggles to find work in the nightclubs of 1930s Paris. While trying... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#142
#142
Adjusted Score: 98886%
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: This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have occupied in cinema history, and shows the... [More]

#143
Adjusted Score: 97698%
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: Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally... [More]
Directed By: David France

#144
#144
Adjusted Score: 99143%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's funny and ultimately poignant comedy of manners reveals the filmmaker's skill across genres.
Synopsis: Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) and his boyfriend (Mitchell Lichtenstein) live happily as a gay couple in New York City. Wai-Tung has... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#145

In the Family (2011)
96%

#145
Adjusted Score: 96236%
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: After his partner dies in a car accident, a gay man (Patrick Wang) must fight for custody of the boy... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Wang

#146
#146
Adjusted Score: 97776%
Critics Consensus: True to its title, The Times of Harvey Milk looks back on the life of the titular politician and activist -- and the era he helped define with his trailblazing career.
Synopsis: Operating from his camera store in San Francisco's Castro district, charismatic Harvey Milk is defeated three times before being elected... [More]
Directed By: Rob Epstein

#147

The Queen (1968)
96%

#147
Adjusted Score: 98525%
Critics Consensus: Celebrating its subjects without ever losing sight of their story, The Queen is a fascinating time capsule that has only gained resonance since its release.
Synopsis: In 1967, New York City is host to the Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant. This documentary from Frank Simon takes... [More]
Directed By: Francis Simon

#148

Southern Comfort (2001)
96%

#148
Adjusted Score: 91665%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Kate Davis's award-winning documentary chronicles the final four seasons in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Kate Davis

#149

The Stroll (2023)
95%

#149
Adjusted Score: 96341%
Critics Consensus: A call to life and the ever-necessary visibility of a once-silenced community, The Stroll serves as a brilliant beacon of hope and resilience for trans women of color.
Synopsis: The history of New York's Meatpacking District told from the perspective of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there.... [More]
Starring:

#150

Making the Boys (2009)
95%

#150
Adjusted Score: 80377%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An exploration of the drama, struggle and legacy of the first gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach... [More]
Directed By: Crayton Robey

#151
#151
Adjusted Score: 94600%
Critics Consensus: Chris and Don paints an affecting, enlightening portrait of a one-of-a-kind love affair.
Synopsis: This poignant documentary presents the story behind the real-life romance between lauded writer Christopher Isherwood and his considerably younger partner,... [More]
Directed By: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi

#152

Before Stonewall (1984)
94%

#152
Adjusted Score: 94852%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The riots that followed the arrests at New York City's Stonewall Inn in 1969 are widely considered to be a... [More]
Directed By: Greta Schiller

#153

Straight Up (2019)
93%

#153
Adjusted Score: 93616%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and sharply written, Straight Up serves as an effervescent calling card for writer/director/star James Sweeney.
Synopsis: Intellectual soul mates bond.... [More]
Directed By: James Sweeney

#154

My Life in Pink (1997)
93%

#154
Adjusted Score: 94181%
Critics Consensus: Ma Vie en Rose follows a child's exploration of their gender identity with warmth and empathy -- for its young protagonist as well as the family affected by their journey.
Synopsis: Seven-year-old Ludovic (Georges Du Fresne) announces to his startled parents, Pierre (Jean-Philippe Écoffey) and Hanna (Michèle Laroque), that he is... [More]
Directed By: Alain Berliner

#155

Beautiful Thing (1996)
92%

#155
Adjusted Score: 92929%
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

#156
#156
Adjusted Score: 92156%
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

#157

The Wild Boys (2017)
91%

#157
Adjusted Score: 91288%
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

#158

Gayby (2012)
90%

#158
Adjusted Score: 90082%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jenn, a hot yoga instructor, and Matt, a gay comic-book writer, have been best friends since college and decide to... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lisecki

#159
#159
Adjusted Score: 90585%
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: Kirun Sanga

#160
#160
Adjusted Score: 92022%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Michael (Kenneth Nelson) is hosting a birthday celebration for a pal when he gets an unexpected visit from old friend... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#161

Desert Hearts (1985)
90%

#161
Adjusted Score: 92183%
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

#162

Fire (1996)
89%

#162
Adjusted Score: 90171%
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

#163

Undertow (2009)
88%

#163
Adjusted Score: 88425%
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

#164

Born in Flames (1983)
88%

#164
Adjusted Score: 90829%
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

#165

All Over Me (1996)
87%

#165
Adjusted Score: 88412%
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

#166
#166
Adjusted Score: 87024%
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

#167
#167
Adjusted Score: 88819%
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

#168
Adjusted Score: 75597%
Critics Consensus: Vital documentation of an unsung 70's art patron and his famous photographer lover. A vivid and tragic story.
Synopsis: Filmmaker James Crump looks at the complex relationship between art curator Sam Wagstaff and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and their influence... [More]
Starring: Joan Juliet Buck
Directed By: James Crump

#169
#169
Adjusted Score: 85386%
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]

#170

Beautiful Boxer (2004)
83%

#170
Adjusted Score: 83326%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful Boxer blends boxing and identity politics to create a striking, if overdrawn, portrait of self discovery.
Synopsis: A Thai man (Asanee Suwan) who wants to have a sex-change operation becomes a champion kickboxer.... [More]
Directed By: Ekachai Uekrongtham

#171

Kiki (2016)
83%

#171
Adjusted Score: 83536%
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

#172

Lovesong (2016)
83%

#172
Adjusted Score: 83537%
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

#173

North Sea Texas (2011)
83%

#173
Adjusted Score: 83324%
Critics Consensus: Strong direction and delicate performances save Noordzee, Texas from its narrative cliches.
Synopsis: A teenager searching for love finds it in the boy next door.... [More]
Directed By: Bavo Defurne

#174

Closet Monster (2015)
83%

#174
Adjusted Score: 83830%
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

#175

Funny Boy (2020)
82%

#175
Adjusted Score: 83023%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young Tamil boy growing up gay in Sri Lanka during the deadly Tamil-Sinhalese conflict.... [More]
Directed By: Deepa Mehta

#176

Maurice (1987)
82%

#176
Adjusted Score: 84442%
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

#177

Lianna (1983)
82%

#177
Adjusted Score: 83553%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Linda Griffiths plays Lianna, the naive young wife of a professor bored with her life and angered at her husband's... [More]
Directed By: John Sayles

#178

Alex Strangelove (2018)
81%

#178
Adjusted Score: 81525%
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: A high school senior plans on losing his virginity to his girlfriend. Things get complicated when he meets a handsome... [More]
Directed By: Craig Johnson

#179

Holding the Man (2015)
81%

#179
Adjusted Score: 81412%
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: In the 1970s, two teen boys in Australia fight all obstacles thrown their way and refuse to renounce the love... [More]
Directed By: Neil Armfield

#180
#180
Adjusted Score: 80750%
Critics Consensus: A time capsule assembled with honesty and sensitivity, Edge of Seventeen overcomes youthful fumbles to capture a time of life -- and an era.
Synopsis: Set in 1984 in Sandusky, Ohio, it follows the coming-out of a naive 17-year-old at exactly the moment when gender-bending... [More]
Directed By: David Moreton

#181

Trick (1999)
79%

#181
Adjusted Score: 79375%
Critics Consensus: By portraying its love story as nothing less than conventional, Trick avoids genre tropes to create a simple, effective romance.
Synopsis: It's lust at first sight when Gabriel (Christian Campbell), a songwriter with Broadway ambitions, runs into Mark (John Paul Pitoc),... [More]
Directed By: Jim Fall

#182

Crush (2022)
79%

#182
Adjusted Score: 80209%
Critics Consensus: Some of the writing is stilted and the execution is occasionally uneven, but Crush's central love story is easy to fall for.
Synopsis: When a young artist is forced to join her high school track team, she uses it as a chance to... [More]
Directed By: Sammi Cohen

#183
Adjusted Score: 78610%
Critics Consensus: Insubstantial yet charming, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss tells a love story that's as rooted in classic Hollywood as it is in timely themes.
Synopsis: Billy Collier (Sean P. Hayes) is a photographer working on a series of pictures featuring recreations of movie kisses, with... [More]
Directed By: Tommy O'Haver

#184

Burning Money (2000)
77%

#184
Adjusted Score: 77354%
Critics Consensus: Burnt Money tells a stylish and steamy story about criminals on the lam.
Synopsis: Set in Argentina in 1965, the story follows the tumultuous relationship between two men who became lovers and ultimately ruthless... [More]
Directed By: Marcelo Piñeyro

#185
#185
Adjusted Score: 78225%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Arnold Beckoff (Harvey Fierstein) is looking for love and acceptance, but as a gay man working as a female impersonator... [More]
Directed By: Paul Bogart

#186

Personal Best (1982)
74%

#186
Adjusted Score: 76854%
Critics Consensus: Mariel Hemingway has a career-making star turn in this highly physical drama about two Olympic athletes who find each other during competitive training.
Synopsis: Young sprinter Chris Cahill (Mariel Hemingway) is having difficulty reaching her potential as an athlete, until she meets established track... [More]
Directed By: Robert Towne

#187

In & Out (1997)
73%

#187
Adjusted Score: 76363%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't always find comfortable ground between broad comedy and social commentary, but lively performances -- especially from Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack -- enrich In & Out's mixture of laughs and sexual tolerance.
Synopsis: Upon winning an Academy Award, actor Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) honors his high school teacher, Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline), who... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#188

Strange World (2022)
72%

#188
Adjusted Score: 80830%
Critics Consensus: Strange World is a Disney milestone in terms of representation -- but as a storytelling experience, this dazzlingly animated adventure offers little audiences haven't already seen.
Synopsis: Walt Disney Animation Studios' original action-packed adventure "Strange World" introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt... [More]
Directed By: Don Hall, Qui Nguyen

#189

Bent (1997)
72%

#189
Adjusted Score: 72948%
Critics Consensus: Bent juggles heavy topics with style, though its heavy-handedness at times feels more like exploitation than exploration.
Synopsis: In 1930s Berlin, homosexual Max (Clive Owen) sleeps with German officer Wolf (Nikolaj Waldau), only to see him killed by... [More]
Directed By: Sean Mathias

#190

Mayor Pete (2021)
71%

#190
Adjusted Score: 72648%
Critics Consensus: Mayor Pete may not pull back the curtain on its subject's deepest inner self, but it remains a compelling portrait of a candidate on the campaign trail.
Synopsis: Mayor Pete brings viewers inside Pete's campaign to be the youngest U.S. President, providing an unprecedented intimacy with the candidate,... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Moss

#191
#191
Adjusted Score: 71870%
Critics Consensus: Sharp writing and a strong ensemble make Love! Valour! Compassion! work, though its stage-like presentation leaves something to be desired.
Synopsis: A group of gay New Yorkers -- including Buzz Hauser (Jason Alexander), an HIV-positive Broadway musical enthusiast; John Jeckyll (John... [More]
Directed By: Joe Mantello

#192
#192
Adjusted Score: 71081%
Critics Consensus: Charming, endearing, and a little clunky, Were the World Mine is an entertaining, if somewhat unnecessary, musical adaptation.
Synopsis: A gay teen (Tanner Cohen) uses a love potion to turn close-minded townspeople into homosexuals, including the handsome jock with... [More]
Directed By: Tom Gustafson

#193

Set It Off (1996)
70%

#193
Adjusted Score: 71975%
Critics Consensus: It may not boast an original plot, but Set It Off is a satisfying, socially conscious heist film thanks largely to fine performances from its leads.
Synopsis: After being fired from her job as a bank teller, Frankie (Vivica A. Fox) begins working at a janitorial service... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#194

Boy Culture (2006)
70%

#194
Adjusted Score: 70374%
Critics Consensus: Eloquent one-liners and quick pacing make Boy Culture sharper than the typical gay indie flick.
Synopsis: A new client (Patrick Bauchau) breaks down a male hustler's (Derek Magyar) emotional walls.... [More]
Directed By: Q. Allan Brocka

#195

Jeffrey (1995)
70%

#195
Adjusted Score: 71547%
Critics Consensus: Jeffrey offends as readily as it amuses, but an outstanding performance from Patrick Stewart keeps it from going completely off the rails.
Synopsis: Jeffrey (Steven Weber), a gay man living in New York City with an overwhelming fear of contracting AIDS, concludes that... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Ashley

#196

Life Partners (2014)
70%

#196
Adjusted Score: 70899%
Critics Consensus: With two appealing leads adrift in a sitcom-worthy plot, Life Partners doesn't do quite enough to earn viewers' commitment.
Synopsis: A 29-year-old lawyer (Gillian Jacobs) and her lesbian best friend (Leighton Meester) experience a dramatic shift in their longtime bond... [More]
Directed By: Susanna Fogel

#197

Ammonite (2020)
69%

#197
Adjusted Score: 83692%
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

#198

The Runaways (2010)
69%

#198
Adjusted Score: 76655%
Critics Consensus: Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed, but The Runaways is as electric as the band's music, largely thanks to strong performances from Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart.
Synopsis: Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the... [More]
Directed By: Floria Sigismondi

#199

Shortbus (2006)
69%

#199
Adjusted Score: 73862%
Critics Consensus: The sex may be explicit, but Mitchell integrates it into the characters' lives and serves the whole story up with a generous dose of sweetness and wit.
Synopsis: John Cameron Mitchell's SHORTBUS explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#200

Princesa (2001)
68%

#200
Adjusted Score: 62140%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Princesa" is the story of Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transsexual whose dream is to become a woman, find a husband... [More]
Directed By: Henrique Goldman

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