200 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time

200-151 | 150-101 | 100-51 | 50-1

#150

Concussion (2013)
75%

#150
Adjusted Score: 76806%
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

#149

Gia (1998)
92%

#149
Adjusted Score: 92065%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Gia Carangi (Angelina Jolie) travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving,... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cristofer

#148

High Art (1998)
76%

#148
Adjusted Score: 77648%
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

#147

Burning Money (2000)
77%

#147
Adjusted Score: 76345%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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

#146
#146
Adjusted Score: 79379%
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

#145

Trick (1999)
78%

#145
Adjusted Score: 78178%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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

#144

Outrage (2009)
77%

#144
Adjusted Score: 77529%
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

#143
Adjusted Score: 78713%
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

#142
#142
Adjusted Score: 81875%
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

#141

Ammonite (2020)
69%

#141
Adjusted Score: 84942%
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

#140

The Intervention (2016)
78%

#140
Adjusted Score: 80344%
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

#139

Alex Strangelove (2018)
81%

#139
Adjusted Score: 80646%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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

#138

Get Real (1998)
79%

#138
Adjusted Score: 80051%
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

#137

Go Fish (1994)
75%

#137
Adjusted Score: 78347%
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

#136

GBF (2013)
80%

#136
Adjusted Score: 81104%
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

#135

Holding the Man (2015)
81%

#135
Adjusted Score: 81770%
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

#134

Closet Monster (2015)
82%

#134
Adjusted Score: 83633%
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

#133

Funny Boy (2020)
81%

#133
Adjusted Score: 82340%
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

#132

Uncle Frank (2020)
77%

#132
Adjusted Score: 84712%
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

#131
#131
Adjusted Score: 83574%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves India to study in New York. On her journey of self-discovery, she... [More]

#130

Transamerica (2005)
77%

#130
Adjusted Score: 82422%
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

#129

Water Lilies (2007)
81%

#129
Adjusted Score: 82134%
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

#128
#128
Adjusted Score: 83070%
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

#127

Happy Together (1997)
82%

#127
Adjusted Score: 83114%
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

#126

The Color Purple (1985)
81%

#126
Adjusted Score: 82057%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), an African-American woman living in the South... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#125

Lianna (1983)
82%

#125
Adjusted Score: 62710%
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

#124
#124
Adjusted Score: 83083%
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

#123

North Sea Texas (2011)
83%

#123
Adjusted Score: 82294%
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

#122
Adjusted Score: 80892%
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

#121

Kiki (2016)
83%

#121
Adjusted Score: 83246%
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

#120

Beautiful Boxer (2004)
83%

#120
Adjusted Score: 82550%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Thai man (Asanee Suwan) who wants to have a sex-change operation becomes a champion kickboxer.... [More]
Directed By: Ekachai Uekrongtham

#119

Lovesong (2016)
83%

#119
Adjusted Score: 84323%
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

#118

The Birdcage (1996)
81%

#118
Adjusted Score: 84205%
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

#117

Knife + Heart (2018)
80%

#117
Adjusted Score: 84248%
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

#116

Philadelphia (1993)
81%

#116
Adjusted Score: 81165%
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

#115

Handsome Devil (2016)
83%

#115
Adjusted Score: 85717%
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

#114

The Hours (2002)
79%

#114
Adjusted Score: 85407%
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

#113

Laurence Anyways (2012)
84%

#113
Adjusted Score: 84909%
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

#112

Monster (2003)
81%

#112
Adjusted Score: 86975%
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

#111

Yossi & Jagger (2002)
86%

#111
Adjusted Score: 85616%
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

#110

Other People (2016)
85%

#110
Adjusted Score: 88725%
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

#109

Signature Move (2017)
100%

#109
Adjusted Score: 100268%
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

#108

Chuck & Buck (2000)
84%

#108
Adjusted Score: 86884%
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

All Over Me (1996)
86%

#107
Adjusted Score: 86291%
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

#106

The Wild Boys (2017)
91%

#106
Adjusted Score: 90394%
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

#105

Old Joy (2006)
85%

#105
Adjusted Score: 88437%
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

#104

Circumstance (2011)
86%

#104
Adjusted Score: 88373%
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

#103

Undertow (2009)
88%

#103
Adjusted Score: 87359%
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]

#102

Mysterious Skin (2004)
85%

#102
Adjusted Score: 88528%
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

#101
Adjusted Score: 89632%
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

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