200 Best LGBTQ Movies of All Time
200-151 | 150-101 | 100-51 | 50-1
Adjusted Score: 85.625%
Critics Consensus: Beau Travail finds director Claire Denis drawing on classic literature to construct a modern tragedy fueled by timeless desires.
In this military drama, a military man finds his position of prominence questioned when a new recruit wins the commander's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.601%
Critics Consensus: I Killed My Mother's raw, blunt coming-of-age narrative marks an impressive debut for filmmaker Xavier Dolan.
Hubert Minel, a brash 17 year old, dislikes his mother intensely. He gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.656%
Critics Consensus: A terrific performance by Felicity Huffman carries this unconventional but touching transgender road movie.
The first film by Duncan Tucker, Transamerica stars Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual named Bree (whose given name was... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.601%
Critics Consensus: Strawberry and Chocolate movingly depicts the budding relationship between two men against the backdrop of a pivotal moment in Cuban history.
A macho but naive and inexperienced youth who believes passionately in Communism and the Cuban Revolution, finds his values undergoing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.212%
Critics Consensus: Strong direction and delicate performances save Noordzee, Texas from its narrative cliches.
Pim, an introverted child, occupies his time drawing and fantasizing while keeping his emerging desires a secret. As a teenager,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.433%
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.
Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. "Their"... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.699%
Critics Consensus: It might have been better served by a filmmaker with a deeper connection to the source material, but The Color Purple remains a worthy, well-acted adaptation of Alice Walker's classic novel.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.753%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
John Sayles' drama stars Linda Griffiths as Lianna, a woman trapped in a bad marriage who must come to grips... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.068%
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.
Gus Van Sant's dreamtime riff on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II" features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.075%
Critics Consensus: While it doesn't fully engage with the topics it investigates, The Gospel of Eureka offers an optimistic perspective on the modern American culture war.
Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.375%
Critics Consensus: Wise, well-acted, and emotionally resonant, Lovesong explores emotionally resonant themes through the ups and downs of the bond between two women.
Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.348%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful Boxer blends boxing and identity politics to create a striking, if overdrawn, portrait of self discovery.
Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.364%
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.
This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.336%
Critics Consensus: This Is Not Berlin uses one young man's sexual and cultural awakening as the fuel for a personal story with widely resonant themes.
1986. Mexico City. Seventeen-year-old Carlos doesn't fit in anywhere: not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.738%
Critics Consensus: Knife + Heart wrings giallo-inspired thrills out of a boldly challenging story that defiantly succeeds on its own stylish merits.
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.85%
Critics Consensus: Well cast and beautifully filmed, Sorry Angel explores a young man's sexual awakening with wit, empathy, and a satisfying depth.
Paris, 1993. Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a semi-renowned writer and single father in his thirties trying to maintain his sense... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.098%
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.
At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.2%
Critics Consensus: Handsome Devil offers a charming, well-acted variation on the coming-of-age story with a few fresh topical twists.
Ned, the bullied outsider, and Conor, a new boy and star athlete, are forced to room together at their cloistered... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.194%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by powerful performances and tied together by writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the helm, Teorema poses intriguing questions behind a veil of mystery.
Terence Stamp is known only as "The Visitor" in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. The mysterious stranger insinuates himself into the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.421%
Critics Consensus: Skillfully weaving multiple delicate tonal strands into a quietly affecting whole, Lilting serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer-director Hong Khaou.
Set in contemporary London, LILTING tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.45%
Critics Consensus: The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.
Spanning across various time periods in the 20th Century, a drama which revolves around three very different women: two of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.683%
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.
Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.835%
Critics Consensus: This sharp directorial debut by Lucia Puenzo treats the challenging subject of intersexuality with intelligence and sensitivity.
Lucia Puenzo's drama XXY probes the psychological aftereffects that adolescent transsexuality can yield. With a name easily applicable to either... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.27%
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.
Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.408%
Critics Consensus: A tersely told yet deeply felt romance.
Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is the stoic company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit on the Lebanese border. Jagger (Yehuda... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.566%
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.
A struggling comedy writer in New York City (Jesse Plemons) returns home to Sacramento to care for his dying mother... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.667%
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.
Chuck and Buck were once "best friends," a relationship that means so much to children but fades once the innocence... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.803%
Critics Consensus: Girl uses one aspiring dancer's story as the framework for a poignant drama that approaches its difficult themes with fittingly alluring grace.
GIRL tells the story of 15-year-old Lara who wants to become a ballerina, with a classical training for female dancers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.008%
Critics Consensus: All Over Me takes a serious, sensitive approach to teen lives and romantic relationships that are all too often ignored or misunderstood.
A teenage lesbian comes-of-age in this drama. Claude (Alison Folland) is a raw-boned girl graduating from high school. She spends... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.086%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her relationship with her recently widowed mother who escapes to TV... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.564%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from its three leads, Sunday Bloody Sunday takes a sophisticated and groundbreaking look at the complexities of love.
This British film examines the choices individuals must make when confronted with a romantic relationship which is rewarding but does... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.667%
Critics Consensus: A serene, melancholy beauty permeates this meditative portrait of deep friendship and faded glory.
"Old Joy" is the story of two old friends, Kurt and Mark, who reunite for a weekend camping trip in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.612%
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.
Two cellmates in a South American prison--one, a gay man serving time for molesting a young boy and the other... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.827%
Critics Consensus: A thought-provoking, insightful look into Iranian youth culture.
Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up privileged, in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. While... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.104%
Critics Consensus: A drama as beautifully filmed as it is finely detailed, Undertow is a wonderfully unique love story with a touch of magic.
A man struggles to come to terms with the unexpected consequences of a secret love in this drama from director... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.237%
Critics Consensus: Bold performances and sensitive, spot-on direction make watching this difficult tale of trauma and abuse a thought-provoking, resonant experience.
"The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours, lost, gone without a trace..."... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.39%
Critics Consensus: A charming tale of a love affair that overcomes cultural taboos.
An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.368%
Critics Consensus: Chen Kaing's epic is grand in scope and presentation, and, bolstered by solid performances, the result is a film both horrifying and enthralling.
The story begins in the 1920s, and continues through to the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. The early part of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.371%
Critics Consensus: Orlando can't match its visual delights with equally hefty narrative -- but it's so much fun to watch that it doesn't need to.
Independent filmmaker Sally Potter's gender-bending epic, which views four centuries of sexual politics through the eyes of a sex-switching main... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.337%
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.
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.411%
Critics Consensus: Diamantino casts a singularly surreal eye on an ambitious array of subjects, emerging with a cinematic experience as inscrutable as it is unforgettable.
Diamantino (Carloto Cotta), the world's premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.529%
Critics Consensus: With little dialogue, Tsai Ming-liang takes the viewer through a powerful journey of loneliness and longing.
Homeless on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Hsiao Kang is robbed, beaten and left for dead; he is found and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.813%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil.
On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.683%
Critics Consensus: Fire takes a slow-burning approach to its exploration of illicit love, trading overwhelming heat for a seductive warmth that lingers.
This Canadian drama takes place in India, where two wives find comfort in each other's arms after finding none from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.938%
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.
Along Mulholland Drive nothing is what it seems. In the unreal universe of Los Angeles, the city bares its schizophrenic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.831%
Critics Consensus: It's blunt rather than balanced, but Where's My Roy Cohn? does what it sets out to do, offering a disquieting summary of its subject's life and legacy.
One of the most controversial and influential American men of the 20th Century, Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.24%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent, empathetic, and well-acted, First Girl I Loved explores teen romance from a refreshing - and emotionally resonant - perspective.
A high-school love triangle develops when Anne falls for a girl on the softball team, inadvertently dashing the hopes of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.499%
Critics Consensus: Longtime Companion is a sensitive ensemble AIDS drama, lensed with sympathy which builds to a moving finale.
One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.651%
Critics Consensus: 52 Tuesdays honors the complexity of familial bonds and gender identity with an intimate, well-acted, and overall empathetic drama.
Directed by Sophie Hyde (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), the Australian filmmaker who won the Directing Award: World... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.726%
Critics Consensus: Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.
Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets... [More]