200 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time

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#100

Saving Face (2005)
86%

#100
Adjusted Score: 88.398%
Critics Consensus: A charming tale of a love affair that overcomes cultural taboos.
Synopsis: An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama.... [More]
Directed By: Alice Wu

#99
#99
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.
Synopsis: Two cellmates in a South American prison--one, a gay man serving time for molesting a young boy and the other... [More]
Directed By: Hector Babenco

#98

Fire (1996)
88%

#98
Adjusted Score: 88.682%
Critics Consensus: Fire takes a slow-burning approach to its exploration of illicit love, trading overwhelming heat for a seductive warmth that lingers.
Synopsis: This Canadian drama takes place in India, where two wives find comfort in each other's arms after finding none from... [More]
Directed By: Deepa Mehta

#97

Beach Rats (2017)
85%

#97
Adjusted Score: 88.789%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil.
Synopsis: On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#96

Mulholland Drive (2001)
83%

#96
Adjusted Score: 88.988%
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: Along Mulholland Drive nothing is what it seems. In the unreal universe of Los Angeles, the city bares its schizophrenic... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#95

Born in Flames (1983)
87%

#95
Adjusted Score: 89.05%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society... [More]
Directed By: Lizzie Borden

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 89.484%
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

#93

Beginners (2011)
85%

#93
Adjusted Score: 89.768%
Critics Consensus: Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.
Synopsis: Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mills

#92
#92
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.
Synopsis: A high-school love triangle develops when Anne falls for a girl on the softball team, inadvertently dashing the hopes of... [More]
Directed By: Kerem Sanga

#91

Maurice (1987)
89%

#91
Adjusted Score: 90.516%
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: Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster's Maurice is a story of coming to... [More]
Directed By: James Ivory

#90
#90
Adjusted Score: 90.697%
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

#89

Unpregnant (2020)
91%

#89
Adjusted Score: 92.009%
Critics Consensus: Unpregnant puts a compelling twist on the road trip comedy -- and treats its sensitive subject with heart.
Synopsis: In Unpregnant, seventeen-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) never thought she'd want to fail a test--that is, until she finds herself... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Lee Goldenberg

#88

Aimée & Jaguar (2000)
90%

#88
Adjusted Score: 90.995%
Critics Consensus: A gripping examination of sexual taboos, set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, bolstered by a subtly shaded script and a strong cast.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Aimée & Jaguar is a love story and historical drama about a liaison both forbidden... [More]
Directed By: Max Färberböck

#87

Bound (1996)
89%

#87
Adjusted Score: 91.095%
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: Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly nearly set the screen on fire in this clever, female-powered twist on the standard Mob... [More]

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 91.143%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This early offering from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is a screwball sex tale of mistaken identity focusing on the director's... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#85
Adjusted Score: 91.151%
Critics Consensus: A naturalistic depiction of teenage life, Show Me Love has a charming, authentic feel.
Synopsis: This coming-of-age comedy is set in a sleepy little Swedish town called Åmål -- the most boring place on Earth... [More]
Directed By: Lukas Moodysson

#84
#84
Adjusted Score: 91.498%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: French filmmaker Diane Kurys directs the period drama Coup de Foudre (distributed in the U.S. as Entre Nous), adapted from... [More]
Directed By: Diane Kurys

#83

Happiest Season (2020)
82%

#83
Adjusted Score: 90.39%
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

#82

Beautiful Thing (1996)
91%

#82
Adjusted Score: 91.548%
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: In this alternately somber and witty coming-of-age drama, a pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighborhood become... [More]
Directed By: Hettie MacDonald

#81

The Old Guard (2020)
80%

#81
Adjusted Score: 91.615%
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: Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 91.803%
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: It's 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt)... [More]
Directed By: Ira Sachs

#79

Bad Education (2004)
88%

#79
Adjusted Score: 91.835%
Critics Consensus: A layered, wonderfully-acted, and passionate drama.
Synopsis: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#78

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
89%

#78
Adjusted Score: 92.045%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet stirring, Boys Don't Cry powerfully commemorates the life -- and brutally unjust death -- of transgender teen Brandon Teena.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Boys Don't Cry was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a... [More]
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce

#77
#77
Adjusted Score: 92.08%
Critics Consensus: My Summer of Love is a moody, bittersweet love story featuring outstanding performances from the leads.
Synopsis: Two 16-year olds spending one long, hot English summer together in Yorkshire. Mona is a tough Northern lass whose spiky... [More]
Directed By: Pavel Pavlikovskiy

#76

A Single Man (2009)
86%

#76
Adjusted Score: 92.186%
Critics Consensus: Though the costumes are beautiful and the art direction impeccable, what stands out most from this debut by fashion designer Tom Ford is the leading performance by Colin Firth.
Synopsis: In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college... [More]
Directed By: Tom Ford (VIII)

#75
Adjusted Score: 92.48%
Critics Consensus: Summertime (La Belle Saison) presents a well-acted, beautifully framed period romance that offers a refreshing perspective on its era in the bargain.
Synopsis: A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Corsini

#74
Adjusted Score: 92.718%
Critics Consensus: Ma Vie en Rose follows a boy's exploration of his gender identity with warmth and empathy - for its young protagonist as well as the family affected by his journey.
Synopsis: Alain Berliner's colorful and poetic Ma Vie En Rose not only bends the lines between reality and fantasy, but also... [More]
Directed By: Alain Berliner

#73

Straight Up (2020)
93%

#73
Adjusted Score: 93.308%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and sharply written, Straight Up serves as an effervescent calling card for writer/director/star James Sweeney.
Synopsis: Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twenty-something whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he... [More]
Directed By: James Sweeney

#72

The Way He Looks (2014)
93%

#72
Adjusted Score: 93.846%
Critics Consensus: Compassionate, emotionally detailed, and populated with resonant characters, The Way He Looks leaves a warmth that lingers.
Synopsis: Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Ribeiro

#71
Adjusted Score: 94.256%
Critics Consensus: Professor Marston & The Wonder Women winds a lasso of cinematic truth around a fascinating fact-based tale with strong performances from its three stars.
Synopsis: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist... [More]
Directed By: Angela Robinson

#70

Supernova (2021)
88%

#70
Adjusted Score: 94.419%
Critics Consensus: Led by moving performances from Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, Supernova is a heartbreaking look at the emotional toll that comes with accepting mortality.
Synopsis: Sam (Academy Award winner Colin Firth) and Tusker (Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are traveling across... [More]
Directed By: Harry Macqueen

#69

Chris & Don (2007)
94%

#69
Adjusted Score: 94.381%
Critics Consensus: Chris and Don paints an affecting, enlightening portrait of a one-of-a-kind love affair.
Synopsis: Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's documentary Chris and Don. A Love Story traces the romantic relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood... [More]
Directed By: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 95.035%
Critics Consensus: Dark, stylish, and captivating, Heavenly Creatures signals both the auspicious debut of Kate Winslet and the arrival of Peter Jackson as more than just a cult director.
Synopsis: After winning a cult following for several offbeat and darkly witty gore films, New Zealand director Peter Jackson abruptly shifted... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#67

The Normal Heart (2014)
94%

#67
Adjusted Score: 95.198%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to Emmy-worthy performances from a reputable cast, The Normal Heart is not only a powerful, heartbreaking drama, but also a vital document of events leading up to and through the early AIDS crisis.
Synopsis: This drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s,... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 95.478%
Critics Consensus: Hedwig and the Angry Inch may very well be the next Rocky Horror midnight movie. It not only knows how to rock, but Hedwig's story has an emotional poignancy.
Synopsis: Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 95.498%
Critics Consensus: A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Synopsis: Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men -- a... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 95.514%
Critics Consensus: Farewell, My Queen transcends its gaudy period trappings to offer an affecting historical drama built on timeless - and timely - themes.
Synopsis: Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of... [More]
Directed By: Benoît Jacquot

#63
Adjusted Score: 95.753%
Critics Consensus: Being 17 rides the roiling emotions of adolescence through a coming-of-age melodrama whose narrative turbulence smartly reflects the confusion of its protagonists.
Synopsis: Damien, the son of a military family, lives in barracks in south-western France with his mother, a doctor, while his... [More]
Directed By: André Téchiné

#62

Princess Cyd (2017)
95%

#62
Adjusted Score: 95.916%
Critics Consensus: Princess Cyd defies coming-of-age convention to offer a sweetly understated - yet deeply resonant - look at pivotal relationships.
Synopsis: 16-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Cone

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 96.12%
Critics Consensus: La Cage aux Folles is a fine French-Italian farce with flamboyant, charming characters and deep laughs.
Synopsis: In this film, Renato is the owner of a Saint Tropez nightclub. Renato's son Laurent has lied about his father's... [More]
Directed By: Edouard Molinaro

#60
Adjusted Score: 96.277%
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: Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? When the beloved, self-described "street queen" of NY's gay ghetto was found floating in the... [More]
Directed By: David France

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 96.532%
Critics Consensus: Warm, funny, and quietly profound, Appropriate Behavior serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer, director, and star Desiree Akhavan.
Synopsis: For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't... [More]
Directed By: Desiree Akhavan

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 96.549%
Critics Consensus: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
Synopsis: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams... [More]
Directed By: Abdel Kechiche

#57

Weekend (2011)
95%

#57
Adjusted Score: 97.045%
Critics Consensus: It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting.
Synopsis: Weekend follows Russell (newcomer Tom Cullen, Best Actor winner at Nashville), who, after randomly picking up artist Glen (Chris New)... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#56
Adjusted Score: 97.165%
Critics Consensus: Good Manners adroitly juggles disparate tonal shifts while taking a uniquely smart and sensitive look at female relationships.
Synopsis: Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny... [More]
Directed By: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas

#55

In the Family (2012)
97%

#55
Adjusted Score: 97.213%
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: In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Wang

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 97.264%
Critics Consensus: Sexy, smart, and darkly humorous, Stranger by the Lake offers rewarding viewing for adult filmgoers in search of thought-provoking drama.
Synopsis: Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of... [More]
Directed By: Alain Guiraudie

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 97.368%
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: In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennismatch between women's World... [More]

#52

Grandma (2015)
91%

#52
Adjusted Score: 97.343%
Critics Consensus: Boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin and some powerfully empathetic work from writer-director Paul Weitz, Grandma is a dramedy that shouldn't have to ask you to visit.
Synopsis: Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly... [More]
Directed By: Paul Weitz, Rob Hedden

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 97.376%
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: Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in United States history, had been serving on San Francisco's Board of... [More]

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