200 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time
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Adjusted Score: 88.398%
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: 88.612%
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: 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.
This Canadian drama takes place in India, where two wives find comfort in each other's arms after finding none from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.789%
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: 88.988%
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.
Along Mulholland Drive nothing is what it seems. In the unreal universe of Los Angeles, the city bares its schizophrenic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.05%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.484%
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: 89.768%
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]
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: 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.
Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster's Maurice is a story of coming to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.697%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
(1970) "You show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a gay corpse." In what Pauline Kael likened to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.009%
Critics Consensus: Unpregnant puts a compelling twist on the road trip comedy -- and treats its sensitive subject with heart.
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]
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.
Based on a true story, Aimée & Jaguar is a love story and historical drama about a liaison both forbidden... [More]
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.
Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly nearly set the screen on fire in this clever, female-powered twist on the standard Mob... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.143%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
This early offering from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is a screwball sex tale of mistaken identity focusing on the director's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.151%
Critics Consensus: A naturalistic depiction of teenage life, Show Me Love has a charming, authentic feel.
This coming-of-age comedy is set in a sleepy little Swedish town called Åmål -- the most boring place on Earth... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.498%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
French filmmaker Diane Kurys directs the period drama Coup de Foudre (distributed in the U.S. as Entre Nous), adapted from... [More]
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.
This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]
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.
In this alternately somber and witty coming-of-age drama, a pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighborhood become... [More]
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.
Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die... [More]
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.
It's 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.835%
Critics Consensus: A layered, wonderfully-acted, and passionate drama.
Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the... [More]
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.
Based on a true story, Boys Don't Cry was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.08%
Critics Consensus: My Summer of Love is a moody, bittersweet love story featuring outstanding performances from the leads.
Two 16-year olds spending one long, hot English summer together in Yorkshire. Mona is a tough Northern lass whose spiky... [More]
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.
In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college... [More]
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.
A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a... [More]
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.
Alain Berliner's colorful and poetic Ma Vie En Rose not only bends the lines between reality and fantasy, but also... [More]
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.
Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twenty-something whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.846%
Critics Consensus: Compassionate, emotionally detailed, and populated with resonant characters, The Way He Looks leaves a warmth that lingers.
Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the... [More]
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.
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist... [More]
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.
Sam (Academy Award winner Colin Firth) and Tusker (Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are traveling across... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.381%
Critics Consensus: Chris and Don paints an affecting, enlightening portrait of a one-of-a-kind love affair.
Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's documentary Chris and Don. A Love Story traces the romantic relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood... [More]
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.
After winning a cult following for several offbeat and darkly witty gore films, New Zealand director Peter Jackson abruptly shifted... [More]
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.
This drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s,... [More]
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.
Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming... [More]
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.
Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men -- a... [More]
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.
Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of... [More]
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.
Damien, the son of a military family, lives in barracks in south-western France with his mother, a doctor, while his... [More]
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.
16-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.12%
Critics Consensus: La Cage aux Folles is a fine French-Italian farce with flamboyant, charming characters and deep laughs.
In this film, Renato is the owner of a Saint Tropez nightclub. Renato's son Laurent has lied about his father's... [More]
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.
Who killed Marsha P. Johnson? When the beloved, self-described "street queen" of NY's gay ghetto was found floating in the... [More]
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.
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't... [More]
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.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams... [More]
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.
Weekend follows Russell (newcomer Tom Cullen, Best Actor winner at Nashville), who, after randomly picking up artist Glen (Chris New)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.165%
Critics Consensus: Good Manners adroitly juggles disparate tonal shifts while taking a uniquely smart and sensitive look at female relationships.
Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny... [More]
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.
In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two... [More]
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.
Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of... [More]
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.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennismatch between women's World... [More]
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.
Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly... [More]
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.
Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in United States history, had been serving on San Francisco's Board of... [More]