150 Best LGBT Movies of All Time

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#100

Get Real (1999)
79%

#100
Adjusted Score: 80.436%
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: Simon Shore manages the transition from television and documentary to feature filmmaking with great assurance in his debut, the captivating,... [More]
Directed By: Simon Shore

#99
Adjusted Score: 79.232%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is a nostalgic French coming-of-age drama from director Andre Techine set in a Provence deeply divided over the war... [More]
Directed By: André Téchiné

#98
Adjusted Score: 81.066%
Critics Consensus: Strong direction and delicate performances save Noordzee, Texas from its narrative cliches.
Synopsis: Pim, an introverted child, occupies his time drawing and fantasizing while keeping his emerging desires a secret. As a teenager,... [More]
Directed By: Bavo Defurne

#97

Transamerica (2006)
77%

#97
Adjusted Score: 81.235%
Critics Consensus: A terrific performance by Felicity Huffman carries this unconventional but touching transgender road movie.
Synopsis: The first film by Duncan Tucker, Transamerica stars Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual named Bree (whose given name was... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Tucker

#96

Lovesong (2017)
82%

#96
Adjusted Score: 82.293%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy.... [More]
Directed By: So Yong Kim

#95

Go Fish (1995)
81%

#95
Adjusted Score: 81.268%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This hit arthouse ensemble piece traces the romantic and political ups and downs of a group of multicultural Chicago lesbians.... [More]
Directed By: Rose Troche

#94

The Birdcage (1996)
79%

#94
Adjusted Score: 81.272%
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: Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. "Their"... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#93

Beautiful Boxer (2005)
83%

#93
Adjusted Score: 83.317%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful Boxer blends boxing and identity politics to create a striking, if overdrawn, portrait of self discovery.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight... [More]
Directed By: Ekachai Uekrongtham

#92

Philadelphia (1993)
79%

#92
Adjusted Score: 82.912%
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: At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political,... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#91

The Intervention (2016)
80%

#91
Adjusted Score: 80.95%
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

#90

G.B.F. (2014)
80%

#90
Adjusted Score: 80.729%
Critics Consensus: G.B.F. explores high school relationship dynamics and teen stereotypes with a refreshingly humorous touch - and surprisingly subtle smarts.
Synopsis: In G.B.F., social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice, Mormon princess 'Shley... [More]
Directed By: Darren Stein

#89

Handsome Devil (2017)
82%

#89
Adjusted Score: 83.079%
Critics Consensus: Handsome Devil offers a charming, well-acted variation on the coming-of-age story with a few fresh topical twists.
Synopsis: Ned, the bullied outsider, and Conor, a new boy and star athlete, are forced to room together at their cloistered... [More]
Directed By: John Butler

#88
Adjusted Score: 84.13%
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: This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sharman

#87

Laurence Anyways (2013)
84%

#87
Adjusted Score: 85.533%
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: Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on... [More]
Directed By: Xavier Dolan

#86

The Hours (2002)
80%

#86
Adjusted Score: 85.332%
Critics Consensus: The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.
Synopsis: Spanning across various time periods in the 20th Century, a drama which revolves around three very different women: two of... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#85

Monster (2004)
81%

#85
Adjusted Score: 85.964%
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: Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

#84

All Over Me (1997)
85%

#84
Adjusted Score: 85.972%
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: A teenage lesbian comes-of-age in this drama. Claude (Alison Folland) is a raw-boned girl graduating from high school. She spends... [More]
Directed By: Alex Sichel

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 85.108%
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: Gus Van Sant's dreamtime riff on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Parts I and II" features River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#82

Old Joy (2006)
84%

#82
Adjusted Score: 86.339%
Critics Consensus: A serene, melancholy beauty permeates this meditative portrait of deep friendship and faded glory.
Synopsis: "Old Joy" is the story of two old friends, Kurt and Mark, who reunite for a weekend camping trip in... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#81

Yossi & Jagger (2003)
86%

#81
Adjusted Score: 86.395%
Critics Consensus: A tersely told yet deeply felt romance.
Synopsis: Yossi (Ohad Knoller) is the stoic company commander of an Israeli Defense Forces unit on the Lebanese border. Jagger (Yehuda... [More]
Directed By: Eytan Fox

#80

Circumstance (2011)
86%

#80
Adjusted Score: 87.544%
Critics Consensus: A thought-provoking, insightful look into Iranian youth culture.
Synopsis: Atafeh and her brother, Mehran, have grown up privileged, in a home filled with music, art, and intellectual curiosity. While... [More]
Directed By: Maryam Keshavarz

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 86.412%
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

#78

The Color Purple (1985)
85%

#78
Adjusted Score: 86.504%
Critics Consensus: A sentimental tale that reveals great emotional truths in American history.
Synopsis: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#77

Chuck & Buck (2000)
84%

#77
Adjusted Score: 86.629%
Critics Consensus: Poignant, unsettling.
Synopsis: Chuck and Buck were once "best friends," a relationship that means so much to children but fades once the innocence... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#76

Fire (1996)
87%

#76
Adjusted Score: 87.568%
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

#75

Mysterious Skin (2005)
85%

#75
Adjusted Score: 88.027%
Critics Consensus: Bold performances and sensitive, spot-on direction make watching this difficult tale of trauma and abuse a thought-provoking, resonant experience.
Synopsis: "The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours, lost, gone without a trace..."... [More]
Directed By: Gregg Araki

#74

Undertow (2010)
90%

#74
Adjusted Score: 90.018%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man struggles to come to terms with the unexpected consequences of a secret love in this drama from director... [More]
Directed By: Javier Fuentes-León

#73

Beach Rats (2017)
84%

#73
Adjusted Score: 87.435%
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

#72

Beginners (2011)
85%

#72
Adjusted Score: 89.256%
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

#71

Saving Face (2005)
86%

#71
Adjusted Score: 88.199%
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

#70

Mulholland Drive (2001)
83%

#70
Adjusted Score: 88.655%
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

#69

Other People (2016)
85%

#69
Adjusted Score: 86.289%
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 in New York City (Jesse Plemons) returns home to Sacramento to care for his dying mother... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kelly

#68

A Single Man (2009)
85%

#68
Adjusted Score: 90.467%
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)

#67

Beautiful Thing (1996)
91%

#67
Adjusted Score: 91.499%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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

#66

Bad Education (2004)
87%

#66
Adjusted Score: 90.585%
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

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