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The 30 Best LGBTQ Movies on Netflix Right Now

In celebration of Pride month, we compiled a list of the best Fresh lesbian, gay, trans, and queer films you can watch on Netflix right now. You’ll find Netflix originals (like recent documentaries Circle of Books and A Secret Love) as well as award-winning theatrical releases.

The titles below are sorted from the best LGBTQ films on Netflix and ranked by adjusted Tomatometer score (which takes into account the number of reviewers weighing in, and the number of reviews per film for movies released in a given year). To be included, films had to have a Fresh Tomatometer score (60% or above).

#30
Adjusted Score: 57421%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film celebrates Armistead Maupin, one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of... [More]
Starring: Armistead Maupin
Directed By: Jennifer M. Kroot

#29

Transformer (2017)
100%

#29
Adjusted Score: 57844%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A former Marine and record-breaking powerlifter faces his most challenging test of strength yet -- transitioning from male to female.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Michael Del Monte

#28

I Am Michael (2015)
62%

#28
Adjusted Score: 62945%
Critics Consensus: I Am Michael takes a determinedly balanced approach to its complex subject, and although the results don't always add up, they're anchored by strong work from James Franco.
Synopsis: Based on the fascinating, true-life story of Michael Glatze (James Franco), a gay activist who becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor.... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kelly

#27

The Danish Girl (2015)
67%

#27
Adjusted Score: 77427%
Critics Consensus: The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.
Synopsis: With support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) prepares to undergo one of the... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hooper

#26

The Perfection (2018)
71%

#26
Adjusted Score: 75531%
Critics Consensus: Led by a pair of compelling performances, The Perfection is a smart, gripping thriller that barbs its wild twists with cutting wit.
Synopsis: A troubled musical prodigy and a new star pupil embark down a sinister path.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Shepard

#25
#25
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: In 1984 a college student (Andersen Gabrych) prompts a high-school student (Chris Stafford) to recognize his homosexuality, which jars his... [More]
Directed By: David Moreton

#24

Alex Strangelove (2018)
81%

#24
Adjusted Score: 80469%
Critics Consensus: Alex Strangelove offers a refreshingly insightful -- and fittingly adult -- take on teen sexuality enlivened by smart humor and a fearlessly progressive approach.
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

#23

Holding the Man (2015)
81%

#23
Adjusted Score: 81370%
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

#22

Let It Snow (2019)
81%

#22
Adjusted Score: 81548%
Critics Consensus: Comfortably cliché, Let It Snow wears its influences on its sleeve, but works anyway thanks an excellent ensemble and just the right amount of holiday cheer.
Synopsis: A snowstorm brings a group of young people together.... [More]
Directed By: Luke Snellin

#21

Lovesong (2016)
83%

#21
Adjusted Score: 83577%
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: When an emotionally neglected woman and her best friend go on an impromptu road trip, their bond deepens and intensifies... [More]
Directed By: So-yong Kim

#20

Handsome Devil (2016)
83%

#20
Adjusted Score: 84524%
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

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 81050%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it's still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.
Synopsis: Venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary.... [More]
Directed By: Colin Minihan

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 86114%
Critics Consensus: The Boys in the Band brings the classic stage play back to the screen with a well-acted adaptation containing surprising -- and poignant -- modern relevance.
Synopsis: A visitor turns an evening upside down when he interrupts a gathering of gay men in New York City in... [More]
Directed By: Joe Mantello

#17

Other People (2016)
85%

#17
Adjusted Score: 87149%
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: After breaking up with his boyfriend, a struggling New York writer (Jesse Plemons) returns to Sacramento, Calif., to take care... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kelly

#16

Girl (2018)
83%

#16
Adjusted Score: 84558%
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.
Synopsis: Lara, a 15-year-old girl who was born in a boy's body, is committed to becoming a professional ballerina.... [More]
Directed By: Lukas Dhont

#15

I Care a Lot (2020)
78%

#15
Adjusted Score: 89005%
Critics Consensus: A searing swipe at late-stage capitalism, I Care A Lot is an exhilarating pitch black comedy with a wicked performance from Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: A shady legal guardian lands in hot water when she tries to bilk a woman who has ties to a... [More]
Directed By: J Blakeson

#14

Lingua Franca (2019)
86%

#14
Adjusted Score: 87925%
Critics Consensus: Lingua Franca brings warmth and humanity to its social issue-driven plot with sensitive performances and writer-director Isabel Sandoval's gently empathetic touch.
Synopsis: An undocumented trans Filipino caregiver pursues a marriage to obtain a green card.... [More]
Directed By: Isabel Sandoval

#13

A Single Man (2009)
86%

#13
Adjusted Score: 92015%
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: Planning to commit suicide at the end of the day, a gay professor (Colin Firth) who recently lost his lover... [More]
Directed By: Tom Ford

#12

Straight Up (2019)
93%

#12
Adjusted Score: 92606%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and sharply written, Straight Up serves as an effervescent calling card for writer/director/star James Sweeney.
Synopsis: Intellectual soul mates bond.... [More]
Directed By: James Sweeney

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 96412%
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: In 1960s Wyoming two cowboys (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal) begin a secret romance that endures through many years and each... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#10
Adjusted Score: 96578%
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: Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally... [More]
Directed By: David France

#9

I Am Divine (2012)
96%

#9
Adjusted Score: 97784%
Critics Consensus: With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure.
Synopsis: The life and work of cultural icon, recording artist and actor Divine.... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Schwarz

#8

The Queen (1968)
96%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97538%
Critics Consensus: Celebrating its subjects without ever losing sight of their story, The Queen is a fascinating time capsule that has only gained resonance since its release.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Frank Simon goes behind the scenes of the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant in New York City.... [More]
Directed By: Frank Simon

#7

Pariah (2011)
95%

#7
Adjusted Score: 99206%
Critics Consensus: Pulsing with authenticity and led by a stirring lead performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah is a powerful coming out/coming-of-age film that signals the arrival of a fresh new talent in writer/director Dee Rees.
Synopsis: Though not yet out to her parents, a Brooklyn teenager (Adepero Oduye) embraces her identity as a lesbian and searches... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

#6

Disclosure (2020)
98%

#6
Adjusted Score: 100045%
Critics Consensus: Disclosure engrossingly illuminates the history and effects of the way transgender lives are depicted onscreen -- and outlines how much progress still needs to be made.
Synopsis: A look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of this on American culture.... [More]
Directed By: Sam Feder

#5

Circus of Books (2019)
98%

#5
Adjusted Score: 100247%
Critics Consensus: Like the cheekily named store at this documentary's center, Circus of Books proves there are countless stories below the surface if we're only willing to look.
Synopsis: In 1976 a couple take over an adult book store, and the store becomes the biggest distributor of gay porn... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Mason

#4

The Half of It (2020)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101681%
Critics Consensus: For viewers in search of an uncommonly smart, tender, and funny coming-of-age story, The Half of It has everything.
Synopsis: A shy, introverted student helps the school jock woo a girl whom, secretly, they both want.... [More]
Directed By: Alice Wu

#3

A Secret Love (2020)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 101505%
Critics Consensus: In telling one couple's story, A Secret Love pays understated yet powerful tribute to a lifetime of choices and sacrifices made in the name of enduring devotion.
Synopsis: A former baseball player keeps her lesbian relationship a secret from her family for seven decades.... [More]
Starring: Pat Henschel
Directed By: Chris Bolan

#2
Adjusted Score: 102488%
Critics Consensus: An absorbing and affectionate tribute to a unique individual, Mucho Mucho Amor should prove fascinating for Walter Mercado fans as well as first-timers.
Synopsis: Puerto Rican astrologer and psychic Walter Mercado discusses his life, career and post-fame seclusion.... [More]
Starring: Walter Mercado

#1

Milk (2008)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102707%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Sean Penn's powerhouse performance, Milk is a triumphant account of America's first openly gay man elected to public office.
Synopsis: In San Francisco, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) becomes the first openly gay man elected to a notable U.S. public office,... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant


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