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The Best LGBTQ+ Movies on HBO Max

In celebration of Pride month, we’ve compiled a list of the best Fresh LGBTQ+ movies you can find on HBO Max right now. You’ll find hit classic dramas (Desert Hearts), feel-good comedies (In & Out), and international affairs (Bad Education).

The titles below are sorted from the best LGBTQ+ films on HBO Max – those included with a subscription, not those you have to buy or rent for an additional cost – 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).


Transhood (2020)

Adjusted Score: 28.185%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmed over five years in Kansas City, Transhood follows four transgender kids - beginning at ages 4, 7, 12, and... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Liese


In & Out (1997)

Adjusted Score: 73.652%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't always find comfortable ground between broad comedy and social commentary, but lively performances -- especially from Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack -- enrich In & Out's mixture of laughs and sexual tolerance.
Synopsis: Life is sweet for high-school English teacher and sports coach Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline); he's still living where he grew... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz


Gia (1998)

Adjusted Score: 76.725%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Angelina Jolie (Wallace) has the title role in this biographical drama tracing the tragic rise to fame and death, at... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cristofer


Frida (2002)

Adjusted Score: 79.289%
Critics Consensus: Frida is a passionate, visually striking biopic about the larger-than-life artist.
Synopsis: After being attached to a number of actors, directors, and producers, this long-gestating biography of one of Mexico's most prominent,... [More]
Directed By: Julie Taymor


Broken Embraces (2009)

Adjusted Score: 86.786%
Critics Consensus: Pedro Almodovar's fourth film with Penélope Cruz isn't his finest work, but he brings his signature visual brilliance to this noirish tale, and the cast turns in some first-class performances.
Synopsis: A follow-up to Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodóvar's 2006 arthouse sensation Volver, Los Abrazos Rotos finds the filmmaker re-teaming with... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar


Mulholland Drive (2001)

Adjusted Score: 88.982%
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


Unpregnant (2020)

Adjusted Score: 92.013%
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


Bad Education (2004)

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


Chasing Amy (1997)

Adjusted Score: 92.086%
Critics Consensus: Although Chasing Amy's depiction of queer sexuality is frustratingly clumsy, it handles an array of thorny themes with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty, and writer-director Kevin Smith's signature raunchy humor.
Synopsis: After a pair of films about hipster slackers, the work of writer-director Kevin Smith matured and gained critical respect with... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

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]


Desert Hearts (1986)

Adjusted Score: 97.406%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on Jane Rule's novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch's narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian... [More]
Directed By: Donna Deitch

Adjusted Score: 97.621%
Critics Consensus: Affectionate without sacrificing honesty, Behind the Candelabra couples award-worthy performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with some typically sharp direction from Steven Soderbergh.
Synopsis: Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

Adjusted Score: 100.801%
Critics Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.
Synopsis: Based on a true 1972 story, Sidney Lumet's 1975 drama chronicles a unique bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

Adjusted Score: 101.66%
Critics Consensus: Almodovar weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity with an affectionate wink to classics of theater and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion.
Synopsis: Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

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