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Gloriously Free is the first documentary ever to explore the world of gay immigration and the desperate search of five men to find welcoming arms outside their countries of birth, where persecution and hatred of alternative lifestyles may lead to torture or death.

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Lesbian and Gay Movie Titles

And Then Came Lola
Bam Bam & Celeste
Big Dreams in Little Hope
Bloomington
Breaking The girls
Butch Jamie
By Hook or by Crook
Chely Wright
Concussion
Edie & thea
Elana Undone
Face 2 Face
Fingersmith
I Can't Think Straight
Imagine me & You
Kiss Me
Lovers & Friends - Final Season
Make the Yuletide Gay
Mango Kiss
Margarita
Molly's Girl
Mosquita and Mari
Passion
Petunia
Philomena
Reaching For the Moon
Show Me Love
The Baby Formula
The Book thief
The Dallas Buyer's Club

LGBTIQ Movies

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SWEET LOVE STORY

The Way He Looks
Brazilian film based on a fantastic short of the same name. It tells the story of a blind gay teenager who falls for the new boy at school, much to the frustration of his best friend. It is tender, warm, romantic and everything you’d want from a love story.

Princess Cyd
A teen girl goes to visit her aunt for the summer and starts a relationship with a cute barista. Although this is technically a “coming-out movie”, Cyd discovering her sexuality isn’t a traumatic or fraught process – which is brilliantly refreshing. Sometimes, it feels hard to find a teenage girl who isn’t written as a bitchy popular girl or verbose adult in an adolescent body, but Princess Cyd finds a perfect balance to create a central character who is messy and complex and real.

Shelter
When a young man puts aside his art-school dreams to look after his nephew, it seems like his life will be consumed by his role as a guardian. However, when a friend’s brother comes back to town, a romance blossoms between the two and an unlikely family begins.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO CRY TO

Moonlight
Did everyone just forget about this? A coming-of-age drama which won an Oscar for Best Film, this is a work of art which explores race, masculinity and the struggle to find your own identity.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO LAUGH TO

Handsome Devil
A comedy about a boy at an Irish boarding school who is forced to share a room with a lad on the rugby team. It’s a classic take on the unlikely friendship trope, and has the elusive inclusion of both teen and adult gay characters in the lead and supporting roles.

Get Real  
Chock full of gay-film tropes (many of which it probably started in the first place), this classic 90s comedy includes closeted-jock love interests and cruising spots as part of the furniture. Underneath it all, however, is a very real demonstration of how damaging the closet can be.

But I’m A Cheerleader   
Cult comedy film about a cheerleader who goes to gay conversion therapy. It stars Natasha Lyonne (of Orange Is The New Black fame) and Clea Duvall as the central couple, and has cemented them as queer icons ever since.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT’S TRASHY (IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY)

Geography Club
Teens in an American high school start a Geography Club as cover for an LGBTQ+ society because, they reason, no one would actually want to join a Geography Club, so their secret will be safe! But, do they really want to keep it a secret when other students in the school might need it, too?

GBF
This bright and colourful teen comedy centres around the problematic idea of the “gay best friend”, and the way it dehumanises the boys assigned the label. Expect classic teen tropes like queen bees, make-overs and a finale at prom.

10 Another Gay Movie
An outrageous romcom about four gay friends who vow to lose their virginity before going to college at the end of the summer. This is the ultimate campy and raunchy gay movie.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A CULT CLASSIC

11 My Own Private Idaho
An absolute cult classic among queer audiences, this is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Henry VI and V, and stars River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves. It follows the lives of two teen hustlers, Mike and Scott, as they travel across America and to Italy in search of Mike’s mother.

12 The Incredibly True Adventure Of Two Girls In Love
Two very different high-school girls (a tomboy with bad grades, and a popular and wealthy only child) fall in love in an intolerant town.

13 Beautiful Thing
Originally only made for TV, this film was so popular that it was later released in cinemas. The ending of this movie about two boys growing up on a council estate in south London will make you melt every time.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING HARD-HITTING

14 My Brother The Devil
This crime drama tells the story of two sons of Egyptian immigrants coming of age in east London. One brother begins to explore his sexuality while trying to leave the life of gang violence they are enmeshed in.

15 Dream Boy
A Southern Gothic drama following two teenage boys who fall in love in the rural South in the 1970s. Based on a novel of the same name, the film deals with issues including abuse, assault and violence.

16 Mysterious Skin
Two boys – one a street hustler and the other obsessed with alien abductions – find each other while searching for answers about their past. This is a seriously heavy film that deals with dark themes, but the script and performances are stunning.  

17 Boys Don’t Cry
Based on the tragic true story of Brandon Teena, a trans man who was murdered in 1993, this devastating film explores themes of gender, class and violence. 

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN AWARD-WINNER

18 Pariah
A coming-of-age film by Dee Rees, full of first love and poetry, about an African-American teenage girl embracing her lesbian identity. It centres queer friendship, which is so often ignored in favour of the “only gay in the village” trope, and found family.

19 Naz & Maalik
Two closeted Muslim teens living in Brooklyn struggle to conceal their secretive relationship – while the tension between them attracts the unwanted suspicion of an FBI agent.

 

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING FEEL GOOD

20 Pride
Pride is one of of my favourite movies – I pretty much go through the entire range of human emotions while watching it, and cry every time (mostly from sheer joy). It tells the real-life story of LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners), who raised and donated money to striking mining families in Wales. It’s a classic tale of unlikely friendship and solidarity, and will make you absolutely rejoice at the human capacity for love and compassion.

21 Leave It On The Floor
A “supersized musical” about a gay boy who finds his chosen family in the LA ballroom world after leaving an unwelcoming home. If you think the “ballroom world” refers to what they do on Strictly Come Dancing, I’d also urge you to watch the documentary Paris Is Burning to find out about this amazing subsection of LGBTQ+ culture.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING EXPERIMENTAL

22 Totally F***ed Up
A film following six queer teens. The filmmaker himself described it as “kinda twisted cross between avant-garde experimental cinema and a queer John Hughes flick”, so prepare for a wild ride!

23 Were The World Mine
What is it with LGBTQ+ people and Shakespeare? Maybe it’s the genderbending, the high drama and the iconic love stories that we want to make our own? Were The World Mine channels A Midsummer Night's Dream, as a gay teen uses a magic flower to turn everyone in a homophobic town gay.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

24 Summer Storm
Taking place during a week of training for a rowing competition (I know), a team of boys is disappointed when the team of girls they were supposed to be camping with is replaced by a gay youth rowing team. However, the proximity to such out and proud peers forces one rower to think about his own sexuality.

25 Circumstance
Wealthy Iranian siblings go down two opposing paths as the daughter begins a lesbian relationship and the son is drawn to religious fundamentalism.

 

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GENRE FILM 
 

26 Thelma
Norwegian supernatural drama about a girl with repressed telekinetic powers, which are triggered when she falls in love with a female classmate.

27 D.E.B.S
An action comedy parodying Charlie’s Angels that is complicated by a romance between one of the heroes and the villain, who are both women. It is a seriously wild and campy ride.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR TRANS AND INTERSEX REPRESENTATION

28 Boy Meets Girl
One of the very few films about young LGBTQ+ people that represents the trans part of that acronym – in both the lead character and the actress who plays her – Boy Meets Girl is a romantic-comedy drama about a young trans woman looking for love while pursuing her dream of being a fashion designer.

29 XXY
The story of an intersex teenager from Argentina that explores the assumptions and roles we place on gender and sexuality, and how breaking free of that binary can be a liberating truth.

30 Gun Hill Road
A man returns home after three years in prison and finds out his child is a trans woman in the process of coming out and transitioning.

 

AND HERE ARE PLENTY MORE TO LOOK UP AND LOVE

31 Jongens

32 The Curiosity Of Chance    

33 Show Me Love

34 Closet Monster

35 North Sea Texas

36 All Over Me

37 Centre Of My World

38 Young Soul Rebels

39 Like A Virgin

40 God’s Own Country

41 Date And Switch   

42 Yes Or No   

43 Love Of Siam

44 Blackbird

45 Private Romeo

46 Edge Of Seventeen 

47 Mosquita Y Mari

48 Young & Wild

49 Being 17

50 Prom King, 2010

51 Beach Rats

52 Something Like Summer

53 The Wound

54 The Blue Hour

55 Hidden Kisses

56 Fair Haven

57 Tomboy

58 Margarita With A Straw

59 Saturday Church

60 Freak Show

61 The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

62 First Girl I Loved