10 Best LGBT Films Ever Made


6 Every year, only a handful of films are made, and out of those small number of films, only a few ever get noticed. Even so, there are large several LGBT films that are appealing to both queer and straight folks. These films deserve most recognition, but unfortunately, several people don’t want to watch those because they think is made for queer folks alone. In this post of top 10 LGBT films, we attempt to list movies that appeal to both straight and queer people. Here, take a list:

Philadelphia (1993)

Directed by Jonathan Demme, the American drama film is written by Ron Nyswaner and stars Hollywood biggies like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. The film is about a man with AIDS who is fired from his company after they find out about his condition and come to the conclusion that he is a homosexual man. The film deals with and acknowledges the stigma around HIV/AIDS and homophobia. Tom Hanks ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.

Bound (1996)

The Wachowskis made their feature directorial debut with this neo-noir crime thriller film. They had written and directed the film starring Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, and John Ryan. Inspired by Billy Wilder films involving a lot of sex and violence, Bound tells a story of two women who hatch a dangerous plot to steal money from a gangster. Over the years the film has won several awards and recognition.

Maurice (1987)

Based on an E. M. Forster novel of the same name, it’s a romantic drama film that tells the tale of two gay men from the upper-class British society. They lived in the Edwardian era where homosexuality was restricted. The film was directed by James Ivory and stars James Wilby, Hugh Grant, and Rupert Graves. Upon release, Maurice received universal recognition and currently holds 90% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Pride (2014)

It’s a historical comedy-drama, directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. It’s set at a time of turmoil when several families in Britain were affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984. The film has ensemble star cast – Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Dominic West, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, and George MacKay. Pride was nominated and won several prestigious awards including Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Blue Is the Warmest Colour is one of the most celebrated lesbian films of our era. It is a coming-of-age erotic drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. Its stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the primary role. Making the film was a long and arduous work, but at the end, it turned out to be so good and was critically acclaimed. Blue Is the Warmest Colour even went on to win the very prestigious Palme d’Or.


Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is a coming-of-age drama that is based on an unpublished semi-autobiographical play called in Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It revolves around the life of the main character in three stages of his life. It’s written and directed Barry Jenkins and stars Trevante Rhodes in the main role along with Mahershala Ali who won an Oscar for his role becoming the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. Moonlight also won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

Milk (2008)

It’s a biographical film based on the life and times of the gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk. Written by Dustin Lance Black, directed by Gus Van Sant, Milk stars Sean Penn in the lead role and Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, among other in other roles. Milk had an approval rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and ended up winning two Oscars (out the eight nominations) for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Original Screenplay.

Weekend (2011)

It’s a romantic film directed by Andrew Haigh, starring Tom Cullen and Chris New. It’s probably one of best LGBT films that aren’t as famous as they should be. It’s a dialogue based film with only two characters helming the whole narrative. As the name suggests, the film is set over a weekend when two men engage in a physical relationship that blossoms into something more. The only catch is, one of them is planning to leave the city.

Brokeback Mountain

Directed by the very well-renowned Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain is based on a short story of the same name by Annie Proulx that was published in 1997. Written by Ossana and Larry McMurtry, produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus, the film stars Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams. It one of the most popular LGBT films of all time and had won some of the most prestigious awards like the Golden Lion, Academy Award for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score.

Carol (2015)

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt, Carol is a romantic drama directed by Todd Haynes. Famously snubbed by the Academy, the screenplay is written by Phyllis Nagy and stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy and Kyle Chandler. The film, however, was nominated for five Golden Globe Award, nine BAFTA Award, and six Academy Award. In the 1950s New York City, Carol is about a forbidden love that blossoms between a young aspiring female photographer and an unhappy housewife on the verge of divorce. Let us know if we missed any of your favorite LGBT films.


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