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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Cinema: Must-See Films for Pride and Beyond

by Michelle Blanyar on 2024-06-20T15:31:00-04:00 in Adults, Digital Collections, History & Culture, LGBTQ+, Movies & Television | 0 Comments

As we celebrate Pride and the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ experiences, cinema offers a window into stories of love, struggle, identity, and triumph. Here's a curated list of popular and cult classic LGBTQ+ films that have captivated audiences and left an indelible mark on the world of film. Whether you're looking for a heartfelt romance, a riveting drama, or a joyous comedy, these movies have something to offer everyone.

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Popular LGBTQ+ Films

  1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

    • Directed by Ang Lee
    • A poignant story about the complex relationship between two cowboys, exploring themes of love and societal expectations. A must-watch for its stunning performances and emotional depth.
  2. Moonlight (2016)

    • Directed by Barry Jenkins
    • This Oscar-winning film explores identity and sexuality through the life of a young Black man. Its powerful storytelling and beautiful cinematography make it a modern classic.
  3. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

    • Directed by Luca Guadagnino
    • Set in the picturesque Italian countryside, this coming-of-age romance tells the story of a young man and his father's research assistant. A film filled with passion, longing, and a memorable soundtrack.
  4. The Handmaiden (2016)

    • Directed by Park Chan-wook
    • A Korean psychological thriller with a complex narrative and romance between two women. Its twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat.
  5. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

    • Directed by Céline Sciamma
    • A French historical drama about the forbidden affair between an aristocrat and a painter. The film's haunting beauty and intense performances are unforgettable.
  6. Love, Simon (2018)

    • Directed by Greg Berlanti
    • A heartwarming teen romantic comedy about a high school student coming out. It's a charming and uplifting film that resonates with audiences of all ages.
  7. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

    • Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
    • This French film traces the intense relationship between two young women. It's a raw and deeply emotional exploration of love and self-discovery.
  8. Carol (2015)

    • Directed by Todd Haynes
    • A romantic drama set in the 1950s about the relationship between an aspiring photographer and an older woman. Its elegance and powerful performances make it a standout.
  9. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

    • Directed by Lisa Cholodenko
    • A comedy-drama about a same-sex couple raising two teenagers. It's a heartfelt and humorous look at family dynamics and relationships.
  10. Rocketman (2019)

    • Directed by Dexter Fletcher
    • A musical biopic about the life of Elton John. Its vibrant energy and fantastic soundtrack celebrate the iconic musician's journey.

Cult Classic LGBTQ+ Films

  1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    • Directed by Jim Sharman
    • A musical horror comedy and a beloved midnight movie classic. Its campy style and catchy tunes have made it a cult phenomenon.
  2. Paris is Burning (1990)

    • Directed by Jennie Livingston
    • A documentary chronicling the ball culture of New York City and its LGBTQ+ communities. It's an important and insightful look into a vibrant subculture.
  3. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

    • Directed by Jamie Babbit
    • A satirical comedy about a teenager sent to a conversion therapy camp. It's a witty and sharp critique of societal norms.
  4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

    • Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
    • A musical about a transgender punk rock singer from East Berlin. Its bold and unapologetic style has earned it a dedicated following.
  5. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

    • Directed by Stephan Elliott
    • An Australian comedy-drama about two drag queens and a transgender woman traveling across the outback. It's a joyous and visually stunning film.
  6. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

    • Directed by Gus Van Sant
    • A drama about two friends, one of whom is a narcoleptic street hustler. Its dreamy and introspective style has made it a beloved indie film.
  7. Bound (1996)

    • Directed by The Wachowskis
    • A neo-noir crime thriller involving a lesbian couple and a heist. It's a stylish and suspenseful film with strong performances.
  8. The Birdcage (1996)

    • Directed by Mike Nichols
    • A comedy about a gay couple who must pretend to be straight for a family dinner. It's a hilarious and heartwarming film with an all-star cast.
  9. Milk (2008)

    • Directed by Gus Van Sant
    • A biopic about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California. It's an inspiring and moving portrayal of a pivotal figure in LGBTQ+ history.
  10. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

    • Directed by Beeban Kidron
    • A comedy about three drag queens on a road trip. Its humor and heart have made it a beloved film.

These films offer a rich and diverse representation of LGBTQ+ experiences and stories. Whether you're revisiting old favorites or discovering new ones, each of these movies provides a unique and important perspective. Enjoy your cinematic journey through the vibrant world of LGBTQ+ cinema!

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