10 of the best LGBTQ+ movies from the last decade

LGBTQ+ representation has thankfully been improving in film and we’ve handpicked some of the best queer-themed films to be released in the past decade.

Split screen from the Ten Best LGBTQ+ Movies of the last decade: Rooney Mara (left), Ben Schnetzer (centre), Saoirse Ronan (right)
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Are you looking for a film with LGBTQ+ representation? Are you a fan of a list? Well, today is your lucky day! We’ve got a list of, in our humble opinion, ten of the best LGBTQ+ movies that have graced our screens in the past ten years.

Please enjoy this whistle-stop tour through the last decade of queer film. We’ve got you covered for your next movie night! 

Dating Amber

An Irish film that debuted on Amazon Prime in the summer of 2020, Dating Amber is a coming of age story set in the ’90s. It follows Eddie (Fionn O’ Shea) and Amber (Lola Petticrew) who decide to stage a romantic relationship in the hopes that the people around them will stop questioning their sexualities. This film offers a heartbreaking insight into the trials of accepting oneself and the pressure of a society that doesn’t understand that struggle.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

A stunning French period piece set in the late 1700’s that tells the story of Marianne, (Noémie Merlant) a talented painter, and Heloise (Adèle Haenel), a woman who is soon to be married. The two women encounter one another when Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of the bride to be. Expect intense chemistry as these two women to fall in love with one another at a time when it wasn’t accepted.


A true crowd pleaser, this based-on-a-true-story sees London based gay and lesbian activists offer their support to the striking miners in Wales in 1984. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be inspired and surprised, making Pride easily one of the best LGBTQ+ movies in the last ten years.


Loosely based on the true story of fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) and her unexpected romance with Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), Ammonite is packed with brilliant chemistry between the two leads and a beautiful love story, A worthy addition to your watchlist.

The Boys in the Band 

A direct stage to screen adaptation fresh from its success on Broadway, Ryan Murphy directs this hard hitting story about a group of openly gay men in ’60s New York whose social gathering is interrupted by a surprise guest. With an impressive cast including Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer, this movie showcases the importance of friendship and love in a time where being yourself was not encouraged. 

The World To Come

This period piece follows two women, Abigail (Katherine Waterston) and Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) who are trapped within their confined marriages in the mid-nineteenth century east coast frontier. Through diary entries and letters that communicate the true feelings of both protagonists, this movie is a harrowing tale of love in a time of suffering.

God’s Own Country

Director Francis Lee makes his second appearance on this list following Ammonite. This particular film follows a young farmer Johnny (Josh O’Connor) whose volatile and erratic life is drastically altered when Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), a migrant worker from Romania, arrives to work with him on the farm. Gheorghe’s arrival presents Johnny with the opportunity to see the world through a different set of eyes and appreciate its true beauty.


Set in the strict Orthodox Jewish community, Disobedience follows the story of Ronit (Rachel Weisz) whose ostracisation from her community is interrupted by the death of her father. Upon her return, she is met with figures from her past who shed light on the reason for her abrupt departure in the first place. 


Todd Haynes’ eye for beauty is elegantly captured through the eyes of Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) who meet in a department store and cannot seem to forget one another. The constraints of their time period and Carol’s ex-husband Harge threaten to expose and ruin their lives forever in this 2015 film. With stunning costume design and equally impressive performances, this movie depicts the harsh reality of expressing desire in a less progressive era.

Handsome Devil

Fionn O’Shea once again pops up in our ten best LGBTQ+ movies list. Set in a boarding school that is intensely rugby focused, Handsome Devil follows the story of Ned Roche (Fionn O’Shea), an outsider and Conor Masters (Nicholas Galitzine), the top rugby player in the school who form an unlikely bond. This film depicts the pressure of sports-centred schools along with the difficulties that accompany not conforming with your peers.

So that’s it. What are you waiting for? Get watching!

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