Tired of taking half an hour to search through Netflix to find what you’re watching tonight? Well, we are here to help, here are some of the best LGBTQ+ movies from the past decade that are perfect for movie night.
This is the story of a father who, after his wife dies, comes out to their son was inspired by the real-life experiences of filmmaker Mike Mills. The father, who is relieved to finally embrace his identity and who is trying to keep up with a new (and much younger) boyfriend while learning what it means to be gay at age 75.
The Kid’s are Alright
A lesbian couple who have their peaceful domesticity challenged when their children seek out their sperm donor. It was one of the first mainstream films to showcase a rainbow family. It was nominated for Best Picture at the 83rd Academy Awards–one of the few LGBTQ+ films to achieve this distinction.
Battle of the Sexes
Proud male chauvinist Bobby Riggs in the legendary 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Billie Jean King. The film recounts the story of how that famous battle came to pass at the same time it follows King’s love affair with hairstylist Marilyn Barnett.
Following Simon Spier as he navigates closeted life in high school, battling blackmail and searching for love in the process. Love, Simon was groundbreaking because it was the first movie about a gay teen to be backed by a major studio. This film did so well, there is a spin-off series on Hulu called Love, Victor. Definitely one of the best and most successful LGBTQ+ movies of the past few years.
God’s Own Country
For fans of Brokeback Mountain, God’s Own Country, a British drama about a sheep farmer’s relationship with a Romanian migrant worker. The film is a beautiful and brutal representation of how self-hate and prejudice can complicate queer love.
This film is about the trailblazing writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who engaged in relationships with men, women, and trans-masculine-identifying people circa the Belle Époque. In the film the pansexual bohemian feminist steps out of her husband’s shadow to become the most famous female French author in the world.
If you can believe it, this whole film was shot on an iPhone 5s camera with a budget of $100,000. It’s not only groundbreaking in technology, but the subject matter as Tangerine is the first film in awards contention to star two trans women of colour (Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) portraying Los Angeles sex workers — a profession they themselves had engaged in. And the film not only spoke to the hardships trans women can face in this work but also the friendship between these women.
Call Me By Your Name
This film has enchanted audiences with its picturesque depiction of northern Italy and its love story between 17 year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his father’s 24 year-old graduate student, Oliver (Armie Hammer).
The Favourite is not your typical mother’s period piece. It is a wild, queer romp through the 18th-century court of the spoiled Queen Anne of England. The Favourite lost the Best Picture prize, but Olivia Colman took home the Best Actress Oscar in 2019.
Following the life of a young black boy through his childhood, adolescence, and early adult life, this film explores the difficulties faced by queer people of colour and explores the different forms of masculinity that are at play in black culture. Complete with gorgeous visuals and a script that is as strong as its actors, this is one of the best LGBTQ+ movies of the last decade and a must-watch for anyone living in 2020.
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