20 LGBTQ Hollywood films to Binge Watch On!!!Aleena Jun 20 2019 at 6:07 AM
Now that the Pride month of LGBTQ community is complete, we have made a list of LGBTQ Hollywood films that have been made especially for you guys to binge watch for the rest of 2019.
We have created a list of not just LGBTQ films but, mentioned only high rated ones for you so that you don’t have to invest your precious time in checking the ratings of the films. So, keep your Pride month excitement on and check out the movie list below: -
1. Victor Victoria
Victor Victoria is notable for being just one of the first American movies to show a gay character in a positive light. It is a remake of the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria. Victoria Grant, British soprano played by actress Julie Andrews struggles to find work in the nightclubs in Paris. She tries to scam a free meal where she meets a cabaret performer, Toddy (Robert Preston) who comes up with an idea that changes everything. Acting as her manager, Toddy bills Grant as a male-female impersonator and the duo make it big but keeping the truth a secret is not an easy task for them.
2. Torch Song Trilogy
The story of this film is both funny and poignant. A gay man working as a female impersonator in 1970s NYC is looking for love, respect, acceptance, and tradition in a world that seems like not made for him. He finally finds his love interest in a fashion model. After a series of heartaches, he believes he has found the love of his life and the couple makes plans for adoption. But when tragedy strikes, his life is shaken to its very core, leading to a confrontation with his overbearing mother who has never approved of her son’s lifestyle.
3. Gods and Monsters
It is a 1998 British-American period drama that recounts the partly fictionalized last days of the life of Frankestine film’s (1931) director, James Whale played by the late actor, Ian McKellen. The film talks about his retirement to pursue painting and a life of leisure where he explores his final fascination with a handsome gardener.
4. The Children’s Hour
A long-time two female close friends run a boarding school for girls. Amidst everything when an unruly child, is punished for lying, she creates a story that the two women are having a lesbian relationship. When the rumor spreads even further, parents withdraw their children from the school. The women’s lawsuit for libel hits many snags when they lack witnesses to speak for them. Due to all the mishap, one of the women’s engagement affects badly with her beau.
5. Parting Glances
Robert (John Bolger), a successful young gay man, plans to leave from NYC for a 2-year work assignment in Africa. While his boyfriend, Michael (Richard Ganoung), struggles with his imminent absence and its effects on their relationship. Meanwhile, Michael also cares for his ex-lover, Nick (Steve Buscemi), who is struggling with HIV. At a going-away party for Robert, emotions run high as the men and their friends deal with their changing realities.
6. The Boys in the Band
The screenplay by Mart Crowley is based on his Off-Broadway play ‘The Boys in the Band’. It is among the first major American motion pictures to revolve around gay characters and is often cited as a milestone in the history of queer cinema. The film goes by a group of gay friends at a birthday party who dissect their lives and relationships. Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.
7. Prayers for Bobby
It’s an adaptation of a true story of Late advocate Christian Mary Griffith played by actress Sigourney Weaver who fights to “cure” her gay son. Although he tries to please his mother and the journey unfolds when he cannot change his lifestyle, and his depression leads to suicide which makes Mary question her faith and searches for comfort. With no help and comfort from anyone post her son’s suicide she seeks to understand her opinions on homosexuality and eventually, she becomes an advocate for gay rights.
8. Longtime Companion
It is often described as being the first film to put a human face to the AIDS epidemic. The title derives from the New York Times’s refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in its obituaries (Notice of death) in the 1980s and its use of the term for the surviving partner in a gay relationship. The story is told in nine single days in each of the years from 1981 to 1989. The action switches between Manhattan to Fire Island and ends with three of the friends reminiscing about all those they have lost over.
A young boy in his early twenties sacrifices his dream of attending the school of Arts by doing odd jobs to earn money for his sister and her 5-year-old son. Questioning his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend. When his best friend’s older brother returns home for the summer, he swiftly finds himself drawn into a relationship he didn’t expect.
10. Mysterious Skin
A film where a teenager becomes obsessed with UFOs, while another becomes a gay hustler in some years by following childhood trauma. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share.
11. The Celluloid Closet
It’s a documentary that highlights the historical contexts that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have occupied in the history of cinema along with the evolution of the entertainment industry’s role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The film also represents that in a hundred years of Cinema history homosexuality has rarely been acknowledged and it was only there for laughs, pity, and fear. It also shows the depiction of gays during each decade showing how the visibility of homosexuals began to increase and evolve.
12. The Hours
A story of three different women from different time and place. All three are linked by their yearnings and fears. Their stories take a twist when finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.
13. Boys Don’t Cry
A female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) leaves his hometown under threat when his ex-girlfriend’s brother discovers that he’s biologically female. After resettling in Nebraska, he falls for a woman who is an aspiring singer. He hides his past and change of his gender to her and begins to plan for their future together. But things take an ugly turn when her ex-convict friends, learn about Brandon’s secret.
14. A Single Man
Grieving over the loss of his gay partner Jim, George Falconer, an English professor finds it difficult to live his life. After being ignored by Jim’s family upon his death, George decides to end his life by committing suicide. While preparing for his departure, he encounters some of the people he has met during his time in LA and they notice a change in the man.
15. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
A German immigrant living in a trailer (van) in Kansas is the victim of a messed-up sex-change operation. Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theatre hit, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” which tells the story of the “Internationally ignored” rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love.
The story of Harvey Milk (lead character) played by Sean Penn talks about his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.
17. Paris Is Burning
This documentary centers on drag queens living in NYC and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially ignored performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. Also touching on issues of racism and poverty, the film features interviews with several renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.
18. Brokeback Mountain
Two young men hired as ranch hands in the Wyoming mountains. During the long months of separation, an unusual bond starts to develop between them, one which they are only mistily aware of until one night when it rises to a passionate encounter between the two. When the season ends, they part ways, only to realize the true depth of their feelings which leads to a decades-long affair that the two desperately try to hide from those around them… one which will prove simultaneously beautiful and devastating.
19. Blue is the warmest color
The film is about a French teen who develops a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student she met in a lesbian bar. Her life changes when she meets the young woman with blue hair, who allows her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, she teen grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
20. God’s Own Country
A Young farmer numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets him on a new path. We hope you found our list of films interesting enough and so do let us know which one are you excited to watch. Also, if any other LGBTQ films are worth watching then, do let us know in the comment section below.