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200 Best LGBT Movies of All Time

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#100

Orlando (1993)
84%

#100
Adjusted Score: 88.271%
Critics Consensus: Orlando can't match its visual delights with equally hefty narrative -- but it's so much fun to watch that it doesn't need to.
Synopsis: Independent filmmaker Sally Potter's gender-bending epic, which views four centuries of sexual politics through the eyes of a sex-switching main... [More]
Directed By: Sally Potter

#99
Adjusted Score: 89.466%
Critics Consensus: A thoughtful drama that grows even more powerful in retrospect, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant sensitively depicts a woman's tortured search for connection.
Synopsis: This tale of intermingled love and hate is directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and is the 13th of the 33... [More]

#98

Saving Face (2005)
86%

#98
Adjusted Score: 88.282%
Critics Consensus: A charming tale of a love affair that overcomes cultural taboos.
Synopsis: An Asian-American woman and her mother both find their private lives are becoming a family matter in this romantic comedy-drama.... [More]
Directed By: Alice Wu

#97
Adjusted Score: 88.329%
Critics Consensus: Chen Kaing's epic is grand in scope and presentation, and, bolstered by solid performances, the result is a film both horrifying and enthralling.
Synopsis: The story begins in the 1920s, and continues through to the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. The early part of... [More]
Directed By: Kaige Chen

#96

Beach Rats (2017)
85%

#96
Adjusted Score: 88.584%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil.
Synopsis: On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#95

Fire (1996)
88%

#95
Adjusted Score: 88.693%
Critics Consensus: Fire takes a slow-burning approach to its exploration of illicit love, trading overwhelming heat for a seductive warmth that lingers.
Synopsis: This Canadian drama takes place in India, where two wives find comfort in each other's arms after finding none from... [More]
Directed By: Deepa Mehta

#94

Mulholland Drive (2001)
83%

#94
Adjusted Score: 88.876%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmirizing performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.
Synopsis: Along Mulholland Drive nothing is what it seems. In the unreal universe of Los Angeles, the city bares its schizophrenic... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 89.195%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent, empathetic, and well-acted, First Girl I Loved explores teen romance from a refreshing - and emotionally resonant - perspective.
Synopsis: A high-school love triangle develops when Anne falls for a girl on the softball team, inadvertently dashing the hopes of... [More]
Directed By: Kerem Sanga

#92

Beginners (2011)
85%

#92
Adjusted Score: 89.545%
Critics Consensus: Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.
Synopsis: Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mills

#91

52 Tuesdays (2015)
89%

#91
Adjusted Score: 89.555%
Critics Consensus: 52 Tuesdays honors the complexity of familial bonds and gender identity with an intimate, well-acted, and overall empathetic drama.
Synopsis: Directed by Sophie Hyde (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), the Australian filmmaker who won the Directing Award: World... [More]
Directed By: Sophie Hyde

#90

Diamantino (2019)
86%

#90
Adjusted Score: 88.433%
Critics Consensus: Diamantino casts a singularly surreal eye on an ambitious array of subjects, emerging with a cinematic experience as inscrutable as it is unforgettable.
Synopsis: Diamantino (Carloto Cotta), the world's premiere soccer star, loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for... [More]

#89

Bound (1996)
88%

#89
Adjusted Score: 89.912%
Critics Consensus: Bound's more titillating elements attracted attention, but it's the stylish direction, solid performances, and entertaining neo-noir caper plot that make it worth a watch.
Synopsis: Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly nearly set the screen on fire in this clever, female-powered twist on the standard Mob... [More]

#88

Undertow (2010)
88%

#88
Adjusted Score: 88.082%
Critics Consensus: A drama as beautifully filmed as it is finely detailed, Undertow is a wonderfully unique love story with a touch of magic.
Synopsis: A man struggles to come to terms with the unexpected consequences of a secret love in this drama from director... [More]
Directed By: Javier Fuentes-León

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 90.644%
Critics Consensus: Keep the Lights On is a mysterious, sexy journey deep into the love affair of two men that always manages to stay true to life.
Synopsis: It's 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt)... [More]
Directed By: Ira Sachs

#86

A Single Man (2009)
85%

#86
Adjusted Score: 90.908%
Critics Consensus: Though the costumes are beautiful and the art direction impeccable, what stands out most from this debut by fashion designer Tom Ford is the leading performance by Colin Firth.
Synopsis: In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college... [More]
Directed By: Tom Ford (VIII)

#85

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
88%

#85
Adjusted Score: 90.962%
Critics Consensus: Hilary Swank's acclaimed performance pays fitting tribute to the tragic life of Brandon Teena.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Boys Don't Cry was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a... [More]
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce

#84

Aimée & Jaguar (2000)
90%

#84
Adjusted Score: 91.02%
Critics Consensus: A gripping examination of sexual taboos, set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, bolstered by a subtly shaded script and a strong cast.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Aimée & Jaguar is a love story and historical drama about a liaison both forbidden... [More]
Directed By: Max Färberböck

#83
Adjusted Score: 90.197%
Critics Consensus: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood offers plenty of prurient thrills for film fans, but beyond the gossip lies a poignantly illuminating look at decades of sexual mores.
Synopsis: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed... [More]
Directed By: Matt Tyrnauer

#82

Maurice (1987)
90%

#82
Adjusted Score: 91.021%
Critics Consensus: Maurice sensitively explores the ramifications of forbidden desire with a powerful love story brought to life by the outstanding efforts of a talented cast.
Synopsis: Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster's Maurice is a story of coming to... [More]
Directed By: James Ivory

#81
Adjusted Score: 91.11%
Critics Consensus: A naturalistic depiction of teenage life, Show Me Love has a charming, authentic feel.
Synopsis: This coming-of-age comedy is set in a sleepy little Swedish town called Åmål -- the most boring place on Earth... [More]
Directed By: Lukas Moodysson

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 91.384%
Critics Consensus: The Wound uses its complex, timely story as effective grist for a thought-provoking exploration of the human dynamic.
Synopsis: Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate... [More]
Directed By: John Trengove

#79

Boy Erased (2018)
81%

#79
Adjusted Score: 91.708%
Critics Consensus: Anchored in empathy by writer-director-star Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased proves the road to complex, powerfully performed drama can also be paved with good intentions.
Synopsis: "Boy Erased" tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who... [More]
Directed By: Joel Edgerton

#78
#78
Adjusted Score: 88.811%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by powerful performances and tied together by writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the helm, Teorema poses intriguing questions behind a veil of mystery.
Synopsis: Terence Stamp is known only as "The Visitor" in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. The mysterious stranger insinuates himself into the... [More]
Directed By: Pier Paolo Pasolini

#77

Beautiful Thing (1996)
91%

#77
Adjusted Score: 91.49%
Critics Consensus: An engaging slice of life drama that happens to double as a gay coming-of-age story, Beautiful Thing captures its place and time with deceptive depth and skill.
Synopsis: In this alternately somber and witty coming-of-age drama, a pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighborhood become... [More]
Directed By: Hettie MacDonald

#76
Adjusted Score: 91.661%
Critics Consensus: Ma Vie en Rose follows a boy's exploration of his gender identity with warmth and empathy - for its young protagonist as well as the family affected by his journey.
Synopsis: Alain Berliner's colorful and poetic Ma Vie En Rose not only bends the lines between reality and fantasy, but also... [More]
Directed By: Alain Berliner

#75

Bad Education (2004)
88%

#75
Adjusted Score: 91.702%
Critics Consensus: A layered, wonderfully-acted, and passionate drama.
Synopsis: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#74

Disobedience (2018)
84%

#74
Adjusted Score: 92.357%
Critics Consensus: Disobedience explores a variety of thought-provoking themes, bolstered by gripping work from leads Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.
Synopsis: From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#73
#73
Adjusted Score: 92.004%
Critics Consensus: My Summer of Love is a moody, bittersweet love story featuring outstanding performances from the leads.
Synopsis: Two 16-year olds spending one long, hot English summer together in Yorkshire. Mona is a tough Northern lass whose spiky... [More]
Directed By: Pavel Pavlikovskiy

#72

To Be Takei (2014)
90%

#72
Adjusted Score: 91.074%
Critics Consensus: To Be Takei rests almost entirely on its subject's inherent likability -- and, for the most part, that's more than enough.
Synopsis: Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the... [More]

#71
Adjusted Score: 92.475%
Critics Consensus: Summertime (La Belle Saison) presents a well-acted, beautifully framed period romance that offers a refreshing perspective on its era in the bargain.
Synopsis: A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Corsini

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 93.627%
Critics Consensus: Silly yet deceptively smart, Wild Nights with Emily approaches its oft-investigated subject from a unique -- and utterly entertaining -- vantage point.
Synopsis: In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another... [More]
Directed By: Madeleine Olnek

#69

The Way He Looks (2014)
92%

#69
Adjusted Score: 92.642%
Critics Consensus: Compassionate, emotionally detailed, and populated with resonant characters, The Way He Looks leaves a warmth that lingers.
Synopsis: Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Ribeiro

#68

Saturday Church (2018)
93%

#68
Adjusted Score: 93.364%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable debut feature for writer-director Damon Cardasis, Saturday Church explores gender identity with wisdom and striking sensitivity.
Synopsis: SATURDAY CHURCH tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities... [More]
Directed By: Damon Cardasis

#67
Adjusted Score: 93.068%
Critics Consensus: Professor Marston & The Wonder Women winds a lasso of cinematic truth around a fascinating fact-based tale with strong performances from its three stars.
Synopsis: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist... [More]
Directed By: Angela Robinson

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 88.517%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from its three leads, Sunday Bloody Sunday takes a sophisticated and groundbreaking look at the complexities of love.
Synopsis: This British film examines the choices individuals must make when confronted with a romantic relationship which is rewarding but does... [More]
Directed By: John Schlesinger

#65

We the Animals (2018)
93%

#65
Adjusted Score: 96.514%
Critics Consensus: Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.
Synopsis: Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents'... [More]
Directed By: Jeremiah Zagar

#64

Rocketman (2019)
89%

#64
Adjusted Score: 105.505%
Critics Consensus: It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman.
Synopsis: ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the... [More]
Directed By: Dexter Fletcher

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 94.708%
Critics Consensus: Giant Little Ones puts a complex and refreshingly nuanced spin on the traditional coming of age drama, further elevated by the admirable efforts of a talented cast.
Synopsis: Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty:... [More]
Directed By: Keith Behrman

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 94.036%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A troubled homosexual man returns to his super-dysfunctional family in Nova Scotia to attend the wedding of his foul-mouthed sister... [More]
Directed By: Thom Fitzgerald

#61
Adjusted Score: 93.463%
Critics Consensus: The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells its timely coming-of-age story with wit, compassion, and an affecting overall generosity of spirit.
Synopsis: Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she's caught with another... [More]
Directed By: Desiree Akhavan

#60

Chris & Don (2007)
94%

#60
Adjusted Score: 94.365%
Critics Consensus: Chris and Don paints an affecting, enlightening portrait of a one-of-a-kind love affair.
Synopsis: Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's documentary Chris and Don. A Love Story traces the romantic relationship between writer Christopher Isherwood... [More]
Directed By: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 94.43%
Critics Consensus: Longtime Companion is a sensitive ensemble AIDS drama, lensed with sympathy which builds to a moving finale.
Synopsis: One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay... [More]
Directed By: Norman René

#58

Princess Cyd (2017)
94%

#58
Adjusted Score: 94.65%
Critics Consensus: Princess Cyd defies coming-of-age convention to offer a sweetly understated - yet deeply resonant - look at pivotal relationships.
Synopsis: 16-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick) decides to take a break from her depressive single father and spend a summer in Chicago... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Cone

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 94.853%
Critics Consensus: Dark, stylish, and captivating, Heavenly Creatures signals both the auspicious debut of Kate Winslet and the arrival of Peter Jackson as more than just a cult director.
Synopsis: After winning a cult following for several offbeat and darkly witty gore films, New Zealand director Peter Jackson abruptly shifted... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 95.272%
Critics Consensus: A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Synopsis: Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men -- a... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 95.336%
Critics Consensus: Farewell, My Queen transcends its gaudy period trappings to offer an affecting historical drama built on timeless - and timely - themes.
Synopsis: Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of... [More]
Directed By: Benoît Jacquot

#54

Rafiki (2019)
94%

#54
Adjusted Score: 96.385%
Critics Consensus: Rafiki tells a familiar story with bracing originality, marking director/co-writer Wanuri Kahiu as a talent to watch.
Synopsis: "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between... [More]
Directed By: Wanuri Kahiu

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 90.766%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: (1970) "You show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a gay corpse." In what Pauline Kael likened to... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#52
Adjusted Score: 95.707%
Critics Consensus: Being 17 rides the roiling emotions of adolescence through a coming-of-age melodrama whose narrative turbulence smartly reflects the confusion of its protagonists.
Synopsis: Damien, the son of a military family, lives in barracks in south-western France with his mother, a doctor, while his... [More]
Directed By: André Téchiné

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 96.123%
Critics Consensus: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
Synopsis: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams... [More]
Directed By: Abdel Kechiche

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