The 18 Best LGBT Movies on Netflix Right Now (April 2021)

Enjoy pride anytime with the best queer, trans, bisexual, lesbian, and gay films

There are so many LGBT movies on Netflix right now that it's impossible to watch them all in a month. That's why we put together a rundown of the best gay and lesbian movies on the streaming service. On this list, you'll find award-winning films, historical dramas, documentaries, and coming of age stories.

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Alice Júnior (2019): Funniest Comedy About Coming Out in the Digital Age

Anna Celestino Mota in Alice Junior

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Anna Celestino Mota, Emmanuel Rosset, Surya Amitrano

Director: Josephine Mackerras

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspiring social media star Alice (Anna Celestino Mota) announces to the world that she is ready to experience her first kiss, but her plans are thwarted when she gets transferred to a rural religious school. Not to be deterred, Alice decides to document the bullying she faces in her new hometown on YouTube for everyone to see.

Alice Júnior is technically a coming-of-age story, but that doesn't mean it's for kids. The humor is dark and irreverent, and the plot takes some unsavory turns near the end. Nonetheless, the tone of the movie is upbeat, and you can't help by laugh at Mota's performance as a social media-obsessed teen.

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Tig (2015): Best Documentary About the Healing Power of Laughter

Tig Notaro takes a selfie in Tig

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Genre: Documentary, Drama

Starring: Tig Notaro, Stephanie Allynne, Sarah Silverman

Director: Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 95 minutes

In this behind-the-scenes documentary, standup comic Tig Notaro opens up about her struggle with breast cancer while also trying to have a child with her fiancée. All the while, Tig never stops touring, determined to keep herself and other people laughing during her darkest hours.

Tig is a testament to the healing powers of laughter and love. Notaro became an overnight sensation in 2012 when her standup set about her cancer diagnosis went viral on the web, but if you go in knowing nothing about her, you'll still likely be inspired by this biography.

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So My Grandma's a Lesbian (2019): Cutest LGBT Family Dramedy

Rosa Maria Sardà and Verónica Forqué in So My Grandma's a Lesbian

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 4.2

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Rosa Maria Sardà, Verónica Forqué, Ingrid García Jonsson

Director: Ángeles Reiné

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Eva (Ingrid García Jonsson) is stunned when her aunt Sofia (Verónica Forqué) announces her plans to marry a woman named Celia (Rosa Maria Sardà). Although happy for their engagement, Eva is determined to hide the news from her fiance's conservative family.

Despite its sensationalistic title, So My Grandma's A Lesbian is a low-key family comedy that's more heartwarming than it is dramatic. It's perfect for when you're in the mood for something light-hearted and uplifting.

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Carol (2015): Best 1950s Period Drama About a Forbidden Lesbian Romance

Cate Blanchett in Carol

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

Director: Todd Haynes

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 118 minutes

In 1952 New York, recently divorced Carol (Cate Blanchett) finds her passions reinvigorated after meeting a young photographer named Therese (Rooney Mara). When Carol's ex-husband learns about the affair, he threatens to invoke a "morality clause" to obtain full custody of their daughter.

Much like director Todd Haynes's 2002 film Far From Heaven, Carol is simultaneously an homage to 1950s American filmmaking and a critique of 1950s American social mores. The movie earned literally hundreds of award nominations, and it won the 2015 Golden Tomato from Rotten Tomatoes for best romance movie.

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Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall (2017): Best Gay Musical Documentary

Todrick Hall in Behind the Curtain

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.7

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Todrick Hall, Wayne Brady, Brittanie Brant

Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Behind the Curtain documents social media darling Todrick Hall's debut on the big stage as he produces his first very own musical, Straight Outta Oz, a semi-autobiographical story about growing up gay and Black in the American south. Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of the production and Hall's life.

Even if you're not familiar with Hall's work, Behind the Curtain is worth watching if you're into musicals and stage performances. Director Katherine Fairfax Wright does a terrific job of capturing authentically heart-warming moments. The interactions between Hall and his mother are especially sweet.

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Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (2020): Funniest LGBT Standup Special

Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (2020)

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Fortune Feimster

Director: Krysia Plonka

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 61 minutes

In this hour-long standup special, Fortune Feimster reflects on her childhood growing up in North Carolina, including her mother's failed attempts to turn her into a debutant and celebrating her 18th birthday at Hooters.

Feimster has been making audiences laugh for years, so you may have seen her on Last Comic Standing, Hulu's The Mindy Project, Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q, or the Netflix series The Standups. If you want something light and uplifting, Sweet & Salty should hit the spot.

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Memories of a Teenager (2019): Best Spanish Language Gay Teen Romance

Renato Quattordio and Thomas Lepera in Memories of a Teenager

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Genre: Drama

Starring: Renato Quattordio, Thomas Lepera, Malena Narvay

Director: Lucas Santa Ana

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Memories of a Teenager (Yo, Adolescente in Argentina) is about a teen boy named Zabo (Renato Quattordio) who struggles to deal with the death of his best friend Tomás (Thomás Lepera). Zabo starts a blog to help sort out his feelings, which leads to him coming to terms with his sexuality.

Memories of a Teenager was a hit with South American critics and audiences before it landed on Netflix. English-speakers can now enjoy it too, as long as you don't mind reading subtitles. The movie is aimed at older teens and adults, but themes of self-harm might be triggering to some viewers.

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What Keeps You Alive (2018): Best Lesbian Horror-Thriller About Unrequited Love

The cast of What Keeps You Alive

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Starring: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac

Director: Colin Minihan

TV Rating: R

Running Time: 98 minutes

The LGBT genre isn't all romance stories and coming-of-age films. For instance, What Keeps You Alive is an excellent example of how to make a good horror movie with gay characters, which is the same way you do with straight characters: Build subtle tension and deliver well-earned shocks and scares.

Originally written to be about a wife and her husband, What Keeps you Alive only counts as a "gay movie" in the sense that it features a same-sex couple as the main characters. Considering the limited portrayals of lesbians in mainstream cinema, that's completely fine and welcome.

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Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate (2018): Best So-Bad-It's-Good Movie With Drag Queens

Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 4.8

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Rachel Dratch, Sally Jessy Raphael, Jason Bellini

Director: Matt Kugelman

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 85 minutes

If you're into B-movies by the likes of John Waters, you'll probably get a kick out of the Hurricane Bianca films. The second entry in the series, Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate, takes our titular heroine to Mother Russia, where she must join forces with her archnemesis Deborah Ward (Rachel Dratch) to save their comrades from a gulag.

As you can probably guess, the humor is irreverent, and the plot gets downright silly at points. If you like From Russia With Hate, you can catch the original Hurricane Bianca movie on Hulu, and you'll be happy to know that a third Bianca film is rumored to be in the works.

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The Prom (2020): Best LGBT-Themed Musical With an All-Star Cast

The cast of The Prom (2020)

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Starring: Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman

Director: Ryan Murphy

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 130 minutes

An adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, The Prom is about a duo of down-on-their-luck actors who decide to take on a cause in hopes of revamping their public image. They hear about a small Indiana town where the local school board has canceled prom after teenager Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) expresses her intent to bring her girlfriend, which seems like the perfect test case.

Meryl Streep shines as Dee Dee Allen, and the rest of the cast does a suitable job with the musical numbers. The whole thing is pretty campy, but it has an uplifting message, and the choreography is often mesmerizing.

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Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020): Best Documentary About Transgender Representation in Movies

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen on Netflix

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 8.3

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Laverne Cox, Bianca Leigh, Jen Richards

Director: Sam Feder

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 108 minutes

For most of film history, transgender people have been depicted in a negative light. Fortunately, that's beginning to change. In Disclosure, transgender actors and film historians share their experiences in the industry and talk about the portrayal of gender non-conforming characters in cinema.

It's unfortunate that Disclosure didn't get a proper theatrical release, but its distribution on Netflix ensures that it attracts a wide audience. While there's still a lot of work to be done, seeing how much progress has been made over the past few decades is inspiring.

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I Am Jonas (2018): Best Foreign Gay Romantic Mystery Movie

Christophe Charrier in I Am Jonas

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance

Starring: Félix Maritaud, Nicolas Bauwens, Tommy-Lee Baïk

Director: Christophe Charrier

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 82 minutes

I Am Jonas is a French coming-of-age film chronicling two periods in the life of Jonas, played by Félix Maritaud and Nicolas Bauwens. As a 15-year-old in the late 90s, Jonas witnessed the abduction of his lover. Eighteen years later, he's haunted by his past and still searching for answers about what happened that night.

It may sound similar to Moonlight, but instead of unfolding linearly, the story switches back-and-forth between past and present. The narrative structure, along with strong performance, makes I Am Jonas highly rewatchable.

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Dear Ex (2018): Best Taiwanese LGBT Family Drama

Spark Chen in Dear Ex

Warner Bros.

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Roy Chiu, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Spark Chen

Director: Chih-Yen Hsu, Mag Hsu

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 80 minutes

Dear Ex is a Taiwanese comedic drama that explores the complexities of families and parenthood. After the death of his father, young Song Cheng-xi (Joseph Huang) finds himself in the middle of a dispute between his mother (Ying-Xuan) and his dad's departed lover (Chiu).

Dear Ex received international acclaim and numerous accolades, including the Best Lead Actor award for Roy Chiu and the Best Lead Actress award for Hsieh Ying-Xuan at the 2018 Faro Island Film Festival. American audiences can watch the movie dubbed in English on Netflix.

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Transformer (2017): Best Film About a Transgender Athlete

Janae Marie Kroczaleski in Transformer

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Genre: Biography, Documentary

Starring: Janae Marie Kroczaleski

Director: Michael Del Monte

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 78 minutes

Transformer documents the gender transition of former U.S. Marine and competitive bodybuilder Janae Kroc. This movie challenges preconceived notions about gender and serves as an inspiration to all competitive athletes.

Transformer won audience awards at the 2017 Austin Film Festival, the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and the 2018 Queer North Film Festival. Editor Graham Withers was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Editing in a Documentary.

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019): Best LGBT Bollywood Movie

The cast of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Fox Star Studio

IMDb Rating: 5.5

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao

Director: Shelly Chopra Dhar

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 120 minutes

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, which roughly translates to "How I felt when I saw that girl," is a Hindi-language comedy about a young lesbian named Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) who is pressured into dating men by her conservative Indian family. When a charming playwright proposes to her, Sweety must choose between being true to herself or keeping others happy at her own expense.

LGBT characters are still rare in Bollywood films, so it's exciting to see more diversity in the genre. Fans of Bollywood may recognize stars like Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla.

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Moonlight (2016): Best Academy Award Winning LGBT Movie

Moonlight promotional image

A24

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Genre: Drama

Starring: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert

Director: Barry Jenkins

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 111 minutes

If you're in the mood for a gay-themed movie with a strong black lead, you can't go wrong with an Oscar winner. Moonlight is an emotional coming-of-age tale that covers three defining periods in the life of a gay African American man (played by Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex Hibbert).

It's the first LGBT-themed film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and it's the first movie with an all-black cast to receive the honor. In fact, Moonlight is considered by some critics to be one of the best films of the century so far.

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The Half Of It (2020): Best Lesbian Coming of Age Story

Daniel Diemer and Leah Lewis in The Half of It

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire

Director: Alice Wu

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 104 minutes

In The Half Of It, a high school jock (Daniel Diemer) recruits a shy straight-A student named Ellie (Leah Lewis) to help him win the heart of the girl he has a crush on. Little does he know, Ellie has her eyes on the same girl, causing their unlikely friendship to evolve in unexpected ways.

Directed by Alive Woo, The Half Of It received the award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. The film is light-hearted and appropriate for teens, and it brings some much needed Asian-American representation to the LGBT genre.

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Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (2019): Best LGBT Stand-Up Comedy

Wanda Sykes in Wanda Sykes: Not Normal

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Wanda Sykes

Director: Linda Mendoza

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 60 minutes

One of the funniest comics of a generation offers some much-needed laughs and social commentary with this topical stand-up set. Wanda Sykes isn't afraid to get political, but she doesn't forget to also be funny.

This Netflix exclusive won several awards and nominations, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Special. It's only one hour long, so give it a shot.

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