The Best LGBT Movies on Netflix Right Now (May 2022)

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

So many LGBT movies are available 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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Cobalt Blue (2022): A Love Triangle Turned into a Family Feud

The cast of Cobalt Blue 2022

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Neelay Mehendale, Prateik Babbar, Neil Bhoopalam

Director: Sachin Kundalkar

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes

In mid-1990s India, siblings Tanay (Neelay Mehendale) and Anuja (Anjali Sivaraman) compete for the affections of a handsome houseguest (Prateik Babbar). Torn between the brother and sister, the suitor has no choice but to break someone's heart.

Based on a book by director Sachin Kundalkar, Cobalt Blue is an emotional period piece with a story that still resonates today while highlighting how much more accepting society has become in just the past few decades.

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Dance of the 41 (2020): For Fans of History and Fancy Dresses

Alfonso Herrera and Emiliano Zurita in Dance of the 41

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Alfonso Herrera, Emiliano Zurita, Mabel Cadena

Director: David Pablos

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Decades before Stonewall, police in Mexico City raid a private gathering of gay men in an attempt to terrorize the local gay community. Unexpectedly, law enforcement is forced to sweep the incident under the rug when one of the party-goers is revealed to be Ignacio de la Torre y Mier (Alfonso Herrera), the handsome son-in-law of President Porfirio Díaz.

Inspired by true events, Dance of the 41 is a powerful period piece with a timeless story about persecution and perseverance. If you are interested in early 20th-century history, or if you have a fascination with fancy ball gowns, check this one out.

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Eternal Summer (2006): A Tale of Friends and Lovers

Hsiao-chuan Chang and Ray Chang in Eternal Summer

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Joseph Chang, Ray Chang, Kate Yeung

Director: Leste Chen

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Adolescent Jonathan (Ray Chang) is in an untraditional love triangle with his friends Shane (Joseph Chang) and Carrie (Kate Yeung). Over the course of a decade, the relationship between the three friends evolves in unexpected ways.

Eternal Summer is a slow burn, but it's more nuanced than a lot of movies with similar plotlines. Upon its release, it was well-received in Taiwan and has since become an international hit.

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Anne+: The Film (2021): Best Dutch Lesbian Open Romance Story

Hanna van Vliet and Jouman Fattal in Anne+: The Film

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Hanna van Vliet, Jouman Fattal, Thorn Roos de Vries

Director: Valerie Bisscheroux

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Based on a Dutch web series, Anne+ The Film follows a writer named Anne (Hanna van Vliet) who lives in Holland with her girlfriend Sara (Jouman Fattal). When Sara gets a job in Canada, Anne stays behind to finish her novel, and the couple decides to open up their relationship.

Filmed in Amsterdam, Anne+ captures both the thrills and challenges of discovering who you are and what you want to do in life. Definitely watch this one after the kids have gone to bed.

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Marco Simon Puccioni, Luca De Bei, Gianluca Bernardini in Invisible Thread 2022

IMDb Rating: 6.6./10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Marco Simon Puccioni, Luca De Bei, Gianluca Bernardini

Director: Marco Simon Puccioni

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

What's it like having two dads? In The Invisible Thread, a teenage boy decides to make a movie about life with his fathers, and he uncovers some surprising family secrets along the way.

The Invisible Thread (Il Filo Invisibile) is an Italian drama with a positive message and a few laughs. You can watch it in English on Netflix.

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Cloudburst (2002): Wildest Road Trip Romance

Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker in Cloudburst

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Starring: Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Kristin Booth

Director: Thom Fitzgerald

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

When faced with spending the rest of their lives in a nursing home, long-time lovers Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dotty (Brenda Fricker) make a break for it and head to Nova Scotia where they can finally get married.

Adapted from director Thom Fitzgerald's play of the same name, Cloudburst won numerous awards at film festivals across North America. In fact, a few actors from the stage version reprise their roles for the movie.

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Hating Peter Tatchell (2020): Best Documentary About an LGBT Hero

Peter Tatchell in Hating Peter Tatchell

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Peter Tatchell

Director: Christopher Amos

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Peter Tatchell has been an unabashed human rights advocate for over half a century, but his activism hasn't always endeared him to the public. In this documentary, Tatchell's ongoing story is told through archival footage, interviews, and conversations with notable LGBT activists like Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.

Despite being the victim of hundreds of assaults and thousands of death threats, Tatchell continues to organize protests around the world. Most recently, he disrupted the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow to protest the Russian government's oppression of LGBT citizens.

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The Girl King (2015): Best LGBT+ Historical Drama

Malin Buska and Sarah Gadon in Girl King

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist

Director: Mika Kaurismäki

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Sweden's most controversial monarch finally gets her own biopic in The Girl King. Ascending to the throne as a child, Christina (Malin Buska) rebuts the many men throughout her life who wish to usurp her power, in favor of pursuing female suitors.

Despite receiving overall mixed reviews from critics, Malin Buska won the award for Best Actress at the Montreal World Film Festival, where the movie debuted. The Girl King has since been adapted into the stage play "Christine, La Reine-Garçon."

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Vita & Virginia (2018): A Romance Between Literary Icons

Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki in Vita and Virginia

IMDb Rating: 5.8/10

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini

Director: Chanya Button

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Virginia Woolf was one of the most enigmatic writers of her time, and few people knew her better than fellow author Vita Sackville-West. In 1920s London, the two women formed a bond that ran deeper than friendship.

Vita & Virginia is a well-acted character study that anyone interested in the time period or English literature should enjoy.

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Bruised (2020): Most Inspiring Redemption Story About Family and Cage Fighting

Halle Berry in Bruised

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Drama, Sport

Starring: Halle Berry, Adan Canto, Sheila Atim

Director: Halle Berry

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes

Former cage fighter Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) longs for a triumphant return to the octagon. After impressing a promoter at an underground fight, she might finally get her shot. However, life throws her a left hook when her estranged son Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) comes back into her life.

As its star and director, Halle Berry makes Bruised worth watching. Same-gender romance isn't the primary focus, but Bruised belongs on this list because it portrays a strong bisexual main character.

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Pray Away (2021): Most Heart-Wrenching Exposé on Conversion Therapy

Rainbow colored stained glass window promoting Pray Away 2021 film

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Julie Rodgers, Randy Thomas, Yvette Cantu Schneider

Director: Kristine Stolakis

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Pray Away examines the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, which was openly championed by religious activists in the U.S. until fairly recently. Survivors and practitioners of conversion therapy give harrowing accounts of how genuinely good intentions led to decades of turmoil for countless families.

The film rightfully denounces the so-called "therapy," but it doesn't condemn anyone. All subjects are approached with empathy and an emphasis on healing. Pray Away is not necessarily a fun watch, but it is necessary viewing for anyone interested in the topic.

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The Third Party (2016): Most Unconventional Love Triangle

Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo, and Sam Milby in The Third Party

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo, Sam Milby

Director: Jason Paul Laxamana

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Andi (Angel Locsin) is determined to rekindle her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Max (Sam Milby). Unfortunately for her, Max has moved on to a new lover, a handsome doctor named Christian (Zanjoe Marudo). Despite some initial awkwardness, the three become friends and form an unconventional bond.

Originally released in the Philippines, The Third Party quickly became an international hit, making it not just one of the most popular LGBT films to come out of the country, but one of the most successful Philippino movies of 2016.

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Operation Hyacinth (2021): Best Police Procedural About LGBT History in Poland

Tomasz Zietek in Operation Hyacinth

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Crime, Drama

Starring: Tomasz Ziętek, Hubert Milkowski, Marek Kalita

Director: Piotr Domalewski

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes

During the final years of communist rule in Poland, a serial killer is targeting gay men in Warsaw. While the secret police try to sweep the murders under the rug, officer Robert Mrozowski (Tomasz Ziętek) goes undercover to find the culprit.

The movie's title comes from the real-life campaign of violence and blackmail enacted by Polish police to terrorize the LGBT community in the 1980s. The murder plot is fictional, but the historical reality is even darker.

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A Perfect Ending (2012): Sweetest Secret Romance

Barbara Niven and Jessica Clark in A Perfect Ending

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Barbara Niven, Bryan Mordechai Jackson, Jessica Clark

Director: Nicole Conn

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

After years of an abusive marriage, Rebecca (Barbara Niven) finally finds happiness with an escort named Paris (Jessica Clark). However, a health scare threatens to cut their affair short.

A Perfect Ending has a misleading title because there are a lot of tears mixed in with the heartwarming moments. Nonetheless, it's still a good film. Just be sure to have a box of tissues on hand.

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Super Deluxe (2019): Best LGBT Anthology Movie

Vijay Sethupathi in Super Deluxe

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 2 hours, 56 minutes

This Tamil-language anthology film tells four interconnected stories about the complexities of love, gender, and sexuality in Indian society. The first segment about a transgender woman's relationship with her son earned Super Deluxe an Equality in Cinema Award at the 2019 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Indian anthology films are really popular right now on Netflix, so if you enjoy Super Deluxe, be sure to check out movies like Ajeeb Daastaans and Ghost Stories as well.

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Time Out (2015): Best Bollywood LGBT+ Family Musical

Chirag Malhotra in Time Out

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

Genre: Drama, Family, Music

Starring: Chirag Malhotra, Pranay Pachauri, Kaamya Sharma

Director: Rikhil Bahadur

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

For a coming-out movie, Time Out provides an often-overlooked perspective. When Mihir (Pranay Pachauri) comes out as gay, his teenage brother Gaurav (Chirag Malhotra) is forced to question his own burgeoning manhood.

Time Out has all the elements of a typical Bollywood movie, including elaborate dancing and musical numbers. Still, the film manages to stand out for its unconventional story and charming cast.

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Your Name Engraved Herein (2020): Best LGBT Asian Historical Drama

Edward Chen Hao-Sen and Jing-Hua Tseng in Your Name Engraved Herein

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Edward Chen Hao-Sen, Jing-Hua Tseng, Fabio Grangeon

Director: Ang Lee

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

As military rule comes to an end in the late 1980s, two Taiwanese youth, Jia-han (Edward Chen Hao-Se) and Birdy (Jing-Hua Tseng), struggle to hide their deep affections from each other, themselves, and everyone else. It's a straightforward story, but the historical context and emotional performances make it stand out.

Your Name Engraved Herein was so celebrated in Taiwan, becoming the most-profitable LGBT movie of all time in the country, that it received an international release on Netflix. The film won a Golden Horse award for Best Original Film Song for the eponymous theme.

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The Queen (1968): Cult Classic Drag Pageant Documentary

A drag pageant from The Queen (1968)

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Jack Doroshow, International Chrysis, Jim Dine

Director: Frank Simon

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 8 minutes

The Queen documents the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest in New York. Just like modern-day drag pageants, the competition is fierce, and things almost get out of hand when allegations arise that the contest is rigged.

Behind the scenes, contestants open up about their experiences as members of the LGBT community. For the time, this movie was revolutionary, and it's fascinating today to see how things have changed in the past 55 years.

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