The Best LGBT Movies on Netflix Right Now (September 2021)

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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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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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Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020): Best Biopic About an LGBT Astrologist

Walter Mercado in Mucho Mucho Amor

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Walter Mercado, Willy Acosta, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Director: Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Long before Ms. Cleo and the Psychic Friends Network, Walter Mercado was looking up at the stars to predict the future. He became an overnight sensation on Latin American television thanks to his flamboyant personality and style. A celebration of life, Much Much Amor is a love letter to its subject.

The audience gets to hear Mercado in his own words through interviews and archival footage. His family and assistants are also featured along with major players in the Latin American entertainment industry.

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Born Beautiful (2019): Funniest Comedy About Finding Your True Self

The cast of Born Beautiful

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.4/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Martin del Rosario, Paolo Ballesteros, Lou Veloso

Director: Perci M. Intalan

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Following the death of a close friend, Barbs (Martin del Rosario) reintroduces herself to the world as Bobby. Things are going pretty well until all of Barbs' past lovers show up at Bobby's doorstep.

Born Beautiful is lighthearted yet thought-provoking, and the cast share excellent comedic timing. Although some of the humor gets a bit juvenile, it's not appropriate for kids.

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Wish You (2021): Best Gay K-Pop Love Story

Baek Seo-Bin and Sang Lee in Wish You

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Starring: Sang Lee, Kang Ye Na, Subin Park

Director: Do Joon Sung

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

While interning at a K-pop production label, mild-mannered keyboardist Sang-i (Sang Lee) discovers a beautiful street artist named Kang In-su (Kang Ye Na). Instantly enamored, Sang convinces his boss to hire Kang in hopes of getting to work with his secret crush.

Wish You was released in South Korea as a mini-series in 2020, but it's been dubbed and edited into a feature-length film for Netflix. The South Korean music scene is on fire right now, so this LGBT rom-com couldn't come at a better time.

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The Super Parental Guardians (2016): Campiest Alternative Family Film

The cast of The Super Parental Guardians

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 4.5/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, Onyok Pineda

Director: Joyce Bernal

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Following the murder of his best friend Sarah (Matet de Leon), a single gay man named Arci (Vice Ganda) unexpectedly gets custody of her two children, much to the chagrin of Sarah's brother Paco (Coco Martin). The two men must put aside their differences to raise the kids and catch Sarah's murderer.

The Super Parental Guardians may have been panned by critics upon its release, but that didn't stop it from becoming the highest-grossing Philippino film ever. The film has gained an international cult following over the years for its campiness and positive portrayals of LGBT characters.

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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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Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018): Best LGBT Comedy About Comedy

Hannah Gadsby in Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Hannah Gadsby

Director: Jon Olb, Madeleine Parry

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 9 minutes

In this comedy about comedy, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby reexamines her own brand of self-deprecating humor. In the process, she discovers that such humor can have a damaging effect on marginalized people like herself.

Before the movie's release, Gadsby announced that she was retiring as a comedian. However, after winning a Peabody Award for Outstanding Writing at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, Gadsby decided to return to the world of standup to carry on her message of equality and justice for all.

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Ride or Die (2021): Best LGBT Romantic Thriller

Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Satô in Ride or Die

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.5/10

Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller

Starring: Kiko Mizuhara, Honami Satô, Shinya Niiro

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes

When Rei (Kiko Mizuhara) discovers that her high school crush Nanae (Honami Satô) is trapped in an abusive marriage, she resolves to take out Nanae's husband Kotaro (Shinya Niiro) so that they can be together. Soon enough, Rei and Nanae both find themselves on the run from murder charges.

Ride or Die is an adaptation of the Japanese manga series Gunjō by Ching Nakamura. Like the source material, the film is gratuitously violent and deals with morally dubious characters who you want to root for despite their shortcomings.

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Funny Boy (2020): Best International Coming-of-Age LGBT Movie

The cast of Funny Boy

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Brandon Ingram, Arush Nand, Nimmi Harasgama

Director: Deepa Mehta

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

In the years leading up to the 1983 Sri Lankan Civil War, a Tamil youth named Arjie (Arush Nand/Brandon Ingram) falls in love with a male classmate. Coming out as gay can be tough no matter where you are, but the stakes are especially high when you're a teenager growing up amid a warzone.

Funny Boy doesn't delve too deep into the historical conflict that serves as the film's backdrop. If you're more interested in Sri Lankan history, you should read the novel it's based on by Shyam Selvadurai.

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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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Monsoon (2019): Best LGBT Immigrant Love Story

Henry Golding and Parker Sawyers in Monsoon

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

Genre: Drama, History, Romance

Starring: Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers, David Tran

Director: Hong Khaou

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

The child of Vietnam War refugees, Kit (Henry Golding) travels from his home in Britain to Saigon for the first time in decades to honor his deceased parents. Unexpectedly, he meets and falls in love with Lewis (Parker Sawyers), the American son of a Vietnam War veteran.

Monsoon offers a unique perspective on what it means to be a citizen of the world. The film won the prestigious Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award in 2014, which more than justifies its inclusion on this list.

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Pariah (2011): Best Black Lesbian Coming Out Story

Adepero Oduye in Pariah

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis

Director: Dee Ress

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Seventeen-year-old Lee (Adepero Oduye) is infatuated with her friend Laura, who openly identifies as a lesbian. When Lee starts adapting more masculine clothing into her wardrobe, her mom forbids her from seeing Laura, insisting that she hang out with the church-going neighbor girl instead.

Pariah went under many critic's radars when it came out in 2011, but it won two awards from the African-American Film Critics Association (Best Independent Film and Best Breakthrough Performance for Oduye) as well as the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

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

Cate Blanchett in Carol

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

Director: Todd Haynes

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 58 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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Laerte-se (2017): Best Later-in-Life Coming Out Story

Laerte Coutinho in Laerte -Se

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Laerte Coutinho, Eliane Brum, Rafael Coutinho

Director: Lygia Barbosa, Eliane Brum

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

A well-known cartoonist in Brazil, Laerte Coutinho introduced herself to the world as a woman for the first time at age 58. Laerte-se documents Coutinho's life post-transition as she reflects on her career, her personal journey, and how people have reacted to her coming out.

Later-in-life coming-out stories are unfortunately rare, so Laerte-se offers a refreshingly unique perspective on what it's like to transition when you've been a public figure for decades. There's no heavy-handed political messaging, but it might make you question some assumptions about gender.

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Transformer (2017): Best Film About a Transgender Athlete

Janae Marie Kroczaleski in Transformer

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Biography, Documentary

Starring: Janae Marie Kroczaleski

Director: Michael Del Monte

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 18 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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Moonlight (2016): Best Academy Award Winning LGBT Movie

Moonlight promotional image

A24

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert

Director: Barry Jenkins

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 59 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 Prom (2020): Best LGBT-Themed Musical With an All-Star Cast

The cast of The Prom (2020)

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Starring: Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman

Director: Ryan Murphy

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 10 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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