The 18 Best LGBT Movies on Netflix Right Now (June 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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Funny Boy (2020): Best International Coming-of-Age LGBT Movie

The cast of Funny Boy

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Genre: Drama

Starring: Brandon Ingram, Arush Nand, Nimmi Harasgama

Director: Deepa Mehta

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 98 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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Ride or Die (2021): Best LGBT Romantic Thriller

Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Satô in Ride or Die

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.5

Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller

Starring: Kiko Mizuhara, Honami Satô, Shinya Niiro

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 142 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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Monsoon (2019): Best LGBT Immigrant Love Story

Henry Golding and Parker Sawyers in Monsoon

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.0

Genre: Drama, History, Romance

Starring: Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers, David Tran

Director: Hong Khaou

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 85 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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Brokeback Mountain (2005): First Mainstream Gay Love Story

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams

Director: Ang Lee

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 134 minutes

Recently added to the United States National Film Registry for its historical significance, Brokeback Mountain was considered groundbreaking when it came out in 2005. The tragic love story about two shepherds torn apart by an unjust society was the first film featuring two mainstream male actors in a same-sex relationship.

Brokeback Mountain may be a little hard to take seriously today due to its many parodies, but if you can look past all that, the film still holds up remarkably well, thanks largely to the believable chemistry between Ledger and Gyllenhaal. Just make sure to have some tissues on hand for the ending.

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Laerte-se (2017): Best Later-in-Life Coming Out Story

Laerte Coutinho in Laerte -Se

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Laerte Coutinho, Eliane Brum, Rafael Coutinho

Director: Lygia Barbosa, Eliane Brum

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 100 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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Pariah (2011): Best Black Lesbian Coming Out Story

Adepero Oduye in Pariah

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Genre: Drama

Starring: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis

Director: Dee Ress

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 86 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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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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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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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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