The 11 Best LGBT Movies on Netflix Right Now (August 2020)

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've 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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Alex Strangelove (2018): Best Gay High School Coming Out Movie

Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale in Alex Strangelove


IMDb Rating: 6.3

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Daniel Doheny, Antonio Marziale, Madeline Weinstein

Director: Craig Johnson

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Well-written, well-acted, and well-directed, Alex Strangelove is a teenage romantic comedy about a young man dealing with competing feelings for his female best friend and an openly gay boy who has an obvious crush on him. This Netflix exclusive is by no means groundbreaking, but it's a great movie for parents and older teens to watch together. The film concludes with an inspirational montage of real-life coming out stories from people of all ages.

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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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Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Best Movie About the AIDS Crisis

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

 Focus Features

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 117 minutes

Although it's not an explicitly LGBT-themed film, the story of Dallas Buyers Club centers largely around the business partnership and friendship that emerges between a rugged, heterosexual man (Matthew McConaughey) and a transgender woman (Jared Leto) who are both diagnosed with AIDS. The duo team up to illegally traffick life-saving drugs to people dying of the disease in America.

Dallas Buyers Club swept the 2013 Oscars, winning the awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor among several others. Based on a true story, the film provides a stark look at a time in history that is too often ignored.

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Concussion (2013): Best Drama About the Trappings of Domestic Life

Robin Weigert and Maggie Siff in Concussion


IMDb Rating: 5.6

Genre: Drama

Starring: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky

Director: Stacie Passon

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 96 minutes

Not to be confused with the 2015 Will Smith film with the same title, Concussion tells the story of Abby (Robin Weigert), a loving wife and mother who adopts a new persona after suffering a traumatic head injury. Inspired by the director's real-life experiences, the film explores the complexities of marriage and parenthood.

Concussion won an award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival for Best LGBT-Themed Movie. Some of the scenes get pretty hot and heavy, so watch this one without your kids.

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017): Best Documenatry About a Gay Author

Promotional poster for The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin


IMDb Rating: 7.6

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Armistead Maupin, Frank Biafore, Kate Bornstein

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

TV Rating: NR

Running Time: 90 minutes

Despite knowing he was gay as a child, Armistead Maupin hid his sexuality until adulthood for fear of the discrimination he'd face living in the American South. He worked for notoriously conservative North Carolina congressman Jesse Helms before denouncing the senator at a gay pride march on the state capitol. Soon after, Maupin moved to San Francisco and became one of the most prolific writers of his generation.

Maupin's books have been adapted into films and can be found on the shelves of almost every public library in America. Even if you're not a huge fan of literature, you may find Maupin's story inspiring.

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The Danish Girl (2015): Best Transgender Themed Movie

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

 Working Title

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard

Director: Tom Hooper

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 119 minutes

The Danish Girl tells the story of Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne), who transitioned from male to female in 1920s Copenhagen. The costumes and sets capture the spirit of the time period while exploring a little-known figure in history.

Based on a book by David Ebershoff, the movie takes some liberties with historical facts. Nonetheless, The Danish Girl got several Academy Awards nominations as well as the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

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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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Elisa & Marcela: Best LGBT Historical Love Story

Natalia de Molina and Marcela Gracia Ibeas in Elisa & Marcela


IMDb Rating: 6.5

Genre: Biography, Romance, Drama

Starring: Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernández, Sara Casasnovas

Director: Isabel Coixet

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 118 minutes

The story of Elisa Sanchez Loriga (Natalia de Molina) and Marcela Gracia Ibeas (Greta Fernández) is finally getting the attention it deserves thanks to Elisa & Marcela. This Spanish movie recounts the first known same-sex marriage in Spain, which took place in 1901. Elisa Sanchez Loriga adopted a male persona to marry her partner, but her true identity was eventually discovered by the Catholic church.

Elisa & Marcela received international praise, including a nomination for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. It's worth checking out if you're into love stories and historical dramas.

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

Wanda Sykes in Wanda Sykes: Not Normal


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 standup 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 an hour long, so give it a shot.

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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017): Best Queer Documentary

Marsha P. Johnson in The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

 Public Square Films

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Michael Baden, Taylor Mead, Victoria Cruz

Director: David France

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Marsha P. Johnson was a key figure in the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York. A life-long advocate for transgender people, people of color, and homeless youth, Johnson drowned in the Hudson river in 1992. This film follows LGBT rights activist Victoria Cruz as she investigates the mysterious circumstances of Johnson's death.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is an emotionally gripping documentary that will both inspire and outrage viewers. It's highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of LGBT activism.

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Moonlight (2016): Best Academy Award Winning LGBT Movie

Moonlight promotional image


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).

Not only is it the first LGBT-themed film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, but it's also 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.