Here Are 30 Incredible Queer Movies You Should Be Watching Over Pride Month

Here Are 30 Incredible Queer Movies You Should Be Watching Over Pride Month

Well, I’m not one to ignore great suggestions from readers so without further ado, here are 30 must-see LGBTQ movies – one for every day of June. Happy viewing, people!


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1.

God’s Own Country


Picturehouse Entertainment

What it’s about: A young closeted guy named Johnny struggles to maintain his family farm in Yorkshire, England, so his father hires a Romanian migrant worker to help him. The two quickly become embroiled in a steamy love affair, which leads Johnny to question his sexual identity and much more.

Who’s in it: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secăreanu, Gemma Jones.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

2.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire


Pyramide Films

What it’s about: An artist is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of a young woman who refuses to pose as she doesn’t want to get married. Under the guise of her walking companion, the artist begins to capture her likeness in secret, but their burgeoning friendship soon gives way to a passionate and illicit romance.

Who’s in it: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Valeria Golino.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

3.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


Gramercy Pictures

What it’s about: A trio of Sydney drag queens accept a four-week gig at a casino in a remote town which has a personal connection to one of them – but first they have to get there! Aboard a tour bus they call “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, the three traverse the Australian outback, which proves inhospitable in more ways than one.

Who’s in it: Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

4.

Moonlight


David Bornfriend/A24

What it’s about: Growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood, Chiron experiences his fair share of abuse and neglect. The film follows his life in three self-reflexive stages – from childhood to adolescence and finally adulthood. Throughout, Chiron battles bullying, poverty, and the effects of drug addiction, whilst attempting to come to terms with his sexual identity.

Who’s in it: Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

5.

RENT


Sony Pictures Releasing

What it’s about: Loosely based on Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème, seven friends living in the East Village of New York city in the ’80s form a group bonded by economic hardship, a love of the arts, and an ongoing battle against the AIDS crisis. It swings from sad to absurd, and has a killer soundtrack full of iconic musical favourites!

Who’s in it: Rosario Dawson, Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp.

Where you can watch it: Hulu

6.

Carol


StudioCanal

What it’s about: Based on the groundbreaking 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Carol follows the story of an electric yet forbidden love affair between a young shop assistant and amateur photographer, and a rich woman stuck in a bleak marriage of convenience.

Who’s in it: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

7.

Weekend


Peccadillo Pictures

What it’s about: On a Friday night in Nottingham, England, a super shy guy hooks up with a confident artist who asks him to participate in an art project of his. Subsequently, a unique connection develops between them and over the course of a weekend they meet several times. It’s basically a brilliant, modern-day, gay Brief Encounter.

Who’s in it: Tom Cullen, Chris New.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

8.

The Handmaiden


CJ Entertainment

What it’s about: Sarah Waters iconic novel Fingersmith, which tells of a con-man who uses a young woman to help him steal a wealthy heiress’ fortune, is re-interpreted within 19th century Korea in this erotic thriller. Two women fall in love and decide to escape the men who have manipulated them their entire lives.

Who’s in it: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

9.

Love, Simon


20th Century Fox

What it’s about: Simon spends his young adult life trying to be like every “normal” American teenager, and hides the fact that he’s gay from everyone except his online pen pal, Blue. But when his secret is threatened, Simon will go to any length to keep his sexuality discreet in this cute coming-of-age teen drama.

Who’s in it: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

10.

The Queen


Grove Press

What it’s about: In this brief time-capsule, documentary filmmaker Frank Simon goes behind the scenes at the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest in New York City. The movie offers an intriguing snapshot of the drag ball scene at the time, with reflections by the cast on what it’s like to be gay in mid-century America.

Who’s in it: Crystal LaBeija, Rachel Harlow, Flawless Sabrina.

Where you can watch it: Netflix

11.

Beautiful Thing


Sony Pictures Classics

What it’s about: Set against a stark picture of working-class London in the ’90s, this iconic gay youth movie follows Jamie, a schoolboy who is in love with his classmate Ste. When Ste’s brother beats him up one night, Jamie’s mum offers Ste refuge at their house, which lands the pair “top-to-toe” in bed sparking confusing feelings of desire and affection in both of them.

Who’s in it: Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Linda Henry.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

12.

Head On


Strand Releasing

What it’s about: A fascinating tour of Greek culture, toxic masculinity, shame, and acceptance. Ari juggles pleasing his traditional parents with his desire for anonymous sex, clubs, and drugs. The performances are stellar, but the highlight for me is definitely Paul Capsis as Toula, a fiery transgender woman and Ari’s confidante.

Who’s in it: Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis, Alex Papps.

Where you can watch it: Netflix

13.

Pride


20th Century Fox

What it’s about: After Joe is cast out of his family home, he joins an up-and-coming activist group led by charismatic gay rights campaigner, Mark. Based on a heartwarming true story, the group correlate their struggle as LGBTQ people with that of the striking miners, and head to a mining village in Wales to try and establish a political coalition against the Thatcher government with them.

Who’s in it: Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, George MacKay.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

14.

Paris Is Burning


Off-White Productions

What it’s about: An eye-opening documentary about the iconic drag ball scene that exploded in the mid ’80s to early ’90s in New York. Filmmaker Jennie Livingston takes viewers on a non-stop tour of this fascinating subculture, replete with a glossary and testimony from the legendary participants of the scene. A must-see for all LGBTQ people!

Who’s in it: Willi Ninja, Venus Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

15.

Pink Flamingos


New Line Cinema

What it’s about: Divine, or Babs Johnson, has recently been crowned “filthiest person alive” – a title she wears with pride – but a corrupt Baltimore couple are hot on her tail and now she must compete with them to prolong her reign. Together with her misfit family, Babs takes them on in a truly bizarre, unbelievably hilarious, and straight-up anarchic fight to become the filthiest of them all!

Who’s in it: Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

16.

120 BPM


Memento Films

What it’s about: It’s the early 1990s in Paris, and anti-AIDS pressure group ACT UP is fed up with the government’s lack of interest and active censorship of the AIDS epidemic across France. We closely observe the group and their radical acts of protest, whilst also following the brief but beautiful relationship between HIV-negative newcomer, Nathan, and HIV-positive veteran, Sean.

Who’s in it: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

17.

Cabaret


Allied Artists

What it’s about: Based on the 1966 Broadway musical, which was in turn adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical writings about Berlin during the Weimar Republic, Cabaret sees shy Cambridge academic Brian Roberts befriend spirited performer Sally Bowles, with whom he enjoys an on-and-off bisexual relationship against a troublesome backdrop of burgeoning Nazism.

Who’s in it: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

18.

Saving Face


Sony Pictures Classics

What it’s about: Wil, a successful Manhattan surgeon finds herself drawn to a family friend, Vivian, but the cultural taboo around their relationship stops Wil from expressing how she truly feels in public. When her pregnant mother moves in with her, Wil is forced to negotiate what her family and society expect of her, with what it is she really wants.

Who’s in it: Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Joan Chen.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

19.

Eating Out


Ariztical Entertainment

What it’s about: Kyle is way into Marc, Marc is into Caleb, Caleb is into Gwen, and Gwen is into watching guys make out with each other. And Tiffani von der Sloot is just there. Basically, this screwball comedy is one hot camp mess, but it’s sexy and funny enough to be hella entertaining. The sequel, Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds, is also worth watching.

Who’s in it: Ryan Carnes, Rebekah Kochan, Mink Stole.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

20.

Tangerine


Magnolia Pictures

What it’s about: Two transgender sex workers go on a series of wild misadventures through Hollywood to find the pimp who has cheated on one of them. Along the way we learn about their lives as sex workers, the ambitions they both have, as well as the vices they occasionally run into.

Who’s in it: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, James Ransone.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

21.

The War Boys


Snapping Turtle Films

What it’s about: Lifelong friends David, George, and Greg decide to steal a truck load of TVs from David’s wealthy father in order to make a profit, but the plan ends in tragedy. The film is packed with simmering sexual tension between David and George; their love scenes are really genuine and almost fraternal. It’s a great film and the twist is great.

Who’s in it: Brian J. Smith, Benjamin Walker, Peter Gallagher.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

22.

But I’m a Cheerleader


Lionsgate Films

What it’s about: When Megan’s friends and family begin to suspect she’s gay, her parents intervene and enrol her in a weird residential conversion therapy program. It’s a camp ’90s classic of John Waters-like proportions with a message of self-acceptance and community at its heart.

Who’s in it: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, RuPaul Charles.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

23.

Get Real


Paramount Classics

What it’s about: Steven is a nerd with an all-consuming crush on the school’s top athlete, John, but unfortunately he’s straight… and doesn’t even know Steven exists. That is until Steven spots John cruising the same public toilet as him. Desperate and afraid, John pressures Steven to stay silent, but their relationship soon evolves into more than just secret-keeping in this gay coming-of-age classic.

Who’s in it: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Julie Peasgood.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

24.

Hurricane Bianca


Netflix

What it’s about: Drag Race alum Bianca Del Rio is let loose in this camp indie comedy about a man who is fired from a teaching post in Texas for being gay, only to return disguised in drag to fill the post again and enact his revenge on the staff who ousted him. Convincingly entertaining and surprisingly heartwarming!

Who’s in it: Bianca Del Rio, Rachel Dratch, Shangela Laquifa Wadley.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

25.

Pariah


Focus Features

What it’s about: Alike is a black gay woman just trying to fit in. Behind closed doors her parent’s marriage is on the rocks; her mother struggles to understand her and wishes she were more feminine. All Alike wants to do is live her truth but with so much at stake, she feels unable to come out and be herself. Through poetry and compelling performances, this film delves into coming out like never before.

Who’s in it: Adepero Oduye, Aasha Davis, Kim Wayans.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

26.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Mary Cybulski/Fox Searchlight Pictures

What it’s about: Antisocial biographer Lee Israel is struggling to make ends meet and turns to forging letters between famous individuals, which, at first, is very lucrative, but soon gets very messy. Based on the memoir by the real Lee Israel, Melissa shows off her true acting chops in this darkly comic biopic, flanked by the consistently underrated Richard E. Grant and Dolly Wells.

Who’s in it: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells.

Where you can watch it: NOW TV

27.

Prayers for Bobby


Lifetime Television

What it’s about: A devout Christian mother struggles to accept her son is gay, and causes him to become estranged from his family. Inspired by the real life story of Mary Griffith, the film is a moving cautionary tale for intolerant parents of gay kids. Very sad, very well acted. The church scene is intense – you’ll know which one I mean.

Who’s in it: Sigourney Weaver, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

28.

Querelle


Gaumont

What it’s about: With distinct overtones of Tom of Finland, this surreal movie sees a handsome young sailor named Querelle land on the French port of Brest to stir up trouble and basically engage in a lot of random sex and violence. As blatantly homoerotic as its source material – Jean Genet’s Querelle of Brest – this film is great but not strictly SFW, people!

Who’s in it: Brad Davis, Jeanne Moreau, Franco Nero.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

29.

Brokeback Mountain


Focus Features

What it’s about: During the summer of 1963, two cowboys start a sexual relationship after they are both hired to look after sheep in the secluded Wyoming mountains. The movie follows the rest of their lives as they attempt to forget their romantic past and move forward in their respective heterosexual relationships, despite an enduring and intense infatuation with one another.

Who’s in it: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

30.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show


20th Century Fox

What it’s about: A cult comedy masterpiece that sees an innocent young couple in need of help after their car breaks down stumble upon a strange castle where an annual convention is occurring. They are soon forcefully inducted into the freaky festivities, and things escalate dramatically. You have to see it to believe it, there really is nothing like this film!

Who’s in it: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O’Brien.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

If your favourite movie is missing, LMK about it in the comments below. And happy Pride month!

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