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The best LGBTQ movies on Amazon Prime Video right now

Two men hold each other's hands in Red, White & Royal Blue.
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After years of underrepresentation, Amazon Prime Video is leading the streaming charge when it comes to quality LGBTQ+ content. The best LGBTQ+ movies on Amazon Prime allow people worldwide to feel represented and seen while still offering enough entertainment and humor. Now, following the considerable success of last summer’s rom-com Red, White & Royal Blue, Amazon is embracing its status as the streaming home for the best content for the queer community.

If you’re looking to expand your horizons or watch a movie that feels more representative of you and your life, Amazon Prime Video has you covered with its impressive library of original and acquired movies. Digital Trends has curated a list of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Amazon Prime Video right now, from heartwarming rom-coms to emotional dramas and even a few genre offerings that cement the streamer as a treasure trove for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

When you’re done going through this list, check out the best LGBTQ movies on Netflix, as well as the best LGBTQ films to stream right now on multiple services.

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Firebird (2021)

Firebird
49%
7.1/10
107m
Genre
Drama, Romance, War
Stars
Tom Prior, Oleg Zagorodnii, Diana Pozharskaya
Directed by
Peeter Rebane
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Set in the Soviet Air Force at the height of the Cold War and based on a true story, Firebird tells a classic story of forbidden love. The film follows the love affair between Sergey, a young private with weeks left in his training, and Roman, a fighter pilot. Firebird walks familiar territory but offers enough nuance and insight to make this well-known story feel fresh and arresting. At its heart, the film is about love and the sacrifices required to make it work, enhancing its themes with a period setting that reflects real-world politics. 

Anything's Possible (2022)

Anything's Possible
68%
5.7/10
96m
Genre
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars
Eva Reign, Abubakr Ali, Courtnee Carter
Directed by
Billy Porter
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Kelsa is a young trans girl going through the typical challenges of senior year. Her life changes when she develops a close bond with Khal, a sensitive classmate who struggles with his future, but their blossoming romance will face many obstacles from their ever-changing classmates. Directed by Emmy-winner Billy Porter, Anything’s Possible is a refreshing take on high school romance, told from the perspective of characters who seldom get to take the spotlight. It’s sweet, charming, and surprisingly intuitive, representing a worthy addition to the over-crowded teen genre. 

C.O.G. (2013)

C.O.G.
60%
5.6/10
92m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Stars
Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll
Directed by
Kyle Patrick Alvarez
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The ever-underappreciated Jonathan Groff leads the offbeat LGBTQ+ dramedy C.O.G., which stands for “Child of God.” The plot follows David, a recent Yale graduate who travels to Oregon to work at an apple factory, determined to earn some life experience outside of his privileged upbringing, eventually finding religion. C.O.G. is witty but sharp, unafraid to explore dark issues through a comedic lens. Groff’s anxious energy is expertly matched by a brilliant supporting cast, including Denis O’Hare, Casey Wilson, and a sinister and scene-stealing Corey Stoll. 

Of an Age (2023)

Of an Age
69%
7.1/10
100m
Genre
Romance, Drama
Stars
Elias Anton, Thom Green, Hattie Hook
Directed by
Goran Stolevski
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Set in the summer of 1999, Of an Age centers on Kol, an 18-year-old Serbian immigrant and amateur ballroom dancer. As he experiences new things, he enters into a short but intense romance with Adam, his dance partner’s older brother. Of an Age follows its romance during a single, game-changing day, as Kol lives a passionate and whirlwind experience bound to change his life for good. It then jumps ahead in time, taking viewers in a new direction. The film captures the radical yet fleeting nature of first love, earnestly portraying its briefness without denying its power to change a person’s perspective, especially during the formative years of adolescence.

Permission (2018)

Permission
62%
5.3/10
96m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars
Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Gina Gershon
Directed by
Brian Crano
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Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens are two of the most underrated actors working today. They shared the screen in the 2018 dramedy Permission, playing Anna and Will, a couple on the verge of marriage who decide to explore their relationship’s boundaries. Morgan Spector and David Joseph Craig co-star as a gay couple who are also testing their bond when they struggle with the decision to become parents. Permission offers enough clever observations into relationship dynamics to become a worthy film about love and connection. What really works here are the performances of a brilliant cast, especially Hall, Stevens, Spector, and the ever-reliable Gina Gershon. 

Cassandro (2023)

Cassandro
76%
6.5/10
107m
Genre
Drama
Stars
Gael García Bernal, Roberta Colindrez, Perla de la Rosa
Directed by
Roger Ross Williams
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Golden Globe-winner Gael García Bernal stars as American-born Mexican luchador Saúl Armendáriz, best known as Cassandro, in the eponymous biopic directed by Roger Ross Williams. The film chronicles Cassandro’s rise to fame as an exótico luchador, his life as an openly homosexual man, and his subsequent international success. Cassandro is an exuberant showcase for García Bernal and a worthy depiction of Armendáriz’s legacy, showing how his efforts inside the ring as the “Liberace of Lucha Libre” subverted notions of masculinity in a country famous for its deep-rooted machismo.

Saltburn (2023)

Saltburn
61%
7.1/10
131m
Genre
Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Stars
Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike
Directed by
Emerald Fennell
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Academy Award winner Emerald Fennell directs Academy Award nominee Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the psychological black comedy Saltburn. Keoghan plays Oliver Quick, an Oxford student who befriends the handsome and wealthy Felix Catton and is invited to spend the summer at the Cattons’ opulent home, Saltburn. There, Oliver begins introducing himself into the family’s life, leading to increasingly twisted events. Saltburn succeeds largely thanks to Keoghan’s arresting performance and scene-stealing work from Oscar nominees Rosamund Pike and Richard E. Grant. Its attempts to shock might come off as slightly juvenile, but Saltburn remains an effective study of obsession, envy, and queerness.

My Policeman (2022)

My Policeman
50%
6.5/10
113m
Genre
Drama, Romance
Stars
Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, David Dawson
Directed by
Michael Grandage
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Based on the eponymous 2012 novel by Bethan Roberts, My Policeman stars Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, and David Dawson. The plot follows Tom, a policeman in 1950s Britain, who falls in love with a schoolteacher before beginning a torrid same-sex affair with a museum curator. My Policeman is not perfect—the plot meanders, and the message isn’t as impactful as it could be. However, strong work from Corrin and Dawson elevates the material. For his part, Styles does his best, particularly thanks to his chemistry with Dawson, and it’s just enough to keep the film afloat. 

The People We Hate at the Wedding (2022)

The People We Hate at the Wedding
42%
5.8/10
99m
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Kristen Bell, Ben Platt, Allison Janney
Directed by
Claire Scanlon
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Ben Platt and Kristen Bell star are struggling siblings in the romantic comedy The People We Hate at the Wedding. The plot centers on Alice and Paul, who travel to England for their half-sister’s wedding. However, tensions rise after years of bottled feelings emerge, leading to a chaotic series of events. Platt’s Paul carries the film’s queer representation, and he does impressively, especially once the film’s twist is revealed. The People We Hate at the Wedding is a tad too formulaic for its own good, but Bell, Platt, and the always-great Allison Janney pull through admirably.

Summer of 85 (2020)

Summer of 85
65%
6.9/10
101m
Genre
Romance, Drama
Stars
Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge
Directed by
François Ozon
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A classic coming-of-age romantic drama, Summer of 85 portrays the friendship and eventual romance between 16-year-old Alexis and 18-year-old David over a summer in Normandy in 1985. Summer of 85 thrives for the authenticity it brings to its portrayal of first love and its powerful and enduring effects. Director François Ozon crafts a thoughtful yet raw depiction of queer teen love, unafraid of exploring its darkest corners yet delicate enough to preserve its youthful innocence.  

Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)

Red, White & Royal Blue
62%
7.0/10
121m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Taylor Zakhar Perez, Nicholas Galitzine, Uma Thurman
Directed by
Matthew López
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Nicholas Galitzine and Taylor Zakhar Perez star in Prime Video’s rom-com Red, White & Royal Blue. Based on the bestselling novel, the film chronicles the romance between a British prince and the son of the president of the United States. Sweet, funny, and surprisingly steamy, Red, White & Royal Blue is a throwback to the classic romantic comedies of the 1980s and ’90s. The charming leads and supporting cast of familiar faces make Red, White & Royal Blue a perfect film for a satisfying afternoon at home.  

My Fake Boyfriend (2022)

My Fake Boyfriend
5.2/10
100m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, Samer Salem
Directed by
Rose Troche
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The Prime Video original My Fake Boyfriend stars Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, and Sarah Hyland. The plot revolves around Andrew, a young man dealing with a toxic relationship. His meddling friends create a fake boyfriend to help him get over the mess, but things get complicated when Andrew meets a guy he’s actually interested in, only to find himself trapped in a relationship with a fictional man. With a decent premise elevated by a trio of charismatic performers, My Fake Boyfriend is a solidly entertaining rom-com and another worthy entry in Prime Video’s ever-expanding LGBTQ+ catalog. 

Tell It to the Bees (2019)

Tell It to the Bees
50%
6.4/10
106m
Genre
Romance, Drama
Stars
Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Emun Elliott
Directed by
Annabel Jankel
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Oscar-winner and X-Men movie star Anna Paquin co-stars opposite Holliday Grainger in the 2018 period drama Tell It to the Bees. The film centers on the blossoming relationship between Lydia, a dissatisfied housewife, and Jean, a charming doctor newly arrived in town. As the women’s relationship develops, Lydia’s marriage and life begin to suffer harsh condemnation from the conservative town. The film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances but criticized the formulaic plot.

Giant Little Ones (2019)

Giant Little Ones
67%
7.2/10
93m
Genre
Drama
Stars
Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson
Directed by
Keith Behrman
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Giant Little Ones revolves around Franky, a popular teenager whose life and longtime relationship with best friend Ballas is upended when they have a sexual encounter with each other at a party. As both teenagers deal with their sexuality and identity, they develop new connections while losing others. The film received positive reviews praising its fresh spin on the coming-of-age genre.

Those People (2015)

Those People
6.5/10
89m
Genre
Drama, Romance
Stars
Jonathan Gordon, Jason Ralph, Haaz Sleiman
Directed by
Joey Kuhn
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Set in the elite world of the Upper East Side, Those People centers on Charlie, a young gay painter in love with his best friend, Sebastian. Charlie provides emotional support while Sebastian deals with a high-profile family scandal. When a handsome pianist catches his eye, Charlie must balance his blossoming relationship while dealing with the true nature of his feelings for Sebastian.

Boy Meets Girl (2014)

Boy Meets Girl
68%
7.1/10
95m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars
Michael Welch, Michelle Hendley, Alexandra Turshen
Directed by
Eric Schaeffer
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Boy Meets Girl follows Ricky, a 21-year-old trans woman living in a small Kentucky town while dreaming of going to New York to study fashion. Her only companion is Robby, her lifelong best friend. However, her life changes with the sudden arrival of Francesca, as the two women form an intimate bond that makes Ricky question her feelings for Robby and the way she wants to live her life.

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

Reaching for the Moon
44%
6.9/10
r
118m
Genre
Drama, Romance
Stars
Miranda Otto, Glória Pires, Tracy Middendorf
Directed by
Bruno Barreto
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Set in Brazil in the 1950s and based on a true story, Reaching for the Moon follows Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) as she travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit her friend Mary (Tracy Middendorf). There, she meets Mary’s partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), who is the opposite of Elizabeth. Dashing, sensual, and spontaneous, Lota makes Elizabeth jealous — a feeling that becomes more confusing when Lota becomes determined to have a relationship with both Mary and Elizabeth.

Big Eden (2000)

Big Eden
59%
7.3/10
pg-13
117m
Genre
Drama, Romance
Stars
Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay
Directed by
Thomas Bezucha
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Henry Hart (Arye Gross) is a successful but lonely gay artist living in New York City. When his grandfather has a stroke, Henry decides to put his career on hold and return to Big Eden, Montana, the town where he grew up many years ago. There, Henry strikes up a surprising romance with his high school best friend, Dean (Tim DeKay). Henry’s even more surprised, though, when he discovers that Pike (Eric Schweig), a quiet Native American man who owns the local general store might also have a crush on him.

Joe Bell (2021)

Joe Bell
54%
5.9/10
r
93m
Genre
Drama, Adventure
Stars
Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton
Directed by
Reinaldo Marcus Green
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One of Amazon’s few LGBTQ+ entries from other studios, Joe Bell features Transformers star Mark Wahlberg as the titular character in this drama written by the same team behind Brokeback Mountain. When his gay teenage son is tormented relentlessly at his Oregon high school, Joe Bell decides to pay tribute to his son by embarking on a walk across the American heartland to explain the real, terrifying consequences of bullying.

Make Us Dream (2018)

Make Us Dream
8.0/10
pg
104m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen
Directed by
Sam Blair
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Steven Gerrard’s sexuality isn’t at the epicenter of this compelling documentary of the soccer star’s life, which is exactly what makes it so enjoyable. Gerrard is perhaps the greatest openly gay athlete ever but this doc is more about how Gerrard began his career with legendary Liverpool F.C. at just 8 years old, only to arrive at the top team as it was descending into irrelevance. Gerrard’s arrival soon spurs a triumphant reign in which Liverpool capture two FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup, an FA Community Shield, a UEFA Super Cup, and a UEFA Champions League.

Mayor Pete (2021)

Mayor Pete
63%
4.3/10
r
96m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg, Mike Schmuhl
Directed by
Jesse Moss
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Pete Buttigieg took a shot at the presidency. He didn’t win the nomination that ultimately went to Joe Biden, but he did become the most prominent member of the LGBTQ community to run for president and is now the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet member in United States history. The documentary charts Buttigieg’s recent career successes, from serving as the mayor of South Bend to winning the Iowa caucus, up to his appointment as the country’s Transportation Secretary. The documentary also provides insight into his personal life with husband Chasten, although more depth could’ve been provided to that aspect of Buttigieg’s life. Nevertheless, the documentary resonates and provides a symbol for the LGBTQ community that those who don’t identify as heterosexual or cisgender still belong in the pantheons of power.

My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021)

My Name Is Pauli Murray
73%
6.6/10
pg-13
91m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Patricia Bell-Scott, Dolores Chandler, Brittney Cooper
Directed by
Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Watch on Amazon
Julie Cohen and Betsy West weren’t looking to find an unsung hero of the civil rights struggle when they first came upon Pauli Murray’s name. Instead, they were delving into the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the 2018 documentary RBG, and the name of this relatively unknown lawyer and activist kept popping up as one of Ginsburg’s biggest influences. As early as the 1940s, Pauli Murray was fighting for women’s rights and ultimately proved instrumental in adding the Equal Protection Clause to the 14th Amendment. Through archival footage and the extensive recordings Murray left behind when she passed away in 1985, My Name Is Pauli Murray paints an intimate portrait not only of an influential activist whose name has gone unspoken on too many tongues for too long but someone with a surprisingly contemporary understanding of gender that many today are still struggling to wrap their heads around.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021)

Everybody's Talking About Jamie
62%
6.3/10
pg-13
115m
Genre
Drama, Comedy
Stars
Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel
Directed by
Jonathan Butterell
Watch on Amazon
Jamie Campbell came out as the drag queen Fifi at a high school prom. The BBC reported on his story with the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, which inspired the stage musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Four years after the premiere of the musical, the story was adapted to film with Max Harwood in the eponymous role. Jamie, a lot of critics will tell you, does not break new ground. The film is a story we’ve heard before and are likely to hear again. Regardless, it proves to be a fun and heartwarming musical, with Harwood’s inherent magnetism making up for any narrative shortcomings.

Just Friends (2018)

Just Friends
7.2/10
80m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars
Majd Mardo, Josha Stradowski, Jenny Arean
Directed by
Annemarie van de Mond
Watch on Amazon
Joris’ father died almost a decade ago, and while continuing to try and come to terms with the loss, a young Syrian refugee named Yad arrives in his life, working for his grandmother. Despite Joris’ conservative upbringing, he can’t deny the spark that exists between him and Yad, who quickly realizes that they aren’t “just friends” but share a much deeper — and romantic — bond. The hidden gem Dutch romantic comedy is part coming-of-age and part story of love that must defy the odds, familial pressures, and coming to terms with one’s true self.

Uncle Frank (2020)

Uncle Frank
58%
7.3/10
r
95m
Genre
Drama
Stars
Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi
Directed by
Alan Ball
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In Amazon Prime’s original film Uncle Frank, Paul Bettany (WandaVision) plays Frank Bledsoe — a man about to learn that the secrets we keep from our families can be both more and less important than we ever imagined. Set in the early ’70s, Uncle Frank finds its titular lead living with his lover, Walid (Peter Macdissi). Frank’s pretty sure no one in his South Carolinian family knows he’s gay, but that changes when his young niece, Beth (Sophia Lillis), pays him a surprise visit in New York and discovers her uncle’s true life. Matters are further complicated when news of the death of the family patriarch arrives. Frank and Beth set out on their own to South Carolina for the services, leaving Walid behind because Frank doesn’t want the rest of his family to discover his secret. Walid follows anyway, and the trio has a touching, funny journey to the funeral, where some shocking surprises await them.

My Best Friend (2018)

My Best Friend
6.8/10
91m
Genre
Drama
Stars
Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodríguez, Guillermo Pfening
Directed by
Martín Deus
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Also known as Mi mejor amigo, this Spanish-language Argentinian film is a coming-of-age movie about Lorenzo, a 16-year-old boy in Patagonia discovering his sexuality, with the help and friendship of Caito, a 17-year-old who has been taken in by Lorenzo’s parents. The film beautifully presents the idea of a young man struggling to understand his feelings and attractions as well as his emotional connections with others. It has been praised for its subtleties and believable performances about two young men simply trying to find themselves.
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