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The best LGBTQ movies on Amazon Prime Video right now

It took a while, but the cinematic landscape is finally evolving to become more inclusive and diverse. Stories about the LGBTQ+ community are becoming more prominent on the big and small screens, allowing people around the world to feel represented and seen. Moreover, most streaming services are prioritizing building more inclusive collections and introducing their audiences to new and compelling voices.

Prime Video is among the most progressive streamers, with its enviable and considerable library of LGBTQ+ stories. If you’re looking to expand your horizons or watch a movie that feels more representative of you and your life, you have some great options, from laugh-out-loud comedies to heart-wrenching dramas. We’ve gone ahead and curated a list of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

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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Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)

Red, White & Royal Blue
62 %
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Taylor Zakhar Perez, Nicholas Galitzine, Uma Thurman
Directed by Matthew López

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.  

A Single Man (2009)

A Single Man
77 %
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult
Directed by Tom Ford

Colin Firth stars in Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man. Set in 1960s Los Angeles, the film follows George Falconer, a man grieving the death of his partner while contemplating suicide. As he makes peace with his decision, he crosses paths with the people whose lives he has touched. A Single Man is a stunning showcase of Firth’s abilities, earning him his first Oscar nomination. Aided by an equally affecting Julianne Moore, Firth crafts a gentle, nuanced, and poignant depiction of grief, making for a tough, but rewarding watch.

But I'm a Cheerleader (2000)

But I'm a Cheerleader
39 %
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty
Directed by Jamie Babbit

Natasha Lyonne stars in the campy cult classic But I’m a Cheerleader. The film tells the story of Megan, a teenage cheerleader sent to a conversion therapy camp to deal with her lesbianism. Although initially reluctant to admit her sexuality, Megan slowly comes to terms with her identity after forming a connection with another girl at the camp. The film features an impressive supporting cast, including Clea DuVall and Melanie Lynskey. Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release, But I’m a Cheerleader has become a beloved cult classic and is now widely recognized as a pivotal entry in the expanding landscape of 1990s LGBTQ+ cinema.

Bound (1996)

61 %
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano
Directed by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

The Wachowski Sisters direct the ever-underrated Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon in their neo-noir crime thriller Bound. The film revolves around Violet, a mobster’s girlfriend who engages in an affair with ex-con Corky and plots to steal $2 million of mafia money. Bound is among the Wachowskis’ most underrated films, a stylish and sexy noir thriller featuring an Oscar-worthy turn from Tilly. Confident, tense, and mesmerizing, Bound is a superior entry into the LGBTQ+ canon of the 1990s. 

My Fake Boyfriend (2022)

My Fake Boyfriend
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, Samer Salem
Directed by Rose Troche

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. 

God's Own Country (2017)

God's Own Country
85 %
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Josh O'Connor, Gemma Jones, Alec Secăreanu
Directed by Francis Lee

The Crown‘s Josh O’Connor and Alec Secăreanu star in Francis Lee’s feature directorial debut God’s Own Country. The plot centers on the romance between an emotionally-stunted young English man and a Romanian immigrant working on his farm. A searing romantic drama with a deeply humane approach, God’s Own Country is a passionate, quiet, but deeply affecting look at loneliness, longing, desire, and romance. Criminally underrated but incredibly rewarding, God’s Own Country is among the best LGBTQ+ movies of the new millennium.

Bros (2022)

74 %
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Guy Branum
Directed by Nicholas Stoller

Billy Eichner co-wrote and starred in Nicholas Stoller’s rom-com Bros opposite Luke Macfarlane. The film centers on the relationship between two men who find it difficult to commit. A classic rom-com with a healthy dose of cynicism, Bros is funny, warm, and endlessly entertaining. It might not subvert the expectations or reinvent the rom-com formula, but it’s still a rewarding effort and another step forward on the road to mainstream LGBTQ+ representation.

Tell It to the Bees (2019)

Tell It to the Bees
50 %
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Emun Elliott
Directed by Annabel Jankel

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 %
Genre Drama
Stars Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson
Directed by Keith Behrman

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
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Jonathan Gordon, Jason Ralph, Haaz Sleiman
Directed by Joey Kuhn

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 %
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Michael Welch, Michelle Hendley, Alexandra Turshen
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

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.

Freeheld (2015)

50 %
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Julianne Moore, Elliot Page, Steve Carell
Directed by Peter Sollett

Oscar winner Julianne Moore joins Oscar nominees Elliot Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon in the 2015 biopic Freeheld, based on the Oscar-winning 2007 documentary of the same name. The plot chronicles Laurel Hester’s fight to secure pension benefits for her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis. The film is based on the real-life story of Hester, who died three weeks after successfully securing benefits for Andree.

Reaching for the Moon (2013) new

Reaching for the Moon
44 %
r 118m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Miranda Otto, Glória Pires, Tracy Middendorf
Directed by Bruno Barreto
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) new

Big Eden
59 %
pg-13 117m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay
Directed by Thomas Bezucha
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 %
r 93m
Genre Drama, Adventure
Stars Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton
Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
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
pg 104m
Genre Documentary
Stars Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen
Directed by Sam Blair
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 %
r 96m
Genre Documentary
Stars Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg, Mike Schmuhl
Directed by Jesse Moss
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 %
pg-13 91m
Genre Documentary
Stars Patricia Bell-Scott, Dolores Chandler, Brittney Cooper
Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West
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 %
pg-13 115m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel
Directed by Jonathan Butterell
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
Genre Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars Majd Mardo, Josha Stradowski, Jenny Arean
Directed by Annemarie van de Mond
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 %
r 95m
Genre Drama
Stars Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi
Directed by Alan Ball
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
Genre Drama
Stars Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodríguez, Guillermo Pfening
Directed by Martín Deus
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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