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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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