The best LGBTQ movies on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is your source for shopping, music, and yes, even television and movies.

Subscribers get instant access to Amazon Prime Video, which has a wide selection of diverse movies from which to choose, including plenty within the LGBTQ genre. Here are some of the best you can watch.

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Rocketman on Amazon Prime

Rocketman (2019)

This biographical music movie tells the life story of iconic musician Elton John and his meteoric rise to fame, starting from his early days as a prodigy attending the Royal Academy of Music. Taron Egerton earned a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the pop star, beautifully capturing both his unique musical talents and flamboyant style. John and his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. John and his husband David Furnish had been working on a film about John’s life for decades, finally culminating in Rocketman. It’s totally worth the wait.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Rating: R
Runtime: 121 minutes

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Pride movie

Pride (2014)

This historical comedy-drama is based on the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who banded together to raise money for families impacted by the British miners strike of 1984. The event eventually became known as the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. While the help was initially unwelcome, the group addressed the homophobia head on to dispel myths and preconceived notions, finding unlikely allies in the small-town miners and their families. Nominated for a Golden Globe, the film has been universally praised and referred to as a “joyous crowd-pleaser.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun, Ben Schnetzer
Director: Matthew Warchus
Rating: R
Runtime: 120 minutes

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Saving Face (2004)

As the first Hollywood-backed film to focus on Chinese-Americans since Disney gave us The Joy Luck Club in 1993, this romantic comedy is a story of intersecting lives that follows Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a closeted New York surgeon who falls for a dancer (Lynn Chen) who happens to be the daughter of her boss. The tapestry unravels when Wil’s widowed mother Gao (Joan Chen) shows up at her door, pregnant out of wedlock. The pair struggle with their situation as they go completely against the pan-East Asian social concept of “face,” which refers to behaviors and customs that suggest morality and honor. The movie is inspired by director Alice Wu’s own experience in coming out to her traditional Taiwanese mother, who initially did not accept her as being gay. Will Smith is counted among the producers.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Michelle Krusiec, Joan Chen, Lynn Chen
Director: Alice Wu
Rating: R
Runtime: 91 minutes

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Soldier’s Girl (2003)

During the time when the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy existed, private Barry Winchell (Troy Garity) finds himself in a difficult position when it’s discovered that he’s dating Calpernia Addams, a transgender showgirl. Jealousy, anger, lack of acceptance, and pressure lead to rising tensions between Winchell and his roommate Justin Fisher (Shawn Hatosy) that escalates to violence and Winchell’s eventual murder. Based on a true story, this crime drama will have you clenching your fists in anger. The ending, however, brings some closure with a discussion of the events that occurred after Winchell’s death.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Troy Garity, Lee Pace
Director: Frank Pierson
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Frantz (2016)

As a loose adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 film Broken Lullaby, which was, in turn, based on the 1930 French play L’homme que j’ai tue by Maurice Rostand, Frantz is about Anna (Paula Beer), a German woman grieving her husband who is killed on the battlefield in World War I. As Anna visits his grave, she sees another man frequenting it as well. The man, Adrien (Pierre Niney), lies about who he is until he can no longer keep up the façade and reveals the truth. The film itself does not have any LGBTQ themes but it is classified as an LGBTQ movie because it’s directed by Francois Ozon, a French director and screenwriter known for incorporating his free-thinking views on human sexuality into his movies.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer
Director: Francois Ozon
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 113 minutes

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We Were Here (2011)

With a perfect rating, this documentary is about the HIV/AIDs crisis in San Francisco in the early ’80s that was then known as the “Gay Plague.” It includes interviews with five key individuals of the time: A man who worked as a counselor for gay men, a political activist, an HIV+ artist, a black dancer who operated a flower stand that sold flowers for many funerals of those who died from the disease, and a nurse who helped administer the clinical trials for antiretroviral drugs. We Were Here delves deep into the crisis to help viewers better understand the critical importance of medical care, social services, and community support.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Stars: Ed Wolf, Paul Boneberg, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer
Director: David Weissman
Rating: NR
Runtime: 90 minutes

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My Best Friend (2018)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Stars: Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodriguez
Director: Martin Deus
Rating: 16+
Runtime: 91 minutes

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Heartstone (2016)

An Icelandic-language film, this coming-of-age drama looks at the emotional and sexual journeys of two preteen boys, Thor and Christian, who are living in an Icelandic fishing village. As they deal with adolescence, one boy shows an interest in a girl while the other is confused about his newfound feelings for his best friend. The film took home the Queer Lion award at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Baldur Einarsson, Blaer Hinriksson, Dilja Valsdottir, Katla Njalsdottir
Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Rating: 16+
Runtime: 129 minutes

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1085 movie on Amazon Prime

1985 (2018)

Adrian (Gotham‘s Cory Michael Smith), a closeted gay man, returns home to Dallas from New York City in order to say goodbye to his estranged family, not revealing to them that he is actually dying of AIDS. While his family is politically conservative and deeply religious, it appears they might know more about Adrian’s sexuality than they are willing to admit or accept. Thus, they don’t really speak of it. Adding more complexity to the story is that Adrian’s younger brother may very well be gay as well. The movie takes you back in time stylistically as well, shot on black-and-white super 16mm film.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Aidan Langford, Jamie Chung
Director: Yen Tan
Rating: 16+
Runtime: 85 minutes

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4 Moons (2014)

The Mexican drama, available with English subtitles (originally in Spanish) is divided into four self-contained stories, each about a different person exploring love and self-acceptance. The first is an 11-year-old boy trying to come to terms with his attraction to a male cousin. The second is a pair of college kids who get into a relationship but one is not comfortable with officially coming out. In the third, one man struggles with his attraction to someone else while in a long-term relationship with another man. An old family man obsessed with a young male prostitute is the subject of the fourth story. The film was shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards but was not selected.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Antonio Velazquez, Alejandro de la Madrid, Cesar Ramos, Gustavo Egelhaaf, Alonso Echanove, Alejandro Belmonte, Karina Gidi, Juan Manuel Bernal
Director: Sergio Tovar Velarde
Rating: NR
Runtime: 110 minutes

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The Children’s Hour (1962)

In modern times, two prominent women in a lesbian relationship is no big deal. But at the time when this movie was released in the ’60s, it was a controversial topic. The Children’s Hour is about a schoolgirl who, out for revenge, spreads a rumor that the two owners of the private school, Karen and Martha (played by Hollywood icons Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine) are lesbians. Angered by the accusation, which devastates their lives and Karen’s pending marriage to Joe, they file suit against the girl. Considered a “provocatively daring” film for its time, the story was penned decades prior: It is based on the 1934 play of the same name by Lillian Hellman. The movie received five Academy Award nominations.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn, James Garner
Director: William Wyler
Rating: NR
Runtime: 107 minutes

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The Birdcage (1996)

Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, and Nathan Lane are brilliant together in this hilarious comedy, a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Edouard Molinaro. Armand (Williams), the gay owner of a drag club, discovers that his son Val, whom he fathered during a drunken one-night stand, is engaged to marry the daughter of an uber-conservative senator (Hackman). When the senator gets caught up in a scandal, he escapes to visit the family of his soon-to-be son-in-law. At the behest of Val and his fiancé, Armand agrees to play along with the cover story that he’s a straight man and cultural attache to Greece. Making this story particularly challenging to pass off as truth, however, are the failed attempts to get Armand’s flamboyant and effeminate life partner Albert (Lane) to pretend to be the straight uncle. The film has been praised by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for “going beyond stereotypes” and showing characters’ “depth and humanity.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Stars: Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest
Director: Mike Nichols
Rating: PG
Runtime: 119 minutes

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