Contemporary Queer Films

Looking for some good contemporary queer films to watch this Pride Month?  Look no further!


Beginners “A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.”

Bessie “The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and ’30s.”

Blue is the Warmest Color “Adèle’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.”

Boy Meets Girl “Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.”

Carol “An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.”

Closet Monster “A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.”

The Danish Girl “A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.”

The Duke of Burgundy “A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.”

Eisenstein in Guanajuato “Rejected by Hollywood and facing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino, he experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.”

Fire Song “Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister’s suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family’s home and his own future.”

Front Cover “When a gay fashion stylist works with a renowned foreign actor, they both embark on a journey of self-discovery.”

Girlhood “A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.”

Grandma “A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter.”

The Handmaiden “A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.”

I Am Michael “Based on the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who becomes a Christian pastor after identifying as a heterosexual. ”

In the Grayscale “Bruno, an architect with a great life, is hired to build an iconic landmark, and as he works with a gay history teacher named Fer, an unexpected and intense romance starts to blossom.”

King Cobra “This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer who made him famous. When Sean decides he’d be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by any means possible.”

Kiss Me “A young woman engaged to be married finds herself in an affair with her soon-to-be stepmother’s lesbian daughter.”

LUV Don’t Live Here “Coping with illness, a black gay man is forced to face the hard realities of his life and loves.”

Margarita, With a Straw “A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.”

Moonlight “A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.”

Naz & Maalik “Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the cross-hairs of the War on Terror.”

The New Girlfriend “A young woman makes a surprising discovery about the husband of her late best friend.”

Oriented “A feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014.”

Pariah “A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.”

Reaching for the Moon “A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.”

Room in Rome “A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.”

A Single Man “An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.”

Spa Night “A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.”

Stranger By The Lake “Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this but wants to live out his passion anyway.”

The Summer of Sangaile “17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.”

Tab Hunter: Confidential “The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s.”

Tangerine “A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.”

Weekend “After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what’s expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.”

(Descriptions sourced from IMDb.)

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