We get it — there’s a lot movies in that “Suggested For You” section of your streaming queue, but how do you sift through all the straight-to-DVD white gay rom coms starring D-list celebs to find something of true substance? Look no further. With our careful curation from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO NOW we have found what are the gayest streamable movies right now, according to science. Some old, some new, some canon, some hidden gems. There’s a movie here for every queer. Enjoy!
The Boys in the Band
Based on the groundbreaking 1968 play of the same name by Mart Crowley, The Boys in the Band is a look into the lives of gay men in 1960’s New York. Featuring a cast of all openly gay actors, this is a must see for anyone interested in gay history.
This clever and hilarious coming of age film stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as two teenage best friends who decide to go to one last party now that high school is over. Dever’s character has one of the realest young lesbian stories you’ll see in a movie.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Yearning, yearning and more yearning await you in this beautifully shot and acted period piece about two women falling love in 18th century France. The film stars lesbian actress Adèle Haenel, and picked up many awards, including the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Catherine Yen’s superhero movie unlike any other superhero movie is all about awesome, complex women, including lesbian police officer Renee Montoya and bisexual Harley Quinn. This is the most fun you’ll have watching superheroes this year.
Want to watch a lesbian movie where neither of the leads die, get disowned or end up alone? Happiest Season is for you! Kristen Stewart, Mary Holland, and Dan Levy shine in this lesbian Christmas romcom, but Aubrey Plaza is definitely the breakout star. The movie has its fair share of tears, so be ready.
Your Name Engraved Herein
This film follows two teen boys, Jia-han and Birdy as they fall in love in the 1980’s just after Taiwan lifted its martial law. As the nation transitions from strict authoritarianism to become the most LGBTQ+ friendly country in Asia, the two boys grow and have their love tested.
While mainstream Hollywood continues to catch up when it comes to LGBTQ representation in blockbuster movies, there are plenty of directors out there highlighting issues within the gay community through slick visuals.
For now, some of the most compelling and hard-hitting LGBTQ cinema exists in short films. From tackling the homophobic world of football, to a teacher exploring the sex party scene in New York City, they are touching upon real life emotions that your local Odeon is probably little way off from showing anytime soon.
Gay Times have rounded up just five of the best gay short films out there that you can watch online.