LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer +) movies are really important because everyone talks about heterosexuality and cisgender love stories or their stories in general. LGBTQ+ people are stigmatized, oppressed and they lack representation. Their stories are not told and if they get representation in movies, their lives can be understood better and they can live respectfully. There are some beautiful movies that have been made on LGBTQ+ themes. We cover 10 such movies in this article.
Call Me By Your Name
Call Me By Your Name is a beautiful gay love story set in the summer of 1983 starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, named Elio and Oliver respectively in the movie. Elio is a 17-year-old boy whose interests are playing piano, guitar, and reading books. Oliver is a doctoral intern working for Elio’s father. Elio and Oliver spend some beautiful time together and fall in love by the end of the movie. They have a very simple and pure relationship. The best thing is that Elio’s parents are supportive of his relationship. The cinematography is equally breathtaking as the couple and it is a treat to watch this movie romanticizing Italian summers, slow & easy living.
Moonlight’s central theme is coming out gay, being confused about your identity and sexuality but it does have a deeper meaning to it too. The title focuses on the idea that in the moonlight, only you can decide who you want to be. This movie is directed by Barry Jenkin and the protagonist is a fatherless African- American named Chiron. The movie is divided into three acts- Little, Chiron, and Black each played by a different actor. It is a beautiful story about self-discovery and self-acceptance. It won the Best Picture award at the Oscars.
LGBTQ+ movies in Hollywood are no biggie but they either have a tragic ending or the characters are just for comic purposes but this movie shows them in a comedic setting and is light-hearted. The main character likes women but then begins to question his sexuality and leads a journey towards self-discovery.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’, a 2018 movie based on a true story depicts the friendship between a lesbian and a gay guy. Their friendship is so authentic and they share a non-sexual relationship, something which is rare in Hollywood. The central story of the movie is that the woman who is a Jewish writer starts forging and selling literary letters with the help of a drifter, the gay man. The lesbian-gay synergy in this movie is the future of queer films.
‘Love, Simon’, a 2018 film featuring a 17-year-old boy who has a perfect life and an amazing bunch of friends but his life goes a full circle when he comes out gay and everyone around him has a problem with his sexual orientation and this story reflects how he comes to terms with his identity and sexuality. This movie was initially banned in India because CBFC thought that the Indian audience would not be interested in watching such a movie but it soon released. ‘Love, Simon’ will teach you how to be a better ally so it’s a must-watch.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
This movie is a milestone in Bollywood when it comes to exploring the LGBTQ+ theme because even though Supreme Court has decriminalized Section 377, hate crimes against homosexual people are still at par and very few movies have been made on the same haven’t directly touched upon the LGBTQ+ theme. On the other hand, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has very subtly explored same-sex relationships starring Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Juhi Chawla.
Angry Indian Goddesses
This movie is a great watch for the Indian audience who is still reluctant about watching LGBTQ+ themed movies. It explores same-sex relationships and also focuses on the oppression faced by women in Indian society.
The Children’s Hour
The Children’s Hour, a 1961 film is an adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s play and is inspired by a real story of two Scottish schoolmistresses who were accused of having a love affair. The play was first produced in 1934 at a time when homosexuality was illegal to be even mentioned on stage but this play was such a success, critically and commercially that the law did not apply to the play. The main cast of this movie is Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn, and Miriam Hopkins.
‘Rocketman’, 2019 is a musical adaptation of Elton John’s early years. It’s as classic as all his songs to which we have grooved to for years. This movie acknowledges the queer nuances of his life where Hollywood does not even consider showing gay celebrity stories.
Desert Hearts is a story about a 35-year-old Columbian professor, Vivian Bell who is traveling to Reno to finalize her divorce, and a 20-year-old girl, Cay Rivvers who is a sculptor. The two women grow closer but Cay Rivvers still thinks of herself as straight. It’s a beautiful queer film.