To say that even in the 21st century, the LGBTQ community continues to be one of the most persecuted minorities, would be almost an understatement. It doesn’t begin the address the trauma and the humiliation that queer people suffer at the hands of family and society. However, things have begun to change. Slowly, but certainly. And while western countries like USA provides a slightly warmer society to queer people, countries like India still have a lot of work to do to check their bias. For that, there’s really no better way to educate oneself than watch films of the west that provide some perspective. Here are 20 best Hollywood LGBTQ movies that are extremely powerful!
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1. The Favourite
When Queen Anne of England falls sick, her secret lover and close aide, Sarah Churchill, begins looking after the important matters of the kingdom in her stead. When Sarah’s cousin Abigail arrives seeking employment from the queen, the two find each other vying for the Queen’s favour.
2. God’s Own Country
A young farmer by the name of Johnny is the sole caretaker of his households and resorts to blowing steam through casual sex and binge drinking. When a Romanian migrant arrives in his life, Johnny finds himself on a new path.
Before graduating school, Molly and Amy realise that they have been too serious about their careers to enjoy school life, and decide to let loose and enjoy before they graduate. In doing so, they embark upon a number of adventures that helps them realise a number of significant things.
4. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Based on the real-life story of celebrity biographer Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive me follows the writer as she struggles with a writer’s block amid bad response to her recent work. When she finds it difficult to sustain, she resorts to fabricating letters from dead authors and playwrights in order to sell her books.
Based on a true story, Pride follows the British LBGTQ community which when it realises that they all have a common enemy – British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative media, lends its support to striking miners in 1984 Wales during the lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers. Despite the miners having their own bias against the LGBTQ community, they form an unlikely alliance with them.
Milk follows the real life story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official of Californial to be elected to public office, as he struggles to make a change in the system while fighting a largely homophobic society.
7. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the story of a lesbian teenager, Cameron, who, when caught having sex with the prom queen, is outed. Her aunt, a devout Christian, sends her to a conversion therapy camp called God’s Promise. While there, despite the whole thing being a traumatic experience, she bonds with other residents.
Sin Dee Rella, a transgender sex worker who has recently finished a 4-week-long jail sentence, meets her friend, Alexandra, another transgender sex worker on Christmas Eve. When Alexandra tells Sin Dee Rella that her boyfriend had been cheating on her, Sin Dee decides to exact revenge upon her boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
Philadelphia follows the story of a gay lawyer, Andrew Beckett, who contracts AIDS and is then fired by his firm. Andrew decides to sue his firm, and on not getting a lawyer to represent him, decides to represent himself. However, an African American lawyer, Joe, sympathizes with him despite being a homophobe himself, because he understands what it means to be ostracized. In the process of representing Andrew, Joe begins to get over his discrimination.
10. The Kids Are All Right
Nic and Jules are a same sex couple with a picture perfect family, with a daughter and a son, who are both conceived from the same sperm donor. The children, Joni and Naser, begin looking for their biological father, and find Paul, who is pretty excited to get to know his biological children. However, things start to get complicated soon.
11. Battle of The Sexes
When the former tennis champion Bobby Riggs, 55, and a gambling addict challenges World No. 1 Woman tennis player, Billie Jean King for a tennis match, she declines. However, she decides to take him to the court when she realises how important it’ll prove to be in her quest to create an equal footing for female players.
Pariah follows the story of a young Brooklyn teenager, Alike, who’s struggling to come to terms with her identity as a butch lesbian. Her mother is conservative, while her father is more easy going. Alike is forced to put on a display for the sake of her mother, while being conflicted about what she feels on the inside.
Based on the novel of the same name by British author E.M. Forster, Maurice follows the story of its eponymous protagonist who, after falling in love with his best friend, Clive, begins to question his identity and make peace with it in a conservative Edwardian England.
14. Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain follows the story of two shepherds, Jack and Ennis, who during the 1960s begin a passionate relationship with each other. However, since they cannot be together in fear of social ostracization, they get married to women, which further complicates things.
15. Love, Simon
Love, Simon, follows the story if Simon, a closeted gay teenager who hasn’t figured how or gathered the confidence to come out yet. He begins exchanging emails with an anonymous boy from his school, confessing that he is gay. When Simon’s classmate, Martin, discovers these emails, he threatens to out Simon, and forces him to set him up with his friend, Abby. In the process, Simon makes a number of mistakes and eventually learns to own up to his identity.
Rocketman is based on the real-life story of legendary British rock star Elton John – his somber childhood with an apathetic mother, estranged father, a rocky adolescence as he comes to terms with his sexuality, and his eventual struggles with drug abuse.
17. The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game follows the real-life story of British mathematician Alan Turing who greatly helped the Allies during the second world war. Nevertheless, Turing was treated horribly by the British state because of his sexuality. The movie sheds light on his work as the head of a team of cryptographers trying to break the German Enigma.
18. Dallas Buyers Club
Another real-life story, Dallas Buyers Club follows the story of promiscuous rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof who is diagnosed with AIDS, a disease that predominantly affected the LGBTQ community. Despite his early bias, Ron eventually begins to sympathize with the people of the community, and when he discovers a banned life-saving drug for AIDS patients, he decides to smuggle it into the USA.
Moonlight follows the story of Chiron, an African American boy who lives with his single mother and eventually as a child finds a father figure in a drug dealer named Juan. The movie follows Chiron as he struggles with his identity as a black gay man, showing various aspects of his life in his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Because of its observations on race, sexuality and gender, Moonlight is one of the best Hollywood LGBTQ movies you can watch.
20. Call Me By Your Name
Elio is a seventeen year old boy spending the summer with his family at a 17th-century villa in Lombardy when he crosses paths with a handsome doctoral student named Oliver, who works for Elio’s father. Elio and Oliver eventually begin a relationship that changes their lives.
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