For Millennials. By Millennials.
As sad as it is, the world wasn’t always open to accepting the LGBT community. Only in recent years have people stopped being insensitive and accepted that love has no boundaries regarding gender. In an attempt to support them, the film industry has made quite a few excellent LGBT movies to make people have some common sense.
Movies always help change our thinking and influence and thus play an essential part in bringing social change.
Here are a few great LGBT movies to watch that will change how you think about gays.
It’s especially interesting since both are closeted gays and live in a society where they can’t be in a relationship with each other. Both get married to women and have their own kids, but despite it, they all continue to have a secret affair for a long time. Even after they divorce their wives, they can only see each other a few times a year. It’s a story about the heartbreak and pain one feels when one can’t be with the one they’re meant to be with. It really opens your eyes to the struggles many LGBT people had to face over the years.
Among the top list of LGBT movies is a story that is set in Texas; this movie shows a tragic romance between two men, Ennis and Jack. They’re both hired to do some sheep herding, but they end up doing a lot more than that. Jack makes a move on Ennis, and they realize they both are gay and really into each other. Both have wives, and this development is relatively new, so it is interesting to watch. This is one of the most popular LGBT movies to watch. It’s also considered a western romance classic.
A simple purchase in a toy store leads to the most thrilling romance we have ever seen. Carol, an attractive lady with a loveless marriage, meets Therese, a shopkeeper in her 20s aspiring to be a photographer. There’s a spark you see right from the first encounter they have. Carol invites Therese to her home, and their bond starts to grow. Their relationship properly starts with both of them being happy beyond words. However, things get complicated when Carol decides she wants a divorce.
What adds a layer to this touching movie is that Carol’s husband is not okay with losing her wife, especially not to other women. He’s adamant that he will blackmail Carol by taking full custody of their daughter. It’s interesting to see how Carol deals with all that and stays valid for her love for Therese. She is an inspiration as she doesn’t change herself or her affection just because society doesn’t accept her. In a very ignorant society of that time, that’s something beautiful to watch. A focus on women’s relationship is why this is one of the most beloved LGBT movies.
Accurate portrayal of the hardships of life and the need for determination and willpower through the story of Russell and Glen. They meet at a gay bar and hit it off really well. Spending a weekend at Russell’s house, they get to connect physically, emotionally, and mentally. It’s heartbreaking because it directly tackles how homosexuals deal with homophobia daily.
The movie tackles the questions of finding your identity and deciding to stick with it no matter the odds. These two men have a lot of differences, but still, they find a special connection that you find only once in your life. That’s why it’s a favorite in our LGBT movies list. It’s worth watching if you want to know what’s happening inside the LGBT community.
Paris is burning
In her documentary, Jennie Livingston shows us how the outcasts of American society band together and make a culture of their own. It discusses gender roles and our deeply ingrained prejudices to inform us of how far humans still have to go.
It’s an in-depth view of the African American and Latino community who are also from the LGBT community and how they survive through the blatant racism, homophobia, poverty, and AIDS in a society that does everything it can to shun them out. These groups created their own sub-culture, used the terms used in the wider society, and added their own meaning to it. The strength each one of them possesses is commendable and inspirational. It led to many others finding the strength to stay true to their identities. This was before RuPaul’s Drag Race was even a thing, so it’s definitely worth watching how different everything was then. This is a classical one in our LGBT movies list.
My Beautiful Launderette
A classic tale of forbidden love between a white and an Asian man. It starts out with the white man, Johnny, helping the Asian man, Omer, in his job. The two find love and have to face hardships together in tragic ways. It’s a view of how Asian Muslims deal with homophobia in their own ways. But it’s a lot more than just that. It’s about striving for success despite being different from others.
Daniel Day-Lewis has outdone himself in this movie by playing the white punk, Johnny. He and Saeed Jaffrey certainly portrayed interesting chemistry on screen. The movie seemed so very realistic and much more interesting to watch.
All About My Mother
A terrible tragedy falls on Manuela when she loses her only son. The movie revolves around her searching for his transgender father and, along the way, befriends a pregnant nun and an old friend of her son’s father. Honestly, you would want to see the kind of friendships on the screen. It gives an intimate look at how humans connect with each other through hard times.
It’s also a cinematic masterpiece as it uses a lot of symbolism in the movie and somewhat seems like a parody of “All About Eve.” Though it has a unique message of its own, and the different characters are beautifully written to connect the movie in a way that satisfies the viewers. Above all else, it’s about family values and bonds despite the characters being from the LGBT community. It changes perspectives and shows us that it doesn’t matter your identity and orientation regarding love and care for one another. This was one of the top LGBT movies when it was released!
Tangerine is one of the most popular LGBT movies because of its unique story-telling. A comedic look at a severe issue of the problems the transgender community faces, along with a portrayal of a sex-trade subculture of L.A. The movie centers around a transgender prostitute who searches for the man who cheated on her. If that doesn’t get you to watch this movie, then maybe the fact that it was all shot on an iPhone hopefully might.
It’s a bit different than mainstream movies, but that’s all the more reason to give it a chance. The movie ropes you into this new world you’re unfamiliar with and slowly removes all your prejudices and views of the LGBT community.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Meet Adele, a high school student that doesn’t want to date men anymore and tries to find a girl to date. After one failed encounter, she meets a rather lively girl named Emma. Emma isn’t openly accepted into society due to her sexuality. Since people are dumb and petty, they start hating Adele just because of her new friendship.
But these two don’t really care about what society says and start their own relationship and enjoy it to the fullest. It’s a coming-of-age movie about forming an identity you are content with.
Did you like our list of LGBT movies? Which one is your favorite? We would love to hear what you think.