8 Best Gay Movies on Netflix

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The online streaming service Netflix has been known for its longtime support and promotion of films about life as a member of the LGBTQI+ community. They have a wide selection of movies from gay writers, directors, actors, and producers, and they continue to support the addition of more films in this category. There are quite a few movies like this to choose from, but let us take a look at eight of the best gay movies on Netflix.

Many of the themes of these movies are of family and personal struggle, as well as the difficult fight for rights and full acceptance by society. Some are documentaries, directly looking at the real people involved in the struggle, while others are simple fictional.

8. Jenny’s Wedding (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Mary Agnes Donaghue
Runtime: 1 hr 34 min
IMDb Rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: All Netflix

When Jenny (Katherine Hiegl) finally gets married, her family is not expecting it to be to another woman. She has lived an openly gay life on her own, but she never came out to her family. Her father, Eddie, is played by English actor Tom Wilkinson in a masterful performance of a father coming to terms with the truth. The movie has both comedic and dramatic moments, and it manages to deal with an important issue in a lighthearted manner.

7. Kiss Me (2011)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: Alexandra Therese Keining
Runtime: 1 hr 47 min
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

While engaged to be married to a man, Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez) goes to her father’s engagement party, where she meets her future step sister, Frida (Liv Mjones), a lesbian with a magnetic personality. The two begin a fling that may tear the entire newly-formed family apart. Mia feels that she is truly falling in love for the first time in her life. The drama ensues in this well-performed film.

6. The Out List (2013)

Release Date on Netflix: 2013
Director: Timothy Greenfield Sanders
Runtime: 58 min
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: No Score
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: All Netflix

This is a groundbreaking documentary about coming out of the closet as a member of the LGBTQ community. It features activists, artists, and celebrities in candid interviews about their life experiences, their families, and how they came out to the world. They provide a thoughtful portrait of their trials and tribulations. Stars like Neil Patrick Harris, Wanda Sykes, and Ellen DeGeneres appear in the film, as well as other activists from the LGBTQ community. Their stories are poignant, gripping, and often inspirational to other members of the group.

5. Milk (2008)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Gus Van Sant
Runtime: 2 hrs 8 min
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Milk is the dramatic, true story of San Francisco city councilman, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), and his gradual rise to power to become the first openly gay elected official in the State of California. It tells the story of his fight for gay rights, his surprise election, and his eventual assassination by fellow councilman Dan White (Josh Brolin). The film won two Oscars, including Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Sean Penn and Best Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black. It is a powerful film about a powerful moment in American history.

4. Loev (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Sudhansu Saria
Runtime: 1 hr 29 min
IMDb Rating: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: All Netflix

Two old friends take a weekend trip together after not seeing one another for some years. The trip brings up confusing feelings, as one of the men is no longer in love with his current boyfriend. The two, Jai and Alex, (Shiv Pandit and Dhruv Ganesh) ignite an unrealized romance while visiting their childhood home in India. Upon their return, Alex shows up with yet another man, and things take a turn for the complicated.

3. Liz in September (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Fina Torres
Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
IMDb Rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: All Netflix

Liz (Patricia Velasquez) is a womanizing party girl who celebrates her birthday every year with friends at a lesbian owned beach resort. Old romances are brought back to life, until a stranger arrives, Dolores (Mimi Lazo). Liz’s friends challenge her to seduce the newcomer, and she decides to take the challenge. However, Dolores is in pain because of the recent loss of her son, and nothing quite turns out the way anyone expected.

2. The Summer of Sangaile (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Atlante Kavaite
Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
IMDb Rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: All Netflix

When a 17 year old young woman named Sangaile (Julija Steponaityte), with an interest in aeronautics and airplanes, attends a special engineering camp, she meets a girl the same age as her, with the same interests, Auste (Aiste Dirziute). They share a special secret that Sangaile has never let anyone know. They build a relationship where Auste provides the first real support and understanding Sangaile has ever known. With her more excited spirit, Auste teaches Sangaile that there are many ways to fly.

1. Holding the Man (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Neil Armfield
Runtime: 2 hr 8 min
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%
MPAA Rating: UR
Streaming on: All Netflix

After meeting in high school, two young men form a relationship that lasts for years. John (Craig Stott) is a football star, while Tim (Ryan Corr), plays roles in the theater department. They come together as lovers, and their relationship lasts for more than fifteen years before a challenge arises that maybe not even love can conquer. They try to face the trials together, but the challenges could be more than they can handle.

Netflix has always been friendly to LGBTQ-based film making. The films above are definitely some of the best gay movies on Netflix at the moment. They are both inspirational and aspirational. The documentaries are true to life, and sometimes, so is the fiction.

These eight films are only a small sample. There are plenty more to choose from on Netflix’s streaming service, and you can access them today by signing up.

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