10 LGBTQ+ Movies To Watch This Valentine's Day

Because representation is important.

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Finally! We are getting some long overdue LGBTQ+ inclusive films that are accurate, truthful, and smart. While there is still much more work to be done, more mainstream LGBTQ+ movies have broken their way into the white, cisgender male dominated cinema landscape — and the majority did so with raving reviews.

Whether it is a love story or a tale of friendship, it's important that everyone sees themselves represented on the silver screen. In the last couple of years alone, there have been several critically acclaimed films that clearly and accurately portray members of the LGBTQ+ community, from Oscar-winning Moonlight to Carol and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

We've rounded up the 10 best LGBTQ+ movies that perfectly capture the true meaning of love, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Moonlight

The movie that caused all that Oscar Best Picture Drama in 2017. But there's a reason it was the real winner. The film follows three different chapters in the life of a young Black man who faces trials and tribulations as he discovers his sexuality.

Carol

Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and Carol (Cate Blanchett) meet in a Manhattan department store in the 1950s. The women form a bond that soon turns to love and leads to a complicated relationship.

Brokeback Mountain

This classic and trailblazing movie captured the story of two cowboys who fall in love, but must decide if they live their truth or keep their affair a secret and continue with their lives — all while pressured by 1960s societal standards.

The Danish Girl

This film, based off the 2000s novel of the same name and inspired by a true story, follows a transgender woman who is one of the first people to undergo sex-reassignment surgery.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

When a betrothed young woman must receive a portrait (reluctantly), a painter comes to town to secretly capture her image. But when the two women begin to spend a lot of time together, they quickly form a close bond.

The Favourite

Olivia Colman and Emma Stone star in this Oscar-winning film. In the midst of a messy war between England and France, Queen Anne is more concerned with the finer things in life (like duck racing, parties, and extravagant food). When the queen's health starts to decline, a new servant is hired and the two soon become close.

The Half of It

A heartwarming tale that proves not all love stories are romances. This quiet, teenage girl finds a friend who understands her better than anyone else.

Love, Simon

The popular 2018 movie follows a young man discovering who he is and how to embrace his truth while also navigating the rough waters of being closeted in high school.

The Boys in the Band

This 2020 Netflix film is based on the 1968 play of the same name and follows a group of gay friends throwing a party, when a surprise guest from one of their pasts shows up. Come for the drama, stay for the star-studded cast, which includes Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and more.

Call Me By Your Name

This touching, coming-of-age story finds two young men who become enamored by each other as they discover their sexualities during a summer in Italy countryside. If the endearing story isn't enough, may we present to you Timothée Chalamet and that infamous peach. We promise you won't be disappointed.

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