LGBT Movies: The Most Underrated Queer Films

LGBT Movies: The Most Underrated Queer Films

From fashion favourite, A Single Man to cult classic Hedwig, we review the best LGBT movies from queer cinema.

From fashion favourite, A Single Man to cult classic Hedwig, we review the best LGBT movies from queer cinema.

Text: Paul Madley

Queer cinema has been so vital to youth culture. In past decades, it was often the only source of queer story telling. While there's always been queer music and fashion; historically, queer visibility in cinema has been very niche and limited at best.

With Pride in full swing, we celebrate by reviewing some the best queer movie classic.

Scroll down to see what has made the list.

Tangerine (2015)

Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone. It’s centered in LA and tells the story of Trans sex workers. It received much critical acclaim for both plot and actors.

Un chant d’amour (1950)

This 1950’s mini-movie (only 26 minutes long) is set in a French prison. It focuses on desire, fetish, jealousy and voyeurism. A classic with queer cinema buffs, this film was banned for a long time because of its content.

The Living End (1992)

Queer favourite Araki’s ‘The Living End’ has also been dubbed "the gay Thelma and Louise." It follows two lovers who hit the road as fugitives. Upon its release, the film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992.

Beautiful Thing (1996)

Two London teens discover their sexuality in this touching tale of first love and friendship.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

This cult favorite tells the story of the "internationally ignored" rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love.

My Summer of Love (2004)

This lesbian love story stars Emily Blunt and it's a tale of first love between two girls from different sides of the track.

A Single Man (2009)

Tom Ford's directorial debut is based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name. It features Nicholas Hoult and tells the story of a college professor who's struggling to come to terms with the death of his life partner. Set in the 1960s, it also stars Julianne Moore and has great costumes.

Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Set in 1980’s Ohio, Edge of Seventeen follows music obsessed teen Eric as he comes to terms with his sexuality.

Glue (2006)

Set in Argentina, this movie tells the story of two friends who play in a rock band. They meet a girl and ultimate explore their sexuality and drug use.

Another Gay Movie (2006)

This mid-00’s hit is a sexual comedy; think ‘American Pie’ for queer kids. It’s camp, silly and filled with gay references.

Paris Is Burning (1990)

The legendary documentary is the blueprint for RuPaul’s Drag Race. It focuses on NYC’s ball scene and chronicles ‘house’ culture. It celebrates the talents of African-American, Latino, gay, queer, and transgender communities who shaped the scene.

Weekend (2011)

A romantic British drama that tells the story of two strangers who begin a sexual relationship before one of them plans to leave the country. It’s a beautiful portrayal of intimacy and vulnerability.

I'm So Excited (2013)

I’m So Excited is a Spanish comedy from famed queer writer/director Pedro Almodovar. The movie takes place on a plane and it focuses on bisexual co-pilots, camp cabin crew and the eccentric passengers, including a retired porn-star.

Cabaret (1972)

Cabaret is the story of American Sally Bowles and English Academic Brian Roberts. Set in 1930s Berlin, the friends-turned-lovers both pursue relations with the bisexual playboy Maximilian von Heune.

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

The film is a dramatization based on the real life story of Brandon Teena, a Trans man who falls victim of a hate crime. It stars Hilary Swank and Chloë Sevigny, Swank won an Oscar for her performance and Chloë received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

The film tackles racism, homophobia and punks in 1980s London as two lovers manage a local launderette. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis and who was nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

A camp Australian comedy that follows three Drag Queens who travel cross country to headline a Cabaret.

Loose Cannons (2010)

This Italian comedy tells the story of two brothers who return home to tell their family that they’re gay, each brother is unaware of the others secret.

Victim (1961)

A tale of blackmail, illicit liaisons and repression. This film had such an influence on the British public, that it’s credited with contributing to the change of the law (Sexual Offenses Act 1967).

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

A satirical romantic comedy that stars Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall and Rupaul. This stylistic movie sees Lyonne sent to a conversion therapy camp.

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

Breakfast on Pluto tells the story of a transgender women who moves from Ireland to London in the search of her mother, identity and true love. The film is set in the 1970s and stars Cillian Murphy.

Christopher and His Kind (2011)

The made for T.V movie first aired in the Uk before US DVD release. It’s based on the life of queer author Christopher Isherwood. The film explore Isherwoods time in 1930’s Berlin and this novel birthed the musical/movie Cabaret.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

This 1994 drama centers on the intense relationship between two young girls, whose obsession with one another turns deadly. It stars Kate Winslet and is based on a true story

Pink Narcissus (1971)

This American art house movie is the story of a male sex worker, it explores his dreams and desires.

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