Best LGBT+ Films – Five outstanding stories

There's been an outstanding array of LGBT+ stories on the big screen in the past ten years.

Oscar-winners, modern classics and low budget films that have illuminated cinema, moved audiences globally, and taken great strides in conversations about inclusion and solidarity.

This Pride Month, we wanted to cast a light on some of the stand-out stories that we think deserve a special place in hearts, minds and watchlists everywhere.

So we asked one of our film experts to curate an essential list of the top LGBT+ films you need to see.


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This week, our expert tips are from our Head of Programming, Rob.

He’s worked at ODEON for 4 years, and in the cinema industry for over 25 years.

Favourite film: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Here's Rob's list of the top LGBT+ films you need to see.

(Warning: there’s a few tear-jerkers in here)

Love, Simon (2018)

Hollywood finally produced a mainstream LGBT+ spin on the classic teenage romcom, with Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson as Simon.

A rapidly treasured film, it shows a teen trying to discover who his secret admirer is, all the while being challenged to come out to himself, and to his parents.

Why Love Simon is an outstanding LGBT+ film?

Wonderfully funny, this charming film will keep you guessing until the very end.

But more importantly, it also does a great job of normalising this kind of story for younger audiences everywhere.

Tangerine (2015)

Famously shot using an adapted iPhone, Sean (The Florida Project) Baker’s wonderful, sun-drenched comedy drama follows young street worker Sin-Dee’s attempt to find her cheating fiance, Chester.

Set during one long hot Christmas Eve in Hollywood, this breathless story is full of memorable characters and situations.

Why Tangerine is an outstanding LGBT+ film?

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez’s only credited screen appearance stays with you long after the end credits roll - we guarantee.

This is a film that shows that you don’t need a budget to tell an endearing story.

And if you haven't seen it, seek it out immediately.


Moonlight (2016)

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight tells the often heartbreaking story of a young African-American man trying to come to terms with his sexuality through his childhood, adolescence and into growing adulthood.

A multi-generational portrait of a life, surrounded by a towering supporting cast featuring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Janelle Monae.

Why Moonlight is an outstanding LGBT+ film?

An astounding achievement in writing, direction and performance, this Oscar-winning film is rightly heralded as a modern classic and demands to be seen.

Even the biggest hiccup in Oscar history failed to deny the film it's acclaim.

God’s Own Country (2017)

More recently seen as Prince Charles in The Crown, here Josh O’Connor plays a worker on his family’s isolated Yorkshire farm.

In those slow surroundings, he's also slowly starting to acknowledge his identity as he falls for a handsome, recently arrived Romanian migrant (Alec Secareanju).

Why God’s Own Country is an outstanding LGBT+ film?

Debut writer/director Francis Lee’s windswept drama is one of the finest British films for some time.

But more than that, it's an important, poignant story that will capture your heart.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Chloe Grace Moretz plays a gay teenager, sent away to a conversion camp run by a monstrous Jennifer Ehle.

The aim? To ‘cure’ her of her homosexuality, in director Desiree Akhavan’s brilliant 90’s-set coming of age drama.

Why The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an outstanding LGBT+ film?

Fantastic performances abound, led by Moretz's engaging central turn.

This is a compelling and at times infuriating look at a system trying to suppress young people’s identities.

That was five inspiring stories of LGBT+ lives recently featured in film, but in reality there are so many more to choose from, equally worth their acclaim and your attention. If you haven't seen them and they're not already there, put these on your watchlist:

Call Me By Your Name

Northsea Texas

The Way He Looks

Giant Little Ones

Blue Is The Warmest Colour


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