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16 Queer Movies That Actually Have Happy Endings

Spoiler Alert: These will fill you with joy! 🌈

As queer people, we barely ever get to see positive representations of the LGBTQIA+ community in mainstream media. Our stories are either met with tragic endings or turn out to be utterly depressing. Growing up, whatever pieces of queer cinema I could find were rooted in heartbreak and misfortune. While these stories are very much a reality for most people, it is incredibly important, especially for the younger generation, to experience stories that do not always end in tragedy. Knowing that there is a possibility of a happier life by accepting your sexuality is something we need more of.

Therefore, here's a list of queer movies that, for a change, have happy endings!

1. Fire Island (2022)

Noah (Joel Kim Booster) and Will (Conrad Ricamora) looking at each other with sun setting in the background

2. The Handmaiden (2016)

Sook-Hee (Kim Tae-ri) helping Hideko (Kim Min-hee) tie her corset from behind

3. The Birdcage (1996)

Nathan Lane and Robin Williams stare at each other

4. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

Megan (Natasha Lyonne) and Graham (Clea DuVall) sitting next to each other with Graham's hand on Megan's elbow

5. In a Heartbeat (2017)

A boy leaning on another boy while holding an object that looks like a heart

6. Looking: The Movie (2016)

The cast of Looking : The Movie sitting at a table and clinking their glasses while smiling

7. God’s Own Country (2017)

Two men sit in a bathtub

8. Badhaai Do (2022)

Sumi (Bhumi Pednekar) holding a leather jacket and looking in the mirror with Rimjhim (Chum Darang) behind her

9. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo in drag sitting in a car

10. The Way He Looks (2014)

Gabriel (Fábio Audi) riding a bicycle with Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) behind him

11. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

A sketch of three men screaming while trying to catch hold of a baby that is flying

12. Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Laila (Kalki Koechlin) and Khanum (Sayani Gupta) sitting at a dining table and laughing while eating

13. Carol (2015)

Therese (Rooney Mara) sitting and Carol (Cate Blanchett) standing behind her with her hand on Therese's shoulders

14. Moonlight (2016)

Two men stare at each other with their backs to the camera

15. Maurice (1987)

Clive (Hugh Grant) lying on the grass with Maurice (James Wilby) resting his head on his chest

16. Laurence Anyways (2012)

Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) planting a kiss on Fred's (Suzanne Clément) left cheek with confetti flying in the air

Did we miss out on a movie that you think deserves to be on the list? Tell us in the comments!