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27 Movies That Actually Represent LGBT People Accurately

Because representation is important.

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1. Pride (2014)


"It's a beautiful LGBT film, especially if you're British and can appreciate the hardships of the 1980s for both the working classes under the coal mining strikes and the LGBT society rocked by the AIDS crisis. Heartfelt and honest."

Submitted by Fraser Mycroft, Facebook.

2. Imagine Me and You (2005)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

"It actually (spoiler alert) has a happy ending. When I was coming out there wasn’t a lot of movies like that. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Piper Perabo and Lena Headey."

Submitted by Amanda Houts.

4. Big Eden (2000)

Wolfe Video

"Not only do no gay people die, but no one in the small Montana town has any problem with the characters being gay. It’s the kind of world I wish we lived in and it’s a movie I watch when I’m feeling sad."

Submitted by benix.

6. 4th Man Out (2015)

Gravitas Ventures

"I wasn’t sure whether to watch it but I’m glad I did. It’s got some humour, some of the best coming out scenes, and is ultimately feel good, I really connected with it and could’ve watched it again straight afterwards."

Submitted by tamsinb3.

8. Blackbird (2014)

KBiz Entertainment

"It really brings to life the journey of self-acceptance for a person (especially a POC, a person coming of age, or a person struggling with their sexuality and religion) in the LGBT+ community."

Submitted by isaaclahey.

10. The Way He Looks (2014)

Vitrine Films

"It's an independent Brazilian film focusing on the developing relationship between a blind boy and the new kid at school. It features typical teenage jealousy and also covers themes of friendship and disability. Heart-achingly sweet with a happy ending, this film is a hidden gem."

Submitted by wizardstring08.

16. Bent (1997)


"It’s based on a play and details the treatment of LGBT people during the Holocaust. This film will give you major feels and has one of the most beautiful and unique love scenes I’ve ever seen."

Submitted by caitlinj4730182ba.

19. Laurence Anyways (2012)

Alliance VivaFilm

"It's a must see because it not only tells a story of a trans person as they transition over an entire decade, but because the central storyline is about its effect on her long term partner and their desire to stay together."

Submitted by David Bertozzi.

20. Saving Face (2004)

Sony Pictures Classics

"It's super cute and feel-good, and one of very few movies featuring lesbian characters that doesn't involve anyone cheating on her already-existing male partner."

Submitted by Kylee Carlson, Facebook.

22. Weekend (2011)

Sundance Selects

"It’s such a breath of fresh air, having characters that are established in their sexual identities and to watch them figure out other aspects of themselves, as well as their plain and simple attraction to one another."

Submitted by laurenw55.

23. The Normal Heart (2014)


"Larry Kramer shows a new generation of LGBT* what it was like for those who fought for their liberation as gay individuals and are now faced with an epidemic that took the lives of so many."

Submitted by Eddie Spurrell, Facebook.

24. Chasing Amy (1997)

Miramax Films

"There’s so much I could say, but it just deserves a watch. It's a great narrative on bisexuality, and being an indie film from the amazing Kevin Smith, it doesn’t have the gushy happy ever after, but rather a real life happy ending."

Submitted by SSheen.

27. The Birdcage (1996)

United Artists

"As a little kid it’s just a funny movie, and I didn’t even bat an eye that the main characters were gay. Because as a kid you just accept stuff like that and move on. I wish more people thought like that as adults these days."

Submitted by Raegan Aasted.

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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