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    27 Movies That Actually Represent LGBT People Accurately

    Because representation is important.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what movie they think accurately represents the LGBT community. Here are some of their recommendations.

    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.

    3. Rent (2005)

    Columbia Pictures

    "Rent was my first encounter with a transgender person. Angel is amazing."

    Submitted by Mary Ann Spellman, Facebook.

    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.

    5. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)


    "It made me really comfortable with who I am and has a lot of meaning, but it’s also really campy and funny!"

    Submitted by briannacabana.

    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.

    7. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

    Wild Bunch

    "It was the first real LGBTQ movie I watched when I was 14 and it’s stuck with me ever since. I even looked to it for reference when I fell in love with a girl for the first time."

    Submitted by ellew3.

    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.

    9. Shelter (2007)

    Regent Releasing

    "It’s a movie about a young boy who finds comfort in his best friend's older brother, and they fall in love. It’s raw and amazing."

    Submitted by bryanb4042c6de6.

    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.

    11. D.E.B.S. (2004)

    Screen Gems

    "It's about badassery, finding out who you are, and actually has a happy ending!"

    Submitted by Ariana Segel, Facebook.

    12. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

    Focus Features

    "It's very emotional and helped me come to terms with being gay."

    Submitted by zackm4718eb610.

    13. Cloudburst (2011)

    Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

    "It's about a charmingly hilarious elderly lesbian couple fighting to marry. Funniest movie I’ve ever seen and the wonderful ladies are goals."

    Submitted by ruddellellie.

    14. Beginners (2010)

    Focus Features

    "It’s very emotional and shows a rawer side of coming out after you’ve been married and had children."

    Submitted by arianai41e5ffe84.

    15. G.B.F. (2013)

    Vertical Entertainment

    "It's Mean Girls but gayer."

    Submitted by ihasnolifw.

    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.

    17. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

    Fine Line Features

    "River Phoenix deserved an Oscar nomination for Mike Waters. He shed light on New Queer Cinema."

    Submitted by alissafrost.

    18. Free Fall (2013)

    Edition Salzgeber

    "It's a German film and is beautifully shot, touching, and heart wrenching."

    Submitted by p43e2c81b6.

    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.

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

    Gramercy Pictures

    "It’s camp as fuck and has Hugo Weaving in drag, but it’s also touching and heartfelt and amazing."

    Submitted by hlctwh.

    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.

    25. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

    Focus Features

    "I think this one is amazing because it touches on the issues of a relationship between a lesbian and a bisexual which we don’t really see."

    Submitted by mariamp2.

    26. Lost and Delirious (2001)


    "It was the first movie I watched as a fresh out of the closet and overly dramatic 15-year-old. I related to it on so many levels."

    Submitted by Marly Keenan, Facebook.

    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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