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27 LGBT Movies That Actually Have Happy Endings

There's a happy ending at the bottom of the rainbow.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favourite LGBT movies with happy endings. Here are some of their recommendations.

1. God's Own Country (2017)

Orion Pictures

"It's about a young, troubled farmer and Romanian migrant worker who begin a relationship in Yorkshire. The visuals are unbelievable and the story is warm and vulnerable, and leaves you with your heart full and smiling for days." - hattiesoykan

2. Laurence Anyways (2012)

Alliance VivaFilm

"It's about a 30-year-old transgender woman who tries to salvage her relationship with her fiancée after revealing that she is going to transition. It spans the course of 10 years as we follow Laurence's life and love. It's a visually stunning film – raw and beautifully told." - hattiesoykan

3. Moonlight (2016)


"It's not a happy-go-lucky film per se but is ultimately an uplifting coming-of-age tale exploring the sexuality and identity of the main character across his youth, teenage life, and early adulthood. It's a refreshing, heartwarming, and poetic story that moves you in a positive way." - hattiesoykan


5. The Way He Looks (2014)

Vitrine Films

"When I watched it, I was so surprised at the ending, since nobody died or ended up sad. It's a Brazilian film, but it's very moving. Leo and Gabriel are such couple goals, and it's also representation for LGBT people with disabilities because Leo is blind." - goldsteinmaryhelen

7. North Sea Texas (2011)

Kinepolis Film Distribution

"It’s a Dutch film about a boy who falls in love with an older boy. The older boy tries to hide his love by dating a girl, and he eventually moves away. I really like this movie because it digs deep into the emotions of heartbreak and the struggles the boy faces at home. The ending was happy and it made me cry!" - HB


8. Shelter (2007)

here! Films

"It may seem like a cheesy stereotypical romance movie, but really it displays class issues and family bonds, and the two leads have amazing chemistry. Plus, the music and art are gorgeous. It never ceases to make me incredibly happy every time I watch it." - Sonder535

9. The Birdcage (1996)

United Artists

"Such a classic and so underrated, as well as genuinely funny. Way too few LGBT movies are actually fun to watch, but this one does it. It pretty much has everything – Robin Williams, drag, Nathan Lane, just really amazing characters, and a great storyline." - marieannmarie

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

Universal Pictures

"These three amazing queens find themselves broken down in a conservative hickville and end up making the town more welcoming towards others, while running a wife-beater out of town, and learning more about themselves in the process." - TwistedTadpole

11. Beautiful Thing (1996)

Sony Pictures Classics

"It's about two young boys that fall in love in a British council estate (public housing). I think it totally captures that feeling of young love, where everything is innocent and new and electric. It's funny, heartwarming, and the characters are totally fully realized. It's wonderful." - Dusty Reagin, Facebook


14. Kiss Me (2011)

LeBox Produktion

"It's a beautiful, touching, realistic, and relatable Swedish film that doesn't end with one or both lovers dying, queerbaiting, or returning to their straight partner after a brief but meaningful foray." - Sidney

15. Handsome Devil (2016)

Treasure Entertainment

"It's a great movie about being gay in an all boys boarding school. The movie tackles toxic masculinity in sports and does so with some humour. Andrew Scott plays an English teacher and hearing him say 'it gets better' in the film added at least five years to my life." - Cheddarcheeseisee


16. Jongens (2014)

Pupkin Film

"It's a great Dutch LGBT film. The story is compelling and I always cry from happiness at the end. It's so sweet and the fact that it has a happy ending resonates with me that sometimes everything turns out okay." - same495fa3d76

17. Pride (2014)


"It’s a true story about gays and lesbians in London in the '80s teaming up to raise money for Welsh coal miners. The ending shows you what all the characters ended up achieving in their lives, and you walk away from the movie with a deeper understanding of how people from different backgrounds can unite and care for each other. I’ve watched it probably five times and I always cry happy tears." - km_mich

19. "San Junipero" - Black Mirror (2016)

Endemol UK

"Technically an episode of Black Mirror but it works as a standalone short film. It's so good, so beautiful, so heartwarming, so perfect! For once, it's about two queer women who fall in love, but it's not really important that it's a same-sex relationship. When you finish watching it, it just puts such a huge smile on your face. Right in the feels." - hannahcanela


22. Imagine Me & You (2005)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

"I know some people criticise it for being a run of the mill rom-com, but that's exactly what the LGBT community needs too. The leads are wonderful, Rachel's initial partner Heck isn't made to be unnecessarily unsympathetic, and the soundtrack is all around heartwarming." - blojjles


24. Center of My World (2016)

Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion

"It's a German movie and it does have its sad moments, as any movie about relationships does, but overall it's really uplifting. It was not a depressing LGBT story like the only ones that win awards, nor a super campy ridiculous movie. The story, cinematography, characters, and relationships are all great and relatable." - luisofederico

25. Latter Days (2003)

TLA Releasing

"It's a really sweet film and an interesting look at the gay experience in the mid-90s. It follows a young Mormon and his WeHo neighbour as they fall for each other. The dudes are hot and there’s a dignity in how the characters are treated. There’s a strong message for loving and accepting people for who they are rather than how you would want them to be. Good, sappy fun." - Tzaph

26. Saving Face (2004)

Sony Pictures Classics

"It follows Will, a Chinese-American woman whose widowed mother moves in with her after she is kicked out of her father's house for falling pregnant out of wedlock. Will meets Vivian and the two quickly start dating, only uh-oh, turns out Vivian's father is her boss. It's an absolutely wonderful film and it will make you laugh, cry and everything in between." - Hannah Kelly, Facebook

27. 4th Man Out (2015)

Gravitas Ventures

"It's about a guy who comes out to his group of friends and they all reluctantly accept but eventually move on and help him out on getting a date. There is the classic drama in it where the main character has a crush on one of his friends and his friend pushes him away from his life but they make up in the end. Its a great movie that everyone should check out." - miriamkenobi

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