Essential Watching: 5 Must-See LGBTQ Movies

How often do you go to the movie theater? Every month? Every few months?

If anything, it’s a great social experience—after all, there’s nothing better than hanging out with a few friends at the cinema. That’s not to say that you can’t go alone, though. You absolutely can!

Anyway, what’s your favorite film genre? Adventure? Drama? Or maybe romance? As it turns out, there are quite a few LGBTQ movies out there! 

Have you ever watched any? No? Well then, I suppose it’s time to broaden your cinematic horizons! 

Need some suggestions on what to watch? Then you’re on the right page! We’ll be going over a few of our favorites below. Keep reading to find out what they are!

5 LGBTQ Movies That Are Worth Watching

Just because you don’t identify as LGBTQ doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy an LGBTQ movie! Here are a few of our top picks.

1. Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain is perhaps one of the most popular gay films of all time. Released in 2005, it revolves around the love affair of two male cowboys, Jack Twist, and Ennis Del Mar (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger respectively).

Met with critical acclaim, the movie won numerous accolades including three Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Director.

2. Moonlight

Moonlight is unique in that it’s the first LGBTQ-related film to feature an all-black cast. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the movie revolves around the life of Chiron, a young man who faces difficulties with his sexuality and identity.

Released in 2016, the film went on to earn over $65 million at the box office worldwide. Months later, it won the award for Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

3. Blue Is The Warmest Color

Blue Is The Warmest Color centers around the theme of lesbian sexuality. Based on a graphic novel of the same name, it follows the relationships of two young women, both of whom are trying to find their place in the world.

While its raw depiction of sexuality led to some controversy, the 2013 film was met with praise from critics. In fact, it went on to receive a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

4. Carol

Carol is a drama film that tells the story of an aspiring photographer and a mother who’s going through a divorce. 

Despite being given a limited release in the United States, the movie earned over $250,000 during the opening weekend. Not only that, but it received many accolades including six Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe Award nominations.

5. Brides To Be

Brides to Be is an indie film that revolves around two women, who are on the verge of getting married. Forgoing things like bridal shower invitation, they decide to tie the knot at a secluded venue.

As soon as they arrive, however, sinister forces threaten to tear them apart. Yup, that’s right, the film is both a love story and a psychological thriller.

Enjoying LGBTQ Films

And there we have it—5 LGBTQ movies that are worth a watch! Which one will you be choosing for movie night?

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