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LGBTQ+ Movies You Can Stream During Pride Month

By Kristy Puchko | Streaming | June 6, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Streaming | June 6, 2019 |


Celebrate Pride Month with cinema! Whether it’s coming-out-stories, tales of romance, a look behind the fabulous facade of drag queens, or heartwarming romps about families biological and chosen, we’ve got you covered with a selection of LGBTQ+ movies that are now streaming on Hulu, Netflix, Prime, and Kanopy.

The Birdcage (1996)
This American remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian comedy La Cage aux Folles, stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple whose life of nightclubs, drag queens, and himbo butlers is thrown into spin when their straight son brings home his new fiance and her Republican parents! Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Christine Baranski co-star in this outrageously funny comedy about family and making it work.
Now streaming here.

Carol (2015)
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, this Todd Haynes stunner follows 1950’s shopgirl Therese Belivet (Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara) through a life-changing romance with a glamorous older woman (Oscar-nominee Cate Blanchett). Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, and Jake Lacy co-star in this film full of swoon, sex appeal, and performances smooth and alluring as silk. Little wonder Carol boasts 6 Oscar nods and countless devotees.
Now streaming here.

Disobedience (2017)
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio helms this steamy tale of forbidden love set in an Orthodox Jewish community in North London. The death of a respected member brings his estranged daughter Ronit (Rachel Weisz) back home. As she makes the rounds of this uncomfortable reunion, it becomes clear she didn’t leave as much as she was cast out. And as she reconnects with her girlhood friend Esti (Rachel McAdams), the reason why becomes clear as their attraction challenges the communities concepts of love and faith.
Now streaming here.

Flawless (1999)
This queer comedy sounds like a Madlibs libs movie pitch: Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as a sassy drag queen who forms an unexpected friendship with a homophobic cop played by Robert De Niro, in a crime-dramedy written and directed by Joel Schumacher. And if you’re wondering if this includes a scene where Hoffman yells “break it off in me, Daddy,” the answer is YUP.
Now streaming here.

God’s Own Country (2017)
Writer/director Francis Lee’s feature directorial debut won praise for its rough yet restrained romantic drama. In rural England, sheep farmer Johnny (Josh O’Connor) lives a life of hard work and emotional isolation. That is until he meets a Romanian migrant worker called Gheorghe (Alec Secăreanu). Though initially dubious of his family farm’s new hand, Johnny can’t deny his attraction to this tender and brooding man. Once their passion is sparked, can it be denied?
Now streaming here.

Kinky Boots (2005)
Based on a true story, this British comedy stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a drag queen who proves a major influence on a small factory town on the brink of collapse. Kick off the brogues and zip up those kinky boots for a charming romp that co-stars Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts, and Nick Frost.
Now streaming here.

Love, Simon (2018)
It’s about time gay kids got a teen rom-com of their own! Not kicked to a subplot or shunned from the spotlight, Simon (Nick Robinson) is a closeted gay teen who finds an unexpected peer online. Within the freedom of anonymity, the pair write each other, explore themselves, and begin a formative flirtation. The result is a coming out tale that is full of heart, humor, and boasts a well-earned happy ending. Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and Keiynan Lonsdale star.
Now streaming here.

Moonlight (2016)
Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, this intimate coming-of-age drama follows of a gay Black boy Chiron, as he faces bullying and poverty, but finds love, both with a chosen family and eventually in a smoking hot beau. Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Academy-Award winner Mahershala Ali star in Barry Jenkins’ groundbreaking, breathtaking, and heart-lifting drama that won three Oscars, including Best Picture.
Now streaming here.

Paris Is Burning (1990)
Jennie Livingston’s acclaimed documentary invited audiences into the fabulous world of 1980’s New York City’s ball culture, where gender was bent, drag queens vogued, and the Black and Lantinx LGBTQ communities lived out fierce fantasies on the runway. See the film that paved the way for Rupaul’s Drag Race.
Now streaming here.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
One of the most underrated movies of this century, writer/director Angela Robinson’s stirring biopic uncovers the polyamorous relationship that gave birth to one of the world’s most iconic superheroes. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote star as the lovers behind Wonder Woman.
Now streaming here.

Saturday Church (2017)
Written and directed by Damon Cardasis, this coming-of-age musical explores the sexual awakening and self-discovery of 14-year-old Ulysses (Luka Kain). While his religious family rejects his emerging queer identity, the family he finds at “Saturday Church” loves him just as he is, encouraging him to blossom. Indya Moore, Mj Rodriguez, Margot Bingham, Marquis Rodriguez and Regina Taylor co-star.
Now streaming here.

Saving Face (2004)
Writer/director Alice Wu, this charming comedy centers on the mother-daughter relationship between Wil, a Chinese-American lesbian (Michelle Krusiec) and her old-fashioned mother (Joan Chen) who keeps trying to set her up with men. But their understanding of each other shifts once Wil introduces her girlfriend (Vivian Shing)…and her mother reveals a surprising secret. (Spoilers: moms have sex too!)
Now streaming here.

Tangerine (2015)
If you still haven’t gotten around to watching Sean Baker’s acclaimed indie, use Pride Month as your excuse. Set on Christmas Eve in Hollywood, Tangerine follows transgender sex workers Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) as they try to track down the former’s cheating boyfriend, a drug-dealing pimp named Chester (James Ransone). This setup may sound bleak. But admirers of Baker’s better-known Florida Project know the filmmaker has a distinct skill for bringing humor and compassion to stories centered on marginalized and impoverished protagonists. Far from exploitive or poverty-porn, Tangerine is a vibrant dramedy about the resilience and loyalty of its heroines.
Now streaming here.

Did we miss your favorite LGBTQ+ movie? Share it in comments! Bonus points if you share where it can be streamed (legally).

Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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