10 LGBTQ Movies You Should Watch On Netflix This Fall
What better way to celebrate the beginning of Fall than cuddled up with a pumpkin spice latte and a good ol' queer movie?
We've compiled our top ten favorite LGBTQ picks that are on Netflix this month to thrust you right in to the autumnal spirit.
1) Those People
Charlie is torn between his obsession with his lifelong best friend, Sebastian, and a possible new romance. Writer and director Joey Kuhn succeeds at capturing the dichotomy between friends and lovers, pulling us into a choice that only becomes more impossible as the story moves. Whether you’re watching alone or with your friends, you’ll be sure to shed a tear or two by the end of this film. Read our cover story from earlier this year.
2) Blue is the Warmest Color
A personal favorite, Blue is the Warmest Color is a masterpiece. This French coming of age story is almost better defined as a saga, as writer and director Abdellatif Kechiche immerses his audience in a heart wrenching, gut clenching, 179 minute long epic retelling of a young woman’s journey into adulthood. Adèle, played by up and comer Adèle Exarchopoulos, meets Emma, played by Léa Seydoux, after wandering into a lesbian bar. The film is so well done that after 3 hours of watching (and crying) I forgot it was in French. This movie deserves an attentive, intimate audience, so it’s perfect for impressing your new crush with your superior knowledge of modern French cinema.
Bare is a story about a small town girl, unhappy with her stagnant life and stale surroundings. To no one’s surprise, the small town girl, Sarah, meets an intriguing drifter, Pepper, who introduces her to a fast-paced, invigorating lifestyle full of sex, partying, and drugs. Though the story is one we’ve all heard before, the acting by leads Dianna Agron (former Glee cast member) and Paz de la Huerta is exciting and refreshing, making this the perfect film for your next “Netflix and chill”.
4) The Way He Looks
This Brazilian coming of age story follows Leonardo, a blind boy, on his journey to independence in young adulthood. Him and his best friend, Giovana, meet a new student, Gabriel, and they all quickly become friends. Through innocence and uncertainty the three friends work to navigate their feelings for each other, resulting in a feel good romance without any cheesy tropes.
5) 4th Man Out
This comedy is about a young man, Adam, who struggles to come out to his three best friends. Basically, he comes out and all the bros have to relearn how to be friends. So if you’re in the mood for an easy viewing experiencing with mild laughter, this is the film for you.
6) Margarita, With a Straw
Margarita, With a Straw is an Indian drama about a teenager with cerebral palsy coming to terms with her sexuality. Laila is an aspiring writer who gets a scholarship to study at NYU for a semester and moves to New York with her mother. While in New York she meets a boy, Jared, and a girl, Khanum, and develops feelings for both. This film is a definite pick-me-up, ideal for some encouragement on a dreary Fall day.
7) Boy Meets Girl
This film deserves praise both for its representation of trans women and its honest storytelling. Boy Meets Girl is about Ricky, played by Michelle Hendley, who is a transgender girl living in Kentucky with dreams of moving to New York to become a designer. She spends most of her time with her best friend Robby, but things become interesting when she meets Francesca. This film is witty and fun but still emotionally fulfilling.
8) Holding the Man
This Australian romantic drama is adapted from Timothy Conigrave's 1995 memoir of the same name. We follow Tim and John’s relationship through the years and are drawn into their touching love story.
9) Man On High Heels
Man on High Heels is a South Korean noir film about a transgender homicide detective. There’s not much else to say except this is by far the most badass film on the list and you should watch it.
10) Tab Hunter Confidential
I didn’t know who Tab Hunter was, but apparently he’s a 1950s teenage heartthrob who was in the closet and then came out. With interviews from George Takei, Portia de Rossi, and John Waters, it’s interesting to hear their take on coming out in Hollywood. Nothing too heavy here, but for those of us who can’t get enough documentary film in our lives it’s totally worth checking out.