10 Best Gay and LGBTQ+ Romance Movies: Of all, love is love, but you can become tired of the same old ‘boy meets girl love stories after a while. Fortunately, the next time you’re looking for something to soothe your fragile heart, you may watch one of the numerous fantastic gay romantic films that have been produced over the years.
While it has been a long path (and one that is still ongoing), filmmakers have steadily gained confidence in depicting love tales with homosexual people, with the result being some absolutely magnificent films.
Some of these you may be familiar with, while others may be unfamiliar, but all of them you should have seen by now – and if you haven’t, now is the time!
1. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
This is one of those movies that everyone raves about but you don’t understand why until you see it for yourself. Then you see why everyone has been raving about it!
Call Me By Your Name is an almost unbearably delicate and heart-wrenchingly descriptive song that brilliantly captures the thrill, desire, and sorrow of first love in a golden summertime.
Elio and Oliver’s passion blooms in an Italian villa where Oliver is hired to help Elio’s professor father for the summer.
While Oliver’s confident demeanour initially appears to repel Elio, there is a much stronger affinity between them that both of them must eventually acknowledge. This film will undoubtedly impact anyone who has ever loved and lost in their teens (hey, everyone!).
2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
This film will make you cry for a variety of reasons. One is seeing Heath Ledger, a phenomenal actor, on your TV and remembering that he was taken from us far too young.
Another is the heart-wrenching beauty of the Wyoming mountains, which are featured prominently in the film.
Another point of contrast is the affection these two men feel for each other, as opposed to the pain of their suspicious but betrayed wives. “I wish I knew how to get rid of you,” says another.
Although Brokeback Mountain has its share of melodrama, it’s vital to remember how crucial this picture was in bringing gay romance films to a larger audience and setting a high bar for those who followed.
Actually, if you haven’t seen it yet, we’re a little perplexed – please rectify this right away!
3. Boy Meets Girl (2014)
This is another lighter film on the list Boy Meets Girl, making it ideal for viewing times you don’t want to cry your eyes out — in fact, it would form a fantastic double bill with The Incredibly True Adventures… above.
Ricky, a transgender writer, and aspiring fashion designer meet and falls in love with Francesca, a vibrant woman who may have a fiancé in the marines but is equally captivated by Ricky.
Ricky has a wickedly wicked sense of humor and deadpan delivery, and it’s difficult not to be captivated by him while watching this (in a great Kentucky accent to boot).
When her oldest buddy Robby is thrown into the mix, there’s plenty of biting speech, tender moments, and embarrassing circumstances.
4. And Then We Danced (2019)
When you learn that this Swedish-Georgian video triggered protests in Georgia, you realize that we still have a long way to go in the struggle for LGBTQ rights. To be honest, we think of it as a simple show of solidarity against homophobia.
It is, nevertheless, And Then We Danced an absolutely fantastic movie. Merab has spent his entire life practicing as a dancer, and while he is exquisite, he is judged ‘too soft’ for Georgian dance’s excessive machismo.
Merab learns more about himself as a result of his passion for Irakli, a new, difficult dancer who joins the group. Although there are elements of coming-of-age in the film, Swedish director Levan Akin focuses the spotlight on Merab’s emotional journey.
We know it’s a stretch to term it a homosexual romance film because the love isn’t reciprocated, but we found it emotional enough to please even the most ardent romantics.
5. The Way He Looks (2014)
Okay, we’ll be polite and give you a gay coming-of-age story with a reciprocal relationship. The tale of Leonardo, a blind high school student, and his growing connection with new student Gabriel is told in this Brazilian film based on 2010 short.
As the two boys become closer, they realize their friendship is more than just that, but they don’t know how to tell each other.
The film The Way He Looks has an innocence about it that makes the characters’ connections feel genuine and pleasant and adds a dimension of sensitivity to the story. It’s a picture that’s both humane and empathetic, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
6. Disobedience (2017)
As this love drama Disobedience based on Naomi Alderman’s book demonstrates, 2017 was a terrific year for emotional gay romance films. Its tremendous impact is primarily reliant on the performances of the two principal actresses, Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.
This faith was not misplaced; the acting is outstanding. Both women express their passion and psychological challenges without using words.
It is set in the background of a London Orthodox Jewish community. Ronit, who had been ignored for decades, returns for her father’s burial. Esti, who is now married to David, another childhood buddy, is reintroduced to her here.
It’s an engrossing love story in which the protagonists are treated as human beings who love and make mistakes, rather than simply heroes or villains.
7. The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love (1995)
This film is quite similar to many of the other 90s high school movies we know and love in terms of aesthetics and themes.
A wealthy student meets a student from the wrong side of the tracks. They begin to meet up in secret, talking about music, life, and their future ambitions. They are concerned about how their peers and family would respond when they fall in love.
With the exception of the fact that both characters are female, this picture hits all the right notes. The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love is a hilarious, heartfelt, and inspiring story. It’s essentially a homage to first love, regardless of who that first love is with.