LGBTQ Films That Are Actually Worth The Watch

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

We've all been there, scrolling through the LGBTQ section on Netflix and wondering where on earth they dug up the abomination of films on there. Some of them are so bad that you can't help but watch again and again (cough, The Guest House, cough) but the rest are either unrealistic, or just feature one cute and quirky lesbian teen kiss at a high school party that definitely shouldn't register as a gay film.

I don't know much about films, directors or actors, but I do know what i've actually enjoyed watching, and over time I have managed to find a select few films and TV shows that are better than most. So save your hours of scrolling online articles titled "Best Gay Films" and look no further than below, and click the 'x' for easy links to trailers.

Below Her Mouth (x) | Probably my favourite lesbian film, Below Her Mouth stars Erika Linder and Natalie Krill, two actress' i'd not seen in anything before, but unlike most LGBTQ films, this one actually has a believable and perhaps relateable story line. Krill is engaged to her long-term boyfriend but gets caught up with Linder whilst he's away on business. The pair embark on a steamy affair and that's pretty much the plot. It includes a lot of explicit sex so maybe don't want this one with your 'rents, but definitely give it a go.

Brokeback Mountain (x) | A true classic, and probably one of the first well-known "mainstream" movies of it's kind. Brokeback Mountain sees Heath Ledger (10 Things I Hate About You, The Dark Knight) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, Love & Other Drugs) unravel an unlikely romance. The film also features Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada) and Michelle Williams (Dawsons Creek, Blue Valentine) as Ledger's wife, and the pair later started dating and went on to have a daughter together outside of the film. Set in the 1960's, the film follows the cowboys sporadic affair and it is a truly heartbreaking - yet somewhat heartwarming - watch. 100% recommenced. 

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (x) | If you're reading this I have no doubt you've seen this film, or at least heard of it. It's in French so if subtitles aren't your thing then it's not for you, but if a lesbian love story is then it's worth fighting past that. Below Her Mouth has been branded a cheap knock-off of BITWC, but they're both good within their own right. The film follows high school girl Adèle - played by Adèle Exarchopoulos - growing up and experiencing life. She becomes infatuated with older art student Emma - played by Léa Seydoux - and the 3 hour long film follows their complicated love story. If you rate your films by the guys at Rotten Tomatoes, this one is for you as it's got a massive rating of 90%. 

True Love (x) | I'm not even sure how I stumbled across this BBC drama, probably on one of them "good gay things to watch" Google searches, but this five-part series was split into five stories, and one of the stories featured Kaya Scodelario (better known as Effy from Skins) and Billie Piper. An unsuspected romance occurs between teacher and student and it's actually pretty weird when you think about it, but worth a watch.

Imagine Me & You (x) | Unfortunately it seems like lesbians cannot become an item in film without some level of betrayal,  and Imagine Me & You is another film that focus' on a "straight" girl falling in love with a gay girl. This one stars Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and is the story of a bride-to-be falling for her florist. It's pretty cheesy and unrealistic but it isn't horrendous viewing.

Lip Service (x) | This is pretty much just a B-Tech English version of The L Word (which of course doesn't even need a mention, we've all seen it, and if you haven't, what the hell are you doing?!) but it's not a bad watch. The BBC series follows the lives of a group of twenty-something lesbians living in Scotland. Is it amazing? No. Is it worth putting on for some Sunday binge watching? Absolutely.

Bare (x) | Starring Diana Agron (Glee) and Paz de la Huerta (A Walk To Remember), Bare follows the story of a "normal" girl who meets and falls in love with a girl caught up with drugs. Agron soon becomes a stripper and enters a downward spiral. The storyline isn't anything revolutionary but it's actually got some decent acting rather than some of the questionable visuals you usually see in LGBTQ films. It's just a shame the ending is pretty poor and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Rupaul's Drag Race (x) | It took me years to get on the drag race bandwagon and i'm so glad I finally did. If you're like me and think a bunch of guys prancing around in makeup perhaps won't be for you, then give it a go and be prepared to be proven wrong. You'll soon become hooked on the characters and wanting to drag up your face regular days. Although not your typical queer love story like all the previous recommendations, Rupaul celebrates and explores the weird and wonderful world of drag and the glitzy queer community. Season 6 and 8 are my faves. Werk.

Do you have any LGBTQ film and TV recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

Image Source: Below Her Mouth

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