Best new LGBT/Gay movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best lgbt / gay movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Selcen Yilmazoglu, Todd Haynes & Ryan Murphy our new lgbt / gay genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

Defining movies as ‘LGBT’ or ‘gay-themed’ is in fact a bit stupid, as it has nothing to do with a genre at all. But since everyone’s doing it… these are the most interesting, gripping, funny movies that are in some way ‘gay-themed’.

When French gay thriller L’inconnu du Lac was released in Dutch cinemas it made me come up with a list of the best LGBT films I’ve seen this decade. L’inconnu du Lac received much critical acclaim ( also by other The Filmtransition staff members), which surprised me, to say the least: it’s likely one the most overrated (rest of and dull films I have seen in a while. What surprised me even more was that it didn’t stir up any controversy when it was first shown at the Cannes festival last year. It lurked in the shadow of La Vie d’Adele, which shook the earth by showing a tumultuous lesbian love affair in all its aspects. Two French queer films, albeit totally different from one another, which gained quite some attention and praise. The former an instant classic, the latter a drag. Well, here’s a short overview of personal favorites within gay cinema of the 2010’s, followed by some anticipated LGBT-themed films in 2016.

New lgbt / gay movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Boy Erased

    DIRECTOR: Joel Edgerton
    CAST: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe

    Three years after his directorial debut 'The Gift', multi-talented actor/writer/filmmaker Joel Edgerton returns with the hotly anticipated 'Boy Erased'. Based on a true story, this gripping movie evolves around a young gay boy who is send to a so-called 'gay-conversion' program. An unbelievable story that needs to be told (and seen!). Read more

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  • Love, Simon

    DIRECTOR: Greg Berlanti
    CAST: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner

    Based on the best-selling young adult novel, 'Love, Simon' is a fresh and often hilarious account of a 17 year old high school student whose sexuality is about to be revealed. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

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Best lgbt / gay movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 lgbt / gay movies

  • Beach Rats

    DIRECTOR: Eliza Hittman
    CAST: Harris Dickinson Madeline Weinstein Kate Hodge

    After her promising debut film 'It Felt Like Love', Eliza Hittman returns with another dreamy and sad coming of age film about a troubled Brooklyn teenager. In 'Beach Rats', we follow Frankie, a troubled teen who's family situation is depressing. Online, he contacts older men. Out of curiosity at first, but later on, Frankie starts meeting them too. A sensual and touching stunner. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 12th, 2018

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  • Tom of Finland

    DIRECTOR: Dome Karukoski
    CAST: Jakob Oftebro Werner Daehn Jimmy Shaw

    One of the absolute must-see biopics of this year, 'Tom of Finland' tells the story of a former WW2 army officer who, more or less accidentally, becomes one of the most iconic figures in gay art and played a huge role in the emancipation of homosexual men all over the world. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 24th, 2017

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  • God’s Own Country

    DIRECTOR: Francis Lee
    CAST: Josh O'Connor Alec Secareanu Gemma Jones

    Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. 'God's Own Country' has been hailed as 'Brokeback Mountain in Yorkshire' and it isn't a far cry indeed. A beautiful and tender movie. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 23rd, 2017

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  • Thelma

    DIRECTOR: Joachim Trier
    CAST: Eili Harboe Okay Kaya Ellen Dorrit Petersen

    A young woman falls in love with a female co-student, discovering telekinetic powers in the process. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 23rd, 2017

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  • Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Women)

    DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio
    CAST: Francisco Reyes Luis Gnecco Aline Küppenheim

    Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 23rd, 2017

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Best lgbt / gay movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated lgbt / gay movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • The Normal Heart

    DIRECTOR: Ryan Murphy
    CAST: Mark Ruffalo Jonathan Groff Frank De Julio

    The story is based in 1980's, the era when the Sprawling rate of H.I.V was at its peak and a gay activist decided to spread education and awareness regarding AIDS. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 25th, 2014

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  • La Vie D’Adele

    DIRECTOR: Abdellatif Kechiche
    CAST: Léa Seydoux Adèle Exarchopoulos Salim Kechiouche

    An awful lot has been said about this one already, so what’s there to add to the endless list of euphoric praises? At the same time, it would be bizarre to not put La Vie d’Adéle on a list of best LGBT films of the last few years. An ambitious (in its scale and length) yet utterly real take on the rise and fall of a romantic relationship. While the film focuses on a teenage lesbian love affair, it’s not a film about homosexuality necessarily. Kechiche doesn’t seem to be interested in the girls’ struggle with their sexuality. Many films have been made about that. It’s a story about falling in and out love, captured on screen so real you’ve never seen before. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 19th, 2013

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  • Moonlight

    DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins
    CAST: Mahershala Ali Shariff Earp Duan Sanderson

    Moonlight chronicles the life of a young gay man from Miami from youth until adulthood in three separate 'chapters'. We see him struggling with his sexuality and his identity in an environment that is particularly harsh on him. Beautifully shot and soulfully acted, this is truly one of the revelations of the year! Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 21st, 2016

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  • Quand on a 17 ans

    DIRECTOR: André Téchiné
    CAST: Sandrine Kiberlain Kacey Mottet Klein Corentin Fila

    The story depicts the friendship of two boys who began with bearing hateful feelings for each other but circumstances made them foster brothers and in their regular... Read more

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 30th, 2016

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  • Tom a la Ferme

    DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
    CAST: Xavier Dolan Pierre-Yves Cardinal Lise Roy

    A man who is in deep grief, bearing the loss of love meets his lovers family, who are not aware of the fact that their son had a gay sexual orientation. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 14th, 2014

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  • L’inconnu du Lac

    DIRECTOR: Alain Guiraudie
    CAST: Pierre Deladonchamps Christophe Paou Patrick d'Assumçao

    Franc meets Michel on the banks of a lake that is deemed as a secret spot for gay men, far from the bustling town; even though Michel is a dangerous man yet Frank has... Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 12th, 2013

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  • Other People

    DIRECTOR: Chris Kelly
    CAST: Jesse Plemons Molly Shannon Bradley Whitford

    David is a stand-up comedian struggling with the aftermath of a painful break-up. Then he decides to take care of his terminally ill mother. However, his conservative family never really accepted his sexuality. A beautiful little film that is both touching and hilarious. Read more

    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2016

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  • Love is Strange

    DIRECTOR: Ira Sachs
    CAST: John Lithgow Alfred Molina Marisa Tomei

    Love is Strange tells the touching and tragic story of the elderly New York City gay couple (astonishing roles by both John Litghow and Alfred Role) Ben and George facing troubles after they get married. Ben, who has been working as a teacher at a catholic school for years, gets fired and George isn’t making much money as a retired painter either, which forces them to leave their apartment and to stay at friends seperately until they find something they can afford. Director Ira Sachs did a brilliant job directing this small and sensitive film about two lovers who are forced by circumstances to live apart from one another. Read more

    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 12th, 2014

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