Best new LGBT/Gay movies (2017) - Top Netflix & 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’.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best lgbt / gay movies of 2017 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.

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.

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Anticipated 2017 lgbt / gay movies to watch

    Tom of Finland (Friday February 24, 2017)

    Tom of Finland film poster Director
    Dome Karukoski
    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

    God’s Own Country (Monday January 23, 2017)

    God’s Own Country film poster Director
    Francis Lee
    Josh O'Connor
    Alec Secareanu
    Gemma Jones

    A beautiful gay romance between a tough young farmer from the north of England and a shy, Romanian migrant worker. ...Read more

    Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Women) (Sunday February 12, 2017)

    Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Women) film poster Director
    Sebastián Lelio
    Francisco Reyes
    Luis Gnecco
    Aline Küppenheim

    Sebastián Lelio's ('Gloria', 2013) 'Una mujer fantástica' got rave reviews from film critics during the Berlin festival. Being compared with Almodovar's best work, the films tells the tale of a transgender waitress who, after the death of her 20years older boyfriend, gets accused of murder. ...Read more

Best lgbt / gay movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

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

    The Normal Heart (Sunday May 25, 2014)

    The Normal Heart film poster Director
    Ryan Murphy
    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...Read more

    La Vie D’Adele (Saturday October 19, 2013)

    La Vie D’Adele film poster Director
    Abdellatif Kechiche
    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

    Moonlight (Friday October 21, 2016)

    Moonlight film poster Director
    Barry Jenkins
    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

    Quand on a 17 ans (Wednesday March 30, 2016)

    Quand on a 17 ans film poster Director
    André Téchiné
    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...Read more

    Tom a la Ferme (Thursday August 14, 2014)

    Tom a la Ferme film poster Director
    Xavier Dolan
    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...Read more

    L’inconnu du Lac (Wednesday June 12, 2013)

    L’inconnu du Lac film poster Director
    Alain Guiraudie
    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...Read more

    Other People (Friday September 9, 2016)

    Other People film poster Director
    Chris Kelly
    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

    Love is Strange (Wednesday November 12, 2014)

    Love is Strange film poster Director
    Ira Sachs
    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