In no way shape or form am I saying that any of the following films are the best LGBTQ films that cinema has to offer. Not at all. However, personally, these are the ones that touched me, that in my eyes brought something new to the way stories are told and, most importantly for me, told love stories without the tragedy of so many of the bigger scale films (sorry Brokeback Mountain–you’re great, but you’re also miserable). I also, for the most part, wanted to highlight some smaller recent films by fresh-faced directors that hint at what’s to come for modern filmmaking and the sharing of LGBTQ stories.
Please feel free to share in the comments what would make your personal list and what LGBTQ film you’ve seen that has resonated with you the most. These are in no particular order.