LGBTQ+ Films We Love

From Boys Don't Cry to A Very English Scandal

BY: Claire Connors

Happy Pride, film lovers! To celebrate and honor all who identify as LGBTQ+ (and we who love them), PROVOKR has gathered a few of our favorite movies—and one new TV show— to recommend during this empowering month. From the Academy-Award winning Boys Don’t Cry (1999) to last year’s Best Foreign Film winner, A Fantastic Woman, to the upcoming BBC three-part series, A Very English Scandal, when it comes to entertainment that’s near and queer to our hearts, we’ve got you covered.

Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

25-year-old Hilary Swank won her first Academy Award for her role as Brandon Teena, a trans man who moved to Nebraska looking for acceptance and love. He falls hard for Lana Tisdel (Chloé Segigny) and becomes buddies with the roughneck locals (Peter Sarsgaard, Brendon Sexton III) in his new hometown. Based on a heart-pounding true tale, there is no happy ending for the doomed Brandon but this popular film, directed by Kimberly Peirce, was a huge step toward tolerance and embracing of transgender people.

Boys Don’t Cry is available on Amazon Prime.

Moonlight (2016)

The whoopsie-daisy Academy Award-winner for Best Picture 2016, Moonlight tells the story of Chiron (Ashton Sanders) in three parts, childhood, mid-teens, and young adult. He lives with his crack-addicted mother (Naomi Harris) but is raised by the local drug dealer, Juan (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend (Janelle Monáe), who are kind and accepting of his bourgeoning sexuality.

Moonlight is available on Amazon Prime.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

The AIDS crisis in the 90s has been seen in American films but this French film tells the story of the Act Up efforts in Paris, lead by the unflappable Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart). As the group fights for the health care needed to combat the virus, they live and love as much as they can with the inevitable reality that their time is running out. Up-and-coming actor du jour Adele Haenel plays Sophie, the outraged supporter of her dying friends. The film won big at the Cannes Film Festival last year, nabbing the Grand Prix, and the César for Best Picture.

BPM is available on Amazon Prime.

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

Written and directed by Chilean Sebastián Lelio, this is the heartbreaking tale of a transgender woman (Daniela Vega) whose older and married boyfriend dies suddenly. Not only is she dealing with the loss of her true love, his family is cruel and unaccepting of her and their relationship. Not surprisingly, this beautifully acted and shot film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film earlier this year.

A Fantastic Woman is available on Amazon Prime.

A Very English Scandal (2018)

This story of sex, lies, and attempted murder is so insane, you almost can’t believe it’s true! But as history shows, sexual/political scandals are not that uncommon in Great Britain. This one takes place over three decades, beginning when MP Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) started a relationship with a young, unstable man, Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw). As Thorpe’s political career takes off, Norman becomes more and more a problem, resulting in his attempted murder, a trial, and the end of Thorpe’s position. Directed by Stephen Frears whose last film, Florence Foster Jenkins, also starred Grant, this three-part series promises to be good, very dirty fun.

A Very English Scandal streams on Amazon Prime beginning June 29th.