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Note: This list will be updated monthly to include the most recent and best gay movies on US Netflix.

The recent success of movies such as Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name confirms that audiences are more willing than ever to watch gay stories unfold on their screens. However, you don't need to always venture outside in order to enjoy the very best that queer cinema has to offer, not when there are plenty of gay movies on that you can chill to as often as you like.

Whatever your orientation may be, these tales of love, sex and the everyday experience of gay life all deserve your undivided attention. Also, most of these films are super hot... so whether you're alone or with a special 'friend', rev up everyone's favorite streaming service and get ready to chill with the best gay movies on Netflix.

18. Beginners

Beginners [Credit: Focus Features]
Beginners [Credit: Focus Features]
  • Release date: 2011
  • Director: Mike Mills
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
  • IMDb score: 7.2/10

Synopsis:

After 44 years of marriage, Hal comes out of the closet at the age of 75, finally embracing his life to the full. However, the honesty of this revelation impacts his son Oliver in ways that neither of them ever expected.

Why 'Beginners' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Few LGBT movies released to mainstream audiences maintain such an optimistic outlook on the struggle of coming out. Essential viewing, regardless of your sexuality.

17. Head On

Head On [Credit: Strand Releasing]
Head On [Credit: Strand Releasing]
  • Release date: 1999
  • Director: Ana Kokkinos
  • Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis, Julian Garner
  • IMDb score: 6.4/10

Synopsis:

19 year old Ari struggles with both his sexual obsessions and his family's traditional Greek values over an intense 24 hour period.

Why 'Head On' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Generational conflict and an unflinching look at sex helps Head On stand apart as one of the most memorable films on this list, shocking and charming in equal measure.

16. Milk

Milk [Credit: Focus Features]
Milk [Credit: Focus Features]
  • Release date: 2008
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch
  • IMDb score: 7.6/10

Synopsis:

As the first openly gay man to be voted into American public office, Harvey Milk changed the lives of an entire generation — before tragedy inevitably struck.

Why 'Milk' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Between Sean Penn's uncanny performance as the titular lead and Dustin Lance Black's meticulously detailed screenplay, Milk throws a searing light on gay life in '70s America, educating us all about a pivotal moment in the history of LGBT rights that remains just as timely today as it ever was.

15. Burlesque

Burlesque [Credit: Screen Gems]
Burlesque [Credit: Screen Gems]
  • Release date: 2010
  • Director: Steve Antin
  • Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming
  • IMDb score: 6.4/10

Synopsis:

Christina Aguilera makes her feature film debut as a small-town singer named Ali who becomes a burlesque star in LA, navigating friendships, rivalries and love along the way.

Why 'Burlesque' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Although the film's central characters aren't gay, the campy fun of Burlesque certainly holds appeal in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way. In between the catchy numbers sung by industry legends Cher and Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci also delivers a scene-stealing performance as the gay best friend Sean. Oh, and Cam Gigandet completes the package in the best way possible, abs and all.

14. Other People

Other People [Credit: Vertical Entertainment]
Other People [Credit: Vertical Entertainment]
  • Release date: 2016
  • Director: Chris Kelly
  • Cast: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford
  • IMDb score: 6.7/10

Synopsis:

A comedy writer is forced to leave New York City and return home to Sacramento in order to care for his dying mother.

Why 'Other People' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Cancer and coming out are two themes that have been covered to death on the Sundance indie circuit, but Other People transcends the potential cliches with a thoughtful and surprisingly funny take on family dramas, featuring exceptional performances from Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon.

13. Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party [Credit: Wolfe Video]
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party [Credit: Wolfe Video]
  • Release date: 2015
  • Director: Stephen Cone
  • Cast: Joe Keery, Pat Healy, Tyler Ross
  • IMDb score: 5.8/10

Synopsis:

Henry Gamble tries to navigate his own sexuality and the religious strictures of his pastor father during a sleepover birthday party.

Why 'Henry Gamble's Birthday Party' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Director Stephen Cone brings his own personal experiences to Henry Gamble's Birthday Party, creating a rare gay drama that explores the struggle of faith and teen sexuality in an honest and non-judgemental way.

12. Being 17/Quand On A 17 Ans

Being 17 [Credit: Wild Bunch Distribution]
Being 17 [Credit: Wild Bunch Distribution]
  • Release date: 2016
  • Director: André Téchiné
  • Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila
  • IMDb score: 7.2/10

Synopsis:

Tom is continually harassed because of his sexuality by his classmate Damien. What sounds like a standard adolescent LGBT tale takes a turn after Damien's mother is taken ill, and the boys are forced to live together.

Why 'Being 17' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Director André Téchiné takes the typical tropes found in gay coming-of-age stories and flips them on their head in this turbulent narrative. Being 17 perfectly captures the confusion of teenage adolescence, blurring the lines between love and hate shared by the two leads.

11. Holding The Man

Holding The Man [Credit: Transmission Films]
Holding The Man [Credit: Transmission Films]
  • Release date: 2015
  • Director: Neil Armfield
  • Cast: Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook, Francesco Ferdinandi
  • IMDb score: 7.3/10

Synopsis:

A high school romance between Australian students Tim and John stands the test of time longer than anyone could have predicted, overcoming prejudice and sickness to span decades.

Why 'Holding The Man' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Holding The Man makes the transition from stage to screen with heartbreaking honesty. This powerful love story is packed full of raw emotion that does the original book proud.

10. Hurricane Bianca

Hurricane Bianca [Cranium Entertainment]
Hurricane Bianca [Cranium Entertainment]
  • Release date: 2016
  • Director: Matt Kugelman
  • Cast: Roy Haylock, Lola Botha, Rachel Dratch
  • IMDb score: 5.8/10

Synopsis:

When a small Texan school fires a teacher after discovering he's gay, Richard decides to reapply for the job disguised as a woman, ready to take revenge on the townsfolk who wronged him.

Why 'Hurricane Bianca' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Anyone who's seen knows that Bianca Del Rio is the breakout star, cutting every other queen down to size with her razor-sharp wit and venomous retorts. It came as no surprise, then, that the superstar drag queen decided to helm her own comedy film shortly after. While there are a few misfires in this crowd-funded indie project, Hurricane Bianca is undoubtedly set to become a cult classic in the same vein as some of John Waters's more commercial fare.

9. King Cobra

  • Release date: 2016
  • Director: Justin Kelly
  • Cast: Garrett Clayton, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald
  • IMDb score: 5.6/10

Synopsis:

King Cobra stars Garret Clayton as a popular gay porn star who becomes embroiled in a tale of murder and deceit, after a producer (Christian Slater) refuses to let his hottest money-making machine go.

Why 'King Cobra' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Based on a true story, King Cobra takes us behind the scenes of Brent Corrigan's sexiest gay porn shoots in an exploitation film that will remain seared on your retinas long after the credits have rolled (and everyone begins to mop up).

8. The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks [Credit: Strand Releasing]
The Way He Looks [Credit: Strand Releasing]
  • Release date: 2014
  • Director: Daniel Ribeiro
  • Cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim
  • IMDb score: 8.0/10

Synopsis:

Blind Brazilian teenager Leonardo struggles to be more independent, navigating life with his best friend Giovana. Everything changes, though, when a new friend called Gabriel enters his world.

Why 'The Way He Looks' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Brazilian writer-director Daniel Ribeiro has fashioned a surprisingly sweet and old-fashioned coming-of-age story for his feature debut. The Way He Looks elegantly circumvents issues of prejudice to leave viewers with a sense of hope.

7. North Sea Texas

North Sea Texas [Credit: Strand Releasing]
North Sea Texas [Credit: Strand Releasing]
  • Release date: 2011
  • Director: Bavo Defurne
  • Cast: Ben Van den Heuvel, Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans
  • IMDb score: 7.2/10

Synopsis:

Growing up in '50s Belgium is rather complicated for Pim, a quiet, sensitive teenager who begins to develop feelings for his close friend Gino while warding off female attention from his neighbor's sister.

Why 'North Sea Texas' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix::

Gay coming-of-age dramas may be a dime a dozen on Netflix, but North Sea Texas is refreshingly optimistic in its approach, exploring young love through a wistful framework that borders on dreamlike. This unique tone lends the film a timeless, nostalgic quality that sets North Seas Texas apart from other dramas of its ilk.

6. A Single Man

A Single Man [Credit: The Weinstein Company]
A Single Man [Credit: The Weinstein Company]
  • Release date: 2009
  • Director: Tom Ford
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode
  • IMDb score: 7.6/10

Synopsis:

After the death of his long-term partner, British college professor George Falconer struggles to hold onto life, navigating the waves of grief that threaten to consume him during the darkest 24 hours of his life.

Why 'A Single Man' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

While Tom Ford's eye for design transports audiences to a decadently gorgeous corner of '60s America, its 's Oscar-nominated performance that grounds A Single Man, bringing to life the lusciously dark tones of Christopher Isherwood's original novel.

5. G.B.F.

G.B.F. [Credit: Vertical Entertainment]
G.B.F. [Credit: Vertical Entertainment]
  • Release date: 2014
  • Director: Darren Stein
  • Cast: Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse
  • IMDb score: 6.0/10

Synopsis:

After Tanner is unexpectedly outed at school, three warring high school queens fight in order to claim him as their hottest new accessory — the 'gay best friend'.

Why 'G.B.F.' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Underneath the genre flourishes that are typical of the high school comedy lies a surprisingly admirable message of tolerance that deserves to be enjoyed by a far wider audience. Gay teenagers finally have a high school comedy that they can call their own; one which plays with expectations of stereotype and gender more intelligently than we ever expected.

4. Bridegroom

Bridegroom [Credit: Virgil Films]
Bridegroom [Credit: Virgil Films]
  • Release date: 2013
  • Director: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
  • Cast: Cindy Bitney, David Crone, Jessica Mitchell
  • IMDb score: 8.0/10

Synopsis:

After his partner died at a tragically young age, Shane Bitney Crone discovered himself to be illegible for the legal protection that straight couples receive, and was even stopped from attending his dead lover's funeral.

Why 'Bridegroom' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

At their best, documentaries can hit us harder than a thousand Oscar-baiting dramas, so prepare to sob your heart out when you watch Bridegroom, which represents one of the most powerful arguments for equality that's ever been captured on film.

3. Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake [Credit: Strand Releasing]
Stranger By The Lake [Credit: Strand Releasing]
  • Release date: 2013
  • Director: Alain Guiraudie
  • Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao
  • IMDb score: 6.8/10

Synopsis:

While lounging around a gay cruising spot set by the lake, Franck suddenly finds himself drawn to the mysterious Michel, despite the fact that his new crush is secretly a murderer.

Why 'Stranger By The Lake' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Dubbed as an erotic gay thriller, Stranger By The Lake draws upon many elements of Alfred Hitchcock's iconic style, creating a disturbingly dark yet alluring film that transcends any negative associations that the story links with gay sex and death.

2. Weekend

Weekend [Credit: IFC Films]
Weekend [Credit: IFC Films]
  • Release date: 2011
  • Director: Andrew Haigh
  • Cast: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race
  • IMDb score: 7.7/10

Synopsis:

Glen and Russell become surprisingly intimate over the space of 48 hours, sharing a fleeting love that changes their lives forever.

Why 'Weekend' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Before he created HBO's groundbreaking show, , Andrew Haigh proved himself to be a powerful new voice in gay cinema with this seemingly improvised story of love. Weekend's story remains intimate throughout, yet still ultimately touches upon universal themes of heartbreak and joy.

1. Closet Monster

Closet Monster [Credit: Elevation Pictures]
Closet Monster [Credit: Elevation Pictures]
  • Release date: 2016
  • Director: Stephen Dunn
  • Cast: Aaron Abrams, Jack Fulton, Joanne Kelly
  • IMDb score: 7.0/10

Synopsis:

After witnessing a disturbing hate crime in his childhood, Oscar struggles to deal with his teenage urges, recoiling at the horror of his burgeoning sexuality with fear and shame.

Why 'Closet Monster' is one of the best gay movies on Netflix:

Director Stephen Dunn has crafted a near-perfect coming of age drama that steers clear of the genre's usual tropes, instead exploring the difficulties of adolescence through Cronenbergian body horror, a soundtrack destined for cult status and a talking hamster voiced by Isabella Rossellini. Love it or hate it, Closet Monster is one film that should be outed to the public at large and celebrated by the masses for its sheer scope and originality.

See also:

While each of the films listed above are shining examples of queer cinema, such a description risks limiting their audience. At the end of the day, every single one of these gay movies that can be found on Netflix are shining examples of cinema, period, and deserve to be seen by as many people as possible.

Remember to check back each month as we update our list of best gay movies on Netflix, and let us know what your favorite films are on the streaming service right now!

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