5 queer movies you need to watch

When I look for a higher quality of mainstream LGBTQ representation, I generally look to television. In the last 10 years or so television has gotten better and better, but yet movies still have a unique power to affect the culture. With Moonlight being a beautifully complex film that received mainstream critical acclaim and broke records for Oscar nominations, I thought now would be a good time to look at some movies that do a particularly good job at representing LGBTQ people in a complex way and are also beautiful pieces of cinema.


You’ve probably heard of this Best Picture Oscar contender. It is a groundbreaking film that looks at the life of one person while dealing with themes of family, friends, love, identity, race, and class in such a deeply affecting way. It is one of the most beautiful and moving films I have seen in a while.

Appropriate Behavior

Appropriate Behavior follows a woman in her 20s that is struggling to balance her identities as a daughter of immigrants, a bisexual woman, and a hip Brooklynite and having trouble with all three. It’s refreshing because the protagonist’s identity as a bisexual woman is an important part of the film, but it’s not the whole film. She is still a complex character. Also it has funny moments which is harder to find in LGBTQ films that aren’t camp.

Mosquita y Mari

Mosquita y Mari is a film about two 15 year old girls and their complicated friendship. What I like about this film is that it captures the implicit nature that these types of relationships take when neither party is ready to come out as queer.

Ma Vie En Rose

Ma Vie En Rose is a little bit older than the rest of my picks, but I just could not pass it up. It is about a trans girl and her gender journey, but it has a sort of fantastical daydream quality to a lot of it. I first encountered this film in high school when I wrote a sort of research paper on trans representation in films and fell in love. Also, I did not want to pick a film where the trans person dies at the end because that happens way too often.


XXY is about an intersex teenager who is living as a girl and taking hormone suppressants in order to appear more feminine at the wish of her parents. The film tackles how her family deals with the protagonists intersex identity and the ultimate choice that the protagonist will need to make about their gender identity.