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The Most Underrated Queer Films of 2021

by Judy Bokao

The LGBTQ+ community has been asking for better representation of the community and filmmakers seem to have listened in 2021. The industry is slowly moving away the stereotypical representation of the tragic coming-of-age narrative and it is a sigh of relief for everyone. Here are some of the underrated queer movies released this year.

Ride or Die

This Japanese film was released in April by Netflix and if you love a messy storyline, then this is definitely your cup of tea. Rei has been secretly in love with Nanae for years and in a twisted, complicated stream of events, she ends up killing Nanae’s abusive husband. I guess she took the phrase killing for love literally! In the end, they fall in love when running for their lives and we get to see how their love story unfolds.

Dragonfly Boy

Dragonfly Boy is a subtle yet powerful portrait of the real-life experiences of many in the LGBTQ+ community. It is a story of a 21-year-old Graham, who is in the process of discovering himself in a world that is full of judgement, confusion, homophobia, and a lot of societal pressure. It is an inspiring story of how the young man is surrounded by supportive friends and family who help him during his journey towards self-acceptance.


One of the enticing queer movies to watch in 2021, Firebird is the story of a forbidden, sensitive love. Two military soldiers fall in love amid chaos and during a time when heterosexuality was deemed unacceptable. During the Cold War, where a war was waged against homosexuality itself, their love and story becomes a powerful message of bravery for us all.

The Man with the Answers

The Man with the Answers is a charming love story of two young men who take on a journey where they do things that bind them together forever. Viktoras, a former Greek diver dealing with the passing of his grandmother, travels back to Germany to reunite with his mother who he has not seen for six years. On the road, he meets Mathias, a German student and the complete opposite of himself, yet they later found a piece of each other in themselves. The journey is long, with both good and bad times, but you want to stay along for the ride.

Ma Belle, My Beauty

This is quite an engaging film that tells the story of two women who surprisingly reunite in the south of France. These two women used to be in a polyamorous relationship and their reunion brings up some pent-up tension between them. With the beautiful aesthetic of France as the backdrop, we get to see how the characters have moved on and for once polyamorous relationship is represented as a normal and healthy dynamic.

Great Freedom

This Austrian film is a prison drama that will captivate anyone with its sensual storytelling and nuanced acting. The film follows a gay convict who is hoping to see changes in post-war Germany. The movie reveals the chapter of German history when Paragraph 175 was passed into laws in the German criminal code to criminalize homosexual acts. It is a profoundly moving story that deserves to be watched.

What is your favorite LGBTQ+ film of 2021? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author:

Judy Bokao is 20 years old and was born in Ethiopia but relocated to Nairobi two years ago. She is passionate about everyone having equal rights and is also big on conservation and speaking up for our planet. Judy loves reading and photography and is just a free-spirited young lady trying to grow into a woman her mom can be proud of.




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