There are all kinds of stories in the world. Some are told more than the others because the people telling those stories are in more power. But, as the world has changed, every story has held on to its right of being told. The LGBTQ+ community has only recently been able to come out more openly and present their stories to the world, which have been as beautiful, as complex and as harrowing as the story of any other section of the society.
In its large collection of movies, Amazon Prime houses a lot of lesbian and gay films. With the emergence of online streaming services, nowadays, people prefer watching movies sitting in the comforts of their home. Netflix, of course, has the lion share of eyeballs, but Amazon Prime is not far behind. So, if you are planning to watch a gay film with your loved one, you don’t need to go to a theater. You can just invite him/her to you house and turn on Amazon Prime. This list consists of all kinds of gay films: from love stories to serious dramas to sad films. Again, here’s the list of some really good LGBTQ movies on Amazon Prime.
15. Beautiful Something (2015)
This film tells the story of four gay men who struggle with different things in their lives. One of them is Bob, a talent hunter who wanders the street of Los Angeles, more like drives through in his limo, looking for fresh talent. The criteria of the talents he is looking for vary from one day to another. Next is Brian, a poet who is looking for an interaction that will help him in getting out of his writer’s block. He really needs to finish his work because the deadline is approaching and he has no other option. The other two are Drew and his lover Jim. Drew is an artist. He makes sculptures and dreams of becoming a successful sculptor. Jim, on the other hands, acts as his muse while trying to make a breakthrough in his acting career.
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14. District (2018)
There are a lot of criteria that create a division in society. The division of wealthy and poor is perhaps one of the most prominent ones. Growing up, a young adult gay realises that the acts of some of the wealthy men in the area are not because they want to help others or that they sympathise with the poor. It is because there is something for themselves in it and that the poor boys in the hood are nothing more than a commodity to them. As new discoveries come to light for him, the man starts to question the self-worth of people who live around him.
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13. Stanley’s Mouth (2015)
One of the things that often comes in the way of one’s understanding of love and sexuality is religion. While one can easily be guided by their faith to explore their individuality and look within themselves to know what kind of person they are, most of the times, religion creates hurdles and takes one far away from who they really are. In truth, it is just a matter of how you perceive your faith. Because looking at yourself through the lens of someone else’s beliefs will only show you someone other than yourself. ‘Stanley’s Mouth’ tells the story of a young man who is consumed by the same dilemma. Even though he wants to hold on to his Christian beliefs, Stanley realises that there is only one thing that can exist in his life- religion or identity. The film uses fiction to tell the story in a documentary style which makes the viewer feel closer to the struggle faced by Stanley.
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12. Body Electric (2017)
‘Body Electric’ follows the story of Elias, a gay man in his early twenties who is finding his way through his career and relationships. He works in a garment factory and most days he likes his job, but he also feels stagnant at times because nothing seems to inspire him anymore, which is not a good sign, considering how young he still is. He finds himself moving on from one affair to another creating a string of lovers wherever he goes. For now, he has been in an on and off relationship with a with a man who is much older than him. As Christmas approaches, Elias thinks about making new connections and spends his time with the labourers of the factory. His easy-going attitude and friendly manner attract attention and he, soon, becomes friends with Wellington who invites him home for Christmas to meet his equally eccentric family.
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11. Long-Term Relationship (2006)
This romantic comedy features the story of two gay men who finally want to settle down with someone. Glen had been living the life of a bachelor, jumping from one one-night stand to another. But, these strings of short affairs made him realise that intimacy was missing from his life. Just when he thought he wanted to be in a serious relationship with someone, he finds an ad regarding one in the newspaper. It’s as if the universe had answered his call, Glen decides to answer the ad. It was placed by Adam who, much like Glen, wants to involve himself in a serious long-term relationship. But, wanting the same thing doesn’t make two people fit for each other. As Glen and Adam spend more time together, they realise that there are just too many differences in their personalities.
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10. The Falls: Testament of Love (2013)
This film is a sequel to the film ‘The Falls’ which introduced us to the characters of Chris and RJ who fell in love with each other while in the same missionary service. After they were discovered in bed together, they were sent away from the missionary where they both came out as gay to their family. But, the story didn’t end well for them. After having promised to spend the rest of their lives with each other, their love story met a hitch when Chris didn’t return from the last mission. ‘The Falls: Testament of Love’ picks up the stories of Chris and RJ five years after the events of the first film. RJ is in a stable relationship with someone else and Chris has submitted to religious beliefs and “reformed” himself to be a heterosexual. When their mutual friend, Rodney, dies, both of them attend the funeral. Seeing each other after such a long time, their unresolved feelings resurface which does not do any good to their present relationships.
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9. Retake (2016)
Jonathan has suffered a recent loss from which he finds it quite difficult to come out. He reminisces about the memories of the trip that he once went on and in order to deal with his situation he decides to take that trip again. But, he will need someone to accompany him like he was accompanied last time. He hires a street hustler, paying him to spend time with him. Together they embark on the trip to the Grand Canyon. As they become intimate in their interactions, the hustler begins to have feelings for Jonathan. But, he also realises that Jonathan is trying to recreate the memories that he had with someone else. Does that make their relationship a false façade or is there really something there?
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8. Hidden Kisses (2016)
Nathan is a teenager who is new to town and the school. One night, he attends a party and meets Louis. He is enchanted by Louis and falls for him. Louis seems to reciprocate his feelings which becomes quite clear when they kiss each other out of everyone’s sight. But, someone walks in on them and takes their picture. What’s worse is that picture is uploaded on Facebook and Nathan and Louis become the target of bullying by everyone else. Nathan’s father discovers his son’s truth and starts neglecting him. Also, Louis, in order to maintain his pre-built image in the school, joins in on the bullying of Nathan. ‘Hidden Kisses’ tells the story from the point of two teens who react differently to the same situation, showing how much of a role peer pressure plays when one struggles with his own identity.
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7. Heartstone (2016)
In an isolated Icelandic village live two boys. They have been best friends since forever, they spend all their time together, they manage mischiefs together and tease the girls they like. Another thing that binds them is the condition of their families. They both come from broken households. One’s mother was left by his father because the man found a younger girl for himself. The other’s father is a bully who does not shy away from showing his homophobic side to everyone. When they are with each other, they escape the tensions of their families. They try to make girlfriends but their efforts don’t turn out so successful. And then in a game of ‘truth and dare’, they are dared to kiss each other. It is after this incident that they realise that their friendship could move forward in more intimate terms. But, it is not so easy for them to accept their reality.
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6. Paternity Leave (2015)
When Jacob Yorks had been studying medicine in college, he never realised that one day he’d come across a situation that would completely alter his understanding of biology and how things work in nature. He suffers from body issues and can easily lose his wits if something doesn’t happen according to him. A complete opposite of him is his boyfriend, Charlie David. He is a successful lawyer, is smart and confident, without any issues of body or mind. Both Jacob and Charlie want kids but don’t know how to go on about it. And then one day, they get their answer. After a midnight session that they had on the couch of the people for whom they were babysitting, Jacob wakes up in the morning with what could very well be morning sickness. As he starts to exhibit more unnatural symptoms, he is taken to a doctor who tells the couple that Jacob is pregnant.
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5. Concrete Night (2013)
This film focuses on the life of a 14-year-old boy who spends the final day with his older brother before the latter will start his prison sentence. Simo lacks the strength and confidence needed to survive in the world. He relies heavily on his older brother to save him from dangerous situations. The behaviour of his mother doesn’t help either. Rather than being a support to her children, she struggles to find the strength within herself. Before Simo’s brother has to leave for prison, their mother makes them stay together for the last day, hoping that Simo can learn some things for himself. However, the day goes unpredictably awry and a series of events change the way Simo sees the world and himself.
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4. Subways (2014)
Life is difficult as it is without people interfering in one’s private matters. Life is even more difficult when people try to tell you who you are and who you should be, rather than allowing you to just be someone that you already know yourself to be. A series of events in his life take a toll on the psyche of a young gay man and push him into the spiral of depression. His life seems to be full of twists he never saw coming and he can’t stop himself from pursuing a love that the society doesn’t want him to have. Though the subject matter of the film sounds pretty intense, ‘Subways’ is a light-hearted film with music from indie artists of the LGBT community.
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3. An Englishman in New York (2009)
This biographical film is based on the life of Quentin Crisp. He was a famous English writer who moved from London to New York in the late 1970s. Being a gay man, his ideas and comments sparked a lot of media interest, especially the one that he made during the AIDS crisis. Crisp was easily welcomed into the community where he rose from local to national stardom. This film shows his rise in America, how he influenced various events and what eventually became of him. ‘An Englishman in New York’ focuses on how Crisp affected and inspired the gay culture in America. The role of Quentin Crisp was played by legendary British actor John Hurt, who had previously donned the same role in the film ‘The Naked Civil Servant’.
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2. In the Name of (2013)
Adam always knew that he was a homosexual. Yet, he also knew that his faith as a Roman Catholic wouldn’t allow him to live like his normal self. In order to get a reprieve from his demons and suppress his sexual urges, he decided to abstain his desires by living the life of a priest. Living in a village in Poland, he soon made a reputation for himself, not only because of his good looks but also because of his liberal methods of trying to reach out to people. He was more interested in playing football with kids than delivering sermons in the church. He also seemed to cure the confusions of young men who struggled with their sexuality. But, all this work comes undone when a young boy comes to town and starts telling everyone about the homosexual nature of the priest. Even though the priest despises the boy for ruining his reputation, he sees something else in him that complicates the nature of their relationship.
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1. Moonlight (2016)
This Academy Award-winning picture tells the story of Chiron. Chiron always had a troubled life. His mother was an addict who didn’t really take care of him. Most of the times it worked the other way around. Things got especially difficult for him when one of her addict boyfriends would come home. Being bullied at school, Chiron struggles a lot but is taken under the wing of Juan, a local drug dealer. With Juan and his wife, Chiron feels safe and cared for. However, soon, the time comes to move on and Chiron has to carve his own path in life. One of the most integral parts of his story is his sexuality. In his teens, he has a sexual encounter with a close friend where Chiron realises that he is homosexual. However, this also makes him prone to the escalated bullying at school and other places.
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