The LGBTQ lifestyle and topic have become one of the most sought genres of literature and film to project the new normal.
It all began in the 1940s with movies like “The Seventh Victim” and “Children of Paradise”, and fully emerged in the 1980s with movies like “The Times of Harvey Milk”— LGBTQ in pop culture. Fast forward to the 2010s, the LGBTQ lifestyle has become popular-in-practice in many American and European countries. It has become a legal right people are now proud of.
The big screen has put together many of the LGBTQ movies to project the lifestyle, ordeals, successes, and travails of these marginalized groups including documentaries on LGBTQ heroes. In fact, there are so many LGBTQ movies on Netflix to watch these days than is around 5 years ago.
In this article, we’ll look at the top 5 LGBTQ movies in 2021. If this article interests you (which it certainly will), then read on.
1 Dance of the 41 (2020)
Dance of the 41 was released in 2020 but is still one of the top gay movies on Netflix watched in 2020 and 2021.
Directed by David Pablos, and starring Alfonso Herrera, Emiliano Zurita, and Mabel Cadena, the story revolves around the history of LGBTQ in the 20th century.
Decades before Stonewall, police in Mexico City raid a private gathering of gay men. This raid was an attempt to oppress and inflict terror upon the local gay community. Suddenly, the police are made to sweep the incident under the carpet when one of the members of the gay gathering is unveiled to be the handsome son-in-law of the President Profirio Diaz
The events of the movie which were inspired by true-life happenings represent a period in the LGBTQ history of the 20th century.
The movie is a historical genre interwoven within a biography.
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
Director: David Pablos
Motion Pictures Rating: TV-MA
Running time: 1hr, 30mins
Starring: Alfonso Herrera, Emiliano Zurita, and Mabel Cadena.
2 Hating Peter Tatchell (2020)
Hating Peter Tatchell was released in 2020 and has been featured in the best LGBTQ movies on Netflix.
Directed by Christopher Amos and starring Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, and Peter Tatchell, the movie tells us about Peter Tatchell and what js like to be an LGBTQ hero struggling for the rights and interests of LGBTQ citizens in Russia.
LGBTQ hero Peter Tatchell has been an ardent and blatant advocate of LGBTQ human rights for over 50 years, but his activism hasn’t always endeared him to the public.
In the documentary mover, the ongoing story is told in retrospect through archival footage, interviews, and conversations with notable LGBTQ activists like Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.
Peter Tatchell as an LGBTQ hero has been a victim of assaults, death threats, and prosecutions that have not relented in the LGBTQ rights struggle. He has continued to organize protests around the world. Most recently, he disrupted the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow against the Russian government’s persecution of LGBTQ citizens.
Hating Peter Tatchell is a documentary movie.
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
Starring: Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, and Peter Tatchell
Director: Christopher Amos
Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA
Running Time: 1hr, 31mins.
3 Wish You (2021)
Wish You is a K-drama released in 2021, and it is the best gay movie on K-pop stars in South Korea.
Directed by Do Joon Sung, and starring Sang Lee, Kang Ye-Na, and Subin Park, the movie projects the practices of homosexuality among male K-pop stars.
While interning at a K-pop production label, mild-mannered keyboardist Sang-i (Sango Lee) meets a beautiful street artist named Kang In-Su (Kang Ye-Na). Instantly captivated by the beauty he saw, the intern keyboardist moves to convince his boss to hire the street artist in hopes of getting to work with his secret crush.
IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
Genre: Drama, Music, Romantic Comedy.
Starring: Sang Lee, Kang Ye Na, Subin Park
Director: Do Joon Sung
TV Rating: TV-PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes.
4 The Third Party (2016)
The Third Party was released in 2016 and has been reviewed by many critics as one of the best LGBTQ movies from 2016 to the present. It has also been reviewed to be one of the most successful movies from the Philippines in a long time
Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, and starring: Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo, and Sam Milby, the film talks about the transition of a man to being gay from his former relationship with his girlfriend. Despite being attracted to a handsome doctor, the three maintain a friendship.
Andi (Angel Locsin) is determined to rekindle her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Max (Sam Milby). Unfortunately for her, Max has moved on to a new lover, a handsome doctor named Christian (Zanjoe Marudo). Despite some initial awkwardness, the three become friends and form an unconventional bond.
Originally released in the Philippines, The Third Party quickly became an international hit, making it not just one of the most popular LGBTQ films to come out of the country, but one of the most successful Philippino movies of 2016.
IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo, Sam Milby
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
TV Rating: TV-MA
Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes
5 Super Deluxe (2019)
Set In the Tamil Nadu society of India, Super Deluxe was released in 2019 and was directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja and starring Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, and Fahadh Faasil.
The film is an LGBTQ anthology on transgenderism and the complexities of sexual relationships.
This Tamil-language anthology film tells four interconnected stories about the complexities of love, gender, and sexuality in Indian society.
The first segment about a transgender woman’s relationship with her son earned Super Deluxe an Equality in Cinema Award at the 2019 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Indian anthology films are really popular right now on Netflix, so if you enjoy Super Deluxe, be sure to check out movies like Ajeeb Daastaans and Ghost Stories as well.
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil
Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
TV Rating: TV-MA
Running Time: 2 hours, 56 minutes.