While many today still consider films that feature queer LGBTQ characters and storylines rather niche, that is actually quite far from the reality. There are HUNDREDS of LGBTQ films, shorts, & series to buy on DVD or BlueRay from Amazon alone. In fact, if we focus on queer films you can stream or watch online, there are THOUSANDS – with over two thousand to be found just on Prime Video!
So with such a plethora of queer films to choose from, how do YOU decide which ones are worth watching? And even more important, which films suck and should be avoided like the plague?
From ME of course!
My goal here at Queer Film Reviews is to watch & review as many LGBTQ films that I can, so that YOU can make informed decisions on whether the film that you’re eyeing is worth watching – or not. And with 500+ films, shorts, & series in my eve-growing Queer Film, Short, & Series Database, alongside over 100 Queer Film Reviews published on this site – I’m sure you can find SOMETHING that will appeal to you!
To help make it easier to decide, I’ve compiled a list of my Top 10 Best-Rated Queer Films to Watch/Buy on Amazon and Prime Video. While there are plenty of amazing queer films to buy/watch on Amazon or Prime Video, I opted to focus only on films where I have written a full in-depth review and rated with my own rating scale. Additionally, I’ve excluded any Christmas or Holiday queer films & shorts, so that this list can help guide you all year long. (Since almost 40% of the queer film reviews I’ve published are for Christmas films, that actually made creating this list rather challenging!)
However, I’m confident that you will find at least one queer film to enjoy from this list. Among the ten queer films are a variety of queer dramas, queer rom-coms, queer parodies, queer comedies, and even a few queer romances. In short – there’s a queer film for just about anyone. (But no SHORT films!) All TEN of these Queer Films can be bought on DVD or BlueRay from Amazon – AND – streamed on Prime Video! So whether you’re a millennial stuck in the desire to own a physical copy of your favorite queer film, or you’ve adapted and simply want to stream the movie on Prime Video, you can choose from all TEN queer films on this list.
And the BEST part?
If you’re subscribe to Amazon Prime, then you already have FREE access to all of these films – and MORE! – via Prime Video! (Click HERE if you are a new subscriber to Prime Video.)
So have a scroll through this list of 10 Best-Rated Queer Films to Buy/Watch on Amazon & Prime Video. Feel free to read my full review of each film if it’ll help you decide!
(Click on the film’s title or the film poster to read the full review.)
But most importantly – ENJOY!
10 Best-Rated Queer Films to Buy/Watch on Amazon & Prime Video
“The Laramie Project” is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of “The Laramie Project,” the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, recording hours of interviews with the town’s citizens over a two-year period. The film adaptation dramatizes the troupe’s visit, using the actual words from the transcripts to create a portrait of a town forced to confront itself.
“The Laramie Project” is not only a powerful stage play, but this film adaptation takes it to a new level. It has allowed the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard be told around the world and reach an even broader audience. But it’s also a hard film to watch because it’s all based on actual events. So if you have not yet seen “The Laramie Project”, grab yourself a copy (and a box of tissues!) and help ensure that his death will not be forgotten. We have already made major strides forward in the decades since, but they will always be under attack. It is only by continuing to recall tragedies such as Matthew Shepard’s murder, will we persevere and continue the advance forward towards equality for all.
Watch “The Laramie Project” on Amazon, Prime Video, and HBO Max.
Casey finally lands the boyfriend of his dreams with Zack, until they meet Benji on the drive to drama camp. Suddenly, their relationship is on thin ice – especially when Benji realised this and decides to play it as straight! Will Casey lose his boyfriend?
Perhaps it’s my fan for theatre, but “Eating Out: Drama Camp” is my favourite in the series. There are no casting changes and we get even more depth to the characters we already love. “Eating Out: Drama Camp” is another hysterical romp, this time set at a drama camp with Shakespeare, a ban on ANY sex, a relationship in trouble, and a guy pretending to be straight – what more could you ask for! But most importantly, this film ends with a positive message and hope. This is definitely my favourite film in the entire saga, so check it out today!
Watch “Eating Out: Drama Camp” on Amazon, Prime Video, Ariztical, GagaOOLala, and YouTube.
Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.
Wow – “Giant Little Ones” is a powerful film; full of vibrant visually laid out moments that are underscored by an energetic electronic soundtrack. But what makes this film even stronger is the script – and how it masterfully delves into the world of high school adolescent teenagers trying to figure out their sexuality in a modern, sex and party fuelled atmosphere. Writer & Director Keith Behrman weaves all of these elements to create a film that is a “must-see” among modern queer cinema. But be warned, it’s also a difficult film to watch. There is no glitter or gay pride parades, but darkness, uncertainly, and a lot of unanswered questions. So go grab yourself a copy of this film, buckle down for quite a ride – and enjoy! Then watch it again because, as one of the key points to the plot highlights – things are not always what they seem, and the wrong first impression can be damning.
Watch “Giant Little Ones” on Amazon and Prime Video.
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
“Mysterious Skin” is a brilliantly directed film that gives an honest glimpse into darkness. Based on the novel by Scott Heim of the same name, the plot balances between the lives of two adolescent boys who were victims of child abuse years earlier and how both of their lives were affected. Director Gregg Araki adapted the novel and pieced this film together in such a manner that the viewer can truly understand the past that connects the two boys. I’ve had this film in my collection for a while, but I only recently read the novel it is based upon. Additionally, while rewatching the film, I was reminded that it is not a film most people will watch more than once. “Mysterious Skin” can be a difficult film to watch, partly due to the subject matter alone, but also because of how Gregg Araki has pieced it together perfectly.
Watch “Mysterious Skin” on Amazon and Prime Video.
A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.
In “Were The World Mine”, Director/Writer Tom Gustafson takes his well-received short, “Fairies“, and expanded it into a feature length film that addresses the question: If you had a love-potion, who would you make fall madly in love with you? Additionally, he finally answers many of the questions we were left wondering from his short. Those answers are woven amid a retelling/twist of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the magical world of fairies – except this time, “fairies” truly means “Queers”. But don’t be put off! While there are plenty of stereotypes and obviously-gay-traits included in this magical musical movie and some viewers might find them offensive, they are used in a manner that dually embraces our Queer identity while shattering a few of those stereotypes. It’s not all a fairy tale, with a handful of consequences resulting in an acceptance of reality. But not all is lost, love still prevails! I highly encourage you to give this film a watch – it will draw you into its spell.
Watch “Were The World Mine” on Amazon and Prime Video.
Zack is gaycationing in Palm Springs with new BF Benji who, to Zack’s dismay, wants to try an open relationship. Adding confusion is Casey, Zack’s ex, with Peter, his fake BF, plus Casey’s fruity friend, Penny, and Zack’s friend Lilly.
“Eating Out: The Open Weekend” is perhaps the most heartfelt of the entries. If it weren’t for quick cameos of two hysterical characters from the earlier entries, this film acts more like the capstone of the trilogy with this cast. But it also works as a good ending for the entire series. And the twist is an intriguing one – an open relationship amid a gay weekend full of sex and hookups that would tempt even the strongest relationship. The result is full of laughs and farcical drama!
Watch “Eating Out: The Open Weekend” on Amazon, Prime Video, Ariztical, GagaOOLala, and YouTube.
Tiffani attempts to help her geeky but very cute friend Casey find true love – or at least a sexy hunk. Taken under Tiffani’s wing, Casey pretends to be Ryan, Tiffani’s hot, straight, stripper ex-boyfriend, in order to seduce the smoldering Zack online, which works, until the real Ryan shows up!
In a trilogy, the third entry is normally a closure film. Yet “Eating out: All You Can Eat” is an oddity, and most certainly it’s not a closure film in the normal sense. Killing off the male leads of the first two films before this one even begins is weird, but we are then introduced to a brand new cast of characters while keeping some hysterical minor ones. When this entry came out, it did not fit. However, with the two subsequent films that revolve around the new characters creating a trilogy itself, this third film actually ends up doing a great job to reboot the series. It’s also probably my favourite of all five films!
Watch “Eating Out: All You Can Eat” on Amazon, Prime Video, Ariztical, GagaOOLala, and YouTube.
Four gay high school friends make a pact to lose their virginity before they go to college.
What does Quiche Lorraine, high school seniors, and a quest to lose their anal virginity have in common – they’re all included in this spoof of comedy classic “American Pie”, albeit with quite a queer twist! But is this just another parody or does “Another Gay Movie” strong enough to stand up on its own? In short, “Another Gay Movie” is a film I watch quite often. It’s quirky, whimsical, and rather uplifting. And as a comedy, I don’t get boggled down by a heavy script. I highly encourage you to check out “Another Gay Movie” and prepare for some great laughs!
Watch “Another Gay Movie” on Amazon, Prime Video and Revry.
Meet Myles and Brody, best friends and total opposites. Myles is a hopeless romantic looking for Mr. Right. Brody is a sexy player on the hunt for Mr. Right Now. These two friends make a plan that they’ll be together if both of them are still single in a decade. Nearly ten years later and still alone, both friends will do whatever it takes to avoid becoming a couple.
Whenever I want to watch a cute rom-com film, “The 10 Year Plan” is one of my regular choices! A true Rom-Com requires three key things: 1 – Person A; 2 – Person B; Shenanigan that’s keeping the two lovers apart. All with a dash of comedy, of course! Not only does “The 10 Year Plan” meet this simple criteria but like many other Rom-Com’s, there’s a certain character and cheesiness factor that screams out: “Rom-Com!” “The 10 Year Plan” is a cute Rom-Com that will having you laughing from the comedy, but still leaves you with a smile and feelings of happiness at the end. Grab yourself a copy and enjoy!
Watch “The 10 Year Plan” on Amazon, Prime Video, Fearless, and Plex.
Have you ever met someone who made your body heat up, get a little nervous and sweaty, and made your crotch stir a bit? Sexual Tension: Volatile will reignite those lustful feelings as it weaves six scintillating experiences of men in various stages of nudity and many forms of erotic male bonding. Argentinian filmmakers Marcelo Mónaco and Marco Berger omnibus film, where sex links each story, offers voyeuristic pleasures as the camera penetrates and caresses the men’s bodies, but also turns a sharp eye to the mysterious, taboo and electrifying nature of male intimacy.
I’m not sure who wrote the IMDB synopsis, but they’ve nailed the essence of “Tensión sexual, Volumen 1: Volátil” (“Sexual Tension: Volatile”) by Argentinian filmmakers Marcelo Mónaco and Marco Berger. This tease of a film is actually a series of six separate shorts, yet they’re stringed together in a way that will bring a rise to your own shorts! Please bear in mind, this film is foreign and as such, most of you following my reviews will need to ensure you have English subtitles for the Spanish dialogue – but most of the time, you don’t even need to know what’s being said in order to get the subtext of each short.
Watch Sexual Tension: Volatile on Amazon, Prime Video, and Dekkoo.
So what did you think of my 10 Best-Rated Queer Films to Buy/Watch on Amazon and Prime Video? Which LGBTQ film was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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And remember, there are PLENTY of other amazing queer films that can be found on both Amazon and Prime Video – I just haven’t reviewed them yet! But if I missed your favorite queer film from this list, let me know HERE. I will definitely add your favorite film to my database, and if I agree that it needs a full review, I can add it to my list!