We all know the feeling, you stick on the TV and just hope and wait for the perfect movie for your mood to stick right out. But, by the time we’ve decided on a film to entertain ourselves with, it’s pretty much bedtime. Grr!
Well, to help you save a little bit of time, we’ve put our best detective gear on and unearthed some of the best LGBTQ+ films and documentaries available to watch RIGHT THIS SECOND over on CHILI.
Whether you’re after classics, biopics, documentaries, or even a few recent flicks, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our thirteen top picks for you to watch tonight over on CHILI.
THE HAPPY PRINCE (2018)
Directed by and starring Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince tells the story of the last days of exiled writer Oscar Wilde. In our review of the film, James Luxford said “Everett puts all he has into the performance,” and described the movie as a “a gorgeous eulogy for a character who, behind the wit, came to a tragic end.”
Directed by Matthew Warchus, Pride is based on the true story of a group of LGBTQ+ activists who join together to help support those affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984.
At first apprehensive, the alliance saw two sides come together for the greater good and helped form the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. Pride stars Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, and Bill Nighy.
A middle-aged man hires a male prostitute to help him recreate a road trip he remembers fondly from his past to the Grand Canyon. As they venture out together, we discover how the lives of both men have been affected by heartbreak and how this encounter could help them find themselves.
With hand-held camera action, Retake is an intimate display of depth and humanity.
BOYS DON’T CRY (1999)
In an Oscar-winning performance by Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry follows female-born Teena Brandon coming to terms with their male identity of Brandon Teena.
With a supporting cast including Chloë Sevigny and Peter Sarsgaard, it’s a groundbreaking and powerful film that’s still looked upon as one of Swank’s best roles today.
This documentary of designer Alexander McQueen is both heartbreaking yet inspiring.
While he was known to many for his mesmerising genius and the beauty he created, McQueen also held onto deep demons behind the catwalk. This film celebrates his influence and tells the story of how McQueen came to be one of the most prolific names on the runway.
Nominated for six Oscars, including Actress in a Leading Role for Cate Blanchett and Actress in a Supporting Role for Rooney Mara, Carol tells the tale of a clerk working in a Manhattan department store who comes across an older woman, trapped in a loveless marriage.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel ‘The Price of Salt’, Carol sees the relationship between the two women blossom as they venture through a journey of self-discovery.
MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (1993)
Starring River Phoenix as Mike Waters and Keanu Reeves as Scott Favor, My Own Private Idaho sees the pair join forces for a road trip from Portland to Idaho and then to Italy in a bid to find Mike’s mother.
The pair turns tricks as a way of funding their road trip, and they begin to learn more about each other – and themselves – along the way.
Matt Bomer plays the troubled transgender neighbour to John Carroll Lynch’s Early Landry. Deeply depressed after his wife’s death, Landry moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles where he forms a complicated relationship with his neighbour.
Desperate to find a reason to keep living, both characters find unexpected strength in one another.
Not long after breaking up with her girlfriend, Lily Tomlin’s Elle Reid is greeted by an unexpected visit from her granddaughter Sage. Temporarily broke, Sage needs money quick.
Grandma is a road trip through Elle’s past, as she digs up secrets and rattles a few skeletons as the pair spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash Sage desperately needs. The film also features supporting roles from Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, and Marcia Gay Harden.
Told over the course of two days, Weekend shines through in its simplistic setting. As many of us will be familiar with, the film follows Russell as he heads out on the town on the pull.
Picking up Glen during his quest for fun, the pair spends the weekend with one another as they get to know one other and share intimate moments together.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (2013)
The winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Abdellatif Kechiche’s portrayal of a relationship is a beauty to behold. Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux’s intimate and powerful performances stem a relatable relationship of physical, emotional, and sexual attraction. It’s an achievement through and through.
Harvey Milk, played here by Sean Penn, was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. This position made Milk the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America.
Milk became an unlikely hero for Americans, championing the rights of union workers, senior citizens, and, of course, the gay community. The film depicts the last eight years of his life, making for a remarkable and dramatic insight into one of America’s biggest political figures.
A SINGLE MAN (2009)
Based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man features an award-winning performance from Colin Firth as a British college professor struggling to find himself after the death of his partner.
Also starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode, the 1962-set film is a romantic tale showing the importance in appreciating the smaller moments in life.