Settling in for a night of ‘Netflix and Chill’ has never been as easy as it is today. The only hard part is choosing what to watch! With so many great films, docs, and tv shows to chose from, here are 12 Pride films on Netflix worth watching.
Very much in the same vein as Moonlight, Pariah is a coming of age story about a girl named Alike who discovers herself through her sexuality. The story follows the drama that ensues once Alike begins to explore her sexuality and creativity simultaneously. Slowly Alike begins to come to terms with her own identity as a butch lesbian. She finds herself sporting oversized/baggy clothing and frequently hanging out at local clubs and dive bars in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother Audrey, portrayed by Kim Waynes, is extremely vocal about her disapproval of Alike’s clothing, interests, and friends. Alike is forced to decide whether she wants to live her life for herself, or for her mother.
Blackbird tells the story of Randy Rousseau, a gay teen who lives in a small Baptist town in Mississippi. Randy’s life is put to the test when the disappearance of his sister and the growing tensions between him and his mother hit an all-time high. On top of all of that, Randy finds himself struggling with his sexuality and religion. The film was adapted from a novel of the same name and stars Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington.
3. Paris is Burning
This cult classic chronicles the ballroom culture of New York City, centered around queer Black and Latino New Yorkers. This documentary film was directed by Jennie Livingston and was filmed over the course of several years in the 1980s. The film details the structure of the ballroom scene and the after effects it has on participants and lovers of the community.
4. King Cobra
This biographical drama covers the rise of gay porn superstar Sean Paul Lockhart, most commonly known as Brent Corrigan, and his connection to the murdered adult film mogul Bryan Kocis. The film also uncovers hidden secrets and details about the gay porn industry. The movie stars Christian Slater, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald and re-introduces James Franco in a brand-new light.
Milk follows the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. The film stars Sean Penn and chronicles the Milk’s rise to office up to his assassination. The film aexplores his romantic interests, as well as his friendships and activism.
6. Hurricane Bianca
Hurricane Bianca stars Bianca Del Rio and follows her adventures as Richard, who relocates to Texas from New York City for a new teaching job. While settling into his new town and school, he is outed by members of his community and subsequently fired from his new teaching job. He decides to get revenge on his town and the school by returning as Bianca Del Rio and wreaking havoc on the small-minded people of Texas.
7. Naz & Maalik
On a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted Muslim teens lives are exposed when they realize they’re being followed by the FBI. The film explores sexuality within the Muslim community. The boys are faced with trying to navigate their lives based off not only their own interests but the interests of their families and their faith.
8. G.B.F (Gay Best Friend)
Tanner Daniels and Brent Van Camp are two closeted teenagers at North Gateway High, in suburban New Jersey. In a sudden change of events, Tanner is outed and scooped up by the popular girls of the school and deemed, ‘The Gay Best friend.’ Meanwhile, Brent remains closeted while Tanner rises in popularity and social status, all because of his new clique. Tanner is faced with juggling his ‘new’ friends, his sexuality, and maintaining a relationship with the people who know him best.
Starring Ewan McGregor, Beginners tells the story of a father and a son starting all over again. Oliver Fields loses his mother and not too long after, his father. Before dying, his father confesses to Oliver that he is gay, and has been all while married to his mother. The two begin to start their lives over, trying to make up for lost time and forgotten dreams.
10. The 10 Year Plan
Myles and Brody are best friends who make a pact that after ten years if they are both still single they will marry one another. Both friends are willing to do whatever it takes to avoid being a couple, even if that means setting each other up. Brody is somewhat of a player and sex machine, while Myles is a hopeless romantic.
Loev brings a new dimension to romance when two Indian friends take a weekend trip where they both realize how deep their love is for one another. Instead of a story that focuses on men and the challenges same-sex couples face, Loev tells the story of attraction and explores what ‘love’ means and how to show it.
12. Yves Saint Laurent
This film depicts life and success of French designer Yves Saint Laurent. The film explores his friendship with Pierre Berge, his love affairs and of course his contributions and involvement in the French Fashion Industry.