Pride Movies 101

Arts & CultureJune 10, 2022
Pride Movies 101

Although we celebrate Pride Month by participating in parades and other festivities, there are some films that cannot be avoided. If you are considering where to start, don’t worry, here are the best and most famous LGBTQ+ movies.

Call Me By Your Name

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in the 2017 movie adaptation of the book of the same name. With heart-warming images of Italy and a nostalgic feel, Call Me By Your Name is not just a love story or an LGBTQ narrative, it is a very special masterpiece that touches the deepest of people. The bohemian life where different languages ​​are spoken, the dazzling nature and the responsibilitylessness brought by summer create a magnificent atmosphere. Apart from the scenes where everyone will take a share of themselves and question themselves, their thoughts and their approach to events, the soundtrack is also worth talking about.

Brokeback Mountain

Jack Gylenhaal and Heath Ledger star in the film, whose nature images are reminiscent of a painting. Brokeback Mountain, which has eight Oscar nominations, is important in that it tells about homosexual love, a theme that is not mentioned much in Turkey, especially when it was released in the mid-2000s. The traumatic pasts of the main characters make you sit down and think. It is a love that is limited by the society, that the parties keep silent in order to protect their image and their families, that they cannot meet and that only because the society imposes that there is no such love, even though it is from the deepest, maybe even more so, it hurts and hurts.

The Danish Girl

The film, in which we see Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, is based on the life story of Danish painter Einar Wegener, who had the first gender reassignment operation done in 1931. With its cinematography, every single frame of the movie is released as a painting, but it is completely independent from the subject of gender reassignment, but it is important with the love of his wife Gerda and the message that loving someone is sometimes fighting for her dreams.

Eddie Redmayne stars as Lili Elbe, in Tom Hooper’s THE DANISH GIRL, released by Focus Features. Credit: Focus Features

Bohemian Rhapsody

It’s actually the life of someone we all know pretty well: Freddy Mercury. The Queen lead singer was notoriously private about many aspects of her life, but one aspect remains the focus of fan attention to this day, nearly 30 years after her death: her sexuality. In the Oscar-winning film starring Rami Malek, bisexual people are exposed to being told they’re either “too gay” or “not gay enough” with little or no attention to their true sexual identity. But telling the true story of Freddie Mercury’s life is more complicated than many realize. The rock icon was extremely secretive about his personal life and wanted fans and the press to focus on his music.


Detaching humanity from time and space, the film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, makes good use of the nostalgic atmosphere created by the shooting that the two women felt from the moment they met, and describes the relationship that tried to exist in the USA in the 1950s and their personal evolutions in a delicate language. Although it touches on the women who were oppressed under the male hegemony and the difficulties faced by homosexuals at that time, Carol is a film about falling in love without any political concerns.


You can guess that the struggle of a black boy who grew up in a harsh environment will be reflected on the screen in the movie, which made a great impression with its Oscar win in the Best Picture category and makes good use of the absence of black gays in the media. However, those who think this way turn out to be the opposite, because the film focuses on the not harsh and unacceptable approaches of a child who is not tough in a harsh environment, and then the young person. Although it is said to have won an Oscar for political reasons, Moonlight has a considerable value in terms of seeing black people for the first time in this respect.

Author: Sıla Sağlam