Top 10: Best Queer Coming-Of-Age Stories

What films capture the essence of the LGBTQ youth the best?


Since “Booksmart” premiered at SXSW, it has been receiving near universal acclaim. Among the various elements, it has been praised for is its queer representation. A number of mainstream coming-of-age narratives tend to come from the perspective of a heterosexual protagonist, making “Booksmart” feel like the progressive alternative.

However, “Booksmart” is not as rare a case as audiences might think. There have been a number of effective stories about LGBTQ+ youth that haven’t received the recognition they deserve. Because most of them are on a smaller scale distribution-wise, they’ve had trouble finding an audience. This list, which celebrates ten of the best queer coming-of-age stories, acknowledges both unsung gems and films with widespread acclaim.

10“Closet Monster” (2016)
dir. Stephen Dunn

9“Princess Cyd” (2017)
dir. Stephen Cone

8“Pariah” (2011)
dir. Dee Rees

7“Blockers” (2018)
dir. Kay Cannon

6“Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party” (2016)
dir. Stephen Cone

5“Blue is the Warmest Color” (2013)
dir. Abdellatif Kechiche

4“Love, Simon” (2018)
dir. Greg Berlanti

3“The Way He Looks” (2014)
dir. Daniel Ribeiro 

2“Moonlight” (2016)
dir. Barry Jenkins

1“Call Me By Your Name” (2017)
dir. Luca Guadagnino