8. Uncle Frank (2020)
Writer-director Alan Ball’s 2020 film is set in the 1970s and sees a teenager leave her Southern home to study in New York City. There she meets up with her Uncle Franke (Paul Bettany) – a professor – who she comes to learn is gay and lives with his partner, Wally (Peter Macdissi). However, after the death of Frank’s father, he returns home with his niece to confront his past. With a cast including Steve Zahn and Judy Greer, we really love this feel good film.
7. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Nominated for three Golden Globes, two BAFTAs and two Academy Awards (including Best Actor and Best Picture), Call Me by Your Name is the film that made Timothée Chalamet the global sensation he is today. Based on André Aciman’s novel, Chalamet is Elio, a teenager living in Italy while Armie Hammer plays Oliver, an older student who stays with Elio’s family while working as the teen’s father’s temporary assistant.
What starts as a frosty friendship between the men soon blossoms into a sun-drenched love affair. But with an inevitable expiration date looming, Elio’s angst and confusion as he comes to terms with his newfound sexuality and then having to say goodbye to Oliver is relatable viewing for anyone.
6. Love, Simon (2018)
Many films have been criticised for using straight actors to represent queer experiences, but Love, Simon – the first same-sex teen romance by a major studio – breaks away from this mould. The project is led by queer actor, Keiynan Lonsdale, playing one of Simon’s love interests, and Greg Berlanti, its director who is openly gay.
This coming-of-age, coming-out story is based on the acclaimed novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and depicts 17-year-old Simon Spier as he debates whether to tell his friends and family he’s gay. What ensues is a delightful teen romcom that shows even when you grow up in the most supportive environment, coming out can prove challenging and life-changing.