Reel Pride: 10 Must-See Queer Characters In Films!

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The way LGBTQ+ characters have been portrayed in films has changed substantially over the last few decades.

There has been a noticeable shift towards more nuanced and complicated representations of LGBTQ+ identities on the big screen, whereas queer people were traditionally only portrayed for humorous effect or as tragic figures.

Films With Best Queer Characters

We'll be looking at ten of the films with great queer characters in this article.

1. Moonlight: Chiron

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A young black man named Chiron is the subject of the ground-breaking movie Moonlight, which examines issues of racism, masculinity, and sexuality via his upbringing in Miami. The three episodes that make up the Barry Jenkins-directed movie each centre on a different period of Chiron's existence.

Juan, portrayed by Mahershala Ali, is a significant player in Chiron's narrative. Juan, a heroin dealer, adopts Chiron as his own and takes on the role of a second father to him.

He is also gay, and the relationship he has with Chiron is one of the picture's most potent and moving elements.

Chiron, a young black man who is struggling with his sexuality in a rough Miami area, is portrayed by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes. He is a reserved, introspective person who is seeking his position in the universe.

2. Call Me By Your Name : Elio & Oliver

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In the Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name, Elio, a 17-year-old lad, and Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student, have a summertime relationship. The movie, which is set in 1983 in Italy, focuses on identity, intimacy, and desire.

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer's on-screen chemistry is explosive, and the film's sumptuous photography and score only serve to heighten the aura of romance and sensuality.

Elio is a bright and perceptive adolescent who is wrestling with his sexuality and his desire to Oliver. The movie follows his emotional journey as he falls in love with Oliver and goes through the highs and lows of a first love. He is clever and contemplative.

Oliver, on the other hand, is a self-assured and experienced graduate student who is working with Elio's father as an intern this summer. Since he and Elio are of different ages and have different levels of experience when it comes to love and sexuality, he is initially hesitant to pursue a relationship with Elio. He ultimately can't help but fall for Elio's brains and charisma, and the two start a passionate and emotional romance.

3. Brokeback Mountain: Jack Twist & Ennis Del Mar

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The classic love story Brokeback Mountain, helmed by Ang Lee, centres on the romance of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, two cowboys who meet while working as sheepherders in Wyoming.

When it was first released in 2005, the film, which is based on a short story by Annie Proulx, was revolutionary and paved the way for more prevalent representation of LGBTQ+ characters in films.

As Ennis and Jack, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal give stirring performances; their love story is tragic and tender.

Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), who fall in love in 1960s rural Wyoming. Jack is a dynamic and extroverted guy who yearns for a life other than the one he now has, while Ennis is a reserved and stoic character who finds it difficult to communicate his emotions.

The movie examines the challenges the two guys experience as they attempt to manage their relationship in a culture that is hostile to same-sex relationships. The film has established itself as a classic of queer cinema thanks to the dramatic and emotional performances of Ledger and Gyllenhaal.