After a long day there’s nothing quite like relaxing on the couch with a great, feel-good movie. But with so many options at the tips of our fingers, you may find yourself endlessly scrolling and wasting what little “you” time you have.
We encourage you this Pride month to explore the diverse world of love and acceptance. No worries—we’ve got some great recommendations for love movies for a wide variety of identities and orientations. Grab that popcorn!
Someone Great (2019, dir. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson)
Gina Rodriguez stars as Jenny, a music journalist getting through a bad break-up while juggling self-care, her social life, and her burgeoning career. With the help of her two best friends and one crazy night on the town, she realizes what matters most is staying true to herself. Someone Great is currently streaming on Netflix.
Love, Simon (2018, dir. Greg Berlanti)
A modern coming-of-age story, Love, Simon follows gay teen Simon as he struggles with the decision to come out to his family and friends while dealing with the comic trials and tribulations of high school. What makes matters worse is the anonymous online love affair he may have stumbled into. You can watch this sweet, refreshing flick on Hulu.
Princess Cyd (2017, dir. Stephan Cone)
Princess Cyd is a dreamy indie slice-of-life film that takes place over the span of a summer. High-schooler Cyd leaves her small-town life in South Carolina to stay with her eccentric author aunt until the fall. This movie not only illustrates Cyd’s queer sexual awakening with another young woman in the city, but examines questions surrounding desire and fulfilment in older women as seen through her aunt’s eyes. Find Princess Cyd on both Amazon Prime and Hulu.
Before Midnight (2013, dir. Richard Linklater)
The third installment in Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, which follows the love story of American Jesse and French student Celine, Before Midnight meets up with them 9 years after they first met. Jesse and Celine are married with children, and although it’s easy to see the chemistry that drew them together from the start, their conversations and issues have evolved as they’ve aged into adulthood and “the real world.” Stream Before Midnight (and the first two films) for $2.99 each on Amazon Prime.
Margarita, With a Straw (2014, dir. Shonali Bose)
Margarita, With a Straw is a touching and realistic drama that tells the story of Laila, a young Indian woman with cerebral palsy studying at Delhi University. While writing music for a local indie band she falls in love with the singer, and is harshly rejected. Her complicated feelings for her creative writing mentor as well as a young female activist further her exploration into her sexual identity and what that means for her as a differently-abled person. Watch Margarita, With a Straw on Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Kanopy.
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Enjoy stepping into another world with these characters, and forget about the stress of the day for a couple of hours with one of these great movies about love and friendship.
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