15 Best Movies like Call Me by Your Name

With Moonlight breaking the stereotypes related to LGBT and giving a closer look to how the gay people suffer immensely when it comes to self embracing, socie tal norms, finding a partner who would loved them for who they are. Most recent LGBT movie that had a huge impact is by Luca Guadagnino ‘Call Me by Your Name. The film set during 1980s in the beautiful northern Italy back drop tells the story of a teenage boy who falls in love for the first time with a 24 year-old guy and their relationship in the summer of 1983.

Best Movies like Call Me by Your Name

If you liked this movie, I bet you will definitely enjoy watching these 15 best movies like “Call Me by Your Name”:


#15. Kiss Me (2011)

  • Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
  • Cast: Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjones, Lena Endre, Kristen Henriksson

Kiss Me also known as ‘With Every Heartbeat‘ is a Swedish romance drama. The film won the ‘Breakthrough Award‘ at the 2011 AFI Festival. This movie is also featured as one of ‘8 Pretty Great Lesbian Movies You Haven’t Seen Yet‘ list by Autostraddle. This film centers around two women in their thirties, Mia and Frida who meet in their parents engagement party. Both are engaged to their boyfriends but what happens next when they get to share a bedroom, Mia is strongly attracted to Frida. Once they were alone in the woods MIA couldn’t resist herself and kisses Frida and they start an affair. Later they run away to a Swedish countryside and continue their affair in the process falling deeply in love. But they both know they have to get back to their lives. Will they defy their normal lives and embrace each other or is just a sexual attraction?

#14. The Danish Girl (2015)

  • Director: Tom Hooper
  • Cast:¬†Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts

This Oscar winning film was adapted from a novel by David Ebershoff by the same name, based on two Danish painters Lili Elbe and Greta Wegener. The film is highly polished, when it comes to being devoted to art. The film is so heart touching, filled with love and heartbreak that it will give you cravings to go get a loving partner in your own life. The film is set in 1920s, Copenhagen where Einar and Gerda are artists, Einar being more recognised than his wife. They are happily married and are madly in love. A chance encounter where Einar dresses as a female for his wife’s portrait triggers that woman inside him and he sets out on journey of self discovery, his new found life bringing many complications to his marriage and also his professional life. He ultimately decides to under sex reassignment surgery, being the first of his kind. Gerda’s undying love and support for Einar gives him the strength to undergo all through the painful procedures and finally Einar is Lili, her own true self in body and soul. Both Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander were nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively, Alicia Vikander taking home Academy Award for Best Supporting Award.

#13. Laurence Anyways (2012)

  • Director: Xavier Dolan
  • Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clement

Laurence Anyways is a Canadian romantic drama film. This movie is set during early 1980s and late 1990s. The film tells the story of a literature teacher Laurence, also a transgender with her family and her lover Frederique over the span of a decade. The film shows the struggle of Laurence’s family to accept him as a woman and the complications that arose when she revealed herself to her family. She finds comfort in her lover Frederique when others didn’t accept her true form. The film was critically successful winning the Queer Palm Award and Suzanne Clement won Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film also won Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

#12. Far From Heaven (2002)

  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson

The film is set during 1950s, in suburban Connecticut, where Julianne Moore stars as a housewife, Cathy Whitaker, living the good life with her loving husband and her family. Julianne’s life centers mostly in attending social events at the club and being the perfect wife. But things doesn’t seem to be well off inside the walls of their house. Things get worse when one fine evening Cathy walks in on her husband making love to another man, her little perfect world is turned into a nightmare. She begins an affair with their African-american gardener Raymond adding fuel to her already marital crisis. The film explores many aspects of life, sexual orientation, races, gender roles and class in 1950s America. The film was nominated for many prestigious awards like Academy Awards. Julianne Moore won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at Venice Film Festival and cinematographer Edward Lachman won Outstanding Individual Contribution.

#11. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Cast: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams

The critically and commercially successful film is adapted from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx. The film is tells the powerful story of two shepherds during a time span from 1963 to 1983. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) meet each other in Brokeback Mountain as sheep herders in the summer of 1963 and forms an secret forbidden relationship. They part ways when the season ends, despite knowing their feelings for each other. They both get married and live with their family but still yearn for each other. Years goes by, they meet up and rekindle their romance by going on fishing trips, thus starting a life long bond, desperately hiding it from the world. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three – Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. The film also won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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#10. Keep the Lights On (2012)

 

  • Director: Ira Sachs
  • Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen

Keep the Lights On is a critically acclaimed film with favorable reviews from many critics. The film is based on the personal experience of the director itself, Ira Sachs’s relationship with Bill Clegg, who published his own memoir about his struggles with addiction, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, in 2010. The film is set during the last 1990s in New York City. The movie tells the story of two man Erick and Paul who began a serious relationship after a one time fling. As they build a home of their own, they soon realized they have their own demons to fight, with Paul struggling with his drug addiction and his absence from Erick’s life both physically and emotionally and Erick looking desperately for a healthy relationship with Paul. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the Teddy Award for Best Feature.

#9. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

 

  • Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Cast: Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos

One of the best films of 2013, Blue is the Warmest Color is a French coming-of-age film based on a 2010 French graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh. The film centers around Adele, teenager who falls in love with a blue-haired aspiring painter, Emma who lets her explore desire and freedom in Adele’s life. The film shows their relationship from Adele’s teenage life to her adult life through love and heartbreak . The film was critically acclaimed despite the controversies it created before and after the release of the film. The director of the film and the lead actresses won the Palme d’Or Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film also won the FIPRESCI Prize and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

#8. The Way He Looks (2014)

  • Director: Daniel Ribeiro
  • Cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim

The Way He Looks is a Brazilian coming-of-age romantic drama based on the 2010 short film I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone. The cast of the short film reprises their roles in this film. The film tells the story of blind teenager, Leonardo living with his over protective mother while he wants more of an independent life. When his relationship with his best friend, Giovana sours, he decides to go on an exchange program abroad. But fate has other plans for Leonardo, when a new student, Gabriel arrives in his classroom. The film received positive reviews and was premiered in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The film took home the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Feature and also won the Teddy Award for best LGBT-themed feature.

#7. The Duke Of Burgundy (2014)

  • Director: Peter Strickland
  • Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna

The Duke of Burgundy is an erotic British drama. The film shows two women, one student Evelyn and her teacher Cynthia who are involved in an unconventional sexual relationship. Evelyn works as a maid in Cynthia’s house and is subjected to strict rules around the house. Thus, if Evelyn defies any rules, she is punished severely by Cynthia. It is safe to assume that Cynthia dominates Evelyn and she falls deeply for it. Evelyn is more sexually active and demands for more severe punishment, when her wishes goes unfulfilled, their relationship is strained but they promise to full fill each other’s needs and continues their relationship with their play routine. The film received high critical acclaims and director Strickland won The Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film also won the Grand Jury Prize at the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival.

#6. Pariah (2011)

  • Director: Dee Rees
  • Cast: Adepero Oduve, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis

Pariah is a American art drama film. The film centers around a 17 year-old teenager Alike, an African American who after discovering that she is lesbian fully embraces her true identity as a lesbian. But her journey seems to be hard as her family doesn’t approve of her sexuality and is more disgusted. Alike decides to leave home to start college early. She tries to reconcile with her mother but her mother still refuses to accept her. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Award for Excellence in Cinematography Award.

#5. Milk (2008)

  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Victor Garber

Milk is an American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk who was the first gay person to be elected to a public office in California. The film shows us Milk’s various struggles in his neighborhood in Castro and throughout the city for the rights of gay people. Milk’s career and his relationship is also described and his bitter relationship with his fellow supervisor Dan White, a social conservative who eventually assassinates Harvey Milk and the mayor George Moscone. The film received many accolades and awards, it was nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning two for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sean Penn and Best Original Screenplay.

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#4. Carol (2015)

  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, Kyle Chandler

This critically acclaimed film is based on the 1952 novel ‘Price of Salt‘ by Patricia Highsmith. The film is set during 1950s, New York during a Christmas season. Rooney Mara (Therese) is in her 20s and works at a departmental store in Manhattan where she meets Cate Blanchett (Carol) and is immediately smitten by her. Carol is much older than Therese and is married but long separated from her husband. They both began a forbidden relationship with Carol’s husband increasingly suspecting Carol and her sexuality. Trouble finds it’s way into their life when Carol’s husband uses their relationship to sue Carol for divorce and win custody of their daughter.

#3. Weekends (2011)

  • Director: Andrew Haigh
  • Cast: Tom Cullen, Chris New

Weekends is a British romantic drama. The film tells the story of two man who met by chance at a gay bar and what was meant to be a drunk one night stand turned into something beautiful over the weekend which will have impact on both their lives. They get to know each other and obviously feelings emerges despite having different opinions when it comes to how they see themselves in future. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and Emerging Visions.

#2. God’s Own Country (2017)

  • Director: Francis Lee
  • Cast: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu

God’s Own Country is a British drama and is the feature directional debut of Francis Lee. The film centers around a young sheep farmer, Johnny in Yorkshire who is bored of his daily life, spends his free time binge-drinking and engaging in casual sex with other men. When a Romanian migrant worker, Gheorghe comes into his farm as a helper a passionate relationship starts which changes Johnny’s life forever. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and won the World Cinema Directing Award. The film also won the Harvey Award, presented by the Teddy Awards programmer at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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#1. Moonlight (2016)

  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Mahersala Ali

Moonlight took the whole world by storm when it hit the theaters with it beautiful heart rendering story. It is an American coming-of-age drama based on Terrell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’. The film takes us on a lonely journey of a man throughout his childhood, teenage and his adult life. How he embraced his sexuality and his difficulties with his peers and his mother who bullied him in every phase for his sexuality. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Moonlight dominated the Award shows in 2016 receiving many awards and accolades. The film with all black cast had a huge impact in the film industry with critics praising the story, direction and the powerful performances of the cast. Moonlight was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Moonlight became the first ever LGBT film to win an Academy Award film for Best Picture and Ali, the first Muslim to win an Oscar for his acting.

Hope you liked the list. If any other great gay movie is left out please do let us know in the comments section. Happy Watching!

Nancy Kaman
 

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