Modern Hollywood masterpieces like Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Moonlight provide as evidence of how far the industry has come in its representation of queer characters. The best queer comedies in this list are all enjoyable to watch. Even though they all have the correct intentions, some of them are more relevant today than others. All include three-dimensional LGBT individuals with distinct personalities, flaws, and oddities. Look them up below.

1. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

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Director-  Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Jessica is at her wits’ end psychologically. She comes upon an intriguing personal ad in the “women seeking women” section, which is its only flaw. Jessica makes the bold decision to respond. She goes out for drinks with cool downtown hipster Helen Cooper. To her astonishment, they hit it off right away. The two ladies proceed to bumble through a serious but amusing relationship. Hence, making up the rules as they go because traditional gender norms are absent.

2. The Birdcage (1996)

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Director- Mike Nicholas

Lies and dishonesty run in the family when a man has to persuade his future in-laws that he is just as rigid as they are. By managing their opulent Miami nightclub, Armand and Albert have created the ideal life for themselves. But when Armand’s son says they’re all going out to dinner. He’s getting marry to the ultra-conservative Senator Keeley’s daughter, their peaceful existence gets disturb. Can Armand and Albert transfer themselves in time to become Mr. and Mrs. Family Values? They’ll put on a performance of their lives to get the chiffon over Keeley’s eyes. However, they’ll do everything to get it done.

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3. But I’m A Cheerleader (1999)

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Director- Jamie Babbit

Megan is a typical American girl who is one of the team’s best cheerleaders and has the ideal boyfriend in the football team’s captain. However, there are some very out-of-the-ordinary characteristics about her. Such as the fact that she dislikes kissing her boyfriend, keeps girly posters in her locker and home. They enjoys listening to Melissa Ethridge. Does this imply that the typical Megan might actually be a lesbian? Parents and friends who gets worry about her send her to True Directions, a gay-turned-straight summer camp run by the “ex-gay” counsellor Mike and the well-intentioned but completely demented Mary.

4. I Love You, Phillip Morris (2009)

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Director(s)- Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Steven Russell would readily concede that the most of his life has been lived in deception, with the deception beginning when he learned he was adopted as a teenager. Among those lies are that, while married to Debbie, he was a homosexual in the closet and that, after he came out, he would live the extravagant lifestyle he believes to be the pinnacle of the gay lifestyle. Steven and Phillip Morris, a modest, quiet gay man who is also serving time for those frauds, fall in love right away when they are both in prison. Steven develops feelings for Phillip in return.

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However, Steven might feel compelled to turn to what he knows best—fraud—in order to provide Phillip the things he thinks he would desire in life, particularly if they both manage to get out of jail together. But Phillip, who has never encountered a man who makes him feel the way Steven does, might not be able to put up with the behaviour if he learns what Steven is up to.

5. Tangerine (2015)

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Director- Sean Baker

Sin-Dee has returned to the market after a lengthy absence of twenty-eight days. Christmas is approaching, and everyone is trying to get in the holiday spirit. However, Sin-Dee is shocked to learn that Chester, the love of her life, has been having an affair. And to think that miserable Sin-Dee has been organising her future. No one, not even Sin-best Dee’s friend Alexandra, who vainly tries to be the voice of reason, can stop her as she sets off in a desperate attempt to find two-timing Chester in order to rescue what’s left of her dignity. Justice is now unstoppable by anything.

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6. The Favourite (2018)

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Director- Yorgos Lanthimos

Abigail Hill, a mud-covered former aristocrat who has nothing, arrives at the palace in early 18th-century England amid the expensive War of the Spanish Succession to beg for a job. It won’t take long for the castle’s newest scullery maid to recognise an excellent opportunity to regain her status, though, with an ailing Queen Anne spending most of her time caring for her furry herd of rabbits and the rebellious monarch’s devoted confidante, Sarah Churchill, covertly running the country. The fierce female adversaries now have no choice but to engage in a silent battle for the sad empress’s attention due to their greedy ambition, deft emotional manipulation, and secret personal agendas.

7. Shiva Baby (2020)

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Director- Emma Seligman

Danielle, a young lady trapped in a Shiva from hell that would even Howie Ratner blush, is portrayed by Rachel Sennott. It’s embarrassing enough when your sugar daddy attends a family Shiva with his wife; make it even worse when unrelated family members keep probing you about your future intentions. Hopefully your ex won’t turn up.

8. Fire Island (2022)

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Director- Andrew Ahn

An unapologetically modern rom-com with a varied, multicultural examination of queerness and romance, Andrew Ahn’s FIRE ISLAND is set in the recognisable Pines. The plot revolves around two closest friends, who set out to enjoy a legendary summer adventure with the aid of inexpensive rosé and their group of diverse pals. The story was inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice.

Queer comedy is comedy that involves, revolves around, or is built upon themes of sexual and gender identity or LGBT culture.