netflix best queer films
netflix best queer films

It’s Slim Pickings on Netflix for Pride Month This Year, You Guys

It’s June — and that means a new crop of Netflix adds! In this month’s look, we were planning to take a special look at queer cinema, since, if you haven’t already heard, it’s Pride Month! But Netflix thwarted our plans — not only are there very little queer-related releases coming out, Netflix “celebrated” Pride by cancelling Sense8, one of their queerest shows. Of course, there are still great things coming to Netflix in June. And, as always, you can find the full list of new arrivals at the bottom of this article.

The Best Queer Films and TV Shows on Netflix

Even though in years past, Netflix has gone all-out for Pride Month with long lists of new queer films, this year the best we get is  Orange is the New Black (June 9), which finally releases its 5th season (despite the best efforts of hackers). We’d include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (June 15), but the new season features neither hide nor hair of the show’s one gay character, Joey Gutierrez.

What’s a queer cineaste to do? Well, thankfully, Netflix still has a number of great LGBTQ films in their library. These ones might not be new, but you can always check out King Cobra, about porn star Brent Corrigan. There’s also the surreal Closet Monster, a strange coming of age tale. Netflix also has the highly critically acclaimed, though controversial Blue is the Warmest Color, based on a graphic novel. And, hey, if nothing else, at least you can binge all 5 seasons of Queer as Folk.

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

A number of exciting documentaries are coming to Netflix in June. Some of the ones we’re looking forward to seeing include Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (June 23), looking at the Peter Thiel-funded lawsuit that put Gawker out of business. There’s also Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (June 15) — which is not about Lady Gaga’s ex Taylor Kinney, but Ohad Naharin, the choreographer and director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. Fashion buffs may find Blue Gold: American Jeans (June 3) interesting, and art fans will enjoy Saving Banksy (June 2). Finally, there’s also American Anarchist (June 23), a documentary about William Powell, the regretful author of The Anarchist Cookbook.

Other Netflix Highlights in June

And, as always, there are a number of great, must-see films hitting Netflix this month, like the classics Full Metal Jacket and Young Frankenstein (both June 1). If you’re more interested in newer films, Moana (June 20) comes to the service thanks Disney’s deal that gives their films to Netflix first. The hilarious Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For the First Time (June 20) is coming out — even though we’re pretty sure Scovel’s been doing stand-up for quite a while. And the cult anime Little Witch Academia (June 30) finally bows its first full season after a couple popular short films.

Watch These Before They’re Gone

Nothing is forever — so make sure you check out these films before they leave Netflix. Thankfully, there are only a few titles leaving in June, so make sure you see Tough Being Loved By Jerks (June 9), the Charlie Hebdo documentary. Likewise, Abel Ferrara’s film about the end of the world 4:44 Last Day on Earth (June 9) is leaving the service. And Jimmy Goes to Nollywood (June 23) is a well-regarded look at the burgeoning film industry of Nigeria and Ghana.

New on Netflix in June

June 1

1 Night
13 Going on 30
Amor.com (Love.com)
Arrow: Season 5
Burlesque
Catfight
Catwoman
Chingo Bling: They Can’t Deport Us All
Days of Grace
Devil’s Bride
Full Metal Jacket
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Intersection: Season 2
Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson
Little Boxes
Mutant Busters: Season 2
My Left Foot
Off Camera with Sam Jones: Series 3
Playing It Cool
Rounders
Spring (Primavera)
The 100: Season 4
The Ant Bully
The Bucket List
The Queen
The Sixth Sense
Vice
West Coast Customs: Season 3
Yarn
Young Frankenstein
Zodiac

June 2

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 5, Part 2
Flaked: Season 2
Inspector Gadget: Season 3
Los Últimos de Filipinas
Lucid Dream
Saving Banksy
The Homecoming: Collection

June 3

Acapulco La vida va
Blue Gold: American Jeans
Headshot
Three
Tunnel
War on Everyone

June 4

TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3

June 5

Suite Française

June 7

Disturbing the Peace
Dreamworks’ Trolls

June 9

My Only Love Song: Season 1
Orange Is the New Black: Season 5
Shimmer Lake

June 10

Black Snow (Nieve Negra)
Daughters of the Dust
Havenhurst
Sword Master

June 13

Oh, Hello On Broadway

June 14

Quantico: Season 2

June 15

Marco Luque: Tamo Junto
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 4
Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance

June 16

Aquarius: Season 2
Counterpunch
El Chapo: Season 1
The Ranch: Part 3
World of Winx: Season 2

June 17

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 13
Scandal: Season 6
The Stanford Prison Experiment

June 18

Shooter: Season 1

June 20

Amar Akbar & Tony
Disney’s Moana
Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time

June 21

Baby Daddy: Season 6
Young & Hungry: Season 5

June 23

American Anarchist
Free Rein: Season 1
GLOW: Season 1
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
You Get Me

June 26

No Escape

June 27

Chris D’Elia: Man on Fire

June 28

Okja

June 30

Chef & My Fridge: Collection
Gypsy: Season 1
It’s Only the End of the World
Little Witch Academia: Season 1
The Weekend