(Photo by Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection)The Best LGBTQ+ Movies on HBO MaxIn celebration of Pride month, we ve compiled a list of the best Fresh LGBTQ+ movies you can find on HBO Max right now. You ll find hit classic dramas (Desert Hearts), feel-good comedies (In Out), and international affairs (Bad Education).The titles below are sorted from the best LGBTQ+ films on HBO Max – those included with a subscription, not those you have to buy or rent for an additional cost – and ranked by adjusted Tomatometer score (which takes into account the number of reviewers weighing in, and the number of reviews per film for movies released in a given year). To be included, films had to have a Fresh Tomatometer score (60% or above).
Horror connoisseurs of a certain age will remember the visceral terror of their first encounter with Candyman in the 1992 film of the same name. Equal parts gruesome, tragic, and chilling, that film recounted the story of a restless, hook-handed spirit born of anguish who stalked the famous Cabrini-Green housing projects in Chicago and punished anyone foolish enough to utter his name five times in front of a mirror. Almost 30 years later, 2021 s Candyman picks up the pieces, as struggling artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend Brianna (Teyonah Parris) move into a swanky loft in the now-gentrified neighborhood where Cabrini-Green once stood. When Anthony learns of the dark history that surrounds him, he dives deep into the past and unearths something he never intended to set free. Critics say director Nia DaCosta s fresh update on the urban legend ambitiously tackles some heady themes even as it strives for jump-out-of-your-seat thrills, and while it doesn t always mange the perfect balance of the two, it offers plenty of food for thought and expands the original s mythology in satisfyingly chilling ways.