Celebrate Gay Pride With These Memorable LGBT Films

by Sara Dobie Bauer
Jul 21, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET
The best movie quotes to celebrate Gay Pride
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It's 2017, and it's safe to say we still have a long way to go in the way of LGBT rights. However, it's also safe to say that portrayals of gay love stories have officially gone mainstream, and we've been gifted with a ton amazing movies and TV shows over the past couple years. 

But even with all of the wonderful stories that have come to life, some of America still seems to be turning its back on total acceptance — which is exactly why celebrating Pride is so important. And what better way than with the huge Hollywood hits that are working to reach audiences who wouldn't normally embrace (or even have exposure to) LGBT stories? 

We've picked the best quotes from some of our favorite movies so that we (and y'all) can celebrate Pride right. Some of these are tearjerkers, so grab that box of tissues. 

Originally published March 2016. Updated July 2017.

1 /13: 'Carol' (2015)

The best movie quotes to celebrate Gay Pride: 'Carol'
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1/13 :'Carol' (2015)

"Dearest. There are no accidents and he would have found us one way or another. Everything comes full circle. Be grateful it was sooner rather than later. You'll think it harsh of me to say so, but no explanation I offer will satisfy you. Please don't be angry when I tell you that you seek resolutions and explanations because you're young. But you will understand this one day. And when it happens, I want you to imagine me there to greet you, our lives stretched out ahead of us, a perpetual sunrise. But until then, there must be no contact between us. I have much to do, and you, my darling, even more. Please believe that I would do anything to see you happy. So, I do the only thing I can... I release you."

2 /13: 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (1975)

2/13 :'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (1975)

"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh. Erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can't you just see it? Don't dream it, be it."

3 /13: 'Pride' (2014)

3/13 :'Pride' (2014)

"I'm in Wales, and I don't have to pretend to be something that I'm not. I'm home and I'm gay and I'm Welsh!"

"When you're in a battle with an enemy that's so much bigger, so much stronger than you, to find out you had a friend you never knew existed, well, that's the best feeling in the world. Can you see what we've done here, by coming together, all of us? We made history!"

4 /13: 'Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss' (1998)

4/13 :'Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss' (1998)

"Even if he is gay and attracted to you, he's gonna be coming out of the closet, and you know what we boys do when we're coming out the closet!"

5 /13: 'The Imitation Game' (2014)

5/13 :'The Imitation Game' (2014)

"Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine."

6 /13: 'The Birdcage' (1996)

6/13 :'The Birdcage' (1996)

"Yes, I wear foundation. Yes, I live with a man. Yes, I'm a middle-aged fag. But I know who I am, Val. It took me 20 years to get here, and I'm not gonna let some idiot senator destroy that. F*** the senator, I don't give a damn what he thinks."

7 /13: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' (2012)

7/13 :'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' (2012)

"My doctor said we can't choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from there."

"Patrick never likes to be serious, so it took me a while to get what happened. When he was a junior, Patrick started seeing Brad on the weekends in secret. I guess it was hard, too, because Brad had to get drunk every time they fooled around. Then Monday in school, Brad would say, 'Man, I was so wasted. I don't remember a thing.' This went on for seven months. When they finally did it, Brad said he loved Patrick and then he started to cry. No matter what Patrick did, Brad kept saying that his dad would kill him and saying he was going to hell. Patrick was eventually able to help Brad get sober. I asked Patrick if he felt sad that he still had to keep it a secret, and he said no. Because at least now, Brad doesn't have to get drunk to love him."

8 /13: 'Dallas Buyers Club' (2013)

8/13 :'Dallas Buyers Club' (2013)

"Ice-cold beer, a little riding in. Well, take my woman dancing. You know? I want kids. I mean, I got one... one life, right? Mine. But sh... f***, I want somebody else's sometimes. Sometimes I just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live. I want it to mean something."

9 /13: 'Beautiful Thing' (1996)

9/13 :'Beautiful Thing' (1996)

Jamie: Scared of being called queer?

Ste: Are you?

Jamie: Maybe... maybe not.

Ste: And are ya?

Jamie: Queer?

Ste: Gay.

Jamie: Very happy. I'm happy when I'm with you...

10 /13: 'The Kids Are All Right' (2010)

The best movie quotes to celebrate Gay Pride: 'The Kids Are All Right'
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10/13 :'The Kids Are All Right' (2010)

"I need to say something. It's no big secret your mom and I are in hell right now, and... bottom line is, marriage is hard. It's really f***ing hard. Just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. It's a f***ing marathon, OK? So, sometimes, you know, you're together so long that you just... you stop seeing the other person. You just see weird projections of your own junk. Instead of talking to each other, you go off the rails and act grubby and make stupid choices, which is what I did. And I feel sick about it because I love you guys, and I love your mom, and that's the truth. Sometimes you hurt the ones you love the most. I don't know why."

11 /13: 'A Single Man' (2009)

The best movie quotes to celebrate Gay Pride: 'A Single Man'
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11/13 :'A Single Man' (2009)

"Let's leave the Jews out of this just for a moment. Let's think of another minority. One that... one that can go unnoticed if it needs to. There are all sorts of minorities. Blondes, for example... or people with freckles. But a minority is only thought of as one when it constitutes some kind of threat to the majority. A real threat or an imagined one. And therein lies the fear. If the minority is somehow invisible, then the fear is much greater. That fear is why the minority is persecuted. So, you see, there always is a cause. The cause is fear. Minorities are just people. People like us."

12 /13: 'Philadelphia' (1993)

12/13 :'Philadelphia' (1993)

"This is the essence of discrimination: formulating opinions about others not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in a group with assumed characteristics."

"We're standing here in Philadelphia, the, uh, City of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of freedom, where the, uh, founding fathers authored the Declaration of Independence, and I don't recall that glorious document saying anything about all straight men are created equal. I believe it says all men are created equal."

13 /13: 'Brokeback Mountain' (2005)

13/13 :'Brokeback Mountain' (2005)

"Bottom line is... we're around each other and... this thing, it grabs hold of us again... at the wrong place... at the wrong time... and we're dead."

"You ever get the feelin'... I don't know, er... when you're in town and someone looks at you all suspicious, like he knows? And then you go out on the pavement and everyone looks like they know, too?"