Gay-Themed Moviesby matsnowie | created - 05 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
A slowly-expanding list of the films worth seeing that deal with LGBT themes.
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1. A Single Man (2009)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.
Votes: 93,553 | Gross: $9.17M
This is the greatest gay-themed film because the character's sexuality serves a dramatic, tension-building purpose instead of a political one. Along with being set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, George grieving over a secret love makes this a powerful, universal film about grief and loss instead of just a film about gay life.
2. Moonlight (I) (2016)
R | 111 min | Drama
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Votes: 170,883 | Gross: $27.85M
It deserved best picture so much that I was sure it was going to lose. But the Academy opened themselves to this intimate character study. It's one of the first great films to address the problem with most other films on this list: gay people are not only defined by their sexuality.
3. Weekend (II) (2011)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance
After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.
Votes: 22,761 | Gross: $0.46M
This film caused a lasting ripple in the critical responses out of the film festivals, so the hype was high. Wonderfully, this film lives up to the talk. A delicate and understated romance that fully succeeds in drawing you in while remaining completely realistic.
4. Milk (I) (2008)
R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Votes: 146,629 | Gross: $31.84M
One of the greatest biopics ever made, this represents Harvey Milk as truly human - flaws included - and represents the history of the time as honestly as can be imagined.
5. Pride (I) (2014)
R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
Like Kinky Boots or Pirate Radio, it tells an all-around great story from recent British history with a cast that has no weakest link and a script that has no missed opportunities.
6. The Hours (2002)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.
Votes: 109,321 | Gross: $41.68M
Three powerful performances that, like A Single Man, are about being alive and not just being gay. A very literate and thoughtful film, which is surprisingly rare in modern adaptations.
7. Maurice (1987)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Votes: 12,087 | Gross: $3.13M
A beautiful English film based on a beautiful English book. I would call this the quintessential Merchant & Ivory film next to The Remains of the Day. Great early performances by the cast.
8. Please Like Me (2013–2016)
TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After breaking up with his girlfriend, Josh comes to the realization that he is homosexual. With the support of his now ex girlfriend Claire, and his best friend and house mate Tom, Josh ... See full summary »
Taken together the 6-episode first series makes for a brilliant movie written by the young lead, Josh Thomas. When his now ex-girlfriend tells him he is gay, Josh is surprised, and we follow him as he cooks and stumbles through his new life. Season 2 expands and continues (and even improves) the show with some of the funniest material I saw all year.
9. Sommersturm (2004)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.
Votes: 11,907 | Gross: $0.10M
Germany has recently (and it could be argued always has) been able to display honest and believable characters in all types of films. From the serial killer in Fritz Lang's "M" to Bruno Ganz playing Hitler in "Downfall," and this lighter-side coming-of-age film, German films include international cinema's best character development.
10. C.O.G. (2013)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.
Votes: 3,222 | Gross: $0.06M
A central character that is so engaging it is a great disappointment when the film ends. We can only hope that more of Sedaris' books are adapted and Jonathan Groff can continue to play him.
11. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Not Rated | 127 min | Comedy, Drama
A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.
Proof that Canada is more than just James Cameron and David Cronenberg, this is a thoughtful and rewarding film. The care taken by the filmmakers to tell a very authentic story provides the 1970s with one of its best representations
12. Sense8 (2015–2018)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.
It feels like a series written in the future for how progressive it is with the portrayal of its diverse cast. It's sensitive to the spectrum of sexuality and gender, but also to the international audience; it shows other cultures and places without resorting to stereotypes. It's all down to the brilliant work of the Wachowski siblings.
13. North Sea Texas (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance
A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on a boy who lives nearby.
Votes: 6,628 | Gross: $0.03M
A hauntingly good performance from the young lead centers this coming-of-age drama set in rural Belgium. Desire and longing have rarely been so clearly portrayed with so little dialogue. Comparable to A Single Man in its simple beauty.
14. Freier Fall (2013)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance
A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart.
A very affecting and thoughtful film. It says a lot with very little, which is largely due to the quality of the acting. German's Brokeback Mountain, but set in the modern world of the German police force.
15. Philomena (2013)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Votes: 83,464 | Gross: $37.71M
I won't say how this film covers gay themes, but it does, and I promise that it does a terrific job of examining a specific part of a gay person's relationship to the world that doesn't always get considered. Philomena (and Judi Dench) are wonderful.
16. London Spy (2015– )
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A chance romance between two men from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess, leads into mystery after one of them is found murdered.
The actual plot of the mystery takes over in the last episodes and the whole thing feels reduced by it. But initially, the relationship and subtle character work and brilliant performances makes this a near-classic.
17. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Votes: 279,105 | Gross: $83.04M
It may have been politically charged upon its release, and the Oscar controversy still haunts the internet, but there is no denying that Brokeback Mountain is a powerful tragedy. And it will remain a work of art long after Crash becomes outdated.
18. Jongens (2014 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Romance
A sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate.
Another triumph of German cinema, this one a made-for-TV movie, and likely one of the first high school-aged gay films that I've seen with believable performances. A rare treat.
19. Shelter (II) (2007)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.
Votes: 17,672 | Gross: $0.14M
A supremely satisfying romance, Shelter is Brokeback Mountain with a happy ending.
20. Beautiful Thing (1996)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.
Votes: 19,973 | Gross: $1.50M
A solid love story developes alongside the portraits of a series of familes living in the London Estates. Well acted and entertaining, this is one of the essentials.
21. Der Kreis (2014)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »
22. Looking (2014–2015)
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The experiences of three close friends living and loving in modern-day San Francisco.
Andrew Haigh brings the same realism and beautiful photography of Weekend to HBO with this charming series about a group of friends in San Francisco.
23. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 11,935 | Gross: $17.04M
A mesmerizing and very philosophical film about two men who share a prison cell in an unnamed fascist country. The performance that William Hurt won an Oscar for is particularly watchable; he is a completely different person than the man seen in so many other films. An indie classic.
24. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.
Votes: 116,175 | Gross: $20.81M
A pair of great performances from Annette Bening and Julianne Moore cement this as a proper family drama, and not just a "gay" film. The rest of the cast all live up to the two leads and the director managed to throw in some brilliant film moments to make this a sweet and entertaining film. From the opening Vampire Weekend song I was hooked.
25. La piel que habito (2011)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Votes: 113,607 | Gross: $3.19M
Explaining why this film qualifies for this list would ruin some of the more interesting turns in the story. It is enough to say that this is Antonion Banderas at his best, and Almodovar working some truly shocking narrative magic.
26. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
Votes: 11,600 | Gross: $2.45M
The story deals with British bigotry against Pakistani immigrants, but a gay romance is the film's heart and soul. A great early performance by Daniel Day-Lewis makes up for the film's dated 80s style.
27. Bent (1997)
NC-17 | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance
Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay, and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays).... See full summary »
Votes: 6,742 | Gross: $0.37M
Bent shines a light into a corner of Holocaust history that was buried for decades - and still has not been given its proper attention - this is a simple, theatrical production of the brilliant play.
28. Cabaret (1972)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
Votes: 39,913 | Gross: $42.77M
This is another one of those rare musicals that takes advantage of performance art to create musical numbers that add to the story without breaking from reality. The performances are classic and the characters, inspired by Isherwood's Berlin Stories, are all wonderful.
29. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
R | 104 min | Drama
Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.
Votes: 40,580 | Gross: $6.40M
Gus Van Sant's surprisingly experimental film includes some of the most attention-grabbing Shakespearean dialogue ever used, and a central performance that serves to answer anyone who questions why Keanu Reeves gets work.
30. Paris, je t'aime (2006)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened.
Directors: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, Ludivine Sagnier, Fanny Ardant
Votes: 65,642 | Gross: $4.86M
Le Marais, directed by Gus van Sant, is a wonderful short film centered on a monologue delivered by Gaspard Ulliel. One of the best in the collection, which is full of great shorts, and it is a memorable addition to Gus van Sant's impressive filmography.
31. Kill Your Darlings (2013)
R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Votes: 29,730 | Gross: $1.03M
Radcliffe overcomes his Potter persona again to play a very affecting Allen Ginsberg at the start of the beat generation. The story weaves around 40s homophobia and Ginsberg's budding sexuality without overlooking nor obsessing.
32. Heartbeats (2010)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance
The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.
Votes: 21,792 | Gross: $0.06M
Xavier Dolan seems far too young to be able to write, direct, star in, and design costumes for a film this good. Heartbreaking in its portrayal of one-sided love, this is a mesmerizing combination of art film and minimalism.
33. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
Votes: 98,467 | Gross: $13.62M
The charming chemistry of Luna and Bernal makes this a raunchy road trip movie, but the steady direction and absorbing script by Alfonso Curon makes the film much more. Everything leads to a brutally erotic climax.
34. Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (2014)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.
Votes: 16,932 | Gross: $0.10M
Based on the terrific short film, the feature loses the clever turn of events from the short but expands the emotional complexity of the characters to great effect.
36. Toast (2010 TV Movie)
96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.
So few child roles are actual performances that when a kid who actually acts comes along it is almost completely unexpected. Oscar Kennedy plays the younger version of Freddy Highmore's part, and he steals the show. Highmore does well, but after Finding Neverland that is to be expected. This film is charming in its Britishness, and even more charming in its low-key presentation of a gay youth.
37. Shortbus (2006)
Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.
Votes: 29,007 | Gross: $1.99M
A multi-sexual film with actual sex. Because the actors developed the script and their characters with the director it is clearly a labour of love and not a labour of controversy-baiting titillation.
38. Lilies - Les feluettes (1996)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. The inmates force the prelate to watch a play depicting what ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,420 | Gross: $0.22M
The play-within-the-movie structure, which sustains the all-male cast of the prison even in the recreated scenes of the story makes this a wonderful, dream-like film. The story is beautifully written and acted. Even the use of nudity is done to an artistic purpose, which is a rare sight in any film genre.
39. Bad Education (2004)
NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
Votes: 48,614 | Gross: $5.21M
A terrific double performance by Gael García Bernal centers this part-mystery drama. The film follows perfectly in Bernal's career after "Y tu mamá también" and "Dot the I".
40. Paragraph 175 (2000)
81 min | Documentary, History, Romance
Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.
Votes: 1,668 | Gross: $0.07M
A good documentary on a little-known corner of history. The value of the film mostly comes from the interviews with survivors of the Nazi era. This is a brutal reminder of how long a fight getting gay rights has been. (The Nazi law remained on the books until the 70s).
41. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
R | 102 min | Documentary, History
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.
Votes: 5,445 | Gross: $1.51M
I had intended this list to be narrative films only, but this documentary is invaluable for anyone interested in homosexuality represented on film. Interviews with great Hollywood screenwriters, actors, and directors trace the history through to the early nineties. A sequel would be good to see.
42. Stonewall Uprising (2010)
Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, History
This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969.
Votes: 408 | Gross: $0.13M
A must-see for modern history fans and anyone interested in civil rights. The watershed moment in the American gay rights movement is described by those who were there (including a policeman on the scene), and the important days following are discussed for their historic importance.
43. Far from Heaven (2002)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.
Votes: 38,769 | Gross: $15.85M
Dennis Quaid, Julianne Moore, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson all give wonderful performances in a stunning, colourful film that feels like a precursor to Mad Men. And it follows the pattern of every great romance having a scene with a train.
44. Transamerica (2005)
R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.
Votes: 37,786 | Gross: $9.02M
The film may focus on Felicity Huffman, but Kevin Zegers also shines in this unconventional road movie.
45. Kinky Boots (2005)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.
Votes: 15,439 | Gross: $1.82M
The British can do quirky comedy better than most, and this based-on-a-true story film boasts great performances from unused talent, and a brilliant against-type role for Chiwetel Ejiofor.
46. Closet Monster (2015)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery
A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.
Votes: 5,175 | Gross: $0.04M
Having artistic main characters can sometimes feel fake because the art they create is heavily manufactured for the story, but this time it feels like the real work of this quiet boy as he makes mistakes and deals with adult feelings and problems. It's a very honest look at that moment around 18 when the world says you have to start growing up.
47. Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
Unrated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Swedish gay couple adopt what they think is an 18-month-old orphan, only to meet their new son, a 15-year-old homophobic delinquent.
Votes: 8,175 | Gross: $0.06M
Entertaining, quirky, and emotionally honest, this is another example of why Scandinavian films are among the best in the world.
48. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Votes: 60,066 | Gross: $0.70M
A very good look at a very delicate subject. Few directors have succeeded in presenting child abuse without making the film either preachy or disturbing. Mysterious Skin walks a delicate balance thanks largely to the sure direction and a lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
49. L'inconnu du lac (2013)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Votes: 10,440 | Gross: $0.32M
Completely uninhibited, this film includes near-constant nudity and unsimulated sex in and around the title lake. Minimal plot, but as the main character makes questionable decisions it pushes the audiences to watch closer so that by the end you are at the edge of your seat.
50. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 600,431 | Gross: $106.95M
This is not really a "gay" film since it is about art, artists, perfectionism, and the psychosis of Natalie Portman's character. But it includes some ticket-selling lesbian scenes. A brilliant psychological horror about aspiring to great art.
51. Priest (1994)
R | 98 min | Drama, Romance
A homosexual Catholic priest finds out during confessional that a young girl is being sexually abused by her father, and has to decide how to deal with both that secret and his own.
Votes: 8,709 | Gross: $4.18M
A very touching story of a crisis of faith that avoids the religious pandering that some films (Rock Heaven, for example) end up being lost to. The lead, Linus Roache (better known as Batman's dad), gives a great performance helped by future Carmine Falcone Tom Wilkinson.
52. Breakfast with Scot (2007)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
The hockey career of former Toronto Maple Leaf Eric McNally, who was known as a tough enforcer, came to an end with a shoulder injury. He is now a sportscaster. Except to his assistant Nula... See full summary »
Votes: 2,657 | Gross: $0.05M
A charming film that proves Canada can still produce good stories without resorting to raunchy comedy or horror. The actors are all terrific and the overall feeling this film leaves the viewer with is enjoyment.
53. Saved! (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.
Votes: 41,734 | Gross: $8.94M
Less about a gay character than about the changing world view of a religious teen, this is a hopeful film dealing with a subject that too often appears to have no hope: education winning over ignorance.
54. Wonder Boys (2000)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.
Votes: 56,806 | Gross: $19.39M
Anyone who liked the opening fake trailer for the Robert Downey Jr./Tobey Maguire romance in Tropic Thunder should watch this film to see the origin. The film is also very good, which makes it easy to recommend.
55. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
R | 113 min | Drama
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.
Votes: 83,140 | Gross: $44.79M
The only X-rated Oscar winner, this is one of those films that everyone has seen clips of ("I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!") but have rarely seen the whole thing. A terrific film about the edges of society with subtle performances from the two leads.
56. Nico and Dani (2000)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings.
Votes: 5,561 | Gross: $0.35M
A Spanish coming-of-age film that evenly weighs its attention between two boys, one straight and one gay, and charts the coming-of-age story arc with an honest and probing camera.
57. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
R | 110 min | Drama
Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as ... See full summary »
Tame by today's standards, but controversial for its time. John Schlesinger put together a remarkable drama. Much of the film's editing and structure keeps you from knowing exactly what is going on, but this serves to draw you in even more. A worthy follow-up to Midnight Cowboy.
58. No Night Is Too Long (2002 TV Movie)
85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Young Tim Cornish's life has begun with great promise. Blessed with extraordinary good looks, Tim enjoyed much attention and cared little of broken hearts. At University he was a favored ... See full summary »
Difficult to find, this TV thriller is remarkably worthwhile. An intense relationship leads to murder and mystery. Good performances and an overall good direction. The story has a somewhat unsatisfying third act, but still succeeds as entertainment.
59. You'll Get Over It (2002 TV Movie)
Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
When Vincent finds himself a victim of outing in his high school, he must accept to live with the drastic changes it provokes, and redefine his relationships with his friends and family.
Votes: 1,876 | Gross: $0.04M
A slight variation on the coming out story. The main character is outed by a prank early in the film. Instead of denying it, he takes the opportunity to live his life. A refreshing addition to the genre.
60. Du er ikke alene (1978)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
Two precocious boys explore their sexuality at boarding school.
A very unrestrained, and wholly European, film. It could be said to go too far with its sexual content, but the story is so honest that there seems to be little room to doubt its status as a gay classic.
61. The Birdcage (1996)
R | 117 min | Comedy
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.
Votes: 67,150 | Gross: $124.06M
Firmly rooted in the 1990s presentation of homosexuality, The Birdcage is becoming dated, but it is still a very funny comedy of errors with the best performance by Nathan Lane.
62. Kinsey (2004)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
Votes: 44,225 | Gross: $10.21M
A fascinating Liam Neeson performance is the center of this no-limits exploration of American sexuality.
63. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 239,827 | Gross: $148.48M
A wonderfully bizarre combination of a bigotted main character and his surroundings, this film could not have happened without Nicholson in the lead.
64. Billy Elliot (2000)
R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
Votes: 105,411 | Gross: $22.00M
More focused with heterosexual masculinity dealing with feminine activities than about homosexuality, but this is still one of the most charming films Britain has produced in the last few decades.
65. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Votes: 384,370 | Gross: $59.89M
Steve Carrell proved he could actually act, but remain funny at the same time. This is the first film in a growing line of Best Picture nominees that are quirky family comedies with a gay theme.
66. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes.
Votes: 79,524 | Gross: $31.49M
Nick's gay friends are secondary to the title romance, but they improve an otherwise standard Michael Cera film to be a modern adventure through New York.
67. Get Real (1998)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.
Votes: 11,201 | Gross: $1.20M
An otherwise-standard coming out story is elevated by the wit and timing of a good cast. Despite only being two years later, this feels like a more modern version of Beautiful Thing (which, being based on a play, was set further back than 1996).
68. Touch of Pink (2004)
R | 91 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance
A gay Canadian living in London has his perfectly crafted life upset when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit.
Votes: 3,704 | Gross: $0.56M
Jim Mistry makes up for The Guru with this wonderful romantic comedy. The story of a gay man hiding his life from his visiting mother could have been the same thing it always is, but the addition of the Cary Grant-as-invisible-friend gimmick makes this a step above the rest.
69. The Full Monty (1997)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama
Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.
Votes: 87,594 | Gross: $45.95M
Like Billy Elliot, this is a film about masculinity. Gay themes are present for two of the supporting characters, but the overall attention to masculinity makes this a precursor to Little Miss Sunshine for the quirky comedy becoming an Oscar nominee.
70. Mine vaganti (2010)
Unrated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies ... See full summary »
Proving disfunction is not limited to families on American sitcoms. This film might be stolen by the grandmother, but it is about a young man who decides to come out to his family only to have his older brother come out first.
71. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.
Votes: 83,147 | Gross: $2.04M
A truely bizzare true story. Usually conman films have predictable climaxes and conclusions, but this one took me by surprise. Added to that is Jim Carrey's best performance since Man on the Moon, which resulted in the title romance being ironically honest (for the audience at least).
72. Easy A (2010)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
Votes: 304,972 | Gross: $58.40M
Almost entirely about the high school life of a smart girl, this great film makes this list because of a brutally honest, blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment where the lead character's gay friend explains how high school is hell.
73. Home for the Holidays (1995)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.
Votes: 9,899 | Gross: $17.52M
Robert Downey Jr. plays a terrific role as the comfortably out homosexual finally being forced to cut through his parent's delusions. He is a supporting part, but his story is just as involving as the others in Jodie Foster's terrific ensemble.
74. Love Songs (2007)
Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris.
Votes: 7,828 | Gross: $0.10M
A musical romance that doesn't really start moving until the middle when the romantic triangle is disrupted. Most of the songs are bland contemporary ballads (although the French language makes them sound better). The good sections with the gay romance only take up 20 minutes of screentime, the rest of the film can be skipped over.
75. Latter Days (2003)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.
Votes: 15,350 | Gross: $0.82M
Charming performances make up for the melodramatic script and cheap production values. Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a very small appearance, but out-acts everyone else. The lead pair have a slightly unbelievable journey to love, but with this sort of story you shouldn't be looking for too much reality.
76. Another Country (1984)
PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.
A shockingly young Colin Firth supports the lead performance of a shockingly young Rupert Everett as he falls in love with a shockingly young Cary Elwes. There was a lot more to the British educational system than Victorian literature would have you believe.
77. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 910,324 | Gross: $130.10M
The finale of the film is as effective a wake-up call as any other film dealing with the same theme more openly. The fact that it sneaks in at the very end without feeling out of place is a testament to Sam Mendes's impressive direction.
78. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 201,576 | Gross: $50.00M
Surprisingly progressive, the latter-half of this film becomes a solid portrait of how homosexuals were perceived in the 1970s. Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino are at the top of their games.
79. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 272,241 | Gross: $22.86M
A surprising twist in this film is the eventual romance between the two female leads. As a plot point it may get lost in the mind-bending reality-altering rest of the film, but the romance is still there to give a happy ending (to some).
80. Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015)
Unrated | 87 min | Drama
Preacher's kid Henry Gamble is turning 17 today. Bring your swimsuit.
Proof that actors can elevate an otherwise-bland film. This has a few "edgy" moments that make little sense and don't add to the central story of a boy coming to terms with himself in a religious atmosphere, but they don't distract enough to limit the quality.
81. Mala Noche (1986)
Not Rated | 78 min | Drama
A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really... See full summary »
Gus van Sant's early work is technically crude, but the drive behind it leaves the same powerful mark that can be seen with better performances in films like Milk and My Own Private Idaho.
82. Juste une question d'amour (2000 TV Movie)
88 min | Drama, Romance
After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.
Including a view into the harsher/conservative response of a family to a character's coming out, this is a less fluffy romance. But the romance is still there and the quiet style of the leads makes this a more realistic narrative.
83. The Big Gay Musical (2009)
Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Paul and Eddie have just begun previews for the new Off-Broadway musical "Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made 'Em." Their lives strangely mirror the characters they are playing. Paul is ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,544 | Gross: $0.02M
I expected something truly awful, but the absolute absurdity that the filmmaker's embraced for the musical portions serves them well. The subplot outside of the musical with one of the performer's parents is absurdly unrealistic, but it gets buried under the hilarious satire.
84. The Curiosity of Chance (2006)
98 min | Comedy
A confident, out-of-the-closet gay teenager has the support of an eclectic range of friends while dealing with a homophobic bully during his first year at an international high school.
The setting may be a bizarre United Nations high school that simultaneously displays every ethnic, social, and gender possibility the filmmakers could think of, but the message is endearing and entertaining. The fact that the lead actor previously played Stifler's brother in an American Pie DVD sequel makes this entertaining on multiple levels.
85. Chasing Amy (1997)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Votes: 120,335 | Gross: $12.01M
Kevin Smith's self-proclaimed science fiction film ("Ask any lesbian and they'll tell you it will never happen"), Chasing Amy is also Smith's most mature film. Building to a great Silent Bob monologue, the film doesn't disappoint or go in any obvious directions.
R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance
A young gay man tries to balance his career as a personal assistant while searching for love.
Votes: 1,856 | Gross: $0.15M
I was not surprised to learn this was based on a comic strip. The screwball antics and over-the-top characters are sometimes too much, and when the film attempts to add some drama it stumbles awkwardly. For a quirky comedy it works well.
87. Mannen som elsket Yngve (2008)
90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A teenage boy loses his footing when he finds himself drawn to the new boy in class.
A quiet and slow-to-build character piece. Likely intended for a European audience who understands the way 1989 Europe was, but it is still a touching coming-of-age story. The romance is kept to looks and tender moments, which makes the love story much more suspenseful and less titillating.
88. Watercolors (2008)
114 min | Drama, Romance
A story about two classmates - one smart and openly gay and the other school swimming star. They grow as friends and discover their attraction to each other. This story has been told many ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,304 | Gross: $0.01M
Sometimes heavy-handed (and the ending is clumsy), but an overall engaging story of two very different people coming together.
89. Dare (2009)
R | 92 min | Drama, Romance
A drama centered around three high school seniors - an aspiring actress, her misfit best friend, and a loner - who become engaged in an intimate and complicated relationship.
This is essentially a more Hollywood, less mesmerising version of the "Les Amours Imaginaires" story, but the longing of unfullfilable love and the pressures of youth are present and effective.
90. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.
Votes: 39,538 | Gross: $43.61M
Sandra Oh provides this film with a supporting character who happens to be a lesbian. The film never makes a big deal out of it and it is a properly mature romantic comedy because of it. If only Hollywood would make more of these and less of the Back-Up Plan.
91. Were the World Mine (2008)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream' to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.
Votes: 4,665 | Gross: $0.12M
Decent as far as musicals are concerned, this film really stands because of the calm and engaging performance of the lead. The actual plot of the film looses its grip on reality as Shakespeare's magic cuts through plot holes and creates an ending that feels too good to be real.
92. Private Romeo (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance
A modern take on Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Set at an isolated all-boys military academy, it follows the forbidden relationship between two cadets.
The blurring of reality and Shakespearean fiction is not as well handled as in Were The World Mine, but using the best bits of the play provides for a structure that the talented actors make the best of. Being expelled from military school doesn't have the same effect as death, but the leads' beauty and enthusiasm make this an engrossing romance.
93. Tan Lines (II) (2005)
Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
From the sun-drenched beaches of Australia comes this sexy coming-of-age romance. Cute teen Midget Hollow (Jack Baxter) wanders through life riding big waves and partying with surfer boys. ... See full summary »
Sometimes creatively played, but mostly a simple and under-explored character film. The lead actor is honest enough to be a good protagonist.
94. Glue (2006)
Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance
"A teenage summer in a small town in the desert, a dysfunctional family, a rock band, a can full of glue, two boys, one girl, loads of tongue kisses, dry heat, wind in Patagonia, ... See full summary »
Interesting because I haven't seen much of South American filmmaking, but generally lacking in the power of a good coming-of-age story. The main character is charmingly immature and goes through the process of having experiences and dealing with consequences, but necessary reflection is missing from the weak third act.
95. Newcastle (2008)
Unrated | 107 min | Drama
Tragedy befalls one of three brothers while on an outback surfing outing with friends.
Beneath this mediocre teen surfing movie is a decent gay film. The quiet younger brother of the main character spends most of the film getting closer to one of his brother's friends, but anyone hoping for a proper romantic conclusion will be disappointed. In act three the surfing story takes over completely and the film stumbles because of it.
96. In & Out (1997)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.
Votes: 34,137 | Gross: $63.86M
Kevin Kline is always entertaining, but in the mid 90s he was hilarious. Following his Oscar for A Fish Called Wanda he put out a series of great romantic comedies including this gay-themed one. Although his character hits a few too many gay character cliches for this to not seem dated, it's still a fun movie.
97. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
Votes: 150,087 | Gross: $81.30M
Strong performances make this good thriller even better. Content-wise it plays it safe to remain a mainstream Hollywood film, but the clear undercurrent of homosexual themes keeps it above average.
98. Christopher and His Kind (2011 TV Movie)
90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
How real-life British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.
A good cast stars in a standard TV movie adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's memoir of his time in Berlin. The topic of Berlin's homosexual community is better explored in films like Cabaret or Bent, and Isherwood's writing is better served by A Single Man. Still an enjoyable, simple film.
99. Geography Club (2013)
PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy
At Goodkind High School, a group of students with varying sexual orientations form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.
Light and entertaining. If this were made in the 90s it would have been more thought-provoking. As it is, this is a very familiar story. And although it is well acted, these 30-year-old actors don't even remotely pass for high school students.
100. Plan B (I) (2009)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After girlfriend Laura dumps him for another man, Bruno plots to come between the new lovers. But his plan takes an unexpected turn, causing Bruno to question his own sexuality.
Some good performances made up for a bad subtitle track. The story is interesting enough: two "straight" guys slowly fall for each other as they strike up a friendship. It is quiet, slow, and generally looks like the work of a film student.