Gay-Themed Movies

A slowly-expanding list of the films worth seeing that deal with LGBT themes.
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A Single Man (2009)
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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
“ 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 film about grief instead of a politically-motivated film about gay life. ” - matsnowie
Weekend (2011)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Haigh
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Milk (2008)
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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. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Pride (2014)
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U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. (119 mins.)
Director: Matthew Warchus
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Hours (2002)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Maurice (1987)
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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. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Please Like Me (2013 TV Series)
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After breaking up with his girlfriend, Josh comes to the realization that he is homosexual. With the support of his now ex girlfriend Claire... (29 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Summer Storm (2004)
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A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other. (98 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
C.O.G. (2013)
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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. (88 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
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C.R.A.Z.Y. Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness - that's the premise of "C.R.A.Z.Y", a family drama unlike any other. (127 mins.)
“ 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 ” - matsnowie
North Sea Texas (2011)
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A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on a boy who lives nearby. (94 mins.)
Director: Bavo Defurne
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Free Fall (2013)
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A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephan Lacant
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Philomena (2013)
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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. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
London Spy (2015 Mini-Series)
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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. (60 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Boys (2014 TV Movie)
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A sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate. (78 mins.)
Director: Mischa Kamp
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Shelter (2007)
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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother. (97 mins.)
Director: Jonah Markowitz
“ A supremely satisfying romance, Shelter is Brokeback Mountain with a happy ending. ” - matsnowie
Beautiful Thing (1996)
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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. (90 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Circle (2014 Documentary)
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Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star... (102 mins.)
Director: Stefan Haupt
Looking (2014 TV Series)
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The experiences of three close friends living and loving in modern-day San Francisco. (30 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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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. (120 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
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An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Bent (1997)
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Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny... (105 mins.)
Director: Sean Mathias
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Cabaret (1972)
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A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
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Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened. (120 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (104 mins.)
Director: John Krokidas
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Heartbeats (2010)
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The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle. (101 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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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. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Way He Looks (2014)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Daniel Ribeiro
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Seashore (2015)
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Two boys on the edge of adulthood find themselves exploring their relationship. (83 mins.)
Toast (2010 TV Movie)
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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain. (96 mins.)
Director: S J Clarkson
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Shortbus (2006)
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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. (101 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Lilies (1996)
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1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago... (95 mins.)
Director: John Greyson
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Bad Education (2004)
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An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
“ 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". ” - matsnowie
Paragraph 175 (2000 Documentary)
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Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175. (81 mins.)
“ 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). ” - matsnowie
The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary)
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. (102 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Stonewall Uprising (2010 Documentary)
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This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969. (80 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Far from Heaven (2002)
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In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world. (107 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Transamerica (2005)
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A pre-operative male-to-female transgender takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. (103 mins.)
Director: Duncan Tucker
“ The film may focus on Felicity Huffman, but Kevin Zegers also shines in this unconventional road movie. ” - matsnowie
Kinky Boots (2005)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Ella Lemhagen
“ Entertaining, quirky, and emotionally honest, this is another example of why Scandinavian films are among the best in the world. ” - matsnowie
Mysterious Skin (2004)
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Stranger by the Lake (2013)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Alain Guiraudie
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Priest (1994)
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Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover... (105 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Breakfast with Scot (2007)
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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... (90 mins.)
Director: Laurie Lynd
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Saved! (2004)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Brian Dannelly
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Wonder Boys (2000)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Nico and Dani (2000)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Cesc Gay
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same... (110 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
No Night Is Too Long (2002 TV Movie)
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Young Tim Cornish's life has begun with great promise. Blessed with extraordinary good looks, Tim enjoyed... (85 mins.)
Director: Tom Shankland
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
You'll Get Over It (2002 TV Movie)
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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. (86 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
You Are Not Alone (1978)
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Two precocious boys explore their sexuality at boarding school. (90 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Birdcage (1996)
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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. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Kinsey (2004)
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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. (118 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ A fascinating Liam Neeson performance is the center of this no-limits exploration of American sexuality. ” - matsnowie
As Good as It Gets (1997)
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A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ A wonderfully bizarre combination of a bigotted main character and his surroundings, this film could not have happened without Nicholson in the lead. ” - matsnowie
Billy Elliot (2000)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Get Real (1998)
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A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love. (108 mins.)
Director: Simon Shore
“ 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). ” - matsnowie
Touch of Pink (2004)
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A gay Canadian living in London has his perfectly crafted life upset when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit. (91 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Full Monty (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Loose Cannons (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s... (110 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
“ 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). ” - matsnowie
Easy A (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Home for the Holidays (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Love Songs (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris. (91 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Big Gay Musical (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Paul and Eddie have just begun previews for the new Off-Broadway musical "Adam and Steve Just the Way... (90 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Latter Days (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe. (107 mins.)
Director: C. Jay Cox
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Another Country (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies. (90 mins.)
Director: Marek Kanievska
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ 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). ” - matsnowie
Mala Noche (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the... (78 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Just a Question of Love (2000 TV Movie)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Christian Faure
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Curiosity of Chance (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Chasing Amy (1997)
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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 gay. (113 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young gay man tries to balance his career as a personal assistant while searching for love. (88 mins.)
Director: George Bamber
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Man Who Loved Yngve (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A teenage boy loses his footing when he finds himself drawn to the new boy in class. (90 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Watercolors (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A story about two classmates - one smart and openly gay and the other school swimming star. They grow... (114 mins.)
Director: David Oliveras
“ Sometimes heavy-handed (and the ending is clumsy), but an overall engaging story of two very different people coming together. ” - matsnowie
Dare (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Salky
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life. (113 mins.)
Director: Audrey Wells
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Were the World Mine (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom Gustafson
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Private Romeo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Alan Brown
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Tan Lines (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
From the sun-drenched beaches of Australia comes this sexy coming-of-age romance. Cute teen Midget Hollow... (96 mins.)
Director: Ed
“ Sometimes creatively played, but mostly a simple and under-explored character film. The lead actor is honest enough to be a good protagonist. ” - matsnowie
Glue (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
"A teenage summer in a small town in the desert, a dysfunctional family, a rock band, a can full of glue... (110 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Newcastle (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Tragedy befalls one of three brothers while on an outback surfing outing with friends. (107 mins.)
Director: Dan Castle
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
In & Out (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (139 mins.)
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Christopher and His Kind (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city... (90 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Sax
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Geography Club (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (84 mins.)
Director: Gary Entin
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Plan B (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Marco Berger
“ 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. ” - matsnowie
Wild Reeds (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends... (110 mins.)
“ Essentially the French "Krampack", Wild Reeds still manages to present the same themes of longing and adolescence - although more from the point of view of the straight friend. ” - matsnowie
Whole New Thing (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school.... (92 mins.)
“ As is common with some of these films the performances are good but he script and plot are not up to the same standard. An interesting lead character - a boy who has been sheltered is allowed to go to high school - creates enough material for the film to succeed. ” - matsnowie
Shank (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A closeted teenage street punk takes up with the latest roughed-up gay victim of his bullying gang, which does not set well with the gang's drugged-up, brotherly leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Simon Pearce
“ A bit like a dramatic episode of "Shameless" this is a character piece with minimal character development to fill in the spots between easy plot points. ” - matsnowie
The Wolves of Kromer (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Once upon a time in the village of Kromer lived two beautiful young wolves. Cocksure Gabriel takes newcomer... (82 mins.)
Director: Will Gould
“ A charmingly surreal fantasy/allegory making homosexuals out to be wolves exiled to the forrests. The romance of the leads is simple and believable enough in the context of the film. As a low-budget production it succeeds overall at not being a waste of time. ” - matsnowie