Gay Movies

by grabatin-1 | created - 19 Apr 2011 | updated - 09 Apr 2012 | Public

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1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 282,383 | Gross: $83.04M

2. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Votes: 148,099 | Gross: $31.84M

3. Beautiful Thing (1996)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Meera Syal, Martin Walsh

Votes: 20,165 | Gross: $1.50M

4. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.1
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

Votes: 41,128 | Gross: $6.40M

5. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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65 Metascore

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.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 83,869 | Gross: $2.04M

6. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

7.7
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66 Metascore

When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman

Votes: 195,130 | Gross: $77.32M

7. Latter Days (2003)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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45 Metascore

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

Director: C. Jay Cox | Stars: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place, Amber Benson

Votes: 15,480 | Gross: $0.82M

8. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin

Votes: 5,919 | Gross: $4.87M

9. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

7.5
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68 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 40,381 | Gross: $11.22M

10. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 12,355 | Gross: $3.13M

11. Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols

Votes: 13,347

12. Longtime Companion (1989)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

Director: Norman René | Stars: Stephen Caffrey, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Cousins, Bruce Davison

Votes: 4,650 | Gross: $4.61M

13. Angels in America (2003)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 23,303

14. The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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51 Metascore

In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, ' I can't decide if my friends are ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Zach Braff, Ben Weber

Votes: 6,426 | Gross: $1.74M

15. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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85 Metascore

A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 28,115 | Gross: $3.03M

16. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

7.0
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 67,803 | Gross: $124.06M

17. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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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.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,503 | Gross: $1.51M

18. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

R | 118 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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65 Metascore

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette

Votes: 29,717 | Gross: $1.05M

19. Priest (1994)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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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.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson

Votes: 8,777 | Gross: $4.18M

20. Jeffrey (1995)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

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Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decides to become celibate. He immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not love is worth ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Ashley | Stars: Steven Weber, Michael T. Weiss, Peter Jacobson, Tom Cayler

Votes: 5,126 | Gross: $3.49M

21. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 21,823 | Gross: $2.21M

22. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

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77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 94,560 | Gross: $9.17M

23. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama

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Ludovic is a transgender girl who is coming out. She talks of marrying her neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. Her family and neighbors struggle ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 7,882 | Gross: $2.28M

24. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 110,554 | Gross: $28.75M

25. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Duncan Tucker | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James

Votes: 37,955 | Gross: $9.02M

26. Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)

94 min | Drama, Romance

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Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul, he travels there to look after the sale of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Carlo Cecchi, Halil Ergün

Votes: 5,506 | Gross: $0.66M

27. Gods and Monsters (1998)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich

Votes: 26,384 | Gross: $6.39M

28. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

7.8
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80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 40,411 | Gross: $42.77M

29. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 83,235 | Gross: $11.53M

30. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 80,373 | Gross: $5.79M

31. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 11,824 | Gross: $2.45M

32. Johns (1996)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Silver | Stars: David Arquette, Lukas Haas, Tony Epper, John C. McGinley

Votes: 1,549 | Gross: $0.05M

33. Boy Culture (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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56 Metascore

A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.

Director: Q. Allan Brocka | Stars: Derek Magyar, George Jonson, Patrick Bauchau, Darryl Stephens

Votes: 5,009 | Gross: $0.22M

34. Shelter (II) (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.8
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66 Metascore

When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

Director: Jonah Markowitz | Stars: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Jackson Wurth

Votes: 17,930 | Gross: $0.14M

35. Trick (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

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The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Brad Beyer

Votes: 7,372 | Gross: $2.05M

36. Get Real (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

Director: Simon Shore | Stars: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart

Votes: 11,291 | Gross: $1.20M

37. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy

Votes: 12,089 | Gross: $17.04M

38. Rak haeng Siam (2007)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.9
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Two boyhood friends are separated due to the disappearance of the sister of one of them, then later meet again as teenagers, when one of them has become a pop singer, and they discover feelings that they did not know they had.

Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul | Stars: Sinjai Plengpanich, Songsit Roongnophakunsri, Pimpan Buranapim, Laila Boonyasak

Votes: 3,350

39. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

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69 Metascore

A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 17,452 | Gross: $0.19M

40. Bent (1997)

NC-17 | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

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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 »

Director: Sean Mathias | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber

Votes: 6,827 | Gross: $0.37M

41. Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.1
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66 Metascore

Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong

Votes: 2,923 | Gross: $0.00M

42. Is It Just Me? (2010)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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A socially shunned columnist finds his romantic match online, but messaging under the wrong account causes his sleazy roommate's picture to be forwarded, creating an identity mix-up.

Director: J.C. Calciano | Stars: Nicholas Downs, David Loren, Adam Huss, Michelle Laurent

Votes: 2,398

43. Lovebirds (2008)

Unrated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Director: Ronaldo Bertubin | Stars: Boots Anson-Roa, Tommy Abuel, Joseph Ison, Andrés Alexis

Votes: 44