Gay Themed

Movies sorted from best to worst. My 10's, 9's and some of the 8's on the first page. Overall I watch films from all over the world. I have a collection of over 300 gay movies from 34 different countries. I also have a similar listing of 56 Gay Short Films here on IMDB.
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1.
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand. (106 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ 10 - My favorite gay movie. Brokeback Mountain wasn't director Ang Lee's first gay movie... Any person who might have had a cross-cultural gay relationship will identify with these circumstances. We are now entering "La Cage aux Folles" country, and "The Wedding Banquet" does take some of the same delight in constructing a comedy of misunderstandings and deceptions. ” - carl75205
 
2.
Maurice (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ 10 - Classic Merchant-Ivory production quality (Howard's End, A Room with a View, The Ends of the Day, etc.), but this one is gay. E.M. Forster's (fantasy) tale of love during the Victorian Era (oh, sorry, gay love...). A classic! ” - carl75205
 
3.
No Regret (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Sumin is an orphan trying to balance work in a factory with study at an art college and an evening job... (113 mins.)
Director: Hee-il Leesong
“ 10 - The best gay movie so far out of South Korea (ok that was too easy). Seriously, a very good story. My 2nd best out of Asia. ” - carl75205
 
4.
Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (352 mins.)
“ 10 - Tony award winning already. Great cast, great acting, great story, multiple emmy's and all deserved. Love the actors/actresses playing many parts, just like in the plays. ” - carl75205
 
5.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ 10 - So beautiful and so sad. Brilliance. ” - carl75205
 
6.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
“ 10 - This launched the careers of Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving (and they haven't done drag since). Sorry Julie Newmar, you can't hold a candle to this. ” - carl75205
 
7.
Shelter (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ 10 - A bit eclectic but spot on with the emotions. One of those "what if" moments in a family. (ok, more than one family) Wonderful storytelling. ” - carl75205
 
8.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
“ 10 - If you have seen Sean Penn in Milk - here is the script. The real deal of where the political power of gay rights started in the US. I sometimes wonder if his 'martyrdom' advanced us more than if he had lived and continued his politics in San Francisco... ” - carl75205
 
9.
Happy Together (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ 9 - Did this foreshadow the death of Leslie Cheung? Stylistic in the cinematography, this is a gay classic. Tragic and beautiful as we witness the dysfunctional relationship of Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing - basically I love to hate you thing. I swear I might get lung cancer from watching his (lots of cigarettes). ” - carl75205
 
10.
Philadelphia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ 10 - Tom Hanks well deserved Oscar roll. BUT who wouldn't want to be Antonio Banderas bf? With drug cocktails things have changed but this reminds us when AIDS was a very quick kiss of death. ” - carl75205
 
11.
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
“ 10 - My gay wet dream. Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, what would you do if you had the power to turn all of the homophobic people in your life enamored with the same sex (aka, Titania loving an Ass)? What it lacks in production quality and acting is made up for in a great story and several wonderful musical numbers. ” - carl75205
 
12.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold... (120 mins.)
Director: Paul Bogart
“ 10 - This and Tidy Endings put Harvey Fierstein on the gay map after he had done well on Broadway (prior to Hairspray). Matthew Broderick was in this after his success in Ferris Bueller's Day Off since he played the roll of David originally in the Broadway play (a risk to his career). ” - carl75205
 
13.
Boy Culture (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client. (88 mins.)
Director: Q. Allan Brocka
“ 10 - Quirky story and lots of nice eye-candy throughout. A fun movie to watch. ” - carl75205
 
14.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ 10 - Strong performances from the leads. The movie was limited to a single print for all of Singapore since the film “normalised” the “homosexual lifestyle”. ” - carl75205
 
15.
Cabaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ 10 - Bob Fosse, Liza Minelli, Joel Grey, Michael York. Throw Helmut Griem in and you have instant woody. A classic in any gay or straight library. Spine tinglers have to be "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" and the final seconds of the movie. A Must See for any movie lover. ” - carl75205
 
16.
Victor Victoria (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life. (132 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ 10 - My 2nd favorite Dame Julie Andrew movie after the Sound of Music. Oh, and how have we strayed! (except for S.O.B.) Husband Blake Edwards writes an directs a classic French farce with Robert Preston and James Garner in tow of a woman pretending to be a gay Polish aristocrat man pretending to be a woman. Leslie Ann Warren should have won an Oscar for this. ” - carl75205
 
17.
Tidy Endings (1988 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
(53 mins.)
Director: Gavin Millar
“ 10 - Harvey Fierstein's touching TV movie of two people picking up the pieces of their lives after his lover's and her ex-husband's death from AIDS. ” - carl75205
 
18.
You I Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
On their first anniversary, Vera comes home to discover her boyfriend Tim in bed with another man. (86 mins.)
“ 9 - One of the best love triangle films I've seen. Every time I watch this, I am just fascinated with Uloomji's character and appearance. ” - carl75205
 
19.
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
“ 9 - What if your classmates at an all boys school were the 20-25 year-old versions of Cary Elwes, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Michael Jenn? ” - carl75205
 
20.
Beautiful Thing (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
“ 9 - One of the better 'coming of age' stories if you can handle the thick accents. ” - carl75205
 
21.
The Bubble (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the... (90 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
“ 9 - Tragic and beautiful. Two star-crossed lovers, one Israeli, one Palestinian. I was anxious to watch this but I'm glad I did. Deeply moving, a must see. ” - carl75205
 
22.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ 9 - James Wale directed classics Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and the Man in the Iron Mask. He was also one of the few people in Hollywood at the time to be open about his homosexuality. An outstanding biopic and you get to see lots of gratuitous skin of a younger Brendan Fraser (the gardener). ” - carl75205
 
23.
Antique (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Jin-hyeok opens a cake shop in an old antique shop, hiring Seun-woo, Korea's best pastry chef, who fell in love with him in high school. Also there, are Soo-young, crushing on Seun-woo, ex-boxer Gi-beom, and Seun-woo's French ex-boyfriend. (107 mins.)
Director: Kyu-dong Min
“ 9 - Based on the manga which lead to an animated series, the movie is not exactly a gay movie. Wonderful cinematography and special affects ala Amélie. ” - carl75205
 
24.
East Palace West Palace (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In China, homosexuality isn't illegal, but homosexuals are routinely persecuted by police and arrested for "hooliganism"... (90 mins.)
Director: Yuan Zhang
“ 9 - "East Palace, West Palace" - I think this would make an excellent stage play too. Deeply disturbing and fascinating. The story is a nightlong interrogation of A Lan, a Chinese gay man arrested by Hu Jun, a policeman, in a park for cruising. A Lan tells his story as Hu Jun struggles to understand why someone would seek out abusive relationships again and again. An excellent psychological journey. ” - carl75205
 
25.
Tales of the City (1993 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (A Man I Dreamt Up). (360 mins.)
“ 9 - This was originally aired on PBS and is based on Armistead Maupin's book of life around a San Francisco rental house and their interesting occupants. Solidly entertaining fun set before the time of AIDS. ” - carl75205
 
26.
Yossi & Jagger (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border. (65 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
“ 9 - Sometimes the best thing to do in a film is to just keep it simple. A short film but lots of emotion and power within. Soldiers in the Israeli army on the Lebanon border, imminent threat creates pressure and passion. Although different in style, I put this up with Brokeback Mountain in how it moves me. ” - carl75205
 
27.
Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(124 mins.)
Director: Kankurô Kudô
“ 9 - This is one of those Yellow Submarine movies that is almost too difficult to describe. As JFilm PowWow puts it, "Lines of samba dancers and toy tanks parading down Edo era streets, a singing drag queen who runs a tea house at the foot of Mount Fuji, women who are half-mushroom dreaming of their dead lovers… This isn’t reality!" Yeah, it's a wild ride, a real Cult film. ” - carl75205
 
28.
Permanent Residence (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The life story of a young man who has been pursuing an impossible love with his straight boyfriend and contemplating on the mortality of his loved ones. (115 mins.)
Director: Scud
“ 9 - You will find all three Scud movies on my list. Is it the need to push male frontal nudity at any opportunity? Seriously now, a complex tale of unrequited love over a long period of time. "City of Baseball" was more sublime in it's sexuality, but this is the full monty. ” - carl75205
 
29.
Parting Glances (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa... (90 mins.)
Director: Bill Sherwood
“ 9 - I'd like to think that this put Steve Buscemi on the map. A bit stilted at times, a great story. How can you go wrong with a movie that introduced me to the term "Pretzelingus". ” - carl75205
 
30.
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An affluent New York couple find their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is. (112 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ 9 - Will Smith was in the middle of his successful TV career with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was quite a risk for him to tackle this roll of the social chameleon, street-wise character we see here. Btw, Will Smith has a Bacon Number of 2 (Will Smith > Hitch > Jenna Stern > Picture Perfect > Kevin Bacon).
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31.
8: The Mormon Proposition (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights. (80 mins.)
“ 9 - Granted the film makers weren't completely unbiased, but it highlights some scary manipulation of the electoral process where a very small minority can affect change. (and they say WE have an agenda?) ” - carl75205
 
32.
Just Friends? (2010 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Expecting a cozy night outside of the barracks, Seok visits his boyfriend Min-soo who is serving in the military. However when Min-soo's mother questions their relationship, the only answer they can give is that they are 'just friends'. (29 mins.)
“ 9 - I wish there were more films put out in Asia like this one. A wonderful 'feel-good' piece. ” - carl75205
 
33.
Quemar las naves (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Eugenia is a former pop singer who is bedridden and dying of cancer. Her 19 year old daughter Helena... (100 mins.)
“ 9 - "Burn the Bridges" - Beautifully shot, wonderful actors/acting, an interesting story with multiple layers. A bit of coming of age as well as coming out. Though most of the plot is predicable, the rest of the elements keeps you engaged all the way through. Highly recommended. ” - carl75205
 
34.
Law of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project. (102 mins.)
Director: Pedro Almodovar
“ 9 - Classic Almodóvar. While virtually every Almodóvar movie has something gay in it this and Bad Education peak highest on the homo-meter. ” - carl75205
 
35.
Burnt Money (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down. (125 mins.)
“ 9 - A smoking passionate romance fueled with sex, guns, and a touch of drugs and insanity. Excellent cinematography and story (based on a true one back in 1965). Not very many movies capture such chemistry between two lovers (gay or straight). ” - carl75205
 
36.
Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ 9 - I was a bit leery to get this film to watch but I'm glad I did. This is one of those instances of love just "is" that. We surprise ourselves with it and that's what this movie did for me. ” - carl75205
 
37.
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
“ 9 - This and "Death at a Funeral" are classic Frank Oz. Stellar cast, hilarious story, priceless. ” - carl75205
 
38.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: Stonewall Uprising (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This documentary, part of American Experience series, examines the events leading up to what is now seen... (60 mins.)
“ 9 - Stonewall was the Woodstock of the gay world (everyone seems to say they were there). True to form for The American Experience program, it's outstanding. Required viewing for your Gay 101 class. ” - carl75205
 
39.
The Crying Game (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world. (112 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ 9 - If you don't know the "reveal" of this movie, don't read anymore reviews and just go and watch it! Avoid any spoilers! Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture. ” - carl75205
 
40.
Clapham Junction (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A chronicle of 36 hours in the lives of a number of interconnected gay men in Clapham, South London. (120 mins.)
Director: Adrian Shergold
“ 9 - A BBC TV movie with about as many overlapping stories as there were characters. Well acted and written. Oh, don't let the movie poster fool you. It's a drama and not Gays Gone Wild. ” - carl75205
 
41.
Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ 9 - Somewhat painful to watch since I went through some of this myself. Sigourney Weaver and Ryan Kelley could have carried this movie all by themselves. ” - carl75205
 
42.
Waterboys (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen". (91 mins.)
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
“ 9 - Technically not a gay story, but the movie is based on a true story of the formation of a boys' high school synchronized swimming team in Japan. The group of five misfits overcome various challenges from the own disadvantages in this light-hearted and spirited comedy. ” - carl75205
 
43.
Taboo (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad. (100 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ 9 - The English title is a bit misleading as the samurai/Bushido code did not prohibit gay love or sex. The taboo here isn't gay love but a different betrayal. If absolute power corrupts absolutely, what happens if you are too beautiful? Be sure to get involved with the discussions for what you thought happened in the ending... ” - carl75205
 
44.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ 9 - William Hurt and Raul Julia own this jail-house drama based on the Tony award winning play - Classic. ” - carl75205
 
45.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
“ 9 - Much like "8: The Mormon Proposition" the film makers had an agenda. The film analyzes the very secret MPAA organization which rates films for American movie-goers. A lot of movie deals with sexuality so I am putting it into the GLTB pile. It's one of those OMG exposés. ” - carl75205
 
46.
For a Lost Soldier (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy. (92 mins.)
“ 9 - The story is autobiographical (Rudi van Dantzig) and certainly controversial since the boy involved is 12 years-old in the story. If this bothers you - don't watch it. If you do, you'll find exquisite cinematography and intriguing story-telling. ” - carl75205
 
47.
Bad Education (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
“ 9 - I only watched this recently and knew it was on everyone's "must view" list. What a surprise. Literally! I won't say more to spoil anything in the story. Another don't read, just watch it, movie! ” - carl75205
 
48.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years. (171 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ 9 - Much like the theater of old (Greece, Shakespearean, etc.), Peking Opera utilizes all male actors for roles. Leslie Cheung at his best. Yes, it's long, but WOW, so powerful. ” - carl75205
 
49.
Go Go G-Boys (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Shin and Hung are close buddies, but gradually Shin started to have feelings for Hung. Hung decided... (90 mins.)
Director: Jong-jong Yu
“ 8 - You would almost think this was two different directors. Part one is farcical and silly, part two is serious, loving and romantic. Aside from that, the farce runs all the way through the movie. Ignore Aussie Stud's review. This is fluff, but good fun fluff! ” - carl75205
 
50.
Eternal Summer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two best friends Shane and Jonathan learn more about themselves in an ever evolving sexuality. (95 mins.)
Director: Leste Chen
“ 8 - I'm not sure why so many gay Asian films involve a love triangle of a gay, a woman and a man in the middle, but this is one of the better ones. ” - carl75205
 
51.
Beautiful Boxer (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation. (118 mins.)
“ 8 - This is more a story of overcoming stereotypes and obstacles to achieve your dream than any coming of age or coming out story. Yes, it drags at times and if you are expecting a purely gay story, you might be disappointed. It is inspiring though and well done. ” - carl75205
 
52.
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
“ 8 - It starts out very predicable but is surprisingly good in the end. Watch this one after you've seen "Prayers for Bobby". ” - carl75205
 
53.
Love of Siam (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (154 mins.)
“ 8 - I think Viaradar on here said it best in his review: "Beautiful Thing" á la Thai; worth watching but too long. ” - carl75205
 
54.
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ 8 - I just about watched this movie and A Room with a View back to back since they were released in the same month. Any wonder he's won 2 Oscars? Eclectic and great fun. ” - carl75205
 
55.
Mysterious Skin (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
“ 8 - A friend once described this movie as a "How to Become a Successful Paedophile" guidebook. Gregg Araki's best work that showed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt really can act (compared to his work in Latter Days)! Excellent story, great performances and direction. ” - carl75205
 
56.
Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a young gay man comes out of the closet. His friends support him, but when he comes out to his parents, he stirs up a wealth of hidden feelings and secrets in their relationship.
“ 8 - There's a reason why they call the series "Great Performances" and that is what you get here. 20 years later and it is still one of my favorites. ” - carl75205
 
57.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. (71 mins.)
“ 8 - Do you ever wonder where Madonna got Voguing from? Hugely entertaining documentary about the New York City gay ballroom scene of the late 80's. ” - carl75205
 
58.
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ 8 - Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, gay story... Hello?
Of course it's superb. ” - carl75205
 
59.
Words of Devotion (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ootani and Tachibana have been inseparable since high school. Now that they're in college, they live together... (72 mins.)
Director: Kei Kaneda
“ 8 - "Ai No Kotodama" - Out of Japan, this story is atypical of many other films from there. The couple have been together since college and have a loving relationship from the beginning versus the story is about their relationship blossoming. Not great production quality but it makes up for it in the story and the actors performances. ” - carl75205
 
60.
Boys Love (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(90 mins.)
“ 8 - In so many ways this is a *twisted* love story from start to finish. But oh, so beautiful.
Be sure to check out the sequel "Boys Love gekijouban" listed on this same page. ” - carl75205
 
61.
A Very Natural Thing (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A poignant romantic drama examines the life of gay 26 year old, ex-monk, school teacher living in Manhattan. When he meets a man at a gay bar, they connect and are soon living together. Unfortunately their views on monogamy don't match. (80 mins.)
“ 8 - A good movie and frankly amazing once you consider this was made in 1974. The themes it covers in a sensible and mature way are the same things we see in feature films today. It was so far ahead of its time. I'm surprised I haven't heard more about it before. ” - carl75205
 
62.
Bungee Jumping of Their Own (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two soulmates find each other only to be torn apart by tragedy. However, not even death can keep them apart...but can destiny? (107 mins.)
Director: Dae-seung Kim
“ 8 - Don't be put off by the title... Also, have some patience since a lot of this story is told out of order, but that plays into the gem that love is timeless (and genderless). It made for an interesting Deep Space 9 episode as well...

Spoiler alert: What would you do if the love of your life was reincarnated to you as someone of the same sex? ” - carl75205
 
63.
Get Real (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love. (108 mins.)
Director: Simon Shore
“ Warm hearted and well done. Great script and performances. ” - carl75205
 
64.
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities. (100 mins.)
Director: Auraeus Solito
“ 8 - Currently, this and Antonio's Secret are the ONLY Filipino gay movies I recommend. ” - carl75205
 
65.
Milk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ 8 - I highly recommend you also watch the film that won an Oscar which inspired this movie - "The Times of Harvey Milk" (Best Documentary 1985). ” - carl75205
 
66.
All Over the Guy (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
"All Over The Guy" is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one"... (95 mins.)
Director: Julie Davis
“ 8 - I enjoy how the best friends on both sides work together. ” - carl75205
 
67.
The Mudge Boy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Burke
“ 8 - One of Speed Racer's earlier roles. Great acting on his part. Tender and well written. I was a bit surprised to see that Stanley Tucci was executive producer for this. ” - carl75205
 
68.
Like Grains of Sand (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The movie is built around the very complex relationships between Yoshida, leaving Shimizu for Aihara (or at least he tries to)... (129 mins.)
“ 8 - Not really a gay story but more of a atypical coming of age story complete with sexual confusion within a trio of Japanese teens. The film makers don't take the easy way out with this one and avoids most stereotypes. A nice gem of a film. ” - carl75205
 
69.
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Karslake
“ 8 - A very intelligent documentary focusing on five religious families and their coping with children who are gay/lesbian. Most importantly it tells the story of Bishop Robinson's life-story and ascension within the church. Within the movie is the hilarious animated short "Is It a Choice?" ” - carl75205
 
70.
Sordid Lives (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, we learn the hilarious, sad, trashy truth of the "Sordid Lives." (111 mins.)
Director: Del Shores
“ 8 - Not really a gay story but Leslie Jordan makes it worthwhile all by himself. However, the cast and performances are superb. A guilty pleasure to watch and should be on anyone's 'white trash wishlist'. ” - carl75205
 
71.
Heartbeats (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle. (101 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ 8 - Xavier Dolan wrote, directed and starred in this Québécois centered film. Although it drags in some places, it is otherwise wonderfully directed with brilliant, stylistic cinematography. This one is much better than Dolan's "I Killed My Mother". ” - carl75205
 
72.
The Hanging Garden (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories. (91 mins.)
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
“ 8 - There's nothing like going home to make the most interesting person go insane. Eclectic characters and writing, but certainly fun and interesting. ” - carl75205
 
73.
It's My Party (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV... (110 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ 8 - One of my more favorite stories concerning AIDS. Though the story is dramatized, it's fairly realistic as to how the lead's friends react to his solution - meaning they are all over the board on it. Excellent cast and performances. ” - carl75205
 
74.
The King and the Clown (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh. (119 mins.)
Director: Joon-ik Lee
“ 8 - Some people have argued that this is not a gay story/relationship. I will argue back. A bit melodramatic at times. ” - carl75205
 
75.
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other. (108 mins.)
“ 8 - This wound up being different than I expected, but it was a pleasant surprise. ” - carl75205
 
76.
Awakening (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
16-year-old Carsten just started dating Melissa. He is introduced to her sweet and likable parents, who kindly welcome their first son in law... (39 mins.)
“ 8 - You know where this one is going since it's on this list. My favorite cross-generational gay story. ” - carl75205
 
77.
Breakfast with Scot (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ 8 - Closeted ex-ice hockey star turned sportscaster and his lover must deal with an unexpected arrival of their 12 year-old ward who is more gay than the the pair of them (... x3). Touching, funny, endearing. ” - carl75205
 
78.
Death at a Funeral (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family. (87 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ 8 - Not a traditional gay story but it's very important to everything that happens. Skip the US version on this one - this is the original and a classic, hehe. Farce, farce and more farce. Too much fun. ;) ” - carl75205
 
79.
Antonio's Secret (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Adolescent curiosities and sexual explorations of a 15-year-old boy named Antonio who's just coming to terms with his sexuality... (117 mins.)
“ 8 - "Antonio's Secret" - Check out "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros" as well. "Pusong Mamon" [Soft Hearts] is decent too, but sadly so much of the Pinoy gay movies are total crap (out of the ones I have seen). This is a coming of age story but rather atypical. Worth a view for sure. ” - carl75205
 
80.
A Frozen Flower (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. (133 mins.)
Director: Ha Yu
“ 8 - Visually stunning this period piece has a little bit of everything. Lots of swordplay and action, intrigue, passion, sex and romance. At 133 minutes it's a bit longer than most movies on this list but typical for this genre and worth it. ” - carl75205
 
81.
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.)
“ 8 - Although our protagonist is gay this is more a tale of being exceptionally different in high school. That said, the characters are fun and well written with a an interesting and entertaining story. ” - carl75205
 
82.
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.)
“ 8 - Hilarious. Based on the true story of Steven Jay Russell. Btw, he's serving a life sentence since he made a fool of the Texas criminal justice system (thanks GW - not!). Other interesting trivia was that it was delayed distribution in the US since Disney didn't want children to be confused with Jim Carrey's character being gay as he had just released A Christmas Carol. ” - carl75205
 
83.
Formula 17 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A gay teenager falls for an architect after moving to the city to find a summer job. (88 mins.)
Director: D.J. Chen
“ 8 - A refreshing and upbeat love story out of Taiwan. Banned in Sg since it created, ""an illusion of a homosexual utopia, where everyone, including passersby, is homosexual and no ills or problems are reflected...." Because everyone knows gays can't be happy people. :p ” - carl75205
 
84.
Boys Love 2 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An erotic cat and mouse game set in an all-boys' prep school. (88 mins.)
“ 8 - If you love someone, is it justifiable to manipulate them to force a relationship? Stars Atsumi Kanno from "Boys Love". ” - carl75205
 
85.
Big Eden (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town. (118 mins.)
Director: Thomas Bezucha
“ 8 - I don't know why, but I always think of "Baghdad Cafe" when I see this movie with it's feel-good vibe. ” - carl75205
 
86.
Coffee Date (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Todd's life spins out of control when an unexpected friendship with a gay man causes everyone in his life to start believing he's gay. Do they know something he doesn't? (91 mins.)
Director: Stewart Wade
“ 8 - I kept thinking of Seinfeld's "The Outing" of "We're not gay! Not that there's anything wrong with that." A fun farcical piece. My favorite Wilson Cruz film. ” - carl75205
 
87.
Transamerica (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Duncan Tucker
“ 8 - What is the deal that transsexuals and drag queens have to do road trips? Just joking. Felicity Huffman carries this story with a terrific Oscar nominating performance. ” - carl75205
 
88.
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A visually stylish tale of two male prisoners bonded by emotion, love and murder. (85 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ 8 - Don't let the very bad title scare you away. Part psychodrama, part mystery, this surrealistic story is moving and visually striking. The designers take full artistic license with multiple layers of symbolism. Interesting but not too over the top (no LSD here). I was surprised. ” - carl75205
 
89.
Hello My Love (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Ho-jeong finds out her boyfriend has fallen in love with a man while studying abroad. She demands one month of dating to win him back. (95 mins.)
Director: Aaron Kim
“ 8 - A fairly standard plot for a gay Asian film where the woman can't understand why her boyfriend doesn't like girls (and most especially her) anymore. Aside from that point, the story is well done. ” - carl75205
 
90.
Soft Hearts (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When Annie sets her sights on her co-worker Ron she gets a few drinks in him at an office party and then has her way with him in car... (120 mins.)
“ 8 - I almost turned this off in the early part of the story due to Annie's selfishness and manipulative behavior. However, just have some patience. The only gay Filipino movie I have seen with a happy ending. ” - carl75205
 
91.
Strapped (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants. (95 mins.)
Director: Joseph Graham
“ 8 - For such a low budget flick, this is very well done mainly because of lead Ben Bonenfant acting. As a prostitute, sex is his asset and ticket through the labyrinth of this apartment seemingly in the Twilight Zone. Each one illustrating a different facet of human nature. ” - carl75205
 
92.
Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Tom of Finland is one of the gay world's few authentic icons. His drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity... (58 mins.)
Director: Ilppo Pohjola
“ 8 - Any gay man knows who Tom of Finland is, but this is a well-crafted documentary with extensive interviews with the artist a few years before his death. The father of the gay leather movement (and that's not an exaggeration). The film follows the evolution of his art and it's influence and impact on the gay community. ” - carl75205
 
93.
You'll Get Over It (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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.)
“ 8 - "You'll Get Over It" - Nicely done TV coming out movie. Not hugely great but gets good marks for it's good-natured approach. ” - carl75205
 
94.
The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. (102 mins.)
“ 8 - An extraordinary panel of film industry greats discusses the history of gay and lesbian portrayals in cinema history. ” - carl75205
 
95.
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States...
“ 8 - This movie takes it much farther than The Celluloid Closet. "The narrative groups the pictures around various firsts, movements, and triumphs: experimental films, indie films, sex on screen, outlaw culture and bad guys, lesbianism, AIDS and dying, the gay romantic comedy, transgender films, films about diversity & various cultures, and then mainstream Hollywood drama." ” - carl75205
 
96.
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
“ 8 - When a gifted, young artist (Danny) arrives at the opening of his first New York exhibition his erotic paintings trigger memories of his first love (Carter). ” - carl75205
 
97.
Go West (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the nineties the Yugoslavia Federation falls apart in bloody wars. Perpetual student Milan, a Serb from a patriarchal community and Kenan... (97 mins.)
Director: Ahmed Imamovic
“ 8 - How far would you go to protect your lover? ” - carl75205
 
98.
Swoon (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks... (93 mins.)
Director: Tom Kalin
“ 8 - Alfred Hitchcock did a variation of this true story in Rope. ” - carl75205
 
99.
One to Another (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Chacun Sa Nuit explores the carnal interdependencies among a host of characters who live in a town in provincial France... (95 mins.)
“ 8 - Five teenagers in a band living their lives and loving each other – both emotionally and physically until a murderous event interrupts the lives. A beautiful cast with lots of intertwined bodies and love affairs. You'll need a scorecard to keep up! Only the French could do a story like this. ” - carl75205
 
100.
Happy Endings (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictablity of life itself. (128 mins.)
Director: Don Roos
“ 8 - Eclectic in it's story telling and there are a lot of stories. Fortunately the acting saves the movie from being dragged down of this complicated tale of the character's personal agendas. ” - carl75205