Gay Themedby carl75205 | created - 12 Aug 2011 | updated - 04 Jan 2012 | Public
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)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 11,788 | Gross: $6.93M
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.
2. Maurice (1987)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Votes: 12,233 | Gross: $3.13M
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!
3. No Regret (2006)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance
Sumin is an orphan trying to balance work in a factory with study at an art college and an evening job. One night, a rich young businessman makes an advance on him during one of his driving... See full summary »
Votes: 1,557 | Gross: $0.01M
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.
4. Angels in America (2003)
TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
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.
5. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Votes: 281,011 | Gross: $83.04M
10 - So beautiful and so sad. Brilliance.
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Votes: 40,173 | Gross: $11.22M
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.
7. Shelter (II) (2007)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.
Votes: 17,822 | Gross: $0.14M
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.
8. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.
Votes: 4,884 | Gross: $0.01M
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...
9. Happy Together (1997)
96 min | Drama, Romance
A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.
Votes: 17,322 | Gross: $0.19M
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).
10. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 194,264 | Gross: $77.32M
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.
11. Were the World Mine (2008)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream' to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.
Votes: 4,689 | Gross: $0.12M
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.
12. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 5,904 | Gross: $4.87M
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).
13. Boy Culture (2006)
Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Romance
A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.
Votes: 5,003 | Gross: $0.22M
10 - Quirky story and lots of nice eye-candy throughout. A fun movie to watch.
14. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.
Votes: 116,599 | Gross: $20.81M
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”.
15. Cabaret (1972)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
Votes: 40,173 | Gross: $42.77M
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.
16. Victor Victoria (1982)
PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
Votes: 16,603 | Gross: $21.93M
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.
17. Tidy Endings (1988 TV Movie)
53 min | Drama
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.
18. You I Love (2004)
83 min | Comedy, Romance
On their first anniversary, Vera comes home to discover her boyfriend Tim in bed with another man.
Votes: 824 | Gross: $0.06M
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.
19. Another Country (1984)
PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.
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?
20. Beautiful Thing (1996)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.
Votes: 20,078 | Gross: $1.50M
9 - One of the better 'coming of age' stories if you can handle the thick accents.
21. The Bubble (2006)
Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,974 | Gross: $0.16M
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.
22. Gods and Monsters (1998)
R | 105 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 26,310 | Gross: $6.39M
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).
23. Seoyang-goldong-yanggwajajeom Aentikeu (2008)
107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
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.
24. Dong gong xi gong (1996)
90 min | Drama
In China, homosexuality isn't illegal, but homosexuals are routinely persecuted by police and arrested for "hooliganism". The film focuses on a young gay writer A-Lan who, being attracted ... See full summary »
Votes: 815 | Gross: $0.05M
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.
25. Tales of the City (1993– )
Unrated | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is A Man I Dreamt Up).
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.
26. Yossi & Jagger (2002)
R | 65 min | Drama, Romance, War
Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.
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.
27. Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san (2005)
124 min | Comedy, Fantasy
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.
28. Yong jiu ju liu (2009)
115 min | Drama, Romance
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.
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.
29. Parting Glances (1986)
90 min | Drama, Music, Romance
As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,365 | Gross: $0.54M
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".
30. Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
An affluent New York couple finds their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.
Votes: 17,655 | Gross: $6.41M
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). oracleofbacon.org Powered by imdb.com!
31. 8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)
R | 80 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 1,173 | Gross: $0.10M
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?)
32. Just Friends? (2010)
29 min | Short, Drama, Romance
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'.
9 - I wish there were more films put out in Asia like this one. A wonderful 'feel-good' piece.
33. Quemar las naves (2007)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama
Eugenia is a former pop singer who is bedridden and dying of cancer. Her 19 year old daughter Helena dreams of traveling the world and learns foreign languages at home and wishes she could ... See full summary »
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.
34. Law of Desire (1987)
NC-17 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project.
9 - Classic Almodóvar. While virtually every Almodóvar movie has something gay in it this and Bad Education peak highest on the homo-meter.
35. Burnt Money (2000)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 5,499 | Gross: $0.24M
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).
36. Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
Unrated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Swedish gay couple adopt what they think is an 18-month-old orphan, only to meet their new son, a 15-year-old homophobic delinquent.
Votes: 8,217 | Gross: $0.06M
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.
37. In & Out (1997)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.
Votes: 34,290 | Gross: $63.86M
9 - This and "Death at a Funeral" are classic Frank Oz. Stellar cast, hilarious story, priceless.
American Experience (1988– )
TV-MA | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History
This documentary, part of American Experience (1988) series, examines the events leading up to what is now seen as the defining moment in the establishment of the gay rights movement in the... See full summary »
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.
39. The Crying Game (1992)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.
Votes: 44,638 | Gross: $62.55M
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.
40. Clapham Junction (2007 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A chronicle of 36 hours in the lives of a number of interconnected gay men in Clapham, South London.
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.
41. Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
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.
42. Waterboys (2001)
91 min | Comedy, Sport
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".
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.
43. Gohatto (1999)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller
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.
Votes: 6,373 | Gross: $0.05M
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...
44. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 12,009 | Gross: $17.04M
9 - William Hurt and Raul Julia own this jail-house drama based on the Tony award winning play - Classic.
45. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Unrated | 98 min | Documentary
Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.
Votes: 26,178 | Gross: $0.30M
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.
46. Voor een verloren soldaat (1992)
Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War
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.
Votes: 3,896 | Gross: $0.39M
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.
47. Bad Education (2004)
NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
Votes: 48,837 | Gross: $5.21M
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!
48. Farewell My Concubine (1993)
R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.
Votes: 19,988 | Gross: $5.22M
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.
49. Dang wo men tong zai yi qi (2006)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Shin and Hung are close buddies, but gradually Shin started to have feelings for Hung. Hung decided to join a gay beauty contest in order to gain USD 300,000 prize to pay his girlfriend's ... See full summary »
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!
50. Sheng xia guang nian (2006)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance
Two best friends Shane and Jonathan learn more about themselves in an ever evolving sexuality.
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.
51. Beautiful Boxer (2004)
Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.
Votes: 2,923 | Gross: $0.00M
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.
52. Latter Days (2003)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.
Votes: 15,423 | Gross: $0.82M
8 - It starts out very predicable but is surprisingly good in the end. Watch this one after you've seen "Prayers for Bobby".
53. Rak haeng Siam (2007)
Not Rated | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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.
8 - I think Viaradar on here said it best in his review: "Beautiful Thing" á la Thai; worth watching but too long.
54. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
Votes: 11,712 | Gross: $2.45M
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.
55. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Votes: 60,330 | Gross: $0.70M
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.
Great Performances (1971– )
The Lost Language of Cranes
87 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
57. Paris Is Burning (1990)
R | 71 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 6,367 | Gross: $3.78M
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.
58. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
R | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,905 | Gross: $1.65M
8 - Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, gay story... Hello? Of course it's superb.
59. Ai no kotodama (2008)
72 min | Drama, Romance
Ootani and Tachibana have been inseparable since high school. Now that they're in college, they live together, they're happy and everything seems prefect. But their little world is ... See full summary »
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.
60. Boys Love (2006 Video)
90 min | Drama
Mr. Aio is a teacher at an all boys boarding school, and when his boyfriend breaks up with him he gets over her by having sex, with a guy. The guy he has sex with is a new student at the ... See full synopsis »
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.
61. A Very Natural Thing (1974)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
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.
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.
62. Beonjijeompeureul hada (2001)
107 min | Drama, Romance
Two soulmates find each other only to be torn apart by tragedy. However, not even death can keep them apart...but can destiny?
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?
63. Get Real (1998)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.
Votes: 11,266 | Gross: $1.20M
Warm hearted and well done. Great script and performances.
64. Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.
8 - Currently, this and Antonio's Secret are the ONLY Filipino gay movies I recommend.
65. Milk (I) (2008)
R | 128 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Votes: 147,478 | Gross: $31.84M
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).
66. All Over the Guy (2001)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
"All Over The Guy" is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one" doesn't know he's the "one." It explores the unlikely pairing of two 20-somethings ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,093 | Gross: $1.01M
8 - I enjoy how the best friends on both sides work together.
67. The Mudge Boy (2003)
R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »
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.
68. Like Grains of Sand (1995)
129 min | Drama, Romance
The movie is built around the very complex relationships between Yoshida, leaving Shimizu for Aihara (or at least he tries to), and his friend Ito, whose love for Yoshida seems to have ... See full summary »
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.
69. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)
Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, Romance
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.
Votes: 4,170 | Gross: $0.31M
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?"
70. Sordid Lives (2000)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Romance
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."
Votes: 2,535 | Gross: $1.11M
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'.
71. Heartbeats (2010)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance
The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.
Votes: 22,026 | Gross: $0.06M
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".
72. The Hanging Garden (1997)
R | 91 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 2,648 | Gross: $0.93M
8 - There's nothing like going home to make the most interesting person go insane. Eclectic characters and writing, but certainly fun and interesting.
73. It's My Party (1996)
R | 110 min | Drama
"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations... See full summary »
Votes: 2,460 | Gross: $0.62M
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.
74. Wang-ui namja (2005)
119 min | Drama, History
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.
8 - Some people have argued that this is not a gay story/relationship. I will argue back. A bit melodramatic at times.
75. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 4,646 | Gross: $2.08M
8 - This wound up being different than I expected, but it was a pleasant surprise.
76. En forelskelse (2008)
39 min | Short, Drama
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. On a weekend in their summerhouse it turns out... See full summary »
8 - You know where this one is going since it's on this list. My favorite cross-generational gay story.
77. Breakfast with Scot (2007)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
The hockey career of former Toronto Maple Leaf Eric McNally, who was known as a tough enforcer, came to an end with a shoulder injury. He is now a sportscaster. Except to his assistant Nula... See full summary »
Votes: 2,668 | Gross: $0.05M
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.
78. Death at a Funeral (2007)
R | 87 min | Comedy
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
Votes: 96,456 | Gross: $8.58M
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. ;)
79. Ang lihim ni Antonio (2008)
117 min | Crime, Drama
Adolescent curiosities and sexual explorations of a 15-year-old boy named Antonio who's just coming to terms with his sexuality. Through Antonio's mother and friends, we get an interesting ... See full summary »
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.
80. Ssang-hwa-jeom (2008)
133 min | Drama, History, Romance
A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.
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.
81. The Curiosity of Chance (2006)
98 min | Comedy
A confident, out-of-the-closet gay teenager has the support of an eclectic range of friends while dealing with a homophobic bully during his first year at an international high school.
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.
82. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.
Votes: 83,582 | Gross: $2.04M
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.
83. 17 sui de tian kong (2004)
88 min | Comedy, Romance
A gay teenager falls for an architect after moving to the city to find a summer job.
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
84. Boys Love 2 (2007)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama
An erotic cat and mouse game set in an all-boys' prep school.
8 - If you love someone, is it justifiable to manipulate them to force a relationship? Stars Atsumi Kanno from "Boys Love".
85. Big Eden (2000)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town.
Votes: 3,596 | Gross: $0.51M
8 - I don't know why, but I always think of "Baghdad Cafe" when I see this movie with it's feel-good vibe.
86. Coffee Date (2006)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance
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?
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.
87. Transamerica (2005)
R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.
Votes: 37,881 | Gross: $9.02M
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.
88. 46-okunen no koi (2006)
Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy
A visually stylish tale of two male prisoners bonded by emotion, love and murder.
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.
89. Hel-lo-mai-leo-beu (2009)
95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
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.
90. Pusong mamon (1998)
Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy
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. A few weeks later she's expecting and is ready to set ... See full summary »
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.
91. Strapped (2010)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance
A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants.
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.
92. Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991)
55 min | Documentary
Tom of Finland is one of the gay world's few authentic icons. His drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity. Tom's ultimate leather men are known and seen everywhere. They are... See full summary »
Votes: 264 | Gross: $0.11M
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.
93. You'll Get Over It (2002 TV Movie)
Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
When Vincent finds himself a victim of outing in his high school, he must accept to live with the drastic changes it provokes, and redefine his relationships with his friends and family.
Votes: 1,885 | Gross: $0.04M
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.
94. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
R | 102 min | Documentary, History
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.
Votes: 5,480 | Gross: $1.51M
8 - An extraordinary panel of film industry greats discusses the history of gay and lesbian portrayals in cinema history.
95. Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)
81 min | Documentary
A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, from Kenneth Anger's 'Fireworks' to Ang Lee's 'Brokeback ... See full summary »
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."
96. Watercolors (2008)
114 min | Drama, Romance
A story about two classmates - one smart and openly gay and the other school swimming star. They grow as friends and discover their attraction to each other. This story has been told many ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,307 | Gross: $0.01M
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).
97. Go West (2005)
96 min | Comedy, Drama, War
In the nineties the Yugoslavia Federation falls apart in bloody wars. Perpetual student Milan, a Serb from a patriarchal community and Kenan, a Muslim cellist, are a homosexual couple ... See full summary »
8 - How far would you go to protect your lover?
98. Swoon (1992)
Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Drama
The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,387 | Gross: $0.34M
8 - Alfred Hitchcock did a variation of this true story in Rope.
99. Chacun sa nuit (2006)
Unrated | 95 min | Drama
Chacun Sa Nuit explores the carnal interdependencies among a host of characters who live in a town in provincial France. At the center of it all is Pierre (Arthur Dupont), a conceited and ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,133 | Gross: $0.02M
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.
100. Happy Endings (2005)
R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Happy Endings weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictablity of life itself.
Votes: 8,428 | Gross: $1.31M
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.