GAY FAVORITE TOP OLD MOVIE CLASSICS BEFORE 2000 - LGBT

Glenn's Favorite Gay Themed Movies before the New Millennium, that I've actually seen. N.B. RANKED IN IMBb MOVIEmeter ORDER - You can change how you view it.

Please see my other list for: GAY FAVORITE TOP NEW MOVIE CLASSICS AFTER 2000.

Not all on this list are my Favorite - but are still worth a watch and a placing.

Like Str8 Hollywood - there's good, bad and the ugly in Queenywood also. Remember, not too long ago, before the 80's & 90's - in films, as in life: we either despised/and or killed ourselves; someone killed, or bashed us; we got HIV, or died of AIDS; were made fun of, or a mockery; or all of the above.

Thanks, to a few ground-breaking early films, or later Mainstream, with well known stars - otherwise we would've never had the late 90's New Gay Wave, where these films were made not just by, or for the pink dollar anymore, but bigger studios and budgets. OK, there's a lot of cheap quality, "indies", or studio stuff full of stereotypes, but some still have a passible plot, or something worthy to say. Im sure many a gay director, or producer had to mortgage their house to fund and suffer for their art. Hollywood mainstream makes movies solely to make money by targeting the majority audiences - it's a business, which people seem forget. Support the independent films, because they started it all for any minority groups, but with smaller budgets.

There's a few good gay directors, etc, that stick with the gay genre and don't sell out. It maybe lack of talent, timing, or luck for some, but not all - like Michael D. Akers & Rob Williams, to name but a few.

Matthew Montgomery, (MM) is a handsome gay actor, who can act and has been in many of the 2 directors above's films. He started out looking for str8 work, but mainly got queer - so stayed there and now is involved with producing and directing it as well.

MM is to gay 00 film, as to what Lindsay Wagner was to 80's Romance TV movies and miniseries.

Yes, it's a LGBT list, but sorry Lady Gays, or Dykes, there's no Strictly Lesbian Only. Get off your bike and please start your own Lesbo List. You may convert me and others to watch a few, if we only knew about them!?

A good start is: The Children's Hour, 1961.

I'm slowly in the process of adding my own comments, reviews, ratings, new movies I watch daily, etc. It's new, as of 22/02/2012, so pls be patient.

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About what you think of my list; trivia or goss; any good, new LGBT you've seen lately and what your own TOP 10, or 20 Faves are?***


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Im single, 45 YO bear, live in Melbourne, Australia.

Have travelled to many places in these films.

Besides LGBT - im a big Hitchcock and OZ, or Aussie movie fan.

Pls enjoy - Cheers Glenn
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1.
Rope (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ Classic Hitchcock with subtle gay theme, that was pushed as far as it could go in 1948. Like with Psycho, he left in a few bits that weren't important, but knew the censors would want removed and thus, distracted them from noticing important bits, that they would've insisted be removed - which were left in. Some say James Stewart was miscast as this character, who was a closet gay, but while it went against role type - he was still convincing.

Was filmed in continuous, reel length takes of 20 mins, with a moving set ” - gas6666
 
2.
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.)
“ Must see gay UK coming of age film - A Classic Gem ” - gas6666
 
3.
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
“ Must see gay UK coming of age film - A Classic Gem ” - gas6666
 
4.
Apartment Zero (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates... (124 mins.)
Director: Martin Donovan
“ Two handsome male leads, a mixed, interesting plot. Colin Firth has played 3 very convincing gay character roles. ” - gas6666
 
5.
For a Lost Soldier (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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.)
“ Must see gay Dutch coming of age film - A Classic Gem

A forbidden subject handled neutrally, in an innocent way, seen through the boy's eyes about the end of WW2 and a sexual love with an older soldier. A beautiful movie, based on a true story.

If you see this movie, before you intend to read the book it was based on - be prepared to see the handsome soldier in a different light.

This movie stirred up a lot of unrelated, but similar gay feelings in me, in a powerful, thought provoking way, about my life as a child, teenager and grown-up, middle-aged man of 45. A shame there wasn't a gay in the historic 7 Up documentaries. ” - gas6666
 
6.
The Boys in the Band (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party. (118 mins.)
“ Classic iconic, ground breaking film, based on stage play, with same cast. Shows us worts and all. ” - gas6666
 
7.
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.)
“ Must see realistic, adult gay coming of age film.
Classic iconic, ground breaking film. ” - gas6666
 
8.
Maurice (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
“ Must see UK gay coming of age, through to adult film - A Classic Gem ” - gas6666
 
9.
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
“ OZ classic that others followed ” - gas6666
 
10.
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
“ Historic Gem ” - gas6666
 
11.
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town. (109 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
“ Copied OZ, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994),
but still different enough and good in its own right. ” - gas6666
 
12.
Victim (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself... (90 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
“ Must see UK early gay film - A Classic Gem ” - gas6666
 
13.
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian. (85 mins.)
Director: Jamie Babbit
“ LGBT mixed bag ” - gas6666
 
14.
Bent (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny... (105 mins.)
Director: Sean Mathias
 
15.
Philadelphia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a man with AIDS 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
 
16.
The Sum of Us (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right." (100 mins.)
 
17.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
 
18.
Head On (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters. (104 mins.)
Director: Ana Kokkinos
 
19.
And the Band Played On (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it. (141 mins.)
 
20.
The Living End (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Luke is a gay hustler. Jon is a movie critic. Both are HIV positive. They go on a hedonistic, dangerous journey, their motto "Fuck the world". (81 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
21.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ Only a whiff of gay characters - unless you count the hustler sex. You can see where Angie got her looks from her dad, Jon Voight, also cute and good in Deliverance - how could the hick rape Ned Beatty instead - enough to make you squeal like a fag, i mean pig, lol ” - gas6666
 
22.
Midnight Express (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. (121 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Only a whiff of gay characters - unless you count the prison rape sex. Worth it for Brad Davis - Still debated if he was Str8, Bi or Gay, or died of AIDS from I/V drug use? One of a few good prison films. ” - gas6666
 
23.
Longtime Companion (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s. (96 mins.)
Director: Norman René
“ One of the First few better Mainstream Hollywood films to tackle gays, love and AIDS ” - gas6666
 
24.
Butch Camp (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Closeted young gay man gets fed up with being pushed around and signs up for "Butch Camp", a macho-training boot camp run by a very butch lesbian. (101 mins.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Children's Hour (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians. (108 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
27.
An Early Frost (1985 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young lawyer hasn't told his parents about his homosexuality. Now he must tell them--at a time when the diagnosis was still a death sentence--that he has AIDS. (95 mins.)
Director: John Erman
 
28.
The Birdcage (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
29.
Kiss Me, Guido (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Warren has an extra room in his apartment (and is five months behind on the rent) after his lover moves out... (86 mins.)
Director: Tony Vitale
 
30.
Priest (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover... (105 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird
 
31.
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
 
32.
Edge of Seventeen (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends. (99 mins.)
Director: David Moreton
 
33.
Dona Herlinda and Her Son (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Rodolfo (Trevino) is a young bachelor doctor who has a love affair with a younger music student, Ramon (Meza)... (90 mins.)
 
34.
Regular Guys (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Christoph, cop and self-confident macho, has trouble with his fiance. After a long night he wakes up in the arms of Edgar... (102 mins.)
Director: Rolf Silber
 
35.
The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991. (99 mins.)
Director: David R. Bowen
 
36.
Stonewall (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement. (99 mins.)
Director: Nigel Finch
 
37.
Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York... (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Mantello
 
38.
Streamers (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
39.
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