AfterElton's Top 50 Favourite Gay Movies (2010)

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1.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
2.
Milk (2008)
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The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
3.
Shelter (2007)
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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother. (97 mins.)
Director: Jonah Markowitz
 
4.
Beautiful Thing (1996)
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In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed. (90 mins.)
 
5.
Latter Days (2003)
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A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe. (107 mins.)
Director: C. Jay Cox
 
6.
A Single Man (2009)
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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
 
7.
Maurice (1987)
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After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
8.
Were the World Mine (2008)
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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
 
9.
Big Eden (2000)
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Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town. (118 mins.)
Director: Thomas Bezucha
 
10.
Get Real (1998)
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A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love. (108 mins.)
Director: Simon Shore
 
11.
Trick (1999)
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The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan. (89 mins.)
Director: Jim Fall
 
12.
Mysterious Skin (2004)
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth. (105 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
13.
Longtime Companion (1989)
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The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s. (96 mins.)
Director: Norman René
 
14.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
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Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold... (120 mins.)
Director: Paul Bogart
 
15.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
 
16.
Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
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A Swedish gay couple adopt what they think is an 18-month-old orphan, only to meet their new son, a 15-year-old homophobic delinquent. (103 mins.)
Director: Ella Lemhagen
 
17.
Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)
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True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons. (90 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
18.
Just a Question of Love (2000 TV Movie)
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After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay. (88 mins.)
Director: Christian Faure
 
19.
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)
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As Noah and Wade prepare to marry in Martha's Vineyard, the personal problems of their friends - and the unexpected arrival of rapper Baby Gat - threatens to permanently end their relationship. (101 mins.)
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk
 
20.
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
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An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
21.
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)
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In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday... (94 mins.)
Director: Greg Berlanti
 
22.
Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series)
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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (352 mins.)
 
23.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. (95 mins.)
 
24.
I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
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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.)
 
25.
Summer Storm (2004)
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A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other. (98 mins.)
 
26.
Philadelphia (1993)
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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
 
27.
Shortbus (2006)
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A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality. (101 mins.)
 
28.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
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C.R.A.Z.Y. Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness - that's the premise of "C.R.A.Z.Y", a family drama unlike any other. (127 mins.)
 
29.
Parting Glances (1986)
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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
 
30.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way. (104 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
31.
All Over the Guy (2001)
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"All Over The Guy" is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one"... (95 mins.)
Director: Julie Davis
 
32.
Love Songs (2007)
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A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris. (91 mins.)
 
33.
The Boys in the Band (1970)
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Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party. (118 mins.)
 
34.
The Birdcage (1996)
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A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
35.
Boy Culture (2006)
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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
 
36.
Yossi & Jagger (2002)
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Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border. (65 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
37.
Making Love (1982)
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A successful young L.A. doctor and his equally successful television-producer wife find their happily-ever-after... (113 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
38.
The Trip (2002)
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When 19-year-old gay-rights activist Tommy and 24-year-old Alan first meet in 1973, they find themselves on the opposite sides of the political coin... (95 mins.)
Director: Miles Swain
 
39.
Eating Out (2004)
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After getting dumped by his slutty girlfriend, Caleb falls in love with Gwen. However, thanks to Caleb's roommate, Gwen thinks he's gay and sets him up with her roommate, Marc. (90 mins.)
Director: Q. Allan Brocka
 
40.
Mambo Italiano (2003)
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The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay. (88 mins.)
 
41.
The Bubble (2006)
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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
 
42.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
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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
 
43.
Edge of Seventeen (1998)
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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
 
44.
Jeffrey (1995)
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Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decides to become celibate. He... (92 mins.)
 
45.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
46.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. (124 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
47.
The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary)
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. (102 mins.)
 
48.
Redwoods (2009)
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An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer visiting the Redwoods Country. (82 mins.)
Director: David Lewis
 
49.
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
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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
 
50.
Priest (1994)
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Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover... (105 mins.)
Director: Antonia Bird