The Highest Grossing Films Of The 80's And 90's With Homosexual Themes

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1.
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
 
2.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
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A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
3.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. (139 mins.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
In & Out (1997)
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A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
6.
The Crying Game (1992)
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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
 
7.
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
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Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town. (109 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
 
8.
The Object of My Affection (1998)
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A pregnant New York social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
9.
Victor Victoria (1982)
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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life. (132 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
10.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
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A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends. (155 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
11.
Cruising (1980)
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A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men. (102 mins.)
 
12.
Threesome (1994)
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Eddy and Stuart share two-thirds of a dormitory suite. Due to bureaucratic error, a woman named Alex is added to their room... (89 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
 
13.
Chasing Amy (1997)
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Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay. (113 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
14.
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
 
15.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
 
16.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
 
17.
La cage aux folles II (1980)
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Sequel to La Cage aux folles has homosexual nightclub owner Renato and his transvesitite companion/lover... (101 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
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The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
20.
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
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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
 
21.
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
 
22.
Partners (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A straight police detective is unnerved when ordered to go undercover with a gay police clerk, as a couple, to solve a series of murders in the gay community. (93 mins.)
Director: James Burrows
 
23.
The Hunger (1983)
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A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
24.
The Opposite of Sex (1998)
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A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives. (105 mins.)
Director: Don Roos
 
25.
Personal Best (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Towne
 
26.
Three of Hearts (1993)
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After her female lover leaves her, a nurse hires a male escort to seduce the lover and then break her heart so she will return... (102 mins.)
 
27.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
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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
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
Flawless (1999)
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An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door. (112 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
31.
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
 
32.
Bound (1996)
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Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar. (108 mins.)
 
33.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
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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.)
 
34.
Jeffrey (1995)
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Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decided to become celibate. He... (92 mins.)
 
35.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
36.
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
 
37.
Naked Lunch (1991)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa. (115 mins.)
 
38.
Desert Hearts (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage... (96 mins.)
Director: Donna Deitch
 
39.
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
40.
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
 
41.
Go Fish (1994)
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Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely... (83 mins.)
Director: Rose Troche
 
42.
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance. (94 mins.)
Director: Maria Maggenti
 
43.
Ma Vie en Rose (1997)
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Ludovic is a transgender girl who is coming out. She talks of marrying her neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it... (88 mins.)
Director: Alain Berliner
 
44.
Wilde (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gilbert
 
45.
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
 
46.
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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.)
 
47.
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Billy is a gay fine-arts photographer who falls in love with straight coffee-shop waiter Gabriel. (92 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
 
48.
Better Than Chocolate (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together... (101 mins.)
Director: Anne Wheeler
 
49.
High Art (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other. (101 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
 
50.
Happy, Texas (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who... (98 mins.)
Director: Mark Illsley
 
51.
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
 
52.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto... (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
53.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age... (95 mins.)
 
54.
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
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
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.)
 
57.
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
 
58.
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
59.
French Twist (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again. (104 mins.)
Director: Josiane Balasko
 
60.
Female Perversions (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An ambitious female attorney wallows in excess and meaningless sex with both male and female partners, while dealing with her personal life problems including helping her kleptomaniac sister. (119 mins.)
 
61.
When Night Is Falling (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town. (94 mins.)
Director: Patricia Rozema
 
62.
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
 
63.
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.)
 
64.
Edward II (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings... (87 mins.)
Director: Derek Jarman
 
65.
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
 
66.
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
 
67.
Wigstock: The Movie (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Documentary/Concert film covering the annual Drag festival in New York City. Highlights include a performance by drag diva... (85 mins.)
Director: Barry Shils
 
68.
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
 
69.
Bar Girls (1994)
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(93 mins.)
Director: Marita Giovanni
 
70.
Love & Human Remains (1993)
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Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of... (100 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
71.
Boys Life 2 (1997)
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Compilation of four short films about homoerotic situations involving young men. Tom DeCerchio directed "Nunzio's Second Cousin"... (74 mins.)
 
72.
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
 
73.
Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul... (94 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
 
74.
I Think I Do (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A screwball comedy about a gay couple at a straight couple's wedding. (90 mins.)
Director: Brian Sloan
 
75.
La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Third and final version of the La Cage aux Folles series has Renato's drag queen lover Albin learning... (87 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
76.
Total Eclipse (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle. (111 mins.)
 
77.
Happy Together (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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
 
78.
Lilies (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago... (95 mins.)
Director: John Greyson
 
79.
The Doom Generation (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts. (83 mins.)
Director: Gregg Araki
 
80.
Beefcake (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This film looks at the 1950's muscle men's magazines and the representative industry that were popular supposedly as health and fitness magazines... (97 mins.)
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
 
81.
Hollow Reed (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody... (104 mins.)
Director: Angela Pope
 
82.
Lie Down with Dogs (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Tommie is a young guy in Manhattan with a dead-end job handing out fliers in Times Square. At the beginning of a fateful summer... (84 mins.)
Director: Wally White
 
83.
Zero Patience (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The ghost of Zero - "patient zero", who allegedly first brought aids to Canada - materialises and tries to contact old friends... (97 mins.)
Director: John Greyson
 
84.
Man of the Year (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Mockumentary look at Playgirl Magazine centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine that he is gay... (86 mins.)
Director: Dirk Shafer
 
85.
Latin Boys Go to Hell (1997)
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A cute, openly gay latin boy's hormones go into overdrive when his hunky cousin (Angel) arrives for an extended stay... (71 mins.)
Director: Ela Troyano
 
86.
Butterfly Kiss (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Eunice is walking along the highways of northern England from one filling station to another. She is searching for Judith... (88 mins.)
 
87.
Finding North (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Screwball romance involving a woman (Makkena) who gets fired from her job as a bank teller when her... (95 mins.)
Director: Tanya Wexler
 
88.
Midnight Dancers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Three young and good-looking brothers live with and support their parents in Manila; they dance at the... (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Chionglo
 
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90.
Stolen Moments (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
1947, in Patagonia, in a little village on the seaside. An abandoned house on the beach shelters Letty's dreams... (100 mins.)
 
91.
Out of the Past (1998 Documentary)
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In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story... (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Dupre