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1.
Keep the Lights On (2012)
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In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself. (101 mins.)
Director: Ira Sachs
“ This is this year's Weekend. Because we only get one. ” - luciamad
 
2.
North Sea Texas (2011)
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A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on a boy who lives nearby. (94 mins.)
Director: Bavo Defurne
“ Haven't seen this yet, but it's one I heard about recently. The trailer looks good. ” - luciamad
 
3.
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
“ One of my favorites from one of my favorite directors. It's pretty depressing, but also pretty awesome. Also, it's as much about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as the couple. Still, so good. ” - luciamad
 
4.
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
“ Also haven't seen this yet, but it's one I know a lot of people adore. Also, I think it's that rare one that doesn't have a depressing ending. ” - luciamad
 
5.
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.)
“ Another I haven't seen, but again, heard good things. And generally if you go foreign you get better queer movies. ” - luciamad
 
6.
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
“ It's been a while, but I remember liking it. I also remember the end being a little weird. Can't remember how it was weird though. It's not depressing, I remember that. ” - luciamad
 
7.
Lilies (1996)
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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
“ Another favorite and another weird, depressing one. It's very arty, and Canadian. The Canadian's are weird. Great love story though. ” - luciamad
 
8.
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
“ And another favorite. Not as depressing as some, but still a little depressing. But these two have some fantastic chemistry. ” - luciamad
 
9.
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
“ Another favorite. Less depressing than you'd expect for a movie set in the time period it's set in. Also, Rupert Graves, while still pretty hot, was sinfully hot when he was young. ” - luciamad
 
10.
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.)
“ The 90s were such a good time for queer cinema. ” - luciamad
 
11.
Beautiful People (2008 TV Series)
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The story of the flamboyant and ambitious 14-year-old Simon Doonan, who has dreams that stretch beyond his hometown of Reading.
“ If you can find it, this show is really sweet and funny. I should probably just do a separate tv list for you. TV is, in some ways, better than film at diversity. ” - luciamad
 
12.
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
“ Sad Mormons in love. Bonus Joseph Gordon Levitt! ” - luciamad
 
13.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
“ Because it's Harvey. ” - luciamad
 
14.
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
“ My dad even loved this movie and my dad doesn't like anything. Other than Tim Gunn. ” - luciamad
 
15.
Brother to Brother (2004)
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A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter. (94 mins.)
Director: Rodney Evans
“ Haven't seen it for a while, but I remember it being really good. ” - luciamad
 
16.
Loggerheads (2005)
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Three overlapping stories of estranged families in three regions of North Carolina. (95 mins.)
Director: Tim Kirkman
“ An overlooked awesome movie. Also depressing. ” - luciamad
 
17.
Wild Reeds (1994)
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In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends... (110 mins.)
“ Another I haven't seen in ages, but remember being good. ” - luciamad
 
18.
Come Undone (2000)
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Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys. (98 mins.)
“ Another favorite...and French...and depressing. ” - luciamad
 
19.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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A transsexual 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.)
“ Because if you haven't seen this you need to. But you probably have. ” - luciamad
 
20.
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
“ Kind of a classic. Sweet and not depressing! Oh the 90s. ” - luciamad
 
21.
Heartbeats (2010)
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The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle. (101 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ Haven't seen this yet, but I'm intrigued by the kid who made/stars in this. Canadian, of course, and a curious fellow. ” - luciamad
 
22.
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
“ I'm pretty sure this is the one where parts of it were filmed at Oberlin. At least that was the rumor when I was there. Pretty good, not depressing. ” - luciamad
 
23.
Nico and Dani (2000)
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A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings. (91 mins.)
Director: Cesc Gay
“ Don't remember much about this one other than it being good. I think Rob actually recommended this one to me so you may have already seen it. ” - luciamad
 
24.
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
“ So depressing, but so good and gorgeous. ” - luciamad
 
25.
Burnt Money (2000)
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Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down. (125 mins.)
“ Again, depressing, but I love it anyway. So tragic and beautiful. Two things I adore. ” - luciamad
 
26.
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.)
“ So much funnier than it probably should have been. Or maybe it was should have been hilarious, but with all the drama surrounding it's release, I started to think it wouldn't hold up to the hype. It did. Really funny and weirdly sweet. ” - luciamad
 
27.
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
“ Been a while, but again, remember liking. It's one I've watched more than once. ” - luciamad
 
28.
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
“ Another depressing favorite. Actually, in the end it's kind of hopeful. And JGL again. That kid is so good. It's just a great movie. ” - luciamad
 
29.
The Fluffer (2001)
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A young man employed as a fluffer in the adult entertainment industry finds himself falling for a gay-for-pay porn star whose hedonistic lifestyle may lead them both to destruction. (95 mins.)
“ You're probably not going to find this one, but if you do it's awesome. Excellent commentary on gaze and desire and what watching does to you. Such a delicious subject/object relationship in this one. ” - luciamad
 
30.
The Living End (1992)
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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
“ And early New Queer Cinema classic. And another I haven't seen, but have heard about. It's the same director as Mysterious Skin. I love how that guy has managed to hold onto his indie film mentality. ” - luciamad
 
31.
Wilby Wonderful (2004)
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A day-in-the-life dark comedy concerning a group of islanders, their respective secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly. (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel MacIvor
“ Ignore the cover, it's miles better than the cover. It's an ensemble movie and one of the storylines follows a slowly unfolding, sweet gay love story. ” - luciamad
 
32.
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
“ Another one you just need to see if you haven't. ” - luciamad
 
33.
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
“ And another I haven't seen, but from what I've heard it's not depressing, a little domestic, and pretty good. ” - luciamad