chronological list of LGBT-themed films, 1919-1989, with notes

Since quite a few people seem to use this list for reference, I'm revamping and upgrading it into two halves. It's got a long way to go so bear with me. I'm only listing films with a recognizable LGBT angle, not exploitative ones or those where it's a matter of interpretation.

I couldn't add the following titles even though they're on IMDb: "Nights in black Leather" (1973) is narcissist Peter Berlin's most famous blue movie and very telling as to how ancient certain fetishes are. "Köçek" (1975) is a transgender love story in Istanbul (!) with a big Turkish star of the time, Müjde Ar.
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1.
Different from the Others (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn. (50 mins.)
Director: Richard Oswald
“ First ever gay-themed film starring Conrad Veidt (of 'Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' and 'Casablanca' fame). Conceived by sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld to push for legalization, it led to the reintroduction of film censorship in post-WWI Germany. ” - Radu_A
 
2.
Salomé (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Salome, the daughter of Herodias, seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a salacious dance... (72 mins.)
Director: Charles Bryant
“ Was infamously filmed with an all-gay cast, even though that is a matter of contention. Quite obviously very camp, with a number of performers in drag. ” - Radu_A
 
3.
Michael (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Triangle story: painter, his young male model, unscrupulous princess. (93 mins.)
Director: Carl-Th. Dreyer
“ Carl Theodor Dreyer's adaptation of gay writer Herman Bang's novel could be regarded as the first gay-themed narrative film. Contributed to harsher censorship laws banning the subject for decades. ” - Radu_A
 
4.
Geschlecht in Fesseln (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young man is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a term in prison. There he forms a close relationship with his cellmate and upon his release his wife is concerned as to how prison has changed the man she married. (107 mins.)
“ first film about gender confusion in jail considers homosexuality an affliction and could thereby pass strengthened censorship laws ” - Radu_A
 
5.
Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences. (88 mins.)
“ first film to touch female homosexuality in a surprisingly overt way and allowing for genuine emotions; could pass German censorship laws because only male homosexuality was penalized. The remake of 1958 is more famous but also more ambivalent. ” - Radu_A
 
6.
Lot in Sodom (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies... (28 mins.)
“ released on DVD with 'Salomé' (1923), 'Lot in Sodom' has clear gay subtext, although it is essentially an experimental retelling quite faithful to the Biblical story. ” - Radu_A
 
7.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ with the production code, gay subtext vanished, but many '40s crime films feature presumably homosexual villains, few as obvious as Clifton Webb's Waldo Lydecker, who unlike others isn't portrayed in a defamatory way. ” - Radu_A
 
8.
Fireworks (1947 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Depicts a dream sequence about the brutal rape and torture of Anger himself (as a teenager) by a group of sailors on the street (after trying to pick one of them up). (20 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
“ homoerotic experimental no-budget film led to Kenneth Anger's arrest on obscenity charges and, eventually, a Supreme Court ruling declaring the film to be art. ” - Radu_A
 
9.
Thirst (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A needy couple in a bad marriage travel back to Stockholm after a trip to Italy. Meanwhile, a widow resists seductions from two different persons - her psychiatrist and a lesbian friend. (83 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman often touched female homosexuality, but rarely as overtly as in this early piece. ” - Radu_A
 
10.
A Song of Love (1954 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication. (26 mins.)
Director: Jean Genet
“ Jean Genet's only film is the first explicitly homoerotic and was consequently banned from exhibition, most notably in the US in 1966, where it was dismissed as obscene. ” - Radu_A
 
11.
The Pit of Loneliness (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Olivia, an English teenager, arrives at a finishing school in France. The majority of the pupils in... (95 mins.)
“ similar to 'Girls in Uniform', but involving more mystery ” - Radu_A
 
12.
I Vitelloni (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
“ While this film is famous for a lot of reasons, it also features the first obvious homosexual hook-up attempt. ” - Radu_A
 
13.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Many '50s films are said to contain homosexual cyphers as the subject wasn't raised. Sal Mineo as Plato is perhaps most obvious given his real-life homosexuality, but at the time the role made him an idol for (female) teens. ” - Radu_A
 
14.
Tea and Sympathy (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain... (122 mins.)
“ interesting for making it clear that in the '50s, being gay was viewed maybe not as the ultimate sin, but an affliction worse than death ” - Radu_A
 
15.
Bewildered Youth (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Klaus is a young man in post-war Berlin. He is drawn to his friend Manfred and, under the encouragement of their acquaintance... (91 mins.)
Director: Veit Harlan
“ every possible stereotype on homosexuality is exploited here by a disgraced Nazi director desperately craving attention. Still, the aged homosexual luring culturally talented young men into his web of sin is oddly fascinating... John Waters would probably call this the ultimate gay bash 'n trash movie. ” - Radu_A
 
16.
Mädchen in Uniform (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After the death of her parents young girl Manuela von Meinhardis is sent to a boarding school where Prussian drill rules the education... (95 mins.)
Director: Geza Radvanyi
“ remake of the 1931 film tones the Lesbian aspect down but is perhaps more cult for Lilli Palmer's performance. ” - Radu_A
 
17.
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. (114 mins.)
“ while the most overt of Tennessee Williams's stage adaptations in its content owing to Gore Vidal's screenplay, it's the pinnacle of depicting homosexuality as a perverted affliction, and was in fact passed by the MPAA for that very reason. ” - Radu_A
 
18.
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers... (123 mins.)
Director: Ken Hughes
“ first of many films to focus on Wilde's sodomy conviction, it is surprisingly faithful to the trial's records given the time. ” - Radu_A
 
19.
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
“ William Wyler's remake of his earlier adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play (which erased the homosexual element) marks the first 'A' picture in which gay bashing is portrayed as a social evil - while still holding it to be an affliction. ” - Radu_A
 
20.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The moving story of a plain young girl who becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ 'kitchen sink' adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's play features the first clearly positive (i.e. non-tragical) depiction of a gay character in his relationship with Rita Tushingham's main protagonist. ” - Radu_A
 
21.
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
“ first narrative film with homosexuality (with the first use of the actual word) and gay bashing (i. e. blackmail) as the central plot element, with a strong political message towards legalization. ” - Radu_A
 
22.
Billy Budd (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried. (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Ustinov
“ not the first and not the last adaptation but the least ambiguous owing to bisexual Charles Laughton's performance. ” - Radu_A
 
23.
Blonde Cobra (1963 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
A man fondles objects, looks at himself in the mirror, poses in different clothes, smiles and makes... (33 mins.)
Director: Ken Jacobs
“ experimental cross-dressing super-8 movie added to the '1001 films you must watch before you die' list. Personally I don't see why. ” - Radu_A
 
24.
Flaming Creatures (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
With full disturbing and weirdo graphic plus sexual scenes, Flaming Creatures is one of most daring and controversial film of all time, According to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is a comedy in a haunted music studio. (45 mins.)
Director: Jack Smith
“ experimental film full of sexual ambiguity seized upon release in a NYC theater and banned for being obscene. Also on '1001 films you must watch before you die' list for whatever reason. ” - Radu_A
 
25.
The Leather Boys (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend. (108 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ notwithstanding the misleading title which refers to bike gangs, there is an open gay angle in this kitchen sink classic. ” - Radu_A
 
26.
Love Meetings (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex: he asks children where babies come from... (90 mins.)
“ oddly, Pasolini's only film in which he directly addresses homosexuality - in a broader context - is this fascinating documentary in which he asks people about their views on sex ” - Radu_A
 
27.
Scorpio Rising (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic... (28 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
“ Anger's biker fetish experimental film caused controversy in spite of complete lack of subject matter and led to another obscenity trial, ruled in his favor. That doesn't make it any less non-sequitur. ” - Radu_A
 
28.
Swastika (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A childless housewife falls in love with a beautiful model. (91 mins.)
“ again a very misleading title (Manji refers to the Buddhist symbol) for perhaps the first openly erotic Lesbian love story. ” - Radu_A
 
29.
This Special Friendship (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP tells of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire... (100 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
“ adaptation of Roger Peyrefitte's novel features a first gay coming-of-age story featuring actual minors. Peyrefitte met his longtime companion on the set who was one of the extras (and 12 years old at the time). ” - Radu_A
 
30.
My Hustler (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Filmed on Fire Island, this two reel, 70 minute Warhol film covers the activities of the "Dial A Hustler" service... (79 mins.)
“ primitive like most of Warhol's films, this one is probably the most contemporarily significant as it points out how long many gay assets and clichés have been around. ” - Radu_A
 
31.
Winter Kept Us Warm (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Its the 1960s at the University of Toronto. Doug is a well-liked senior with an equally popular girlfriend... (81 mins.)
Director: David Secter
“ low-budget gay romance was lightyears ahead of its time and the first Canadian film invited to Cannes ” - Radu_A
 
32.
Young Torless (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates... (90 mins.)
“ I'm at odds whether one can truly call this adaptation of Robert Musil's novella gay-related, it's more of a social portrait (read my review if you like), but it does highlight the psychological association of homosexual acts with (criminal) degeneration, and shows where this misconception may have originated. ” - Radu_A
 
33.
Bike Boy (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Joe Spencer, a member of a motorcycle gang, is taking a shower. After his bout with personal hygiene... (96 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
“ one of Warhol's more obscure outings ” - Radu_A
 
34.
The Boy and the Wind (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Young engineer on holiday gets involved with a boy having a strange relationship with the wind. Their... (104 mins.)
“ very obscure Brazilian one-of-a-kind supernatural social witchhunt drama is a very elegant allegory on perhaps less homosexuals as social outcasts - even though that does figure - but more the tendency to incriminate difference in general. ” - Radu_A
 
35.
The Fox (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Based on D.H. Lawrence's novella about two young women - sickly, chattering Jill Banford and quiet, strong Ellen March - who are trying... (110 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
“ it's a D.H. Lawrence adaptation which means that at the time it was shrouded in infamy for the censors, but actually the rendition of the same-sex relationship is quite tasteful. Lesbians may object to the ending though. ” - Radu_A
 
36.
Portrait of Jason (1967 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The highlights of a 12-hour interview with Aaron Payne, alias Jason Holliday, a former houseboy, would-be cabaret performer... (105 mins.)
Director: Shirley Clarke
“ Shirley Clarke's famous monologue of a gay black hustler could be called the first gay-themed documentary. Albeit simple, it's definitely superior to Warhol's films of the period. ” - Radu_A
 
37.
The Producers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ this can be clearly seen as 'anti-gay' because of the shocking stereotypes, but then again Mel Brooks is all about stereotypes, and everyone gets roasted it his most famous and funniest film. As ludicrous as the gay characters may seem, they're proud and out and therefore a progress to the self-loathing gay characters of yore. ” - Radu_A
 
38.
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post. (108 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ adaptation of Carson McCullers 1941 novel doesn't really succeed in dealing with the topic of repressed homosexuality as overtly as the novel does, but makes for interesting (i.e. odd) viewing since it tries so desperately to conceal what the story is all about. ” - Radu_A
 
39.
Les Biches (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences. (100 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
“ menage à trois between two women and a man is, like so much of Chabrol, sensationalist, shallow and perfectly photographed. Of course, the female couple is bi instead of Lesbian, share and compete the same man... dirty old man's Lesbian fantasy but stylish to the hilt. ” - Radu_A
 
40.
Kuro tokage (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye... (86 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ camp classic starring Yukio Mishima's drag queen lover Akihiro Maruyama as the femme fatale cat burglar. ” - Radu_A
 
41.
The Detective (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a homosexual man. While investigating, he discovers links to official corruption in New York City in this drama that delves into a world of sex and drugs. (114 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ most gays will find the equation of corruption and homosexuality this film insinuates revolting, but it's a good look at the contemporary scene and how closeted and cliché everything was in Stonewall year. ” - Radu_A
 
42.
Flesh (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A man desperate for money and no income, turns prostitute and interplays with a variety of clients and hustlers. (89 mins.)
Director: Paul Morrissey
“ not a gay-themed film per se, it's often included in anthologies owing to lots of full frontal nudity, a background of hustlers, and a scene involving the conversation of two drag queens. It is, however, 8mm quality, badly edited and barely watchable. ” - Radu_A
 
43.
Gates to Paradise (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Some children led a crusade in 1212 to free Jerusalem from Turkish authorities.Two main heroes Nicholas and Stephen use all their might to defeat the enemy. (89 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ not as overt as the novel but close enough in terms of the two male lead's relationship, surprising considering the historical setting. ” - Radu_A
 
44.
The Killing of Sister George (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However... (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Robert Aldrich's adaptation of Frank Marcus' play is the first unmitigated look at a Lesbian relationship, albeit unfortunately taking an inevitably tragic turn. ” - Radu_A
 
45.
Lonesome Cowboys (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Five lonesome cowboys get all hot & bothered at home en the range after confronting Ramona Alvarez and her nurse. (109 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
“ one of the weakest Warhols ” - Radu_A
 
46.
The Sergeant (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A story of a brilliant master sergeant with a great career behind him and transferred to yet another post, his attraction to a younger man eventually overrides him, to a point where his latent homosexuality, finally emerges. (108 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
“ unfortunately rather obscure ” - Radu_A
 
47.
Teorema (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after... (105 mins.)
“ while Pasolini never directed a truly gay-themed film in spite of his homosexuality - which would have been impossible in Italy - many of his films have allusions, this one being the most obvious. His books 'Ali Blue Eyes' and 'Petrolio' are bolder. ” - Radu_A
 
48.
Black Rose (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ the second film starring Akihiro Maruyama as a femme fatale and perhaps the most ravishing portrayal of a drag queen (whose real sex is never mentioned). ” - Radu_A
 
49.
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome. (128 mins.)
“ chock full of gay allusions but uses those as a cheap shock element, therefore considered one of Fellini's few duds. ” - Radu_A
 
50.
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan. (107 mins.)
“ first Transvestite/Transgender-themed film instrumental to establishing an identity for Tokyo's gay underground in the '60s - for instance, the longest-running gay mag was called 'barazoku' = rose tribe, a long-standing synonym for gays. ” - Radu_A
 
51.
The Gay Deceivers (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn't buy it. (97 mins.)
Director: Bruce Kessler
“ rather silly romantic comedy with a gay angle and every imaginable stereotype, it's still somewhat interesting for real-life gay Michael Greer's landlord queen and a surprise ending. ” - Radu_A
 
52.
Hunting Scenes from Bavaria (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Abram returns to his small village and although his repairing skills are needed, people's suspicion about his sexual preferences make his life hard. (88 mins.)
“ not just one of the first New German Cinema films, it's also the first one to address the subject of gay discrimination. ” - Radu_A
 
53.
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.)
“ Oscar-winning hustler portrait with gay subtext strong enough to earn the film an 'X' rating, prompting the MPAA to modify its standards. Its standing with the gay community is so-so owing to the self-loathing aspect of Hoffman's character. ” - Radu_A
 
54.
Staircase (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn... (96 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ mostly vilified for its rampant display of stereotypes, but it's a captivating, if at times horrifying, experience for Burton's and Harrison's attempts at mimicking a relationship. ” - Radu_A
 
55.
Women in Love (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions. (131 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Ken Russell's confusing D.H. Lawrence adaptation highlights the relationship between the male leads, the film's most controversial scene contained the first mainstream shots of male genitalia. ” - Radu_A
 
56.
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.)
“ first film with exclusively gay protagonists is widely considered a milestone in queer cinema, still looks fresh in terms of physical language and banter, and underscores how much of a social development there has been since. ” - Radu_A
 
57.
Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Sloane, a handsome, sexy and completely amoral young man, joins Kath's household as a lodger and proceeds to manipulate her and her brother... (94 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
“ mellowed down version of Joe Orton's famous play, but interesting (in an unpleasant way) for its queasy approach ” - Radu_A
 
58.
The Music Lovers (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy. (123 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ often reviled for its idiosyncratic focus on the self-loathing aspect of Tchaikovsky's homosexuality (and how it drives his wife into nymphomaniac insanity), it still has Richard Chamberlain in his only gay-themed role. ” - Radu_A
 
59.
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Myron Breckinridge is waiting for her sex-change operation while a stoned surgeon stumbles into the operating room... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Sarne
“ drivel with the tenacity to make one of the first male rape scenes in film one giant joke, still interesting to watch for the stereotypes and plot subtexts. And of course there's Welch as a glamour-obsessed post-op trans. Trashy but essential. ” - Radu_A
 
60.
Something for Everyone (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Konrad, a handsome country boy in post-war Austria, charms his way into a butler position at the castle of a widowed countess that lost her fortune... (112 mins.)
Director: Harold Prince
“ involves (once again) a manipulative bisexual young man sneaking his way into the upper class by sex - portraying homosexuality as high society depravity. Interesting because it feels so anachronistic. ” - Radu_A
 
61.
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide. (87 mins.)
Director: Harry Kümel
“ The Lesbian vampire shtick is of course clearly exploitative and hardly an expression of sexual liberation, but this particular film is heavily symbolic and easily the classiest of the genre. ” - Radu_A
 
62.
Death in Venice (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... (130 mins.)
“ Visconti's adaptation is arguably the most artistic rendition of Platonic homo-eroticism. Read Björn Andresen's remarks on the shoot on the title page, though - it wasn't easy to be the boy who played Tadzio. ” - Radu_A
 
63.
The Decameron (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron". (112 mins.)
“ features one humoristic gay-themed episode, but as always Pasolini carefully avoids any realistic approach to the subject. ” - Radu_A
 
64.
Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The young, naive Smitty is sent to prison for six months; Cathy, his girlfriend, watches as he disappears behind the bars and barbed wire... (102 mins.)
Director: Harvey Hart
“ adaptation of John Herbert's play with strong homoerotic (rape) imagery and a great Michael Greer as prison 'Queeny' - a part which might have inspired the Rocky Horror Picture Show ” - Radu_A
 
65.
The Friends (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Gérard Blain
“ naturalistic description of a man-boy relationship which could be interpreted as disturbing these days, but in the 70s sensitivities were obviously different - that's probably pretty much what it was like, and - who knows? - still is in conservative societies. ” - Radu_A
 
66.
“ Rosa von Praunheim's first and most famous take on gay life in West Germany just after it was decriminalized; the narrative text is still the most poignant critique of gay life after four decades - for that you'll have to forgive abysmal acting. His autobiography 'Sex and Career', which has much of the narrative script, is better. ” - Radu_A
 
67.
The Murdered House (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Newly wed arrives at her husband's family house, in the country. The heavy atmosphere of the house frightens her... (103 mins.)
“ adaptation of one of those Latin American family chronicles which make such good reads, it's remarkable for portraying its gay characters as integral personalities rather than stereotypes (although there's a good deal of flamboyance) ” - Radu_A
 
68.
Pink Narcissus (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An erotic poem set in the fantasies of a young male prostitute. (65 mins.)
Director: Anonymous
“ Bidgood's glamour kitsch celebrating male beauty had a lasting influence on gay art, especially the photographers Pierre et Gilles. ” - Radu_A
 
69.
Some of My Best Friends Are (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
It's Christmas Eve 1971 in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, and the regulars of the local gay bar "The Blue Jay" are celebrating... (110 mins.)
Director: Mervyn Nelson
“ bit of a time travel experience available on Youtube ” - Radu_A
 
70.
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same... (110 mins.)
“ love triangle with a successful, less tragical gay character than in Schlesinger's previous film 'Midnight Cowboy'. ” - Radu_A
 
71.
Villain (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray... (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Tuchner
“ many people know of Burton's gay performance in 'Staircase', fewer know of his portrayal of a sadistic gay gangster. It's a horror show of clichés, yet oddly fascinates because of the abusive relation the principal characters have. ” - Radu_A
 
72.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary... (124 mins.)
“ Fassbender's Lesbian love story could be criticized for a good deal of self-loathing, but artistically it's one of his best. ” - Radu_A
 
73.
Cabaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ from a gay viewpoint, the brilliant adaptation of Isherwood's most famous book is more interesting for how much of the gay content had been left out, while Fosse still found ways to leave it in - namely through Joel Grey's Oscar-winning performance and Michael York's notorious 'confession'. ” - Radu_A
 
74.
I Want What I Want (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A 20-something son of a military officer feels like a woman trapped in a man's body. When he can't hide it anymore he has a fallout with his ladies man father and leaves home. Now what? (91 mins.)
Director: John Dexter
“ First British trans-themed film I'm aware of has the lead performed by a woman and sacrifices character depth to making the subject matter acceptable... but they had to start somewhere. ” - Radu_A
 
75.
Mi querida señorita (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A 43-year-old woman discovers she is actually a man... (80 mins.)
“ first film I know to address transgender seriously - must have caused quite a stir at the times but I have little information about it ” - Radu_A
 
76.
Ludwig (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero... (235 mins.)
“ Visconti's biopic of Bavaria's last king contains his most daring gay imagery, mirroring his relationship with the film's star Helmut Berger. ” - Radu_A
 
77.
Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Story of a gay serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals. (82 mins.)
Director: Ulli Lommel
“ best film of one of the worst directors ever, this Fassbender-written adaptation of notorious cannibal Fritz Haarman is accurate yet sensationalist ” - Radu_A
 
78.
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.)
“ naturalistic portrayal of gay life in NYC, many aspects of which still seem to linger, and a reminder of how the Pride movement started. ” - Radu_A
 
79.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ 'true life better than fiction' - classic tale of a heist gone wrong cannot really be called gay-themed because that's just a twist to real-life John Wojtowicz's story, but one can argue that it's remarkable that Warner Bros. didn't supress that story element. ” - Radu_A
 
80.
Fox and His Friends (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Working class and middle-upper class worlds come together in this interesting look at class conflict... (123 mins.)
“ Fassbender's most openly gay film is actually an adaptation of a literary classic, but remodeled to depict the German gay scene. ” - Radu_A
 
81.
The Naked Civil Servant (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England. (77 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
“ starring John Hurt in a BAFTA-winning performance he arguably never surpassed, this has been voted #4 in the BFI's all-time best TV movie poll. In my view one of the best gay-themed films ever made, owing of course to Quentin Crisp's inimitable personality. ” - Radu_A
 
82.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Peter Weir's masterpiece has often been interpreted in a Lesbian context, but I've never felt so sure about that... decided to list it here after consulting with a Lesbian friend. It's one of the most ambiguous films ever made, after all. ” - Radu_A
 
83.
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
“ 'don't dream it, be it' - the greatest cult classic of all time isn't really about sexual orientation, but a satire on '50s mores versus '60s/'70s liberation - yet much more enjoyable than many '90s 'It's OK' movies. ” - Radu_A
 
84.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
“ Pasolini's last and most notorious film associates homosexual acts with the depravity of the Fascist elite and could therefore be regarded as an anti-gay by a gay director - a premise under which it makes some odd sense ” - Radu_A
 
85.
Saturday Night at the Baths (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A musician from Montana finds work and other things at The Continental Baths in New York City, 1974. (86 mins.)
Director: David Buckley
“ interesting for displaying the show acts that used to be common in the NYC scene, but not much of a story. ” - Radu_A
 
86.
The Best Way to Walk (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors... (82 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
“ deals with gay bashing as a result of repressed sexuality and is still relevant in this regard. ” - Radu_A
 
87.
“ More a coming-of-age story, director Gérard Blain works on his adolescent traumas in this autobiographic retelling of a rebellious teen turning tricks in occupied WWII Paris. Not as sympathetic to gays as his "Les Amis" but a much better film. ” - Radu_A
 
88.
Johan (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
While Philipe waits for Johan to come out of jail he starts recreating several moments of their relationship with the help of several friends during the summer of 1975. (81 mins.)
“ very overt and underground, but camera-wise almost unwatchable. ” - Radu_A
 
89.
Norman... Is That You? (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A black man is distraught when he discovers his son is gay and is determined to set him right. (91 mins.)
“ First black gay-themed film is a cliché-riddled theater piece, but quite sympathetic and once again an interesting time-travel experience. ” - Radu_A
 
90.
The Ritz (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells... (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ extremely silly cult comedy set in a gay bathhouse; the variety show in there makes for an odd time-travel experience. ” - Radu_A
 
91.
Sebastiane (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Reassigned to a lowly outpost, a Roman guard's Christian beliefs clash with his gay commander's desire for closeness. Being tortured becomes pleasurable. (86 mins.)
“ Derek Jarman's most famous film is a bit of a drab to watch these days, as it could be accused of pretentiousness. Back in the day it probably made many mouths water. ” - Radu_A
 
92.
Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A teenaged boy arrives in Hollywood to become a movie star, but winds up becoming a male prostitute and gets involved with a gay football star. (96 mins.)
Director: John Erman
“ focus is on teenage runaways with the main character being a "kept boy" just a sub-plot, but that adds up quite nicely in this time piece which caused quite a stir. The sugar daddy thing isn't so unrealistic either. ” - Radu_A
 
93.
Die Konsequenz (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Thomas is the son of a prison warden. He falls for and seduces Martin, who is older and one of the prison inmates... (100 mins.)
“ Surprising for Wolfgang Petersen's modest direction and Jürgen Prochnow's mature acting, since both would go on to make 'Das Boot', this is one of the best early gay-themed films I know. ” - Radu_A
 
94.
Los placeres ocultos (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A closeted banker, middle-aged and successful, falls madly in love with a poor but handsome 18-year-old... (95 mins.)
“ was celebrated at the time for being the first gay-themed Spanish film with full exposure, and director Eloy de la Iglesia was gay. But I find his work quite problematic, as his older man-younger man relationships tend to portray the sugar daddy as a troubled individual abused by criminal juveniles. Still, this is easily his best film. ” - Radu_A
 
95.
Outrageous! (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A story about a female impersonator who rooms with a pregnant schizophrenic. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Benner
“ bio retracing Craig Russell's career as a female impersonator touring gay clubs is interesting for depicting the scene as it once was. ” - Radu_A
 
96.
A Special Day (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit in Italy in 1938. (106 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
“ none less than Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in the first film to address the topic of persecution of homosexuals during Fascism. ” - Radu_A
 
97.
To an Unknown God (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
José, a homosexual magician of 50 years, lived his childhood in Granada (Spain). His father was a gardener in the Buendía house... (104 mins.)
Director: Jaime Chávarri
“ first Spanish film to address the subject of homosexuality head-on, the film deals with an ageing magician recalling his love affair with gay poet (and Nobel laureate) Garcia Lorca. ” - Radu_A
 
98.
Word Is Out (1977 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
More than two dozen men and women of various backgrounds, ages, and races talk to the camera about being gay... (124 mins.)
“ easily the best of the 70s gay-themed documentaries and an important historical document on film. ” - Radu_A
 
99.
A Different Story (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A homosexual woman marries a gay male friend to prevent his deportation, but they soon fall in love. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Aaron
“ Much vilified for insinuating that people can change their orientations like shirts, this fluffy piece doesn't actually quite do that, and suffers more from Perry King's lack of talent than a predictable script. ” - Radu_A
 
100.
Hell Without Limits (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich... (110 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
“ adaptation of Chilean gay writer José Donoso's novel centered on a Transvestite, this is a very bold, excessive marvel of a film, but of course tragedy ensues. ” - Radu_A