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1. The Normal Heart (2014 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 132 min | Drama

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A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

Writer: Larry Kramer | Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Frank De Julio, William DeMeritt

2. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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84 Metascore

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.

Writer: Dustin Lance Black | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

3. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.8
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56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

4. The Laramie Project (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Drama, Crime

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The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Writers: Moisés Kaufman, Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Greg Pierotti, Kelli Simpkins, Jeffrey LaHoste, John McAdams, Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh | Director: Moisés Kaufman | Stars: Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Chalfant, Laura Linney

5. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

7.5
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86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Writers: David France, Todd Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk | Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

6. Call Me Kuchu (2012)

87 min | Documentary, Drama

7.5
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80 Metascore

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »

Writers: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Stars: David Kato, Christopher Senyonjo

7. 3 Guys, 1 Girl, 2 Weddings (2004 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

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Romance meets farce against the backdrop of a quiet campaign to legalize gay marriage. Laurent loves his roommate Dan, who's straight and a playboy. Laurent can't bring himself to tell Dan,... See full summary »

Writer: Jean-Luc Goossens | Director: Stéphane Clavier | Stars: Olivier Sitruk, Julie Gayet, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Anne Azoulay

8. Man of the Year (1995)

86 min | Comedy

6.0
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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. Most of the film is a fictionalized retelling... See full summary »

Writer: Dirk Shafer | Director: Dirk Shafer | Stars: Vivian Paxton, Claudette Sutherland, Michael Ornstein, Cal Bartlett

9. Queerft 2 (2005)

75 min | Fantasy, Adult

5.3
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Directors: Laurence Chanfro, Mino D.C., Joao Da Silva, Louis Dupont, Jérôme Marichy, Gérald Marix, Nexus, Érik Rémès | Stars: Gérald Marix, Érik Rémès, Jean-Marc S.

10. Making the Boys (2011)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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71 Metascore

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to ... See full summary »

Director: Crayton Robey | Stars: Edward Albee, Joe Allen, Matt Baney, David Carter

11. The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

90 min | Documentary

7.5
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61 Metascore

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen | Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter

12. Gaze (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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The works of today's most revered talents are set against a provocative, highly amusing commentary track in this celebration of queer art.

Writer: Matt Riddlehoover | Director: Matt Riddlehoover | Stars: Derrick Barry, Ryan Basham, Rob Beyond, Adam Bouska

13. Vito (2011)

93 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, Richard Barrios, Richard Berkowitz, Lenny Bloom

14. Fagbug (2009)

83 min | Documentary

6.5
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On the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Erin Davies was victim to a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle, Erin's car was vandalized, ... See full summary »

Director: Erin Davies | Stars: Erin Davies, The Fagbug

15. Sex Positive (2008)

R | 75 min | Documentary

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65 Metascore

Explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M sex worker turned AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe sex has has never been aptly credited.

Director: Daryl Wein | Stars: Don Adler, Richard Berkowitz, Susan Brown, Demetre Daskalakis

16. Tying the Knot (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

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65 Metascore

A look at the debate over same sex marriage in the USA. The reasons behind it are illustrated with real life couples that have run afoul of current laws despite varying levels of planning. ... See full summary »

Director: Jim de Sève | Stars: Bob Barr, Mary Bonauto, Brian Brown, Martin Bubbly

17. Ma saison super 8 (2005)

Unrated | 74 min

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Writers: Alessandro Avellis, Gabriele Ferluga | Director: Alessandro Avellis | Stars: Axel Philippon, Célia Pilastre, Roman Girelli, Antoine Mory

18. The Books of John (2007 Video)

89 min | Drama

5.3
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"The Books Of John" is a movie that follows the lives of three different people, Frank McLean, Will and Caryn. Frank finds himself alone after losing his longtime partner suddenly and ... See full summary »

Creators: David A. Schweiger, L.W. Smith | Directors: David A. Schweiger, L.W. Smith | Stars: Forrest Bankston, Jeff Batton, Peggy Brown, Brooke Creef

19. Maple Palm (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A lesbian couple of fifteen years lives with the secret that one is an illegal immigrant. With no legal way to protect their relationship, the couple lives in fear of deportation. After an ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert J. Feldman, Ralph Torjan | Director: Ralph Torjan | Stars: Deborah Stewart, Taymour Ghazi, Andrea Carvajal, Robert J. Feldman

20. Cowboy Forever (2006)

Not Rated | 27 min | Short

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Fictionalized from a true story, this docu-drama takes us on a journey through Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul and into the lives of Brazilian gauchos. Beautifully shot landscapes form the ... See full summary »

Writer: Jean Baptiste Erreca | Director: Jean Baptiste Erreca | Stars: Govinda Machado de Figueiredo, Jones Carlos Fialho de Araújo, Ronald Rosa, Patativa Flower

21. Execution of Justice (1999 TV Movie)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

5.9
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The true story of the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk on November 27, 1978. The case of assassin Dan White has become known as the "... See full summary »

Writers: Emily Mann, Michael Butler | Director: Leon Ichaso | Stars: Tim Daly, Peter Coyote, Khalil Kain, Tyne Daly

22. Framed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts (1983)

50 min | Documentary

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Gay and lesbian teenagers interview straight people on the streets of London about their views on homosexuality.

Directors: Trill Burton, Jeff Cole, Rose Collis, Nicola Field, Toby Kettle, Pom Martin, Jimmy Somerville

23. After Stonewall (1999)

87 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.

Director: John Scagliotti | Stars: Anita Bryant, Melissa Etheridge, Barney Frank, Jewelle Gomez

24. Urinal (1989)

100 min | Drama

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A mystery man brings together a group of dead, gay artists to investigate a police response to the dilema of wash-room sex in Toronto. The artists have seven days in which to report on the ... See full summary »

Writer: John Greyson | Director: John Greyson | Stars: Paul Bettis, Pauline Carey, Keltie Creed, Lance Eng

25. Equality U (2008)

90 min | Documentary

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EQUALITY U is a feature-length documentary following 34 young activists on the Soulforce Equality Ride. At some stops they're welcomed with open arms, at others they're arrested for ... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien

26. In the Life (1992– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Katherine Linton, Michael Billy, Bill Brochtrup

27. Kristuksen morsian (2014 TV Movie)

84 min

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Writer: Heini Junkkaala | Director: Kari Paljakka | Stars: Iida Kuningas, Niina Koponen, Miitta Sorvali, Hanna Raiskinmäki

28. Queer China, 'Comrade' China (2009)

118 min | Documentary

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This documentary reviews and summarizes the development of homosexuality as an issue in the past three decades in China. We interviewed thirty prominent figures in the gay community, who ... See full summary »

Writer: Zi'en Cui | Director: Zi'en Cui

29. Suddenly, Last Winter (2008)

85 min | Documentary

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A couple engage in discussions with people on the street, politicians and religious leaders about the discrimination against gays and lesbians in Italy.

Writers: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi | Directors: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi | Stars: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi, Frank Dabell, Veronica Pivetti

30. Global Gay (2014 TV Movie)

77 min | Documentary

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Writers: Frédéric Martel, Rémi Lainé | Director: Rémi Lainé | Stars: Pascale Alibert, Sylvie Granotier, Mélanie Karlin, Daniel Karlin

31. Sad to Be Gay (2005 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

5.7
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Documentary following David Akinsanya as he attends a controversial treatment center in America that promises 'freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ'. David has been ... See full summary »

Director: Kathryn Park | Stars: David Akinsanya, Wayne Besen, Danny Cosby, Haden Davis

32. Ask Not (2008)

73 min | Documentary, War

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A film that reveals the personal stories of Americans willing to risk their lives for a country that criminalizes the act of coming out. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how "don't ... See full summary »

Director: Johnny Symons

33. König des Comics (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Ralf König, one of the most successful German cartoonists, became famous with his comic book "The Most Desired Man," which was made into a film in starring Til Schweiger back in 1994. ... See full summary »

Writer: Rosa von Praunheim | Director: Rosa von Praunheim | Stars: Ralf König, Olaf Gabriel, René Krummenacher, Joachim Król

34. Pride Divide (1997)

57 min | Documentary, History

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An exploration of how gay men and women have united against global homophobia, and at the same time have been divided over issues of sexism.

Writer: Paris Poirier | Director: Paris Poirier | Stars: Joan Jett Black, Kate Clinton, Martin Duberman, Simon LeVay

35. The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter (1993)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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An intimate, first-person story documenting the last two years in the life of a young doctor with AIDS.

Writer: Peter Jepson-Young | Director: David Paperny | Star: Peter Jepson-Young

36. I've Only Just Begun (2012)

6 min | Short, Action, Drama

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Writer: Elias Koskimies | Director: Elias Koskimies | Stars: Morgan Devereaux, Makla Laine

37. Silent Pioneers (1985)

42 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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Contrary to the public stereotype of a youthful homosexual community, gay men and women do grow old. Silent Pioneers presents an upbeat focus on the lives of these people today, showing ... See full summary »

Creator: Patricia Snyder | Director: Lucy Winer

38. Green Room (2005)

6 min | Short

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Writer: Matt Palazzolo | Director: Matt Palazzolo | Stars: Matt Palazzolo, Jenny Poos, Blair Darnell, Trevor Ahrendt

39. A Union in Wait (2001)

45 min | Documentary, Short

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In May of 1981 Wendy Scott would meet a new co-worker named Susan Parker. Their new friendship would quickly transform into something more special. A Union In Wait takes a very personal ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Butler | Star: Lisa Howes Yewdall

40. No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon (2003)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

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No Secret Anymore shows Del and Phyllis creating coalitions that took on the prevailing belief that lesbians were illegal, immoral and sick. Phyllis and Del did the groundbreaking work on ... See full summary »

Writer: Joan E. Biren | Director: Joan E. Biren | Stars: Kate Clinton, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin

41. Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay (2002 Video)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

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Documentary about gay/political activist Harry Hay, founder of one of the first gay rights organizations in the USA, the Mattachine Society. He was also a labor organizer and Marxist ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Slade | Stars: John Burnside, Harry Hay, Taylor Mali, Urvashi Vaid

42. Kanbrik or Allah's Outcast (2005)

8 min | Short, Drama

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A young man is thinking about his dead lover. The Atlas Mountains landscape and the muezzin chants give rhythm to this parable of vanished desire.

Writer: Hervé Joseph Lebrun | Director: Hervé Joseph Lebrun

43. Jim Loves Jack (1996)

52 min | Documentary

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A documentary telling the story of Jim Egan, an outspoken champion of gay rights in Canada since the 1940s and 50s. Egan and his partner, Jack Nesbit, took the Candian federal government to... See full summary »

Director: David Adkin | Stars: Jim Egan, Jack Nesbit

44. FHAR (1971)

26 min | Documentary, Short

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First meetings and manifestation of the FHAR (Front Homosexuel d'Action Révolutionnaire).

Director: Carole Roussopoulos

45. La vérité nue (2001)

12 min | Short

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Director: Lionel Soukaz

46. Frame by Frame Fierce (2001 Video)

15 min | Animation, Short

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Reunion of four animated public service announcements about Aids and young people: Luna's Peepshow Drama, The Wait, Out of the Scene and Luv Me Latex.

Directors: Shawn Atkins, Luna Luis Ortiz | Star: Terracino

47. Citizen Nawi (2007)

80 min | Documentary

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Citizen Nawi documents the tumultuous life of one of the most fascinating men in the Israeli left - Ezra Nawi - a plumber by trade and a political activist who fights for Palestinians' ... See full summary »

Writer: Ron Ofer | Director: Nissim Mossek

48. Coming Out of the Iron Closet (1995)

40 min | Short, Documentary

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Directors: Larry Peloso, Imre Sooaar

49. The Salivation Army (2002)

22 min | Short

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Writer: Scott Treleaven | Director: Scott Treleaven | Stars: Michael Barker, Kevin Drew, Greg Mackin, Simone Moir

50. Sandra or Luis (2005)

50 min | Documentary

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Writer: Janis Ozolins-Ozols | Director: Janis Ozolins-Ozols | Stars: Carla Antonelli, Toni Cantó, Gael García Bernal, Eduardo Mendicutti