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1. Modern Family (2009– )

22 min | Comedy | Active

8.7
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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

2. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

6.9
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72 Metascore

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.

Writers: Jean Poiret, Francis Veber, Édouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon, Elaine May | Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

3. Glee (2009– )

44 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own.

Stars: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith

4. Love Is Strange (2014)

R | 94 min | Drama

6.6
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84 Metascore

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing -- a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.

Writers: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias | Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Tatyana Zbirovskaya, Olya Zueva

5. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Writers: Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana | Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

6. Will & Grace (1998–2006)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

7.2
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Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer.

Creators: David Kohan, Max Mutchnick | Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

7. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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67 Metascore

A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is in an accident.

Writers: Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

8. G.B.F. (2013)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.0
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56 Metascore

What happens after Tanner is outed by his classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend" for three high school queen bees?

Writer: George Northy | Director: Darren Stein | Stars: Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen

9. Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011)

60 min | Drama

7.2
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The story of the drama surrounding a family's adult siblings.

Creator: Jon Robin Baitz | Stars: Dave Annable, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin

10. The Paperboy (2012)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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45 Metascore

A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

Writers: Peter Dexter, Lee Daniels | Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron

11. Queer as Folk (2000–2005)

TV-MA | 47 min | Drama

8.2
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The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Stars: Gale Morgan Harold III, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Michelle Clunie

12. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Writers: P.F. Kluge, Thomas Moore, Frank Pierson | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

13. The Night Listener (2006)

R | 91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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51 Metascore

In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.

Writers: Armistead Maupin, Terry Anderson, Patrick Stettner | Director: Patrick Stettner | Stars: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Rory Culkin, Joe Morton

14. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy

6.3
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Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Writer: Douglas Carter Beane | Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing

15. 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

16. Rent (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.1
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53 Metascore

This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Writers: Stephen Chbosky, Jonathan Larson | Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Rapp

17. Please Like Me (2013– )

Comedy, Drama

8.3
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After breaking up with his girlfriend, Josh comes to the realization that he is homosexual. With the support of his now ex girlfriend Claire, and his best friend and house mate Tom, Josh ... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Thomas, Debra Lawrance, Thomas Ward, David Roberts

18. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

7.7
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66 Metascore

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.

Writer: Ron Nyswaner | Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman

19. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Writers: Dan Futterman, Gerald Clarke | Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

20. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama

7.6
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77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Writers: Christopher Isherwood, Tom Ford, David Scearce | Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

21. Mysterious Skin (2004)

NC-17 | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Writers: Gregg Araki, Scott Heim | Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

22. Looking (2014– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama | Active

8.1
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The experiences of three close friends living and loving in modern-day San Francisco.

Creator: Michael Lannan | Stars: Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, O.T. Fagbenle

23. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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65 Metascore

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.

Writers: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Steve McVicker | Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

24. Brüno (2009)

R | 81 min | Comedy

5.9
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54 Metascore

Flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno takes his show to America.

Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Jeff Schaffer, Peter Baynham | Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu

25. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

7.5
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68 Metascore

Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Writer: Stephan Elliott | Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

26. In & Out (1997)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

6.3
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70 Metascore

A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.

Writer: Paul Rudnick | Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon

27. Infamous (2006)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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68 Metascore

While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

Writers: Douglas McGrath, George Plimpton | Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Sandra Bullock, Sigourney Weaver

28. I'm So Excited! (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy

5.7
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55 Metascore

When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.

Writer: Pedro Almodóvar | Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas

29. Tom at the Farm (2013)

102 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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71 Metascore

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Writers: Xavier Dolan, Michel Marc Bouchard | Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

30. Stranger by the Lake (2013)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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82 Metascore

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.

Writer: Alain Guiraudie | Director: Alain Guiraudie | Stars: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao, Jérôme Chappatte

31. Ellen (1994–1998)

30 min | Comedy

6.3
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Ellen Morgan is a neurotic bookstore owner who deals with life through comedy and extensive rambling.

Creator: David S. Rosenthal | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis

32. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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57 Metascore

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

Writers: John Berendt, John Lee Hancock | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall

33. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joins Castro's rebels. By 1964, ... See full summary »

Writers: Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel, Reynaldo Arenas, Jana Bokova | Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovanni Florido

34. Taking Woodstock (2009)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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55 Metascore

A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Writers: James Schamus, Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte | Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton

35. Partners (2012–2013)

Comedy | Active

6.2
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Two lifelong friends, who are both architects, form a business partnership.

Creators: David Kohan, Max Mutchnick | Stars: Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh

36. Saint Laurent (2014)

135 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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48 Metascore

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Writers: Thomas Bidegain, Bertrand Bonello | Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux

37. Angels in America (2003 TV Mini-Series)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

38. Shelter (II) (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.9
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66 Metascore

When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

Writer: Jonah Markowitz | Director: Jonah Markowitz | Stars: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Jackson Wurth

39. Geography Club (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy

6.5
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57 Metascore

At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.

Writers: Edmund Entin, Brent Hartinger | Director: Gary Entin | Stars: Cameron Deane Stewart, Meaghan Martin, Justin Deeley, Ana Gasteyer

40. The Object of My Affection (1998)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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51 Metascore

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.

Writers: Stephen McCauley, Wendy Wasserstein | Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell

41. Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

5.3
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47 Metascore

Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from "Cruising" as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.

Writer: Travis Mathews | Directors: James Franco, Travis Mathews | Stars: Val Lauren, Christian Patrick, James Franco, Travis Mathews

42. C.O.G. (2013)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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60 Metascore

A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.

Writers: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, David Sedaris | Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez | Stars: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell

43. Heartbeats (2010)

101 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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70 Metascore

The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.

Writer: Xavier Dolan | Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Anne Dorval

44. Angels of Sex (2012)

105 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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The established relationship between university student Bruno and aspiring photographer Carla is thrown into turmoil when Bruno feels drawn to sexy karate instructor/break dancer Rai. Complications ensue.

Writers: Ana Maroto, Xavier Villaverde, José Antonio Vitoria | Director: Xavier Villaverde | Stars: Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Álvaro Cervantes, Llorenç González, Sonia Méndez

45. Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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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.

Writer: John Guare | Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Will Smith, Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, Ian McKellen

46. Flawless (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.4
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50 Metascore

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.

Writer: Joel Schumacher | Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer

47. Bent (1997)

NC-17 | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.3
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Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays). ... See full summary »

Writer: Martin Sherman | Director: Sean Mathias | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber

48. Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

6.3
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79 Metascore

In Manhattan, filmmaker 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.

Writers: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias | Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane

49. Victor Victoria (1982)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.6
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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Writers: Blake Edwards, Hans Hoemburg, Reinhold Schünzel | Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren

50. From Beginning to End (2009)

94 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

Writer: Aluizio Abranches | Director: Aluizio Abranches | Stars: Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher, Louise Cardoso