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1. 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

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. Half Nelson (2006)

R | 106 min | Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

Writers: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden | Director: Ryan Fleck | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps, Jeff Lima

4. Popular (1999–2001)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Two girls who despise each other, due to being on opposite sides of the "popularity fence", are forced together upon learning that their parents are getting married.

Creator: Gina Matthews | Stars: Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, Tamara Mello, Christopher Gorham

5. Any Day Now (2012)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.4
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60 Metascore

In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.

Writers: Travis Fine, George Arthur Bloom | Director: Travis Fine | Stars: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher

6. And the Band Played On (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

7.8
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The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.

Writers: Randy Shilts, Arnold Schulman | Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Patrick Bauchau, Nathalie Baye

7. 8 (2012 Video)

91 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Live chronicle of the landmark federal trial of California's Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews.

Writer: Dustin Lance Black | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, George Clooney

8. Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Writers: Katie Ford, Leroy Aarons | Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols

9. Ben & Arthur (2002)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

2.3
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A pair of recently married gay men are threatened by one of the partners' brother, a religious fanatic who plots to murder them after being ostracized by his church.

Writer: Sam Mraovich | Director: Sam Mraovich | Stars: Sam Mraovich, Jamie Brett Gabel, Michael Haboush, Bill Hindley

10. The Laramie Project (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Drama, Crime

7.3
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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

11. Kids in America (2005)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

5.9
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38 Metascore

A diverse group of high school students band together to peacefully stick it to their overbearing principal.

Writers: Andrew Shaifer, Josh Stolberg | Director: Josh Stolberg | Stars: Gregory Smith, Julie Bowen, Malik Yoba, Stephanie Sherrin

12. 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

13. Wedding Wars (2006 TV Movie)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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After a gay party planner discovers his brother is behind the governor's speech against gay marriage, he decides to go on strike for equal rights.

Writer: Stephen Mazur | Director: Jim Fall | Stars: John Stamos, Eric Dane, Bonnie Somerville, Sean Maher

14. Poison (1991)

NC-17 | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.6
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Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what ... See full summary »

Writers: Jean Genet, Todd Haynes | Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, Susan Norman, Millie White

16. The Awful Truth (1999–2000)

30 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.0
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Activist film director Michael Moore hosts a show where he continues his crusade to expose wrongdoing by the high and mighty.

Stars: Michael Moore, Jay Martel, Gideon Evans, Karen Duffy

17. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.3
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.

Writers: Judith Coburn, Carter Wilson | Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

18. Outrage (I) (2009)

R | 90 min | Documentary

7.7
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64 Metascore

An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

Writer: Kirby Dick | Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Wayne Barrett, Elizabeth Birch

19. God Loves Uganda (2013)

83 min | Documentary

7.5
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77 Metascore

An account of the American Evangelicals' attempts to indoctrinate their Christian Right beliefs in Uganda.

Writers: Benjamin Gray, Richard Hankin, Roger Ross Williams | Director: Roger Ross Williams

20. Les Invisibles (2012)

115 min | Documentary

7.4
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Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives, their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Bernard, Catherine, Christian, Thérèse Clerc

21. 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

22. 8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

R | 80 min | Documentary

7.1
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55 Metascore

A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.

Writer: Reed Cowan | Directors: Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet | Stars: Spencer Jones, Tyler Barrick, Dustin Lance Black, Linda Williams Stay

23. American Marriage (2012)

Documentary | Post-production

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Directors: Mike Flanagan, Courtney Bell | Stars: Byron Velvick, Helen Fisher, Lisl Spangenberg, Noel Biderman

24. Children of God (2010)

104 min | Drama

6.7
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The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other and portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society.

Writer: Kareem Mortimer | Director: Kareem Mortimer | Stars: Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Laurena Kemp, Mark Ford

25. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009)

61 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.6
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After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early '60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through ... See full summary »

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Thea Spyer, Edea Windsor

26. Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

Writer: Alison Cross | Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes, Wendy Makkena

27. Stonewall (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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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.

Writers: Rikki Beadle Blair, Martin Duberman | Director: Nigel Finch | Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, Duane Boutte

28. Third Man Out (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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A gay detective is hired to find who has been been threatening a notorious member of the gay community noted for outing people.

Writers: Mark Saltzman, Richard Stevenson | Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Jack Wetherall, Woody Jeffreys

29. 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

30. Making the Boys (2011)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.5
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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

31. Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (2004 TV Movie)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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In the small, predominantly working class town of Inniston, Ontario, Marc Hall is a high school senior with a promising future in his chosen career as lawyer. He is bright, well liked by ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael MacLennan, Kent Staines | Director: John L'Ecuyer | Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Jean Pierre Bergeron, Marie Tifo, Mac Fyfe

32. A Jihad for Love (2007)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary

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55 Metascore

A documentary on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds.

Writer: Parvez Sharma | Director: Parvez Sharma | Stars: Muhsin Hendricks, A.K. Hoosen, Mazen, Abdellah Taia

33. The Weather Underground (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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77 Metascore

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel | Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White

34. Vito (2011)

93 min | Documentary, Biography

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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

35. Consenting Adults (2007 TV Movie)

80 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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This is a film based on the life of the Wolfenden family and some characters in the city of Reading... See full synopsis »

Writer: Julian Mitchell | Director: Richard Curson Smith | Stars: Matt Ryan, Jamie Martin, Charles Dance, Sean Biggerstaff

36. Trembling Before G-d (2001)

94 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of various gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation.

Director: Sandi Simcha Dubowski | Stars: Shlomo Ashkinazy, Steve Greenberg, Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Naomi Mark

37. The New Black (2013)

80 min | Documentary, Drama, News

6.3
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68 Metascore

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight ... See full summary »

Writers: Erin Casper, Yoruba Richen | Director: Yoruba Richen

38. Two Spirits (2009)

65 min | Documentary

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Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that ... See full summary »

Writers: Russell Martin, Lydia Nibley | Director: Lydia Nibley

39. Fish Out of Water (I) (2009)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.5
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A documentary that faces down the controversies between homosexuality and religion, examining Bible verses quoted as condemnatory and discussing alternative meanings.

Writer: Ky Dickens | Director: Ky Dickens | Stars: Terri Abbott, James Bankston, Ryan Barrett, Trish Bendix

40. Fall from Grace (2007)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

7.1
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The shocking story of Rev. Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church, those who oppose it, and those who chose to leave it all behind.

Writer: K. Ryan Jones | Director: K. Ryan Jones | Stars: Bill Bunten, Warren Carter, Kelly Franz, Jeff Gannon

41. Before Stonewall (1984)

87 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

Directors: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg | Stars: Rita Mae Brown, Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Bannon, Lisa Ben

42. The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld (1999)

100 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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The life story of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a German Jew, who as a physician established the field of sexology, and fought militantly against German anti-sodomy laws in the late 19th century. ... See full summary »

Writers: Chris Kraus, Valentin Passoni | Director: Rosa von Praunheim | Stars: Friedel von Wangenheim, Ben Becker, Wolfgang Völz, Otto Sander

43. '68 (1988)

R | 99 min | Drama

6.0
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'68 covers exactly one year (January 1st through December 31st) in the lives of Zoltan Szabo and his family, Hungarian immigrants, working hard to make a life in San Francisco in 1968. The ... See full summary »

Writer: Steven Kovacs | Director: Steven Kovacs | Stars: Eric Larson, Robert Locke, Neil Young, Terri Lynn Bradley

44. Stephen Fry: Out There (2013 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Stephen Fry, Andrew, João Silvério Trevisan, Renata Peron

45. The Penis Files (2012)

16 min | Short, Comedy

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Until "The Olson Penis" was created by Dr. Olson 10-years ago, historically men's penises grew for procreation when a woman ovulated and retracted immediately. 200 years ago, men who were ... See full summary »

Writers: Erin Brown, Kelly Carlin-McCall, Drew Droege, Jay Kogen, Jonathan Nail, Martin Olson, Maggie Rowe, Jonathan Schmock, Gary Stockdale, Becky Thyre | Director: Katie Schwartz | Stars: Becky Thyre, Drew Droege, Erin Brown, Evan Ferrante

46. 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

47. Stonewall Uprising (2010)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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74 Metascore

This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969.

Writers: David Carter, David Heilbroner | Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Paul Bosche, Alfredo del Rio, John DiGiacomo, Dana Gaiser

48. Tying the Knot (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

7.3
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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

49. 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

50. Out of the Past (1998)

R | 97 min | Documentary

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In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story of her ensuing battle with school authorities in interspersed with looks back at the ... See full summary »

Writer: Michelle Ferrari | Director: Jeff Dupre | Stars: Stephen Spinella, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cherry Jones, Edward Norton