Gay Themedby carl75205 | created - 12 Aug 2011 | updated - 04 Jan 2012 | Public
Movies sorted from best to worst. My 10's, 9's and some of the 8's on the first page. Overall I watch films from all over the world. I have a collection of over 300 gay movies from 34 different countries. I also have a similar listing of 56 Gay Short Films here on IMDB.
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1. The Wedding Banquet (1993)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.
Votes: 12,350 | Gross: $6.93M
10 - My favorite gay movie. Brokeback Mountain wasn't director Ang Lee's first gay movie... Any person who might have had a cross-cultural gay relationship will identify with these circumstances. We are now entering "La Cage aux Folles" country, and "The Wedding Banquet" does take some of the same delight in constructing a comedy of misunderstandings and deceptions.
2. Maurice (1987)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Votes: 13,451 | Gross: $3.13M
10 - Classic Merchant-Ivory production quality (Howard's End, A Room with a View, The Ends of the Day, etc.), but this one is gay. E.M. Forster's (fantasy) tale of love during the Victorian Era (oh, sorry, gay love...). A classic!
3. No Regret (2006)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance
Sumin is an orphan trying to balance work in a factory with study at an art college and an evening job. One night, a rich young businessman makes an advance on him during one of his driving... See full summary »
Votes: 1,627 | Gross: $0.01M
10 - The best gay movie so far out of South Korea (ok that was too easy). Seriously, a very good story. My 2nd best out of Asia.
4. Angels in America (2003)
TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.
10 - Tony award winning already. Great cast, great acting, great story, multiple emmy's and all deserved. Love the actors/actresses playing many parts, just like in the plays.
5. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Votes: 291,621 | Gross: $83.04M
10 - So beautiful and so sad. Brilliance.
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Votes: 41,968 | Gross: $11.22M
10 - This launched the careers of Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving (and they haven't done drag since). Sorry Julie Newmar, you can't hold a candle to this.
7. Shelter (II) (2007)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.
Votes: 18,822 | Gross: $0.14M
10 - A bit eclectic but spot on with the emotions. One of those "what if" moments in a family. (ok, more than one family) Wonderful storytelling.
8. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.
Votes: 5,088 | Gross: $0.01M
10 - If you have seen Sean Penn in Milk - here is the script. The real deal of where the political power of gay rights started in the US. I sometimes wonder if his 'martyrdom' advanced us more than if he had lived and continued his politics in San Francisco...
9. Happy Together (1997)
96 min | Drama, Romance
A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.
Votes: 18,509 | Gross: $0.19M
9 - Did this foreshadow the death of Leslie Cheung? Stylistic in the cinematography, this is a gay classic. Tragic and beautiful as we witness the dysfunctional relationship of Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing - basically I love to hate you thing. I swear I might get lung cancer from watching his (lots of cigarettes).
10. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
When a man with HIV 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.
Votes: 201,122 | Gross: $77.32M
10 - Tom Hanks well deserved Oscar roll. BUT who wouldn't want to be Antonio Banderas bf? With drug cocktails things have changed but this reminds us when AIDS was a very quick kiss of death.
11. Were the World Mine (2008)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream' to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.
Votes: 4,876 | Gross: $0.12M
10 - My gay wet dream. Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, what would you do if you had the power to turn all of the homophobic people in your life enamored with the same sex (aka, Titania loving an Ass)? What it lacks in production quality and acting is made up for in a great story and several wonderful musical numbers.
12. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,107 | Gross: $4.87M
10 - This and Tidy Endings put Harvey Fierstein on the gay map after he had done well on Broadway (prior to Hairspray). Matthew Broderick was in this after his success in Ferris Bueller's Day Off since he played the roll of David originally in the Broadway play (a risk to his career).
13. Boy Culture (2006)
Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Romance
A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.
Votes: 5,122 | Gross: $0.22M
10 - Quirky story and lots of nice eye-candy throughout. A fun movie to watch.
14. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.
Votes: 119,023 | Gross: $20.81M
10 - Strong performances from the leads. The movie was limited to a single print for all of Singapore since the film “normalised” the “homosexual lifestyle”.
15. Cabaret (1972)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
Votes: 42,046 | Gross: $42.77M
10 - Bob Fosse, Liza Minelli, Joel Grey, Michael York. Throw Helmut Griem in and you have instant woody. A classic in any gay or straight library. Spine tinglers have to be "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" and the final seconds of the movie. A Must See for any movie lover.
16. Victor Victoria (1982)
PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
Votes: 17,250 | Gross: $21.93M
10 - My 2nd favorite Dame Julie Andrew movie after the Sound of Music. Oh, and how have we strayed! (except for S.O.B.) Husband Blake Edwards writes an directs a classic French farce with Robert Preston and James Garner in tow of a woman pretending to be a gay Polish aristocrat man pretending to be a woman. Leslie Ann Warren should have won an Oscar for this.
17. Tidy Endings (1988 TV Movie)
53 min | Drama
A man, whose companion dies of AIDS, confronts his lover's ex-wife and the two end up building a friendship while coping with the emotional aftermath of the death.
10 - Harvey Fierstein's touching TV movie of two people picking up the pieces of their lives after his lover's and her ex-husband's death from AIDS.
18. You I Love (2004)
83 min | Comedy, Romance
On their first anniversary, Vera comes home to discover her boyfriend Tim in bed with another man.
Votes: 839 | Gross: $0.06M
9 - One of the best love triangle films I've seen. Every time I watch this, I am just fascinated with Uloomji's character and appearance.
19. Another Country (1984)
PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.
9 - What if your classmates at an all boys school were the 20-25 year-old versions of Cary Elwes, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Michael Jenn?
20. Beautiful Thing (1996)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.
Votes: 20,842 | Gross: $1.50M
9 - One of the better 'coming of age' stories if you can handle the thick accents.
21. The Bubble (2006)
Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,067 | Gross: $0.16M
9 - Tragic and beautiful. Two star-crossed lovers, one Israeli, one Palestinian. I was anxious to watch this but I'm glad I did. Deeply moving, a must see.
22. Gods and Monsters (1998)
R | 105 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 26,931 | Gross: $6.39M
9 - James Wale directed classics Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and the Man in the Iron Mask. He was also one of the few people in Hollywood at the time to be open about his homosexuality. An outstanding biopic and you get to see lots of gratuitous skin of a younger Brendan Fraser (the gardener).
23. Seoyang-goldong-yanggwajajeom Aentikeu (2008)
107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Jin-hyeok opens a cake shop in an old antique shop, hiring Seun-woo, Korea's best pastry chef, who fell in love with him in high school. Also there, are Soo-young, crushing on Seun-woo, ex-boxer Gi-beom, and Seun-woo's French ex-boyfriend.
9 - Based on the manga which lead to an animated series, the movie is not exactly a gay movie. Wonderful cinematography and special affects ala Amélie.
24. Dong gong xi gong (1996)
90 min | Drama
In China, homosexuality isn't illegal, but homosexuals are routinely persecuted by police and arrested for "hooliganism". The film focuses on a young gay writer A-Lan who, being attracted ... See full summary »
Votes: 850 | Gross: $0.05M
9 - "East Palace, West Palace" - I think this would make an excellent stage play too. Deeply disturbing and fascinating. The story is a nightlong interrogation of A Lan, a Chinese gay man arrested by Hu Jun, a policeman, in a park for cruising. A Lan tells his story as Hu Jun struggles to understand why someone would seek out abusive relationships again and again. An excellent psychological journey.
25. Tales of the City (1993– )
Unrated | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is A Man I Dreamt Up).
9 - This was originally aired on PBS and is based on Armistead Maupin's book of life around a San Francisco rental house and their interesting occupants. Solidly entertaining fun set before the time of AIDS.
26. Yossi & Jagger (2002)
R | 65 min | Drama, Romance, War
Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.
9 - Sometimes the best thing to do in a film is to just keep it simple. A short film but lots of emotion and power within. Soldiers in the Israeli army on the Lebanon border, imminent threat creates pressure and passion. Although different in style, I put this up with Brokeback Mountain in how it moves me.
27. Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san (2005)
124 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Yaji and Kita are two men who live in Edo. They are deeply in love. Yaji is married to a woman, while Kita is an actor addicted to various drugs.
9 - This is one of those Yellow Submarine movies that is almost too difficult to describe. As JFilm PowWow puts it, "Lines of samba dancers and toy tanks parading down Edo era streets, a singing drag queen who runs a tea house at the foot of Mount Fuji, women who are half-mushroom dreaming of their dead lovers… This isn’t reality!" Yeah, it's a wild ride, a real Cult film.
28. Yong jiu ju liu (2009)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance
The life story of a young man who has been pursuing an impossible love with his straight boyfriend and contemplating on the mortality of his loved ones.
9 - You will find all three Scud movies on my list. Is it the need to push male frontal nudity at any opportunity? Seriously now, a complex tale of unrequited love over a long period of time. "City of Baseball" was more sublime in it's sexuality, but this is the full monty.
29. Parting Glances (1986)
90 min | Drama, Music, Romance
As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,454 | Gross: $0.54M
9 - I'd like to think that this put Steve Buscemi on the map. A bit stilted at times, a great story. How can you go wrong with a movie that introduced me to the term "Pretzelingus".
30. Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
An affluent New York couple finds their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.
Votes: 18,177 | Gross: $6.41M
9 - Will Smith was in the middle of his successful TV career with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was quite a risk for him to tackle this roll of the social chameleon, street-wise character we see here. Btw, Will Smith has a Bacon Number of 2 (Will Smith > Hitch > Jenna Stern > Picture Perfect > Kevin Bacon). oracleofbacon.org Powered by imdb.com!
31. 8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)
R | 80 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 1,186 | Gross: $0.10M
9 - Granted the film makers weren't completely unbiased, but it highlights some scary manipulation of the electoral process where a very small minority can affect change. (and they say WE have an agenda?)
32. Just Friends? (2010)
29 min | Short, Drama, Romance
Expecting a cozy night outside of the barracks, Seok visits his boyfriend Min-soo who is serving in the military. However when Min-soo's mother questions their relationship, the only answer they can give is that they are 'just friends'.
9 - I wish there were more films put out in Asia like this one. A wonderful 'feel-good' piece.
33. Quemar las naves (2007)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama
Eugenia is a former pop singer who is bedridden and dying of cancer. Her 19 year old daughter Helena dreams of traveling the world and learns foreign languages at home and wishes she could ... See full summary »
9 - "Burn the Bridges" - Beautifully shot, wonderful actors/acting, an interesting story with multiple layers. A bit of coming of age as well as coming out. Though most of the plot is predicable, the rest of the elements keeps you engaged all the way through. Highly recommended.
34. Law of Desire (1987)
NC-17 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project.
9 - Classic Almodóvar. While virtually every Almodóvar movie has something gay in it this and Bad Education peak highest on the homo-meter.
35. Burnt Money (2000)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down.
Votes: 5,679 | Gross: $0.24M
9 - A smoking passionate romance fueled with sex, guns, and a touch of drugs and insanity. Excellent cinematography and story (based on a true one back in 1965). Not very many movies capture such chemistry between two lovers (gay or straight).
36. Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)
Unrated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Swedish gay couple adopt what they think is an 18-month-old orphan, only to meet their new son, a 15-year-old homophobic delinquent.
Votes: 8,432 | Gross: $0.06M
9 - I was a bit leery to get this film to watch but I'm glad I did. This is one of those instances of love just "is" that. We surprise ourselves with it and that's what this movie did for me.
37. In & Out (1997)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.
Votes: 35,399 | Gross: $63.86M
9 - This and "Death at a Funeral" are classic Frank Oz. Stellar cast, hilarious story, priceless.
American Experience (1988– )
TV-MA | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History
This documentary, part of American Experience (1988) series, examines the events leading up to what is now seen as the defining moment in the establishment of the gay rights movement in the... See full summary »
9 - Stonewall was the Woodstock of the gay world (everyone seems to say they were there). True to form for The American Experience program, it's outstanding. Required viewing for your Gay 101 class.
39. The Crying Game (1992)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.
Votes: 46,278 | Gross: $62.55M
9 - If you don't know the "reveal" of this movie, don't read anymore reviews and just go and watch it! Avoid any spoilers! Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture.
40. Clapham Junction (2007 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A chronicle of 36 hours in the lives of a number of interconnected gay men in Clapham, South London.
9 - A BBC TV movie with about as many overlapping stories as there were characters. Well acted and written. Oh, don't let the movie poster fool you. It's a drama and not Gays Gone Wild.
41. Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
9 - Somewhat painful to watch since I went through some of this myself. Sigourney Weaver and Ryan Kelley could have carried this movie all by themselves.
42. Waterboys (2001)
91 min | Comedy, Sport
In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".
9 - Technically not a gay story, but the movie is based on a true story of the formation of a boys' high school synchronized swimming team in Japan. The group of five misfits overcome various challenges from the own disadvantages in this light-hearted and spirited comedy.
43. Taboo (1999)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller
The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.
Votes: 6,538 | Gross: $0.05M
9 - The English title is a bit misleading as the samurai/Bushido code did not prohibit gay love or sex. The taboo here isn't gay love but a different betrayal. If absolute power corrupts absolutely, what happens if you are too beautiful? Be sure to get involved with the discussions for what you thought happened in the ending...
44. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 12,537 | Gross: $17.04M
9 - William Hurt and Raul Julia own this jail-house drama based on the Tony award winning play - Classic.
45. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Unrated | 98 min | Documentary
Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.
Votes: 26,504 | Gross: $0.30M
9 - Much like "8: The Mormon Proposition" the film makers had an agenda. The film analyzes the very secret MPAA organization which rates films for American movie-goers. A lot of movie deals with sexuality so I am putting it into the GLTB pile. It's one of those OMG exposés.
46. Voor een verloren soldaat (1992)
Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War
Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.
Votes: 4,001 | Gross: $0.39M
9 - The story is autobiographical (Rudi van Dantzig) and certainly controversial since the boy involved is 12 years-old in the story. If this bothers you - don't watch it. If you do, you'll find exquisite cinematography and intriguing story-telling.
47. Bad Education (2004)
NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
Votes: 50,257 | Gross: $5.21M
9 - I only watched this recently and knew it was on everyone's "must view" list. What a surprise. Literally! I won't say more to spoil anything in the story. Another don't read, just watch it, movie!
48. Farewell My Concubine (1993)
R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance