Gay Movies Must-See: 1990s

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1. In the Flesh (1998)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A mature but uneasy cop takes in a young gay hustler following a knifing death in the area. A personal relationship wants to form but both are leery of it.

Director: Ben Taylor | Stars: Dane Ritter, Ed Corbin, Shimley Reynolds, Randy Cohlmia

Votes: 486

2. I Think I Do (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

A screwball comedy about a gay couple at a straight couple's wedding.

Director: Brian Sloan | Stars: Alexis Arquette, Christian Maelen, Luna Lauren Velez, Jamie Harrold

Votes: 1,485 | Gross: $0.34M

3. Full Speed (1996)

85 min | Drama, Romance

A brief extract of four kids' lives somewhere in France. Quentin, who won a writers contest and now pays more attention to his career as an author than to his friends, beautiful Julie, his ... See full summary »

Director: Gaël Morel | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Stéphane Rideau, Pascal Cervo, Meziane Bardadi

Votes: 766

4. Hustler White (1996)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

Reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard, Hustler White transposes the action from the silver screen's old movie backlots to contemporary male prostitution and the porn industry. Said to be an homage to classic Hollywood cinema.

Directors: Rick Castro, Bruce La Bruce | Stars: Tony Ward, Bruce La Bruce, Kevin P. Scott, Ivar Johnson

Votes: 1,102 | Gross: $0.13M

5. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)

R | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Johnathon Schaech, Rod Taylor, Susie Porter, Dee Smart

Votes: 1,692 | Gross: $0.04M

6. 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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 12,669 | Gross: $6.93M

7. Sixth Happiness (1997)

97 min | Drama

The unusual story of a boy who will never grow. Born with a disease that makes his bones brittle, Brit, as he is appropriately named by his mom, will be four feet tall for life. But he ... See full summary »

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Firdaus Kanga, Souad Faress, Khodus Wadia, Nina Wadia

Votes: 127 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Black and White (1992)

Drama, Romance

Black and White is the story of Lisa, a young Soviet emigre studying medicine in Manhattan, Roy, an African American building superintendent on New York's Lower East Side, and the bond that... See full summary »

Director: Boris Frumin | Stars: Veronica Alicino, Stephen C. Batts, Hayward Boling, Bernard Caunchy

Votes: 23

9. The Mao Game (1999)


Growing up neurotic in a Hollywood family.

Director: Joshua John Miller | Stars: Veronica Alicino, Kirstie Alley, Shan Applegate, Sue Bernard

Votes: 62

10. Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.

Director: David Moreton | Stars: Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych, Stephanie McVay

Votes: 5,313 | Gross: $0.87M

11. Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Mario Lopez, Michael Murphy, Jeffrey Meek, Rosemary Dunsmore

Votes: 623

12. Hit and Runway (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

Alex and Elliot an unlikely pair connect to write a film about a New York cop working undercover as a fashion model.

Director: Christopher Livingston | Stars: Michael Parducci, Peter Jacobson, Judy Prescott, Kerr Smith

Votes: 468 | Gross: $0.08M

13. Pink Pumpkins at Dawn (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

One erratic gunshot into the bleak New England woods pushes Brian toward an unexpected confrontation with Melanie, the woman next door.

Director: Rick Onorato | Stars: Dominique Debroux, Chris Gunn, Jeb Eastman, David Sitler

Votes: 7

14. Violet's Visit (1997)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

Violet, a fiesty 15 year-old who prefers the nickname "Scooter" , decides to run away from her boring life in a small town and goes to visit with the father she has never seen. She believes... See full summary »

Director: Richard Turner | Stars: Caleb Packham, May Lloyd, David Franklin, Graham Harvey

Votes: 97

15. West Hollywood Stories, Volume One (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

Welcome to WeHo Manor and its residents: Handsome hunks, good doctors, evil twins, nude maids, cross dressing nuns engaging in life's simple pleasures like love triangles, kidnapping, ... See full summary »

Director: Alisa Christensen | Stars: Robert Alesandro, Bobbi, Crystall Carmen, Alisa Christensen

Votes: 38

16. In & Out (1997)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

70 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 36,045 | Gross: $63.86M

17. The Man I Love (1997 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties... See full summary »

Director: Stéphane Giusti | Stars: Jean-Michel Portal, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Mathilde Seigner, Vittoria Scognamiglio

Votes: 1,556

18. Sitcom (1998)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister's suicide attempt and sado-masochist ... See full summary »

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret, Marina de Van, Adrien de Van

Votes: 4,266

19. Peoria Babylon (1997)

90 min | Comedy

Art gallery operators hit upon a stunt to boost their business, but other hands get involved.

Director: Steven Diller | Stars: David Drake, Ann Cusack, Matthew Pestorius, Paul Adelstein

Votes: 39

20. Sixth Happiness (1997)

97 min | Drama

The unusual story of a boy who will never grow. Born with a disease that makes his bones brittle, Brit, as he is appropriately named by his mom, will be four feet tall for life. But he ... See full summary »

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Firdaus Kanga, Souad Faress, Khodus Wadia, Nina Wadia

Votes: 127 | Gross: $0.00M

21. There Goes My Baby (1994)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

Graduates of a Los Angeles high school in 1965 see America's culture and politics gradually change.

Director: Floyd Mutrux | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Ricky Schroder, Kelli Williams, Noah Wyle

Votes: 955 | Gross: $0.12M

22. Lessons at the End of Spring (1991)

75 min | Drama

A young boy's loss of innocence in a pre-perestroika Russian prison is the harrowing, Kafkaesque premise of LESSONS AT THE END OF SPRING. During the chaotic last months of the Khrushchev ... See full summary »

Director: Oleg Kavun | Stars: Valeriy Barinov, Nartay Begalin, Aleksandr Feklistov, Sergey Gabrielyan

Votes: 112

23. Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | 105 min | Drama

Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Tibaldi | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Nastassja Kinski, John Savage, Shirley Knight

Votes: 1,917

24. Gang Land (1998)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An interracial couple is attacked and the woman is gang-raped in a random attack. This prompts the woman to commit suicide and the man decides to seek revenge from the inside by joining the... See full summary »

Director: Randolph Kret | Stars: Damon Jones, Dave Oren Ward, Davidlee Willson, Aimee Chaffin

Votes: 777 | Gross: $0.20M

25. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 268,747 | Gross: $22.46M

26. Lie Down with Dogs (1995)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

Tommie is a young guy in Manhattan with a dead-end job handing out fliers in Times Square. At the beginning of a fateful summer, he has a chance encounter with a friend who tells Tommie ... See full summary »

Director: Wally White | Stars: Wally White, Bash Halow, James Sexton, Darren Dryden

Votes: 610 | Gross: $0.24M

27. Parallel Sons (1995)

93 min | Drama, Romance

Seth is a youth with artistic leanings, a fascination with Black pop culture, and a dead-end life in an Adirondack village. He's alternatively sensitive and brutal with Kristen, who wants a... See full summary »

Director: John G. Young | Stars: Gabriel Mann, Laurence Mason, Murphy Guyer, Graham Alex Johnson

Votes: 241

28. Bishonen (1998)

111 min | Drama, Romance

Jet is the star gigolo in Hong Kong. Arrogant, sexy, everyone falls in love with him, but he falls in love with no one... until one day he meets Sam, the hunkiest policeman to ever pound a ... See full summary »

Director: Yonfan | Stars: Stephen Fung, Daniel Wu, Qi Shu, Terence Yin

Votes: 805 | Gross: $0.02M

29. My Own Country (1998 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Drama

"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese, and he specializes in infectious diseases. It's 1985... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Glenne Headly, Hal Holbrook, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 295

30. Midnight Dancers (1994)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

Three young and good-looking brothers live with and support their parents in Manila; they dance at the male Club Exotica and work as "call boys." Joel has a wife and child; he and Dennis ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Chionglo | Stars: Alex Del Rosario, Gandong Cervantes, Lawrence David, Luis Cortes

Votes: 243

32. Totally Confused (1998)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy

Wiley is a gay virgin who spends his nights with a large collection of porno. Johnny's his best friend but he's straight, though does admit to a little experimenting. What to do? what to do?

Directors: Greg Pritikin, Gary Rosen | Stars: Greg Pritikin, Gary Rosen, Jackie Katzman, Heather Donaldson

Votes: 164

33. Pousse Cafe (1997)

Comedy, Drama

A retired game show baron and his estranged gay son spar over old family bitterness and popular culture while testing recipes for a book on the history of cocktails.

Director: Susan Winter | Stars: Anthony Hamilton, Dominic Hamilton-Little, Steven J. Levy, Beatrix Ost

Votes: 21

34. Mama, I Have Something to Tell You (1997)


Mama, I have something to tell you, is an intimate dialogue between a mother and her gay son as they confront each others feelings about homosexuality. Interwoven from poetic textures and ... See full summary »

Director: Calogero Salvo

35. Floating (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Floating is the story of a young man's struggle to come of age during a violent period of emotional and financial bankruptcy. The film stars Norman Reedus as Van, a son shouldering the ... See full summary »

Director: William Roth | Stars: Norman Reedus, Chad Lowe, Will Lyman, Sybil Darrow

Votes: 615 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Latin Boys Go to Hell (1997)

Unrated | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Crime

A cute, openly gay latin boy's hormones go into overdrive when his hunky cousin (Angel) arrives for an extended stay. The two explore the young and sometimes dangerous gay scene in the ... See full summary »

Director: Ela Troyano | Stars: Irwin Ossa, John Bryant, Jenifer Lee Simard, Alexis Artiles

Votes: 280 | Gross: $0.10M

37. The Boy with a Bugle (1997)

Biography, Drama

Autobiographical film of the directors masturbatory fantasy world. Images of Mame and fat boys reign.

Director: Rene Broussard

38. Nunzio's Second Cousin (1994)

18 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A masculine gay cop teaches a lesson to a group of young homophobes.

Director: Tom DeCerchio | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Miles Perlich, Eileen Brennan, David Fresco

Votes: 268

39. Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

Unrated | 87 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Biography of British painter Francis Bacon focuses on his relationship with his lover, George Dyer, a former small time crook.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton

Votes: 3,131 | Gross: $0.34M

40. The Dead Boys' Club (1992)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

It's the 1990s. Toby, just out of college in Wisconsin, comes to Manhattan to spend the summer with his older cousin, Packard, a gay man whose lover John R. has just died of AIDS. Toby is ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Christopher | Stars: Nat DeWolf, Erik Van Der Wilden, Matt Decker, Ari Benjamin

Votes: 103

41. Death in Venice, CA (1994)

30 min | Drama, Short

A stressed out writer's getaway is complicated by advances from a lascivious 17-year-old male relative.

Director: P. David Ebersole | Stars: Nick Rafter, Robert Glen Keith, Shirley Knight, John Forristal

Votes: 163

42. Lilies (1996)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a québécois prison to hear the confession of a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. The inmates force the prelate to watch a play depicting what ... See full summary »

Director: John Greyson | Stars: Ian D. Clark, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio, Jason Cadieux

Votes: 2,493 | Gross: $0.22M

43. Boys in Love 2 (1998)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A collection of 6 gay-oriented short-films. Two main themes are explored here: The homo-eroticism of "Twilight of the Gods", "SPF 2000" & "Dirty Baby Does Fire Island" (the latter follows a... See full summary »

Directors: Todd Downing, Patrick McGuinn | Star: John Cantwell

Votes: 58

44. The Second Coming (1995)

Not Rated | 53 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Futuristic story of Carlos and Ben who fall in love in high school despite the racism and and homophobia. When Fundamentalist forces threaten to take over the U.S. the pair join forces with... See full summary »

Director: Jack Walsh | Stars: Al Giordano, Desi del Valle, Jeff Constan, John Connally

Votes: 87

45. My Polish Waiter (1995)

12 min | Short

Timith, a chatty and needy young man, pushes himself upon Belky, a nearly-wordless immigrant waiter who works at a cafe Timith frequents. Timith projects all kinds of attributes onto Belky,... See full summary »

Director: Terracino | Stars: Ric Cucharelli, Timothy P. Cusick, Tracy Mills, Lorraine Stobbe

Votes: 44

46. The Trio (1998)

93 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Zobel and Karl are a long time gay couple who live together in a trailer home with Lizzie, Zobel's spunky daughter from a heterosexual misadventure. Together these three form a team of ... See full summary »

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Götz George, Christian Redl, Jeanette Hain, Felix Eitner

Votes: 341

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