Best Gay Movies

by Erichnorse | created - 07 Jun 2012 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

Movies with a gay principal or relevant plot worth viewing.

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1. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

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.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 16,573 | Gross: $3.13M

2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship. Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 324,662 | Gross: $83.04M

3. Shelter (II) (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

66 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 21,198 | Gross: $0.14M

4. Just a Question of Love (2000 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama, Romance

After his gay cousin dies from hepatitis, young Laurent, who lives with his best friend Carole, falls in love with Cedric, a plant scientist. He's afraid to inform his conservative parents that he is gay.

Director: Christian Faure | Stars: Cyrille Thouvenin, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Éva Darlan, Caroline Veyt

Votes: 5,525

5. Beautiful Thing (1996)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jamie is a shy teenager, often bullied at school. His neighbour Ste has a rough time at home, being beaten by his father and brother. This issues bring them together and they find that what they feel for each other is more than friendship.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson

Votes: 22,722 | Gross: $1.50M

6. Love Songs (2007)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

Ismael and Julie enter a playful yet emotionally laced threesome with Alice. When tragedy strikes, these young Parisians are forced to deal with the fragility of life and love.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Chiara Mastroianni

Votes: 9,126 | Gross: $0.10M

7. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

Votes: 51,253 | Gross: $6.40M

8. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A gender-queer punk-rock singer from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 32,055 | Gross: $3.03M

9. The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

An insight into the turbulent lives and loves of a gay clique based in Los Angeles.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Zach Braff, Ben Weber

Votes: 7,156 | Gross: $1.74M

10. Patrik, Age 1.5 (2008)

Unrated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Ella Lemhagen | Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson, Tom Ljungman, Amanda Davin

Votes: 9,413 | Gross: $0.06M

11. Longtime Companion (1989)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.

Director: Norman René | Stars: Stephen Caffrey, Patrick Cassidy, Brian Cousins, Bruce Davison

Votes: 5,279 | Gross: $4.61M

12. Trick (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Brad Beyer

Votes: 8,243 | Gross: $2.05M

13. Undertow (2009)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

76 Metascore

An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.

Director: Javier Fuentes-León | Stars: Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona, Attilia Boschetti

Votes: 6,495

14. Big Eden (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher

Votes: 4,157 | Gross: $0.51M

15. Second Skin (1999)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A doctor and a married man's extended affair affects the lives of not only the men involved but the wife as well.

Director: Gerardo Vera | Stars: Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollà, Ariadna Gil, Cecilia Roth

Votes: 1,535

16. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 106,412 | Gross: $9.17M

17. Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Mantello | Stars: Jason Alexander, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, Randy Becker

Votes: 3,326 | Gross: $2.87M

18. The Opposite of Sex (1997)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.

Director: Don Roos | Stars: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett

Votes: 20,086 | Gross: $5.88M

19. East Side Story (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

The arrival of Anglo newcomers to an East L.A. Latino neighborhood rocks the quiet world of a handsome young local who is torn between the family restaurant and life as a big city chef.

Director: Carlos Portugal | Stars: René Alvarado, David Berón, Gladise Jiminez, Steve Callahan

Votes: 1,557

20. The Lost Language of Cranes (1991)

87 min | Drama, Romance

A young gay man comes out to his middle-class parents, which has repercussions for his father who has long since been trying to repress his own sexuality.

Director: Nigel Finch | Stars: Brian Cox, Eileen Atkins, Angus Macfadyen, Corey Parker

Votes: 439

21. The Sum of Us (1994)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right."

Directors: Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling | Stars: Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy

Votes: 5,072 | Gross: $2.51M

22. Times Have Been Better (2006 TV Movie)

92 min | Comedy

The time has come for Jeremy to come out to his parents. But they won't take it well and the unexpected news will put stress in their marriage, their friendshps and their jobs.

Director: Régis Musset | Stars: Charlotte de Turckheim, Bernard Le Coq, Arnaud Binard, Olivier Gueritée

Votes: 516

23. 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: 1,615

24. Bear Cub (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

Pedro, a gay man with an active social life and many friends, takes in his nephew Bernardo for a couple weeks. When the arrangement becomes permanent , Pedro turns to his friends for guidance as he and Bernardo forge a household together.

Director: Miguel Albaladejo | Stars: José Luis García Pérez, David Castillo, Empar Ferrer, Elvira Lindo

Votes: 3,503 | Gross: $0.10M

25. Saturn in Opposition (2007)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

The confidences, hopes and disappointments of a group of friends.

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy, Pierfrancesco Favino, Serra Yilmaz

Votes: 4,405

26. Urbania (2000)

R | 103 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A series of urban legends take place around the life of a troubled man who is searching New York City for a mysterious stranger.

Director: Jon Shear | Stars: Dan Futterman, Scott Denny, Paige Turco, Sam Ball

Votes: 2,914 | Gross: $1.03M

27. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

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.

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

Votes: 165,208 | Gross: $31.84M

28. His Secret Life (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

After a deathly car accident, Antonia starts dating her husband's friends and finds the truth about his life.

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Serra Yilmaz, Gabriel Garko

Votes: 8,647 | Gross: $0.22M

29. Mulligans (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

Two college friends take a journey home. One of them makes a mistake that may tear a family apart. Sometimes there are no second chances, sometimes there are no mulligans.

Director: Chip Hale | Stars: Dan Payne, Thea Gill, Charlie David, Derek Baynham

Votes: 2,801

30. Mambo Italiano (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay.

Director: Émile Gaudreault | Stars: Luke Kirby, Peter Miller, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino

Votes: 6,342 | Gross: $6.24M

31. Loose Cannons (2010)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Ennio Fantastichini

Votes: 11,725

32. Time to Leave (2005)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A fashion photographer with terminal cancer elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Daniel Duval

Votes: 8,565 | Gross: $0.12M

33. It's My Party (1996)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

Nick "Eric Roberts", is nearing the end of a 3-year battle with AIDS and makes arrangements to die. He hosts a party to say goodbye to friends and family. His ex-partner, Brandon "Gregory Harrison", attends and things get complicated.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Margaret Cho, Bruce Davison

Votes: 2,755 | Gross: $0.62M

34. 3-Day Weekend (2008)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

Director Rob Williams (Long-Term Relationship, Back Soon) serves up a shaken and stirred cocktail of sexual intrigue, humor and drama in his latest about an unlikely group of friends and ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Williams | Stars: Chris Carlisle, Joel Harrison, Gaetano Jones, Derek Long

Votes: 841

35. A Very Natural Thing (1974)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

A poignant romantic drama examines the life of gay 26 year old, ex-monk, school teacher living in Manhattan. When he meets a man at a gay bar, they connect and are soon living together. Unfortunately their views on monogamy don't match.

Director: Christopher Larkin | Stars: Robert McLane, Curt Gareth, Bo White, Anthony McKay

Votes: 768 | Gross: $0.07M

36. Parting Glances (1986)

Not Rated | 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 »

Director: Bill Sherwood | Stars: John Bolger, Richard Ganoung, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan

Votes: 2,750 | Gross: $0.54M

37. Comme les autres (2008)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

They were the perfect loving couple, well, almost. Emmanuel wanted a child but Philippe didn't. One day, however, Emmanuel decides to take the plunge, at the risk of losing Philippe. But how do you make a child when you are gay?

Director: Vincent Garenq | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Pilar López de Ayala, Pascal Elbé, Anne Brochet

Votes: 1,270

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

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

70 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

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

Votes: 46,706 | Gross: $11.22M

39. 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.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols

Votes: 15,626

40. Touch of Pink (2004)

R | 91 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

A gay Canadian living in London has his perfectly crafted life upset when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit.

Director: Ian Iqbal Rashid | Stars: Jimi Mistry, Kris Holden-Ried, Suleka Mathew, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 4,031 | Gross: $0.56M

41. Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

At the suggestion of a straight friend, gay man Leo joins a men's group, where he causes some upsets by declaring his attraction to one of its members.

Director: Rose Troche | Stars: Kevin McKidd, Julie Graham, Simon Callow, Con O'Neill

Votes: 3,224 | Gross: $0.02M

42. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno

Votes: 5,351 | Gross: $2.08M

43. Weekend (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman

Votes: 28,223 | Gross: $0.46M

44. Queens (2005)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

Five mothers cope with the drama that surrounds their gay sons at a mass wedding.

Director: Manuel Gómez Pereira | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Verónica Forqué, Mercedes Sampietro

Votes: 2,056 | Gross: $0.14M

45. Get Real (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance