Gay themed films to watch at least once

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1. Different from the Others (1919)

Not Rated | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Leo Connard, Ilse von Tasso-Lind, Alexandra Willegh

Votes: 1,002

2. Un Chant D'Amour (1950)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

Director: Jean Genet | Stars: Bravo, Jean Genet, Java, Coco Le Martiniquais

Votes: 2,774

3. Victim (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against several gay men in 1960s London.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 4,391

4. The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | 118 min | Drama

Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Leonard Frey, Frederick Combs

Votes: 3,647 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Death in Venice (1971)

GP | 130 min | Drama

While recovering in Venice, sickly Composer Gustav von Aschenbach (Sir Dirk Bogarde) becomes dangerously fixated with teenager Tadzio (Björn Andrésen).

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci

Votes: 16,573

6. Pink Narcissus (1971)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama, Fantasy

An erotic poem set in the fantasies of a young male prostitute.

Director: James Bidgood | Stars: Don Brooks, Bobby Kendall, Charles Ludlam

Votes: 1,036 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

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

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 217,643 | Gross: $50.00M

8. Taxi zum Klo (1980)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films. He keeps his personal life and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ripploh | Stars: Frank Ripploh, Bernd Broaderup, Orpha Termin, Peter Fahrni

Votes: 1,348

9. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 12,832 | Gross: $2.45M

10. 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: 14,025 | Gross: $3.13M

11. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

66 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 205,948 | Gross: $77.32M

12. 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: 1,108 | Gross: $0.13M

13. 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.

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

Votes: 21,299 | Gross: $1.50M

14. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 19,276 | Gross: $0.19M

15. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 13,760 | Gross: $2.16M

16. 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: 5,327 | Gross: $0.87M

17. Get Real (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

Director: Simon Shore | Stars: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart

Votes: 11,800 | Gross: $1.20M

18. 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: 5,166

19. Come Undone (2000)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Jérémie Elkaïm, Stéphane Rideau, Marie Matheron, Dominique Reymond

Votes: 4,579 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Latter Days (2003)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

Director: C. Jay Cox | Stars: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place, Amber Benson

Votes: 16,159 | Gross: $0.82M

21. Bad Education (2004)

NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 51,272 | Gross: $5.21M

22. Tropical Malady (2004)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

78 Metascore

A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Huai Dessom, Sirivech Jareonchon

Votes: 4,428

23. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 298,844 | Gross: $83.04M

24. Boy Culture (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.

Director: Q. Allan Brocka | Stars: Derek Magyar, George Jonson, Patrick Bauchau, Darryl Stephens

Votes: 5,192 | Gross: $0.22M

25. Another Gay Movie (2006)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

37 Metascore

Four gay high school friends make a pact to lose their virginity before they go to college.

Director: Todd Stephens | Stars: Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Jonah Blechman, Mitch Morris

Votes: 8,462 | Gross: $0.65M

26. Shortbus (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: Sook-Yin Lee, Peter Stickles, PJ DeBoy, Paul Dawson

Votes: 30,398 | Gross: $1.99M

27. 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: 19,405 | Gross: $0.14M

28. 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.

Director: Tom Gustafson | Stars: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams

Votes: 4,994 | Gross: $0.12M

29. 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: 155,604 | Gross: $31.84M

30. 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: 14,305

31. Plan B (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After girlfriend Laura dumps him for another man, Bruno plots to come between the new lovers. But his plan takes an unexpected turn, causing Bruno to question his own sexuality.

Director: Marco Berger | Stars: Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro, Mercedes Quinteros, Damián Canduci

Votes: 3,632

32. Undertow (2009)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, 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: 5,928

33. 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: 25,353 | Gross: $0.46M

34. Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In Manhattan, film-maker 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.

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

Votes: 4,970 | Gross: $0.25M

35. Out in the Dark (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

69 Metascore

A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jameel Khoury, Alon Pdut

Votes: 6,631

36. Free Fall (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephan Lacant | Stars: Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt, Attila Borlan, Katharina Schüttler

Votes: 15,900

37. G.B.F. (2013)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 10,050

38. Stranger by the Lake (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

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.

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

Votes: 11,566 | Gross: $0.32M

39. Boys (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Romance

A sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate.

Director: Mischa Kamp | Stars: Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders, Ton Kas

Votes: 10,683

40. The Way He Looks (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro | Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Lúcia Romano

Votes: 20,080 | Gross: $0.10M

41. Pride (I) (2014)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Director: Matthew Warchus | Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine

Votes: 46,440

42. The Normal Heart (2014 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 132 min | Drama, History, Romance

A gay activist attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness during the early 1980s.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Frank De Julio, William DeMeritt

Votes: 31,088

43. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 618,699 | Gross: $91.13M

44. Holding the Man (2015)

Unrated | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance... See full summary »

Director: Neil Armfield | Stars: Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook, Francesco Ferdinandi, Craig Matthew Stott

Votes: 8,582

45. God's Own Country (2017)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart

Votes: 17,715 | Gross: $0.34M



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