Queer Movies From A Gay'er Age (My LGBT Classics not to miss)

by skonto-70240 | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Growing up in the 80's & 90's there were a load of LGBT movies that I loved watching, great actors and great storylines - these are just a few of them...

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1. 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: 21,565 | Gross: $1.50M

2. 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 »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin

Votes: 6,394 | Gross: $4.87M

3. Jeffrey (1995)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decides to become celibate. He immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not love is worth ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Ashley | Stars: Steven Weber, Michael T. Weiss, Peter Jacobson, Tom Cayler

Votes: 5,435 | Gross: $3.49M

4. Stonewall (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Nigel Finch | Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, Duane Boutte

Votes: 1,472 | Gross: $0.62M

5. 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.

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Stockard Channing, Harvey Fierstein, Jean De Baer, Nathaniel Moreau

Votes: 93

6. Love and Death on Long Island (1997)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

Giles De'Ath (Sir John Hurt) is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with movie star Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestly). He then investigates ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Kwietniowski | Stars: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock

Votes: 3,701 | Gross: $2.54M

7. It's My Party (1996)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,614 | Gross: $0.62M

8. 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: 4,979 | Gross: $4.61M

9. Gods and Monsters (1998)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich

Votes: 27,803 | Gross: $6.39M

10. The Fruit Machine (1988)

R | 103 min | Drama

Two gay teenagers go on the run after witnessing a murder.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Emile Charles, Tony Forsyth, Robert Stephens, Clare Higgins

Votes: 453

11. 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: 12,973 | Gross: $6.93M

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

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, History

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

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Patrick Bauchau, Nathalie Baye

Votes: 8,864

13. 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: 3,762 | Gross: $7.63M

14. 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: 2,560 | Gross: $0.54M

15. 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: 13,197 | Gross: $2.45M

16. Queer as Folk (1999–2000)

TV-MA | 48 min | Drama

A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.

Stars: Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black

Votes: 5,359

17. 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: 304,561 | Gross: $83.04M

18. Bent (1997)

NC-17 | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

In 1930s Berlin, a gay Jew is sent to a concentration camp under the Nazi regime.

Director: Sean Mathias | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber

Votes: 7,314 | Gross: $0.37M

19. 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: 100,685 | Gross: $9.17M

20. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,865 | Gross: $1.51M

21. The Matthew Shepard Story (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

Openly gay college student Matthew Shepard murdered in an act of a hate crime with a senseless violence and such cruelty that attracted global attention. His death has changed the whole world forever.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Stockard Channing, Shane Meier, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson

Votes: 1,250

22. Before Stonewall (1984)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, History

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, Maua Adele Ajanaku, Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Bannon

Votes: 685 | Gross: $0.02M

23. 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: 157,595 | Gross: $31.84M

24. 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: 11,914 | Gross: $1.20M

25. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing

Votes: 26,249 | Gross: $36.47M

26. A Home at the End of the World (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A boy who has experienced many losses in his life grows to manhood and enters into a love triangle with a woman and his boyhood friend.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 12,887 | Gross: $1.03M

27. Shortbus (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 30,723 | Gross: $1.99M

28. 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: 14,561

29. 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: 209,866 | Gross: $77.32M

30. 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: 43,827 | Gross: $11.22M

31. Food of Love (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

46 Metascore

Paul, a handsome and talented music student is employed as the page-turner at one of the world famous pianist Kennington's concerts in San Francisco.

Director: Ventura Pons | Stars: Paul Rhys, Kevin Bishop, Juliet Stevenson, Allan Corduner

Votes: 1,556 | Gross: $0.00M

32. 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: 2,600

33. Redwoods (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Romance

An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer visiting the Redwoods Country.

Director: David Lewis | Stars: Matthew Montgomery, Tad Coughenour, Caleb Dorfman, Brendan Bradley

Votes: 1,498

34. 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: 16,328 | Gross: $0.82M

35. Elephant Juice (1999)

86 min | Drama, Romance

Billy is a single twenty-something. His friends are concerned and are determined to help him find a partner. Handsome artist Will suggests he join him in the delights of clandestine direct ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Miller | Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Sean Gallagher, Daniel Lapaine, Daniela Nardini

Votes: 299

36. Shank (2009)

R | 94 min | Drama

A closeted teenage street punk takes up with the latest roughed-up gay victim of his bullying gang, which does not set well with the gang's drugged-up, brotherly leader.

Directors: Simon Pearce, Christian Martin | Stars: Wayne Virgo, Marc Laurent, Tom Bott, Alice Payne

Votes: 2,364

37. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 74,399 | Gross: $124.06M

38. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 44,711 | Gross: $42.77M

39. 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: 7,863 | Gross: $2.05M

41. Threesome (1994)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

A girl named Alex is by mistake housed with 2 guys, Stuart and Eddy, in a college dorm suite. After initial problems they become friends. Stuart has the hots for Alex, Alex for Eddy and Eddy for Stuart. Can it work?

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Lara Flynn Boyle, Josh Charles, Stephen Baldwin, Alexis Arquette

Votes: 12,134 | Gross: $14.82M

42. 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: 4,862 | Gross: $2.51M

43. The Object of My Affection (1998)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A pregnant New York City social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell

Votes: 17,833 | Gross: $29.11M

44. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 164,263 | Gross: $18.10M

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: 19,216 | Gross: $0.34M

46. 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: 14,478 | Gross: $3.13M

47. Love, Simon (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford

Votes: 85,975 | Gross: $40.83M

48. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett

Votes: 119,862 | Gross: $127.12M

49. Another Country (1984)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance