LGBT-Themed Movies, pre 1976

by antropomorf | created - 26 Mar 2013 | updated - 26 Mar 2013 | Public

A complete list of LGBT-themed movies before 1976

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1. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 1,664

2. The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful, and he suffers their pranks and high jinks. Then, at noon, everything ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle. Bodson, Manuel, Georges Méliès

Votes: 939

3. Algie, the Miner (1912)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Algie Allmore has one year to prove he's a man in order to wed Harry Lyons' daughter.

Director: Edward Warren | Stars: Billy Quirk, Mary Foy

Votes: 284

4. A Florida Enchantment (1914)

Unrated | 63 min | Comedy

A young woman discovers a seed that can make women act like men and men act like women. She decides to take one, then slips one to her maid and another to her fiancé. The fun begins.

Director: Sidney Drew | Stars: Sidney Drew, Edith Storey, Charles Kent, Mrs. Sidney Drew

Votes: 163

5. Vingarne (1916)

69 min | Drama

An adaptation of Herman Bang's 1902 novel "Mikaël." A sculptor befriends a young painter who becomes his model. Their friendship is thrown into turmoil when they both fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Mauritz Stiller | Stars: Nils Asther, Lili Beck, Egil Eide, Lars Hanson

Votes: 71

6. Anders als die Andern (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: 920

8. Manslaughter (1922)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Society-girl thrill seeker Lydia causes the death of motorcycle policeman and is prosecuted by her fiancé Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alcoholic.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Leatrice Joy, Thomas Meighan, Lois Wilson, John Miltern

Votes: 348 | Gross: $1.20M

9. Salomé (1922)

Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Drama, History

Salome, the daughter of Herodias, seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a salacious dance. In return, he promises her the head of the prophet John the Baptist.

Directors: Charles Bryant, Alla Nazimova | Stars: Alla Nazimova, Nigel De Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Rose Dione

Votes: 626

10. Ponjola (1923)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a beautiful gallant girl ,Flavia Desmond (Anna Q. Nilsson), who goes into the African veldt of the Rhodesan gold fields to save the soul of a man, Lundi Druro (James ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crisp | Stars: Anna Q. Nilsson, James Kirkwood, Tully Marshall, Joseph Kilgour

11. The Soilers (1923)

20 min | Comedy, Short

During the Alaska gold rush, a miner hits the mother lode, but a corrupt sheriff jumps his claim, leading to a tremendous fight.

Director: Ralph Ceder | Stars: Stan Laurel, Ena Gregory, Mae Laurel, James Finlayson

Votes: 192

14. Michael (1924)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Triangle story: painter, his young male model, unscrupulous princess.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Walter Slezak, Max Auzinger, Nora Gregor, Robert Garrison

Votes: 1,341

15. Beverly of Graustark (1926)

70 min | Comedy, Romance

Beverly of Graustark (1926) is a silent film directed by Sidney Franklin, starring Marion Davies, Antonio Moreno and Creighton Hale. The film's screenplay was written by Agnes Christine ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Marion Davies, Antonio Moreno, Creighton Hale, Roy D'Arcy

Votes: 354 | Gross: $0.32M

16. Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

20 min | Comedy, Short

Stan is young sailor whose girl gets kidnapped by rough sea captain. Stan dresses in drag and seduces the captain and the captain's wife catches him. Stan and his girl beat a hasty retreat ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Guiol | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Viola Richard, Anita Garvin

Votes: 365

17. A Wanderer of the West (1927)

60 min | Western

In a plot to take control of the Lazy Y ranch, which holds water rights to the local area, a rancher kidnaps the Lazy Y owner's daughter. The ranch foreman manages to eventually foil the plot and get the girl.

Directors: Robin Williamson, Joseph E. Zivelli | Stars: Kermit Maynard, Betty Caldwell, Frank Clark, Walter Shumway

19. Beggars of Life (1928)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington

Votes: 739

20. Sex in Chains (1928)

107 min | Drama

A young man is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a term in prison. There he forms a close relationship with his cellmate and upon his release his wife is concerned as to how prison has changed the man she married.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Dieterle, Gunnar Tolnæs, Mary Johnson, Paul Henckels

Votes: 206

21. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

Votes: 8,439 | Gross: $0.01M

22. That's My Wife (1929)

20 min | Comedy, Short

Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Aubrey, Harry Bernard

Votes: 538

23. Morocco (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt

Votes: 4,562

24. Way Out West (1930)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Comedy, Music

Wise-guy carnival barker Windy bilks a group of cowboys out of their money, gets caught and is forced into working off the debt on their ranch. He falls in love with Molly, the pretty owner... See full summary »

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: William Haines, Leila Hyams, Polly Moran, Cliff Edwards

Votes: 636

25. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | 87 min | Drama, Romance

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich | Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda, Hedwig Schlichter

Votes: 1,982

26. Manhattan Parade (1931)

TV-G | 75 min | Comedy, Musical

The fortunes of a Broadway costume company rise and fall depending on who is running it, and whether its clients' shows succeed or not.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Winnie Lightner, Charles Butterworth, Joe Smith, Charles Dale

Votes: 106

27. The Public Enemy (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell

Votes: 15,324

28. The Blood of a Poet (1932)

Not Rated | 55 min | Fantasy

A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking. The artist tries to wipe it away with his hand, but when he looks... See full summary »

Director: Jean Cocteau | Stars: Enrique Rivero, Elizabeth Lee Miller, Pauline Carton, Odette Talazac

Votes: 4,867

29. Call Her Savage (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama

Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 615

30. Hell's Highway (1932)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Chain gang prisoners forced to construct a "liberty highway" for their overseer chasten under his brutal stewardship, causing Duke Ellis to mastermind a mass riot.

Director: Rowland Brown | Stars: Richard Dix, Rochelle Hudson, Tom Brown, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 509

31. Diplomaniacs (1933)

Passed | 61 min | Comedy, Musical

Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers. When suddenly a white man asks for a shave, several Indians of the ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Marjorie White, Phyllis Barry

Votes: 231

32. Lot in Sodom (1933)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama

Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic ... See full summary »

Directors: James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber | Stars: Friedrich Haak, Hildegarde Watson, Dorthea House, Lewis Whitbeck

Votes: 473

33. Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Unrated | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her.

Directors: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess

Votes: 1,105

34. Myrt and Marge (1933)

62 min | Comedy

Myrt has a show chock full of talented performers that deserves to be on Broadway, but can't raise the necessary money. Jackson, a lecherous "producer", provides the money in order to get ... See full summary »

Director: Al Boasberg | Stars: Myrtle Vail, Donna Damerel, Ray Hedges, Eddie Foy Jr.

Votes: 69

35. Our Betters (1933)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Although the British upper class may be thought our betters in society, but they are certainly not our betters, and perhaps our equals, in morality.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Constance Bennett, Violet Kemble Cooper, Phoebe Foster, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 472

36. Queen Christina (1933)

Approved | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone

Votes: 6,301 | Gross: $0.77M

37. Stage Mother (1933)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A vaudeville star has to leave her daughter with her dead husband's stuffy Boston parents while she makes a living. But when the daughter shows some talent, the mother become a stage mother... See full summary »

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Alice Brady, Maureen O'Sullivan, Franchot Tone, Phillips Holmes

Votes: 201

38. Zero for Conduct (1933)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Louis Lefebvre, Du Verron

Votes: 6,490

39. Victor and Victoria (1933)

84 min | Comedy, Musical

Aspiring singer Susanne takes over for ham actor Viktor at a small cabaret in Berlin where he works a woman impersonator and per chance she's discovered by an agent, who thinks that she ... See full summary »

Director: Reinhold Schünzel | Stars: Renate Müller, Hermann Thimig, Hilde Hildebrand, Friedel Pisetta

Votes: 323

40. The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 5,950

41. Wonder Bar (1934)

Passed | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man. Al Wonder and the conductor/singer Tommy are in love ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dolores del Rio, Ricardo Cortez

Votes: 516

42. Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, "disguises" herself as a boy, "Sylvester." They are ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Brian Aherne, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 3,053

43. Top Hat (1935)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 15,062 | Gross: $1.78M

44. Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 4,627

45. La garçonne (1936)

95 min | Drama

The eponymous garçonne or flapper is Monique Lerbier, an emancipated French woman who leaves home to escape a marriage of convenience to a man she does not love which her parents have ... See full summary »

Director: Jean de Limur | Stars: Marie Bell, Arletty, Henri Rollan, Jean Worms

Votes: 21

46. Rangle River (1936)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Marion Hastings, absent from her Australian home, Rangle River Station, for many years while completing her education in Europe, receives a letter from Dick Drake, her father's ranch ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Victor Jory, Margaret Dare, Robert Coote, George Bryant

Votes: 13

47. Lady Killer (1933)

TV-G | 76 min | Comedy, Crime

A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, Margaret Lindsay, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 1,343

48. Hôtel du Nord (1938)

83 min | Drama, Romance

A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin. They want to die together, but after having shooted at Renee, Pierre ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Arletty

Votes: 1,841

49. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 105,712

50. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

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