Movies: Gay Recs

by qempyrean | created - 29 May 2013 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Films with LGBT interest that I recommend, but which are not quite favorites.

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1. 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: 17,810 | Gross: $0.19M

2. 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: 285,663 | Gross: $83.04M

3. Big Gay Love (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

An overweight party planner meets the love of his life but is comically challenged by his own insecurity in the image conscious Los Angeles.

Director: Ringo Le | Stars: Jonathan Lisecki, Nicholas Brendon, Ann Walker, Ethan Le Phong

Votes: 149

4. Al cielo (2012)

82 min | Drama, Romance

Shy teenager Andrés lives in the Argentine city of La Plata and cycles between school, work and home listening to punk rock. One night he finds out that his idol, the lead singer of his ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Prado | Stars: Ana Angelillo, Mauro Haramboure, Enrique Lunazzi, Lucas Serra

Votes: 82

5. Animals (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Fantasy

Pol is a teenager with a seemingly calm life. He lives with his brother, and is still in high school. However, Pol has a secret: Deerhoof, a cuddly teddy bear who thinks, moves around, and ... See full summary »

Director: Marçal Forés | Stars: Oriol Pla, Augustus Prew, Dimitri Leonidas, Roser Tapias

Votes: 700

6. Hors les murs (2012)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Romance

Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a bartender and bass guitar player originally from Albania. They become lovers. Confronted by his girlfriend Anka, Paulo finds himself out on the street.... See full summary »

Director: David Lambert | Stars: Matila Malliarakis, Guillaume Gouix, David Salles, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin

Votes: 1,178

7. Out in the Dark (2012)

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: 6,036

8. The Feast of Stephen (2009)

5 min | Short, Drama

A short about bullies and homosexuality.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Remy Germinario, Ty Anania, Louis Anania, Phil Naess

Votes: 205

9. Defying Gravity (1997)

92 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

45 Metascore

Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

Director: John Keitel | Stars: Daniel Chilson, Niklaus Lange, Don Handfield, Linna Carter

Votes: 1,502

10. Nico and Dani (2000)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings.

Director: Cesc Gay | Stars: Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco, Esther Nubiola

Votes: 5,608 | Gross: $0.35M

11. 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: 26,554 | Gross: $6.39M

12. Antarctica (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

In two days, Omer will hit a milestone; his 30th birthday. Like many his age, he hasn't found himself. But then Omer is hardly looking. Instead he chooses to loose himself among the stacks ... See full summary »

Director: Yair Hochner | Stars: Ofer Regirer, Guy Zoaretz, Yuval Raz, Yiftach Mizrahi

Votes: 683 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Giochi d'estate (2011)

R | 141 min | Drama, Romance

The story of an adult and a teenage couple during a brief summer holiday by the sea. While Nic's parents remain trapped in a precarious mutual dependency despite repeated attempts at ... See full summary »

Director: Rolando Colla | Stars: Fiorella Campanella, Armando Condolucci, Alessia Barela, Antonio Merone

Votes: 346

14. Sal (I) (2011)

TV-MA | 85 min | Biography, Drama

41 Metascore

The last day in the life of the actor Sal Mineo, who was murdered on February 12, 1976.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Val Lauren, Jim Parrack, James Franco, Vince Jolivette

Votes: 346 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Truth (2013)

TV-MA | 94 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

23 Metascore

A suspenseful, psychological thriller, "Truth" exposes the hidden demons buried deep inside each and every one of us. After a chance encounter over the Internet, Caleb, who suffers from ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Moretti | Stars: Rebekah Aramini, Blanche Baker, Angel Brazier, Kimberly Colyer

Votes: 473

16. A Siren in the Dark (2009 Video)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Cameron, a Police Officer with psychic abilities, is called upon to interview an accused teen in hopes of finding the whereabouts of the teen's missing gay lover. His investigation ... See full summary »

Directors: Laura Reilly, Steven Vasquez | Stars: Todd Williams, Orion Cross, Jason Dodds, Kyle Lankins

Votes: 179

17. Someone I Used to Know (2013)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

When three childhood friends reunite on one midsummer night, their delirious abandon and reminiscence explodes into a daring search for hope and deliverance from the burden of their dreams.

Director: Nadine Truong | Stars: West Liang, Brian Yang, Eddie Mui, Emily Chang

Votes: 25

18. Man of the Year (1995)

86 min | Comedy, Romance

Mockumentary look at Playgirl Magazine centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine that he is gay. Most of the film is a fictionalized retelling... See full summary »

Director: Dirk Shafer | Stars: Vivian Paxton, Claudette Sutherland, Michael Ornstein, Cal Bartlett

Votes: 308

19. Freier 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: 14,329

20. Boycrazy (2009)

Not Rated | 25 min | Short, Musical, Romance

Love never sounded so good, until Corey must decide between two love interests and whether he wants to give up the joys of the single life.

Director: John Sobrack | Stars: James May, Navaris Darson, Brandon Alter, R.J. Enriquez

Votes: 82

21. Ciao (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Jeff is taking care of everything Mark left behind when he died in an accident. Mark was about to have a visitor, Andrea, an Italian guy he met online. Jeff and Andrea have the chance to share memories of the Mark they knew while getting to know each other.

Director: Yen Tan | Stars: Chuck Blaum, Adam Neal Smith, Ethel Lung, John S. Boles

Votes: 2,129 | Gross: $0.05M

22. Dog Tags (2008)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother, Nate Merritt joins the Marines to support his soon-to-be fiancée. While on leave in Palm Springs, Nate meets a seemingly free spirited... See full summary »

Director: Damion Dietz | Stars: Paul Preiss, Amy Lindsay, Candy Clark, Hoyt Richards

Votes: 1,490

23. The Case Against 8 (2014)

TV-14 | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, News

A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White | Stars: Ted Olson, Christopher D. Dusseault, Jeffrey J. Zarrillo, Paul T. Katami

Votes: 958

24. You're Dead to Me (2013)

12 min | Short, Drama

A grieving Chicana mother confronts an uninvited family member before her Día de los Muertos celebration.

Director: Wu Tsang | Stars: Carolina Espiro, Laura Patalano, Harmony Santana

Votes: 19

25. Salvation Army (2013)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama

57 Metascore

In a working class neighborhood in Casablanca, Abdellah, a homosexual teen, tries to build his own life within his big family, caught between an authoritarian mother and an older brother, who he adores.

Director: Abdellah Taia | Stars: Said Mrini, Karim Ait M'Hand, Amine Ennaji, Frédéric Landenberg

Votes: 493 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Match (2014)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960s New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit.

Director: Stephen Belber | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard, Yanis Macheboeuf

Votes: 1,864 | Gross: $0.03M

27. X/Y (2014)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

A look at the lives and interactions of a group of friends living in New York.

Director: Ryan Piers Williams | Stars: Ryan Piers Williams, America Ferrera, Jon Paul Phillips, David Harbour

Votes: 501

28. Praia do Futuro (2014)

Unrated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Shortly after failing to rescue a drowning man, Donato meets Konrad, a friend of the victim. They soon begin a relationship which seems doomed from the start, while Donato's past catches up with him.

Director: Karim Aïnouz | Stars: Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuíta Barbosa, Fred Lima

Votes: 2,205 | Gross: $0.02M

29. Nånting måste gå sönder (2014)

85 min | Drama, Romance

A gritty story taking place in Stockholm, about the passionate love between the self-abusive Sebastian who wants to be a woman, and the easy-going Andreas who is certainly not gay.

Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark | Stars: Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg, Shima Niavarani, Mattias Åhlén

Votes: 1,223

30. Helicopter Mom (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

Maggie Cooper thinks it would be really cool if her son Lloyd were gay. So cool, in fact, that she outs him to the entire school.

Director: Salomé Breziner | Stars: Nia Vardalos, Jason Dolley, Mark Boone Junior, Skyler Samuels

Votes: 1,794

31. Last Weekend (2014)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family.

Directors: Tom Dolby, Tom Williams | Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 827 | Gross: $0.10M

32. Sign of Protest (1970)

20 min | Documentary, Short

This short documentary focuses on protests surrounding a homophobic sign that hung behind the bar of Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood for many years.

Director: Pat Rocco

33. Einayim Petukhoth (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.

Director: Haim Tabakman | Stars: Zohar Shtrauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Tzahi Grad

Votes: 5,508 | Gross: $0.02M

34. 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: 23,668 | Gross: $0.46M

35. Do Começo ao Fim (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

Director: Aluizio Abranches | Stars: Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher, Louise Cardoso

Votes: 6,320

36. The Dark Place (2014)

Not Rated | 87 min | Mystery, Thriller

Keegan Dark returns to the the heart of California's wine valley to make peace with his long-estranged family. Instead, he finds a harrowing mystery that endangers his life and those he loves.

Director: Jody Wheeler | Stars: Blaise Godbe Lipman, Timo Descamps, Sean Paul Lockhart, Eduardo Rioseco

Votes: 226

37. Angels with Tethered Wings (2014)

Unrated | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Angels with Tethered Wings is an unusual, quirky and erotic three-part drama - a back-from-the-grave revenge flick about hope and forgiveness! The film follows what happens when a good man ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Vasquez | Stars: Cory Tyndall, Brandon Rife, Addison Graham, Trip Langley

Votes: 68

38. Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.

Director: Jalil Lespert | Stars: Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet

Votes: 9,656 | Gross: $0.72M

39. Children of God (2010)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other and portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society.

Director: Kareem Mortimer | Stars: Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Laurena Kemp, Mark Ford

Votes: 1,094

40. Ghosted (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Mystery

Still grieving and off balance due to the death of her love, a German lesbian artist discovers she has attracted a mysterious, but sexy Taiwanese journalist.

Director: Monika Treut | Stars: Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting Ting Hu, Jana Schulz

Votes: 334 | Gross: $0.00M

41. Rak haeng Siam (2007)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Two boyhood friends are separated due to the disappearance of the sister of one of them, then later meet again as teenagers, when one of them has become a pop singer, and they discover feelings that they did not know they had.

Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul | Stars: Sinjai Plengpanich, Songsit Roongnophakunsri, Pimpan Buranapim, Laila Boonyasak

Votes: 3,383

42. The Imitation Game (2014)

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

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: 576,119 | Gross: $91.13M

43. Boy Meets Girl (I) (2014)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.

Director: Eric Schaeffer | Stars: Michael Welch, Michelle Hendley, Alexandra Turshen, Michael Galante

Votes: 3,685 | Gross: $0.02M

44. Cupcakes (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Music

64 Metascore

In Tel Aviv, six friends who are appalled by the Israeli entry in the UniverSong competition record their own song on a mobile phone, then are shocked to learn their recording is selected as Israel's entry for next year's competition.

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Dana Ivgy, Keren Berger, Yael Bar-Zohar, Efrat Dor

Votes: 514 | Gross: $0.01M

45. Dior et moi (2014)

R | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture ... See full summary »

Director: Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Christian Dior, Omar Berrada, Raf Simons, Pieter Mulier

Votes: 2,960 | Gross: $1.03M

46. Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Cher, Karen Black, Sandy Dennis, Sudie Bond

Votes: 3,471 | Gross: $0.84M

47. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 84,103 | Gross: $11.53M

48. Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story (2015)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Seed Money is the story of Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco pornographer turned philanthropist. Holmes helped shaped and create gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and later became a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Stabile | Stars: Jeff Stryker, Steven Scarborough, John Travis, John Waters

Votes: 69

49. Do I Sound Gay? (2014)

Unrated | 77 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice.

Director: David Thorpe | Stars: David Thorpe, George Takei, Tim Gunn, David Sedaris

Votes: 1,588 | Gross: $0.06M

50. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama