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1. A Bit of Scarlet (1997)

70 min | Documentary

A Bit of Scarlet excavates clips from Britain's cinema archives to create a moving and humorous testament to the closeted gay and lesbian images from filmmaking's earliest days.

Director: Andrea Weiss | Star: Ian McKellen

Votes: 28

2. After Stonewall (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.

Director: John Scagliotti | Stars: Craig Rodwell, Melissa Etheridge, Mike Carney, Barney Frank

Votes: 352

3. Poikien bisnes (2009)

72 min | Documentary

A look behind the scenes of the Czech gay porn boom. Porn producer Dan Komar, and his ex-lover/star Aaron Hawke, shown what life is like on both sides of the camera.

Director: Markku Heikkinen | Stars: Mario Zieroth, Markku Heikkinen, Dan Komar, Josef Rychtecky

Votes: 172

4. 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: 638

5. Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

What or who is Big Joy? Big Joy is James Broughton, pioneer of experimental cinema in the 1940s, and trickster poet who was a precursor to the beat movement in San Francisco. BIG JOY is a ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, Dawn Logsdon | Stars: James Broughton, Neeli Cherkovski, Jack Foley, Alex Gildzen

Votes: 84

6. City of Borders (2009)

66 min | Documentary

Interviews with the owners and diverse patrons of a Jerusalem gay bar called "Shushan."

Director: Yun Suh | Stars: Boody, Ravit Geva, Sa'Ar Netanel, Adam Russo

Votes: 68

7. Gender Troubles: The Butches (2016)

55 min | Documentary

Contrary to popular myth, butch lesbians are not trying to be feminine and failing. They are not going through a rebellious stage or imitating men. They are women who, while being true to ... See full summary »

Votes: 8

8. Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several trans-gendered individuals. As with Treuts first film, Jungfrauenmaschine, Gendernauts, enters a minority sector of San Fransisco ... See full summary »

Director: Monika Treut | Stars: Susan Stryker, Texas Tomboy, Annie Sprinkle, Jordi Jones

Votes: 124 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Word Is Out (1977)

124 min | Documentary

More than two dozen men and women of various backgrounds, ages, and races talk to the camera about being gay. Their stories are arranged in loose chronology: early years, fitting in (which ... See full summary »

Directors: Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein | Stars: Pat Bond, John Burnside, Sally M. Gearhart, Elsa Gidlow

Votes: 290

10. The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

A film scrapbook, images, phrases from our past, hiding their meanings behind veils. Let's lift those veils, one by one, to find how images, at one time seeming innocent, have revealed, after decades, to have homosexual overtones.

Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Dan Butler, Don Ameche, Johnny Arthur, Lucille Ball

Votes: 200

11. United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012 Video)

93 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Hubbard | Stars: David Barr, Ken Bing, Gregg Bordowitz, Jim Eigo

Votes: 88

12. Homo Promo (1991)

62 min | Comedy

How did Hollywood pitch movies about gays and lesbians between 1956 and 1977? Here are theatrical trailers for 27 mainstream and art-house films, presented chronologically from "Tea and ... See full summary »

Director: Jenni Olson

Votes: 54

13. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early '60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through ... See full summary »

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Thea Spyer, Edea Windsor

Votes: 345

15. My Wonderful West Berlin (2017)

97 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Today's hip image of Berlin is based on the city's vibrant and subversive subcultures, which originally emerged within the grey walls surrounding West Berlin. The queer scene played a major... See full summary »

Director: Jochen Hick | Stars: Mabel Aschenneller, Wolfgang Cihlarz, Rolf Eden, Egmont Fassbinder

Votes: 50

16. Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution (2017)

83 min | Documentary

A documentary on Queercore, the cultural and social movement that began as an offshoot of punk and was distinguished by its discontent with society's disapproval of the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender communities.

Director: Yony Leyser | Stars: John Waters, Kim Gordon, Beth Ditto, Kathleen Hanna

Votes: 103

17. Dream Boat (2017)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Once a year, the Dream Boat sets sail - a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on a quest for their dreams. ... See full summary »

Director: Tristan Ferland Milewski | Stars: Michael Anastasio, Richard Weigle

Votes: 1,046 | Gross: $0.00M

18. The Lavender Scare (2017)

77 min | Documentary

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and orders the immediate firing of any government ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Howard | Stars: Glenn Close, David Hyde Pierce, T.R. Knight, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 18

19. Rebels on Pointe (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever, cinéma vérité documentary film celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo -- the all male, drag ballet company founded over 40 years ago on the ... See full summary »

Director: Bobbi Jo Hart | Star: Chase Johnsey

Votes: 62 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Queer Artivism (2013)

96 min | Documentary

An insight into 5 queer film festivals accompanied with the discussion about the importance of queer film festivals, queer film and people's experience with both.

Directors: Masa Zia Lenardic, Anja Wutej | Stars: Maria Laura Annibali, John Badalu, Patricia Bateira, Itxaso Beistegui

Votes: 7

21. 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: 5,702 | Gross: $1.51M

22. Hide and Seek (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 57 min | Drama

Mixes documentary interviews of memories of lesbian adolescence with the story of the 12-year-old girl Lou discovering her sexuality in 1960s America.

Director: Su Friedrich | Stars: Chelsea Holland, Ariel Mara, Linzy Martinelli, Sarah Jane Smith

Votes: 160

23. Peter De Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn (2014)

97 min | Documentary

Pioneer erotic film maker Peter de Rome talks about his life and work, which is celebrated at London's BFI Southbank.

Director: Ethan Reid | Stars: Robert Alvarez, Kristen Bjorn, Carlos Caballero, Topher Campbell

Votes: 35

24. Reel in the Closet (2015)

70 min | Documentary, History

Never before seen home movies made by queer people dating back to the 1930s and the struggle to save them before they are lost forever.

Director: Stu Maddux | Stars: Tom Ammiano, Barbara Gittings, David Imming, Bill Jones

Votes: 15

25. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 5,112 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Paragraph 175 (2000)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

85 Metascore

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath, Pierre Seel

Votes: 1,733 | Gross: $0.07M

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