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1. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

7.7
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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: 209,160 | Gross: $77.32M

2. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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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: 157,194 | Gross: $31.84M

3. Pride (I) (2014)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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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: 47,437

4. Holding the Man (2015)

Unrated | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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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: 8,965

5. Popular (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two girls who despise each other, due to being on opposite sides of the "popularity fence", are forced together upon learning that their parents are getting married.

Stars: Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, Tamara Mello, Christopher Gorham

Votes: 5,767

6. Half Nelson (2006)

R | 106 min | Drama

7.2
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85 Metascore

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

Director: Ryan Fleck | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps, Jeff Lima

Votes: 81,042 | Gross: $2.69M

7. Stonewall (2015)

R | 129 min | Drama, History

5.2
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30 Metascore

A young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 3,118 | Gross: $0.19M

8. I Am Michael (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.6
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56 Metascore

Based on the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who becomes a Christian pastor after identifying as a heterosexual.

Director: Justin Kelly | Stars: James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, Charlie Carver

Votes: 4,328

9. The Red Pill (2016)

TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary

8.3
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The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye's journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men's Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today's gender war and asks the question "what is the future of gender equality?"

Director: Cassie Jaye | Stars: Cassie Jaye, Paul Elam, Attila Vinczer, Dean Esmay

Votes: 9,023

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

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, History

7.8
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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: 8,836

11. Graves (I) (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

6.5
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Former President Richard Graves has the epiphany, twenty years after leaving office, that his policies have damaged the country for decades. This, as his wife, the former First Lady, has political ambitions of her own.

Stars: Nick Nolte, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell

Votes: 950

12. When We Rise (2017)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama

7.2
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A chronicled re-telling of the gay rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969.

Stars: Rachel Griffiths, Austin P. McKenzie, Mary-Louise Parker, Emily Skeggs

Votes: 2,736

13. Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

8.1
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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: 14,493

14. 8 (2012 Video)

91 min | Drama, History

7.2
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Live chronicle of the landmark federal trial of California's Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Dustin Lance Black, David Boies, Matt Bomer

Votes: 466

15. The Laramie Project (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.2
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The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Director: Moisés Kaufman | Stars: Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Chalfant, Laura Linney

Votes: 5,968

16. Poison (1991)

R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.5
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67 Metascore

A boy shoots his father and flies out the window. A man falls in love with a fellow inmate in prison. A doctor accidentally ingests his experimental sex serum, wrecking havoc on the community.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, Susan Norman, Millie White

Votes: 3,546 | Gross: $0.61M

17. Riot (2018 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.7
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In 1978, when the push to decriminalise homosexuality has stalled, a group of activists decide they must make one final attempt to celebrate who they are. Led by former union boss, Lance ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Damon Herriman, Kate Box, Xavier Samuel, Jessica De Gouw

Votes: 443

18. Kids in America (2005)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

5.7
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38 Metascore

A diverse group of high school students band together to peacefully stick it to their overbearing principal.

Director: Josh Stolberg | Stars: Gregory Smith, Julie Bowen, Malik Yoba, Stephanie Sherrin

Votes: 2,558 | Gross: $0.54M

19. Any Day Now (I) (2012)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.5
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60 Metascore

In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.

Director: Travis Fine | Stars: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher

Votes: 5,509 | Gross: $0.20M

20. The Circle (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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67 Metascore

Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Haupt | Stars: Matthias Hungerbühler, Peter Jecklin, Marie Leuenberger, Stefan Witschi

Votes: 1,333

21. Evening Shadows (2018)

102 min | Drama

7.3
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Under the 'Evening Shadows', truth often plays hide and seek. Set in South India and Mumbai, 'Evening Shadows' is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths.

Director: Sridhar Rangayan | Stars: Mona Ambegaonkar, Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Devansh Doshi, Arpit Chaudhary

Votes: 260

22. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary

7.2
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76 Metascore

Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists.

Director: David France | Stars: Kurt Wolfe, Sue Yacka, Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos, Victoria Cruz

Votes: 1,208

23. Believer (I) (2018)

TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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Imagine Dragons' Mormon front man Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah... See full summary »

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Dan Reynolds, Aja Volkman, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman

Votes: 681

24. Ben & Arthur (2002)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

2.3
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A pair of recently married gay men are threatened by one of the partner's brother, a religious fanatic who plots to murder them after being ostracized by his church.

Director: Sam Mraovich | Stars: Sam Mraovich, Jamie Brett Gabel, Michael Haboush, Bill Hindley

Votes: 7,421

25. Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank (2014)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

5.5
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A portrait of recently retired Congressman Barney Frank, one of America's most well-known and least understood political figures.

Directors: Sheila Canavan, Michael Chandler | Stars: Barney Frank, Spencer Bachus, Mike Barnicle, Neil Barofsky

Votes: 202

26. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

7.6
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86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,543 | Gross: $0.13M

27. Stonewall (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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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: 1,470 | Gross: $0.62M

28. The Weather Underground (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

7.5
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77 Metascore

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel | Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White

Votes: 3,313 | Gross: $0.56M

29. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.3
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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: 5,275 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Code Name: Dynastud (2018)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action

3.4
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In the year 2024, homosexuality has been outlawed by an extreme right-wing government. Only one extraordinary man can stop this wave of terror and repression, a superhero for our troubled times.

Director: Richard Griffin | Stars: Michael Varrati, Aaron Andrade, Anthony Gaudette, William Galatis

Votes: 190

31. Wedding Wars (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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After a gay party planner discovers his brother is behind the governor's speech against gay marriage, he decides to go on strike for equal rights.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: John Stamos, Eric Dane, Bonnie Somerville, Sean Maher

Votes: 1,788

32. Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes, Wendy Makkena

Votes: 969

33. The Awful Truth (1999–2000)

30 min | Documentary

6.6
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Activist film director Michael Moore hosts a show where he continues his crusade to expose wrongdoing by the high and mighty.

Stars: Michael Moore, Jay Martel, Gideon Evans, Karen Duffy

Votes: 2,008

34. Children of God (2010)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

6.7
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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: 1,149

35. Third Man Out (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A gay detective is hired to find who has been been threatening a notorious member of the gay community noted for outing people.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Jack Wetherall, Woody Jeffreys

Votes: 949

36. Before Stonewall (1984)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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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: 678 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Every Act of Life (2018)

93 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Kaufman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Lynn Ahrens, Jon Robin Baitz, Christine Baranski

Votes: 86

38. 50 Shades of Gay (2017 TV Movie)

46 min | Comedy

6.1
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50 years after decriminalization of homosexuality in Great Britain, actor Rupert Everett explores the way both the gay community and public attitude towards gay people have changed.

Director: Michael Waldman | Stars: Rupert Everett, John Browne, Paul Burrell, Jai'Rouge

Votes: 32

39. The Penis Files (2012)

16 min | Short, Comedy

7.3
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Until "The Olson Penis" was created by Dr. Olson 10-years ago, historically men's penises grew for procreation when a woman ovulated and retracted immediately. 200 years ago, men who were ... See full summary »

Director: Katie Schwartz | Stars: Becky Thyre, Drew Droege, Erin Brown, Evan Ferrante

Votes: 7

40. Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land (2012)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary

7.2
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When many people think of Israel, it is often in terms of modern war or ancient religion. But there is much more to the Jewish state then missiles and prayers. In his debut as a documentary... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Lucas, Yariv Mozer | Stars: Mickey Gitzen, Nitzan Horowitz, Tzipi Livni, Ilan Gilon

Votes: 47

41. Two Spirits (2009)

R | 65 min | Documentary

7.6
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Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that ... See full summary »

Director: Lydia Nibley

Votes: 79

42. Stonewall Uprising (2010)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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74 Metascore

This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Paul Bosche, Alfredo del Rio, John DiGiacomo, Dana Gaiser

Votes: 477 | Gross: $0.13M

43. To the Marriage of True Minds (2010)

11 min | Short, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Two young men have escaped persecution in Baghdad. Now separated in the United Kingdom their reunion is dependent upon the remembrance of a sonnet by Shakespeare and a paper boat.

Director: Andrew Steggall | Stars: Waleed Elgadi, Amir Boutrous, Jane Bertish, Raad Rawi

Votes: 25

44. Vito (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, George Bancroft, Richard Barrios, Edmund Bergler

Votes: 462

45. Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (2004 TV Movie)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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In the small, predominantly working class town of Inniston, Ontario, Marc Hall is a high school senior with a promising future in his chosen career as lawyer. He is bright, well liked by ... See full summary »

Director: John L'Ecuyer | Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Jean Pierre Bergeron, Marie Tifo, Mac Fyfe

Votes: 846

46. Mom's Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers' Custody Movement (2006)

61 min | Documentary

7.4
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Directors: Jody Laine, Shan Ottey, Shad Reinstein

Votes: 8

47. El Secreto del Retrato

Comedy, Drama | Pre-production

A multi-true story tale which denounces various violations of gay human rights, incest, child abuse, political and economic exploitation, corruption within the government and religious institutions in America.

Director: Janet Alvarez Gonzalez | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Hemky Madera, Donny Boaz, Damián Alcázar

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

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

7.9
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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: 354

49. Consenting Adults (2007 TV Movie)

80 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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This movie is a BBC Four television dramatization of the events of the Wolfenden committee, whose report led to the decriminalization of homosexuality in Britain. Set in the 1950s, this ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Curson Smith | Stars: Matt Ryan, Jamie Martin, Charles Dance, Sean Biggerstaff

Votes: 83

50. Les Invisibles (2012)

115 min | Documentary, Romance

7.5
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Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives, their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Bernard, Catherine, Christian, Thérèse Clerc

Votes: 423



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