Most Popular Gay Rights Movies and TV Shows
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1. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 209,160 | Gross: $77.32M
2. Milk (I) (2008)
R | 128 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 157,194 | Gross: $31.84M
4. Holding the Man (2015)
Unrated | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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 »
5. Popular (1999–2001)
TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
6. Half Nelson (2006)
R | 106 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 81,042 | Gross: $2.69M
8. I Am Michael (2015)
Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Based on the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who becomes a Christian pastor after identifying as a heterosexual.
9. The Red Pill (2016)
TV-14 | 108 min | Documentary
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?"
10. 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.
11. Graves (I) (2016– )
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy
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.
13. 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.
16. Poison (1991)
R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
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.
Votes: 3,546 | Gross: $0.61M
17. Riot (2018 TV Movie)
105 min | Drama, History, Romance
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 »
19. Any Day Now (I) (2012)
R | 98 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 5,509 | Gross: $0.20M
20. The Circle (2014)
Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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 »
21. Evening Shadows (2018)
102 min | Drama
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.
22. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary
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.
23. Believer (I) (2018)
TV-14 | 101 min | Documentary, Music
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 »
24. Ben & Arthur (2002)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
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.
TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A portrait of recently retired Congressman Barney Frank, one of America's most well-known and least understood political figures.
26. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News
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.
Votes: 3,543 | Gross: $0.13M
27. 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.
Votes: 1,470 | Gross: $0.62M
28. The Weather Underground (2002)
Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War
The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.
Votes: 3,313 | Gross: $0.56M
29. 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.
Votes: 5,275 | Gross: $0.01M
30. Code Name: Dynastud (2018)
Not Rated | 94 min | Action
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.
31. Wedding Wars (2006 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
32. Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995 TV Movie)
91 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.
35. Third Man Out (2005 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A gay detective is hired to find who has been been threatening a notorious member of the gay community noted for outing people.
36. 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.
Votes: 678 | Gross: $0.02M
37. Every Act of Life (2018)
93 min | Documentary, Biography
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 »
38. 50 Shades of Gay (2017 TV Movie)
46 min | Comedy
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.
39. The Penis Files (2012)
16 min | Short, Comedy
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 »
Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary
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 »
43. To the Marriage of True Minds (2010)
11 min | Short, Drama, Romance
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.
44. Vito (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.
45. Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (2004 TV Movie)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
61 min | Documentary
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.
48. 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 »
49. Consenting Adults (2007 TV Movie)
80 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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 »
50. Les Invisibles (2012)
115 min | Documentary, Romance
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.