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1. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 45,939 | Gross: $10.21M

2. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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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: 156,373 | Gross: $31.84M

3. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 13,845 | Gross: $2.16M

4. A Very British Sex Scandal (2007 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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A docu-drama which chronicles the experiences and actions of Peter Wildeblood which eventually led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Great Britain.

Director: Patrick Reams | Stars: Nicholas Le Prevost, Harriet Eastcott, Sam Heughan, Barny Clevely

Votes: 512

5. 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: 3,520 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Stonewall (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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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: 1,465 | Gross: $0.62M

7. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

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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: 5,817 | Gross: $1.51M

8. Before Stonewall (1984)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, History

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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: 666 | Gross: $0.02M

9. The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

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At the height of his fame, Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is (correctly) believed to be a romantic relationship with Queensberry's son Lord Alfred Douglas ("... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick

Votes: 715

10. The Naked Civil Servant (1975 TV Movie)

77 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge, Stanley Lebor

Votes: 1,324

11. Gay Sex in the 70s (2005)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

6.9
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65 Metascore

A chronicle of gay culture in New York during the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDs era.

Director: Joseph F. Lovett | Stars: Robert Alvarez, Alvin Baltrop, Barton Benes, Tom Bianchi

Votes: 545 | Gross: $0.25M

12. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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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: 5,251 | Gross: $0.01M

13. Citizen Cohn (1992 TV Movie)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

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As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: James Woods, Joe Don Baker, Joseph Bologna, Ed Flanders

Votes: 1,260

14. Stonewall Uprising (2010)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, History

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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: 466 | Gross: $0.13M

15. Brother to Brother (2004)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

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57 Metascore

A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.

Director: Rodney Evans | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Alex Burns, Kevin Jackson

Votes: 1,025

16. Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Mario Lopez, Michael Murphy, Jeffrey Meek, Rosemary Dunsmore

Votes: 627

17. We Were Here (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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94 Metascore

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber | Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer

Votes: 1,852

18. An Englishman in New York (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama

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The later years of Quentin Crisp's life in New York City.

Director: Richard Laxton | Stars: John Hurt, Denis O'Hare, Jonathan Tucker, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 1,268

19. Saturday Night at the Baths (1975)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

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A musician from Montana finds work and other things at The Continental Baths in New York City, 1974.

Director: David Buckley | Stars: Robert Aberdeen, Ellen Sheppard, Don Scotti, Steve Ostrow

Votes: 334

20. Homo Promo (1991)

62 min | Comedy

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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: 58

21. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, Romance

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73 Metascore

An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

Director: Daniel G. Karslake | Stars: Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Gene Robinson, Isabella 'Boo' McDaniel

Votes: 4,256 | Gross: $0.31M

22. Consenting Adults (2007 TV Movie)

80 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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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: 82

23. The Dog (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

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76 Metascore

A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

Directors: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren | Stars: John Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Jeremy Bowker, Liz Debbie Eden

Votes: 813 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Paragraph 175 (2000)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, History, Romance

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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: 1,757 | Gross: $0.07M

25. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Sara Lewinstein, David Mandell, Suzi Mandell, Sallie Perryman

Votes: 561

26. Strip Jack Naked: Nighthawks II (1991)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Ron Peck talks about his experiences of growing up as a gay man, the attitudes to homosexuality in Britain, and his journey towards making his film Nighthawks (1978).

Director: Ron Peck | Stars: Ron Peck, John Brown, John Daimon, Nick Bolton

Votes: 75

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

61 min | Documentary

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Directors: Jody Laine, Shan Ottey, Shad Reinstein

Votes: 8

28. Word Is Out (1977)

124 min | Documentary

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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: 297

29. Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (1992)

85 min | Documentary

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Ten women, most of them in Vancouver or Toronto, talk about being lesbian in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s: discovering the pulp fiction of the day about women in love, their own first ... See full summary »

Directors: Lynne Fernie, Aerlyn Weissman | Stars: Keely Moll, Stephanie Ozard, Ann Bannon, Reva Hutkin

Votes: 226

30. Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (2005)

57 min | Documentary

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Documentary about transgender women and drag queens who fought police harassment at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn bar in NYC.

Directors: Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker | Stars: Ray Baxter, Elliot Blackstone, Aleshia Brevard, Felicia Elizondo

Votes: 113

31. The Male Nude (2003)

29 min | Documentary, Short

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A history of the male nude in photography.

Director: Andrew Delaplaine | Star: David Leddick

Votes: 22

32. That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

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64 Metascore

This intimate film reveals the legendary man with the white saran wrapped pants, undersized leather vests, and Dutch-boy haircut who is the iconic Peter Berlin.

Director: Jim Tushinski | Stars: Peter Berlin, Armistead Maupin, John Waters, Jack Wrangler

Votes: 359 | Gross: $0.06M

33. Making the Boys (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

6.1
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71 Metascore

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to ... See full summary »

Director: Crayton Robey | Stars: Edward Albee, Joe Allen, Matt Baney, David Carter

Votes: 471 | Gross: $0.03M

34. The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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65 Metascore

Tender and upbeat, THE LADY IN QUESTION IS CHARLES BUSCH is the affectionate and entertaining tribute to actor, writer, drag performer, and glamorous leading lady Charles Busch.

Directors: John Catania, Charles D. Ignacio | Stars: Charles Busch, Eric Myers, Elizabeth Busch-LeNe, Margaret Busch

Votes: 123

35. Boys Beware (1961)

10 min | Drama, Short

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This anti-homosexual social "scare" short film focuses on the dangers of young boys talking to strangers.

Star: Sid Davis

Votes: 460

36. Gen Silent (2011)

70 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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LGBT people who fought the earliest battles for equality now face so much fear about discrimination, or worse, in health care/long-term care that they hide their past lives, are afraid to ... See full summary »

Director: Stu Maddux

Votes: 53

37. After Stonewall (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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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: 359

38. The Sons of Tennessee Williams (2010)

Unrated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, History

4.3
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52 Metascore

THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular 'drag balls' starting in the late 1950s. These men ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Wolff | Stars: Charles Maddox, Tommy Dietsch, Ed Herlihy, George Roth

Votes: 111 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

81 min | Documentary

6.9
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A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States, from 1947 to 2005, from Kenneth Anger's 'Fireworks' to Ang Lee's 'Brokeback ... See full summary »

Directors: Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg | Stars: Tom Arnold, Randy Barbato, Dan Bucatinsky, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 568

40. Unfit: Ward vs. Ward (2012)

Documentary

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In 1995, Mary Ward filed for an increase in child support from her ex-husband. She was awarded the increase but never expected the firestorm that would ensue. Her ex-husband in turn filed ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Katie Carmichael, Penny Edmiston, Edwin Scharlau | Stars: Jessica Acebo, Michelle Caldwell, Charlene Carres, Beatrice Dohrn

Votes: 9

41. Out of the Past (1998)

R | 97 min | Documentary

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In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story of her ensuing battle with school authorities in interspersed with looks back at the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Dupre | Stars: Stephen Spinella, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cherry Jones, Edward Norton

Votes: 165 | Gross: $0.01M

42. One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave: Secrets from the Dolly Madison Room (1994)

79 min | Documentary

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A group of AIDS patients share their stories in the doctor's office.

Directors: Juan Botas, Lucas Platt | Stars: Jonathan Demme, Juan Botas, Bernard Morisset, Daniel Chapman

Votes: 37

43. Continental (2013)

95 min | Documentary

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The story of Continental Baths, a well-known New York City establishment for gays during the late '60 to 1974.

Director: Malcolm Ingram | Stars: Bette Midler, Jaye P. Morgan, Charlotte Crossley, Melissa Manchester

Votes: 68

44. One Nation Under God (1993)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

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Focusing on the contemporary religious Right Wing proliferation of curative therapies for homosexuality, this riveting documentary offers historical context as well as a political analysis ... See full summary »

Directors: Teodoro Maniaci, Francine Rzeznik | Stars: Ralph Blair, Pat Buchanan, Michael Bussee, Robert Cabaj

Votes: 188

45. Improper Conduct (1984)

112 min | Documentary

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An examination of Cuba's "moral purges" that began in 1964 with UMAP camps for those suspected of or found guilty of "improper conduct." Key moments brought outside attention to these ... See full summary »

Directors: Néstor Almendros, Orlando Jiménez Leal | Stars: Lorenzo Monreal, Jorge Lago, Julio Medina, César Bermudez

Votes: 100

46. In the Life (1992–2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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A newsmagazine focused on LGBT issues and culture, originally broadcast on PBS.

Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Katherine Linton, Michael Billy, Bill Brochtrup

Votes: 37

47. The Fall of '55 (2006)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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In late 1955 and early 1956, the citizens of Boise, Idaho believed there was a menace in their midst. On Halloween, investigators arrested three men on charges of having sex with teenage ... See full summary »

Director: Seth Randal | Stars: Ron Bess, Peter Boag, Jack Butler, Melvin Dir

Votes: 36

48. Little Sister's vs. Big Brother (2002)

71 min | Documentary

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The story of how Little Sister's, a small bookstore in the heart of Vancouver's gay and lesbian community, has flourished in the face of book seizures and bombings. At the center of the ... See full summary »

Director: Aerlyn Weissman | Stars: Jim Deva, Bruce Smythe, Knowlton Nash, Nino Ricci

Votes: 15

49. Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker (1992)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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Directed by Oscar-winner Richard Schmiechen and narrated by Patrick Stewart, Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker portrays the life and work of the woman who undertook the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Schmiechen | Stars: Evelyn Hooker, Chuck Rowland

Votes: 45

50. The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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The strange history of the now abandoned American 1993-bill, «Don't ask, don't tell» where sexual orientation was a "non-talk" policy in the American forces, leading to 13.368 getting kicked out before 2011.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Carl Levin, Robert Gates, Mike Mullen, John McCain

Votes: 162



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