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Posted: 5/7/05 at 12:50pm

Okay, so I thought this might be interesting to some of you. It's a list (actually a compilation of a couple lists) of gay related films that I helped to make for a gay youth site I belong to. None of the films are in any particular order and its a long list (it should also be noted that I haven't seen all of them so some of the descriptions might be slightly off), but if it interests you, here ya go. Feel free to list some that I may have missed or discuss the films if you feel like it.

Bound (1996): Excellent thriller about two lovers (Gina Gershon & Jennifer Tilly) who plot to steal money from the mob.

Boys on the Side (1995): Enjoyable movie about friendship between three women: a free-spirited girl (Drew Barrymore), an uptight woman with a secret (Mary Louise Parker), and a lesbian singer. (Whoopi Goldberg)

Chasing Amy (1997): Amusing film starring Ben Affleck as a guy who falls in love w/ a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams).

Color Purple (1985): Beautiful film about a deep love between two black women in the the south.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991): Nice film (told in flashback to the 1920's south) about a strong friendship between two women.

Gia (1998 ): Angelina Jolie stars in this HBO flick as the late model Gia Carangi, who falls in love with a female photograper, but harbors a strong addiction to drugs.

Heavenly Creatures (1994): Not about lesbianism per se, but still an interesting film about a friendship that two young girls go to extreme lengths to hold onto. Stars Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet.

High Art (1998 ): Ally Sheedy stars in this film as an emotionally wounded photographer who falls in love with a magazine editor.

Higher Learning (1995): Kristy Swanson plays a girl who experiments with lesbianism with another student (Jennifer Connelly) in one of the sub-plots of this tense college drama.

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000): HBO film with three different segments about lesbian characters in different time periods. Michelle Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, Chloe Sevigny, Ellen Degeneres, and Sharon Stone star.

Kissing Jessica Stein (2001): Comedy involving lesbianism.

Lost & Delirious (2001): Passionate film about the relationship between two young women at a boarding school. Piper Perabo, Jessica Pare, Mischa Barton.

Mulholland Drive (2001): David Lynch film about a woman with amnesia and a young starlet who form a strange bond in the Hollywood Hills. Co-stars Naomi Watts from The Ring.

Personal Best (1982): Early 80's movie about a young runner (Mariel Hemingway) who experiments with lesbianism while training for the olympics.

Silkwood (1983): Meryl Streep film about a woman who takes on a nuclear power plant that she feels is endangering its workers. Cher stars in a supporting role as Meryl's lesbian friend.

The Truth About Jane (2000): Excellent television movie about a girl who discovers she's a lesbian and her subsequent problems with relationships and coming out to her parents. Starring Ellen Muth.

Three of Hearts (1993): Romantic comedy about a woman who hires a male hustler to date and dump her former lover so she'll coming running back to her. Starring Sherilyn Fenn, Kelly Lynch, and William Baldwin

What's Cooking? (2000): Lesbian related drama with Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgewyck, and Alfre Woodard.

And the Band Played On (1993): Heart-wrenching film about the discovery of AIDS and the havoc it wreaks on the lives of several gay men in San Francisco. Matthew Modine.

An Early Frost (1985): Aidan Quinn stars in this mid-80's tv-movie about a young gay man who discovers he has AIDS and the effect it has on himself and his family.

Before Night Falls (2000): A gay poet becomes involved w/ a man in the harsh political climate of Cuba.

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (199Gay Related Film List: Comedy starring Sean Hayes (of Will & Grace fame) as a gay photographer who falls in love with an aspiring musician (Brad Rowe).

Brideshead Revisited (1981): Subtle British mini-series starring Jeremy Irons as a young man who falls in love with a schoolmate at Oxford.

Cabaret (1972): Well-known Liza Minnelli musical about an American girl living in Berlin during the rise of the nazi regime. Co-stars Michael York as a bi-sexual.

Dog Day Afternoon (1975): 70's crime drama w/ Al Pacino as a man who robs a bank in order to pay for his male partner's
sex change operation.

Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992): Early 90's Showtime movie about the trials of an American family, including their gay son. Jim Carrey, William McNamara.

Dress Gray (1986): Alec Baldwin stars in this 80s mini-series about the murder of a gay cadet at a Military School.

Far from Heaven (2002): Douglas Sirk homage about a 50's housewife (Julianne Moore) who falls in love w/ a black man while her husband (Dennis Quaid) cheats on her with other men.

Flawless (1999): Robert De Niro stars in this comedy as stroke victim who forms a relationship with a pre-op transsexual.

Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971): 70's drama adapted from a play about the lives of gay men in prison.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001): Rock musical about a singer who had a botched sex change.

It's My Party (1996): Eric Roberts stars in this sensitive drama about a gay man dying of AIDS who gathers his friends together for a farewell party.

Kiss of the Spiderwoman (1985): Depressing, incredibly well-acted film about the relationship between a flamboyant gay man (William Hurt) and a political activist (Raul Julia) in prison.

Longtime Companion (1990): Incredibly sad film about the effects of AIDs on several gay men and their loved ones in 1980s New York.

Love and Death on Long Island (1997): A middle-aged author (John Hurt) develops a fixation on a handsome young actor (Jason Priestly).

Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997): A gay man (Jason Alexander) invites seven of his friends to stay at his summer home in New York.

Maybe...Maybe Not (1994): German film about a womanizer (Til Schweiger) who stays with a gay friend after being kicked out by his girlfriend. Hilarity ensues.

Making Love (1982): Early 80s film about a married man (Harry Hamlin) who realizes that he's gay.

Maurice (1987): British film starring Hugh Grant as a young man who falls in love with a friend at college.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997): Kevin Spacey stars as a gay aristocrat accused of murder in Georgia.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985): Love story of a Pakistani man and a punk (Daniel Day-Lewis) who face racism in England.

My Own Private Idaho (1991): A film about the relationship that develops between two male hustlers (River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves).

Nico And Dani (2000): Spanish movie about a love that grows between two teenage boys.

Nowhere (1997): Crazy satire about obnoxious L.A. kids directed by Gregg Araki.

Parting Glances (1986): Good comedy/drama about a gay man (Steve Buscemi) who discovers he has AIDS and the effect it has on his estranged lover.

Philadelphia (1993): Well-known movie about a gay man (Tom Hanks) who sues the company that fired him for having AIDS.

Prick Up Your Ears (1987): A film about the relationship between a gay playwright (Gary Oldman) and his lover.

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967): 60's melodrama about a gay army officer (Marlon Brando) who develops an obsession for a younger officer (Robert Forster). Co-starring Elizabeth Taylor.

Six Degrees of Separation (1993): Drama about a young gay man (Will Smith) who wedges his way into the lives of a wealthy couple. Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, Ian McKellen.

Splendor (1999): Another Gregg Araki film, this time about a three way relationship (Kathleen Robertson, Johnathan Schaech, Matt Keeslar).

Tales of the City (1993): Showtime mini-series about life in San Francisco in the 70s featuring Billy Campbell as a gay character. Laura Linney, Chloe Webb, Olympia Dukakis.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994): Comedy about three drag queens who travel together to the big city.

The Boys in the Band (1970): Early gay culture film from the late 60s about a group of homosexual men (and one straight man) who throw a birthday party for their friend.

The Crying Game (1992): Acclaimed film about the relationship between an IRA officer and the lover of a dead British soldier.

The Laramie Project (2002): Affecting movie about the aftermath of Matthew Shepard's murder in Laramie, Wyoming.

The Opposite of Sex (199Gay Related Film List: Hilarious comedy starring Christina Ricci as a teenage girl who stirs things up in the lives of her gay brother and his lover.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975): The ultimate "do your own thing" movie.

The Rules of Attraction (2002): Extremely dark college film with a few gay characters, including Ian Somerhalder.

The Velocity of Gary (199Gay Related Film List: Salma Hayek, Thomas Jane, and Vincent D'Onofrio star in this film about a woman and a man who both love a porn star dying of AIDS.

Threesome (1994): Story of three roomates involved in a love triangle. (Josh Charles, Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin).

Torch Song Trilogy (198Gay Related Film List: Harvery Fierstien stars in and wrote this affecting comedy/drama about a drag performer looking for love and acceptance. Co-starring Matthew Broderick.

trick (1999): Comedy about two gay men who spend the night searching for a place to get intimate.

Unzipped (1995): Documentary about Isaac Mizrahi's '94 fall collection

Urbania (2000): A gay man's strange journey through New York in one fall weekend. Dan Futterman.

Velvet Goldmine (199Gay Related Film List: Melodrama about the 70's glam rock scene starring Ewan McGregor. Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

Victor/Victoria (1982): Julia Andrews musical about a woman who pretends to be a man (pretending to be a woman) in order to find work as a singer. Co-starring Robert Preston as her gay best friend.

Wilde (1997): Jude Law stars as the famous homosexual writer.

Y tu Mama Tambien (2003): Spanish film involving the sexual awakening of two young Mexican men.

Best in Show (2000): Funny comedy about dog shows, which features both gay and lesbian characters.

Margaret Cho's Comedy Concert Films: Margaret Cho is a painfully funny comedienne who often talks about her gay friends and her experiences w/ lesbianism in her acts. I'm the One that I Want (2000) & The Notorious C.H.O. (2002), and Revolution (2004) are three of her concert films that are available on DVD and video. Seek them out if raunchy, honest comedy is of interest to you.

The Celluloid Closet (1995): Extensive documentary about the history of homosexuality in cinema. Includes interviews from many stars such as Susan Sarandon. Narrated by Lily Tomlin.

The Hours (2002): Well made, but very depressing award winning film starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep. Features a gay character and a lot of lesbian overtones.

Advice from a Caterpillar (1999): A woman falls for her gay friend's boyfriend. Starring Cynthia Nixon, Andy Dick, and Timothy Olyphant.

After Stonewall (1999): Documentary about the gay rights movement following the Stonewall riots.

All About My Mother (1999): Spanish comedy/drama about female relationships, including a transvestite character. Co-starring Penelope Cruz.

All Over the Guy (2001): Romantic comedy about gay men searching for Mr. Right. Co-starring Doris Roberts and Christina Ricci.

Andre's Mother (1990): Story of the relationship between a woman who's son dies and his gay lover.

A Normal Life (2003): Emotional film about gay parenting.

Another Country (1984): Examination of homosexuality and communism at a British public school. Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, and Cary Elwes.

Beauty (199Gay Related Film List: Asian film about a gigolo who keeps love at arms length until he meets a hunky cop. In order to win the officer's affections he pretends to be innocent and sweet.

Bedrooms and Hallways (199Gay Related Film List: A gay man joins a men's group and causes an uproar when he confesses that he's attracted to one of the members.

Beefcake (199Gay Related Film List: Documentary about how the men's fitness magazine industry is partly kept afloat by gay readers.

Before Stonewall (1984): Documentary about the lives of gays before the Stonewall riots.

Bend it Like Beckham: Quirky English soccer comedy involving some gay themes.

Better than Chocolate (1999): Two lesbians in Vancouver become involved in a passionate romance.

Can't Stop the Music (1980): Cheesy musical movie about the creation of the Village People.

Car Wash (1976): 70's film about the workers at a car wash, including a proudly effeminate gay black man.

Come Undone (2000): French movie about love between two gay youths.

Common Ground (2000): Showtime film about gays and lesbians with 3 different segments. Co-starring Brittany Murphy.

Common Threads (1989) - Stories from the Quilt: Movie about the famous quilt of AIDS victims names. Starring Dustin Hoffman.

Consenting Adult (1985): Martin Sheen and Marlo Thomas star in this tv-movie as the parents of a gay man who comes out.

Dear Boys (1980): Dutch film about several complicated gay characters.

Edge of 17 (199Gay Related Film List: Gay coming of age film set in the 80s.

8 Women (2002): Wacky French musical with gay themes. Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant.

Embrace of the Vampire (1994): Sexy film starring Alyssa Milano as a college student who is the object of a centuries old vampire's obsession. Milano's character experiments with lesbianism with another college student played by Charlotte Lewis.

Encore! Encore! (199Gay Related Film List: A flamboyant gay man (Nathan Lane) lives in denial of his sexuality.

Euro Pudding (2002): French film starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as a lesbian.

Food of Love (2002): A repressed gay youth discovers that he finds an older man attractive.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994): Comedy with a gay character.

Friends & Family (2001): A relationship between two gay mafia hitmen.

Head On (199Gay Related Film List: A young greek man struggles with his sexuality.

Hit and Runaway (199Gay Related Film List: A gay man helps a straight man write a screenplay in order to get a date with another gay man who works for him. Co-starring Kerr Smith (Dawson's Creek).

I Think I Do (1997): Story of 2 former roomates who meet up again after 5 years and become involved. Co-starring Alexis Arquette.

Jeffrey (1995): Character study about the life of a gay man (Steven Weber).

johns (1996): The relationship of two hustlers, one gay, one straight. (David Arquette, Lukas Haas).

Leather Jacket Love Story (1997): A movie about a sensitive poet who begins a relationship with a more aggressive man.

Like it Is (199Gay Related Film List: British film about the relationship between a Londoner and a closeted bare knuckle fighter.

Love and Human Remains (1993): Canadian film set in a city where a killer's on the loose. Meanwhile, a gay waiter (Thomas Gibson) is living with his ex-girlfriend, who dates a lesbian schoolteacher. Co-starring Mia Kirshner as a dominatrix.

May (2002): Horror film co-starring Anna Faris (Scary Movie, The Hot Chick) as a lesbian.

My Own Country (199Gay Related Film List: Story of the effect of AIDS in Tennessee in the mid-80s. Co-starring Swoosie Kurtz and Marisa Tomei.

Myra Breckinridge (1970): Campy film (adapted from gay author Gore Vidal's novel) about a transsexual (Raquel Welch) who sets out to conquer Hollywood. Co-starring Farrah Fawcett.

Our Sons (1991): In this tv-movie Julie Andrews plays the mother of a gay man (Hugh Grant) whose lover is dying of AIDS. Grant asks her to visit his lover's mother (Ann-Margret), who practically disowned him after learning he was gay, and bring her back to see her son in his final days.

Paragraph 175 (2000): Documentary (narrated by Rupert Everett) about the inhuman acts inflicted upon homosexuals during WW II.

Portrait of a Marriage (1990): Ironic tale of a woman who discovers her husband is gay. She then begins to develop a relationship with a childhood female friend.

Regular Guys (1996): German film about macho cop who finds himself attracted to another man.

Road Movie (2002): Korean movie about a gay man who falls in love with a straight man.

Sebastiane (1976): Artful film in Latin about the sexual relationships between soldier's in 300 A.D. Rome.

Sirens: Drama about an artist (Hugh Grant) and his muses (including Elle MacPherson).

Speedway Junky (1999): Movie about young male hustlers starring Johnathan Taylor Thomas and Jesse Bradford.

Stonewall (1995): Film about the the origins of gay rights.

Strawberry & Chocolate (1994): Spanish drama about a gay man who falls for a heterosexual communist.

The Closet (2001): French movie about a straight man pretending to be gay in order to keep his job. Co-starring Gerard Depardieu.

The Damned (1969): Disturbing Italian film about the fall of a wealthy industrialist famiy during the Third Reich, including a drag performer (Helmut Berger).

The Fluffer (2001): Movie about a gay man who falls in love with a porn star.

The 4th Man (1983): Dutch thriller directed by Paul (Basic Instinct) Verhoeven about a love triangle between a gay man, a married woman (who may be a murderess), and her husband.

The Hunger (1983): Stylish vampire film starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. Deneuve and Susan Sarandon (playing a doctor specializing in the study of aging) have an infamous lesbian love scene.

The Journey of Jared Price (2000): A 19 year old gay man moves from Georgia to California where he falls in love with two men.

The Last Year (2002): Film about gay students at Bible college.

The Lost Language of Cranes (1991): A gay man comes out to his father. Starring Brian Cox and Angus McFadyen.

The Object of My Affection (199Gay Related Film List: Jennifer Aniston plays a woman who falls in love with a gay man (Paul Rudd).

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984): Film about the first gay man to be elected to a political office in California.

Tidy Endings (198Gay Related Film List: The relationship between a woman (Stockard Channing) and a man (Harvey Fierstien) who both fell in love with a man who has just died.

Under One Roof (2002): A closeted gay Chinese man finds himself attracted to a gay man who rents a room in his mother's house.

Westler (1985): German film about the relationship between two gay men in Berlin.

Wigstock (1995): Documentary about a New York drag queen festival.

X, Y, and Zee (1972): Elizabeth Taylor stars in this early 70s film as a gloriously bitchy woman who goes to bed with her husband's mistress to spite him. Co-starring Michael Caine and Susannah York.

Young Soul Rebels (1991): Two black gay men try to bring soul music to the mainstream public.

100 girls (2000) - sex comedy with some lesbian elements. co-starring jaime pressly, katheine heigl, and larisa oleynik

2by4 (199Gay Related Film List - An irish construction worker becomes involved with a hustler.

a different story (197Gay Related Film List - a lesbian (meg foster) and a gay man (perry king) move in together

american wedding (2003) - third film in the american pie series featuring gay elements in the storyline

and then came summer (2000) - two gay teens fall in love

any mother's son (1997) - tv-movie about a us navy seal who is killed by his fellow seamen when they discover his sexuality. starring bonnie bedelia and shawn ashmore

apartment zero (198Gay Related Film List - british film about two men sharing an apartment. starring colin firth (bridget jones diary)

a separate peace (1972) - relationship between two young men at an all boys school. starring parker stevenson

as is (1986) - a gay couple deal with a.i.d.s. and a problematic relationship

a special day (197Gay Related Film List - marcello mastroianni and sophia loren play a gay man and a lonely housewife who form an unlikely bond during the nazi rule of italy during wwII

beat (2000) - story of the 50s beat generation movement. starring kiefer sutherland, ron livingstone, and courtney love

becket (1964) - drama about the close relationship between henry II and the archbishop of canterbury. starring richard burton and peter o'toole

best actress (2000) - tv movie comedy with rachel hunter and maria conchita alonso as a lesbian couple

best men (199Gay Related Film List - dramedy about several men who rob a bank. themes of acceptance towards gays are found throughout the film. featuring drew barrymore, luke wilson, dean cain, andy dick, sean patrick flanery, and brad dourif

b. monkey (199Gay Related Film List - a lesbian jewel thief (asia argento) becomes entangled with a gay drug lord (rupert everett)

bent (1997) - life of a gay character in a concentration camp. clive owen.

black widow (1987) - a cop (debra winger) tracks a woman (theresa russell) suspected of killing her many husbands.

blood brothers (1977) - family drama starring richard gere. features a gay character.

blunt (1985): the fourth man - anthony hopkins and ian richardson play soviet spies and lovers

borstal boy (2000) - film about a gay relationship between two reform school teens. starring shawn hatosy (the faculty)

burnt money (2000) - spanish film about gay lovers starring eduardo noriega

butley (1976) - harold pinter film about a self-loathing gay teacher who is dumped by his boyfriend and then learns his ex-wife is re-marrying. starring alan bates and jessica tandy

butterfly - so bad it's good tennessee williams-ish drama starring pia zadora and stacey keach as two people fiercely attracted to one another who may or may not be father and daughter

california suite (197Gay Related Film List - neil simon comedy with michael caine as a bi-sexual

carmilla (1990) - lesbian vampire drama starring meg tilly & ione skye

cat on a hot tin roof (195Gay Related Film List - drama from gay playwright tennessee williams about a man (paul newman) mourning the death of his close friend who caused a rift between himself and his wife (elizabeth taylor). the taylor/newman version removes much of the dialogue referring to homsexuality. there is another version with jessica lange and tommy lee jones which is mostly intact.

center stage (2000) - drama about the lives of several young dancers at a ballet school dealing with various problems

chutney popcorn (1999) - lesbian drama starring jill hennessy

come back to the five and dime, jimmy dean, jimmy dean (1982) - several friends reunite after 20 years, one of them having undergone a sex change. starring cher, sandy dennis, karen black, and kathy Bates

the consequence (1977)- gay themed 70s drama from director wolfgang peterson

cradle will rock (1999) - orson welles struggles to put on an openly gay play in the 1930s. starring susan sarandon

daughters of darkness (1971) - lesbian themed vampire film

deathtrap (1982) - mystery film (warning: spoilers ahead) featuring a gay relationship between michael caine and christopher reeve. co-starring dyan cannon.

divine madness (1980) - better midler concert film

dr t and the women (2000) - richard gere stars as a gynecologist who deals with several neurotic patients. farrah fawcett plays his disturbed wife and kate hudson co-stars as his lesbian daughter

election (1999) - satire about the mid-life crisis of a teacher (matthew broderick) who is stressed to the max by an annoyingly overrachieving student (reese witherspoon) during a school election. there is a lesbian character who runs in the election to spite her brother for stealing her girlfriend

entertaining mr sloane (1970) - a middle aged woman and her brother both make advances toward a border staying at their residence

exotica (1994) - mystery film about a young stripper (mia kirshner), her former lover (elias koteas), a mourning father (bruce greenwood), and a gay pet shop owner (don mckellar)

fame (1980) - film about a group of talented performing art students

femme fatale (2002) - rebecca romijn-stamos plays a bi-sexual jewel thief in this brian depalma thriller

flash gordon (1980) - campy sci fi film starring former playgirl model sam j jones

flesh (196Gay Related Film List - andy warhol film with joe dallesandro as a hustler (a role he played often)

flirting with disaster (1996) - ben stiller comedy featuring a gay couple

floating (1999) - a young man's life gets complicated when a gay man moves in next door. starring chad lowe

forty deuce (1982) - story of a drug addicted male hustler (kevin bacon)

frankie and johnny (1991) - drama starring al pacino and michelle pfeiffer with nathan lane as pfeiffer's gay roommate

get bruce (1999) - documentary about gay writer and performer bruce vilanch (hollywood squares)

gilda (1946) - classic hollywood film with rita hayworth as a femme fatale who (through subtle storytelling) breaks up the relationshionship between two men

go (1999) - pulp fiction-like film which has scott wolf and jay mohr as gay soap actors

green plaid shirt (1997) - gay drama starring kevin spirtas

gypsy '83 (2001) - story of a goth girl (sara rue) and her gay friend

hair (1979) - musical about the free-spirited hippie era of the late 1960s

henry & june (1990) - film about the writer henry miller (fred ward) and his bi-sexual wife (uma thurman)

hollow reed (1996) - after a gay man leaves his wife and child, he sues his ex-wife's new husband upon learning hes abusive

home for the holidays (1995) - comedy about a dysfunctional family starring holly hunter and robert downey jr

hunk (1987) - 80s comedy about a nerdy guy who makes a deal with the devil to become handsome. co-starring gay actor james coco

interview with the vampire (1994) - vampire drama from the anne rice novel has the ambiguous sexualities of the characters toned down, but still has obvious homosexual overtones.

i shot andy warhol (1996) - drama about the lesbian activist (lili taylor) who wounded the famous pop artist

inside monkey zetterland (1992) - comedy about a gay screenwriter. starring steven antin, patricia arquette, sandra bernhard, ricki lake, rupert everett, debi mazar, katherine helmond, bo hopkins, martha plimpton, and tate donovan

in a shallow grave (198Gay Related Film List - a disfigured wwII vet's kindness toward a stranger leads to tragedy. starring michael biehn and patrick dempsey

inside daisy clover (1965) - natalie wood plays a young woman who becomes a movie star and marries a bi-sexual man played by robert redford

in the gloaming (1997) - drama about how a gay man and his family deal with his a.i.d.s. diagnosis. starring robert sean leonard, glenn close, bridget fonda, and whoopi goldberg

just one time (1999) - comedy about a man who wants his girlfriend to sleep with another woman before they get married, but she wants something too... starring jennifer esposito

kiss the sky (1999) - william petersen, sheryl lee, and gary cole star in the story of a three way relationship.

knightriders (1981) - comedy about a motorcycle gang with a couple gay members. starring ed harris

lantana (2001) - mystery/drama with anthony lapaglia as a troubled cop trying to solve the disappearence of a woman (barbara hershey). geoffrey rush plays her closeted husband

latin boys go to hell (1997) - a closeted youth's sexuality is kicked into overdrive when his attractive cousin visits

laurel canyon (2002) - drama about a straight-laced couple (christian bale & kate beckinsale) whose lives are influenced by the husband's free-spirited mom.

law of desire (1987) - spanish film about gays starring antonio banderas

lawn dogs (1997) - sam rockwell and mischa barton star as a young girl and an older man who form an unlikely friendship with tragic results. eric mabius plays a closeted gay character.

liquid sky (1982) - b movie about an andogynous woman visisted by aliens in hollywood

little big man (1971) - story of a native american (dustin hoffman) involving a gay character.

macho dancer (198Gay Related Film List - drama from the phillipines about a man whose lover leaves him, causing him to become a dancer and eventually a prostitute to support himself

mahogany (1975) - campy diana ross drama where she works her way out of the ghetto to become a top fashion designer. anthony perkins plays a bitchy photographer who becomes obsessed with her

mala noche (1985) - drama from gay director gus van sant about a man who falls in love with another male who doesnt return his affections

man of the year (1995) - mockumentary about a gay man who has to pretend to be straight after becoming playgirl's 1992 man of the year

millers crossing (1990) - crime film from the coen brothers with gay characters. starring albert finney

mouth to mouth (1995) - javier bardem stars as an out of work actor who works as a phone sex operator and attracts both male and female admirers

mrs. dalloway (1997) - adaptation of the virginia woolf novel involving a close friendship between two women in their youth. starring natascha mcelhone and vanessa redgrave

my girlfriend's boyfriend (1999) - a gay soap opera actor plans to marry a high society girl to further his career. featuring valerie perrine, deborah gibson, and chris bruno

name of the rose (1986) - mystery about the killing of a gay monk in the 1300's. starring christian slater and sean connery

nervous energy (1995) - story of a man with AIDS and his lover. starring alred molina

new best friend (2002) - college drama featuring a lesbian relationship between mia kirshner and dominique swain

no ordinary love (1994) - soap opera-ish film about the realtionship between a gay college student and a thief

norman is that you? (1976) - comedy about about two black parent's reaction to their son dating a white man. starring red foxx and pearl bailey

no way out (1987) - kevin costner mystery thriller with gay themes

okoge (1992) - asian film about a woman who enjoys the company of gay men

old school (2003) - will ferrell fraternity comedy with andy dick as a gay character

only when i laugh (1981) - drama about an actress (marsha mason) and her daughter (kristy mcnichol). james coco plays a gay character

papillon (1973) - action film about prisoners who enlist the help of a gay man to escape jail. starring steve mcqueen and dustin hoffman

partners (1982) - dated comedy about two cops, one gay (john hurt), one straight (ryan o'neal), who go undercover as a gay couple

party girl (1995) - parker posey stars in this comedy which features gay supporting characters

peter's friends (1992) - a man invites his friends to his home to reveal that hes bisexual and has a.i.d.s. starring kenneth branagh, emma thompson, and rita rudner

perfume (2001) - movie taking a look into the fashion world

phantom (2000) - portugese film about a garbage collector who has constant one night stands, but then develops an obsession for a mysterious man

polyester (1981) - john waters comedy with drag queen divine and 50s heartthrob tab hunter in a relationship

psycho beach party (199Gay Related Film List - beach movie parody starring lauren ambrose, thomas gibson, nicholas brendon, and kathleen robertson

p.s. your cat is dead (2002) - gay film starring steve guttenberg

queen christina (1934) - greta garbo stars as the bi-sexual queen

queens logic (1991) - a group of friends (including a gay man) gather together for a wedding. joe mantegna, kevin bacon, linda fiorentino, john malkovich, jamie lee curtis, and chloe webb

querelle (1982) - harsh drama from gay director fassbinder about the sexual relationship between two men (brad davis & franco nero) at a brothel

ready to wear (1994) - comedy about the fashion industry starring sophia loren, kim basinger, and julia roberts

rebecca (1940) - hitchcock film with a character many believe is suggested to be a lesbian (mrs danvers the head housekeeper).

relax, its just sex (199Gay Related Film List - drama about both gay and straight characters. starring jennifer tilly

rebel without a cause (1955) - james dean film co-starring sal mineo as a character subtly shown to have an affection for dean.

rites of passage (1999) - gay themed film starring jason behr (roswell)

rock hudson home movies (1992) - documentary delving into the gay subtext in hudson's films

romeo and juliet (196Gay Related Film List - 1968 adaptation of the shakespeare tragedy from gay director franco zeffirelli

roommates (1994) - story of a straight man (randy quaid) and a gay man (eric stoltz) who both have aids and live together

salome (1923) - silent film supposedly consisting of an all-gay/bi cast.

saving silverman (2001) - silly comedy about a man (jason biggs) controlled by his girlfriend (amanda peet) in every way. jack black plays his friend who realizes hes gay

set it off (1996) - crime dramedy with queen latifah playing a lesbian

scenes from the class struggle in beverly hills (1989) - satire featuring a gay love scene

smokers only (2001) - spanish film about the relationship between a young man and a punk band member

some like it hot (1959) - classic drag comedy starring marilyn monroe, tony curtis, and jack lemmon

something for everyone (1970) - michael york (cabaret) plays a young man who manipulates a lonely countess (angela lansbury) and her son.

spent (199Gay Related Film List - a man (jason london) decides to swear off gambling if his girlfriend (charlie spradling) will quit drinking. their closeted gay friend also figures into the situation. co-starring margaret cho

spin the bottle (2000) - 5 friends reunite for a weekend filled with tense emotions

spring forward (1999) - story of an older park maintenance man, with a gay son, and his young co-worker, just released from prison on an armed robbery charge. starring liev schrieber, ned beatty, and campbell scott

sticks and stones (1970) - 4 friends gather on fire island on the 4th of july

story of a bad boy (1999) - a senior in high school changes religions from greek orthodox to catholic in order to get close to an irish boy he likes. featuring julie kavner

st. patrick's day (1997) - an irish family celebrates the holiday and their gay son invites his boyfriend. starring piper laurie

straightman (2000) - film about coming out, the gay working class, and relationships between gay and straight men

streamers (1983) - story of 4 soldiers awaiting transfer to vietnam, one of them being gay. starring matthew modine

strike! (199Gay Related Film List (a.k.a. all i wanna do) - comedy set at an all girls school starring kirsten dunst, gaby hoffman, rachel leigh cook, and monica keena

suddenly last summer (1959) - tennessee williams melodrama about a rich artistocrat woman (katharine hepburn) who tries to have her niece (elizabeth taylor) lobotimized in order to prevent her from telling the truth about her gay sons mysterious death the previous summer. co-starring montgomery clift as the doctor. remade for tv with natasha richardson, rob lowe, and maggie smith

sugar and spice (2000) - comedy about teenagers who rob stores to help support their pregnant friend. one of the girls mothers is a lesbian played by sean young

summer wishes, winter dreams (1973) - joanne woodward stars as a mother trying to accept the fact that her son is gay

sunday bloody sunday (1971) - 70s drama about a love triangle starring glenda jackson and peter finch

sweet november (2001) - romance starring keanu reeves and charlize theron with jason isaacs as a gay man

taboo (1999) - asian samurai film with gay themes

tell me that you love me, junie moon (1970) - liza minnelli drama featuring a gay character

the anniversary pary (2001) - drama about a hollywood party starring alan cumming jennifer jason leigh, and gwyneth paltrow.

the basketball diaries (1996) - film about a young man (leonardo dicaprio) who becomes a hustler for his coach in order to feed his drug habit

the ballad of the sad cafe (1991) - southern drama starring vanessa redgrave

the car man (2001) - gay director/choreographer matthew bourne's modern adaptation of bizet's carmen unfolds as a drifter seduces a gas station owner's wife

the children's hour (1961) - one of the first fairly frank lesbian themed dramas (from a lillian hellman play) about two teachers at an all girls school accused of lesbianism. starring shirley maclaine and audrey hepburn.

the doom generation (1995) - over the top film from bi-sexual director gregg araki about the youth of america. starring rose mcgowan and jonathan schaech

the eyes of tammy faye (2000) - documentary about the former televangelist. includes interviews from gay actor jim j bullock

the forbidden (197Gay Related Film List - gay themed horror short starring homosexual writer/director clive barker (hellraiser, candyman)
the fox - early lesbian drama about two women split apart by the arrival of a man at their home. starring sandy dennis and keir dullea

the full monty (1997) - british comedy with gay characters

the garden (1990) - drama about two male lovers persecuted by the church

the glass menagerie (1987) - film version (directed by paul newman) of tennessee william's autobiographical play about a dreamer (john malkovich), his difficult, well-meaning mother (joanne woodward) and his painfully shy sister (karen allen).

the grasshopper (1970) - story of a young woman (jacqueline bisset) who moves from british columbia to l.a. and ends up a prostitute. roger garret plays her gay friend

the group (1966) - 60s drama about several college girls with candace bergin as a lesbian. co-starring shirley knight and elizabeth hartman

the haunting (1963) - the original classic 1963 thriller with lesbian subtext between the characters played by julie harris and claire bloom. remade with catherine zeta-jones

the heidi chronicles (1995) - a journey through several decades in a woman's life. jamie lee curtis plays the title character with tom hulce as her gay friend. co-starring kim cattrall

the hotel new hampshire (1984) - film about a screwed up family starring jodie foster, rob lowe, and nastassja kinski. paul mccrane plays a gay man

the josephine baker story (1991) - bio-pic about the bi-sexual black singer and actress of the 1930s

the killing of sister george (196Gay Related Film List - lesbian drama from the 60s starring susannah york

the krays (1990) - depiction of two of england's most notorius criminals who were bound to one another despite their opposite sexualities

the kremlin letter - movie starring george sanders as a drag queen

the last supper (1995) - black comedy about a group of college age liberals who invite coservatives to dinner and poison them. starring cameron diaz.

the leage of gentleman (1959) - a group of ex-service men perform a bank robbery.

the lion in winter (196Gay Related Film List - drama set in 1183 starring peter o'toole and katharine hepburn as the feuding henry II and eleanor of aquitaine. anthony hopkins plays their son who is involved in a homosexual relationship.

the madness of king george (1994) - dramedy about george III starring gay actor nigel hawthorne, helen mirren, and amanda donohoe

the man who drove with mandela (199Gay Related Film List - story of a gay rights activist who worked with nelson mandela

the mexican (2001) - comedy starring brad pitt and julia roberts with james ganfolfini as a gay character

the music lovers (1971) - ken russell film about the famous homosexual composer tchaikovsky. starring richard chamberlain and glenda jackson

the naked civil servant (1975) - biography of quentin crisp starring john hurt

the rose (1979) - movie about a janis joplin-esque rock singer (bette midler) who has a relationship with a woman

the seargent (196Gay Related Film List - rod steiger plays an army officer infatuated with a young man

the slaughter rule (2002) - film about football and repressed homosexuality. starring ryan gosling, clea duvall, and kelly lynch

the trip (2002) - gay road trip film

the truth about gay sex (2001) - documentary with heterosexuals inquiring about gay sex

the versace murder (199Gay Related Film List - dramitization of the murder of fashion designer gianni versace and the investigation that followed

the virgin & the gypsy (1970) - adaptation of a d.h. lawrence novel

the world according to garp (1982) - robin williams drama with john lithgow as a strong willed transsexual

the wolves of kromer (199Gay Related Film List - gay themed werewolf film

things you can tell just by looking at her (2000) - anthology drama involving a lesbian relationship. starring cameron diaz, calista flockhart, and holly hunter

to be or not to be (1983) - mel brooks remake of the '42 comedy about an acting troop in nazi germany

to die for (a.k.a. heavens a drag) british fantasy about a man haunted by his dead lover who died of AIDS

together alone - two men meet at a gay bar and spend the night talking

toilers and wayfarers (1996) - two german-american teens become friends and one soon develops deeper feelings for the other

two of us (1987) - tale of two working class youths who form a relationship

your friends & neighbors (199Gay Related Film List - brazen social satire about relationships starring jason patric, aaron eckhart, amy brenneman, ben stiller, catherine keener, and nastassja kinski

very natural thing (1974) - a priest leaves his church to go to new york and find a meaningful gay relationship

voodoo academy (2000) - homoerotic horror film starring huntley ritter (the gay cheerleader from bring it on)

youth outloud (2001) - documentary about gay teens

waiting for guffman (1996) - comedy about an acting troop lead by a gay man. co-starring parker posey, eugene levy, catherine o'hara, and fred willard

wet hot american summer (2001) - summer camp comedy with gay characters. starring paul rudd and chris meloni

when the party's over (1992) - a look at the 20 something crowd of the early 90s. starring rae dawn chong and sandra bullock

where the day takes you (1992) - drama about youths starring lara flynn boyle. includes gay characters.

wild reeds (1994) - french drama about gay teenagers

yentl (1983) - a woman (barbara streisand) dresses up as a boy in order to be close to the man she loves (mandy patinkin)

woman on top (2000) - comedy with penelope cruz as a cooking show host working with her drag-queen friend as a co-star

women in love (1969) - movie of the d.h. lawrence novel featuring homoerotic overtones. starring oliver reed and alan bates

women in revolt (1971) - trashy andy warhol film about drag queens fighting against male supremacy. starring candy darling

wonder boys (2000) - michael douglas film with characters who have a gay relationship (robert downey jr & tobey maguire)

calamity jane (1953): musical western with doris day as the butch gunslinger. she sings a song called "secret love". lots of lesbian subtext

crossfire (1947): drama about anti-semitism in the military starring robert mitchum, robert ryan, and gloria grahame. originally the story was about homosexuality, but the censors nixed that

dracula's daughter (1936): 30s horror film with lots of lesbian overtones between the title character and her victims

johnny guitar (1953): western with joan crawford as a tough shooter who feuds with a woman trying to take her land

morocco (1930): 30s drama starring gary cooper and marlene dietrich including a nightclub scene where dietrich dresses in a mans suit and kisses a woman

red river (194Gay Related Film List: western starring john wayne and montgomery clift with gay subtext.

the hours and times (1991): drama about the relationship between john lennon and his manager brian epstein

walk on the wild side (1962): 60s drama about a group of prostitutes (including jane fonda) and their lesbian madame (barbara stanwyck)

young man with a horn (1951): drama starring kirk douglas, lauren bacall, and doris day

Beautiful Thing (1996): Tender love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. Jamie, a relatively unpopular lad who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Ste, a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother.

Big Eden (2000): Stars Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, and Louise Fletcher. Big Eden is a tiny fictional town in northwestern Montana. This is the story of Henry Hart, a successful New York Artist, who returns to the town of his childhood to care for the ailing grandfather who raised him. Back in Big Eden, Henry must come to terms with his relationship to Dean Stewart, his best friend from high School, as well as the object of his unrequited love. All these years Henry has been pining for a dream image of Dean from back then. This is also the story of Pike Dexter, the shy, unassuming Native American owner of the town’s general store, who is as surprised as anyone to find himself falling in love with Henry. The people of Big Eden conspire and attempt to bring Henry and Pike together.

The Broken Hearts Club (2000) Stars Timothy Olyphant, Zach Braff, Dean Cain, Andrew Keegan, Nia Long, and John Mahoney. In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, “I can’t decide if my friends are the best or worse thing that ever happened to me.” The gang includes Benji, the punkish innocent with a penchant for gym bodies; Howie, the psychology grad student who thinks too much and lives too little; Cole, the charismatic actor who accidentally keeps stealing everybody’s guy; Patrick, the cynical quipster, and Taylor, resident drama queen, who, until recently, prided himself on his long-term relationship. Providing sage advice and steady work is Jack, the beloved patriarch whose restaurant is a haven for them all. When tragedy strikes the group, the friendships are put to the test.

Camp. (2003) Stars Anna Kendrick, Robin de Jesus, Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, and Don Dixon. After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

Death in Venice. (1971) Stars Dirk Bogarde and Björn Andresen. In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period of artistic and personal stress. But he finds no peace there, for he soon develops a troubling attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio, on vacation with his family. The boy embodies an ideal of beauty that Aschenbach has long sought and he becomes infatuated. However, the onset of a deadly pestilence threatens them both physically and represents the corruption that compromises and threatens all ideals.

The Deep End. (2001) Stars Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Donat, and Josh Lucas. With her husband perpetually away at work, a mother raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their rural lakeside home. What would you do? What is rational and what do you do to protect your child? How far do you go and when do you stop?

Get Real. (1999) Stars Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart, and Kate McEnery. This tenderly romantic film tells the story of Steve, a young man in a British prep school, as he struggles with coming out and falling in love with the class jock, John... who, amazingly, falls in love with him as well.

Gods and Monsters. (199Gay Related Film List Stars Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, and Lolita Davidovich. Set in 1957, James Whale, the director of Show Boat, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein and Bride Of, had long since stepped back from the glamour and glitz of Hollywood. A stroke triggers once buried flashes of memory of his life in Dudley, his film career, and, most influentially, the trenches during the Great War. Haunted and lonely, he recounts many of his experiences to his muscle bound gardener, Clay Boone. Despite the divide that exists between them, their friendship develops. Reliant on his sternly disapproving housemaid, Hannah, the flamboyant director whose time has passed sees himself slipping away, unable to stop the decline, and indulges his fantasies by coaxing Boone to model for him.

In & Out. (1997) Stars Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, and Matt Dillon. In & Out traces both the painful and laugh-filled journey of popular teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) from being everyone’s buddy to being an oddity when he’s outed on national television by a former student turned movie star. Only days away from marrying longtime fiancée Emily (Joan Cusack), Howard scrambles all over town assuring everyone that he’s not gay and the wedding is still on. But a kiss from a male TV entertainment reporter (Tom Selleck) spins Howard’s world upside down—or perhaps right-side up.

Kiss Me, Guido. (1997) Stars Nick Scotti, Anthony Barile, Anthony DeSando, and Craig Chester. Warren has an extra room in his apartment (and is five months behind on the rent) after his lover moves out, so a friend places an ad on his behalf for a GWM roommate. Frankie, a pizza baker (and aspiring actor), decides to move out of his family’s flat in The Bronx when he comes home one evening and walks in on his brother making love to Frankie’s girlfriend. Frankie checks ads for roommates in “the city” (i.e., Manhattan), notices Warren’s ad and decides to answer it, reasoning that GWM stands for “Guy With Money."

Queer As Folk (American Version). TV Series. 2000-present. Drama. Stars Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell, Peter Paige, Michelle Clunie, Thea Gill, and Sharon Gless. Following the lives of five gay men in Pittsburgh, ‘Queer as Folk’ is a riveting drama full of sex, drugs, adventure, friendship and love. Although the creators of ‘Queer as Folk’ wanted to present an honest depiction of gay life, it is by no means a comprehensive depiction. In addition to the usual sexual escapades and relationships of the five friends, the show explores critical gay political and health issues.

The Sum of Us. (1994) Stars Jack Thompson and Russell Crowe. A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for “Miss Right,” his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for “Mr. Right.”

Swoon. (1992) Stars Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, and Ron Vawter. The true story of homosexual lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the investigation, trial and final fate of the two men.

Defying Gravity. (1997) Stars Daniel Chilson, Kiklaus Lange, Don Handfield, and Linna Carter. Griff and Pete, members of a fraternity at USC, are having an affair. Griff is closeted, and still lives at the frathouse. Pete has left the frathouse, and is on the verge of coming out. He wants more from Griff than just sex. Griff is unwilling to have a real relationship (complete with dating, dining, acknowledging a partner), but does not give up on pursuing Pete. Pete even gets Griff to meet him at a gay coffeehouse. Then comes the gay bashing incident that changes everything.

Edward II. (1991) Stars Steven Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Tilda Swinton, and Nigel Terry. The story of Edward II is a story of obsession, of a man whose one-track mind causes him to lose his kingdom, his lover and his life. Marlowe’s play (probably his most dramatic and certainly his least poetic) gives lots of scope for developing the problems raised by Edward’s infatuation for the unscrupulous and self-seeking Gaveston: his inattention to affairs of state, his irresponsible spending, his granting of important positions to Gaveston who has no interest in actually fulfilling his duties and Gaveston’s general contempt for church, nobility and everyone else.

Madagascar Skin (1995) Stars John Hannah and Bernard Hill. Two men meet on a beach, in slightly bizarre fashion. A young and rather sad homosexual, Harry, spurned and rejected by the big city gay community, due to a birth-mark the shape of Madagascar on his face. The other - Flint, a weather-worn (and seemingly heterosexual) sea-urchin prone to swallowing mice and spiders. They set up house together in a clay cottage by the sea. Initially nothing much happens between them. Harry is attracted to Flint, but fears another rejection. Yet slowly, mutual affection wins the day. In a touching and believable manner, Flint woos Harry and wins him over.

Parallel Sons. (1995)Stars Gabriel Mann, Lawrence Mason, and Murphy Guyer. Seth is a youth with artistic leanings, a fascination with Black pop culture, and a dead-end life in an Adirondack village. He’s alternatively sensitive and brutal with Kristen, who wants a sexual relationship that he explosively rejects. Late one night, as he’s closing the cafe where he works, a young Black man attempts to rob him at gun point but faints from illness. Seth takes the man, Knowledge, an escapee from a nearby prison, to a family cabin where he nurses him and they begin a tentative friendship. When the sheriff learns of Seth’s harboring a fugitive, a confrontation looms. Relationships between fathers and their children dominate the subplots.

Privates on Parade. (1982) Stars John Cleese, Denis Quilley, Patrick Pearson, and Michael Elphick. The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend with a loony, bible bashing Major (John Cleese) who creates far more danger than any of the jungle inhabitants. Only gay captain Dennis Quilley seems capable of coping with him but even he isn’t aware of the cowardly Michael Elphick selling arms to the natives.

Priest. (1994) Star Linus Roache and Robert Caryle. Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an intensely emotional spiritual struggle deciding between choosing morals over religion and one life over another.

54. (199Gay Related Film List Stars Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, and Mike Myers. An anthology film retelling the story of the famous Studio 54, a hot disco hangout for the social elite of New York. The movie follows several characters at once, some of whom are in desperate straits and on the verge of crashing.

Alive and Kicking (or Indian Summer). (1996) Stars Jason Flemyng, Antony Sher, Dorothy Tutin, and Anthony Higgins. A passionately committed young dancer is forced to re-examine his career and life when faced with death, finding hope through an older man who becomes his lover, mentor and companion.

American Beauty. (1999) Stars Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari. Lester Burnham is a loser suburbanite rebelling against his dead-end job, bitch-on-wheels wife, unloving daughter, and imminent middle-age. His subsequent actions unfold into a darkly comic drama laced with a stellar supporting cast and enough roses to fill a nursery.

American Fabulous. 1992, 103 min. Documentary. Jeffrey Strouth’s autobiographical look at his life, released posthumously after his death of AIDS in 1992.

An Empty Bed. (1990) 56 min. Drama. Stars John Wylie. In his twilight, a lonely gay man reflects on his life and the three loves of his long-lost youth: one woman and two men. Forced into early retirement by a heart attack, he wanders aimlessly through the graffiti-marred streets of his New York neighborhood. Familiar haunts trigger flashbacks of happy and not-so happy times. Could anything have been different? Could he have denied his true identity and married as his lover, Peter, did? Should he have? Would it have worked out? Could he have lived with himself? These seem to be the unspoken questions in the back of his mind. A phone call to the now-married man for whom he still holds deep affection, concludes this moving and very satisfying character study.

As Good As It Gets (1997) Stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The trials and tribulations of a compulsive writer, Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson). After his homosexual neighbor (Greg Kinnear) is brutally beaten, he is entrusted to the care of the neighbor’s dog, with a difficult relationship with a waitress (Helen Hunt) to add on top of that. What develops is a weekend trip/triangle between these three individuals, and together they learn the true meaning of “the sunny side of life”.

The Big Tease. (1999) Stars Craig Furgeson. Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin Samuels is making a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Crawford; he and the crew go too. After maxing out his credit card at the Century Plaza Hotel, Crawford discovers he’s been invited to participate in the audience, not the contest; he tries every angle imaginable to get in the competition: he phones fellow Scot Sean Connery, he gets a union card, he asks the reigning champion for help, and he connects with Connery’s publicist, who’s having a bad hair day. Will he succeed, for the little people?

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter
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Boys Life. (1995) Each of the three short films in this collection presents a young gay man at the threshold of adulthood. In “Pool Days,” Justin is a 17-year old Bethesda lad, hired as the evening life guard at a fitness center. In the course of the summer, he realizes and embraces that he’s gay. In “A Friend of Dorothy,” Winston arrives from upstate for his freshman year at NYU. He has to figure out, with some help from Anne, a hometown friend, how to build a social life as a young gay man in the city. In “The Disco Years,” Tom looks back on 1978, the year in high school that he came out of the closet after one joyful and several painful encounters.

Boys Life 2. (1997) Compilation of four short films about homoerotic situations involving young men. In “Trevor”, by Peggy Rajski, a teenager faces homophobia and falls in love for the first time. Tom DeCerchio directed “Nunzio’s Second Cousin”, telling the story of a gay cop who forces a gay-basher to come to his house and have dinner with his family. In “Alkali, Iowa”, by Mark Christopher, a young gay man finds out some of his father’s past secrets. And “Must Be the Music”, by Nickolas Perry, follows four teenagers looking for love in nightclubs.

Boys Life 3. (2000) Jason Gould satirizes coming out in Hollywood in “Inside Out”, starring Alexis Arquette and papa Elliot Gould. Lane Janger’s “Just One Time” was a festival favorite recently expanded into a feature film that turns the tables on a groom-to-be and his fantasies of sex with two women. Bradley Rust Gray’s “Hitch” follows two attractive young guys on a dizzying road trip that leads them toward sexual self-discovery. David Fournier’s “Majorettes in Space” is a witty French spoof of post-modern sex, romance, relationships, the Pope and baton-twirling majorettes. And, Gregory Cooke’s “$30” is the bittersweet story of a closeted teen presented with a young prostitute on his 16th birthday.

Boys Life 4: Four Play. (2003) Features the movie shorts “Bumping Heads,” “This Car Up,” “O Beautiful,” and “L.T.R.”

Broadway Damage. (1997) Stars Michael Shawn Lucas, Mara Hobel, Hugh Panaro, and Aaron Williams. A quirky, romantic comedy about the complexity and frustration of finding a true love in the gay community. Marc (Michael Shawn Lucas) is a struggling actor who finds an apartment in NYC by searching the obituaries. He lives with his out-of-work, eccentric fag-hag Cynthia (Mara Hobel). His best friend, Robert, is secretly in love with Marc, while Marc falls head over heels for flighty studio musician David (Hugh Panaro). Things heat up as Marc's desire for David keeps him waiting by the phone, while Cynthia gets financially cut off from her rich parents and Robert struggles to express his feelings for Marc.

East Palace, West Palace (Dong gong xi gong). (1996) Stars Si Han and Jun Hu. In China, homosexuality isn’t illegal, but homosexuals are routinely persecuted by police and arrested for “hooliganism.” The film focuses on a young gay writer A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman, manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. His life-story which he tells during the interrogation reflects the general repression of the Chinese society. The policeman’s attitude shifts from the initial revulsion to fascination and, finally, to attraction.

Fun Down There. (198re: Gay Related Film List Stars Michael Waite, Nickolas Nagurney, Martin Goldin, and Jeanne Sobkowski. An old story: boy leaves stifling place he grew up and goes to the big city. In “Fun Down There” the boy is gay, but more curious than tortured, and his innate gentleness (and exoticism: he appears to be the only person in New York City who knows anything about dairy farming) quickly attracts new friends and lovers.

Grief. (1993) Stars Craig Chester, Jacki Beat, Alexis Arquette, and Carlton Wilborn. We spend a week in the L.A. offices where the daytime TV show “The Love Judge” is written and produced. Jo, the show’s large and loud producer, announces she is leaving the show in two weeks. Paula (driven and on Prozac) and Mark (gay and moody) compete for Jo’s job. Mark, coming onto the first anniversary of the death from AIDS of the love of his life, is attracted to Bill, who claims to be straight. Meanwhile, Jeremy, a close friend of Mark’s, is putting the moves on Bill. Leslie, Jo’s overworked assistant, tells Mark she wants to be a writer (she even has a script written). How these relationships that combine work and friendship play out is the movie’s subject.

Happy Together (Cheun gwong tsa sit). (1997) Stars Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a tango bar to save up for his trip home. When a beaten and bruised Po-Wing reappears, Yiu-Fai is empathetic but is unable to enter a more intimate relationship. After all, Po-Wing is not ready to settle down. Yiu-Fai now works in a Chinese restaurant and meets the youthful Chang from Taiwan. Yiu-Fai’s life takes on a new spin, while Po-Wing’s life shatters continually in contrast.

I’ll Love You Forever…Tonight. (1992) Stars Paul Marius, Jason Adams, David Poynter, Miles Wilshire, and Roger Shank. Ethan is a photographer in Los Angeles, still in his 20s, gay, and given to one-night stands that, despite his willingness, don’t seem to last past the next morning. His friend Dennis invites him on a getaway to Palm Springs where other friends join them. In the course of the next few days, Dennis and Ethan’s relationship goes through several changes as one plays the other, as feelings get hurt, and as Ethan witnesses other men’s difficulties with jealousy, commitment, and honesty. To whom can Ethan turn for assurance? To his family, to long-time friends, to his art?

In the Flesh. (199re: Gay Related Film List Stars Ed Corbin and Dane Ritter. A police detective (Ed Corbin) assigned to work a gay bar on an undercover drug operation gets hooked up with a gay student hustler (Dane Ritter). After the student witnesses a murder, the cop provides him an alibi and invites him to stay at his apartment. A relationship blossoms soon afterward.

Lie Down with Dogs. (1995) 84 min. Comedy/Romance. Stars Wally White and Randy Becker. Tommie is a young guy in Manhattan with a dead-end job handing out fliers in Times Square. At the beginning of a fateful summer, he has a chance encounter with a friend who tells Tommie that he’s headed to Provincetown, on the Cape, for a long weekend. Tommie is inspired to make his own trek to P-town, where he goes on a summer long, balls-out quest for Mr. Right, even though he has no money and holds his breath each time he uses his American Express card. In the course of the summer, Tommie looks for a work as a house boy at various inns, works several jobs, benefits from the kindness of a stranger, and gets involved with a series of men. Is it all worth it?

Life and Death on the A-List. (1996) Documentary. Fascinating true story of actor/model Tom McBride - a man so seemingly hedonistic and shallow that he, in all seriousness, attributes his success as a model in part to his ‘good chest hair pattern’.

Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness. (1993) Documentary about living with AIDS. This “positive” film deals with how folks are living with the virus. The film makers interviewed over 30 folks from different backgrounds and different walks of life who were already participating in a photo study about the subject. The film makers then attended the opening of the photo exhibit at the World Trade Center. To round out the film they also talked to people outside the New York City area including an HIV-positive policeman from Chicago and an HIV-positive Eagle Scout from Washington, DC.

Raising Heroes. (1996) Stars Troy Sostillio and Henry White. Josh and Paul want to adopt Nickie, the child of Paul’s recently deceased friend Susan. Susan’s mother opposes gays’ adopting, and Monday is the final court date. On Friday, Josh stops by a market for milk and glimpses a Mob hit. Unknown to him, the hit men are now on his trail. Josh hates confrontation and doesn’t tell Paul about the murder or call the cops. Instead, he takes Paul for an idyllic weekend in the Poconos. But Sunday, when they return to the city, the murderers are waiting. The Mob boss orders that both be killed. What chances do Paul, who’s in the dark, and Josh, who’s basically passive, have against this firepower? What will happen to Nickie without them?

Red Dirt. (2000) Stars Dan Montgomery, Walt Goggins, and Karen Black. In this Southern gothic drama, Griffith has lived all his life in the poor Mississippi community of Pine Apple. While Griffith wants to move on and try to make something of his life, he’s stranded in Pine Apple by his responsibilities to his crippled Aunt Summer and his affair with his cousin Emily. A man from out of town arrives and rents a cabin from Griffith; he soon finds himself attracted to the stranger, confronted by emotions he has never felt before.

The Ritz. (1976) Stars Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, F. Murray Abraham, Paul B. Price, and Treat Williams. At the Ritz, the rates are low, the decor is rococo art deco and the clientele is...convivial. As Cleveland sanitation company owner Gaetano Proclo reasons, this New York all-male bathhouse is the perfect place to hide from his murder-minded brother-in-law Carmine. But what Gaetano and his fellow bathhouse patrons get is an exercise in wild, manic mayhem from director Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night, two Superman films), bringing Terrence McNally’s hit Broadway farce to spicy screen life.

Sex Is… (1993) Marc Huestis edits interviews with 15 men, including himself, around a set of topics starting with “what is sex?” The men are gay, living in or near San Francisco. They talk about their first sexual experiences, the gay scene in San Francisco in the late 1970s, the pall cast by AIDS, the safe-sex movement, getting into serious relationships, the illness and death of partners, pornography, S/M and pain, race and stereotypes, personal fantasies, and bliss. Huestis has a thesis that sex is going to be with us, so how best do we embrace it? His 15 subjects, archival footage, clips from porn films, and close-up looks at men loving men flesh out various answers.

The Talented Mr. Ripley. (1999) Stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, and Gwenyth Paltrow. Ripley is sent to Europe to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, but when the errand fails, Ripley kills the playboy and assumes his life.

World and Time Enough. (1994) Stars Matt Guidry, Gregory G. Giles, and Kraig Swartz. Unlike most queer cinema of the 90s, World and Time Enough eschews ubiquitous drag queens, trendy settings, and bitchy dialogue. Instead, it is sensitive, low-key, and modest. A film that’s more interested in “quiet moments” than a complex narrative and lots of action…

Zorro, the Gay Blade. (1981) Stars George Hamilton. When the new Spanish Governor begins to grind the peasants under his heel, Don Diego Vega becomes Zorro, the masked man in black with a sword who rights wrongs. Vega sprains his ankle and cannot figure out how to continue his campaign when his long lost twin brother (sent off to the British Navy to make a man of him, flamboyantly gay, and now known as Bunny Wigglesworth) appears. He agrees to take his brother’s place but wishes to make some changes. His new suits are lemon, plum, and scarlet, and Bunny insists on using a whip.

But I’m A Cheerleader. (1999) Stars Natasha Lyonne, Michelle Williams, RuPaul, and Clea DuVall. Megan is an all-American girl. She’s a cheerleader, she has a boyfriend, etc. But she doesn’t like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she’s pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. And she only has pictures of girls up in her locker. Her parents and friends conclude that she *must* be gay and send her off to “sexual redirection” school, full of admittedly homosexual misfits, where she can learn to how to be straight. Will Megan be turned around to successful heterosexuality, or will she succumb to her love for the beautiful Graham?

Desert Hearts. (1985) Stars Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau. It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She’s unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranch owner’s daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian’s insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs.

Go Fish. (1994) Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely, whom Max likes, but Ely is frumpy, homely, and older. Nor do they have much in common. Can Max learn to look past the packaging?

The Monkey’s Mask. (2000) Stars Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis. A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex.

Everything Relative. (1996) Stars Monica Bell, Carol Jeanne Schneider, Ellen McLaughlin, Andrea Weber, Gabriella Messina, Olivia Negron, and Stacy Nelkin. A group of women reunite for a weekend of fun and bittersweet reflection in this drama. Katie (Stacey Nelkin) and her lover Victoria (Monica Bell) invite several of their old friends, some of whom they haven’t seen in 14 years, to celebrate the bris of their son Daniel (Katie was artificially inseminated, using sperm donated by Victoria’s brother).

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love. (1995) Stars Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, and Kate Stafford. Cast almost entirely with newcomers, The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love brings Randy’s (Laurel Holloman) family (a lesbian aunt and an assortment of current and past partners), Evie’s (Nicole Ari Parker) well-heeled and overprotective mother, and a collection of friends, enemies, one ex-boyfriend, and one unsatisfactory affair into the mix, balancing the excitement and passion of adolescent romance with the pitfalls of social and familial rejection.

Billy Elliot. (2000) Stars Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, and Jamie Draven. Against the background of an increasingly bitter miners’ strike that his elder brother and father are involved in, young Billy Elliot finds he prefers joining in the girls’ ballet class at the local hall to the boxing he’s there for. The ballet mistress soon realizes he has real potential, but no-one, least of all his family, is likely to go along with a lad doing dancing.

One Nation Under God. (1993) 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 of this frighteningly large movement.

Out of the Past. (199re: Gay Related Film List 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 diary of Michael Wigglesworth, a 17th-century Puritan cleric, at the 30-year love affair of Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Adams Fields, at Henry Gerber’s attempt after World War I to establish a gay-rights organization, at Bayard Rustin’s role in the civil rights movement, and at Barbara Gittings’ taking on of the American Psychiatric Association’s position that homosexuality is illness. One person comments, “To create a place for ourselves in the present, we have to find ourselves in the past.”

The Wedding Banquet (Hsi yen). (1993) Stars Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein, and May Chin. Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung’s parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung’s parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications.

Finding North. (199re: Gay Related Film List Stars Wendy Makkena, John Benjamin hickey, and Anne Bobby. Screwball romance involving a woman (Makkena) who gets fired from her job as a bank teller when her friends arrange for a stripper to appear at the bank for her birthday. She then meets a man (Hickey) whom she had earlier seen jump off a bridge and had assumed had committed suicide. With nothing else to do, she follows him to Texas. Along the way she slowly comes to realize he is gay and is despondent over the AIDS-related death of his former lover.

The Gay Deceivers. (1969) Stars Kevin Coughlin, Lawrence P. Case, and Michael Greer. Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn’t buy it.

It’s in the Water. (1997) Stars Keri Jo Chapman and Teresa Garrett. When hordes of gays and lesbians come out “of the closet” in the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas, intolerant residents go into a panic about the water supply.

Last Exit to Brooklyn. (1989) Stars Stephen Lang, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Dobson, and Alexis Arquette. Taken from Hubert Selby, Jr.’s controversial novel. A gallery of characters in Brooklyn in the 1950s are crushed by their surroundings and selves: a union strike leader discovers he is gay; a prostitute falls in love with one of her clients; a family cannot cope with the fact that their daughter is illegitimately pregnant.

The Birdcage. (1996) Stars Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne West, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Christine Baranski. The Birdcage - a drag club on the South Beach. Albert, Starina, the star of the show - one half of a couple with Armand. Val is Armand’s son from a long-ago heterosexual experiment, and has been raised in the Armand and Albert apartment. His intended is Barbara, daughter of the very right wing U.S. senator John Keeley, co-founder of the Coalition for Moral Order. She is bringing her family to visit Val and meet his family (her parents think that Armand is a Greek diplomat). Results - mix-up, pretense, and farce.

Boys Don’t Cry. (1999) Stars Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny. Based on a true story, this drama was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered tragic consequences as a result.

Outrageous!. (1977) Stars Craig Russell, Hollis McLaren, and Richard Easley. Two misfits find love and support in each other’s company, in this show-business comedy with a twist. One of them, Robin Turner (Craig Russell), is a male hairdresser and a gifted female impersonator, who tries out his act in local gay nightclubs. His roommate is Liza Conners (Hollis McLaren), an old high-school friend who is now a mumbling and strange pregnant woman, recently released from a mental hospital where she was being treated for schizophrenia. She is determined never to return to the hospital again, and he wants to be a show-business success with his impressions.

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar. (1995) Stars Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, and Bltyhe Danner. After Vida Boheme and Noxeema Jackson win a major New York drag contest and a trip to Hollywood, they are persuaded to take the inexperienced ‘drag princess’ Chi Chi with them. They hire a beat-up old Cadillac and set off for L.A., but their car breaks down in a small town in the middle of nowhere. With just their wits and an endless supply of garish costumes, they transform the town and everyone who lives there.

Holiday Heart. (2000) Stars Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, and Jesika Reynolds. A middle-aged drag queen still dealing with the loss of his longtime lover meets a 12-year-old girl who has no home. Touched by her plight, the drag queen takes in the girl and her mother, a talented writer who has fallen into a cycle of drug abuse. With his help, the woman and her daughter try to rebuild their lives, but they have trouble breaking their ties with the drug dealer who has been the mother’s supplier and confidante.

La Cage aux Folles (Birds of a Feather). (1979) Stars Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Claire Maurier, Remi Laurent, and Benny Luke. Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try conceal their lifestyle and their ownership of the transvestite club downstairs when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner. (This film would later go on to be remade as The Birdcage.)

La Cage aux Folles II. (1980) Stars Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, and Benny Luke. The sequel to La Cage aux Folles has homosexual nightclub owner Renato and his transvestite companion/lover Albin becoming involved with the local cops and foreign spies when Albin unwittingly gets his hands on a role of stolen microfilm. The gay couple then hide out in Renato’s native Italy, but find little peace there with their frequent bickering among themselves.

La Cage aux Folles 3: ‘Elles’ se marient (The Wedding). (1985) Stars Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, and Benny Luke. The third and final version of the La Cage aux Folles series has Renato’s drag queen lover Albin learning that he can inherit a vast fortune from a distant relative. But the catch is that Albin must marry (a woman) and produce an heir within a year or the whole inheritance will be forfeited.

Soldier's Girl (2003) - Affecting film about a soldier (Troy Garity) who has a relationship transgendered performer, resulting in dire consequences.

Total Eclipse (1995) - Film about the love affair between two 19th century poets (Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis).

Listen (1996) - Thriller involving lesbianism. Sarah Buxton, Brooke Langton.

She Hate Me (2004) - Spike Lee film with lesbian characters.

Head in the Clouds (2004) - Romantic war drama starring Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, and Stuart Townsend. The bi-sexuality of Theron and Cruz's characters is more than hinted at.

Prey for Rock and Roll (2003) - Gina Gershon and Drea de Matteo star as members of an all girl rock band. Features a few lesbian characters.

Show Me Love (199re: Gay Related Film List - Swedish film about two teenage girls who fall in love.

Latter Days (2003) - A gay man falls in love with a mormon.

Vampyros Lesbos (1971) - Cult lesbian vampire film. Great soundtrack.

The Vampire Lovers (1970) - Yet another lesbian vampire film, this time starring Ingrid Pitt.

Tying the Knot (2004) - Documentary about the debate over gay marriage.

Saved (2004) - Satire about religious zealots featuring a gay character.

Die! Die! My Darling (1965) - Tallulah Bankhead stars in this campy Baby Jane-like thriller.

The Apple (1980) - Hilariously bad musical about folk singers seduced by drugs and sin in the distant future of 1994 (!)

Die, Mommie, Die (2003) - Charles Busch stars in this deliberately campy film as a woman who kills her husband to be with her younger lover (Jason Priestly). Natasha Lyonne co-stars.

Bad Education (2004) - Gael García Bernal stars in this Pedro Almodovar film about the effect of child abuse on two long-time friends.

All over Me (1997) - Alison Folland stars as a girl from Hell's Kitchen who starts to realize she has feelings for her friend (Tara Subkoff).

They Only Kill Their Masters (1972) - James Garner and Katharine Ross star in this thriller. June Allyson plays a lesbian.

That Certain Summer (1972) - A teenager (Martin Sheen) must deal with his divorced father's (Hal Holbrook) homosexuality.

A Home at the End of the World (2004) - Drama with gay themes starring Colin Farrel and Dallas Roberts.

Eating Out (2004) - Comedy about a guy who pretends to be gay to get to a girl while using her gay best friend.

Just One of the Guys (1985) - Fun role reversal comedy about a female journalist who goes undercover as a male high school student to get her story.

The Best Man (1964) - Gore Vidal scripted this drama about a political candidate (Henry Fonda) whose campaign is damaged when lies about his sexuality are spoken by the opposition.

Advise and Consent (1962) - Early political drama involving gay themes.

Victim (1961) - Dirk Bogarde stars as a gay man threatened by a black-mailer.

Darling (1965) - Julie Christie stars as an wickedly ambitious model who befriends a gay man.

Camille (1936) - Greta Garbo film where one of her friends is gay.

Grande Ecole (2004) - French drama about gay related subject matter.

Kinsey (2004) - Bio-pic about the infamous sex researcher.

Lianna (1983) - John Sayles film about a married woman who realizes she's a lesbian.

Yossi & Jagger (2002) - Two soldiers in Isreal find romance.

Different for Girls (1996) - A man finds himself attracted to a post-op transsexual.

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) - Two women who work at an art gallery start a relationship.

Lilies (1996) - Intriguing gay related Canadian film.

Monster (2003) - Christina Ricci plays the lover of serial killer Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron).

HellBent (2004) - Horror film with gay main and supporting characters.

Camp (2003) - The lives of several young people at a performing arts camp.

Tea and Sympathy (1956) - Somewhat toned down film of a stage play about a young college student singaled out for being effeminate. Deborah Kerr.

The Bostonians (1984) - Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Tandy star in this Henry James adaptation.

Score (1973) - Sexy 70s farce about swingers. Calvin Culver.

Frida Kahlo (2002) - Salma Hayek portrays the famous bi-sexual artist.

Thieves (1996) - Catherine Deneuve stars as a woman who has an affair with a younger woman.

A Taste of Honey (1961) - A plain young girl gets pregnant by a black sailor, becomes friends with a homosexual, and comes of age.

Nighthawks (197re: Gay Related Film List - A homosexual man hides his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.

Angels in America (2003) - Tony Kushner's award winning play brough to the screen.

Showgirls (1995) - Do I really need to say anything?

Poison (1991) - Todd Haynes film about sex and violence in prison.

The Iron Ladies (2000) - A Thailand soccer team made of gay, lesbian, and transgendered players works hard to get ahead.

The Best of Boys in Love (199re: Gay Related Film List - Collection of gay short films.

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (199re: Gay Related Film List - Dysfunctional adults and broken relationships in contemporary Paris. Vincent Perez.

To Play or To Die (1990) - Swedish film of a short story by Anna Blaman.

Valley of the Dolls (1967) - Essential viewing.

200 American (2003) - A CEO becomes involved with a male hustler.

The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997) - Several characters travel through various periods of time. Quirky and interesting.

Km. 0 (2003) - An amusing look at the love lives of 14 different people on a hot August day in Spain.

Me and My Shadows (2001) - Television bio-pic about Judy Garland starring Judy Davis.

Absolutely Positive (1991) - Documentary. A look at 11 gay men living with AIDS.

Breaking the Cycle (2002) - A man addicted to chat rooms searches for love.

The Mudge Boy (2003) - A sensitive young man tries to survive in a harsh town after the death of his mother. Emile Hirsch.

Beautiful Boxer (2003) - The story of a transgendered boxer.

Goldfish Memory (2003) - The lives and loves of lesbians in Dublin.

A Touch of Pink (2004) - A Canadian man living in London has to play it straight when his Muslim mother comes to visit. The ghost of Cary Grant serves as his mentor.

Eulogy (2004) - Famke Janssen and Kelly Preston play a lesbian couple in this comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.

Callas Forever (2003) - Jeremy Irons portrays Maria Callas' gay companion in this Zeffirelli film.

When Will I Be Loved - Neve Campbell plays a bi-sexual in this James Toback drama.

D.E.B.S. (2005) - Silly film about schoolgirl secret agents involving a lesbian relationship.

The 24th Day (2004) - James Marsden and Scott Speedman star in this gay themed drama.

Saving Face (2004) - A Chinese-American lesbian and her mother are both reluctant to reveal secret loves that go against traditions.

Fire (1996) - Two women in India discover they have feelings for one another.

My Life on Ice (2002) - 16-year-old Etienne, a cute would-be ice skating champion chronicles his life in France.

Possible Loves (2001) - Portugese film about three possible love lives for one man.

ABBA - The Winner takes it all (1999) - Documentary about the Swedish pop group.

Edgeplay (2004) - Documentary about the 70s all girl band The Runaways.

Recent Gay Related Films: Eating Out, The Mudge Boy, Beautiful Boxer, Bad Education, A Home at the End of the World, Goldfish Memory, A Touch of Pink, Kinsey, Eulogy, Testosterone, Callas Forever, When Will I Be Loved, Bridget Jones 2, D.E.B.S., 24th Day, Saving Face, Grande Ecole

Recent Gay-related TV series on DVD: The L Word, Queer as Folk, The Shield, The Wire, Oz, Nip-tuck

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter
Updated On: 5/9/05 at 01:03 PM

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#2re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/9/05 at 5:16pm

who would have thot there were so many? thanks for the list. i found a few that i'd not seen on too bad i couldn't find more re: Gay Related Film List

RIP glebby <3

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Posted: 5/9/05 at 5:28pm

that's a looooooooooooong list...

#4re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/9/05 at 6:09pm

It is a long list-- I admire your complete-ness but many of them has such slight or barely implied gay context that I'd hate to recommend them as "Gay related": Calamity Jane? Fried Green Tomatoes I think of as more of an anti-lesbian film since it's been so sanitized.

And what in the world is gay about Flash Gordon?

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Posted: 5/9/05 at 6:17pm

If you don't want to watch the films, no one will make you. It's just a list, I certainly haven't seen all of them. Flash Gordon is just campy, so if you like that sort of thing, that's what I meant it for.

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter
Updated On: 5/9/05 at 06:17 PM

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Posted: 5/9/05 at 8:11pm

Siegfreid and Roy - The Magic Box

why does that title scare me?

It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story... AGATHA CHRISTIE, Life magazine, May 14, 1956

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Posted: 5/10/05 at 9:11am

Can't believe I forgot De-Lovely, Beaverhausen.

I find that some of the films that many gay people seem to relate to may not even be outright about homosexuality. Stuff like X-Men and whatnot is easy to feel a connection to. I suppose we have to take what we can get considering the ratio of gay to straight themed films.

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter

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Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:05pm

great recs, but a few quibbles:

The character Buzz in LOVE VALOUR, played by Nathan Lane onstage and Jason Alexander on screen, does not own the house of the house parties; he's one of the guests

Jude Law does not play the title role in WILDE, but the object of WILDE's affection, Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas. Stephen Fry plays Wilde.

Despite the camp appeal of Pia Zadora in BUTTERFLY, it is a real stretch to call it anything remotely resembling Tennessee Williams. i guess the best "pitch" to describe it in terms of well-known authors might be Harold Robbins, Jacquelyn Steele, or Jackie Susann.

Will: They don't give out awards for helping people be gay... unless you count the Tonys. "I guarantee that we'll have tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life..."

#9re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:13pm

Hmmm - FLASH GORDON - let's see what we get:

Ornella Muti as a leather-clad dominatrix from hell.
Max Von Sydow camping it up as the dark Queen of the Universe.
Timothy Dalton running around in tights.
Topol and Brian Blessed going gleefully over-the-top.
A glorious soundtrack by Queen.
Production design that looks like a Bob Mackie acid-trip.
And Sam J. Jones blissfully and stupidly studly throughout.

Sounds gay to me.

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Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:14pm

nothing wrong, and Jackie Collins (or even Robbins) works fine---the point is that short description might be more accurate than a comparison to T. Williams....

and FLASH GORDON deserves a mention for starring a Playgirl centerfold if nothing the listmaker quite correctly noted.

Will: They don't give out awards for helping people be gay... unless you count the Tonys. "I guarantee that we'll have tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life..."

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Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:20pm

Well I did say I wasn't sure if everything was completely right, but the corrections are appreciated. re: Gay Related Film List

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter

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#12re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:21pm

Great list -- LONG list. Was "Torch Song Trilogy" on it?


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#13re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:24pm

all three are actually there---TORCH SONG, ROSE, and CLOSET....

Will: They don't give out awards for helping people be gay... unless you count the Tonys. "I guarantee that we'll have tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life..."

#14re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:26pm

Beav - glad you listed Urbania - one of my favorites!

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#15re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 4:51pm

I like The Opposite of Sex a lot. Great witty writing.

Motel Blue w/ Sean Young and Soleil Moon Frye is another not on the list.

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter

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#16re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 5:22pm

Looong list...

I try to read it all, but I very well could have missed it, but let's not forget "The Children's Hour," (1961 I believe) in which a rumor gets spread at at an all girls boarding school that two of the female teachers (Audrey Hepburn and Shirley Maclaine) are lovers. Shirley Maclaine's character later realizes that although they were rumors, she is attracted to another woman.

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#17re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 8:30pm

Haven't seen it, but I'd imagine it's probably a bit embarrassing, Beaverhausen.

I suppose A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is worth mentioning too. I can't believe the director says he didn't intend to create gay overtones.

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter

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#18re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/10/05 at 9:14pm

CHILDREN'S HOUR is indeed on the list, but who can name the earlier film taken from the source, where the scandal was made heterosexual?

i'm glad SPLENDOR was included. It's worth it for the visuals alone.

Will: They don't give out awards for helping people be gay... unless you count the Tonys. "I guarantee that we'll have tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life..."

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#19re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/28/05 at 2:48pm

TV Gay Guide

"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter

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#20re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/28/05 at 3:46pm

that's cool. me and my friend Erin are going ot the CT Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in June and we want to have our own film party with some friends... we'll look into some of the movies on your list . Thanks!

Less is more
Ugly is beautiful
"My brother plays a drag queen... and I'm surprised he looks as good as he does in drag." - Adam Rapp

"thanks, abba. now i'll forever have an image of you as a tattoed hardcore straightedge grrl savaging people in the mosh pit." - papalovesmambo

"Yeah Abba. All the filthy crap you spew out there on those boards. I for one, am equally shocked. :-P" - AnnaK

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#21re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/28/05 at 3:57pm

^^Anthony Rapp's independent film w/ Cameran Manheim..David (Anthony) looks for love and life in NYC. I'm straight and I really enjoyed this movie even though it's aimed towards a homosexual audience. I really recommend this movie because of Anthony Rapp and his ability to infuse so much emotion into all the scenes and it's kind of similar to Rent (David is a filmmaker..except gay) and this is definately one of the best movies I've seen..I think the relationships are better portrayed in this movie than in most straight based movies I've seen..
I hope I didnt word anything incorrectly/weirdly.If so, sorry.

And the other thing about the Phantom Lady was, Bert, she realized, in the city that never sleeps... What did she realize, Kitten? That all the songs she'd listened to, all the love songs, that they were only songs. What's wrong with that? Nothing, if you don't believe in them. But she did, you see. She believed in enchanted evenings, and she believed that a small cloud passed overhead and cried down on a flower bed, and she even believed there was breakfast to be had... Where? On Pluto. The mysterious, icy wastes of Pluto.

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#22re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/28/05 at 4:13pm

I love that movie :)

Less is more
Ugly is beautiful
"My brother plays a drag queen... and I'm surprised he looks as good as he does in drag." - Adam Rapp

"thanks, abba. now i'll forever have an image of you as a tattoed hardcore straightedge grrl savaging people in the mosh pit." - papalovesmambo

"Yeah Abba. All the filthy crap you spew out there on those boards. I for one, am equally shocked. :-P" - AnnaK

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Carl Magnum
#23re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/28/05 at 4:45pm

maybe I missed it on the lists but two of my faves.

But I'm A Cheerleader
Die Mommy! Die!

I got rid of my teeth at a young age because... I'm straight. Teeth are for gay people. That's why fairies come and get them

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#24re: Gay Related Film List
Posted: 5/28/05 at 6:57pm

The earlier version of The Children's Hour was called These Three, starring Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon and Joel McCrea. D

irected skillfully by William Wyler, it's not bad, for a sanitized soap opera version that bears little resemblance to the original. The children are creepy, Joel McCrae is dreamy and Miriam Hopkins is always over-the-top and fun to watch.