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Tuesday
Jun042019

Best LGBT Movies?

by Nathaniel R

For Pride month you may have heard that Rotten Tomatoes has expanded and updated their list of the greatest LGBT films ever to a full 200 movies wide.

Given that they've just done this, we thought it might be a good idea to share multiple "best lgbt films list" to give you lots of rental ideas for Gay Pride month. We've also listed the pros and cons of a few of the key lists out there. Do you feel like you've seen your share of queer classics perusing these or do you have endless hours of screenings ahead to catch up?

The Rotten Tomatoes list and 4 additional lists are after the jump. Which lists is friendliest to your tastes?

Rotten Tomatoes Top 200 List 

Pro: Internationally minded. Con: Wacko rankings and obvious preferencing of anything brand new. If a gay movie was made between 2013-2019, it's on this list, period! 

  1. Moonlight (2016)
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me (2018)
  3. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
  4. The Favourite (2018)

     
  5. Carol (2015)
  6. Booksmart (2019)
  7. McQueen (2018)
  8. BPM (2017)
  9. Victim (1961)
  10. The Handmaiden (2016)
  11. Milk (2008)
  12. A Fantastic Woman (2018)
  13. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) It is homophobic to have this above hundred of legit LGBT classics. wtf?!?
  14. All About My Mother (1999)
  15. Funeral Parade of Roses (1970)
  16. Paris is Burning (1991) -if you're going to mix documentaries with features this should be in the top 5 with no questions asked.
  17. God's Own Country (2017)
  18. Tangerine (2015)

     
  19. La Cage Aux Folles (1979)
  20. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
  21. The Imitation Game (2014)
  22. Desert Hearts (1986)
  23. Love is Strange (2014)
  24. Law of Desire (1987)
  25. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
  26. Love, Simon (2018)
  27. The Heiresses (2019)
  28. The Kids are All Right (2010)
  29. My Beautiful Laundrette (1986)
  30. Cabaret (1972)
  31. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  32. The Crying Game (1992)
  33. Battle of the Sexes (2017)
  34. Tomboy (2011)
  35. Victor/Victoria (1982)
  36. Gods and Monsters (1998)
  37. Pariah (2011)
  38. The Wedding Banquet (1993)
  39. Appropriate Behaivor (2015)
  40. Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

  41. Grandma (2015)
  42. The Duke of Burgundy (2015)
  43. Weekend (2011)
  44. The Celluloid Closet (1996)
  45. The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson (2017)
  46. Pride (2014)
  47. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  48. In the Family (2012)
  49. 1985 (2018)
  50. Stranger by the Lake (2014)
  51. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
  52. Being 17 (2016)
  53. The Boys in the Band (1970)

  54. Rafiki (2019)
  55. Farewell My Queen (2012)
  56. Brokeback Mountain (2005) - obviously whoever composed this list had something against this masterpiece!
  57. Heavenly Creatures (1994) - and this one!
  58. Princess Cyd (2017)
  59. Longtime Companion (1990)
  60. Chris & Don (2007)
  61. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) - it's almost like someone just made a gay list and tossed all the titles in the air and whichever way they landed that's the order!
  62. The Hanging Garden (1998)
  63. Giant Little Ones (2019)  
  64. Rocketman (2019)
  65. We the Animals (2018)
  66. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
  67. Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017)
  68. Saturday Church (2018)
  69. The Way He Looks (2014)
  70. Wild Nights with Emily (2019)
  71. Summertime (2017)
  72. To Be Takei (2014)
  73. My Summer of Love (2004)
  74. Disobedience (2018)

  75. Bad Education (2004)
  76. My Life in Pink (1997)
  77. Beautiful Thing (1996)
  78. Teorema (1968)
  79. Boy Erased (2018)
  80. The Wound (2017)
  81. Show Me Love (1999)
  82. Maurice (1987)
  83. Scotty & The Secret History of Hollywood (2018)
  84. Aimee & Jaguar (2000)
  85. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
  86. A Single Man (2009)
  87. Keep the Lights On (2012)
  88. Undertow (2010)
  89. Bound (1996)
  90. Diamantino (2019)
  91. 52 Tuesdays (2015)
  92. Beginners (2011)
  93. First Girl I Loved (2016)
  94. Mulholland Drive (2001)
  95. Fire (1996)
  96. Beach Rats (2017)
  97. Farewell My Concubine (1993)
  98. Saving Face (2005)

  99. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972) 
  100. Orlando (1993) - how is this so low? This list be crazy
  101. Mysterious Skin (2005)
  102. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
  103. Circumstance (2011)
  104. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2007)
  105. Other People (2016)
  106. Chuck & Buck (2000)
  107. The Color Purple (1985)
  108. Yossi & Jagger (2003)
  109. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
  110. Old Joy (2006) - i didn't know this was gay. Hmmm.
  111. Monster (2003)
  112. All Over Me (1997)
  113. Knife + Heart (2019)
  114. Girl (2018)
  115. Laurence Anyways (2013)
  116. The Hours (2002)
  117. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
  118. XXY (2007)
  119. Lilting (2014)
  120. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  121. Beautiful Boxer (2005)
  122. Alex Strangelove (2018)  not even sure this would make my top 1000 gay movies. So generic!

  123. Handsome Devil (2017) 
  124. Philadelphia (1993)
  125. Signature Move (2017)
  126. Go Fish (1995)
  127. Lovesong (2017)
  128. Sorry Angel (2019)
  129. Strawberry & Chocolate (1994) - pretty low for an actual Oscar nominee
  130. Beau Travail (2000) - pretty low for a legit masterpiece
  131. The Birdcage (1996)
  132. Transamerica (2006) - wut
  133. Kiki (2017)
  134. North Sea Texas (2012)
  135. From Afar (2016)
  136. GBF (2014)
  137. Get Real (1999)
  138. Happy Together (1997)
  139. Holding the Man (2015)
  140. Born in Flames (1983)
  141. Closet Monster (2016)
  142. The Intervention (2016)
  143. Water Lilies (2008)
  144. Tropical Malady (2005)
  145. Wild Reeds (1995) - pretty low for a film with a 100% rotten tomatoes score on a rotten tomatoes list. wtf
  146. Trick (1999)
  147. The Gospel of Eureka (2019)
  148. Brother to Brother (2004)

  149. Burnt Money (2001) - way too low for something this ridiculously erotic
  150. Wigsstock the Movie (1995)
  151. Margarita with a Straw (2016)
  152. The Happy Prince (2018)
  153. Before Night Falls (2001)
  154. The Danish Girls (2015) -ridiculously high for a film with a 67% rotten tomatoes score on a rotten tomatoes list. wtf
  155. Concussion (2013)
  156. Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
  157. I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
  158. Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1975)
  159. High Art (1998)
  160. In & Out (1997)
  161. Sebastiane (1976)
  162. Personal Best (1982)
  163. The Runaways (2010)
  164. Bent (1997)
  165. The Misandrists (2018) - how is this the only Bruce LaBruce movie on the list?
  166. Heartbeats (2011)
  167. Wilde (1998)
  168. The Watermelon Woman (1997)
  169. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
  170. The Killing of Sister George (1968)
  171. I Killed My Mother (2013)
  172. Were the World Mine (2008)
  173. Priest (1995)
  174. Shortbus (2006) - wayyyyy too low
  175. Antonia's Line (1995)
  176. Boy Culture (2007)
  177. Jeffrey (1995)
  178. Suddenly (2003)
  179. Love and Human Remains (1993)
  180. Love! Valour! Compassion (1997)
  181. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
  182. The Sum of Us (1995)
  183. Camp (2003)
  184. Life Partners (2014)

  185. Parting Glances (1986) - pretty low for such a seminal indie
  186. Big Eden (2001)
  187. Set It Off (1996)
  188. Reaching for the Moon (2013)
  189. Entre Nous (1983) - another really low Oscar nominee
  190. Howl (2010) - wait. but no one likes this one!
  191. The Broken Hearts Club (2000)
  192. AWOL (2017)
  193. Naz & Maalik (2016)
  194. Black White + Gray (2007)
  195. Head On (1999)
  196. Gun Hill Road (2011)
  197. Love Songs (2008)
  198. Taboo (2000)
  199. Set Me Free (1999)
  200. Edge of Seventeen (1999) - much much too low for such a memorable sweet no-budget indies

 

Esquire 50 Best

Con: Not very international. Pro: Seems to have taken cultural impact and influence into the ranking and doesnt confuse things by mixing documentaries in. (If it's not on the Rotten Tomatoes list at all we've highlighted it.)

  1. The Boys in the Band (1970)
  2. Philadelphia (1993)
  3. Moonlight (2016)
  4. Carol (2015)
  5. BPM (2017)
  6. The Birdcage (1996)
  7. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
  8. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
  9. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  10. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
  11. Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)

  12. Tangerine (2015)
  13. Parting Glances (1986)
  14. The Color Purple (1985)
  15. A Fantastic Woman (2017)
  16. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
  17. Longtime Companion (1990)
  18. Pride (2014)
  19. All About My Mother (1999)
  20. High Art (1998)
  21. Jeffrey (1995)
  22. A Single Man (2009)
  23. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  24. Before Night Falls (2000)
  25. My Beautiful Laundrette (1986)
  26. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  27. Pariah (2011)
  28. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
  29. Mysterious Skin (2005)
  30. Bound (1996)
  31. Beginners (2011)
  32. The Wedding Banquet (1993)
  33. Making Love (1982)
  34. Go Fish (1994)
  35. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  36. Maurice (1987)
  37. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
  38. Beach Rats (2017)
  39. Personal Best (1982)

  40. The Children's Hour (1961)
  41. The Kids are All Right (2010)
  42. The Watermelon Woman (1996)
  43. Happy Together (1997)
  44. Keep the Lights On (2012)
  45. Weekend (2011)
  46. GBF (2013)
  47. Desert Hearts (1985)
  48. Viva (2015)
  49. Cruising (1980)
  50. Princess Cyd (2017)

 

BFI TOP 33

Pro: High-minded and cinephile friendly - quality of films is very high. Con: No concern for popularity so some of the most seminal films that made a cultural impact are missing (if it was not on the previous two lists, it's highlighted here)

  1. Carol (2015)
  2. Weekend (2011)
  3. Happy Together (1997)
  4. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  5. Paris is Burning (1990)
  6. Tropical Malady (2004)
  7. My Beautiful Laundrette (1986)
  8. All About My Mother (1999)
  9. Un Chant D'Amour (1950)
  10. My own Private Idaho (1991)
  11. Tangerine (2015)
  12. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)
  13. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
  14. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
  15. Show Me Love (1999)
  16. Orlando (1992)
  17. Victim (1961)
  18. Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974)

  19. Looking for Langston (1989)
  20. Beau Travail (2000)
  21. Beautiful Things (1996)
  22. Stranger by the Lake (2013)
  23. Teorema (1968)
  24. The Watermelon Woman (1996)
  25. Pariah (2011)
  26. Mulholland Drive (2001)
  27. Portrait of Jason (1967)
  28. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  29. Death in Venice (1971)
  30. Pink Narcissus (1971)
  31. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
  32. Tomboy (2011)
  33. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

 

TIME OUT TOP 50

Pro: Cinephile friendly. Allows short films and gay iconic films even if they aren't gay (like Wizard of Oz) which mixes it up a bit. Con: Very esoteric. Just as many highlights missing as included. Seems to preference 1990s more than other decades. (If it's not on the previous lists, it's highlighted here)

 

  1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  2. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
  3. Happy Together (1997)
  4. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

  5. All About My Mother (1999)
  6. The Killing of Sister George (1968)
  7. Ma Vie En Rose (1997)
  8. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
  9. Beautiful Thing (1996)
  10. Orlando (1992)
  11. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
  12. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  13. Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)
  14. Weekend (2011)
  15. Un Chant D'Amour (1950)
  16. Fox and His Friends (1975)
  17. The Hours (2002)
  18. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  19. The Boys in the Band (1970)

  20. Pride (2014)
  21. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
  22. Maurice (1987)
  23. Scorpio Rising (1964)
  24. Transamerica (2005) - ugh.
  25. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
  26. Bound (1996)
  27. Death in Venice (1971)
  28. God's Own Country (2017)
  29. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)
  30. The Terence Davies Trilogy (1983)
  31. Pink Flamingos (1972)
  32. Edward II (1991)
  33. Fellini Satyricon (1969)
  34. Moonlight (2016)
  35. Pink Narcissus (1971)
  36. BPM (2017)
  37. Longtime Companion (1990)
  38. By Hook or By Crook (2001)
  39. Parting Glances (1986)
  40. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  41. A Fantastic Woman (2017)
  42. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

  43. Paris is Burning (1990)
  44. Stranger Inside (2001)
  45. Teorema (1968)
  46. Pariah (2011)
  47. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
  48. Show Me Love (1999)
  49. Bad Education (2004)
  50. The Children's Hour (1961)

 

LOGO TOP 100

Pro: More Todd Haynes who inexplicably is not favored by the other lists. This list allows TV movies and streaming so it mixes things up a bit. Con: Allows TV movies and streaming and so what people watch a lot and on TV is all over the list - lots of "straight to video" type of B movies or recent cable movies. Of all the lists this is the one that's friendlist to legitimately terrible movies. Plus it's far more G than LGBT overall (If it wasn't on the previous lists above, it's highlighted here.) 

  1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  2. Shelter (2007)
  3. Beautiful Thing (1996)
  4. Milk (2008)
  5. Weekend (2011)
  6. Latter Days (2003)
  7. Maurice (1987)
  8. The Normal Heart (2014)
  9. Pride (2014)
  10. A Single Man (2009)
  11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  12. Big Eden (2000)
  13. Trick (1999)
  14. Were the World Mine (2008)

  15. Cabaret (1972)
  16. Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)
  17. Angels in America (2003)
  18. Bad Education (2004)
  19. The Birdcage (1996)
  20. Wild Reeds (1994)
  21. Get Real (1998)
  22. Longtime Companion (1990)
  23. Prayers for Bobby (2009)

     
  24. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
  25. Mysterious Skin (2004)
  26. The Way He Looks (2014)
  27. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
  28. Plan B (2009)
  29. Boy Culture (2006)
  30. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
  31. GBF (2014)
  32. Patrick Age 1.5 (2008)
  33. The Bubble (2006)
  34. The Wedding Banquet (1993)
  35. Victor/Victoria (1982)
  36. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  37. Private Romeo (2011)
  38. The War Boys (2009)
  39. Undertow (2009)
  40. Kill Your Darlings (2013)
  41. La Cage Aux Folles (1978)
  42. All Over the Guy (2001)
  43. Love is Strange (2014)
  44. Jeffrey (1995)
  45. Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)
  46. Mambo Italiano (2003)
  47. Parting Glances (1986)
  48. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
  49. Philadelphia (1993)
  50. Geography Club (2014)
  51. Christopher and His Kind (2011)
  52. Lilies (1996)
  53. Guys & Balls (2004)
  54. In & Out (1997)
  55. Rent (2005)
  56. Keep the Lights On (2012)
  57. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
  58. Eating Out (2004)
  59. Hawaii (2013)
  60. Shortbus (2006)

  61. Stranger by the Lake (2013)
  62. Summer Storm (2004)
  63. Out in the Dark (2012)
  64. The Trip (2002)
  65. Another Gay Movie (2006)
  66. Edge of Seventeen (1998)
  67. Gayby (2012)
  68. Harvest (2011)
  69. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  70. Just a Question of Love (2000)
  71. North Sea Texas (2011)
  72. The Broken Hearts Club (2000)
  73. Gods and Monsters (1998)
  74. Making Love (1982)
  75. The Opposite of Sex (1998)
  76. Lilting (2014)
  77. The Imitation Game (2014)
  78. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
  79. Yossi & Jagger (2002)
  80. Bent (1997)
  81. The Boys in the Band (1970)
  82. Burnt Money (2000)
  83. I Killed My Mother (2009)
  84. Far From Heaven (2002)
  85. The History Boys (2006)

  86. Priest (1994)
  87. A Home at the End of the World (2004)
  88. The Sum of Us (1994)
  89. Transamerica (2005)
  90. Noah's Arc Jumping the Broom (2008)
  91. Philomena (2013)
  92. Beginners (2011)
  93. Ciao (2008)
  94. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2014)
  95. Death in Venice (1971)
  96. Boys (2014)
  97. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
  98. Bear City (2010)
  99. Behind the Candelabra (2013)
  100. To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar (1995)

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (42)

I don't know what the hell is going on with that Rotten Tomatoes list. It defies reasoning

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I'm surprised Shelter only made 1 list, as I consider it a bit of an undersung gem.

Thanks for compiling these lists! Will help with streaming choices.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPoliVamp

I’m just glad Bear City sneaked in on the Logo list. I find that movie charming and *ahem* hot. These lists really did Portrait of Jason and Pink Flamingos dirty.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Whoever compiled the Rotten Tomatoes list is clearly a Crash voter. Dallas Buyers Club, The Imitation Game, and Love, Simon (way, way) *above* Brokeback Mountain? I don't think so.

Also, no The Hunger? Or Darling? (Does that ahead-of-its-time 1965 film count?)

Latter Days is trash, but thank God at least one list included To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar. Missing: "That whorey look."

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

So this is a lot to process, but Before Night Falls and Priest are ridiculously low.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Old Joy has a single scene of homoeroticism, and it’s extremely subtle (IMHO).

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBeau

Love Simon, give me a break. An exceptionally whitebread Afterschool Special posing as a movie.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Is there a reason "Poison" is not showing up on any of these lists? That's inexcusable.

Also, "Dottie Gets Spanked."

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

I thought to myself "wouldn't it be funny if 'Eating Out' was on one of these lists..."

And then it was. It's Logo though, so not too shocking

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJS

Jonathan -- i think Todd Haynes needs a better publicist. i have no idea why his movies aren't all over these lists.

Sawyer -- yay, another PRIEST fan. I love that movie so much.

Mareko -- lol. so true on the "crash" fan.

Polivamp -- i think that's because it's a tv movie and most of the list are theatrical release films only.

June 4, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Imitation Game is better than all those other movies huh.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSanty C.

who wrote that Logo list, Armond White? Seriously, a top 100 without Call Me by Your Name is cancelled (especially when that list includes the ridiculous Too Wong Foo).

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterhepwa

I probably like the Time list best. Obviously RT is more comprehensive.

Missing from my list: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which never gets any love; Best in Show, which I think belongs here; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; and Another Country, which I'm kind of shocked didn't show up anywhere.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

To me, probably...top 5

1. Moonlight
2. Cabaret
3. Cruising
4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
5. The Wedding Banquet

... I like that someone remembered "Bear City" and I miss that no one remembered "Bear Cub" (Cachorro)

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

What, no Babadook??!!??

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

I've read the Rotten Tomatoes list twice, and could not find not a single brazilian movie. That's preposterous! Here comes a list filled with must-see!
O Menino e o Vento (1967)
O Beijo da Mulher-Aranha (Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1985)
Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995)
O Fantasma (2000. Actually from Portugal)
Madame Satã (2002)
A Festa da Menina Morta (The Dead Girl's Feast, 2008)
Do começo ao fim (From Beginning to End, 2009).
Flores Raras (Reaching for the Moon, 2013)
Tatuagem (Tattoo, 2013)
Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks. 2014)
Praia do Futuro (Future Beach, 2014).
Divinas Divas (2016)
Esteros (2016. With Argentina)
O Porteiro do Dia (The Daytime Doorman, 2016)
Corpo Elétrico (Body Electric, 2017)

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJosé Maria Neto

I may have missed it (so many titles here), but no Querelle? That seems odd, given how long these lists are.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

@ScottC, just (re)watched Querelle on the Criterion Channel (xoxo), and it's as bananas as I remembered. And OMG, is it gay AF.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

@José, Kiss of the Spider Woman actually is on RT's list (at no. 109), so there's some representation there (although surely there could be more).

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

What would be your favorite LGBT films, Nathaniel?

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

I can dismiss Rotten Tomatoes list because 9 of the Top 10 are less than five years old. Short memories. Silly.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterbrandz

Moonlight
Brokeback mountain
The Normal heart
longtime companion
Parting glances
Fun down there
Sunday bloody sunday
Weekend
relax its just sex
Flawless
all come to mind as favorites

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDO

DO -- relax its just sex. omg. haven't heard that title in years and years

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@Nathaniel R: I thought Shelter was primarily a festival movie, with a release date of something like 10 theatres, then off to DVD. Either way, love the movie and glad it at least got A mention.

Also, I am shocked that Interview with a Vampire was not put on any of the lists. Not that it should be, but it inspired enough HoYay that some consider it an honorary LGBT movie.

Can I also mention how happy I am Yossi and Jagger got mentioned?

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPoliVamp

Very happy to see in some lists:

Undertow (Fantastic!)
Get Real
But I'm a Cheerleader
Burnt Money
Plan B

I could add:
I dream in Another Language
Strella
Any movie from Julián Hernández
Quemar las Naves
Splendor by Gregg Araki
El Sexo de los Ángeles

And i am the only one who really enjoyed 4th Man Out?

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCésar Gaytán

Are you a fan of "Maurice," Nathaniel? I'm surprised to not see it listed in your 1987 Top 10. In my mind, it's one of Merchant/Ivory's masterpieces.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Cesar -- i thought 4th man out was cute.

Poli -- i LOVE Yossi & Jagger so I was thrilled too.

Bushwick -- this will have to be the subject of another post. It'd be easier for me to do by decades so I might approach it that way. good topic for this month!

June 4, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

These lists are by definition bullshit, so I'm not going to bother with a point by point takedown. I know what I like, and what I think is gay. But for me, the most egregious omissions are Multiple Maniacs/Female Trouble/Desperate Living/Polyester (John Waters is God!). the very underrated Reflections in a Golden Eye and The Killing of Sister George (both with brilliant performances, and make for very uncomfortable viewing, for all the right reasons), and If... (the first explicitly gay movie I ever saw)

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterken s.

Ken -- would love to see your list given that it's so different!

June 4, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

BOUND was phenomenal!! Gina Gershson and Jennifer Tilly were scorching hot

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLevity

Nathaniel

I have trouble with the whole concept - I know, what a copout. It seems that whatever's going on in a Fassbinder or Almodovar film, for example, has a gay subtext of some sort. And I find movies like The Maltese Falcon, Rope and Strangers on a Train manage to be very gay, despite the censorship - maybe because they were forced to be suggestive. But Burnt Money, Yossi and Jagger, Dog Day Afternoon, Y tu mama tambien, Wild Reeds, Boys in the Band, Female Trouble (for Edith Massey's fag-hag aunt alone and her speech about how she's worried her nephew's going straight - because he's marrying Divine!), The Talented Mr. Ripley, if..., Victim, The Oscar Wilde film with Peter Finch, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Fourth Man all mean a lot to me because of their gay aspects. Wow, I have gone on. Reason why I'm not to be trusted: I thought Zorro, the Gay Blade was hilarious.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterken s.

I guess I should also include Head On (Australia), Broken Sky (Mexico) and The Way He Looks (Brazil) as among my favorites. Promise I'll stop now.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterken s.

The rotten tomato list is bull shit- too many current movies and not enough classics

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

@ken s. Please dont stop. I also like Broken Sky and i forget to mention a mexican classic: Doña Herlinda y su Hijo.

@NATHANIEL Since now i'll be waiting the post with your choices. I recomend to you the peruvian movie Undertow, i think ( and i hope ) you will like it.

I remember watch a movie about a lesbian music band and a group of gay guys where one of the girls and one of the guys love each other getting straight, Is a comedy. Does anybody knows the name of that film?

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCésar Gaytán

"Undertow" is wonderfully weird and highly recommended for fans of off beat cinema. "The Favorite" is not a gay movie

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

Lol that LOGO list is the most "basic white twink" thing I've ever read. Which, of course, is fitting because LOGO is the epitomie of basic gay.

June 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChris

OK I'm breaking my promise, because I realize that the groundbreaking Taste of Honey is nowhere to be found on these lists! Unforgivable! And I would like to put in a word for the little-known Slaughter Rule, featuring an excellent Ryan Gosling at the beginning of his career, and an even better David Morse as a half-in/half-out of the closet football coach who's in love with him in Nowheresville, Montana. Morse captures all the confusion, shame and longing of a character who'll never be a part of the "It gets better" campaign. I also loved Baron Cohen's Bruno. Light years better than Borat, which I pretty much hated, despite the best gay panic joke of all time (Are you saying that man trying to put his fist up my ass was a homosexual!?!) and the hilarious Pam Anderson sequence. Bruno has so many crazy bits, mistaking Rand Paul for RuPaul, the way he and his boyfriend pour champagne, adopting an African baby - because it's a real "dick magnet". I'm also impressed with a lot of the French movies of the last few years, "Stranger by the Lake", "BPM", "Sorry Angel", "Staying Vertical", "Sauvage/Wild".

June 5, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterken s.

César -- i have seen and loved UNDERTOW.

Ken -- yeah, the French are killing it of late with queer films

June 5, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I forgot to add... "The Lost Language of Cranes", "Stranger by the lake", "Les Nuits Fauves" (spelling?), "Priest", "The 4th Man" (Paul Verhoeven!)

June 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

OMG just finally looked over LOGO's list. How Basic Gay (and Below Basic Taste) could they get? I didn't see a SINGLE lesbian oriented film on there and ha ha ha they actually included dreadful RENT on there. Have you ever met anyone who loved that movie?

June 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Amazing how the 9 of the 10 best LGBT movies of all time came out in the last 5 years.

June 5, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterasf

These lists are asinine, ill-informed and downright lazy. The amount of dreck on that last list is embarrassing and clearly done by someone who does not take cinema seriously, and most likely specializes in slapdashery. It is beyond galling that not one of the listed movies below appears anywhere in this miasma of stupefying staleness and is indicative that these emperor's have no clothes:

L'homme blesse (1983)
That Old Dream That Moves
The Glass Cage + El Mar
The Naked Civil Servant
Sitcom + Criminal Lovers + Time to Leave + Le Refuge + 5x2 + The New Girlfriend + Franz
The Living End + Totally Fucked Up + Nowhere
Interview With the Vampire
Futuro Beach
Land of Storms
Legend (2015)
Beyond the Hills
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Humpday + Your Sister's Sister
Seashore + Hard Paint
Taste of Honey
Lilies + Zero Patience
I Am Not Your Negro
Theo and Hugo (Paris 05:59 Theo & Hugo)
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
Tom at the Farm
Animals (2012 - Marcal Fores)
O Fantasma + The Ornithologist + To Die Like A Man
Starred Up
Eastern Boys
Hide Your Smiling Face
Water Lilies + Girlhood
Kinsey
The Dying Gall
Prospero's Books + Eisenstein in Guanajuato
Saint Laurent + Tiresia
Son frere + The Wounded Man + Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train
Spetters + The 4th Man
Body Electric
The Neon Bull
L.I.E.
Passion (2012) + Dressed to Kill
La Belle et la bete (1946)
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Slaughter Rule
I Don't Kiss + The Witnesses + Being 17 + the fact that Techine's masterpiece--Wild Reeds-- is barely regarded in these charts. It's inexplicable! Well, as far as I am concerned these jumbles are not examples of excellence, they are just grocery lists.

June 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterIshmael

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