Gay love is having a moment in Hollywood right now. J. Edgar will soon be released with Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer playing rumored long time lovers Edgar and his pal Clyde Tolson respectively. Also, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are about to begin work on their Liberace pic for HBO, playing Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson.
So, with this in mind, here is a look at the five best onscreen couples of the past ten years.
Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) – Brokeback Mountain
The two most famous gay cowboys of all time, Ennis and Jack met in the mountains herding sheep and soon began to indulge in the love that dare not speak its name. In real life, Ledger and Gyllenhaal were so attractive, and so convincing in their roles, that many questioned their sexuality. Sadly for the boys, both were very heterosexual.
Jules and Nic (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) – The Kids Are All Right
Going through a very rough patch in their lives, Jules and Nic were a new onscreen gay couple. Older, with children and struggling to keep a family afloat. It certainly did not hurt that two of the best actors working today portrayed these fully developed women, or that the amazing Lisa Cholodenko co-wrote and directed the film.
Harvey Milk and Scott Smith (Sean Penn and James Franco) – Milk
Harvey Milk had three long-term partners over the course of his all too brief life, but none meant as much to him as first love Scott Smith. Unable to deal with the demands of Milk’s schedule, Smith eventually left the politician. Penn snagged an Oscar for his portrayal of Milk and Franco an Independent Spirit Award for playing Smith.
Natalie and Cindy (Zooey Deschanel and Rashida Jones) – My Idiot Brother
Cute and adorable hipster lesbians played by the cute and adorable Deschanel and Jones. This film may have had some problems, but this couple was definitely not one of them.
Alexander and Hephaistion (Colin Farrell and Jared Leto) – Alexander
When Oliver Stone set out to make a film on the life of legendary Greek conqueror Alexander the Great, he vowed to not skip over what most every other film and book does — the ruler’s sexuality. With that in mind he had actors Leto and Farrell portray the whole story of the “friendship” between these men.