The 100 Greatest Gay Movies Of All Time

Did your favorites make the cut?

Every few years we asks readers to name their favorite gay films, and sort through the tens of thousands of submissions to compile a list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies.


The goals are to see:

1) Which films have burnished their status as great gay films
2) Which titles have begun to lose their appeal to modern audiences
3) Which new gay films have broken through and are likely to endure—like The Normal Heart (2014), Philomena (2014), Kill Your Darlings (2013) and Pride (2014).


Below, we’ve noted how each film was ranked (if at all) in our last Greatest Gay Movies feature. Surprisingly, more than a quarter are making their first appearance on this list. In most cases, the new entries were released in the last three years, but in a few instances they represent older classics that have risen in your estimation.

There are some surprising inclusions and omissions, of course, so feel free to rail in the comments section. Without further ado, your Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies!

100. To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: 26

Starring: Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Stockard Channing

Summary: Three drag queens travel cross-country on their way to a pageant competition, but their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.



99. Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Cheyenne Jackson

Summary: The story of flamboyant performer Liberace and his young lover, Scott Thorson.


5 Shockers from Behind the Candelabra



98. Bear City (2010)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: 78

Starring: Stephen Guarino, Briane Keane, Gerald McCullouch, Kevin E. Smith

Summary: A funny, sweet story about several men who belong to the New York “bear” scene as they prepare for a huge party.


Review: “Bear City” Says Gay Bears Are Just Like Everyone else (Except Fatter and Hairier)



97. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: 34

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Oliver Martinez, Leslie Mann

Summary: A middle aged married man comes out of the closet and then resorts to various cons in order to finance his lavish new gay lifestyle. After being sent to prison, he falls madly in love with his cellmate “Phillip Morris” and goes to great lengths in order to be with him.


I Love You Phillip Morris Features Trademark Jim Carrey Hilarity– Only with More “Graphic Gay Sex”



96. Boys (Jongens) (2014)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Gijs Blom, Ko Zandervliet, Jonas Smulders

Summary: Sieger is a quiet, athletic fifteen year old grappling with his feelings for his good friend Marc.



95. Death in Venice (1971)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Bjorn Andresen, Silvana Mangano

Summary: Composer Gustav von Aschenbach arrives in Venice and falls for an adolescent boy named Tadzio. Based on a Thomas Mann novella.


94. Six Dances in Six Weeks (2014)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Cheyenne Jackson & Gena Rowlands

Summary: Elderly woman hires a gay dance instructor to give her private dance lessons  — one per week for six weeks. What begins as an antagonistic relationship turns into a close friendship as they dance together.


TheBacklot Talks to Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson About Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks



93. Ciao (2008)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Chuck Blaum, Adam Neil Smith, Ethel Lung

Summary: Jeff and Andrea share memories of the deceased Mark.


Review: Is Ciao the Best Gay Movie of 2008?



92. Beginners (2010)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 45

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer

Summary: A man is stunned by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.


Review: Beginners Was So Good I Didn’t Want it to End



91. Philomena (2013

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan

Summary: A journalist accompanies a woman on her search for her son, a child she was forced to give up when she became pregnant as an unwed teenager.


Interview: Steve Coogan on Homophobia and Sexual Repression in Philomena

Review: Philomena Handles True Life Tragedy with Grace



90. Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 99

Starring: Daryl Stephens, Jensen Atwood, Rodney Chester, Christian Vincent, Doug Spearman

Summary: A movie sequel to the Logo series. After various complications, lead character Noah ties the knot with longtime boyfriend Wade.


Interview with Daryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood of Jumping the Broom



89. Transamerica (2005)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 53

Starring: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan

Summary: Bree is transitioning to female. She discovers that she sired a son who is now hustling in New York and she goes to try and help him.



88. The Sum of Us (1994)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 52

Starring: Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson

Summary: The story of a father and son in Australia. The son, Jeff, works to balance loyalty to family with the search for love while his accepting father interferes in the most supportive way possible.


Five Gay Movies That Deserve a Sequel More Than Rambo Did



87. A Home at the End of the World (2004)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 80

Starring: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright

Summary: This movie chronicles the lives of two best friends from the 60’s through the 80’s and the challenges they face.


Iconic Gay Movie Roles



86. Priest (1994)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 47

Starring: Linus Roache, Robert Carlyle

Summary: Father Greg Pilkington struggles with his calling as conservative Catholic priest and his own sexual orientation.


Gay Sex Scenes That Made Movie History



85. The History Boys (2006)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Samuel Anderson, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Campbell Moore, Francis de la Tour, Russell Tovey

Summary: A group of brilliant yet undisciplined British school boys get a new teacher whose job it is to make them ready for Oxford and Cambridge.



84. Far From Heaven (2002)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 68

Starring: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert

Summary: 1950’s housewife Cathy Whitaker is unprepared for discovering her husband kissing another man. She turns to the African-American gardener, Raymond, in an affair that violates all of societies rules.


Needs More Gay – Todd Haynes



83. I Killed My Mother (J’ai Tu Ma Mere) (2009)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 66

Starring: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud

Summary: A young man named Hubert struggles to cope with the contentious relationship he has with his mother.



82. Burnt Money (Plata Quemada) (2000)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 74

Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Leonardo Sparaglia, Pablo Echarri

Summary: Nene, Angel and Cuervo are three bank robbers who flee Argentina to Uruguay after a robbery goes bad. There they must lay low until Angel recovers from his injuries.



81. The Boys in the Band (1970)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: 40

Starring: Kenneth Nelson, Laurence Luckinbill, Leonard Frey

Summary: A group of gay New Yorkers gather together for a birthday party. Alcohol and recriminations flow. Based on the off-Broadway play by Mart Crowley and directed by William Friedkin (who also directed Cruising), this is one of the first films ever to revolve around gay characters.


Best Movie Ever?: “The Boys in the Band”



80. Bent (1997)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 63

Starring: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger

Summary: Max and Horst are gay victims of the Nazi Regime sent to the Dachau concentration camp. Max denies he is gay and manages to get a yellow label that designates him as Jewish instead. Horst, in contrast, wears his pink triangle with pride.



79. Yossi and Jagger (2002)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 41

Starring: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi

Summary: Two Israeli soldiers in a secret gay romance find comfort and respite from the conflict around them.


78. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 38

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Summary: Co-written and directed by Todd Haynes, the film chronicles the story of a 1970’s British glam rock star loosely based on David Bowie’s ’Ziggy Stardust’ persona.


Needs More Gay … Todd Haynes



77. The Imitation Game (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly

Summary: Word War II drama loosely depicting the life of brilliant mathematician Alan Turing.


“The Imitation Game Suffers From a Miscalculation

Original Script for “The Imitation Game” Had a Gay Sex Scene.

“The Imitation Game Finds New Ways to Slander Alan Turing’s Memory.



76. Lilting (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Pei-pei Cheng

Summary: A Cambodian mother and a young British man must cross the barriers of language and culture to share memories of a dead loved one.



75. The Opposite of Sex (1998)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 87

Starring: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Ivan Sergei, Lisa Kudrow

Summary: When 16 year-old Dede comes to visit her gay half-brother, chaos comes with her.


Needs More Gay: The Bukudroos Synergistic Triangle



74. Making Love (1982)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 48

Starring: Harry Hamlin, Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson

Summary: A doctor falls in love with a gay man and agonizes over the breakup of his marriage.


Harry Hamlin Would Do Making Love Again. Wife Lisa Rinna Says he was “Brave”



73. Gods and Monsters (1998)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 60

Starring: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave

Summary: A film about the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale. He reflects on his successes and failures and the difficulty of being gay in early Hollywood.



72. The Broken Hearts Club (2000)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 23

Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Zach Braff

Summary: A group of gay men, all members of a West Hollywood softball team, rely on each other for friendship and support as they search for love and deal with loss. Written and directed by Greg Berlanti.



71. North Sea Texas (Noordzee, Texas) (2011)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 65

Starring: Ben Van den Heuvel, Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans

Summary: Teenage romance about self-discovery, growing up and falling for the boy next door.


70. Just a Question of Love (2000)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 27

Starring: Cyrille Thouvenin, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié

Summary: Two gay men’s conflict over whether the younger man should come out to his parents. Originally a French TV movie.



69. Hedwig & The Angry Inch (2001)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 21

Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Michael Pitt

Summary: An East German transgender rock musician chases after an ex-lover who plagiarized her songs.


Interview: “Hedwig”’s John Cameron Mitchell is Absolutely Queer

Miriam Shor Interview: Her “GCB” White Marriage, “Hedwig” Past and More!



68. Harvest (Stadt Land Fluss) (2011)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Lukas Steltner, Kai Michael Müller

Summary: German film about two agricultural apprentices working together south of Berlin.



67. Gayby (2012)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Jenn Harris, Mathew Wilkas

Summary: A gay man and a straight woman, best friends since college, decide to have a baby together.



66. Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 42

Starring: Chris Stafford, Andersen Gabrych

Summary: A teenager copes with his sexuality in the last days of school in 1984.



65. Another Gay Movie (2006)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 57

Starring: Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Mitch Morris and Jonah Blechman

Summary: A send-up not only of “American Pie” but of popular gay teen movies as well, this is the story of four gay friends graduating high school looking for what most high school boys look for–a chance to get laid.


Are American Movies Getting Religion When It Comes to Sex



64. The Trip (2002)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 51

Starring: Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun

Summary:Chronicles the long and difficult relationship of Tommy and Alan through the 70’s and into the 80’s as they try to find common ground between their differing world views.



63. Out in the Dark (2012)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni

Summary: Love story between a Palestinian student and an Israeli lawyer.


62. Summer Storm (Summersturm) (2004)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 28

Starring: Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann

Summary: A German coming of age film about two teenage boys – both members of a rowing club. Tobi is in love with Achim, but does Achim feel the same?



61. Stranger by the Lake (L’Inconnu du lac) (2013)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou

Summary: Erotic French romance about a man who falls for a murderer.



60.Shortbus (2006)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: 22

Starring: Peter Stickles, Jay Brannan

Summary: A sexually graphic and largely improvised romp with an ensemble cast – all supposed frequenters of a fictional underground New York City sex salon.


TheBacklot’s 2006 Review of John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus



59. Hawaii (2013)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Manuel Vignau, Mateo Chiarino

Summary: When Martin comes to work for childhood friend Eugenio, feelings develop between them.



58. Eating Out (2004)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 56

Starring: Scott Lunsford, Ryan Carnes, Jim Verraros, Emily Brooke Hands

Summary: Caleb wants to date Gwen, but she only dates gay guys, so he has to pretend to be interested in Gwen’s BFF Marc.


Hot Gay Nerds!



57. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 24

Starring: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin

Summary: A young gay man deals with homophobia and heterosexism while growing up with four brothers and a conservative father in 1960s and 1970s Quebec.



56. Keep the Lights On (2012)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Marilyn Neimark

Summary: New Yorkers Erik and Paul struggle to navigate their turbulent relationship.


Interview: “Keep the Lights On” Star Thure Lindhardt Talks About Creating Gay Intimacy



55. Rent (2005)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 46

Starring: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Indina Menzel

Summary: The film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City.


54. In & Out (1997)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 84

Starring: Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Joan Cusack

Summary: High School English teacher Howard Brackett gets outed by a former student when the young man is accepting an Academy Award. Brackett now has to deal with being out in an American small town.



53. Guys and Balls (Männer Wie Wir) (2004)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Leon Breitenborn, Dietmar Bär

Summary: After being ousted by his team for being gay, Ecki forms an all-gay team to challenge his former teammates.



52. Lilies (Les Feluettes) (1996)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio, Matthew Ferguson, Jason Cadieux, Danny Gilmore

Summary: A movie about schoolboys in love and the tragedies that follow.



51. Christopher and His Kind (2011)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 96

Starring: Matt Smith, Imogen Poots, Lindsay Duncan, Tobey Jones

Summary: The story of author Christopher Isherwood (played by Doctor Who’s Matt Smith) in 1930’s Berlin and the friends and lovers that he encounters there.


TheBacklot’s Interview With Matt Smith



50. Geography Club (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Alex Newell, Andrew Caldwell

Summary: The film adaptation of Brent Hartinger’s beloved Young Adult novel, Geography Club chronicles the life of Russel Middlebrook as he comes out and falls in love for the first time.


Cameron Deane Stewart Brings Geography Club’s Russel Middlebrook To Life

Justin Deeley: From Drop Dead Diva To Playing Gay In Geography Club



49. Philadelphia (1993)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 31

Starring: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

Summary: Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for his role in this film playing a gay lawyer with AIDS who takes his former law firm to court for firing him.


Iconic Gay Movie Roles



48. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Bill Hader, Kristin Wiig, Luke Wilson

Summary: Estranged twins reunite after cheating death and work to fix their lives.


Watch! Bill Hader Is Kristen Wiig’s Gay Brother In “The Skeleton Twins”



47. Parting Glances (1986)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 35

Starring: Richard Ganoung, Steve Buscemi, John Bolger

Summary: A gay couple in New York prepare for a two-year separation because of work while dealing with their circle of eccentric friends – one of whom is living with AIDS.


Gay Sex Scenes That Made Movie History



46. Mambo Italiano (2003)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 50

Starring: Luke Kirby, Peter Miller, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino

Summary: The son of Italian immigrants struggles to find the best way to come out to his family while trying to hold onto his closeted boyfriend.


Ten Great Coming Out Scenes



45. Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 75

Starring: Keith Jordan, Adam Ruggiero, Hallee Hirsh

Summary: Gunn is out and proud at college, but back home he is in the closet. The barriers between his college life and his home life crumble, however, when his boyfriend Nathan shows up unexpectedly to share the holiday with him.


The Backlot’s review of Make the Yuletide Gay



44. Jeffrey (1995)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 30

Starring: Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart, Sigourney Weaver

Summary: Based on Paul Rudnick’s play, a young gay New Yorker decides that sex is too dangerous and tries celibacy. Then he meets the man of his dreams – who happens to be HIV positive.



43. Love is Strange (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina

Summary: After four decades together, Ben and George get married. Directly afterwards George loses his job and the pair must struggle to find housing.


TheBacklot Interview: John Lithgow and “Love Is Strange” Director Ira Sachs



42. All Over the Guy (2001)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 49

Starring: Dan Bucatinsky, Richard Ruccolo
Summary: 20-somethings thrown together by their respective best friends try to sort out their dysfunctional backgrounds in order to have a meaningful relationship


Dan Bucatinsky Talks Fatherhood, Web Therapy and More



41. La Cage Aux Folles (1978)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 73

Starring: Ugo Tognazzi, Michael Serrault, Claire Maurier

Summary: A gay couple running a drag cabaret are met by the return of their grown son. He is now engaged and wants to introduce his fiancée and her very conservative parents to his family, but wants to bring back his estranged mother and pretend he has straight parents while hiding his drag star “step-mother” completely.



40. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan, Michael C. Hall

Summary: The story of Alan Ginsburg and some of the founding member of the Beat Generation.


5 Reasons Kill Your Darlings Deserves Oscar Attention

Interview: “Kill Your Darlings” Director John Krokidas On Daniel Radcliffe And Gay Icons



39. Undertow (Contracorriente) (2009)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 33

Starring: Manolo Cardona, Cristian Mercado

Summary: A deeply romantic tale of a married fisherman and his male lover.


Review: Charming Undertow Will Easily Catch You in its Grip



38. The War Boys (2009)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 83

Starring: Victor Rasuk, Brian J. Smith, Benjamin Walker

Summary: Three friends, David, George and Greg, steal a tractor owned by David’s father. What they find inside are not the televisions they expected.



37. Private Romeo (2011)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 71

Starring: Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle, Hale Appleman

Summary: The film is set at an all-male military academy and a group of cadets are reading
“Romeo and Juliet” in class. Outside of the classroom, things tilt towards magical realism as they frequently live out scenes and dialog from the play.


“Romeo, O Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?” Evidently In Military School



36. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Mathew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Summary: Story of Ron Woodroof, homophobic drug-user who contracts HIV and sets out to get himself and other victims of the disease the medication they need to survive.


TheBacklot review of Dallas Buyer’s Club

TheBacklot Interview: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto Talk “Dallas Buyers Club”



35. Victor Victoria (1982)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 58

Starring: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

Summary: Set in 1934 Paris, when talented soprano Victoria can’t get a job as a singer, she and her new friend Toddy come up with a scheme. She will pretend to be a man pretending to be a woman on stage.


Best Movie Ever?



34. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 37

Starring: Mitchell Lichtenstein, Winston Chao

Summary: Before Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee directed this film about a gay Asian landlord who agrees to a marriage of convenience with a female tenant in order to satisfy his traditional parents.



33. The Bubble (2006)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 44

Starring: Ohad Knoller, Yousef ’Joe’ Sweid

Summary: Director / Writer Eytan Fox’s cinematic response to those who claim that Tel Aviv residents live in a “bubble”: isolated from the violence and turmoil in the rest of Israel. The movie follows a group of young people, gay, straight, Jewish and Arab.


The Backlot’s review of The Bubble



32. Patrick Age 1,5 (2008)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 32

Starring: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson

Summary: A gay couple uneasily settled in a suburban neighborhood anxiously await the arrival of their adopted baby. Complications ensue when the child they are sent is actually a troubled 15-year-old boy.


If You See Only One Gay Indie Movie This Year, Make It Patrik, Age 1.5



31. G.B.F. (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Michael Willett, Paul Iacano, Megan Mullally

Summary: Teen high school comedy about a gay guy named Tanner who finds himself outed and then courted by the school’s “Queen Bees” to be their Gay Best Friend.


G.B.F.‘s Paul Iacono, Michael Willett and Molly Tarlov

G.B.F. is a Gay Teen Movie Lover’s Dream Come True



30. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 39

Starring: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves

Summary: Two hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery filled with random bouts of Shakespeare.


Needs More Gay … the films of Gus Van Sant



29. Boy Culture (2006)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 36

Starring: Derek Magyar, George Jonson

Summary: An upscale gay hustler yearns for something more substantial in his love life.


Boy Culture Review: Is This Really All There Is To Gay Culture?



28. Plan B (2009)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 54

Starring: Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro, Mercedes Quinteros

Summary: Bruno gets dumped by his girlfriend Laura. He hatches a plan to get her back, which involves befriending her new beau. The plan jumps the tracks and suddenly he finds himself in bed with his ex’s new boyfriend.


TheBacklot’s review of Plan B



27. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: 25

Starring: Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, Ann Bancroft, Brian Kerwin

Summary: The life and loves of a Jewish drag queen (and singer of torch songs) in the late 1970s and 1980s. Starring Harvey Fierstein and based on his three act play of the same name.



26. The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim

Summary: A blind boy finds friendship and more when Gabriel moves into town.



25. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 13

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Lackey

Summary: Two young boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach meet again as emotionally scarred teenagers. From director Gregg Araki


Best Movie Ever?: Mysterious Skin



24. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 14

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey

Summary: A young Indian man in Margaret Thatcher’s London takes over his uncle’s laundrette business while conducting a secret romantic relationship with a white punk.


Gay Sex Scenes That Made Movie History



23. Prayers For Bobby (2009)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 16

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Scott Bailey, Ryan Kelley

Summary: A Christian woman who refused to accept her son’s sexual orientation must deal with the guilt she feels after he commits suicide. Based on a true story.


Answered Prayer: Prayers For Bobby is a Groundbreaking Gay TV Movie

A straight actor’s gay education: Scott Bailey on his Prayers for Bobby experience



22. Longtime Companion (1989)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 20

Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Bruce Davison

Summary: The film’s title comes from the phrase The New York Times began using in the eighties to describe the surviving same-sex partner of someone who had died of AIDS. This was the first major film to deal with the subject of AIDS.


Iconic Gay Movie Roles



21. Get Real (1998)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 12

Starring: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton

Summary: A gay teenager decides to come out to the world, much to the chagrin of his would-be boyfriend.


Ten Great Coming Out Scenes



20. Wild Reeds (Les Rouseaux Sauvages) (1994)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 69

Starring: Élodie Bouchez,, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau

Summary: Set in 1962 southwestern France, this tells the story of Maite and Francois and Serge. Francois must navigate the difficult path of being gay and finding love at the age of 18.



19. The Birdcage (1996)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 18

Starring: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane

Summary: The U.S. remake of La Cage Aux Folles. A flamboyant gay couple go to comic lengths so as not to embarrass their son to his fiancee’s staunchly conservative family.


Iconic Gay Movie Roles



18. Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) (2004)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 43

Starring: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez

Summary: An examination on the effect of Christian schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.



17. Angels in America (2003)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 15

Starring: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson

Summary: A six-part miniseries from HBO adapted from Tony Kushner’s two-play political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s.



16. Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 7

Starring: Terrence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce

Summary: Two drag queens and a transsexual take an eventful road trip, meeting up with homophobes, Aborigines and true love while grooving to a near limitless supply of ABBA tracks.


Priscilla Review: Sands, Sequins and Song



15. Cabaret (1972)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 77

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York

Summary: Based on Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories,” this is set in 1930’s Berlin as the Nazi regime is taking over. Sally Bowles falls in love with bisexual Brian Roberts. But they are both seduced by Maximillian von Heune and Sally winds up pregnant.


Best Movie Ever? Cabaret

“Cabaret” 40th Anniversary: We Talk to Stars Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and Michael York



14. Were the World Mine (2008)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 11

Starring: Tanner Cohen, Nathaniel David Becker

Summary: A gay high school musical fantasy inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Were the World Mine Astounds (and Disappoints Some Too)



13. Trick (1999)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 17

Starring: Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, Tori Spelling

Summary: Two boys and a very long night in New York City.

How hard can it be to find a place to have sex? For hapless Gabriel and his gorgeous one-night stand Mark, it’s pretty hard. But this movie isn’t really about having sex; the real “trick” is to somehow find love.

There’s so much to praise about this movie, whether it’s Tori Spelling’s utterly fearless performance as a clueless, no-talent wannabe, Steve Hayes delightful turn as the wonderful and wise Perry, or Coco Peru’s delightfully surreal cameo in the men’s restroom. But ultimately, the night belongs to that freshest of all fresh faces, Christian Campbell as the aptly named Gabriel, and smoldering John Paul Pitoc as Mark. The evening may not end in sex, but when Gabriel emerges into the sunlight of a new morning, he finally figures out the missing lyric to his song and the whole city seems to sing. We do too. — TheBacklot


“Trick” Cast & Director Reflect on Classic… Talk Sequel!



12. Big Eden (2000)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 19

Starring: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig ,Tim DeKay

Summary: A succesful gay artist returns to his hometown in Montana to care for his ailing grandfather. There he meets up with his old childhood crush, as well as a shy Native American shopkeeper who has a crush on him.


Watch! Big Eden Needs More Gay



11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 3

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

Summary: The cult musical about a mad transvestite scientist and his dumb, beefy, gold hot pants wearing monster.


Gay Movies The Matter: Rocky Horror



10. A Single Man (2009)


Ranking on 2012 Poll: 8

Starring: Colin Firth, Nicholas Hoult, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode

Summary: A middle aged gay man in 1960’s Los Angeles searches for a reason to continue living himself after the love of his life dies in a car accident. From the Christopher Isherwood novel.


Review: Tom Ford’s A Single Man

Interview: Tom Ford Bares All!



9. Pride (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

Summary: Gay activists unite with striking mine workers to defy Margaret Thatcher.


Review: Pride is Worth Raising Your Banner For



8. The Normal Heart (2014)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: N/A

Starring: Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts

Summary: The story of the beginnings of the fight against the AIDS epidemic.


Interview: Matt Bomer on The Normal Heart and Unconditional Love

Review: The Normal Heart Bears Witness to the Scary Early Days of AIDS



7. Maurice (1987)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 7

Starring: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant

Summary: Two male English school chums fall in love while at Cambridge, but then take very different paths. From the posthumously published E.M. Forster novel.


Gay Sex Scenes That Made Movie History



6. Latter Days (2003)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 5

Starring: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Summary: A young and promiscuous gay man sets his sights on seducing his Mormon missionary neighbor. The resulting affair changes both their lives.


Free Logo Online Movie House: Latter Days



5. Weekend (2011)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 6

Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New

Summary: A drunken and drug-fueled one-night stand becomes something more over the course over a weekend.


Review: Weekend is a Gay Relationship Drama Worth Waiting For



4. Milk (2008)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 9

Starring: Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin

Summary: The story of gay activist Harvey Milk, from his arrival in San Francisco, to becoming California’s first openly gay elected official, to his eventual assassination.


The Backlot’s review of Milk



3. Beautiful Thing (1996)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 4

Starring: Glen Berry, Scott Neal

Summary: Two teenage boys in a London housing estate fall deeply in love with each other.

What is it about this little U.K. charmer that turned it into such a gay classic? The answer may be its subject matter: gay teens. This 1996 film was the first in a virtual tidal wave of movies and books in which the sensitive teen misfit with a best female friend falls for the jock who turns out to be gay. But hey, haven’t most of us been there, on one side or other of the misfit/jock divide? This movie, based on a stage play by Jonathan Harvey (who also wrote the film’s screenplay), was originally intended for television, but it was so successful that the producers decided to give it a theatrical release. And let’s not forget the inspired soundtrack of Mama Cass songs — an example of a perfect fit between music and movie subject matter. Make your own kind of music, indeed. –– TheBacklot


Looking back at Beautiful Thing



2. Shelter (2007)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 1

Starring: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe

Summary: A young man reexamines his decision to forgo his own dreams in order to take care of his family when he falls in love with the gay brother of his best friend.

The film that claimed “Greatest Gay Movie” bragging rights back in 2012 comes in second this year– still plenty impressive for this indie gem. Some folks call it “the gay surfer movie,” but it’s ultimately as much about surfing as Brokeback Mountain is about animal husbandry. Instead, Shelter is a riveting family drama and a story of first gay love set in a working class world. Starring Brad Rowe and Trevor Wright, there are no gay bars in Shelter, no drugs, no drag queens, no circuit anthems, no gay-bashings, no AIDS scares, and no screaming parents to speak of. And we gay folks loved it anyway. Or maybe, because it was so fresh and different, that’s why we loved it. — TheBacklot


TheBacklot’s Review of Shelter

Interview/Photospread: “Shelter” Star Trevor Wright On The Movie’s Impact, His Gay Fans, And The Future



1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Ranking on 2012 Poll: 2

Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal

Summary: In the 1960’s two Wyoming ranch hands embark on a beautiful but ultimately doomed lifelong romance. Based on the short story by E. Annie Proulx.

Ferragamos or Birkenstocks? Mojitos or good ol’ beer? Gay men don’t seem to agree on much. But with this year’s poll a clear majority of you consider Brokeback to be the greatest gay movie of all time. And how could it be otherwise? “It’s not ‘gay,’” said some, trying to broaden the film’s appeal, “it’s a ‘universal love story’!”

But is it really? Plenty of heterosexuals have had the experience of hiding a love affair, but how many of them know what it’s like to be forced by society to deny themselves the very possibility of love? This is the daring and fundamentally “gay” question at the heart of Ang Lee’s 2005 masterpiece: can two men simply allow themselves to love each other? And though the movie is set in the past, it is, ultimately, a choice many gay men still must make.

Jake Gyllenhaal is flawless as Jack Twist in, arguably, the movie’s most difficult role. But Heath Ledger’s heartbreaking portrayal of Ennis Del Mar, a walking cautionary tale of homophobia’s logical end result, is a revelation — a total acting transformation made all the more tragic by Ledger’s death. But the indignities and injustices that Jack and Ennis faced did not end at Brokeback Mountain’s closing credits. Upon the film’s release, the movie’s makers and fans were subjected to a six-month orgy of tasteless jokes from clueless comedians and bile-filed commentary from right-wing pundits. All of this negativity culminated when the movie, long considered the Oscar front-runner, lost Best Picture to a fine but unremarkable movie called Crash, perhaps the most egregious upset in Oscar history and almost certainly the result of lingering homophobia in Hollywood’s old guard.

But that fusillade of ridicule and outrage has faded into the gloom of a bigoted past while the movie’s artistry and quiet power shine brighter than ever.  — TheBacklot


Best Movie Ever?: “Brokeback Mountain”

Iconic Gay Movie Roles

Ang Lee: Homophobia might have cost Brokeback Mountain the Best Picture Oscar


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