This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
This is a list of my top favorite movies, series, and documentaries with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender content. Some of the earlier films may not have overt content, but I feel they are significant in queer film history nonetheless. I used to manage my local GLBT bookstore before it closed, and now work at an independent video rental store.
I have more complete lists posted in my Letterboxd account (http://letterboxd.com/erikswallow/).
List compiled from the "Filmography" section of Vito Russo's landmark book "The Celluloid Closet" (first published in 1981, revised edition published in 1987).
See also: "The Celluloid Closet: The Documentary":
This list consists of the 117 movies featured in the 1995 compilation documentary “The Celluloid Closet”.
See also: "The Celluloid Closet: The Book"
I compiled this list from diverse lists from critics and polls, collecting information about the best gay themed movies for a broader audience. I weighted it to create a certain ranking. The total of films that were named is 394.
Movies, which target only a homosexual audience were excluded (for example: Eating Out).
I have not seen all of the movies, but I tried to focus on the "serious" movies.
n this 2005 book, author Alonso Duralde (arts and entertainment editor of The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian newsmagazine) presents a list of films every gay man should watch before considering his cultural education complete! From “The Apple” to “Xanadu”, “Auntie Mame” to “Zero Patience”, this list covers all the bases: Hollywood spectaculars, indie hits, cult faves, critical darlings and clamp classics.
Published June 23, 2014 on Advocate.com:
"Everyone agrees a set of movies exists that are must-sees for any LGBT viewer. We just don't agree on which ones.
Dare ask a gay man for his list, and he's likely to rattle off a few that come to mind quickly and then make amendments to it for the rest of your adult lives. Women don't start with the same list. Some movies are incredibly impactful on depictions of trans people or those living with HIV, or mark major firsts in film. Some are too campy to ignore (at least not if you want to keep up at brunch). The bottom line is there are legions of reasons why a movie could be considered "essential" to the LGBT community.
We've ventured into the tricky territory of ranking which are most essential. To accomplish this feat, everyone on staff was asked for a top 10, then we asked readers for theirs, and finally began the arguing — always politely. Television movies aren't included (sorry, The Laramie Project, An Early Frost, and Gia). Television series aren't included either (apologies to Tales of the City, AbFab, and Angels in America). The result is potentially a guide for anyone who wants to examine our roots through film.
Oh, and we reserve the right to amend it for the rest of our lives. — The Editors"
Published in 2004. Book description:
"Defining “gay perspective” is no easy task, but author Don Reuter has created a star-studded tribute to the Hollywood moments that give gay culture its own saucy language. Collecting the most memorable one-liners, gender benders, tearjerkers, nail-biters, and heart stoppers from the world’s most celebrated picture shows, "Fabulous!" is a campy, fun-filled companion to the movies that gay men love. Hilarious, witty, thoughtful, and always surprising, "Fabulous!" is the absolute source for all things gay in cinema."
This list includes all films covered in the book, starting with the "75 Fabulous! Films", followed by "Also Playing!", "Top Ten Gay Films" and "Additional Viewing".
Voted on by readers of AfterElton.com in 2012.
This list actually combines their two lists, the "Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies" and then "The 25 Greatest Gay Documentaries", thus a total of 125 films.
Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, occasional actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which in particular have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle", and form the basis of Anger's reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history. His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing "elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle." Anger himself has been described as "one of America's first openly gay filmmakers, and certainly the first whose work addressed homosexuality in an undisguised, self-implicating manner", and his "role in rendering gay culture visible within American cinema, commercial or otherwise, is impossible to overestimate", with several being released prior to the legalisation of homosexuality in the United States. He has also focused upon occult themes in many of his films, being fascinated by the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley, and is a follower of Crowley's religion, Thelema.
The Internet film club has decided to dedicate February 2014 to LGBT Cinema. This is the watch list. The 7 first are the most important one, the rest is extra.
For more information on The Internet film club, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/theinternetfilmclub/
"Which gay movies deserve a bigger audience? We asked our favorite directors, entertainers, and artists to help us compile a hit list." Published February 2011. Listed here in chronological order.
The best in queer cinema - nothing like Room in Rome or that other cheap crap. I've tried to order the movies regarding cinematic aspects and/or importance of the film or subject. However I can only rank the movies when I am on my PC, so new additions below Carol might get ranked higher when I get round to it.
The Handmaiden is awful and I can't include it here.
Blockers I normally wouldn't include because the lesbian story line doesn't take up much space, but gets an honorary mention because it is surprisingly good and funny.
I only add movies I have watched. If you think I have missed a great movie, please send me a pm! :)
Cross reference of films which appear on more than two of a selection of LGBT themed lists, sorted in descending order of most number of lists. Last updated Dec 2015: now made up from 28 lists.
Leading directors, actors, writers and activists – including Todd Haynes, John Waters, Kimberly Peirce and George Takei – share the lesbian, bisexual, trans and gay movies they love the most
Which movies are most beloved for the light they shine on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans experiences? Which screen stories involving LGBT characters are the most enduring, whether romances, horrors or comedies? Which are the most groundbreaking, politically or artistically? And which simply demand to be watched again and again?
We asked LGBT cultural pioneers – including Xavier Dolan, Christine Vachon, Bruce LaBruce and Roland Emmerich – to share with us their ten best gay movies. Here’s their out-and-proud list of 50 great LGBT movies.
Note: #30 is the Terence Davies Trilogy; all three shorts are listed as well (31-33)
In 2011, readers of Awards Daily voted for the best LGBT films since 1970. In 2013, Ryan Adams (editor of Awards Daily) expanded the original list, and published a list of 374 important LGBT films (including films from earlier years). In addition, he bolded 111 of the most important LGBT films. This is a list of the bolded films.
Founded in June 2009, Queer/Art/Film is a New York film series where each month they invite one of the city’s homosexual artists to pick a film that has most inspired them, and present it to an audience.
Some films are missing, as they are not classified by IMDb as films.