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.
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":
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.
This is an updated list of my [url=http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/top+100+homosexual+themed+movies/chantana/]previous version.[/url]
I no longer separate between "serious" movies and movies with explicit sexual content as this distinction is idiosyncratic altogether.
Many lists were updated or became longer. There will be no more ranking and calculating. The new system works much easier. Movies are sorted by the amount of times they were mentioned in the lists. New lists can be suggested and I am more than happy to find more interesting lists on the broad genre.
There are essential gaps in the spheres of New Queer Cinema and LBGT porn. Both should find their way into a list like this and I am looking for good resources. One of which is Rich's brilliant book on the NQC.
This is the fourth version of this list, which I update about once a year. As in the years before there is a slight increase in films. The complete list features 586 films.
The lists included were:
[url=http://www.thebacklot.com/top-100-greatest-gay-movies/09/2012/]TheBacklot's Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies[/url]
[url=http://www.out.com/entertainment/movies/2011/02/09/50-essential-gay-films]Out Magazine's 50 Essential Gay Films[/url]
Metro Weekly Gay Films Everyone Should See
HuffingtonPost PRIDE The Essentials
[url=http://flavorwire.com/399014/50-essential-lgbt-films]FlavorWire 50 Essential LGBT Films[/url]
Total Film's 50 Best Gay Movies
[url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/101+must-see+movies+for+gay+men/moviedearest/]101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men[/url]
[url=http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/film/2014/06/23/top-175-essential-films-all-time-lgbt-viewers]Advocate 175 Essential Films[/url]
[url=https://rateyourmusic.com/films/chart?page=1&chart_type=top&type=film&year=alltime&genre_include=1&include_child_genres=1&genres=queer+cinema&include_child_genres_chk=1&include=both&limit=none&countries=]Rateyourmusic Top 50 Queer Cinema[/url]
The list is sorted by the most mentioned entries:
1 - 7: 8 times
8 - 11: 7 times
12 - 21: 6 times
22 - 38: 5 times
39 - 58: 4 times
59 - 91: 3 times
92 - 148: 2 times
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.
Films aimed at lesbian, bisexual and queer women have never exactly been noted for their universal excellence. Hollywood is a notoriously sexist machine and it’s hard enough to get a solid film about women made, let alone a solid film about women who prefer the company of other women. While unprecedented progress is being made on television, film lags sadly behind, offering few, if any, portrayals of LGBTQ women.
The term “lesbian movies” is used in the headline because that is the most popular search term for people looking for films about women who like other women, but these movies feature women of all sexual orientations besides “straight.”
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.
Pride is here and if the Summer heat is a little too much for you to stand outside and wave as the parade crawls by, don't worry, you can still celebrate in front of your air conditioning with these gay film classics.
We've highlighted over 40 films that we feel represent the best of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema (and no there's no "Brokeback Mountain" or "How to Survive a Plague" because those they're great, these are supposed to be UPLIFTING feel-good movies for Pride).
17 March 2014 - Ben Whishaw-starrer Lilting, the opening night gala film of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, is the latest in a rich history of British gay movies. Here are 10 of its most illustrious predecessors.
In 1961, Basil Dearden’s Victim became the first mainstream English-language drama to feature a sympathetic homosexual protagonist, played by matinee idol Dirk Bogarde. In 2011, Andrew Haigh’s boy-meets-boy romance Weekend defied expectations to become a crossover art-house hit. The fact that, fifty years after Victim, Weekend is also considered groundbreaking is evidence of how far cinema may still have to go in terms of gay representation. But between these two revelatory films, there have been plenty of other important and entertaining ones made about gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, and several of them are available in the Criterion Collection, including works by trailblazers like Robert Epstein, Derek Jarman, and Gus van Sant.
"To be considered for the list, a movie had to prominently feature gay, lesbian, trans, or queer characters; concern itself centrally with LGBT themes; present its LGBT characters in a fair and realistic light; and/or be seen as a touchpoint in the evolution of queer cinema. And it had to be Fresh. The final list was culled from a longlist of hundreds, after which the films were ranked according to the Adjusted Tomatometer, which acts as a kind of inflation adjustment, taking into consideration the Tomatometer score, as well as the number of reviews a film received relative to the average number of reviews for films released that same year."