Flavorwire's 50 Essential LGBT Films

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Since June is historically LGBT Pride Month, it’s worth taking a look at the ways in which cinema has depicted queers and trans people on screen in comedies, dramas, and documentaries. While this is no definitive list of the best films to feature LGBT characters, themes, or icons, it is a collection of titles worth seeing before marching outside with beads and a plastic cup in your hand to wave at the politicians, celebrities, and corporate reps who have taken to parading down the street with slogans and rainbows in tow.
- Tyler Coates of Flavorwire

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    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    1994, in 6 top lists Check
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    Todo sobre mi madre

    1999 — a.k.a. All About My Mother, in 17 top lists Check
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    Angels in America

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    Another Country

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
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    Before Night Falls

    2000, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Birdcage

    1996 — a.k.a. Birds of a Feather, in 3 top lists Check
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    Bound

    1996, in 5 top lists Check
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    Boys Don't Cry

    1999, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Boys in the Band

    1970, in 1 top list Check
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    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 22 top lists Check
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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    1958, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Celluloid Closet

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    The Children's Hour

    1961, in 1 top list Check
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    Chuck & Buck

    2000, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Color Purple

    1985, in 8 top lists Check
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    Cruising

    1980, in 2 top lists Check
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
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    Far from Heaven

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
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    Gayby

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
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    Heavenly Creatures

    1994, in 7 top lists Check
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    High Art

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    How to Survive a Plague

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Hunger

    1983, in 2 top lists Check
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    Jeffrey

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    Keep the Lights On

    2012, in 1 top list Check
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    Lianna

    1983, in 0 top lists Check
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    Longtime Companion

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
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    Maurice

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    1985, in 7 top lists Check
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    My Own Private Idaho

    1991, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Opposite of Sex

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
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    Pariah

    2011, in 5 top lists Check
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    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 10 top lists Check
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    Parting Glances

    1986, in 1 top list Check
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    Personal Best

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    Philadelphia

    1993, in 4 top lists Check
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    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955, in 16 top lists Check
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    Rope

    1948, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Rules of Attraction

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Shortbus

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    A Single Man

    2009, in 2 top lists Check
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    Small Town Gay Bar

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    Sunday Bloody Sunday

    1971, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    1999, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Times of Harvey Milk

    1984, in 7 top lists Check
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    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Watermelon Woman

    1996, in 3 top lists Check
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    Weekend

    2011, in 6 top lists Check
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