Slant Magazine's 50 Essential LGBT Films

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Curated by co-founder and film editor Ed Gonzalez, this 50-wide roster is a singular trove of queer-themed gems and classics, spanning the past eight decades and reflecting artists as diverse as Kenneth Anger, Derek Jarman, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. You won't find The Birdcage among our ranks, but you will find Paul Morrissey's Trash, Ira Sach's The Delta, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, and Céline Sciamma's Tomboy. Consider the list a hat tip to what's shaped up to be a banner LGBT year, particularly on screen, with lesbian romance Blue Is the Warmest Color taking top honors at Cannes, and Xavier Dolan releasing the masterful Laurence Anyways, which also made our cut.
- R. Kurt Osenlund

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    Le sang d'un poète

    1930 — a.k.a. The Blood of a Poet, in 8 top lists Check
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    Fireworks

    1947, in 5 top lists Check
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    Un chant d'amour

    1950 — a.k.a. A Song of Love, in 7 top lists Check
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    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955, in 16 top lists Check
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    Flaming Creatures

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Servant

    1963, in 14 top lists Check
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    Scorpio Rising

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
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    My Hustler

    1965 — a.k.a. Temptations, in 1 top list Check
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    Teorema

    1968, in 8 top lists Check
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    Trash

    1970, in 3 top lists Check
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    Morte a Venezia

    1971 — a.k.a. Death in Venice, in 13 top lists Check
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    Sunday Bloody Sunday

    1971, in 9 top lists Check
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    Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant

    1972 — a.k.a. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, in 7 top lists Check
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    Female Trouble

    1974, in 5 top lists Check
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    Faustrecht der Freiheit

    1975 — a.k.a. Fox and His Friends, in 5 top lists Check
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    Je tu il elle

    1974 — a.k.a. Je Tu Il Elle, in 3 top lists Check
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    In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden

    1978 — a.k.a. In a Year with 13 Moons, in 3 top lists Check
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    Querelle

    1982, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Times of Harvey Milk

    1984, in 7 top lists Check
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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    1985, in 7 top lists Check
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    La ley del deseo

    1987 — a.k.a. Law of Desire, in 5 top lists Check
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    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

    1988, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tongues Untied

    1989, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Garden

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 10 top lists Check
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    Madonna: Truth or Dare

    1991, in 1 top list Check
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    My Own Private Idaho

    1991, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Crying Game

    1992, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Living End

    1992, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Long Day Closes

    1992, in 9 top lists Check
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    Blue

    1993, in 5 top lists Check
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    Totally F***ed Up

    1993, in 0 top lists Check
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    Beautiful Thing

    1996, in 1 top list Check
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    The Delta

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chun gwong cha sit

    1997 — a.k.a. Happy Together, in 12 top lists Check
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    Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train

    1998 — a.k.a. Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train, in 1 top list Check
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    Beau travail

    1999, in 15 top lists Check
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    Being John Malkovich

    1999, in 13 top lists Check
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    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 24 top lists Check
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    Son frère

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    La mala educación

    2004 — a.k.a. Bad Education, in 4 top lists Check
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    Sud pralad

    2004 — a.k.a. Tropical Malady, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Raspberry Reich

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros

    2005 — a.k.a. The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, in 1 top list Check
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    Odete

    2005 — a.k.a. Two Drifters, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mysterious Skin

    2004, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ha-Buah

    2006 — a.k.a. The Bubble, in 0 top lists Check
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    In the Family

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tomboy

    2011, in 3 top lists Check
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    Laurence Anyways

    2012, in 2 top lists Check
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