The Advocate's Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers

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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"

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    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 22 top lists Check
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    Milk

    2008, in 3 top lists Check
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    Paris Is Burning

    1990, in 10 top lists Check
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    Cabaret

    1972, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Boys in the Band

    1970, in 1 top list Check
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    Philadelphia

    1993, in 4 top lists Check
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    Bound

    1996, in 5 top lists Check
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    Desert Hearts

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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    Boys Don't Cry

    1999, in 8 top lists Check
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    Parting Glances

    1986, in 1 top list Check
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    Making Love

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    1994, in 6 top lists Check
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    But I'm a Cheerleader

    1999, in 2 top lists Check
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    Maurice

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gods and Monsters

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    Beautiful Thing

    1996, in 1 top list Check
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    Longtime Companion

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Celluloid Closet

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    Weekend

    2011, in 6 top lists Check
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    My Beautiful Laundrette

    1985, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Times of Harvey Milk

    1984, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
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    Auntie Mame

    1958, in 3 top lists Check
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    Torch Song Trilogy

    1988, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    2001, in 9 top lists Check
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    Latter Days

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    Trick

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shelter

    2007, in 1 top list Check
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
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    Capote

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Women

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
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    Xi yan

    1993 — a.k.a. The Wedding Banquet, in 8 top lists Check
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    My Own Private Idaho

    1991, in 11 top lists Check
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    Big Eden

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    Transamerica

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Another Country

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
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    Victor Victoria

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
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    Get Real

    1998, in 0 top lists Check
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    Love! Valour! Compassion!

    1997, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Hours

    2002, in 7 top lists Check
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    Pink Flamingos

    1972, in 9 top lists Check
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    Thelma & Louise

    1991, in 11 top lists Check
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    1985 — a.k.a. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, in 1 top list Check
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    High Art

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    La vie d'Adèle

    2013 — a.k.a. Blue Is the Warmest Color, in 11 top lists Check
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    Shortbus

    2006, in 2 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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    A Single Man

    2009, in 2 top lists Check
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