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GAY FILMSHere is a list of 33 films for your viewing pleasure, in no particular order.

It's not THE list or the BEST list, or the best gay films EVER list, it's simply a selection of films that have caught our eye over the years. And for every film listed here, there's probably another list with none of the ones we've chosen.

The quoted remarks belong to other people, not us. We are also mindful that we have not included films more likely to fall under 'arthouse' - films with Divine or Derek Jarman for example, a rich part of our history and legacy and another story. 

  1. Akron | 2017 | Trailer
    "Benny, a college freshman at the University of Akron, Ohio meets and falls for fellow freshman Christopher at a football game. With the support of their families and friends they embark on a new relationship. But a tragic event in the past involving their mothers soon comes to light and threatens to tear them apart."
  2. We Were Here | 2011  | Trailer
    "The first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of a definitive chapter in a city s queer history. It explores how the inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, a calamitous epidemic. Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination."
  3. The Way He Looks | 2014 | Trailer
    "Leonardo and Giovana are best friends. Like all teenagers, they yearn for more independence and, being blind, Leonardo even more so. They dream of going abroad and of experiencing love s first kiss. Gabriel, the new boy at school, becomes fast friends with them both, but ultimately three becomes a crowd. Told from a unique perspective, The Way He Looks is a universal story of first love that redefined the genre and captured the adoration of cinema audiences the world over."
  4. Pride | 2014 | Trailer
    "Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a minibus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership."
  5. Weekend | 2011 | Trailer
    "A one-night stand that becomes something more - an unconventional love story between two young men trying to make sense of their lives. On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time, he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend - in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex that will resonate throughout their lives.
  6. Getting Go: The Go Doc Project | 2014 | Trailer
    "College boy Doc is obsessed with a well-known NYC go-go dancer, nicknamed Go. He befriends his hunky crush with the intention of shooting a movie about what it's like to live in his skin. Camera in hand, he follows his subject across the city: into bars, onto rooftops and dance floors and ultimately his bedroom. But as they grow closer, flirtation blurs the line between subject and filmmaker until a steamy night together solidifies deeper feelings. Cory Kruekeberg's explicit directorial debut explores the thrill and danger of getting exactly what you wished for."
  7. Four Moons | 2016 | Trailer
    "A young boy fights to suppress his growing attraction to his male cousin, a relationship between two reunited friends threatens devastating repercussions, the appearance of a third party throws off the balance of a committed gay relationship, and a family man gives into his obsession over a handsome male prostitute in this film featuring four stunning and personal tales of personal struggle."
  8. Five Dances | 2013 | Trailer
    "Coming-of-age portrait of a talented young dancer who leaves behind a troubled family life to join a small dance troupe in New York City
    Follows the rocky emotional journey of an 18-year old dancer with talent to burn, who must choose between his responsibility to his broken family in the Midwest, and forging a life and career for himself. Shot with a vibrant immediacy, and featuring five of New York's most gifted dancers performing the choreography of internationally celebrated Jonah Bokaer, FIVE DANCES artfully navigates the border between dance and film, art and entertainment and offers a modern gay love story for a new generation."
  9. Moonlight | 2017 | Trailer
    "Winner of 3 Academy Awards, Moonlight is a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery. The film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami."
  10. God's Own Country | 2017 | Trailer
    "Johnny works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. Bracingly open-hearted, this is a thrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire."
  11. Lilting | 2014 | Trailer
    "Set in London, a Cambodian Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language, as they begin to piece together memories of a man they both loved."
  12. Drole De Felix | 2000 | Trailer
    After the death of his mother, Félix discovers a box of letters from his father, who deserted her before he was born. Deciding that the seeds of his past are rich with stories about his mother and how came to be, Félix decides to go on a search to find his father, and find out about that one half of his genetic make-up that he never knew. Leaving Dieppe, and promising to meet his lover Daniel five days later in Marseille, Félix takes to the road. He decides to hitchhike across France, avoiding all major cities en route. This beautiful road movie slowly seduces the viewer, submerging them into a France where powerful issues that are rarely explored are tackled with great subtlety and intelligence.
  13. Just a Question of Love | 2006 | Trailer
    "You will be hard-pressed to come across a better plotted, acted and directed film about the agony and ecstasy of coming out than this brilliant French production available for several years now. It will echo many personal experiences and thankfully, has a HAPPY ending. This is not a spoiler as you can enjoy it just as much on repeat viewing. The acting is a revelation." Jarek
  14. The Broken Hearts Club | 2000 | Trailer
    "In an endearing and funny coming-of-age story, Dennis can't quite decide if his friends are a blessing or a curse. Once you meet them, you'll know why. Benji is a punkish youth whose obsession with gym bods gets him into trouble. Howie is an annoyingly-overanalysing psychology grad student who can't let go of his ex-boyfriend."
  15. Carandiru | 2004 | Trailer
    "Murderers, rapists, stool pigeons, drug addicts. They were the feared ones, the criminals who really ran Carandiru, Brazil's largest correctional facility: Ebony, an honourable thief and respected leader; Highness, a smooth operator with two families to support; Ezequiel, an ex-surfer turned crack addict; Dagger, a brutal killer with God on his side. They were among the prison's elite, the select few who ruled Carandiru by their own codes and laws. A rule that would end in bloodshed when 300 policemen stormed the facility and brutally murdered 111 unarmed inmates. This is the true story of that infamous day in October 1992, a day that shocked the world. The day of the Carandiru Massacre."
  16. Uncle Frank | 2020 | Trailer
    "In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch's funeral, they're unexpectedly joined by Frank's lover Walid."
  17. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert | 1994 | Trailer
    "Resplendent in flamboyant ballgowns, looking down over the vast red Australian desert: for three showgirls it was the dream of a lifetime, a four week cabaret engagement in Alice Springs. The problem is simply getting there intact, along with their bus Priscilla."
  18. Boy Culture | 2007 | Trailer
    "After ten years of sex-for-pay, "X," a wildly successful male escort, gets romantically entangled with his two hot roommates and a reclusive elderly client, Gregory."
    Latter Days | 2003 | Trailer
    "The handsome Aaron, a Mormon missionary, travels door-to-door in Los Angeles spreading the word of his religion. Christian, a cute West Hollywood party boy, goes from man to man without much commitment. Opposites will soon attract when Aaron and Christian meet and sparks begin to fly."
  19. Brokeback Mountain | 2006 | Trailer
    "Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy- who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love."
  20. Call Me By Your Name | 2017 | Trailer
    "Amid the summer splendour of 1980's Italy, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire that will alter their lives forever."
  21. My Beautiful Laundrette | 1985 | Trailer
    "A young Asian Londoner Omar Ali enlists his lover Jonny Burfoot (a one-time facist) to help him set up a glamorous laundromat, but can it succeed."
  22. Supernova | 2021 | Trailer
    "The story of two men deeply in love and a moving portrayal of a couple coming to terms with one of them living with dementia."
  23. Redwoods | 2010 | Trailer
    "Everett and Miles are in a comfortably platonic relationship, which is held together by raising their son. While his family travels out of town, introverted Everett finally has time to himself that is until Chase, a striking writer, pulls up in front of his house."
  24. 120 BPM | 2018 | Trailer
    "Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s."
  25. The Celluloid Closet | 1996 | Trailer
    "This documentary gathers clips from mainstream Hollywood films to illustrate how they have dealt explicitly and implicitly with gay and lesbian themes."
  26. Shelter | 2007 | Trailer
    "Zach puts aside aspirations for art school to help out his family, but a summer romance with his friend's brother forces him to make important decisions about his life."
  27. Born in 68 | 2010 | Trailer
    "Forty years of riots and celebrations, the birth of free love and the onslaught of AIDS. A generation that experienced it all. This is their story."
  28. And The Band Played On | 1993 | Trailer
    "Set in the mid-Eighties at a time when the AIDS epidemic was just beginning to make itself felt. Matthew Modine heads a star-studded cast, as a researcher investigating the virus against a backdrop of public apathy."
  29. Philadelphia | 1994 | Trailer
    Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who is fired when his boss discovers that he has AIDS. He then engages the services of homophobic lawyer Joe Miller to take his company to court.
  30. Maurice | 1987 | Trailer
    "The repressed and bourgeois Maurice Hall tackles the prejudices of Edwardian society as he comes to terms with his sexuality, and falls in love with under-gamekeeper Alec Scudder."
  31. 3-Day Weekend | 2008 | Trailer
    "Long-term couple Simon and Jason, along with Cooper and his boy toy du jour, meet annually for a three-day getaway. Looking to spice up the tradition, they add a twist – each invites one attractive, single friend to their mountain retreat."
  32. A Four Letter Word | 2007 | Trailer
    "Sex-comedy set in the world of the New York gay community. After yet another lost night bowing to his desire for easy sex, porn-shop owner Luke (Jesse Archer) decides it's time to settle into a 'serious' relationship."
  33. Third Man Out | Shock to the System | On the Other Hand, Death | Ice Blues | 2005-8 | Trailer
    "Donald Strachey is a gay detective and fictional character in novels by mystery writer Richard Stevenson. Shavick Entertainment adapted four of the Donald Strachey books into films for the LGBT television network Here! A little dated perhaps but a pioneering premise and the films skip along nicely."
  34. Young Soul Rebels | 1991 | Trailer
    A queer love story/ thriller set in 1977 (Queen’s Silver Jubilee) centring around a spate of gay deaths in a London park. Examines the interaction between youth cultural movements during the late 1970s in the UK.
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