Best Gay Films

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1. Bad Education (2004)

NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 52,884 | Gross: $5.21M

2. For a Lost Soldier (1992)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch | Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé, Freark Smink

Votes: 4,113 | Gross: $0.39M

3. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 14,752 | Gross: $3.13M

4. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

88 Metascore

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 117,212 | Gross: $7.63M

5. Lord of the Flies (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin

Votes: 16,542

6. Wild Reeds (1994)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

80 Metascore

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, Frédéric Gorny

Votes: 4,992 | Gross: $0.92M

7. Spetters (1980)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Several Dutch teenagers realize cruel difference between dreams and reality.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer

Votes: 4,599

8. Fox and His Friends (1975)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Romance

A young West German working-class man wins the lottery and initiates a relationship with a man above his social standing.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm, Adrian Hoven

Votes: 4,637

9. Fellini Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 13,944 | Gross: $1.14M

10. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R | 110 min | Drama

The emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship between young artist Bob and his two lovers: a lonely male doctor and a frustrated female office worker.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 5,121

11. Death in Venice (1971)

GP | 130 min | Drama

While recovering in Venice, sickly Composer Gustav von Aschenbach becomes dangerously fixated with teenager Tadzio.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci

Votes: 17,307

12. La Cage aux Folles (1978)

R | 97 min | Comedy

Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Rémi Laurent

Votes: 9,188 | Gross: $20.42M

13. Another Country (1984)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn, Robert Addie

Votes: 4,992

14. Before Night Falls (2000)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Olatz López Garmendia, Giovani Florido

Votes: 23,172 | Gross: $4.22M

15. Rope (1948)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 119,450

16. The Boys of St. Vincent (1992 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Henry Czerny, Johnny Morina, Brian Dooley, Philip Dinn

Votes: 1,501 | Gross: $0.20M

17. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 13,359 | Gross: $2.45M

18. Poison (1991)

R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

67 Metascore

A boy shoots his father and flies out the window. A man falls in love with a fellow inmate in prison. A doctor accidentally ingests his experimental sex serum, wrecking havoc on the community.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, Susan Norman, Millie White

Votes: 3,631 | Gross: $0.61M

19. Lot in Sodom (1933)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama

Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic ... See full summary »

Directors: James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber | Stars: Friedrich Haak, Hildegarde Watson, Dorthea House, Lewis Whitbeck

Votes: 512

20. A Very Natural Thing (1974)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

A poignant romantic drama examines the life of gay 26 year old, ex-monk, school teacher living in Manhattan. When he meets a man at a gay bar, they connect and are soon living together. Unfortunately their views on monogamy don't match.

Director: Christopher Larkin | Stars: Robert McLane, Curt Gareth, Bo White, Anthony McKay

Votes: 695

21. Edward II (1991)

R | 87 min | Drama, History, Romance

In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Steven Waddington, Kevin Collins, Andrew Tiernan, John Lynch

Votes: 2,288 | Gross: $0.69M

22. Law of Desire (1987)

NC-17 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

A film maker has a fling with a homicidal possessive fan who threatens his true love and sister.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Molina

Votes: 9,951

23. The Strange One (1957)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Jocko De Paris, cadet leader in a Southern military academy, so manipulates events that George Avery, Jr., son of the school's executive officer, is found drunk and expelled. Through ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Garfein | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Peter Mark Richman, Arthur Storch

Votes: 551

24. Dress Gray (1986)

192 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a first-classman's insignia is found on the riverbank near the drowned body of plebe David Hand, the specter of murder casts a shadow of scandal across the U.S. Grant Military Academy.... See full summary »

Stars: Eddie Albert, Alec Baldwin, Lloyd Bridges, Patrick Cassidy

Votes: 320

25. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 20,242 | Gross: $0.19M

26. Like It Is (1998)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

A tough young boxer struggles to come out in England. Having travelled to London, from his smaller town, he meets and falls for a twenty-something music producer. But love doesn't come easy.

Director: Paul Oremland | Stars: Steve Bell, Ian Rose, Roger Daltrey, Dani Behr

Votes: 1,641 | Gross: $0.09M

27. Lola and Billy the Kid (1999)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

17-year old Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin, Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman, head of the family since the father's death, wants him to finally lose... See full summary »

Director: Kutlug Ataman | Stars: Gandi Mukli, Baki Davrak, Erdal Yildiz, Inge Keller

Votes: 1,205

28. Coming Out (I) (1989)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

A young teacher in East Berlin struggles with accepting his homosexuality.

Director: Heiner Carow | Stars: Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer, Michael Gwisdek

Votes: 1,437

29. Parting Glances (1986)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert's departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert's true motives for leaving while dealing ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Sherwood | Stars: John Bolger, Richard Ganoung, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan

Votes: 2,578 | Gross: $0.54M

30. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Not Rated | 177 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

84 Metascore

Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Claudia Cardinale

Votes: 15,037

31. Don't Tell Anyone (1998)

Unrated | 120 min | Drama

Based on the alleged autobiography of gay peruvian talk show host Jaime Bailey. Joaquin, a young man from the high class of Lima, deals with problems concerning his sexual identity as a ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Santiago Magill, Christian Meier, Lucía Jiménez, Giovanni Ciccia

Votes: 1,417

32. Different for Girls (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Rupert Graves, Miriam Margolyes, Saskia Reeves

Votes: 1,825 | Gross: $0.21M

33. Totally F***ed Up (1993)

Unrated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Six queer teenagers struggle to get along with each other and with life in the face of varying obstacles.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid, Jenee Gill

Votes: 2,513 | Gross: $0.10M

34. Frisk (1995)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

A first person narrative of the exploits of a gay serial killer in deeply disturbing, controversial drama about violence, sexuality, and the imagination. Dennis, the main character, whose ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Verow | Stars: Michael Gunther, Craig Chester, Michael Stock, Raoul O'Connell

Votes: 602

35. Dry Cleaning (1997)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

A bored couple takes in a young man who turns their lives inside out

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Miou-Miou, Charles Berling, Stanislas Merhar, Mathilde Seigner

Votes: 1,014 | Gross: $0.14M

36. Being at Home with Claude (1992)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

It's hard to review this movie without giving anything away. Suffice it to say that it depicts the crime of one member of a gay male relationship and the desperate struggle for the lead ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Beaudin | Stars: Roy Dupuis, Jacques Godin, Jean-François Pichette, Gaston Lepage

Votes: 597 | Gross: $0.60M

37. Love & Human Remains (1993)

R | 100 min | Drama, Comedy

Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on ... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Thomas Gibson, Ruth Marshall, Cameron Bancroft, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 2,384 | Gross: $0.95M

38. Nighthawks (1978)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

A homosexual man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.

Director: Ron Peck | Stars: Ken Robertson, Tony Westrope, Rachel Nicholas James, Maureen Dolan

Votes: 496

39. Midnight Dancers (1994)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama

Three young and good-looking brothers live with and support their parents in Manila; they dance at the male Club Exotica and work as "call boys." Joel has a wife and child; he and Dennis ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Chionglo | Stars: Alex Del Rosario, Gandong Cervantes, Lawrence David, Luis Cortes

Votes: 255

40. Shower (1999)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

A young wealthy businessman's icy attitude toward his working-class background is about to thaw as he is forced to reconnect with his elderly father and mentally challenged younger brother, who together run a public bathhouse.

Director: Yang Zhang | Stars: Jiayi Du, Zheng Fang, Bing He, Wu Jiang

Votes: 3,775 | Gross: $1.15M



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