24 gay movies worth watching: 19 dramas & 5 comedies :)

by mandeli-n | created - 25 Jun 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
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1. Free Fall (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephan Lacant | Stars: Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt, Attila Borlan, Katharina Schüttler

Votes: 16,393

Amazing acting by everyone!

2. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 163,904 | Gross: $18.10M

3. Plan B (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After girlfriend Laura dumps him for another man, Bruno plots to come between the new lovers. But his plan takes an unexpected turn, causing Bruno to question his own sexuality.

Director: Marco Berger | Stars: Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro, Mercedes Quinteros, Damián Canduci

Votes: 3,706

Very solid. Great movie, great acting, no sex at all. I could show it to my mom and she`d love it.

An interesting detail: the next movie by Marco Berger - Hawaii - is basically another version of this one, or a different script of the same movie if you will. It`s a totally weird feeling and a mind-opener to watch them both. I am actually a bit of a Marco fan after seeing these too and Ausente. He is unique, sensual and tender, and while never perfect, he very much agrees with me. My sort of fairy tale :)

4. God's Own Country (2017)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart

Votes: 19,195 | Gross: $0.34M

5. Burnt Money (2000)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down.

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Pablo Echarri, Leticia Brédice

Votes: 5,829 | Gross: $0.24M

Based on a true story and still one of the most engaging movies I`ve ever seen.

6. Weekend (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman

Votes: 25,923 | Gross: $0.46M

7. Permanent Residence (2009)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

The life story of a young man who has been pursuing an impossible love with his straight boyfriend and contemplating on the mortality of his loved ones.

Director: Scud | Stars: Sean Li, Osman Hung, Jackie Chow, Yu Hong Lau

Votes: 598

Beautiful movie telling an unparalleled story. What really is love, and passion, and friendship?

8. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 304,403 | Gross: $83.04M

Epic

9. Shank (2009)

R | 94 min | Drama

A closeted teenage street punk takes up with the latest roughed-up gay victim of his bullying gang, which does not set well with the gang's drugged-up, brotherly leader.

Directors: Simon Pearce, Christian Martin | Stars: Wayne Virgo, Marc Laurent, Tom Bott, Alice Payne

Votes: 2,364

Definitely not a fairy tale. I love how realistic and far from simplistic this movie is.

10. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 100,660 | Gross: $9.17M

...

I mean, how can one person be so talented in two areas at once?!

11. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 236,573 | Gross: $27.85M

12. From Beginning to End (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

Director: Aluizio Abranches | Stars: Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher, Louise Cardoso

Votes: 7,011

Very controversial, but IMVHO worth watching.

13. Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols

Votes: 14,557

If every single person on Earth saw "Prayers for Bobby', the world could be something else completely. Something Lennon asked us to imagine.

This movie, together with 'Snow Cake' make me love Sigourney Weaver.

14. Summer Storm (2004)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner | Stars: Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann, Miriam Morgenstern, Jürgen Tonkel

Votes: 12,816 | Gross: $0.10M

Good movie all the way, and probably a "must" for any young man questioning his sexuality.

15. Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

34 Metascore

Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis wandering the streets of the city, until one day he auditions for a zombie film...

Director: Bruce La Bruce | Stars: Jey Crisfar, Marcel Schlutt, Nicholas Fox Ricciardi, Keith Böhm

Votes: 1,759 | Gross: $0.01M

Not exactly a gay movie. Not exactly a movie for many. Brilliant, metaphoric, sweet, sad, and meaningful for some.

For those who didn`t like "Hustler white" or "Raspberry Reich", I say - watch this one. It`s good. (I know I didn`t like almost every other Bruce LaBruce movie, and I really love this one).

Still, one should not only have a habit of using brain cells on a regular basis, but also be prepared for a few trashy scenes to watch "Otto; or, Up with the Dead People",.

16. 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: 14,465 | Gross: $3.13M

Absolutely unarming acting from Hugh Grant.

17. Total Eclipse (1995)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer, Dominique Blanc

Votes: 12,517 | Gross: $0.34M

18. Taboo (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

75 Metascore

The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 6,726 | Gross: $0.05M

Beautiful

19. Shelter (II) (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

66 Metascore

When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

Director: Jonah Markowitz | Stars: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Jackson Wurth

Votes: 19,772 | Gross: $0.14M

Very sweet. Watch it if you`re feeling down.

20. All Over the Guy (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

"All Over The Guy" is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one" doesn't know he's the "one." It explores the unlikely pairing of two 20-somethings ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Davis | Stars: Dan Bucatinsky, Richard Ruccolo, Sasha Alexander, Adam Goldberg

Votes: 4,353 | Gross: $1.01M

!Start of the bonus list!

Whenever I am reminded about "All over the guy", my mood goes few miles up. This one is like Friends or something - always fun to rewatch:)

21. Big Eden (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher

Votes: 3,844 | Gross: $0.51M

Highly recommended to any troubled soul. This is the movie I`d watch to make it through the blackest of days.

22. The Closet (2001)

R | 84 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A man spreads the rumor of his fake homosexuality with the aid of his neighbor, to prevent his imminent firing at his work.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte, Michèle Laroque

Votes: 15,891 | Gross: $6.67M

Gay French comedy with Gerard Depardieu?! Oh my... YESS!!!

23. 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: 9,040 | Gross: $20.42M

Classic. American version wasn`t too bad as well, if I remember correctly.

24. Coffee Date (2006)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

Todd's life spins out of control when an unexpected friendship with a gay man causes everyone in his life to start believing he's gay. Do they know something he doesn't?

Director: Stewart Wade | Stars: Jonathan Bray, Jonathan Silverman, Wilson Cruz, Giovanni Ortega

Votes: 1,381

Ok, this is the only gay themed (centered!!) movie I managed to show to my straight male friends, and get a positive reaction! It deals with straight guy befriending gay man.

While it`s not my personal favorite, it actually is quite funny and definitely very HEALTHY.



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