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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Top 115 Groovy Gay Movies to Watch in 2015



It's time once again to post my annual list of the grooviest LGBT films, so I've selected 115 movies (in chronological order), adding five "new" ones (in pink) that I felt deserved to be included this year. Although I wasn't able to feature EVERY groovy gay movie, hopefully you will find a few of your favorites (and if you don't, please leave me a comment with their titles).

1) The Killing of Sister George (1968)
2) The Boys in the Band (1970)



3) Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971)



4) Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
5) Cabaret (1972)
6) That Certain Summer (1972)
7) A Very Natural Thing (1974)
8) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
9) The Ritz (1976)



10) Outrageous! (1977)
11) La Cage Aux Folles (1978)
12) Taxi zum Klo (1981)
13) Making Love (1982)



14) Victor Victoria (1982)



15) Personal Best (1982)
16) Querelle (1982)
17) Another Country (1984)
18) The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
19) An Early Frost (1985)
20) Consenting Adult (1985)



21) Desert Hearts (1985)
22) Doña Herlinda and Her Son (1985)
23) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
24) My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
25) As Is (1986)
26) Parting Glances (1986)



27) Law of Desire (1987)
28) Maurice (1987)
29) Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
30) Torch Song Trilogy (1988)



31) Longtime Companion (1990)



32) Paris Is Burning (1990)
33) My Own Private Idaho (1991)
34) Our Sons (1991)
35) The Living End (1992)



36) The Lost Language of Cranes (1992)
37) Swoon (1992)
38) And the Band Played On (1993)
39) Grief (1993)
40) Philadelphia (1993)
41) Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993)
42) The Wedding Banquet (1993)
43) Zero Patience (1993)
44) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)



45) The Sum of Us (1994)



46) Go Fish (1994)
47) Priest (1994)
48) Wild Reeds (1994)
49) The Celluloid Closet (1995)
50) Jeffrey (1995)



51) Stonewall (1995)



52) To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
53) Wigstock: The Movie (1995)
54) The Birdcage (1996)
55) Bound (1996)
56) Beautiful Thing (1996)



57) Broadway Damage (1996)



58) It's My Party (1996)
59) Maybe . . . Maybe Not (1996)



60) Bent (1997)
61) Happy Together (1997)
62) In & Out (1997)
63) Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
64) Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink) (1997)
65) Wilde (1997)
66) I Think I Do (1997)



67) Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)



68) Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
69) Get Real (1998)
70) Gods and Monsters (1998)
71) Head On (1998)
72) High Art (1998)
73) Edge of Seventeen (1998)



74) But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)



75) Boys Don't Cry (1999)
76) Trick (1999)



77) Big Eden (2000)



78) The Broken Hearts Club (2000)
79) Sordid Lives (2000)
80) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
81) Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
82) The Laramie Project (2002)
83) Leaving Metropolis (2002)



84) The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (2002)
85) The Trip (2002)
86) Latter Days (2003)
87) A Home at the End of the World (2004)
88) Transamerica (2005)
89) Brokeback Mountain (2005)
90) C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
91) Boy Culture (2006)
92) Shortbus (2006)
93) Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)
94) Shelter (2007)
95) Milk (2008)
96) Were the World Mine (2008)
97) Fruit Fly (2009)
98) Prayers for Bobby (2009)
99) A Single Man (2009)
100) The Kids Are All Right (2010)
101) The Four-Faced Liar (2010)
102) We Were Here (2011)
103) Weekend (2011)
104) The Wise Kids (2011)
105) Gayby (2012)



106) How to Survive a Plague (2012)
107) Big Gay Love (2013)



108) Free Fall (2013)
109) The Happy Sad (2013)
110) I Am Divine (2013)
111) Pit Stop (2013)



112) Reaching for the Moon (2013)



113) Boy Meets Girl (2014)



114) Eat With Me (2014)
115) The Normal Heart (2014)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Philadelphia is not a gay movie. It is not an AIDS movie. It is at heart a courtroom drama about wrongful dismissal.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Well, Anonymous, I have to disagree with you. Philadelphia was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films with a large budget and big stars to tackle the subject of AIDS. And Tom Hanks plays a gay man with AIDS. It sounds like a gay movie - or gay courtroom drama - to me.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding list! Thank you for doing the research. It's a great list for anyone who wants to beef up their exposure to gay cinema. I would respectfully add VICTIM (1960)--not only a superbly acted mystery (about a closeted gay barrister (Dirk Bogarde) who must come out to expose and fight a group who is blackmailing gay men in London) but also the first English language film to use the word "homosexual."

I'd also add URBANIA (2000) starring Dan Futterman and which shouldn't be described to avoid the surprises.

Thanks!

Kevin

Anonymous said...

At its' heart, "Philadelphia" deals with the homophobia of Denzel's character and how knowing this man, fighting for his rights, and seeing his life up close challenges his biases and perception of gay people. How is that not gay? When this movie came out I had friends who didn't even want to go see it because it wasn't a white party or a romp in the sand and I had to drag them to see it because it was the first mainstream movie in a good while with plenty of press behind it and paying to see it in the theaters meant that Hollywood would make more films of its' ilk and go on to produce more gay movies of all varieties. And if you didn't cry seeing Tom and Antonio slow-dancing in their home or as Tom dies surrounded by friends and family, I strongly suggest you might not be gay yourself.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your movie recommendations, Kevin! I will definitely keep Victim and Urbania in mind for my 2016 list.

And, Anonymous #2, thank you for your comment, which I agree with.

joel65913 said...

Quite the comprehensive list. I've seen all but about six, some rare old ones, like As Is, and a few of the newer ones, such as Big Gay Love, but I'll put those on my list. I hated the Happy/Sad SO very much!!

Adam N said...

Thank you for all the work this list of links represents. I spent the better part of a day watching sexy and interesting movie trailers and following other links. It led me to a couple of these movies that I found on Netflix.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your comments, Joel and Adam! I'm happy to hear that my list helped you both find some films to watch.