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Sunday, June 25, 2017

200 Groovy Gay Movies You Need to See



It's time once again to post my annual list of the grooviest LGBTQ films, and this year I've expanded it to 200 movies (in chronological order), adding 57 "new" ones (in pink). Many of the films are guilty pleasures, a few just have a memorable gay character or scene, and some simply give off a very queer vibe. And then are those that are just interesting relics of their time - like the 1982 Ryan O'Neal film, Partners, which I decided to include after reading this 2004 IMDb review:
I would like to point out to all the people who felt it necessary to take offence at this movie: It was pretty groundbreaking for the time it was released. Speaking as a lone gay teenager in the Bible Belt, it was very informative to see people such as the "caftan clad landlord" and realize that there were places in the world where men could live together as couples. The landlord's story of his relationship was very touching. This movie holds a special place in my heart because it was the FIRST movie that let me know I was not alone in the world. If you are not gay, you don't understand what I am pointing out. If you are gay, and you are that offended at the gay stereotyping in the movie, then you were born in California, New York or somewhere else progressive and should consider yourself fortunate you didn't have to rely on movies such as this one for acceptance.
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) Rope (1948)
2) Tea and Sympathy (1956)
3) The Children's Hour (1961)



4) Victim (1961)
5) The Killing of Sister George (1968)
6) The Gay Deceivers (1969)



7) The Boys in the Band (1970)
8) Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971)



9) Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)



10) Cabaret (1972)
11) That Certain Summer (1972)
12) Female Trouble (1974)
13) A Very Natural Thing (1974)
14) Fox and His Friends (1975)
15) The Naked Civil Servant (1975)
16) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
17) Norman... Is That You? (1976)



18) The Ritz (1976)



19) Outrageous! (1977)
20) A Different Story (1978)
21) La Cage aux Folles (1978)
22) Can't Stop the Music (1980)
23) Cruising (1980)
24) Taxi zum Klo (1981)
25) Deathtrap (1982)
26) Making Love (1982)



27) Partners (1982)



28) Personal Best (1982)
29) Querelle (1982)
30) Victor Victoria (1982)



31) Another Country (1984)
32) The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
33) Buddies (1985)
34) Consenting Adult (1985)
35) Desert Hearts (1985)
36) Doña Herlinda and Her Son (1985)
37) An Early Frost (1985)
38) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
39) My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
40) As Is (1986)
41) Parting Glances (1986)



42) Law of Desire (1987)
43) Maurice (1987)
44) Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
45) Apartment Zero (1988)
46) Torch Song Trilogy (1988)



47) Coming Out (1989)
48) Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
49) Longtime Companion (1989)



50) Paris Is Burning (1990)
51) Jerker (1991)
52) The Lost Language of Cranes (1991)
53) My Own Private Idaho (1991)
54) Our Sons (1991)
55) Together Alone (1991)
56) The Crying Game (1992)
57) The Living End (1992)
58) Swoon (1992)
59) And the Band Played On (1993)
60) Grief (1993)
61) Love and Human Remains (1993)



62) Philadelphia (1993)
63) Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993)
64) The Wedding Banquet (1993)
65) Zero Patience (1993)
66) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)



67) Go Fish (1994)
68) Maybe . . . Maybe Not (1994)



69) Priest (1994)
70) Strawberry and Chocolate (1994)
71) The Sum of Us (1994)



72) Wild Reeds (1994)
73) The Celluloid Closet (1995)
74) The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)
75) Jeffrey (1995)



76) Stonewall (1995)



77) To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
78) Total Eclipse (1995)
79) Wigstock: The Movie (1995)
80) Beautiful Thing (1996)



81) The Birdcage (1996)
82) Bound (1996)
83) Boyfriends (1996)
84) Different for Girls (1996)
85) It's My Party (1996)
86) All the Rage (1997)
87) Bent (1997)
88) Broadway Damage (1997)



89) Defying Gravity (1997)
90) Happy Together (1997)
91) I Think I Do (1997)



92) In & Out (1997)



93) Kiss Me, Guido (1997)
94) Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)



95) Ma vie en rose (My Life in Pink) (1997)
96) Wilde (1997)
97) Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)
98) Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
99) Edge of Seventeen (1998)



100) Get Real (1998)
101) Gods and Monsters (1998)
102) Head On (1998)
103) High Art (1998)
104) The Object of My Affection (1998)
105) The Opposite of Sex (1998)
106) Relax... It's Just Sex (1998)
107) Show Me Love (1998)
108) Better Than Chocolate (1999)
109) Boys Don't Cry (1999)
110) But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)



111) Flawless (1999)
112) Trick (1999)



113) 24 Nights (1999)
114) Big Eden (2000)



115) The Broken Hearts Club (2000)



116) Burnt Money (2000)
117) Just a Question of Love (2000)
118) Km. 0 (2000)
119) Paragraph 175 (2000)
120) Psycho Beach Party (2000)



121) Sordid Lives (2000)
122) Urbania (2000)
123) All Over the Guy (2001)
124) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
125) Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
126) The Laramie Project (2002)
127) Leaving Metropolis (2002)



128) The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (2002)
129) The Trip (2002)
130) Yossi & Jagger (2002)
131) Latter Days (2003)
132) Mambo Italiano (2003)
133) Normal (2003)
134) Connie and Carla (2004)



135) Dorian Blues (2004)
136) A Home at the End of the World (2004)
137) Touch of Pink (2004)
138) The 24th Day (2004)
139) Brokeback Mountain (2005)
140) C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
141) Queens (2005)
142) Transamerica (2005)
143) Boy Culture (2006)
144) The Curiosity of Chance (2006)



145) East Side Story (2006)
146) Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (2006)
147) Shortbus (2006)
148) Boystown (2007)
149) Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)
150) Shelter (2007)
151) Milk (2008)
152) Watercolors (2008)
153) Were the World Mine (2008)
154) Drool (2009)
155) An Englishman in New York (2009)
156) Fruit Fly (2009)
157) Going South (2009)
158) Hannah Free (2009)
159) Hollywood, je t'aime (2009)
160) Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)
161) Prayers for Bobby (2009)
162) A Single Man (2009)
163) The Four-Faced Liar (2010)
164) The Kids Are All Right (2010)
165) Leading Ladies (2010)
166) Loose Cannons (2010)
167) Strapped (2010)
168) Cloudburst (2011)
169) Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011)



170) Romeos (2011)
171) We Were Here (2011)
172) Weekend (2011)
173) The Wise Kids (2011)
174) Gayby (2012)



175) How to Survive a Plague (2012)
176) I Do (2012)
177) Keep the Lights On (2012)
178) The Foxy Merkins (2013)
179) Free Fall (2013)
180) G.B.F. (2013)
181) I Am Divine (2013)
182) Out in the Dark (2013)
183) Pit Stop (2013)



184) Reaching for the Moon (2013)



185) Stranger by the Lake (2013)



186) Boy Meets Girl (2014)



187) Eat With Me (2014)
188) The Normal Heart (2014)
189) Pride (2014)
190) Two 4 One (2014)
191) You and I (2014)
192) Beautiful Something (2015)



193) Carol (2015)



194) Closet Monster (2015)
195) Holding the Man (2015)
196) Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015)
197) Before the Fall (2016)
198) Jonathan (2016)
199) Moonlight (2016)
200) Other People (2016)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see STRAPPED and BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING on this list, but may I also suggest a couple of super-indies like the horror-comedy BITE MARKS, the dram-coms SHARED ROOMS and THE LAST STRAIGHT MAN and the slasher spoof THE TROUBLE WITH BARRY.

Stephen Mosher said...

what a cute list.

my friends wrote, produced, created and acted in FOUR FACED LIAR and i appeared in one scene, briefly. it's the only movie i was ever in except for MARRIED AND COUNTING. it was interesting getting to see how movies are made and how actors work. how nice to see it on your list.

such a cute list of 200 groovy gay movies.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Glad you liked my list, Ste.

And thanks for your film recommendations, Anonymous!

Jon said...

Sooo many favourite films of mine on this list, Marc - impressive!

Surprised at the omission of "Big Gay Musical", however...

Jx

Marc Harshbarger said...

Jx, The Big Gay Musical was definitely considered, but many worthy films didn't make the final cut. However, it might appear on next year's list. Thanks for your comment!

Alan Scott said...

I would like to suggest Saugatuck Cures, The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, and Yes, Nurse. No, Nurse. However, Trick was a waste of time.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your film recommendations, Alan - but I must disagree with you about Trick. It's one of my favorite LGBT movies!

dmappin said...

Fantastic list, Marc! I was happy to see the inclusion of "Making Love and That Certain Summer (not surprising)."

Also nice to see "Km.0."

I would recommend "Redwoods, Shelter, The Ten Year Plan, 9 Dead Gay Guys," and "Caio."

I wish "Maybe, Maybe Not" was available on DVD (it wasn't the last time I check).

Thanks... I shared your post on my Facebook page.

Tom Kidd said...

Love the list, but you gotta have "Song of the Loon" (1970) in there. Decades before "Brokeback Mountain" and shortly after the Stonewall riots this was a hit with gay men everywhere. Unfortunately, Something Weird Video released it on VHS back in the 1990s and shortly went out-of-print.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Doug and Tom, thanks for sharing your film recommendations - I will definitely consider them for next year's list. And Shelter (#150) is already on the list.