Top 10 best gay movies
So savage. So perfect. As with many of my favourite gay films, the specifics of sexuality are never an issue in Petra von Kant, leaving room for a universal exploration of how capricious love can be. Beautiful Thing has peppermint foot lotion. Show Me Love has chocolate milk. I remember this having a profound effect on me when I first saw it.
The queering of gender seemed an impossible dream at the time, only something in movies! Quite simply the best film touching on human sexual life of any kind. The original and best. A film that fuses art cinema with historical narrative. Langston revels in its underground credentials while also reminding us that Black is Beautiful. A witness to how we were once outlaws and warriors of desire.
Adorable and tender love story portraying a rare optimism about gay relationships which was long-awaited, and something of a game-changer. A sexy parallel universe populated by naked male bodies and ruled by erotic abandon. Whilst its limits are tested, and its dangers are exposed, it is never judged. Rather, it is a meticulously crafted yet surprisingly tender exploration of queer desire, love, affection and community.
Intoxicatingly strange, this is Pasolini at his most visionary, Stamp at his most magnetic. Dunye played Dunye, and Richards was her note-perfect invention.
The Watermelon Woman made history. If ever there was a queer film that tells it like it is when it comes to finding out our ways to be real; this is it. Simple distilled emotion gets full on treatment in this taught family drama. It shows how much we all want to be free. A joyously sexy, almost psychedelic collection of stories featuring the fabulous beauty of Bobby Kendall in this hugely influential self-produced film by James Bidgood. A miracle of low-budget filmmaking and artistry. With intelligence, sensitivity and honesty, Sunday, Bloody Sunday explores an emotional, bisexual triangle, involving three people in a painful search for love and happiness.
Beautifully understated and ambiguous, this quiet, gentle film about a year-old grappling with uncertainties of gender identity is pitch-perfect and deeply affecting. All voters and votes: Find out what over critics, writers and programmers voted for in our poll to celebrate 30 years of BFI Flare: Friday 11 March Read more. The 50 Greatest Films of All Time.
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Buy, rent or watch 'God's Own Country'. Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti adapted Thomas Mann's novella in , keeping the pre-World War I Venice Lido setting but centring on a composer rather than a writer. He is troubled, unwell Gustav Dirk Bogarde , an ageing man increasingly obsessed with a young blonde male hotel guest.
Mann's more philosophical enquiries are watered down to offer a good-looking and atmospheric study in one man's late-life longing for unreachable beauty and youth. There's something undeniably shallow about Visconti's film although the Mahler on the soundtrack eases the feeling of repetition , but there's no mistaking the sadness and lost opportunities at its core. Buy, rent or watch 'Death in Venice'. Here was a film centred on a lesbian relationship but directed by two male movie nerds, a product of the post-Tarantino irony boom in which a gay relationship was used as a shock tactic to make an otherwise traditional crime flick stand out from the crowd.
Turns out he isn't the only one with a few things to learn. Buy, rent or watch 'Transamerica'. Kenneth Anger's half-hour joyride can lay claim to a whole bunch of firsts: This Merchant-Ivory film is based on an EM Forster novel published in , a year after the author's death, but written over five decades earlier and assumed unpublishable by the writer.
Forster wrote the first version of 'Maurice' in , roughly the time events are set, and it tells of a love affair between two Cambridge students, Maurice James Wilby and Clive Hugh Grant , which becomes more complicated once each of them leaves university. While Clive marries and seeks political office, an increasingly troubled Maurice refuses to discard his feelings, leading to a dangerous considering the legal and social binds of the time affair with a gamekeeper Rupert Graves. The story is heartbreaking but also radical for offering an ending which suggests happiness — however isolated — in a same-sex relationship that crosses the class divide.
Buy, rent or watch 'Maurice'. In , when the miners went on strike people got together all around the UK to raise money for the miners and their families. Calling themselves LGSM Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners , they set off from London in two minibuses and a clapped-out campervan to a village in South Wales carrying buckets of loose change raised in gay clubs.
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Buy, rent or watch 'Pride'. Set around a birthday party, it's one of the first features dealing with gay life on its own terms, including copious boozing, relationship strains and lacerating self-recombination. It's noteworthy for some electrifying performances, transplanted from the stage — playwright Mart Crowley adapted his own hit play — and location footage shot at Julius, now the oldest surviving gay bar in Manhattan. Rarely has Hollywood given us such complex and compelling female characters. Nicole Kidman is Virginia Woolf, working on Mrs Dalloway in the early s and feeling herself slip into a breakdown.
Julianne Moore is a depressed housewife in s California, slowly suffocated by frustrated desires — recklessly, she kisses the woman who lives next door. In the here and now, Meryl Streep is a New York editor who lives with a woman but is caring for her ex-lover, a poet dying of Aids.
Buy, rent or watch 'The Hours'. The enfant terrible of radical German cinema stars in his own feature as a working-class gay boy who wants love, craves acceptance and happens to have won the lottery — the cue for his merciless exploitation by more savvy acquaintances. As well as being a trenchant case for class consciousness, it's a bruising reminder that people can share your sexuality without giving a shit about your welfare.
Buy, rent or watch 'Fox and His Friends'. Barely half an hour long, it unfolds without words in two of Genet's regular registers, incarcerated and bucolic, as it explores the love of two separated inmates and the jealousy of their guard. It features set-piece sequences of erotic dancing and masturbation, but neither is as hot as one captive blowing smoke through the wall into the other's cell.
The US Supreme Court declared it obscene. On director Andrew Haigh's' breakthrough film he paints an intimiate portrait of what it's like to be gay in modern Britain. The film is perfectly observed, from the nuances of cruising the dancefloor at the end of the night to the painstaking deliberations over how to punctuate a post-hookup text.
Across a hour timeframe, and aided by performances by Cullen and New, these build up to create an unnerving but wholly effective naturalistic cinematic experience. Buy, rent or watch 'Weekend'. Where transvestism had previously been played for absurdity in the cinema, this filthy-gorgeous comedy instead played up its lavish beauty. The sight of a drag queen atop a pink commuter bus, miles of glittering tinfoil fabric billowing into the desert behind her, was enough to make even the most obstinately tweedy dresser jealous of her boogie.
Fuelled by his jet-propelled performance and sensational songs co-written with Stephen Trask, it's a bittersweet ode to the survival of the freakiest. Born in East Germany but marooned in the American heartland, Hedwig has been doubly shortchanged — first by a botched sex change, then by her ex achieving stardom with music they made together. Hilarious, poignant and often quite spiky, the film, like its subject, is a one-off. Buy, rent or watch 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'. Sexuality is only one element in a storm of conflicting values and behaviours in Hanif Kureishi's screenplay about Omar Gordon Warnecke , a young British-Pakistani man caught between the entrepreneurial, Thatcherite dreams of his uncle Saeed Jaffrey and the more romantic, intellectual ambitions of his alcoholic father Roshan Seth.
Omar's unlikely attraction to Johnny Daniel Day-Lewis , an old friend turned neo-fascist hooligan, results in a sex scene in the back of Omar's refurbished laundrette that makes literal the idea of everything coming out in the wash.