30 Films about... GLBTQ Experience
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Two ranch hands fall for each other while working together on a secluded mountain top, securing an unstable relationship that lasts for years. The ultimate gay love story.
My Life in Pink (1997)
Translated literally to "My Life In Pink", the story follows an upper-class French suburb that is up in arms when a young boy from a prominent family decides he wants to live life as a young girl.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
A young hedonistic transexual man finds himself associating with the wrong crowd of people in a small country town, where no one knows his secret. Before long, he finds himself in a web of lies that he fears he can't get out of. Based on the actual life and death of Brandon Teena.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Set in a Brazilian prison cell, two men, one a homosexual man arrested for sleeping with a minor, and the other, a member of a leftist revolutionary group, use a nazi propaganda film as a catalyst for conversation and intimacy.
A biographical film based on the life of gay activist and politician, Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.
The Boys in the Band (1970)
Based on the off-broadway play of the same name, the Boys in the band was a milestone in queer cinema. The storyline revolves around a group of openly gay men throwing a party and the disasters that ensue when love, sex, & relationships are brought up.
Making Love (1982)
A married man comes to terms with his homosexuality, resulting in a love triangle involving his lover and wife. Considered by many to be the first major company film to deal with sexuality in a non-threatening light.
Queer in every sensibility, and based off the German play "I Am Camera", Cabaret tells the story of an American hedonist, Sally Bowles, who develops a relationship with the bisexual writer, while working in her seedy cabaret bar in Nazi Germany, where the perverse Master of Ceremonies poignantly narrates the storyline with outstanding musical numbers.
A pre-operative mtf transexual finds out she has an illegitimate child and goes on a road trip to become better acquainted with her long lost hustler son.
The Children's Hour (1961)
When a child invents a rumor that they are lesbians, two schoolteachers feel the backlash from the community.
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
A free spirited, bisexual, artist juggles his love life with an older, Jewish, male doctor, and a female recruitment consultant.
A homophobic personal injury lawyer finds himself defending a gay HIV positive lawyer against the very law firm he works for.
Hedwig And The Angry Inch (2001)
After her ex-lover acquires fame & fortune by recording her songs, a campy, German, genderqueer glam singer follows him across the country telling her story.
A Single Man (2009)
A depressed, gay, middle-aged English professor makes suicide plans following the death of his partner. However, his best friend, a young student, and a male prostitute have an interesting effect on the day that his death is planned.
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
A popular, pretty high school girl is sent to a repairative therapy camp when she comes out as a lesbian. A tongue-in-cheek film about the damages and flaws of conversion therapy.
The Killing of Sister George (1968)
A lesbian actress becomes more violent and abusive toward her partner when her radio character, Sister George is written to be killed off.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV & Henry V, the story follows two young male street hustlers & best friends, one who searches for his long lost mother, the other who is biding his time before he inherits his father's fortune.
A young man finds an attractive "trick", or anonymous one-night stand, but upon their search for a place to do their business, they get to know one another on less superficial level.
An experimental short film that drew backlash in the late 40's with it's explicit metaphors for homosexuality, masculinity, and sado-masochism.
A controversial Indian film that sparked protests around the country, Fire tells the story two Indian women, each depressed and stifled by their arranged marriages, who turn to each other for love, comfort, and solace.
Better Than Chocolate (1999)
A lesbian couple feels the need to hide their relationship, when due to circumstances, one of their families has to move in with them.
Prayers for Bobby (2009)
After her teenage son commits suicide because of his self-hating homosexuality, a mother blames and then educates herself in Homosexuality & the Bible. Technically a made-for-tv movie, the film itself should not be reprimanded for that.
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
An in-depth and frank documentary about the prominence of homosexual characters & themes that have been depicted through the history of cinema.
A young gay man deals with his homosexuality, amidst growing up in Canada in the 1960's & 70's while being the middle of 5 boys in a Catholic family.
Angels in America (2003)
A six-hour miniseries that premiered on HBO about two couples whose relationships dissolve amidst the backdrop of Reagan-era politics, the spreading AIDS epidemic, and rapidly changing social climates.
Yossi & Jagger (2002)
Two soldiers at the Israel-Lebanon border try to find peace and solace in one another amidst the daily routine of war.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
The ups and downs of a female impersonator's life is dramatized over the course of ten years including: finding true love, adopting a child, & redeveloping relationships with lost family.
Happy Together (1997)
This settling drama marks the life and relationship of two Chinese men who travel to Argentina in hopes of rekindling their failing relationship.
Desert Hearts (1985)
An elegant, and uptight professor ends up at a ranch hotel while finalizing her divorce, where she meets a free spirited, lesbian, young, woman. The two women form a bond through their struggles.
Were the World Mine (2008)
Inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, this lavish musical tells the story of an openly gay high school student, who stumbles upon a secret potion that causes homosexuality, which he uses to his advantage on his friends & enemies.
Up until recently, gay films have been underground, exploited, pieces of cinema. The current brandishing of "queer cinema" was, and is, not a genre that is taken seriously. and while gay characters are prominent in every corner of the media nowadays, the following films either deal with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Queer, or Questioning characters and themes, and the hurdles that the community faces, including, but not limited to, bigotry, homophobia, AIDS/HIV, self-loathing, denial, stereotypes, bullying, etc. OR they celebrate the diversity of human sexuality by embracing love, family, and relationships in whatever form they take.
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