Queer Cinema Complete History

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1. Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar (2012)

174 min | Drama

A story of love and death. Rasmus, 19, escapes to Stockholm and finds love in the religious Benjamin just as the AIDS epidemic hits the city's gay community.

Stars: Adam Lundgren, Adam Pålsson, Björn Kjellman, Simon J. Berger

Votes: 3,678

2. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 87,946 | Gross: $11.53M

3. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 9,229 | Gross: $1.19M

4. Go Fish (1994)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely, whom Max likes, but Ely is frumpy, homely, and older. Nor do they have much in ... See full summary »

Director: Rose Troche | Stars: V.S. Brodie, Guinevere Turner, T. Wendy McMillan, Migdalia Melendez

Votes: 1,879 | Gross: $2.41M

5. Jack & Diane (2012)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

45 Metascore

Diane's feelings for Jack -- the girl she met over the summer -- begin to manifest themselves in terrifying ways when she learns that her friend will soon be moving away.

Director: Bradley Rust Gray | Stars: Riley Keough, Juno Temple, Kylie Minogue, Jackson Ning

Votes: 2,568 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Tipping the Velvet (2002)

177 min | Drama, Romance

The story of Nan Astley who falls in love with three different women on her journey to stardom and happiness in 1887 Victorian England.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May

Votes: 7,080

7. Dream On (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

The course of true love does not run smoothly for two young lads in Norman's Cozy Welsh campsite in the mid 80s. Paul, an innocent northerner from Rochdale, meets George, a jack the lad, ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan | Stars: Bradley Cross, Joe Gosling, Janet Bamford, Emily Spowage

Votes: 181

8. Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride (2009)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Before the 30th anniversary, Vancouver's Gay Pride Parade director examines relevance of Pride celebrations internationally. He travels to places where Pride is steeped in protest to ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Christie | Star: Ken Coolen

Votes: 115

9. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 5,274 | Gross: $0.01M

10. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 23,732 | Gross: $2.21M

11. Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

80 Metascore

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »

Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Stars: David Bahati, David Kato, Gilles Muhame, Naome Ruzindana

Votes: 727 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 9,880 | Gross: $3.78M

13. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska

Votes: 121,349 | Gross: $20.81M

14. I Am Divine (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Divine, Michael Musto, Mark Payne, Greg Gorman

Votes: 2,042 | Gross: $0.06M

15. Lesbiana (2012)

63 min | Documentary

Documentary constructed with archive images and testimonies of the lesbian movement in Canada and the US from the 70s until the 90s.

Director: Myriam Fougère

Votes: 22

16. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 29,994 | Gross: $3.03M

17. Between Something & Nothing (2008)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

With the impressive "Between Something & Nothing," Todd Verow (Vacationland, Bulldog in the Whitehouse) once again revisits his own past, recounting the life of a freshman art school ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Verow | Stars: Tim Swain, Gil Bar-Sela, Amy Dellagiarino, Nick Stern

Votes: 269

18. White Frog (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Twilight's Booboo Stewart plays a neglected teen trying to make it through each day after tragedy strikes.

Director: Quentin Lee | Stars: Booboo Stewart, Harry Shum Jr., Joan Chen, BD Wong

Votes: 1,820

19. Out in the Dark (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

69 Metascore

A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jameel Khoury, Alon Pdut

Votes: 6,813

20. Dog Pound (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Three juvenile delinquents are sentenced to a correctional facility where they encounter gang violence, death, and harassment from staff and other inmates.

Director: Kim Chapiron | Stars: Adam Butcher, Shane Kippel, Matthew Morales, Slim Twig

Votes: 10,117

21. In Bloom (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.

Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß | Stars: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Data Zakareishvili

Votes: 6,076 | Gross: $0.05M

22. Test (I) (2013)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama

70 Metascore

In 1985, a gay dance understudy hopes for his on-stage chance while fearing the growing AIDS epidemic.

Director: Chris Mason Johnson | Stars: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch, Evan Boomer, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 1,378 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Monster Pies (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance

Mike has felt alienated and alone for as long as he can remember, until a new boy arrives at his school - awakening feelings and a world of possibilities he'd never before dared to dream of.

Director: Lee Galea | Stars: Tristan Barr, Lucas Linehan, Rohana Hayes, Katrina Maree

Votes: 2,361

24. Interior. Leather Bar. (2013)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from Cruising (1980) as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.

Directors: James Franco, Travis Mathews | Stars: Val Lauren, Christian Patrick, James Franco, Travis Mathews

Votes: 2,245 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Out in the Open (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

Out In The Open will, for once and for all, destroy the misconceptions, fears, and myths about the LGBTQ community. This documentary is aimed for at risk youth across the world, as well as ... See full summary »

Director: Royce Christyn | Stars: Patrick Burke, Cassandra Church, Miranda Foster, Kristopher George

Votes: 34

26. Les Invisibles (2012)

115 min | Documentary, Romance

Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives, their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Bernard, Catherine, Christian, Thérèse Clerc

Votes: 423

27. Before You Know It (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

68 Metascore

Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years.

Director: PJ Raval | Stars: Dennis Creamer, Ty Martin, Robert Mainor, Dixie Monroe

Votes: 227

28. God Loves Uganda (2013)

TV-14 | 83 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An account of the American Evangelicals' attempts to indoctrinate their Christian Right beliefs in Uganda.

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Votes: 1,113 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Vito (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, George Bancroft, Richard Barrios, Edmund Bergler

Votes: 462

30. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,846 | Gross: $1.51M

31. Small Town Gay Bar (2006)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

The story of community in the Deep South that is forced to deal with the struggles of ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression.

Director: Malcolm Ingram | Stars: Jim Bishop, Terry Capps, Jackie Cox, Bill Curtis

Votes: 1,067

32. Spider Lilies (2007)

94 min | Drama, Romance

When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, ... See full summary »

Director: Zero Chou | Stars: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, Kris Shen, Jay Shih

Votes: 1,831

33. Unveiled (2005)

97 min | Drama

60 Metascore

The educated Fariba Tabrizi flies from Teheran to Germany expecting to have asylum, since she is persecuted in Iran due to her lesbian relationship with her beloved Shirin. However, her ... See full summary »

Director: Angelina Maccarone | Stars: Jasmin Tabatabai, Navid Navid, Mossadegh Hamid, Bernd Tauber

Votes: 986 | Gross: $0.00M

34. 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: 100,373 | Gross: $9.17M

35. The World Unseen (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen

Votes: 3,526 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Votes: 157,158 | Gross: $31.84M

37. The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance.

Director: Maria Maggenti | Stars: Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Maggie Moore, Kate Stafford

Votes: 4,073 | Gross: $1.98M

38. Room in Rome (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Votes: 20,753

39. Let My People Go! (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

37 Metascore

At Passover, Reuben, a French-Jewish man living in Finland with his Nordic boyfriend, finds himself back in Paris with his zany family after a lovers' quarrel.

Director: Mikael Buch | Stars: Nicolas Maury, Carmen Maura, Jean-François Stévenin, Amira Casar

Votes: 568 | Gross: $0.02M

40. 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: 25,807 | Gross: $0.46M

41. Men to Kiss (2012)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

The gay couple Tobi and Ernie are being visited by Ernie's old friend Uta. What at first looks like an innocent house-call, turns into an insidious attack on the couple's relationship.

Director: Robert Hasfogel | Stars: Frank Christian Marx, Udo Lutz, Alexandra Starnitzky, Sascia Haj

Votes: 317

42. Stud Life (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

JJ is a 'Stud' Lesbian. Together with her best friend Seb, a gay pretty boy, they work as wedding photographers. When JJ falls in love with a beautiful diva, JJ and Seb's friendship is ... See full summary »

Director: Campbell Ex | Stars: T'Nia Miller, Kyle Treslove, Robyn Kerr, Simon Savory

Votes: 87

43. Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane

Votes: 5,031 | Gross: $0.25M

44. Out in the Dark (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

69 Metascore

A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jameel Khoury, Alon Pdut

Votes: 6,813

45. Circumstance (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz | Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa

Votes: 7,097 | Gross: $0.44M

46. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance