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1. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 218,497 | Gross: $50.00M

2. Stonewall (2015)

R | 129 min | Drama, History

5.1
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30 Metascore

A young man's political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 3,040 | Gross: $0.19M

3. Holding the Man (2015)

Unrated | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance... See full summary »

Director: Neil Armfield | Stars: Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook, Francesco Ferdinandi, Craig Matthew Stott

Votes: 8,696

4. Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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56 Metascore

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Chris Myland, Alf Myreen

Votes: 4,414 | Gross: $0.38M

5. Christopher and His Kind (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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How real-life British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Matt Smith, Imogen Poots, Lindsay Duncan, Perry Millward

Votes: 3,725

6. Riot (2018 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.7
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In 1978, when the push to decriminalise homosexuality has stalled, a group of activists decide they must make one final attempt to celebrate who they are. Led by former union boss, Lance ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Damon Herriman, Kate Box, Xavier Samuel, Jessica De Gouw

Votes: 424

7. The Circle (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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67 Metascore

Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Haupt | Stars: Matthias Hungerbühler, Peter Jecklin, Marie Leuenberger, Stefan Witschi

Votes: 1,318

8. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

7.6
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86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,507 | Gross: $0.13M

9. We Were Here (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.8
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94 Metascore

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber | Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer

Votes: 1,847

10. Until Porn Do Us Part (2018)

89 min | Documentary

7.7
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Eulália, a conservative 65-year-old mother, finds out that her son who emigrated to Germany became Fostter Riviera, the internationally awarded first Portuguese gay porn actor. From shock ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Pelicano | Stars: Eulália Almeida, Fostter Riviera

Votes: 55

11. After Stonewall (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.3
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Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.

Director: John Scagliotti | Stars: Craig Rodwell, Melissa Etheridge, Mike Carney, Barney Frank

Votes: 358

12. The Dog (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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76 Metascore

A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

Directors: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren | Stars: John Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Jeremy Bowker, Liz Debbie Eden

Votes: 810 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Les Invisibles (2012)

115 min | Documentary, Romance

7.5
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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: 418

14. The Cockettes (2002)

R | 100 min | Documentary

7.4
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77 Metascore

Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.

Directors: Bill Weber, David Weissman | Stars: Larry Brinkin, Peggy Cass, Pristine Condition, Jackie Curtis

Votes: 503 | Gross: $0.22M

15. Strip Jack Naked: Nighthawks II (1991)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.3
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Ron Peck talks about his experiences of growing up as a gay man, the attitudes to homosexuality in Britain, and his journey towards making his film Nighthawks (1978).

Director: Ron Peck | Stars: Ron Peck, John Brown, John Daimon, Nick Bolton

Votes: 74

16. Making the Boys (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

6.1
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71 Metascore

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to ... See full summary »

Director: Crayton Robey | Stars: Edward Albee, Joe Allen, Matt Baney, David Carter

Votes: 470 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

7.0
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A documentary on the relationship between curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith.

Director: James Crump | Stars: Pierre Apraxine, Dick Cavett, Dominick Dunne, Raymond Foye

Votes: 222

18. Vito (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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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: 452

19. Urinal (1988)

100 min | Drama

6.5
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A mystery man brings together a group of dead, gay artists to investigate a police response to the dilema of wash-room sex in Toronto. The artists have seven days in which to report on the ... See full summary »

Director: John Greyson | Stars: Paul Bettis, Pauline Carey, Keltie Creed, Lance Eng

Votes: 59

20. Weekends (2016)

98 min | Documentary

8.2
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Every weekend, a group of gay men gather around the heart of Seoul, Korea, to sing. They are more like a bunch of amateurs than a harmonized choir, but they are voicing for equality and ... See full summary »

Director: Dong-Ha Lee | Star: G.-Voice

Votes: 20

21. Gay Days (2009)

72 min | Documentary, Romance

6.3
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In 1985, there were three gays who were out of the closet in Israel. By 1998, there were 3,000. In this short, intensive and dramatic period, Israel came out of the closet in one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Yair Qedar | Stars: Michal Eden, Ellyot, Uzi Even, Yossi Even-Kama

Votes: 19

22. These C*cksucking Tears (2016)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Musical

7.2
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The man behind the world's first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release.

Director: Dan Taberski | Star: Pat Haggerty

Votes: 27

23. Some of Your Best Friends (1971)

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Director: Ken Robinson

24. Out Run (2016)

TV-14 | 56 min | Documentary

7.2
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Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world's only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress.

Directors: S. Leo Chiang, Johnny Symons

Votes: 24

25. Fünf Tage in New York - Gay Pride am Hudson (2014 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 51 min | Documentary

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On June 28th, 1969, the New York Police Department conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. To the surprise of the policemen, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Oliver Bätz, André Schäfer | Stars: Serge Biavan, Martin Boyce, Antonia de Rendinger, Cookie Dingler

26. Red Dress (II) (2014)

10 min | Short

6.4
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Director: Salome Sagaradze

Votes: 5



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