Brilliant & Touching Gay Movies

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    Aug 12, 2011 9:45 AM GMT
    I know there's a few topics on this forum about this already, but it's nice to see if anybody's got anything new to share.

    What's your favourite gay themed movie, or movie where the main characters are gay?

    I've just watched Shelter, after a recommendation from this site, and was blown away. It's just what I needed to see right now, a really touching story about two guys finding each other. I particularly like the fact that these two guys are just regular guys, not camp or conforming to some terrible cliché. I could really identify with what they were going through, which is really rare for me. Romantic movies with straight characters seem insubstantial to me, and stereotypical gay characters with their either fruity or slutty behaviour just alienate me from the story line.

    So my second question is: has anybody seen any other movies that are just about two regular guys falling in love, without all the terrible gay clichés?
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    Aug 12, 2011 11:30 AM GMT
    I just saw "Lillies". More of a tragedy. It has drag in it, but not in any way you would have expected.

    Another angle: Hollywood seldom believes gays are qualified to play gay roles and they usually cast str8 men in gay parts. Not sure why, but I think it has to do with what I call the "poster child" effect. As soon as a gay movie actor comes out -- we redefine him as a gleaming triumph of the gay culture. It could be a lot of gay actors say "hey, I don't want to sign up for that."
  • rnch

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    Aug 12, 2011 11:51 AM GMT
    "latterdays" is still one of my favs.


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    Aug 12, 2011 12:09 PM GMT


    Try this movie on for size. What a touching drama about a French Canadian teenager's coming of age in the Seventies, living in a conservative family while discovering (and denying) his sexuality

    Ttrust me, if you don't cry at some parts, you aren't even watching this movie (wait till you watch the twist at the end, God do I love French movies) icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 12, 2011 12:56 PM GMT
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    A nice coming of age story that's not too heavy-handed with its treatment of homosexuality. Francois' unrequited love for his straight friend is particularly heart-breaking and one that surely many of us can relate to.
  • groundcombat

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    Aug 12, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    Damn! I saw this headline and immediately I thought, "I get to talk about Shelter." That movie really was pretty awesome. I also loved the way it was not really a gay movie but more like a movie where the characters were gay. The closest other movie I've seen is Brokeback Mountain and I thought Shelter did a lot of things even better than BM. So nice to have a movie about gays that doesn't have a 10-minute soft core porn sex scene.
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    Aug 12, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    I will (again) place my recommendation for Prayers for Bobby:

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    Aug 12, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    Parting Glances.
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    Essentials:
    Milk (2008, Gus Van Sant)
    Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee)
    Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, Hector Babenco)
    Mala Noche (1985, Gus Van Sant)
    Querelle: A Film About Jean Genet's "Querelle de Brest" (1982, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
    Fox and His Friends (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
    Un Chant d'Amour (1950, Jean Genet) [short]

    Great without disclaimer:
    A Single Man (2009, Tom Ford)
    The Man of My Life (2007, Zabou Breitman)
    Savage Grace (2007, Tom Kalin)
    Bugcrush (2006, Carter Smith) [short]
    Far from Heaven (2002, Todd Haynes)
    The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, Anthony Minghella)
    Strawberry and Chocolate (1994, Tomas Gutierrez Alea & Juan Carlos Tabio)
    The Sum of Us (1994, Geoff Burton & Kevin Dowling)
    Wild Reeds (1994, André Téchiné)
    The Wedding Banquet (1993, Ang Lee)
    Swoon (1992, Tom Kalin)
    My Own Private Idaho (1991, Gus Van Sant)
    Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men (1989, David Hinton)
    Maurice (1987, James Ivory)
    The Consequence (1977, Wolfgang Petersen)
    Sebastiane (1976, Paul Humfress & Derek Jarman)
    Saturday Night at the Baths (1975, David Buckley)
    Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971, John Schlesinger)
    The Boys in the Band (1970, William Friedkin)
    Scorpio Rising (1964, Kenneth Anger) [short]

    Great telefilms and miniseries:
    Christopher and His Kind (2011, Geoffrey Sax)
    Prayers for Bobby (2009, Russell Mulcahy)
    Angels in America (2003, Mike Nichols)
    Soldier's Girl (2003, Frank Pierson)
    No Night Is Too Long (2002, Tom Shankland)
    More Tales of the City (1998, Pierre Gang)
    Tales of the City (1993, Alastair Reid)
    Consenting Adult (1985, Gilbert Cates)
    Brideshead Revisited (1981, Michael Lindsay-Hogg & Charles Sturridge)
    That Certain Summer (1972, Lamont Johnson)

    Worthwhile:
    Undertow (2010, Javier Fuentes-León)
    Mysterious Skin (2005, Gregg Araki)
    Before Night Falls (2000, Julian Schnabel)
    The Living End (1992, Gregg Araki)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985, Jack Sholder)
    Another Country (1984, Marek Kanievska)
    Streamers (1983, Robert Altman)
    Deathtrap (1982, Sidney Lumet)
    The Ritz (1976, Richard Lester)

    Amateur hour:
    November Son (2008, Jason Paul Collum)
    October Moon (2005, Jason Paul Collum)
    Scab (2005, Thomas Jason Davis)
    Hard (1998, John Huckert)
    Beautiful Thing (1996, Hettie Macdonald)
    The Doom Generation (1995, Gregg Araki)
    The Meatrack (1970, Richard Stockton)
    Flesh (1968, Paul Morrissey)
  • conquer

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    Aug 12, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Beautiful Thing, came out in the mid 90's. takes place in a housing project in england. 2 boys come of age living next to each other. an amazing movie
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 12, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    Beautiful Thing
    C.R.A.Z.Y
    Ladder Days
    Rent
    Were the World Mine
  • steven_patter...

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    Aug 12, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1712573/

    Definitely check out Joseph Graham's STRAPPED - a gay hustler movie that goes places you really wouldn't expect with an especially terrific central performance by a phenomenally talented kid named Ben Bonenfant.
  • derekNca

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    Aug 12, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    rnch said"latterdays" is still one of my favs.


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    I agree! I'll catch it every now and then on Logo.
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:51 PM GMT
    CRAZY is one of my favourites. Also la mala educcacion.

    I highly recommend the Israeli films yossi & Jagger and the bubble.
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  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 12, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    J'ai tué ma mère
    Were the World Mine (esp for the guy's beautiful voice!)
    The Bubble
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    Aug 12, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    rburton66 said
    Amateur hour:
    November Son (2008, Jason Paul Collum)
    October Moon (2005, Jason Paul Collum)
    Scab (2005, Thomas Jason Davis)
    Hard (1998, John Huckert)
    Beautiful Thing (1996, Hettie Macdonald)
    The Doom Generation (1995, Gregg Araki)
    The Meatrack (1970, Richard Stockton)
    Flesh (1968, Paul Morrissey)


    Oh man this hurts. I was scanning the list shocked that noone said Beautiful Thing and then I saw it listed among your amateur hour movies...along side some pretty big crap.

    I think Beautiful Thing is actually one of my favorite gay movies of all time. It captures that moment right before you come out perfectly. The soundtrack is amazing, the acting, lighting, direction, sound are all professional top notch...it does not belong along side amateur hour but instead with essentials.

    My favorite gay movie has to be Torch Song Trilogy with a very young Harvey Firestein, Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft!
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    Aug 12, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    JoshTPDX said
    Oh man this hurts. I was scanning the list shocked that noone said Beautiful Thing and then I saw it listed among your amateur hour movies...along side some pretty big crap.

    I think Beautiful Thing is actually one of my favorite gay movies of all time. It captures that moment right before you come out perfectly. The soundtrack is amazing, the acting, lighting, direction, sound are all professional top notch...it does not belong along side amateur hour but instead with essentials.


    Haha, I don't think any of those cheap genre films are crap, per se. But I guess it was mean to lump Beautiful Thing in there with them. I was fine with it when I wrote it up in 2008, but anything higher up on that list would get my endorsement ahead of it. (As opposed to some of the films mentioned here that wouldn't get my endorsement at all.)
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    Aug 12, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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    Aug 12, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
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    Wow-- I haven't seen that movie since I was in high school. Awesome... that's a pretty intense scene. I think I have a date with Netflix tonight. Thanks for posting.
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    Aug 12, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Wow that's a lot of suggestions! Thanks for posting guys.

    groundcombat saidI also loved the way it was not really a gay movie but more like a movie where the characters were gay.


    I think you put it better than me, it's something so simple but I think seeing a movie about a regular relationship that just happens to be between two gay guys is what I find so appealing. Nothing flashy or dramatic, just really life (or as close as you can get in a movie). Shelter is definitely be one of my all time favs now.

    rburton66: WOW! You have more gay movies in your collection then I have movies of all other genres combined. That might be a slight exaggeration, but you have a lot! Thanks for the list though. I'll be working through it.
  • Aquanerd

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    Aug 12, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    conquer saidBeautiful Thing, came out in the mid 90's. takes place in a housing project in england. 2 boys come of age living next to each other. an amazing movie


    Really sweet movie.

    Also Check out "The Some of Us." Russell Crowe starts before he got to Hollywood to do 'The Quick and the Dead.' He blew me away in Virtuosity and so I checked out the His earlier stuff. This one made me a fan, until he got to big for his britches. But I still love the movie.
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    Aug 12, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    Big Eden is very cool.
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    Aug 13, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Handsome Harry
    Jamie Sheridan, John Savage, Aiden Quinn, Steve Buscemi, Campbell Scott, Karen Young

    An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime. Great writing and excellent plot. The guys generally held up well as they aged.
  • iGator

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    Aug 13, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    Trunks 6....or Score 1 and Score 2...

    Wait...not that kind of movies???