Favorite Gay Movies


To me, a gay film doesn't have to be overtly about same-sex relationships. Strangers on a Train has no specifically gay scene, but the lead actor, Farley Granger, was gay, and the scenes with Robert Walker just feel gay. Having said that, the vast majority of the flicks below do have same-sex themes. I know that campy films like Mommie Dearest or Valley of the Dolls are popular with gay audiences, but I've chosen to (generally) exclude those from this list. Dumbo is probably the most surprising film on this list since it's about an elephant with big ears who flies. The gay symbolism might not have been intended by the Disney creators, but much has been written about how Dumbo has the kind of outsider narrative that appeals to a gay audience. Plus there are Pink Elephants on Parade. For some reason, I've never watched Brokeback Mountain, so maybe that one would be on this list at some point in the future.

Rank   Film Year
1   Apartment Zero 1988
2   Six Degrees of Separation 1993
3   Strangers on a Train 1951
4   Midnight Cowboy 1969
5   Cabaret 1972
6   Parting Glances 1986
7   Opposite of Sex, The 1998
8   Maurice 1987
9   Suddenly, Last Summer 1959
10   Dog Day Afternoon 1975
11   Deathtrap 1982
12   Rope 1948
13   Dumbo 1941
14   Wedding Banquet, The 1993
15   Talented Mr. Ripley, The 1999
16   Gods and Monsters 1998
17   My Beautiful Laundrette 1985
18   Kissing Jessica Stein 2001
19   Crying Game, The 1992
20   Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, The 1994
21   Latter Days 2003
22   My Own Private Idaho 1991
23   Beautiful Thing 1996
24   Color Purple 1985
25   House of Yes, The 1997
26   Torch Song Trilogy 1988
27   Edge of Seventeen, The 1998
28   Longtime Companion 1989
29   Yossi & Jagger 2002
30   Trick 1999