Top 50 Favorite Gay Films

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A few weeks ago we asked readers to submit up to five of their favorite movies in our third annual favorite gay film poll. We wanted to see which older gay films have timeless appeal and which recent gay films you judged important enough to register in the rankings.

After voting closed we sorted through the nearly 15,000 nominations (representing over 500 individual titles) to identify your top fifty favorite gay films.

Tabulating this data is actually a bit harder than it sounds. For instance, do you know how many different ways our readers can type/abbreviate The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?
We counted about a dozen!

But we’re not complaining, because the list that resulted this year is actually rather interesting.

Nine new films made their way into the rankings, and five of these are of very recent vintage. This represents a strong showing for current queer cinema. Of the new films, Tom Ford’s A Single Man
(2009) made the strongest impression on AfterElton.com readers, landing all the way at #6.

We specifically noted that documentaries were eligible for nomination in this movie poll, and yet only one documentary made it into the top 50. Ironically, it’s a film about gay representation in film: The Celluloid
Closet
at #47.

Meanwhile, TV films had a strong showing, with HBO’s Angels in America at #22, Lifetime’s Prayers for Bobby at #17, and Just a Question of Love (Juste un question d’amour) at #18. Not
bad for a decade old small French TV movie!

The oldest film on our list is The Boys in the Band (1970) at #33, but most films are of fairly recent vintage. Only six titles on our list were released prior to 1990 – and nearly two thirds come from the aughts (2000-2010).

But that’s enough of an intro. Let’s get to the list itself!

 

Priest (1994)

 

#50 Priest (1994)

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Summary: Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) struggles with his calling as conservative Catholic priest and his own sexual orientation.

#49 The Wedding Banquet (1993)

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Summary: Before Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee directed this film about a gay Asian landlord who agrees to a marriage of convenience with a female tenant in order to satsify his traditional parents.

The Wedding Banquet

 

 

Redwoods

 

#48 Redwoods (2009)

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Summary: An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer.

Further Reading:

Review: Redwoods is a Gay Romance That’s Worth Getting Lost In

 

 

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