In Cold Blood

Gay Essential Films To Watch, In Cold Blood

Directed by Richard Brooks, based on the non-fiction novel by Truman Capote, In Cold Blood stars Robert Blake, Scott Wilson and John Forsythe. Released in 1967 the film charts the crime, prosecution, and execution of Perry Smith, and Dick Hickok for the seemingly unmotivated murder of Kansas family, the Clutter’s.

Parting Glances

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Parting Glances

Released in 1986 and directed by Bill Sherwood, Parting Glances is the story of a gay couple preparing for one of the partners to depart on a two-year assignment in Africa. The film won no awards, but is still recognized as a seminal piece of gay cinema. Shot in New York, the film features actors Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, and Steve Buscemi.

Looking for Mr Goodbar

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Looking for Mr Goodbar

Looking for Mr Goodbar is a 1977 American drama film, written and directed by Richard Brooks. Based on Judith Rossner’s novel, the film stars Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, Richard Kiley, Richard Gere, and Tom Berenger. The film follows Theresa Dunn as a school teacher whose hedonistic nightlife brings deadly consequences.

Lazy Eye

Essential Opinion: Lazy Eye

Released in 2016, Director Tim Kirkman’s latest work, Lazy Eye delivers a dynamic story of past love reignited and questions about present, past, and future. The film stars Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis and Michaela Watkins.

Boys Don't Cry

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Boys Don’t Cry

Based on the true story of Brandon Teena, Boys Don’t Cry was released in 1999 and depicts the struggles of a young transgendered man whose life is destroyed after his friends find out that he was born a woman. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, the film stars Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny and Peter Sarsgaard.

Love Is All You Need?

Essential Opinion: Love Is All You Need?

An expansion of director Kim Rocco Shields short film by the same title, Love Is All You Need? is an intriguing and very personal look at what it feels like to be persecuted for what you look like, who you are, and whom you love. Released in 2016, the film stars Briana Evigan, Tyler Blackburn and Kyla Kenedy.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Philadelphia

Released in 1993 and directed by Jonathan Demme, Philadelphia is about an HIV-positive man fired from his law firm because of his condition, trying to earn justice. The film won many awards, including an Oscar and an Academy Award for Tom Hanks for his leading role. Shot in and near Philadelphia, the film features actors Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

Inside Daisy Clover

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Inside Daisy Clover

Starring Natalie Wood, Robert Redford and Christopher Plummer, Inside Daisy Clover is based on a novel by Gavin Lambert and focuses on the life of teenage tomboy Daisy, a fifteen year-old who aspires to become a Hollywood star. Released in 1965, the drama film was directed by Robert Mulligan.

Tab Hunter Confidential

Essential Opinion: Tab Hunter Confidential

Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, Tab Hunter Confidential is a 2015 documentary about the life and career of the titular former actor, matinee idol and heartthrob who was also a closeted homosexual in 1950s Hollywood. The documentary features Tab Hunter, Clint Eastwood and Debbie Reynolds.

Strangers on a Train

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Strangers On A Train

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s homonymous book, Strangers on a Train is a crime thriller that was shot in the fall of 1950. Directed by none other than “The Master of Suspense”, this Alfred Hitchcock classic stars Robert Walker and Farley Granger and is not a gay-themed motion picture per se. However, the film is rife with homosexual undertones, focusing on the disorderly relationship between an amateur tennis player and a mischievous playboy.

Patrik, Age 1.5

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Patrik Age 1.5

Released in 2008 and directed by Ella Lamhagen, Patrik, Age 1.5 is about a gay couple that unwittingly adopts a 15 year-old homophobic boy. The film won the Audience award for Best Feature at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Shot in Västra Götalands län, Sweden, the film features actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson and Tom Ljungman.

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