The Mudge Boy

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Mudge Boy

The sensitive and often guttural film, The Mudge Boy, offers audiences an emotional and often awkward drama about grief and questions of sexuality concerning a young outsider in rural Vermont. Released in 2003, the film is written and artfully directed by Michael Burke and stars Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins and Tom Guiry.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Transamerica

Released in 2005 and directed by Duncan Tucker, Transamerica received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Awards for Best Feature Film, with Best Actress accolades going to Felicity Huffman for her portrayal of the main character Bree Osbourne. Shot in Arizona and New York USA, Kevin Zegers and Fionnula Flanagan also star.

The Conrad Boys

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Conrad Boys

The Conrad Boys presents the story of a young man who is tragically saddled with more responsibility than he can handle. Produced, written, directed, and starring Justin Lo, The Conrad Boys an intriguing drama which stars Justin Lo, Booboo Stewart and Nick Bartzen.

Gypsy 83

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Gypsy 83

Released in 2001, Gypsy 83 is a story of self-love and acceptance set in the alternative lifestyle sub-culture, with plenty of black lace, questions about body image and sexual identity, and The Cure. This variation on the classic road trip story is full of emotions and life lessons. Directed by Todd Stephens, the film stars Paulo Costanzo, Kett Turton and Sara Rue.

Bad Education

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Bad Education (La Mala Educación)

Released in 2004 and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education highlights the effects of religious education in Franco-ist Spain and sexual abuse. The film won many awards, such as Best Foreign Language Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Shot in various locations in Spain, the film features actors Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez.

The Lost Coast

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Lost Coast

Released in 2008, The Lost Coast is a masterful work of cinematography and emotion, crafted by writer and director Gabriel Fleming. This captivating drama examines the lives of four individuals by both examining where they are each headed and looking back at the key moments that placed them on this path. The film stars, Ian Scott McGregor, Lucas Alifano and Lindsay Benner.


Essential Opinion: Open

Kyle and David think they’ve become boring. But after seeing how well an open relationship has been working for their friends Richard and Marc, they try to take their relationship in that direction.

My Own Private Idaho

Gay Essential Films To Watch, My Own Private Idaho

Released in 1991 and directed by Gus Van Sant, My Own Private Idaho is a film about two male street hustlers going on a journey of self-discovery that takes them to Idaho and Italy. The film won a variety of awards, including Best Actor for River Phoenix at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Shot in Oregon, Rome, and Washington State, the film features actors River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.

Ethan Mao

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Ethan Mao

Released in 2004 and directed by Quentin Lee, Ethan Mao is a gay themed crime drama that presents a twist on the classic kidnapping/revenge caper, set against the backdrop of a traditional Asian American upbringing and family life. The film stars Jun Hee Lee, Jerry Hernandez and David Tran.

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