There are all movie genres, which makes the Entertainment world so exciting. If you are looking for new films, I have a great list for you today. According to a popular internet forum, there are eleven LGBTQ movies that straight people voted are their favorites.
1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar were hired by rancher Joe Aguirre as sheep herders in Wyoming. Jack makes a drunken pass at Ennis one night on Brokeback Mountain that is eventually reciprocated.
Though Ennis marries his longtime sweetheart, Alma, and Jack marries a fellow rodeo rider (Anne Hathaway), the two men keep up their tortured and sporadic affair for twenty years. Brokeback Mountain is a story of love, friendship, and secrets. It is extremely well-acted and a must-watch for any movie fan.
2. Moonlight (2016)
Moonlight documents Chiron’s struggles with masculinity, homophobia, and accepting himself. The story is told through colors, sounds, and subtext and can be interpreted in many ways. Many people, even those who aren’t queer or Black, can find something in this film that speaks to them in this highly recommended film.
3. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire throughout a summer that will alter their lives forever. Self-expression and identity are central themes of Call Me By Your Name.
This film depicts themes of trying to decide how much of yourself to reveal to others for fear that they won’t like the real you. One film fan confesses, “Even as a straight man, I have never felt so emotionally connected to young and innocent love as I have to this film.”
4. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. (1995)
Elite Manhattan drag queens Vida Boheme, and Noxeema Jackson impresses regional judges in competition, securing spots in the Nationals in Los Angeles. When the two meet pathetic drag novice Chi-Chi Rodriguez, they take him under their wing. Soon the three set off on a madcap road trip across America and struggle to make it to Los Angeles in time, which will have viewers cracking up while simultaneously falling in love with the characters.
5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet end up stuck with a flat tire during a storm and soon discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”
6. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Mysterious Skin tells the story of a boy who becomes obsessed with UFOs, and another who becomes a gay hustler, in the years following childhood trauma. It is filled with intriguing and sad messages and themes about how trauma can affect people differently.
7. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
In 1770 France, Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be, and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a queer romance that dares you to listen closely.
This tale is historically accurate, as most female artists of the time were commissioned for this type of portrait. One moviegoer calls Portrait of a Lady on Fire “The best love story ever put to film. Can’t recommend this enough.”
8. Happy Together (1997)
Lai and his boyfriend, Ho, arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong, seeking a better life. Their highly contentious relationship turns abusive and results in numerous break-ups and reconciliations. One of the best things about this film is the queer relationship feels normal and accepted. It is just part of the story and nothing more.
9. Philadelphia (1993)
Fearing it would compromise his career, lawyer Andrew Beckett hides his homosexuality and HIV status at a powerful Philadelphia law firm. Fired shortly after his coworkers realize the telltale signs of the illness, Beckett resolves to sue for discrimination, teaming up with Joe Miller, the only lawyer willing to help. Philadelphia is not a fictional movie but the true story of an attorney who sued the world’s largest law firm for firing him because he had AIDS.
10. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon, to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy to find Mike’s estranged mother. My Own Private Idaho is considered a landmark film in New Queer Cinema, an early 1990s movement in queer-themed independent filmmaking.
11. Weekend (2011)
Weekend has the same plot as many romantic dramas. The film follows Russell and Glen after their one-night stand becomes more than either of them ever expected. One cinephile admits, “Weekend took me for a surprise. I didn’t expect to love it that much.”
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