Top 10 Gay Movies Ever Made

Top 10 Gay Movies Ever Made

The history of queer cinema is as old as cinema itself. Modern gay rights movements have made homosexuality in film more acceptable than ever, with gay characters getting their fair share of respect and understanding by the general public.

So if you are asking yourself this question “What are the Top 10 Gay Movies?”, you are in the right place. In this article, we will show you the top ten gay movies in cinematic history.

#10. Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight Some movie critics consider moonlight as one of the best films of the 21st century. Moonlight is heartbreaking and moving.


A movie not just about being gay but about the struggles and cries poor people experience regardless of their sexuality.


The story is based on the life of protagonist Karen Harris, whose life is portrayed in the movie through a series of acts, going from a vulnerable child to an adult drug dealer.

The movie won the Golden Globe Award for best motion picture and received five additional nominations.


#9. Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon (2018)

Simon Spier has perfect parents, an ideal life, and a secret that nobody should ever find out as a closeted gay. Simon’s personal life suddenly takes a turn when he starts mailing with an anonymous gay guy called Blue.


After one of his schoolmates finds out, Simon becomes a victim of a blackmailing operation. Director Greg Berlanti deserves huge admiration for giving gay teenagers a blockbuster romance of their own.


#8. A Single Man (2009)

A Single Man (2009)

The impeccable performance by Colin Firth turns a single man into a must-watch movie. Of course, we can’t forget the costumes and the art direction as key factors that make this film stand out.

Colin Firth plays George Falconer, an English literature professor who mourns the demise of his lover Jim. One day he wakes up and plans to commit suicide after giving a final lecture to his students and a final party with his best friend.

The movie won the queer lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.


#7. Maurice (1987)

Maurice (1987)

Set in a pre-world war 1 Edwardian society, Maurice represents the unfolding of homosexual relationships in an age where being gay was seen as a mental disorder potentially harming your social position in life.

The movie was released during the height of the AIDS crises in the United States in 1987 and yet received positive critical reception.


James Wilby and Hugh Grant both received the award for best actor while Richard Robbins was awarded for his music.


#6. God’s Own Country (2017) 

God's Own Country (2017) 

 In this movie said in rural Yorkshire, the frustrated life of a young sheep farmer takes an unexpected turn when he meets a Romanian migrant worker, marking the start of a very intense relationship.


To prepare the cast for their roles as farmers, director Francis Lee kept them at a farm for several weeks before the shooting started. Some Arab countries banned the film due to explicit sex scenes between the two protagonists.


#5. Philadelphia (1993)

Philadelphia (1993)

This film won Tom Hanks his first Oscar for best acting, portraying the role of a gay lawyer who gets terminated by his law firm when they discover that he suffers from AIDS.

Tom Hanks almost lost 30 bonds to appear sleek in the courtroom scenes. While on the other hand, Denzel Washington, who played Hank’s lawyer, asked to gain a few pounds for his role.

Philadelphia is based on the true story of two real-life lawyers named Jeffrey Bowers and Clarence B. Kaine.


#4. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Brokeback Mountain is based on the short story written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Proulx. It’s the epic love tale of a secretive and forbidden relationship between two Cowboys in the Western United States.


The film is considered a stepping stone into modern queer cinema, receiving outstanding critical acclaim. The movie was also a commercial hit, grossing $178,000,000 worldwide against its $14 million budget. Furthermore, Brokeback Mountain won 71 awards and had an additional 52 nominations.


#3. Happy Together (1997)

Happy Together (1997)

When a couple from Hong Kong visits Buenos Aires, they hope to revive their unstable relationship. Unfortunately, things get way out of hand.


With Happy Together, you are in for a turbulent romance containing strong characters and a non-linear storyline. The lead characters somehow challenge the notion of a normal relationship, yet they keep their personas very simple.


Happy Together has been described by many as the most acclaimed game movie in Asia and will remain in the public conscience for a very long time.


#2. Pride (2014)

Pride (2014)

In the summer of 1984, gay and lesbian activists decided to raise money helping the families affected by the UK’s minor strike, which occurred under the volatile Thatcher administration.


The initiative resulted in the creation of a campaign called Lesbians and Gays Support the miners, commonly known as LGSM.


Pride, won the Queer Palm at the Canned Film Festival in 2014. Furthermore, the movie was nominated three times at the BAFTA Awards, winning the award for outstanding debut by a British writer, director, or producer.


#1. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name (2017)

The movie centers around a romance between Elio, a 17-year-old student, and Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student working as an assistant to Elio’s father, who is an archeology professor.

As the movie progresses, their relationship becomes overshadowed by uncertainty and longing. The role of Elio is performed by Timothy Chalamett, who became the youngest best actor nominee since 1939 at the Academy Awards.


Call Me By Your Name won the Oscar for Best Adapted screenplay and received the longest-ever standing ovation at the New York Film Festival, which might have lasted a full ten minutes.


The movie was rated at 7.9 on a scale of ten on the IMDb website and received a meta score of 93 on Metacritic.

This was our Top 10 Gay Movies list. We have been able to compile a great list of the best Gay Movies ever made. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below. 

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