For centuries people with different sexual orientations have been oppressed by society – politically, economically, and socially. The human race has walked a long way until people from the LGBTQ community finally got the opportunity to speak their minds. It is just now that the world can see that people are more than sexual orientations and genders – they have emotions, thoughts, and ideas that can change the world. To spread kindness, love, and break the taboos, today we at the Dope Lists will look at the Тop 10 LGBTQ movies.
Which are the Top 10 LGBTQ movies?
10. THE BOYS IN THE BAND (2020)
The Boys in the Band is a 2020 American drama film directed by Joe Mantello, and it’s based on the 1968 play of the same name. The cast consists of openly gay actors such as Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins presenting the LBGTQ community.
The movie takes place in 1968 in Manhattan, New York when being gay is still considered something that you should keep to yourself and behind closed doors. A group of gay-men friends gathers at a birthday party. As the party goes on, unspoken feelings emerge, and self-hatred takes over. In a world where it’s better if you “just bury your gays,” accepting yourself and acting normal is something that takes a lot of courage. One unexpected guest and a drunken game bring anger, love, hate, tension, and bewilderness to the surface. But just like in life, some things remain a mystery forever.
9. DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975)
Released in 1975, this American biographical crime drama has been nominated for six Academy Awards and seven Golden Globes awards and has won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The movie stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick, and Charles Durning. It follows the attempt of robbing the First Brooklyn Savings Bank. As the tension grows, it is revealed that the robbery is not just about the money itself. The main reason behind it is to pay for a sex reassignment surgery. Back in the ’70s, there was no such thing as the LGBTQ community. There were no “Love is love” signs. There was no Pride month. A movie like this really shows the rough patch that the film industry has walked.
Dog day afternoon is a suspenseful movie with fascinating acting which is going to take your breath away.
8. NORTH SEA TEXAS (2011)
North Sea Texas is a Flemish drama film based on the 2004 children’s novel Nooit gaat dit over by Andre Sollie. In 2013 it was screened in the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival and received positive reviews from film critics in Europe and North America.
North Sea Texas follows the life of a young boy called Pim and his changes during his transition into adolescence. Without a father, the young boy grows up with his careless mother, desperate to have a father figure next to him. He befriends the neighbor boy – Gino, as they go through a sexual awakening experience together. While Gino is ready to move on, Prim is left to carry on with his crush on Gino.
Confusion, desperation and need for love mix together as the two boys try to find their place in the world.
7. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)
Call Me by Your Name is a coming-of-age romantic drama and the final installment in Luca Guadagnino’s Desire trilogy after I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015).
The movie is set in 1983 in northern Italy and chronicles the romantic relationship between 17-year-old Elio and Oliver – a 24-year-old graduate student assistant to Elio’s father. The director says the film is about “the beauty of the newborn idea of desire, unbiased and uncynical,” and there is no better way to describe it. Art, music, poetry, and love combine together to break your heart. The movie captures the beauty and tenderness of the moment, leaving no one indifferent. Call me by your name shows that no matter how intelligent and sophisticated a person can be, heart matters will always remain a secret until the right person shows up.
The film garnered a significant number of accolades, including four nominations at the 90th Academy Awards (including Best Picture), winning for Best Adapted Screenplay.
6. MOONLIGHT (2016)
Moonlight is a coming-of-age drama film based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play called In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
The movie presents three stages in the life of the main character Chiron- childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores a young black man’s difficulties connected with sexuality, identity, physical and emotional abuse.
Moonlight is a terrific movie that goes from neglected childhood through an angry teenage and reaches final self-realization. This cinematic experience is not only about fighting homophobia but is also engaged with topics such as racism, black masculinity, child traumas, mothers and fathers figures. Therefore, Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. It became the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBTQ-related movie.
5. PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (2019)
Released in 2019, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a French historical romantic drama film. It follows the story of the french painter – Marianne at the end of the 18th century. She has been hired to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman named Héloïse without her knowledge. Therefore, Marianne is presented to her as a hired companion so that she can observe her during the day and paint her during the night. The two women grow fond of each other and spend the last days of Héloïse’s freedom together as time goes by. Although their love is forbidden by society, they keep this tender feeling for the rest of their lives as this seems to be the only thing that helps them get through it. Portrait of a Lady on Fire will break your heart and leave you speechless.
4. PHILADELPHIA (1993)
Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington are some of the great actors participating in this American legal drama film, directed by Jonnathan Demme. Philadelphia is one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge homophobia, homosexuality, and HIV/AIDS.
Philadelphia tells the story of Andrew “Andy” Beckett- a lawyer in the largest corporate law firm in Philadelphia. He deliberately hides his homosexuality and status as an AIDS patient, but his secret is exposed once a colleague of his spots lesions caused by the disease. Due to his sexual orientation and illness, Andy is fired. He resolves to sue for discrimination and teams up with Joe Miller. Miller is a lawyer, a man of color, who doesn’t want to help Beckett at first. But as the movie goes on, Miller fights his homophobic feelings.
Tom Hanks wins the Academy Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance at the 66th Academy Awards.
3. THE DANISH GIRL (2015)
This biographical romantic drama film follows the lives of two Danish painters who are also husband and wife – Gerda Wegener and Einar Wegener. As Gerda asks her husband to stand for a female model, Einar’s life-long gender identity as a woman is unmasked. He names himself Lili Elbe and gradually leaves his identity as Einar. Lili starts seeking help from psychologists when existing in a male body becomes unbearable, but that leads to nowhere. Also, many doctors try to lock her up as a lunatic and a pervert. Eventually, Dr. Warnekros proposes a new and controversial solution – female sex reassignment surgery.
The Danish Girl is a movie about accepting yourself and fighting to be who you truly are. The film is loosely inspired by the lives of the Danish painters Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe – one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery.
2. CAROL (2015)
Carol is a romantic drama movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film is set in 1952 and tells the story of forbidden love between the aspiring photographer Therese Belivet and the glamorous Carol Aid. Carol is going through a difficult divorce and fights for full custody of her daughter. That means that her husband will use everything against her – including her tender feelings for Therese.
Carol received five Golden Globe nominations, six Oscar nominations, and nine BAFTA nominations. The British Film Institute also ranked it as the best LGBTQ movie of all time.
1. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005)
The first place goes to this classic and heartbreaking movie – Brokeback Mountain. The film has been regarded as a turning point for the advancement of queer cinema into the mainstream. In 2018 it was selected for preservation in the United States Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Brokeback Mountain depicts the complicated emotional and physical relationship between two cowboys – Ennis (played by Heath Ledger) and Jack (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). They meet when they both get a job as sheepherders. Strangers at the beginning, their affection for each other grows with every passing day. They spend a romantic summer but part ways at the end. After four years, the two men have settled down with families of their own. But unable to get over each other, they reconnect and go on “fishing trips” together. The incapability of acceptance, the fight against love, the self-hatred, the duty – they all lead to an end that will grab you by the throat and leave you speechless.
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