For many years, Richard and I have informally acquired movies for our library.
At first these were just VHS films that we particularly liked, and there was no
organized program. We found that, except for blockbuster films requiring a large
theater screen for a full experience, we rarely went to the theater any more. We
found that dvds could be purchased for less than the cost of tickets for two. In
more recent years, I have developed a special interest in indie and foreign
films, and especially movies with gay themes.
Not all the titles in the catalog are physically in my Library. Many
are "wish list" films, or movies available via streaming or that we've seen
elsewhere and are not high on my priority for purchase. The details of
each record indicates the inventory status of the film.
Catalog, 800+ films with
links to detail pages.
- Movies With Gay Themes/Interests. As of this
update, I've identified over 430 movies with a gay theme or interest. The gay theme is
not always overtly expressed, especially with older films subject to the
Hollywood censorship rules; and may not be the principal focus of the film.
Ranked List of Movies with Gay Themes
- Best to Worst.
The popularity ranking (i.e. its
likeability) is based on a film's
IMDb rating. My
personal rating is shown for comparison purposes. The page
navigator bar may be use to determine the actual ranking of a film.
Each web page contains ten ranked films (page 1 lists films ranked 1-10, page 2 lists films ranked 11-20, page 21
lists films ranked 201-210, etc.) There are currently about
500 gay themed or interest films in my catalog. Therefore, films
listed in pages 1-5 are in the top decile (10%) of queer films.
- General Bibliograph
GLBT Cinema: Outstanding glbt films.
This is an external link to Jim Clark's listing of
50 Outstanding GLBT Films
released between 1919 and the present. I particularly like Mr. Clarks
cinema website for his insightful commentary from a GLBT perspective,
not often found in main-line commentaries. His
commentaries have been especially helpful to me as a neophyte film
- Also included on Clark's website is a
basic guide to film, intended for a general audience interested
in how a motion picture works.
Cinema Queer: Gay Film Reviews by Michael D. Klemm.
This site is another external link to fine reviews of gay themed films.
I usually find the reviews in this comprehensive compendium on-point,
offering a queer perspective. According to his web site, Klemm
"retired" as a film reviewer in 2015. His reviews and commentary
will be missed.
Big Gay Picture Show: Film Through Gay Eyes.
A great site from Great Britain.
I've found that they are not as domestically focused as U.S. sites, and
their postings have a more eclectic international flavor.
say they are "the most comprehensive LGBT film site in the entire
Universe...with 9,079 reviews and 20,957 database entries!" (as of 28 Jan
2017). However, I rarely agree with the philistine flavor of their