Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Advocate's Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers




Everyone agrees a set of movies exists that are must-sees for any LGBT viewer. We just don't agree on which ones.


Dare ask a gay man for his list, and he's likely to rattle off a few that come to mind quickly and then make amendments to it for the rest of your adult lives. Women don't start with the same list. Some movies are incredibly impactful on depictions of trans people or those living with HIV, or mark major firsts in film. Some are too campy to ignore (at least not if you want to keep up at brunch). The bottom line is there are legions of reasons why a movie could be considered "essential" to the LGBT community.

We've ventured into the tricky territory of ranking which are most essential. To accomplish this feat, everyone on staff was asked for a top 10, then we asked readers for theirs, and finally began the arguing — always politely. Television movies aren't included (sorry, The Laramie Project, An Early Frost and Gia). Television series aren't included either (apologies to Tales of the City, Ab Fab, and Angels in America). The result is potentially a guide for anyone who wants to examine our roots through film.

Oh, and we reserve the right to amend it for the rest of our lives. — The Editors

Published June 23, 2014 on Advocate.com.

  1. Brokeback Mountain
  2. Milk
  3. Paris is Burning
  4. Cabaret
  5. The Boys in the Band
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Bound
  8. Desert Hearts
  9. Boys Don't Cry
  10. Parting Glances
  11. Making Love
  12. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  13. But I'm a Cheerleader
  14. Maurice
  15. Gods and Monsters
  16. Beautiful Thing
  17. Longtime Companion
  18. All About Eve
  19. The Celluloid Closet
  20. Weekend
  21. My Beautiful Laundrette
  22. The Times of Harvey Milk
  23. The Wizard of Oz
  24. Auntie Mame
  25. Torch Song Trilogy
  26. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  27. Latter Days
  28. Trick
  29. Shelter
  30. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  31. Capote
  32. The Women
  33. The Wedding Banquet
  34. My Own Private Idaho
  35. Big Eden
  36. Strangers on a Train
  37. Transamerica
  38. Another Country
  39. Victor/Victoria
  40. Get Real
  41. Love! Valour! Compassion!
  42. The Hours
  43. Pink Flamingos
  44. Thelma & Louise
  45. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge
  46. High Art
  47. Blue is the Warmest Color
  48. Shortbus
  49. The Birdcage
  50. A Single Man
  51. Prick Up Your Ears
  52. Ma Vie en Rose
  53. Mysterious Skin
  54. Cruising
  55. Fried Green Tomatoes
  56. Valley of the Dolls
  57. C.R.A.Z.Y.
  58. Hairspray
  59. When Night is Falling
  60. The Last of Sheila
  61. Better Than Chocolate
  62. Jeffrey
  63. La Cage aux Folles
  64. Rope
  65. The Children's Hour
  66. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  67. Beginners
  68. Velvet Goldmine
  69. Rent
  70. The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy
  71. Bent
  72. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  73. Dallas Buyers Club
  74. Showgirls
  75. Some Like It Hot
  76. Were the World Mine
  77. Far from Heaven
  78. Querelle
  79. The Crying Game
  80. In & Out
  81. Tongues Untied
  82. Philomena
  83. Mommie Dearest
  84. X2: X-Men United
  85. Six Degrees of Separation
  86. Edge of Seventeen
  87. Go Fish
  88. Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss
  89. Party Monster
  90. Heathers
  91. It's My Party
  92. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  93. Lilies
  94. Heavenly Creatures
  95. Sunset Boulevard
  96. Victim
  97. How to Survive a Plague
  98. The Color Purple
  99. Best in Show
  100. Mean Girls
  101. Fame
  102. The Rules of Attraction
  103. Concussion
  104. Stonewall
  105. Happy Together
  106. We Were Here
  107. Pariah
  108. Different for Girls
  109. Tick Tock Lullaby
  110. Monster
  111. Law of Desire
  112. Kissing Jessica Stein
  113. Stranger Inside
  114. Mambo Italiano
  115. Yossi & Jagger
  116. Poison
  117. Rebecca
  118. The Hunger
  119. The Ritz
  120. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  121. Grey Gardens
  122. Clueless
  123. Personal Best
  124. Rebel Without a Cause
  125. Steel Magnolias
  126. The Opposite of Sex
  127. Orlando
  128. Valentine Road
  129. A Streetcar Named Desire
  130. Gilda
  131. Imagine Me & You
  132. Kiss of the Spider Woman
  133. Priest
  134. The Living End
  135. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  136. The Sum of Us
  137. The Watermelon Woman
  138. Aimée & Jaguar
  139. Fire
  140. Bridegroom
  141. Death in Venice
  142. All About My Mother
  143. Yentl
  144. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  145. Howl
  146. The Kids Are All Right
  147. Wigstock: The Movie
  148. De-Lovely
  149. Dog Day Afternoon
  150. Edward II
  151. Mildred Pierce
  152. Suddenly, Last Summer
  153. Southern Comfort
  154. The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love
  155. Sordid Lives
  156. A Home at the End of the World
  157. HellBent
  158. Carrington
  159. Scorpio Rising
  160. Mulholland Drive
  161. Lonesome Cowboys
  162. Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
  163. The Killing of Sister George
  164. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
  165. ParaNorman
  166. Mädchen in Uniform
  167. Silkwood
  168. Show Me Love
  169. The World According to Garp
  170. I Shot Andy Warhol
  171. Lianna
  172. Red Without Blue
  173. Henry & June
  174. The Fox
  175. Claire of the Moon
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1 comment:

  1. Sent this to all my movie buff friends who loved it.

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