Out Of The Closets And Into The Cinemas!: Meeting Queer Folks In Dark Rooms

A collection of queer characters, representations, and sensibilities on film. From queer masterpieces to camp classics, documentaries to romantic comedies, horror flicks to historical biographies. From independent art house films to multiplex popcorn blockbusters, epic sagas to festival shorts, Oscar winners to Direct-To-Video. From the realistic to the stereotypical, the explicit to the subtexted, the uplifting to the oppressive. We really are everywhere. (Except, of course, in the millions of films that pretend that we aren’t.)

Note that this is not exactly a “Pride” list, since it is not limited to films that present us in a positive manner. Some of these films include extremely violent gay bashings and killings. Others have very minor blink-and-you’ll-miss-them LGBT cameos or only include…

There are 571 documentary films in this list.

  • The Celluloid Closet
  • Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
  • The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
  • Cinema in 7 Colors
  • A Bit Of Scarlet
  • Homo Promo
  • The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
  • The Out List
  • A Brief History of Gay and Lesbian Cinema
  • Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
  • Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger
  • Word Is Out
  • T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s
  • Before Stonewall
  • Two Spirits
  • Queer Artivism
  • A Jihad for Love
  • Tongues Untied
  • Intersexion
  • The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
  • Call Me Kuchu
  • Kumu Hina
  • We Were Here
  • Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
  • Vito
  • The Adonis Factor
  • The Queen
  • Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities
  • Too Much Pussy! Feminist Sluts, a Queer X Show
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Venus Boyz
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • Do I Sound Gay?
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • Making the Boys
  • Paragraph 175
  • Divine Trash
  • Out in the Silence
  • Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
  • What the Folk?... Behind the Scenes of 'Queer as Folk'
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  • 101 Rent Boys
  • Get Bruce!
  • She Stole My Voice: A Documentary About Lesbian Rape
  • Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
  • Paris Was a Woman
  • The Brandon Teena Story
  • The Nomi Song
  • Beyond Hatred
  • The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela
  • Football Under Cover
  • Be Like Others
  • Postcard to Daddy
  • Bambi
  • Exposed
  • Fifi Howls from Happiness
  • Naked Opera
  • Portrait of Jason
  • Becoming Chaz
  • Bully
  • Chely Wright: Wish Me Away
  • Life in a Day
  • Marwencol
  • Stonewall Uprising
  • The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
  • Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour
  • The Hidden History of Homosexual Australia
  • Fatherhood Dreams
  • Small Town Gay Bar
  • Fred: The Movie
  • All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise
  • Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure
  • After Stonewall
  • For the Bible Tells Me So
  • Outrage
  • Chris & Don: A Love Story
  • Tarnation
  • Gay Sex in the 70s
  • Family Meals
  • The Jaundiced Eye
  • Daddy and the Muscle Academy
  • 8: The Mormon Proposition
  • Protagonist
  • Love Free or Die
  • Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • Naked Fame
  • Fish out of Water
  • Bette Bourne: It Goes with the Shoes
  • Bear Nation
  • Glee: The Concert Movie
  • This Is What Love in Action Looks Like
  • The Legend of Leigh Bowery
  • Mutantes
  • The Origins of AIDS
  • Silent Stories
  • Shinjuku Boys
  • I Think We're Alone Now
  • Trinidad
  • Miracle on Jongno Street