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 94 historical films in this list.

  • The Celluloid Closet
  • The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
  • When We Rise
  • Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
  • Milk
  • Before Stonewall
  • Bent
  • The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld
  • Paragraph 175
  • Hyde Park on Hudson
  • J. Edgar
  • Alexander
  • Vatel
  • Ed Wood
  • Edward II
  • JFK
  • Jaurès
  • Farewell, My Queen
  • Caravaggio
  • Ben-Hur
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • King and the Clown
  • Aimee & Jaguar
  • Prayers for Bobby
  • Taboo
  • Wilde
  • John Waters: This Filthy World
  • Queen Christina
  • Spartacus
  • Young Törless
  • The Krays
  • Proteus
  • Europa Europa
  • Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
  • Colonel Redl
  • Another Way
  • Becket
  • Caligula
  • Carrington
  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • The Decameron
  • The Devils
  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • The Last Emperor
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Senso
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
  • Z
  • Toast
  • The Purple Sea
  • My Brother's War
  • Maya Deren's Sink
  • Ludwig
  • Beefcake
  • Adieu Bonaparte
  • The Imitation Game
  • Falling Star
  • Daphne
  • Swordsman III: The East Is Red
  • Improper Conduct
  • The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  • The Trials of Oscar Wilde
  • Race d'Ep!
  • The Sons of Tennessee Williams
  • 365 Without 377
  • Dead Gay Men and Living Lesbians
  • Valentino
  • I'm a Porn Star
  • Jodhaa Akbar
  • Best of Enemies
  • Larry Kramer In Love & Anger
  • Grand Illusion
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Spotlight
  • Snowden
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Bones of Contention
  • The Favourite
  • The Happy Prince
  • Mohawk
  • Against the Law
  • Transgender Love
  • Forever's Gonna Start Tonight
  • Colette
  • The AIDS Show
  • The Post
  • Demimonde
  • An Honest Liar
  • Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
  • The Broken Tower
  • Kama Sutra - A Tale of Love
  • The Girl King
  • Fleshback: Queer Raving in Manchester’s Twilight Zone