Notes toward a personal gay film canon

There are films here that straight people never get to see, or even hear about, being in some sense ghettoized. (Mostly though, I think they just don't want to see them.) Gay folks have to seek them out via their own news and distribution networks. I've compiled some of them here, along with more familiar mainstream films. I'm including only films I've seen, and for the most part ones which I can at least recommend as worth seeing.

I’m still figuring out what a GTM is, by the way, and I've left out films focusing on lesbian experiences, mostly because I think they deserve their own list.

I'm beginning this project on my film blog.

Do you write about GTMs? Would you like to contribute? Drop me a line.

  • The Long Day Closes
  • Fireworks
  • La León
  • Pink Narcissus
  • Weekend
  • Love and Death on Long Island
  • Victim
  • A Song of Love
  • Raging Sun, Raging Sky
  • David
  • The Graffiti Artist
  • Benjamin Smoke
  • The Hours and Times
  • Glue
  • A Frozen Flower
  • Gun Hill Road
  • La Mission
  • Clapham Junction
  • Private Romeo
  • L.I.E.
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • The Witnesses
  • Mala Noche
  • Strapped
  • Before I Forget
  • Our Lady of the Assassins
  • My Hustler
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • Tongues Untied
  • Paris is Burning
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • Beautiful Thing
  • Blow Job
  • This Special Friendship
  • Taboo
  • The Love of Siam
  • Come Undone
  • The Boys in the Band
  • Cruising
  • Chuck & Buck
  • The River
  • Broken Sky
  • Undertow
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • A Single Man
  • Dahmer
  • My Beautiful Laundrette
  • Night Watch
  • Sacred Silence
  • Paragraph 175
  • Yossi
  • Yossi & Jagger
  • Eyes Wide Open
  • Maurice
  • Shelter
  • Before Night Falls
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Another Country
  • 100 Days Before the Command
  • Lilies
  • Zero Patience
  • Proteus
  • Piñero
  • Short Eyes
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • Longtime Companion
  • Parting Glances
  • It's My Party
  • Awakening
  • Prick Up Your Ears
  • Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
  • Looking for Simon
  • Straightman
  • Doorman
  • Madagascar Skin
  • In the Family
  • Harvest
  • Wild Side
  • Priest
  • Edward II
  • Sebastiane
  • Wittgenstein
  • Ode to Billy Joe
  • The Laramie Project
  • The Naked Civil Servant
  • Bent
  • Chris & Don: A Love Story
  • Christopher and His Kind
  • Burnt Money
  • Fox and His Friends
  • No Night Is Too Long
  • I Don't Kiss
  • American Vagabond
  • Twice a Man
  • The Normal Heart
  • Boys
  • Lan Yu
  • Portrait of Jason