Notes toward a personal gay film canon

There are some films here that straight people rarely get to see, or even hear about, being in some sense ghettoized. Gay folks have to seek them out via their own news and distribution networks. (I'm grateful for torrent forums. So grateful.) 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.
These are films focusing on the experiences and perspectives of gay, bisexual, and trans men. But I’m still figuring out what a GTM is, by the way, and I've left out films focusing mostly the on the experiences of lesbians and trans women, primarily because…

  • Angels in America
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • And Then We Danced
  • The Long Day Closes
  • Song of Love
  • In the Family
  • Portrait of Jason
  • Fireworks
  • Tremulous
  • Moffie
  • The Wound
  • Raging Sun, Raging Sky
  • Sócrates
  • Benny's Gym
  • A Bigger Splash
  • The Daytime Doorman
  • La León
  • David
  • A Frozen Flower
  • The Day Began Yesterday
  • Weekend
  • Moonlight
  • Silverlake Life: The View from Here
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • I Don't Want to Go Back Alone
  • Tattoo
  • I Dream in Another Language
  • Madame Satã
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • Disrupted
  • Retablo
  • The Normal Heart
  • Holding the Man
  • 1985
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • Victor/Victoria
  • Fifi Howls from Happiness
  • Dottie Gets Spanked
  • Lilting
  • Benjamin Smoke
  • Boys
  • Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema
  • Other People
  • Chris & Don: A Love Story
  • Taboo
  • Hole
  • Children
  • Valentine Road
  • Sauvage
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • Love Is Strange
  • Sergei/Sir Gay
  • Doors Cut Down
  • Modesty and Shame
  • Born This Way
  • Lan Yu
  • Muffin
  • Boy
  • Nighthawks
  • Against the Law
  • Jaurès
  • Glue
  • The Witnesses
  • The Other Side
  • The Hanging Garden
  • Rock Hudson's Home Movies
  • Eastern Boys
  • Futuro Beach
  • Destiny
  • Wild Side
  • Truck Driver
  • An Instant
  • Foucault Against Himself
  • Electric July
  • I Don't Kiss
  • Open Bodies
  • The Last Leatherman of the Vale of Cashmere
  • Don't Tell Anyone
  • A History Without Importance
  • Uncle Howard
  • Giant Little Ones
  • The History Boys
  • Rubber Dolphin
  • Protect Me From What I Want
  • Hold You Tight
  • Putting on the Dish
  • Alex and the Handyman
  • The Hours and Times
  • The Twilight of the Gods
  • Little Death
  • Animals
  • The Nature of Nicholas
  • The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
  • I Am So Happy
  • The Whiz Kids
  • The Absolution of Anthony
  • Along the Road
  • Doorman
  • Velociraptor
  • A Last Wish