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…

  • 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
  • When We Rise
  • Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
  • Moonlight
  • Milk
  • Summer Vacation
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Elliot Loves
  • Pariah
  • Queer
  • 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
  • Kink Crusaders
  • Tongues Untied
  • Intersexion
  • Brother to Brother
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Frida
  • Departures
  • Happy Together
  • The Wedding Banquet
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • And the Band Played On
  • The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Keep the Lights On
  • The Children's Hour
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Angels in America
  • Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
  • Call Me Kuchu
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Mädchen in Uniform
  • Prinsesa
  • The Birdcage
  • Carol
  • The Stolen Diary
  • Kumu Hina
  • We Were Here
  • Creatures from the Pink Lagoon
  • Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
  • Fruit Fly
  • La Mission
  • Chasing Amy
  • The Normal Heart
  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
  • Better Than Chocolate
  • Rag Tag
  • Vito
  • Bent
  • The Adonis Factor
  • Tomboy
  • Velvet Goldmine
  • Zero Patience
  • The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld
  • The Queen
  • Swoon
  • The Color Purple
  • It's in the Water
  • Looking for Langston
  • Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities
  • Show Me Love
  • Stranger by the Lake
  • Too Much Pussy! Feminist Sluts, a Queer X Show
  • Queens
  • Saving Face
  • Paris is Burning
  • Fire
  • Yossi & Jagger
  • Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Venus Boyz
  • Rainbows Are Real
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee
  • God's Own Country
  • The Boys in the Band
  • Fingersmith
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Transamerica
  • Love! Valour! Compassion!
  • Do I Sound Gay?
  • Kinky Boots