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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 148 music films in this list.

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s
  • The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
  • Fruit Fly
  • Velvet Goldmine
  • Zero Patience
  • Kinky Boots
  • Hairspray
  • Yentl
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Victor/Victoria
  • 54
  • The Nomi Song
  • Cabaret
  • Victor and Victoria
  • Chely Wright: Wish Me Away
  • Pitch Perfect
  • The Runaways
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
  • Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour
  • Leave It on the Floor
  • Glee: The Concert Movie
  • Billy Elliot
  • Taking Woodstock
  • Camp
  • You Will Be Mine
  • The Big Gay Musical
  • Four Minutes
  • Spork
  • Connie and Carla
  • To Die Like a Man
  • Between Love & Goodbye
  • De-Lovely
  • 8 Women
  • Groove
  • Prey for Rock & Roll
  • Jubilee
  • Center Stage
  • The Broadway Melody
  • Calamity Jane
  • Dancing Lady
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Top Hat
  • Young Man with a Horn
  • Student of the Year
  • Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
  • The Music Lovers
  • Dickson Experimental Sound Film
  • Wonder Bar
  • Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
  • Forever Fever
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • Aria
  • Ashik Kerib
  • Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Can't Stop the Music
  • A Chorus Line
  • The Eighties
  • Nijinsky
  • The Ritz
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
  • Fame
  • Inside Daisy Clover
  • Lisztomania
  • Performance
  • Radio Days
  • Star!
  • The Rose
  • Valley of the Dolls
  • Trigger
  • Teen Witch
  • Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop
  • Madame Satã
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Liza Minnelli: Liza with a Z
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
  • Madonna: Truth or Dare
  • Lemonade Served Bitter Sweet
  • Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess
  • What's Opera, Doc?
  • Paper Boys
  • Naked Boys Singing!
  • The Queen Is Dead
  • Glitterbug
  • Peaches Does Herself
  • Jersey Boys
  • Whiplash
  • Young Soul Rebels
  • Ernesto
  • The Guitar
  • Girltrash: All Night Long
  • My Prairie Home
  • The Rose King
  • City of Lost Souls
  • Brothers of the Head
  • Pierrot Lunaire
  • The Business of Fancydancing
  • Slaves to the Underground