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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 143 mystery films in this list.

  • Fingersmith
  • Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Kaboom
  • Cracks
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Law of Desire
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Peacock
  • Bad Education
  • Teorema
  • The Paperboy
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Amnesia: The James Brighton Enigma
  • Affinity
  • Chloe
  • Unhappy Birthday
  • Lips of Blood
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • The Devil's Plaything
  • David's Birthday
  • Eternal
  • Rites of Passage
  • The Deep End
  • Doubt
  • 8 Women
  • Gosford Park
  • The Nines
  • Possession
  • Testosterone
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Basic Instinct
  • Crossfire
  • The Detective
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • In a Lonely Place
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Rebecca
  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • Strange Circus
  • Sleuth
  • Gunn
  • Passion
  • Brothers in Law
  • Dress Gray
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • Mercy
  • No One Sleeps
  • The Fourth Man
  • Black Widow
  • Farewell, My Lovely
  • Evil Under the Sun
  • The Eiger Sanction
  • The Hospital
  • Cover
  • Ice Blues
  • Shock to the System
  • Third Man Out
  • On the Other Hand, Death
  • The Last of Sheila
  • Eyes of Laura Mars
  • The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha
  • Sideline Secrets
  • Darker Secrets: Sideline Secrets II
  • The Walker
  • Dressed to Kill
  • The Factory
  • Where the Truth Lies
  • Basic Instinct 2
  • Conspiracy of Silence
  • Ghosted
  • The Girl
  • The House of Adam
  • American Translation
  • Tom at the Farm
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Christmas U.S.A.
  • The Constant Gardener
  • L.A. Confidential
  • When Animals Dream
  • Young Soul Rebels
  • Cowboy
  • Clue
  • Blue Velvet
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • Aleksandr's Price
  • Triple Crossed
  • Wild Things
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • The Enchantment
  • Tumbledown
  • The Big Combo
  • Sins of Rachel
  • At Land
  • Fragment of Seeking
  • Out to Kill
  • Seconds
  • Mondo Weirdo