Homosexuality in Films

  • A Florida Enchantment (USA, 1914)
  • Behind the Screen (USA, 1916)
  • Different from the Others (USA, 1919)
  • Pandora's Box (Germany, 1929)
  • Morocco (USA, 1930)
  • Girls in Uniform (Mädchen in Uniform) (Germany, 1931)
  • Queen Christina (USA, 1933)
  • Fireworks (USA, 1947)
  • A Song of Love (Un chant d'amour) (France, 1950)
  • Mädchen in Uniform (West Germany, 1958)
  • Suddenly, Last Summer (UK, 1959)
  • The Children's Hour (USA, 1961)
  • Victim (UK, 1961)
  • The Sergeant (USA, 1968)
  • The Damned (La caduta degli dei) (Italy, 1969)
  • Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no soretsu) (Japan, 1969)
  • Midnight Cowboy (USA, 1969)
  • Women in Love (USA, 1969)
  • Myra Breckinridge (USA, 1970)
  • The Vampire Lovers (USA, 1970)
  • Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia) (Italy, 1971)
  • Lesbian Vampires (USA, 1971)
  • Lust for a Vampire (USA, 1971)
  • Pink Narcissus (USA, 1971)
  • Sunday, Bloody Sunday (UK, 1971)
  • Twins of Evil (USA, 1971)
  • Emmanuelle (France, 1974)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (USA, 1975)
  • Fox and his Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit) (West Germany, 1975)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (Australia, 1975)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (USA, 1975)
  • The Birdcage (Cage aux folles) (France, 1978)
  • Das Ende des Regenbogens (West Germany, 1979)
  • The Birdcage II (La cage aux folles II (USA, 1980)
  • Taxi zum Klo (West Germany, 1980)
  • Deathtrap (USA, 1982)
  • Labyrinth of Passions (Laberinto de pasiones) (Spain, 1982)
  • Making Love (USA, 1982)
  • Querelle (West Germany, 1982)
  • The Hunger (UK, 1983)
  • The Key (La chiave) (Italy, 1983)
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (UK, 1983)
  • The Wounded Man (L'homme blessé) (France, 1983)
  • Another Country (USA, 1984)
  • Before Stonewall (USA, 1984)
  • La pirate (France, 1984)
  • Westler (Germany, 1984)
  • Desert Hearts (USA, 1985)
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman (USA, 1985)
  • My Beautiful Laundrette (UK, 1985)
  • Parting Glances (USA, 1985)
  • Caravaggio (UK, 1986)
  • The Decline of the American Empire (Le déclin de l'empire américain) (Canada, 1986)
  • Gothic (UK, 1986)
  • Second Serve (USA, 1986)
  • I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Canada, 1987)
  • Law of Desire (La ley del deseo) (Spain, 1987)
  • Maurice (UK, 1987)
  • Biloxi Blues (USA, 1988)
  • The Rainbow (UK, 1989)
  • Longtime Companion (USA, 1990)
  • My Own Private Idaho (USA, 1991)
  • Point Break (USA, 1991)
  • Armistead Maupin: Is a man I dreamt up (UK, 1992)
  • Basic Instinct (USA, 1992)
  • Changing our Minds: Dr. Evelyn Hooker (USA, 1992)
  • The Crying Game (UK, 1992)
  • Ham ham (Jamón, jamón) (Spain, 1992)
  • Savage Nights (Les nuits fauves) (France, 1992)
  • M. Butterfly (Canada, 1993)
  • Philadelphia (USA, 1993)
  • The Wedding Banquet (Hsi Yen) (Taiwan, 1993)
  • Butterfly Kiss (UK, 1994)
  • Celestial Clockwork (France, 1994)
  • Fun (USA, 1994)
  • Heavenly Creatures (New Zealand, 1994)
  • Interview with the Vampire (USA, 1994)
  • The Lost Soldier (Voor een verloren Soldat) (Netherlands, 1994)
  • Maybe, Maybe Not (Der bewegte Mann) (Germany, 1994)
  • Priest (UK, 1994)
  • Priscilla: Queen of the Deserts (Australia, 1994)
  • Les roseaux sauvages (France, 1994)
  • Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y chocolate) (Cuba, 1994)
  • Threesome (USA, 1994)
  • Bound (USA, 1995)
  • Carrington (UK, 1995)
  • The Celluloid Closet (USA, 1995)
  • Costa Brava (Spain, 1995)
  • 3 Steps to Heaven (UK, 1995)
  • French Twist (Gazon maudit) (France, 1995)
  • Total Eclipse (UK, 1995)
  • Wild Side (UK, 1995)
  • Alive and Kicking (UK, 1996)
  • All Over Me (USA, 1996)
  • Beautiful Thing (UK, 1996)
  • The Birdcage (USA, 1996)
  • Crash (Canada, 1996)
  • Female Perversions (USA, 1996)
  • Hamam (Turkey, 1996)
  • Hustler White (Germany, 1996)
  • It's My Party (USA, 1996)
  • Lilies (Les feluettes) (Canada, 1996)
  • A Summer Dress (Une robe d'été) (France, 1996)
  • As Good As It Gets (USA, 1997)
  • Bent (UK, 1997)
  • Chasing Amy (USA, 1997)
  • The Hanging Garden (Canada, 1997)
  • Happy Together (Cheun gwong tsa sit) (Hong Kong, 1997)
  • In & Out (USA, 1997)
  • Love and Death on Long Island (USA, 1997)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (USA, 1997)
  • Wilde (UK, 1997)
  • Beauty (Bishonen) (Hong Kong, 1998)
  • Bedrooms and Hallways (UK, 1998)
  • Beefcake (Canada, 1998)
  • F. is a Bastard (F. est un salaud) (France, 1998)
  • Fucking Amal (Sweden, 1998)
  • Get Real (UK, 1998)
  • Gods and Monsters (UK, 1998)
  • High Art (Canada, 1998)
  • Sitcom (France, 1998)
  • Tango (No me dejes nunca) (Spain, 1998)
  • Trick (USA, 1998)
  • 2 Seconds (Canada, 1998)
  • Velvet Goldmine (UK, 1998)
  • Before Night Falls (USA, 1999)
  • A Bit of Scarlet (UK, 1999)
  • Boys Don't Cry (USA, 1999)
  • Better than Chocolate (Canada, 1999)
  • But I'm a Cheerleader (USA, 1999)
  • Chill Out (Germany, 1999)
  • Chutney Popcorn (USA, 1999)
  • Les Déclassés (France, 1999)
  • The Einstein of Sex (Germany, 1999)
  • Lola and Bilidikid (Germany, 1999)
  • Magnolia (USA, 1999)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (USA, 1999)
  • 24 Nights (USA, 1999)
  • Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes) (France, 1999)
  • Bare (Australia, 2000)
  • Beau Travail (France, 2000)
  • Burning Money (Plata quemada) (Spain, 2000)
  • Edge of Seventeen (USA, 2000)
  • O Fantasma (Portugal, 2000)
  • The Fluffer (USA, 2000)
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2 (USA, 2000)
  • The King is Dancing (Le Roi Danse) (France, 2000)
  • The Next Best Thing (UK, 2000)
  • Timecode (USA, 2000)
  • The Truth About Jane (USA, 2000)
  • 101 Reykjavik (Iceland, 2001)
  • All Over the Guy (USA, 2001)
  • Amores Possíveis (Possible Loves) (Brazil, 2001)
  • Celebration (USA, 2001) (short)
  • Chopstick Boody Chopstick (USA, 2001) (short)
  • Clara's Summer (France, 2001)
  • Cyberslut (USA, 2001) (short)
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (USA, 2001)
  • Ichi The Killer (Koroshiya 1) (Japan, 2001)
  • The Laramie Project (USA, 2001)
  • Lost and Delirious (USA, 2001)
  • Mulholland Dr. (USA, 2001)
  • The Hours (UK, 2002)
  • Body- A Women's Definition (USA, 2002)
  • 8 Women (Huit femmes) (France, 2002)
  • Yossi & Jagger (Israel, 2002)
  • Bad Education (La mala educación) (Spain, 2003)
  • The Barbarian Invasions (Les invasions barbares) (Canada, 2003)
  • Beautiful Boxer (Thailand, 2003)
  • Elephant (USA, 2003)
  • Longing (Saudade) (Brazil, 2003)
  • Monster (USA, 2003)
  • Alexander (USA, 2004)
  • Andrew and Jeremy Get Married (UK, 2004)
  • Beautiful Boxer (Thailand, 2004)
  • Brother to Brother (USA, 2004)
  • Butterfly (China, 2004)
  • Cachorro (Spain, 2004)
  • 5x2 (France, 2004)
  • Con qué la lavaré? (Spain, 2004) (short)
  • D.E.B.S. (USA, 2004)
  • Dorian Blues (USA, 2004)
  • A Love to Hide (F, 2004)
  • My Summer of Love (UK, 2004)
  • Summer Storm (Sommersturm) (Germany, 2004)
  • Touch of Pink (Canada, 2004)
  • Tropical Malady (Sud pralad) (Thailand, 2004)
  • Vendus (Canada, 2004)
  • Walk on Water (Israel, 2004)
  • Almost Normal (USA, 2005)
  • Anders Leben (Germany, 2005)
  • Born Into Shit (Czech Republic, 2005)
  • Both (Peru, 2005)
  • Breakfast on Pluto (Ireland, 2005)
  • Brokeback Mountain (USA, 2005)
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. (Canada, 2005)
  • Loggerheads (USA, 2005)
  • Time to Leave (Le temps qui reste) (France, 2005)
  • Transamerica (USA, 2005)
  • Amants des hommes (France, 2006)
  • Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (Japan, 2006)
  • Gray Matters (USA, 2006)
  • Notes on a Scandal (UK, 2006)
  • Paris, je t'aime (France, 2006)
  • Shortbus (USA, 2006)
Author Comments: 

Only including non-homophobic and non-caricatured depictions of homosexuality and homosexual love (including homoerotic aspects) in film.

A work in progress.
Suggestions welcome.

Pandora's Box (1929)
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
The Children's Hour (1961)

I was going to suggest "The Birdcage" until I saw your disclaimer: non-homophobic and non-caricatured depictions of homosexuality and homosexual love (including homoerotic aspects). I think this may be one of those situations where "you have to be one to know one" and I don't mean that in a negative sense. It's just that in all my heterosexuality, I don't have a clue as to what your disclaimer disqualifies. I don't really recall The Birdcage being offensive. Perhaps you just overlooked it for your list. If not, could you please clue me in?

I put in The Birdcage now. I have not seen the original, but after what I've heard, it doesn't seem to be offensive.

Being homosexual myself, I found films like Brokeback Mountain, at a second thought, to be rather homophobic, and that is why that one for instance didn't make the list.

Interesting. What did you find homophobic about Brokeback Mountain?

I would also suggest Victim (1961) for the list.

The problem with Brokeback Mountain is that I don't like its depiction of the possible "motivations" of homosexuality. I mean, two guys going up there with their sheep and then they start fucking each other, since there are no women around and, well, after all, sodomy is even worse than homosexuality. The film failed to show something like love between these guys. A film like C.R.A.Z.Y. for instance is much more sensitive.

How about some Almodóvar-films? Maybe you could help me there, as I am not much of a fan of his films.

I would call the "two guys going up there with their sheep and... no women around" the circumstances that brought them together, not the motivation, nor something that is proposed as a normal motivation for homosexuality. And sure, the relationship seemed more awkward than loving early on, but you don't think that changed later in the film? I definitely felt it established a meaningful bond between them, particularly emphasized by the "I wish I knew how to quit you" speech and the final moments of the film.

I love Almodovar. I have seen four of his films, one of which I don't remember at all, and only one of which would probably fit the bill here: Bad Education.

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Maurice (1987)

There is no significance to the dates of release.

Of course, there's the greatest film ever made on the subject.
Mulholland Drive (2001)

theres the scene in elephant, would that count on the list?

That scene is more about sexual frustation than homosexuality and it's only one scene.


Yes, that is why it is at times a problem to qualify certain films. After having seen it now, I also had some doubts about classifying Cronenberg's Crash here, and I am still not quite sure if it deserves to figure on the list.

Giving this a second thought, I am no longer so convinced. After all, homosexuality is a frequent element in Gus Van Sant's films.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Chasing Amy (1997)
Happy Together (Cheun gwong tsa sit) (1997)
Velvet Goldmine (1998)


I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for. "Non-caricatured depictions of homosexuality" can be vague. Feel free to judge.

The Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand, 1986): One of the main character (play by Yves Jacques) is gay.
Fun (Rafal Zielinski, 1994): I always thought that the girls were in love, maybe not in a sexual way. Heavenly Creatures way.
Total Eclipse (Agnieszka Holland, 1995): About Rimbaud-Verlaine love story.
It's My Party (Randal Kleiser, 1996): I can't remember the movie but Éric Roberts plays a guy with HIV.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Clint Eastwood, 1997): For the Kevin Spacey-Jude Law couple.
Tango, no me dejes nunca (Carlos Saura, 1998): Couple of scenes somehow homoerotic while dancing tango. See the trailer.
Better Than Chocolate (Anne Wheeler, 1999): Caricatured? See the trailer.
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999): The William H. Macy character is gay.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella, 1999): Ripley orientation is undefined, but I think he's gay .
Burning Money (Marcelo Piñeyro, 2000): The two main characters are gay or bisexual. See the trailer.
If These Walls Could Talk 2 (Jane Anderson/Martha Coolidge/Anne Heche, 2000): About lesbians.
Timecode (Mike Figgis, 2000): Salma Hayek/Jeanne Tripplehorn couple.
The Truth About Jane (Lee Rose, 2000): A melodrama about homosexuality.
Karmen Geï (Joseph Gaï Ramaka, 2001): The main character is openly bisexual.
Lost and Delirious (Léa Pool, 2001): Caricatured? See the trailer.
8 women (François Ozon, 2002): Some sexual orientation of the characters are undefined. Some homoerotic scenes.
The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand, 2003): Sequel of The Decline of the American Empire.
Alexander (Oliver Stone, 2004): About Alexander/Hephaistion/the dancer... Homoerotic in general.

Thank you very much for these suggestions. :)

I recommend, for this list at least, The Next Best Thing.
It's about a homosexual man, Rupert Everett, who lives with a female friend, played by Madonna and they have a bitter custody battle for a child.

Both of John Cameron Mitchell's films (Hedwig and the Angry inch from 2001 & Shortbus from 2006) deal pretty frankly with homosexuality and other such things.

I was thinking about something. Last year I've read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams.
I didn't see the movie. Is Paul Newman gay/bi or MGM put that completly away?
The trailer can be found on IMDB. They say in the trivia:
George Cukor turned down MGM's offer to direct the film because the references to Brick's homosexuality had been removed.
But maybe they still suggest it a little. Someone have seen it?

Yes, I have seen it. And I read that too. I really can't remember seeing such aspects in the film, which is generally one of the major points of criticism directed against the flick.

Having read the trivia behind the story and the exclusion of the topic in the film, I think the references to Brick's relationship with Skip, as well as Brick and Maggie's childless marriage as being cloaked references to the novel.

Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no soretsu) (Japan, 1969)
One of Stanley Kubrick favorite movie. Weird, "Sitcom" kind of weird.
I've upload the trailer on YouTube, here and can be found in the Movie-List exclusive.

Basic Instinct (USA, 1992)
Threesome (USA, 1994)
The Hanging Garden (Canada, 1997)
The King is Dancing (Le Roi Danse) (France, 2000): It's a long time I've seen it, but I think Lully is gay.

Another japanese movie, but someone will have to confirm it:
Ichi The Killer (Koroshiya 1) (Japan, 2001)
I'm not sure if the character Kakihara had feeling for his boss Anjo. Masochist/sexual feeling? This is a long time I didn't seen the movie, I can't remember. In the movie, Kakihara is tortured by a girl and he say something about that Anjo do it better or something like that. This is not clear.

Vendus (Canada, 2004)
Breakfast on Pluto (UK, 2005)
Gray Matters (USA, 2006)

Thanks once more! :)

Well, I can't remember Le Roi Danse very well either. I didn't like the film anyway.

As for Ichi the Killer, Kakihara is most probably gay. And certainly a masochist.

Another batch:

Rope (USA, 1948)
Lawrence of Arabia (UK, 1962)
This Special Friendship (Les amitiés particulières) (France, 1964)
The Lion in Winter (UK, 1968)
A Special Day (Una Giornata particolare) (Italy, 1977)
Listen (USA, 1996)
Heads or Tails (J'en suis!) (1997)
Gia (USA, 1998)
The Velocity of Gary (USA, 1998)
Before Night Falls (USA, 2000)
New Best Friend (USA, 2002)
The Rules of Attraction (USA, 2002)
Carandiru (Brazil/Argentina, 2003)
High Tension (Haute tension) (France, 2003)
Mambo italiano (Canada, 2003)
A Home at the End of the World (USA, 2004)
The Libertine (UK, 2004)
Mysterious Skin (USA, 2004)
V for Vendetta (USA, 2005)
The History Boys (UK, 2006)
Little Miss Sunshine (USA, 2006)
Roméo et Juliette (Canada, 2006)

Being at Home with Claude (Canada, 1992)
The Haunting (US, 1999)
Come Undone (Presque rien) (France, 2000)
The Libertine (Le Libertin) (France, 2000)
May (US, 2002)

Would you consider Ma Vie En Rose (My Life In Pink) (France, 1997) to be too much of a homophobic standpoint to insert into the list?

Good list, 1922! Now I'm wracking my brain for suggestions. :-)

I made this film with my brother that maybe you should consider. I could put it on the ftp for you to see?

Hi, no dates with these as they're a hodgepodge from the past few decades, but you might consider hunting these down for your list:

Ron Peck: Nighthawks, What Can I Do with a Male Nude?
Rosa von Praunheim: It is Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse...., Army of Lovers: Or, Revolt of the Perverts, City of Lost Souls
Fassbinder: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Todd Haynes: Poison, Far From Heaven
Gregg Araki: The Living End
Bruce La Bruce: No Skin Off My Ass, Super-8-1/2
Tom Kalin: Swoon
Curt McDowell: Thundercrack!, Loads, Ronnie, others
The works of the Kuchar brothers of San Francisco
Chris Newby: Madagascar Skin
Gregg Mottola: The Daytrippers

which is probably enough to be getting on with...

There's "Les Chansons D'Amour" which is a French musical-esque type film. It's about a bisexual guy whose wife passes away and he falls in love with a boy...

What about the Japanese movie, Gohatto?

Is that considered homophobic or is it already on this list?I may have missed it.

But thank-you so much for creating this list!!!!