Note: There is an update to this post HERE.
I went through a phase of watching gay movies, hoping to find a classic and I think I found some great films. The downside of the excercise was I had to watch a few duds! However, you need to see all kinds of films to appreciate the good ones! This is my list, taken from my ratings on IMDB:
Presque rien 9
A brilliant film on so many levels with some great acting and it just happens that the lead characters are cute guys getting it on.
This French Canadian film struck many chords with me as I identified with the lead character Zac - feeling like the odd one out in a family with older brothers.
So much has been said about this great film - it really makes you think.
Get Real 8
A feel good movie with some really funny lines. The lead actor, Ben Silverstone plays a great part.
One gay and one straight friend figure at who they are over one hot summer on the Spanish coast. "Krámpack" is their word for mutual masturbation.
La mala educación (Bad education) 8
From the Spanish film maker extraordinaire Almodovar - too complex to describe the plot! Stars Gael García Bernal.
Just a question of love 8
A tender gay love story. This one is unusual as the lead character is actually played by a gay actor (Cyrille Thouvenin).
À cause d'un garçon (You'll get over it) 7
Tough and touching coming out story.
Grande école 7
The cute Salim Kechiouche pursues a college student who is unsure of his sexuality.
Juste un peu de réconfort (A Little comfort) 7
Teens in lurve.
Les roseaux sauvages (The wild reeds) 7
Coming out story set in 1960's rural France.
This would have been the first gay film most gay guys my age would have seen - and all would have fallen for Scudder.
Mysterious Skin 7
Drugs, violence and sex.
Beautiful Thing 7
Oh come on, everyone knows this one!
A believable gay story set among surfer dudes.
Defying Gravity 6
A nice story, but it's a shame the main actors are so awful!
My Beautiful Laundrette 6
Not sure whether to include this - but it's a film that appears on Film 4 sometimes.
Cowboys & Angels 6
Sweet Irish film - worth a view.
Head On 6
Heavy stuff with drugs and violence, but worth checking out just to see Alex Dimitriades with a chubby!
Latter Days 6
L.A. gay guy who sleeps with anything falls for a surprisingly fit Mormon.
Brokeback Mountain 5
I think that I am meant to like this one, but I found it slow, dull and unbelievable.
Ha-Buah (The bubble) 5
Les chansons d'amour 5
I don't like musicals very much, so this was always going to suffer it terms of rating. A cute clip here though.
The Living End 4
Just not very good.
Love Is the Devil 3
Possibly Daniel Craigs only really bad film.
I've left a couple off the list as the films were not what I called a gay movie, it might just have a gay character or sub-plot, for example the excellent The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. You may have other views and films to share - so please leave a comment.