TOP 10 LIST OF GAY MOVIES TO WATCH
If you look at the local channels the chances are that there are limited to movies on their schedule with a gay theme or gay characters. This is a pity because there are quite a few movies out there with incredible storylines. Here’s a list we put together a while back.
Since that list, we’ve watched a number of other great LGBT+ movies that you too may be keen to watch. There are some that are in a foreign language, but worth fine-tuning your subtitle reading abilities 🙂 In no particular order of preference…
1. END OF THE CENTURY aka FIN DE SIGLO
A 2019 Argentine romantic drama film written and directed by Lucio Castro. Staring Juan Barberini as Ocho, a man from Argentina on vacation in Barcelona, who has a casual sexual encounter with Javi (Ramón Pujol), a Spaniard from Berlin. The men soon realize that they have met before, 20 years earlier in 1999, when they were both in the closet about their sexuality and too afraid to pursue a relationship with each other.
2. THE SHINY SHRIMPS
Starring Nicolas Gob as Matthias Le Goff, an Olympic swimming champion who makes a homophobic comment in a television interview, and is disciplined by the national swim team with the responsibility of coaching a gay water polo team who aspire to compete in the Gay Games. A movie full of laughs with its moments pondering moments.
3. LOOKING: THE MOVIE
A sequel to the TV series by the same name.
After living in Denver for nearly a year, Patrick Murray (Jonathan Groff) returns to San Francisco to celebrate the wedding of old friends. Only there’s no Russell Tovey!!
4. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Summer of 1983 and 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their villa in Lombardy, Italy. He meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendour of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the beauty of an awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
5. GREEN BOOK
Amidst rampant racism in the 1960s southern America, an African American pianist hires an Italian American bouncer to drive him through his venues. They come closer in the course of their journey. It’s worth the watch. Based on a true story. The music is incredible.
The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime. The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit. Moffie is based on the memoir by the same name written by Andre-Carl van der Merwe. (Currently on Showmax)
Yossi, a closeted gay doctor, has his quiet world turned upside down when a woman from his past shows up. Their emotionally charged reunion causes Yossi to leave Tel Aviv and he finally wants to awaken from his emotional slumber.
8. OUT IN THE DARK
Set in Israel, and Palestine where Palestinian student Nimer Mashrawi (Nicholas Jacob) is heading to Tel Aviv to meet his friend Mustafa N’amnais (Loai Nofi) at a gay bar. While at the bar, he meets a local Israeli lawyer named Roy Scheffer (Michael Aloni). The couple fall in love, though Nimer struggles with the reality of their relationship. Mustafa is approached by the Israeli Secret Service who pressure him into becoming an informant, he refuses and has to go into hiding. Unable to hide him forever, Roy convinces an underworld figure and client of his law firm to smuggle Nimer to France. Though he promises to meet him there in the future, Roy is arrested while distracting the police so Nimer can escape. Nimer makes it to his boat and sails away, unaware of what has happened to Roy.
9. THE BLONDE ONE
In the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Gabriel (Gaston Re) has just moved in with his colleague, Juan (Alfonso Baron). Shy and reserved, Gabo is reluctant to follow Juan’s wandering hands and meaningful looks.
10. YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN
This is a 2020 Taiwanese romantic drama produced and directed by Patrick Kuang-Hui Liu and starring Edward Chen, Jing-Hua Tseng and Leon Dai.
Adapted from the Director Patrick Liu’s high school memories, Your Name Engraved Herein is about two high school boys in an all-male boarding school exploring their friendship and genuine love for each other against the backdrop of the 1980s when Taiwan had recently lifted its strict martial law, amid a transition from conservative society to become the most LGBTQ-friendly country in Asia. When the boarding school begins admitting females, their relationship faces an ultimate test with the emergence of a schoolgirl. Your Name Engraved Herein is Taiwan’s all-time highest-grossing LGBTQ film, receiving 5 Golden Horse Award nominations in 2020.