10 Films Every Gay Boy Should See
Following up on my list of 10 Books Every Gay Boy Should Read, here are 10 Films Every Gay Boy Should See.
This list is in no particular order and captures some of the most diverse images of gay men on film. There are undoubtedly other films that have special meaning to you, please share them in the comments.
1. Gay Sex in the 70s – is a fascinating look at gay life in NYC after the Stonewall riots in the period often referred to as the golden era of gay sexual liberation before the AIDS epidemic unleashed its hellacious fury on gay men.
2. Law of Desire – is the 1987 film from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar shows a young, hot and virginal Antonio Banderas murderously stalking the man of his dreams. And yes, there is a seen with Antonio learning what man-on-man sex is all about.
3. Longtime Companion – follows a group of gay men in 1980s New York City whose lives are changed by the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
5. My Beautiful Laundrette – follows the relationship between Omar, the son of a renowned Pakistani journalist, and Johnny, a former classmate turned skinhead in 1980s London as they use stolen drug money to renovate a laundrette in a depressed working class neighborhood. The film features Daniel Day Lewis in his breakout role as the gay skinhead.
6. The Life and Times of Harvey Milk – details the life of the heroic Harvey Milk who became the first openly gay member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by anti-gay conservative Dan White. White was sentenced to a mere seven year prisoned sentence after claiming to have consumed a large quantity of Twinkies and other junk food. The mild sentence led to the White Night Riots.
7. Beautiful Thing – is an urban fairy tale of two working class British boys who fall in love despite the disapproval of their families and the neighbors.
8. Before Stonewall – shows that gay history did not begin with the Stonewall Riots, but in fact existed far before it. Through the use of archival footage and interviews, the film shows vividly what life was like when gays were forced to hide their sexuality for fear of reprisals.
9. After Stonewall – documents the progress and challenges facing the gay community since the Stonewall Riots. Like Before Stonewall, the film weaves together archival footage and interviews and chronicles key events from 1970 to the end of the 20th century, including sexual liberation, conflicts with the feminist movement, AIDS and political organization.
10. Another Gay Movie – is an American Pie-like comedy about four gay teen virgins looking to do “the big A.” Its funny, light-hearted and shows our far portrayals of gay characters in film have come since the days of loneliness, despair and suicide.