Gay Films and Movies Worldwide

Gay Films and Movies Worldwide

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Gay Films and LGBT Movies to Watch Around the World

Although many modern audiences seem to be under the impression that gay film or LGBT movie is a relatively new invention, the truth is that gay film has actually had a long and storied history. In fact, positive portrayals of gay characters were actually quite common before the Hays Commission started to censor films in the 1930s. The history of the LGBT movie is chronicled quite wonderfully in Vito Russo’s eighties book The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies.

Nowadays, we are fortunate to be living during a time when gay film is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth. Organizations such as GLAAD strive to ensure that we are not being marginalized or criticized in Hollywood films. Gay directors, actors and writers now feel free to be open with their sexuality. The Academy Awards have recognized many gay artists for their contributions. Dustin Lance Black gave an impassioned speech when he won the Oscar for the Milk screenplay. A Single Man and Brokeback Mountain received a lot of acclaim when it was released.

2015 has seen an amazing year of gay film and LGBT Movie to watch. There have been numerous films that have positively featured different aspects of living in the gay community. Whether you are looking to watch a hot, steamy, romance, or a heartfelt story, there are plenty of films from around the world that have put gay characters at the forefront. Listed below are a fantastic list of LGBT films that you can watch from this past year as well as some of our favorites from the past.

Carol (2015)
Carol takes place during the 1950s in the city of New York. Therese and Carol come from two very different backgrounds, but this does not stop them from having a passionate love affair. Both women are looking for more adventure and passion in their lives. Throughout the film their love for each other deepens and they even begin to question their stable marriages. All of their ideas and beliefs are tested as they have to choose which path they want to take in life.

I Am Michael (2015)
I Am Michael focuses on the topic of Christianity and being gay. James Franco stars as Michael, who has decided to denounce his homosexual lifestyle and become a man of the church. The film follows his internal journey through his decision and the aftermath.

The D Train (2015)
Featuring Jack Black as the character of Dan Landsman, The D Train tells the story of a man who has always wanted to be “the cool guy.” In order to seem like he has changed for the better, Dan tries to convince Oliver to be his date at their high school class reunion. In order to put his plan to play, Dan creates an extravagant plan that includes traveling all the way from Pittsburgh to the city of Los Angeles creating lies along the way. Dan then gets the unexpected when Oliver begins to take over every aspect of his life. The movie is one of the funniest gay comedies to date, and focuses on the theme of how far are you willing to go to be in the in crowd.

Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)
Blue is the Warmest Colour was one of the most talked about pieces of film in the past year. While some may stray away from the film because of it’s depth and length, others have deemed this film an artistic masterpiece. This film is centered around love, food, and everything in between. The film follows two, young, women in their search for themselves and each other. The women are two opposites, but they have an unmistakable chemistry that even had audiences asking if they were together off screen! The film is thought provoking as well as artistic. There are also other themes woven into the film such as philosophy, class, psychology, and lust. This film can be found on the streaming version of Netflix.

Nighthawks (2009)
This is one of the first gay films that was considered to separate audiences of the gay community. Many of us thought it was a realistic view into the life of a gay educator, while others believed that the movie featured a whiny man who was simply not positive enough to gain a boyfriend. Regardless, the movie features key elements of the gay lifestyle during the 1970s. The film has elements that deal with AIDS, prejudice of the gay community, coming out, and mainstream homophobia.

The Leather Boys (1964)
In this British film, the working class is brought to the forefront as the focus. The film takes place in the 1950s and 1960s. Colin Campbell has just been married and is feeling restless in his life. He decides to join a biker gang to fill the void that he has. It isn’t until later that he finds out that his best comrade Dudley Sutton is into men. The film has often been criticized for featuring gay stereotypes, but nonetheless audiences have fallen in love with the main characters, as well as the actors that played them. This is one of the first films to feature the iconic leather-clad biker apparel that often makes an appearance in costuming today.