As a gay traveler who’s interested in travel, food and entertainment, I’m a huge movie fan as well. So, today I’m going to share the most unforgettable gay movies that I’ve seen. Hopefully you will find this gay guide helpful (or at least memorable)!
Pretty gay faces
- Maurice (Hugh Grant and James Wilby), 1987
This is considered the most classic gay movie in the world. From production to acting techniques, Maurice is indeed a high-quality film in the industry.
Obviously, Hugh Grant has a pretty face (his face was prettier in 1987). This movie was adapted from romantic novel Maurice by E. M. Forster. If you are keen to enjoy a story about a love triangle regarding gay relationships, this is the best film for you.
Since the story happened at the beginning of the 20th century, people from different classes were not supposed to date each other, hence the drama.
- Total Eclipse (Leonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis), 1995
This is a gay romance between two French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. This film is best characterized by the love triangle of two men and one woman – Paul Verlaine is married to a woman while dating Arthur Rimbaud, the young poet.
I was inspired by the soaring creativity of these two French poets in the film and I have seen this gay movie twice already. It is a celebration of poetry, love and passion.
In 1995, Leonardo DiCaprio was at the prime of his good looks. His pretty face was extremely captivating and fascinating. I would say that was the best-looking gay face in an unforgettable gay movie.
Like many gay films, sometimes the main character is actually bisexual – In this case, Paul Verlaine is a bisexual older poet who has a wife and a gay lover. And Arthur Rimbaud also has a girlfriend as well as a gay lover.
Yet the theme of the film is still their gay relationship which is the most important part of the whole story.
Although this film was adapted from a 1967 play written by Christopher Hampton, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud were both real people in French history. The truth is always more shocking than the fiction.
- My Own Private Idaho (River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves), 1991
If you are looking for the most memorable gay movie, this is probably the best option. In this film, you will see two pretty gay faces: Mike Waters and Scott Favor.
River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves were best friends in the early 90s, but unfortunately, River Phoenix passed away in his 20s, and this movie is the evidence of their friendship.
When My Own Private Idaho was made, River Phoenix was at the prime of his beauty. He was only 21 years old (he died in 1993 when he was only 23 years old).
This gay movie isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s not only about homosexuality, but also about incest – In this story, Mike’s father is actually his brother.
As I see it, Scott and his father’s relationship is also a bit unusual – it looks like a romantic relationship to some degree. But that’s just my opinion. You may have a different understanding, so you have to see the film and find it out.
Incredibly erotic scenes
- Brokeback Mountain (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal), 2005
Speaking of gay scenes in films, the most incredible one I’ve seen is Brokeback Mountain. After so many years, I still vividly remember the love scene in this gay film – Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist must truly love each other!
Though they married women respectively, they still cared about each other. But at that time, homosexuality was a taboo topic (it is about a story which happened between 1963 and 1983).
Actually, when producers were planning on making Brokeback Mountain, many directors refused to do it because in 2004 homosexuality was still something that was hard to accept in the mainstream culture.
In the end, Taiwanese director Ang Lee directed this film. It is a masterpiece. Honestly, I think all of Ang Lee’s films are very well done (and not overdone!)
Because Ang Lee is from Asia, Brokeback Mountain has become extremely popular in Asian countries. Also, “broke back” has even become a term which refers to gay relationships in Chinese-speaking regions.
- Brazil Carnival (2016)
This is a short film (only 20 minutes long). Note that although the film is short, it’s very exciting and erotic. It is an explicit gay movie, so only people over 18 are allowed to see it.
If you are under 18, this erotic gay film isn’t for you.
Think gay orgy. It is that kind of film!
Thought-provoking gay films
- Call Me by Your Name (Armie Hammer and TimotheeChalamet), 2017
Even straight boys love this film. It makes everyone think. This story is about agay romance between a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old guy.
If you are a younger gay guy looking for something inspiring on the big screen, this movie is an ideal choice.
- Philadelphia (Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington), 1993
This is the first mainstream movie which acknowledges AIDS/HIV, homosexuality and homophobia. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important gay films in history.
I still remember the popular song Streets of Philadelphia (by Bruce Spingsteen) – it is from this film. This song was so popular in the 90s.
Tom Hanks’s acting techniques are superb in this gay movie – he even lost 30 pounds in order to look right for his character. Meanwhile, Denzel Washington was told to gain weight in order to perform well in this movie, so he was always eating chocolate in front of Tom Hanks (to tease him)!
- Making Love (Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean), 1982
This gay movie is about a married guy coming to terms with his homosexuality as well as the love triangle which develops between him, his wife & another guy.
Gay rights activist Dennis Altman states that this film was the only Hollywood movie which suggested a willingness to illustrate homosexual relationships as equally valid as heterosexual relationships.
- Boy Culture (Derek Magyar, Darryl Stephens, Patrick Bauchau and Jonathon Trent), 2006
This gay motion picture has a very provocative tagline: s*x pays, love costs. It is based on the 1995 novel Boy Culture (written by Matthew Rettenmund).
The gay story is about a successful escort’s entangled relationships with two roommates and an older client. He goes by only the letter “X” in order to maintain his anonymity and secret relationships between his 2 roommates. He is in love with one of them.
How many of the above-mentioned movies have you seen so far? If you would like to learn more about the gay culture, these gay movies should be priorities on your list! Don’t forget that watching movies is an effective way to diversity your mental input, which is good for your emotional intelligence and creativity – this has been recommended by health and nutrition expert Shawn Stevenson as well as a large number of gay travelers.