Gay and Lesbian movies have always struggled to be part of the mainstream. Yet over the last decades these films have become more and more popular with audiences now being more open minded and less prejudice. But which movies have been able to break down these barriers and showed that the world gets better. Here is a list of 6 gay and lesbian movies that prove it gets better.
"The Broken Hearts Club."
This enjoyable comedic romp features a group of homosexual young romantics looking for love and failing miserable in their attempts. Timothy Olyphant's Dennis is looking for a long relationship but continues to partake in one night stands. Other stand out performers include Dean Cain and Billy Porter with director Greg Berlanti's dictating proceedings gloriously.
Sean Penn's emotional portrayal of gay activist Harvey Milk reminds audiences just how far things have come since his murder in 1978. Milk was the first openly gay elected politician in 1977 and Gus Van Sant's intimate biopic intimately tells his story in an enlightening and engaging manner. While Harvey's ending may have been tragic, he struck a blow for equality that still resonates today.
"The Celluloid Closet."
This extraordinary documentary gathers clips from dozens of mainstream Hollywood movies to show how movies have dealt with gay and lesbian themes throughout its history. These clips are complimented with interviews with the filmmakers who have worked on these movies. It definitely makes for riveting viewing, and helps open some eyes about the stereotypes that Hollywood lays on the Birdcage."
Mike Nichols had established himself as a classic director with "The Graduate" and "Catch – 22" but it was his work on "The Birdcage," a remake of the French musical "La Cage aux Follies" which starred Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Diane West that showed the world he could tell modern tales. Even if it was filled with dozens of stereotypes, the heart of the movie is all about family and the lengths one will go to in order to please someone else. Plus, the movie is pretty hilarious.
"Were The World Mine."
Thomas Gustafason's 2008 independent comedy features one of the most openly proud homosexual characters in cinema history. Timothy played by Tanner Cohen is a bright young man who attends a private high school with his brazen attitude not making him the most popular member of his school. This film won the Audience Award at the 2008 Torino International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
"Touch Of Pink."
Alim, played by Jimi Mistry, is a young gay Ismali-Canadian who is living in London and who is often visited by the ghost of Cary Grant played wonderfully by Kyle MacLachlan. His relationship with his boyfriend Giles is threatened when his mother arrives in town and tells him that he want Alim to return to Toronto and settle down with a nice Muslim girl. Suffice to say her plan doesn't work.