While it is admittedly not all uplifting, “Moonlight” ends in such a tender, warm and intimate place that can’t help but leave you feeling empowered.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Despite being one minute shy of three hours long, “Blue Is The Warmest Color” is so beautifully composed, and the depiction of Emma and Adele’s romance is so emotionally captivating, that you’d be more than happy to spend three days watching it.
Gus Van Sant’s biopic of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, is powerful, triumphant and boasts Sean Penn’s greatest ever performance.
The Kids Are All Right
When a film includes a lesbian or gay couple, it usually can’t help but make that the center of attention. The fact that “The Kids Are All Right” avoids such a terrain while probing marriage issues is one of the reasons it stands out. It also helps that it is superbly written, directed and performed.
Mike Mills’ cinematic re-telling of his father coming out as gay aged 75 is heartfelt, quirky, deeply personal and original, while Christopher Plummer’s performance was so rousing that it rightfully earned him the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.
Andrew Haigh’s 2011 romantic drama did such an exhilarating and honest job of depicting the whirlwind romance between Tom Cullen’s Russell and Chris New’s Glen that ten Catholic Church cinemas in Italy banned it. A badge of honor that “Weekend” should wear with pride.
In & Out
While “In & Out” is a flawed film, it deserves kudos for being a rare mainstream Hollywood comedy that depicted homsexualty, while also being set in middle America. It might not have been probing as it should have been, but at least it raised the topic.
The Boys In the Band
William Friedkin’s underrated 1970 drama was one of the first big Hollywood films to revolve around gay characters, doing so in a stirring and emphatic manner, while ultimately still remaining hopeful.
“Pride” is so well-made and performed that it will almost certainly make you stand up and take action. Inspired by the likes of “The Full Monty,” “Brassed Off” and “Billy Elliot,” it is progressive while still embracing its working class roots, and an unabashed crowd-pleaser.
Wednesday October 11 marks the 29th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, which celebrates both individuals coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and those that stand beside them as an ally. And we think you should mark the occasion by watching one of these LBGTQ movies.
This particular date was chosen as National Coming Out Day because it marks the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which saw between 75,000 and 125,000 people invade the nation’s capital to highlight the inequality.
As the Human Rights Campaign’s website so eloquently states, “Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LBGTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.”
This is exactly why movies about coming out are so important. It’s not just that they are ripe with internal conflict that can suddenly explode into drama, ingredients that are always good for cinema, but they can make a profound and life-changing impact on viewers watching that are in the exact same predicament.
Of course, over the years there have been an enormous amount of LBGTQ movies, each of which have approached this subject matter in a number of different ways. But not all of them are the most uplifting of films. So, with National Coming Out Day now upon us, we here at Metro decided to create a list of 9 LBGTQ movies to watch on Wednesday October 11 that will make you feel a whole range of emotions, but not leave you feeling completely downhearted.
Unfortunately, while it’s undeniably a gem of a film, that means there’s no room for “Brokeback Mountain.” Click though the slides above for other ideas of LBGTQ movies to screen on the day's 29th anniversary.