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1. Rocketman (I) (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 81,832 | Gross: $96.37M

2. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 169,341 | Gross: $18.10M

3. Pain and Glory (2019)

R | 113 min | Drama

7.7
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88 Metascore

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

Votes: 20,217

4. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.4
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99 Metascore

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 240,431 | Gross: $27.85M

5. Eastsiders (2012– )

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

6.6
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What happens after the world ends? Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, "EastSiders" explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake. When Cal... See full summary »

Stars: Kit Williamson, Van Hansis, Matthew McKelligon, John Halbach

Votes: 1,692

6. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 637,237 | Gross: $91.13M

7. Love, Simon (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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72 Metascore

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford

Votes: 87,111 | Gross: $40.83M

8. Boy Erased (2018)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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69 Metascore

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Director: Joel Edgerton | Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe

Votes: 23,971 | Gross: $6.79M

9. And Then We Danced (2019)

113 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world turns upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire.

Director: Levan Akin | Stars: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli

Votes: 3,479

10. Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

7.2
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The story of the drama surrounding a family's adult siblings.

Stars: Dave Annable, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 20,678

11. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

7.1
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72 Metascore

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 74,797 | Gross: $124.06M

12. Merlí. Sapere Aude (2019– )

Drama

8.3
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Pol Rubio starts to study Philosophy at the University of Barcelona while the relationship between Bruno and him begins to strengthen. Pol will meet new friends, new colleagues and new ... See full summary »

Stars: Carlos Cuevas, Anna Maria Barbany, Pablo Capuz, Azul Fernández

Votes: 107

13. A Very English Scandal (2018)

TV-14 | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is accused of conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover and forced to stand trial in 1979.

Stars: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Alex Jennings, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 7,803

14. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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65 Metascore

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 88,420 | Gross: $2.04M

15. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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70 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 44,048 | Gross: $11.22M

16. In & Out (1997)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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70 Metascore

A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon

Votes: 36,914 | Gross: $63.86M

17. Milk (I) (2008)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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84 Metascore

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna

Votes: 158,240 | Gross: $31.84M

18. Merlí (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.6
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TV series about a high school philosophy teacher, Merlí, who teaches in an original way, and about the students of his class, including his own son, and the relationship, friendship, love, and problems among the students of the class.

Stars: Francesc Orella, Pere Ponce, Carlos Cuevas, Marta Marco

Votes: 5,557

19. Brüno (2009)

R | 81 min | Comedy

5.8
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54 Metascore

Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu

Votes: 136,168 | Gross: $60.05M

20. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 119,310 | Gross: $28.75M

21. The Happy Prince (2018)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.2
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64 Metascore

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

Director: Rupert Everett | Stars: Colin Morgan, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett

Votes: 3,720 | Gross: $0.47M

22. Tales of the City (1993)

Unrated | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.4
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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is A Man I Dreamt Up).

Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

Votes: 3,071

23. Ellen (1994–1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Ellen Morgan is a neurotic bookstore owner who deals with life through comedy and extensive rambling.

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis

Votes: 4,848

24. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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75 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 14,614 | Gross: $3.13M

25. London Spy (2015)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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A chance romance between two men from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess, leads into mystery after one of them is found murdered.

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent, Zrinka Cvitesic

Votes: 8,251

26. Brideshead Revisited (2008)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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64 Metascore

A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to World War II.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Morrison

Votes: 11,641 | Gross: $6.41M

27. Sex, Party and Lies (2009)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

3.8
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A youth group is preparing for what the summer of their lives will be, including secrets, lies, pickups, sex, confusion, and especially great night party. Most teenagers are not aware that ... See full summary »

Directors: Alfonso Albacete, David Menkes | Stars: Mario Casas, Ana de Armas, Yon González, Hugo Silva

Votes: 2,155

28. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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57 Metascore

A visiting city reporter's (John Cusack's) assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire (Kevin Spacey), whom he befriends.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 35,430 | Gross: $25.08M

29. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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74 Metascore

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Votes: 37,649 | Gross: $5.28M

30. Steel (I) (2015)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.5
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Strong emotions - fear and panic, self-search and isolation, love and sex, self-denial and self-discovery - a ride on an emotional roller coaster while trying to find one's way into life.

Director: Sven J. Matten | Stars: Chad Connell, David Cameron, Mimi Kuzyk, Tamara Gorski

Votes: 574

31. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

6.9
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48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 18,788

32. Flawless (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.5
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50 Metascore

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons, with the drag queen next door.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer

Votes: 16,812 | Gross: $4.49M

33. Victor Victoria (1982)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.6
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84 Metascore

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 18,318 | Gross: $21.93M

34. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

7.5
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84 Metascore

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

Votes: 11,269 | Gross: $0.13M

35. The Pass (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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66 Metascore

A romantic interaction between two young footballers profoundly affects one of them throughout the rest of his life and career.

Director: Ben A. Williams | Stars: Russell Tovey, Arinzé Kene, Lisa McGrillis, Nico Mirallegro

Votes: 3,014

36. Handsome Devil (2016)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.1
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60 Metascore

Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities.

Director: John Butler | Stars: Fionn O'Shea, Ardal O'Hanlon, Amy Huberman, Ruairi O'Connor

Votes: 8,690

37. Deathtrap (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.0
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54 Metascore

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's play.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth

Votes: 11,054 | Gross: $19.28M

38. Other People (I) (2016)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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67 Metascore

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.

Director: Chris Kelly | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow

Votes: 8,126 | Gross: $0.09M

39. Final Portrait (2017)

R | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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70 Metascore

The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud

Votes: 4,233 | Gross: $0.46M

40. Center of My World (2016)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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After a summer spent with his his best friend Kat to escape his family, Phil goes back to school and starts to question his feelings towards Nicholas, a new classmate.

Director: Jakob M. Erwa | Stars: Bendix Hansen, Sarah Fuhrer, Louis Hofmann, Sabine Timoteo

Votes: 3,949

41. Hidden Kisses (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

7.3
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Nathan, 16, lives alone with his father Stephane. A newcomer in high school, he is invited to a party and falls in love with Louis, a boy in his class. They find themselves out of sight and... See full summary »

Director: Didier Bivel | Stars: Patrick Timsit, Barbara Schulz, Bruno Putzulu, Bérenger Anceaux

Votes: 2,419

42. Wilde (1997)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.9
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The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 13,998 | Gross: $2.16M

43. Querelle (1982)

R | 108 min | Drama

6.8
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The French naval ship, Le Vengeur, based out of Marseille, has just docked in Brest for an extended stay. The ship's captain, Lieutenant Seblon, can see the passion in his men, which can as... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet

Votes: 5,364

44. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

R | 110 min | Drama

7.1
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The emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship between young artist Bob and his two lovers: a lonely male doctor and a frustrated female office worker.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 5,086

45. The Damned (1969)

R | 156 min | Drama, War

7.6
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The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger

Votes: 6,888

46. Just Friends (2018 TV Movie)

80 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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6 time Award winning romantic comedy about two young men, from mixed backgrounds, falling love ...and their clashes with their overbearing mothers.

Director: Annemarie van de Mond | Stars: Majd Mardo, Josha Stradowski, Jenny Arean, Tanja Jess

Votes: 1,621

47. Space Station 76 (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

4.9
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49 Metascore

A 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.

Director: Jack Plotnick | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, Matt Bomer

Votes: 7,450

48. Latter Days (2003)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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45 Metascore

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

Director: C. Jay Cox | Stars: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place, Amber Benson

Votes: 16,392 | Gross: $0.82M

49. Holiday Heart (2000 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.5
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A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, Jesika Reynolds, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 1,065

50. I'm So Excited! (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy

5.6
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55 Metascore

When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas

Votes: 20,809 | Gross: $1.37M



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