Best Of: Male-Led LGBTQ+ Films
I admit that dividing my lists based on gender is a bit ironic, considering that such a big part of the LGBT movement is about moving beyond gender roles--however, I've noticed that male-led queer films often get more mainstream attention than their female-led counterparts, so I thought it was fair to combat this inequality by making separate lists. So, to start, here is my loosely ranked list of favorite male-led queer films.
|11. In & Out (1997)|
|10. Tomboy (2011)|
|9. Lilting (2014)|
|8. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)|
|7. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)|
Racism and homosexuality are both big topics, and many stories are content to focus on one or the other. My Beautiful Laundrette is a wonderful exception. While its primary focus is on the Pakistani population in Thatcher-era England, it also has a subplot dealing with the relationshup between its young Pakistani lead and a white skinhead, played by a notably young and adorable Daniel-Day Lewis. When the protagonist gets the opportunity to open his own laundrette, Lewis abandons his racist buddies and comes to work for him, resulting in a number of scenes along the lines of the one pictured above as the two rekindle what must have been a teenage love affair. While this relationship is only one of several romantic subplots populating this rather convoluted film, their strange bond really does become the heart of the picture, a portrait of love blossoming from the unlikeliest of pairings.
|6. The Skeleton Twins (2014)|
The Skeleton Twins is another of my underrated favorites from 2014. Here, Bill Hader gives a career-best performance as Milo, a depressed gay man who goes to live with his estranged twin sister after he attempts suicide. Most of the films on this list are about couples, but Milo is such a great character and he's performed so well by Bill Hader that the lack of a healthy gay relationship in this film is no hindrance. There is, however, a rather unhealthy one--I won't go into detail about it is as the true nature of it is a bit of a spoiler, but needless to say, the film does explore a really disturbing and heartbreaking issue in a very unique way, and I applaud the film for having the guts to "go there" the way that it did.
|5. Milk (2008)|
|4. Midnight Cowboy (1969)|
|3. Swiss Army Man (2016)|
|2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)|
|1. My Own Private Idaho (1991)|
So, that's the end of my first list. The accompanying female-led list will follow in the coming weeks, and until then, keep having a great Pride Month!