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50 Essential LGBT Films

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50 Essential LGBT Films

You’ve sported a red equal sign on Facebook, watched Nancy Pelosi show Michele Bachmann her politically correct middle finger, and read some of those other lists that have compiled lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) films, hailing usual suspects like High Art and Brokeback Mountain as gay equivalents of Vertigo (oh, don’t Citizen Kane me; we’re talking regime upheaval here). Now, as you continue to celebrate the crushing of DOMA and Prop 8 (and toss some extra confetti for Pride Month while you’re at it), peruse Slant’s own list of LGBT movies you owe it to yourself to see. Curated by co-founder and film editor Ed Gonzalez, this 50-wide roster is a singular trove of queer-themed gems and classics, spanning the past eight decades and reflecting artists as diverse as Kenneth Anger, Derek Jarman, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. You won’t find The Birdcage among our ranks, but you will find Paul Morrissey’s Trash, Ira Sach’s The Delta, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, and Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy. Consider the list a hat tip to what’s shaped up to be a banner LGBT year, particularly on screen, with lesbian romance Blue Is the Warmest Color taking top honors at Cannes, and Xavier Dolan releasing the masterful Laurence Anyways, which also made our cut. R. Kurt Osenlund

The Blood of a Poet

The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1932)


Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947)

Un Chant d'Amour

Un Chant d’Amour (Jean Genet, 1950)

Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)

Flaming Creatures

Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963)

The Servent

The Servant (Joseph Losey, 1963)

Scorpio Rising

Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1964)

My Hustler

My Hustler (Andy Warhol and Chuck Wein, 1965)


Teorema (Pier Paolo Passolini, 1968)


Trash (Paul Morrissey, 1970)


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