Are you tired of going out when gay dating? For a great night in, we have selected our most inspiring gay films of all time. These fantastic films will provide the perfect setting for taking it is easy in London.
Weekend is a film about a drunken one-night stand that becomes something more. After a drunken house party, Russell heads out to a gay club where he meets Glen. They both expect the encounter to be a one-night stand, but their relationship develops into something quite different to what they first imagined. This brief encounter will resonate with them both throughout their lives, and their story is brilliant in its honest and unapologetic depiction of love and commitment.
Beginners is an American romantic comedy-drama written and directed by Mike Mills. Oliver Fields, played by Ewan McGregor, is a sullen man who is reflecting on the life and death of his father, while trying to forge a new romantic relationship with Anna, a French actress. Oliver’s father came out to his son after his mother’s death five years ago, and towards the end of his life he explored life as an openly gay man. Oliver reflects on this revelation throughout the film, and explores how it might have impacted relationships in his own life.
Milk is a 2008 biographical film with an outstanding performance by Sean Penn. The film is based on the life of the gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who eventually became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected to political office. The film highlights Milk’s struggles to act as a voice for gay men in the political realm, and his struggles to overcome prejudices. Not only is this an informative political film, but it also narrates the relationship between Milk and his partner Scott Smith.
A Single Man
This film, set in 1962, narrates the story of George Falconer played by Colin Firth, a gay English professor struggling after the death of his partner eight months earlier. On the day that the film is set, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide. The film takes us on a journey of his life, and we meet various people who influence George and bring his stories to life. The film is Tom Ford’s directing debut and the beautiful cinematography is a true reflection of his talents.
Beautiful Thing is a 1996 British film directed by Hettie MacDonald and released by Channel 4 Films. The film is a sombre yet witty coming of age drama about two teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighbourhood. The film narrates the story of the boys becoming aware of their homosexuality and the difficulties of coming out. It is a brilliant and heart warming triumph in gay cinema.
Most Latter Days
Latter Days is a 2003 American romance about a gay relationship between a closeted Mormon missionary and his openly gay, party-loving neighbour. The stark opposites of the characters and the narration of their journey dating in a small town make this a really interesting film. The film also explores gay rights as it outlines the struggles of being gay in the Mormon religion. The journey that the two men go on is one of regret, loss, perseverance, and love.
This film narrates the story of a forbidden and secretive gay relationship between two men and their lives over the years. The two men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the grasslands of Wyoming. The film narrates the development of their unorthodox yet life-long bond which is both conflicted and loving. The film was highly recognised, winning four Golden Globe Awards in 2005 including the award for ‘Best Motion Picture’.
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