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LGBTQ Films in the Ithaca College Library


Good example of a film in which romantic adolescent friendships are presented with deniable lesbian overtones.

Brokeback Mountain(2005) DVD 2216
Advocate#1. Cited as one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking love stories ever told. An Oscar for Ang Lee.
Brother Outsider: the life of Bayard Rustin (2002) DVD 4585
The life of one of the most important civil rights leaders, kept in the shadows because of his homosexuality.
The Business of Fancydancing (2002) DVD 1518
Two old friends re-meet at a funeral on the Rez. One is embittered, the other a successful gay poet.
Capote(2005) DVD 2410
Capote in Kansas prior to writingIn Cold Blood. An Oscar for Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Choses Secrètes = Secret Things (2002) DVD 3122
Once fired, a stripper and a naive barmaid join forces to overthrow male oppression. In French.
Chris & Don: a Love Story (2007) DVD 3446
Chris in the title is Christopher Isherwood. The documentary includes home movies.
City of Borders (2009) DVD 9127
Love and consequences at Jerusalem's only gay bar. In English, Arabic and Hebrew.
Contracorriente = Undertow (2009) DVD 7986​
When a Peruvian fisherman falls for a visiting artist, there's trouble. In Spanish.
C.R.A.Z.Y.(2005) DVD 4596
The consequences of growing up in a sexually repressive family.
Cruel and Unusual (2008) DVD 4243
A documentary about transgender women convicted and incarcerated in men's prisons in the United States. Interviews to lawyers and prison custodians reveal the level of violence
Dangerous Living: Coming out in the developing world (2003) DVD 2232
Explores the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-Western cultures
De-Lovely (2004) DVD 1234
A Cole Porter biopic that finally acknowledgeshis gayness.
Edie & Thea: a very long engagement (2009) DVD 9817
Two womenrecounttheir improbable lifelong journey together.
Escape to Canada (2007) DVD 6063
Political aspects of marriage equality and marijuana legalization in both Canada and the USA.
The Family Stone (2005) DVD 9181
On the front lines in an "uptight"fiancée's Christmas battle with future in-lawsare a deaf brother and his black boyfriend.
Far From Heaven (2002) DVD 3583
Socially taboo relationships set in the suburban 1950s.
Le Fate Ignoranti = His Secret Life : "Ignorant fairies" (2002) DVD 1971
When her husband dies, a woman discovers his "other" life and is drawn in.In Italian and Turkish.
Fight Club (2002) DVD 17
Arule, if not the first,of Fight Club is don't talk about homoeroticism.
Fingersmith (2004) DVD 2218
Lesbian love, lust, and revenge set in Dickensian times. A BBC mini-series.
Freeheld (2007) DVD 5914
A terminally ill detective battles to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner. An ​Oscar winner.
Frida (2002) DVD 4780 bisexuality ofFrida Kahlo is only briefly explored, but it is not neglected.
Gender Redesigner (2007) DVD 4770
Five years of a rural Pennsylvanian's transition from female to male.
Ginger Snaps (2000) DVD 1636
In which incestuous lesbian desire is complicated by lychanthropy.
Girl Inside (2007) DVD 9295
Follows a Canadian's three-year transition from male to female and her family relationships.
Girl, Interrupted (2004) DVD 6406
Back in the 1960s, the mental disorders included lesbianism.
Girl Who Played with Fire=Flickan Som Lekte med Elden (2009) DVD 7330
Dragon TattooII fleshes out Lisbeth's backstory and gives her a girlfriend.
Gosford Park (2001) DVD 298
A properBritish aristocratic whodunnit explores class and sexual mores, including, subtlely, homosexuality.
The Gymnast (2007) DVD 2212
An injured world-class gymnast develops a complex and transforming relationship with a mysterious dancer when they become trapese artists.
Hannah Free (2009) DVD 10191
Two very different women and their lifelong love affair.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) DVD 55
A German glam-rocker comes to America.
A Home at The End of The World (2004) DVD 10195
Two best friends and their complex relationship over the course of a dozen years.
Hot Fuzz (2009) DVD 5267
In which the homoerotic subtext of action movies is played for laughs.
The Hours (2002) DVD 972
Three interconnected stories, all somehow connected to Virginia Woolf.
I Can't Think Straight (2008) DVD 9818
A South Asian Britstruggles with class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and her wedding.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) DVD 6090
Two male firefighters fake a domestic partnership for insurance purposes and receive unwanted notoriety.
Imagine Me and You(2005) DVD 9803
A bride takes a surprising turn at the altar.
Inside Out (2007) DVD 2970
No, not the Disney cartoon. This one is a documentary about being transgender in Iran.
Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007) DVD 2177
The new grrrl on the blockfalls in with a radical feminist gang. Billed as a comedy.
​Jennifer's Body (2009) DVD 6557
Comedy/horrorabout a teen possessed by a man-eating demon and her “totally lesbi-gay” best bud.
A Jihad for Love (2007) DVD 9337
Explores the "complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality."
Karmen Geï (2001) DVD 6044
A Senegalese musical tale of a bisexual woman, a prison escape and smuggling. In French and Wolof.
Kinsey (2004) DVD 1457
"Variety of human sexual experience" inboth thework and life of this researcher.
Lan Yu (2001) DVD 3824
A gay love story amid theTiananmen Square uprising. In Mandarin.
Laramie Inside Out (2004) DVD 2114
Coverage of the aftermath of the Matthew Shepard trial.
The Laramie Project (2002) DVD 2050
The story of the Matthew Shepard trial and its aftermath. Originally shown on HBO.
Latter Days(2003 DVD 10207
A young Mormon missionary comes out and faces his hostile family.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) DVD 2858
The suicidal gay brother is just one of the family.
Lost and Delirious (2001) DVD 9802
At a boarding school, girlsdiscover love and sexual passion.
Love! Valour! Compassion! (2004) DVD 4299
Evolves around eight gay friends who gather for three summer weekends.
La Mala Educación = Bad Education (2004) DVD 3045[in Viva Pedro: the Almodóvar collection]
Two reunited childhood friends and lovers are caught up in a murder mystery.In Spanish.
Madame Satã (2002) DVD 692
A biopic of Brazil's most notorious and flamboyant gay performer. In Portuguese.
Mango Soufflé (2002) DVD 1357
Called India's "first openly gay male film." In English
Mean Girls(2004) DVD 2913
Its gay and lesbian undercurrents have been called both minor and pervasive.
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (2005) DVD 5783
A scientific exploration of those who do not conform to rigid gender concepts. First aired on HBO.
Milk(2008) DVD 6011
Advocate#2.A portrait of the pioneering gay politician. Sean Penn won an Oscar.
Monster(2003) DVD 210
A disturbing tale based on the true story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. An Oscar for Charlize Theron
Mulholland Dr.(2001) DVD 247
The confused story of Rita and Betty is surreal mystery of love and obsession.
Mysterious Skin(2004) DVD 10203
Child molestation by a baseball coach has different effects on two friends
Naked Boys Singing! (2007) DVD 6581
Men celebrate their anatomy and gay lifestyle in comedy and song.
Normal (2003) DVD 1749
After 25 years of marriage, a husband reveals he's a woman trapped in a man's body. First aired on HBO.
Notes on a Scandal (2006) DVD 2559
A dark film about an uncomfortable relationship between two women.
Les poupées Russes = Russian Dolls DVD 3688
In this sequel to Spanish Apartment (2002, see below), sexual mores aremost mocked in a scenewherethe lesbian roommate pretends to be the hero's fiancée on a visit to a grandparent.
Of Time and the City(2008) DVD 4716
Liverpool, homoeroticism, and Catholic guilt.
101 Reykjavík (2000) DVD 785
A mother and a son share a lover.In Icelandic and English.
Paragraph 175(2000) DVD 1032
A documentary about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals.
Party Monster(2003) DVD 10211
A star is born, rises, and plummets in the disco nightclub scene.
Plata Quemada = Burnt Money (2000) DVD 693
Two men become lovers, then bank robbers. In Spanish.
Quinceañera (2008) DVD 2856
A pregnant teen bonds and bands together with heruncle and gay cousin. In Spanish.
Rent(2005) DVD 2302
A musical update of the operaLa Boheme. All the characters are miserable; a few are LGBT.
The Rules of Attraction(2002) DVD 4318
Love triangle on a college campus among a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual.
Saved! (2004) DVD 3751
What could go wrong when a Christian teenager tries to "cure" her gay friend? ​
Saving Grace (2004) DVD 2161
Family troubles for a young surgeon who has kept her sexual orientation secret from her conservative Chinese community in New York.
Segunda Piel = Second Skin (2000) DVD 588
A woman discovers her husband is having an affair with a man. In Spanish.
Shortbus (2006) DVD 3680
​ Shortbus, an underground salon, where art, music, politics, and polysexual carnality collide.
A Single Man(2009) DVD 7015
After the death of his longtime partner, a professor struggles to find meaning in his life.
Small Town Gay Bar (2007) DVD 4183
An intimate portrait of gay bars located in the deep South
Songcatcher (2000) DVD 5366
While a professor iscollecting folksongs in 1909, her sister struggles to hide alesbian relationship.
Southern Comfort(2001) DVD 1907
A transsexual fights ovarian cancer.
Stranger Inside(2001) DVD 10192
Life in a women's prison for a juvie as she looks for a new lover andgoes on a quest to find her mother.
Sud Pralad = Tropical Malady (2004) DVD 3063
A soldier'slove fora peasantmorphs into a Shaman's tale of a human soul ina tiger's body. In Thai.
Ten more good years: the battle for LGBT rights is far from over(2008) DVD 1571
Examines the special difficulties that the aging LGBT community faces.
300 (2007) DVD 4658

Called both homoerotic and homophobic. Greeks vs. Persians, but the 300 doesn't include the Thespians.

Tipping the Velvet (2002) DVD 9811
A lesbian love story set in an 1890's music hall. Originally a BBC miniseries.
Training Rules: No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians (2009) DVD 8985
A look at homophobia among women's college sports. Focuses on a Penn State athlete.​
Transamerica(2005) DVD 2411
A transexual's road trip with a her newly discovered and troubled teenaged son.
Two Spirits(2009) DVD 7957
Examines the role and nature of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture.
Trembling Before g-d (2001) DVD 575
Personal stories of gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews. In English.
V for Vendetta (2005) DVD 2843
Among those the totalitarian government are outto destroy are gays and lesbians.
Valentino, The Last Emperor(2008) DVD 3552
A behind-the-scenes look at two years in the life of fashion designer Valentino Garavani, focusing on both his business and his relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti, his business partner and lover.
Watchmen (2009) DVD 4752
An atypical superhero film that includes badass queers.
Wonder Boys (2000) DVD 9657
Writer's block, campus politics, and intersectingencounters ofgay and straight sex.
XXY (2007) DVD 6191
A coming of age story of a 15-year old intersexual. Nominated for an Oscar. In Spanish.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001) DVD 666

Two teenaged boys on a road tripwith an older woman explore more than their heterosexuality.

Yossi & Jagger(2002) DVD 1028
A love story between two soldiers in the Israeli army. In Hebrew.

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