Gay Cinema: A–LGBTQ+ Films (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer)

Research in Progress (May 29, 2021)

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press)

A: List of LGBTQ+ Titles begin with A

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity).

These films are gay, explicitly or implicitly, in their texts, subtexts, performers, and target audiences.

Some films are explicitly gay because their plot is gay-themed (coming out, for instance) or they contain at least one gay character (open or latent about his/her sexuality).

Other films are perceived as gay due to their sensibility and sense of humor (gay camp) and the fact that they are embraced by mostly gay viewers who see gay or camp qualities in them that straight viewers might not.

Still others acquire a more overt gay meaning when it is revealed that their performers are or were gay, as is the case of Vincent Price, George Sanders, Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Ian McKellen.

Select Films whose Title Begins with A (20)

Adjuster, The (1991)

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

Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)

Advise and Consent (1962)

After Hours (1985)

After Louie (2017)

Agnes and His Brothers (2004)

Alex Strangelove (2018)

All About Eve (1950) (subtext)

All Dressed Up (docu)

All Over Me (1997), Lesbian

Anderson Tapes, The (1971)

Anonymous (2004)

Antonia’s Line (1995) (Lesbian, Oscar winner)

Apartment Zero (1989)

Art School Confidential (2006)

Ask the Dust

Auntie Mame (1959) (subtext)

Auntie Mame (1974)

Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

AWOL (2017)


A (Long List)

À cause d’un garçon (You’ll Get Over It), France (2002)
À corps perdu (Straight for the Heart), Canada/Switzerland (1988)
A mi madre le gustan las mujeres (My Mother Likes Women), Spain (2002)
À toute vitesse (Full Speed), France (1996)
A un dios desconocido (To an Unknown God), Spain (1977)
Aaron… Albeit a Sex Hero, US (2009)
Aban and Khorshid, US (2014)
Absent (Ausente), Argentina (2011)
Academy, Australia/Japan (2007)
Across the Universe, US (2007)

After Hours, US (1985)

After Louie, US (2017)
AIDS: Doctors and Nurses Tell their Stories, UK (2017)
Ajumma! Are You Krazy???, US (2009)
An Act of Valour, UK (2010)
Adam & Steve, US (2005)
Adão e Eva (Adam and Eve), Portugal (1995)
The Adjuster, Canada (1991)
The Adonis Factor, US (2010)
Adored (Poco più di un anno fa), Italy (2003)
The Adventure of Iron Pussy, Thailand (2003)
The Adventures of Felix (Drôle de Félix), France (2000)
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The, Australia (1994)
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, US (1998)
Advise & Consent, US (1962)
Affinity, UK (2008)
After Hours, US (1985)
After Louie, US (2017)
After Sex, US (2007)
After Stonewall, US (1999)
An Afternoon, Denmark (2014)
Afternoon Breezes, Japan (1980)
Age 17 (17 anni), Switzerland (2013)
Ages of Lulu. The (Las edades de Lulú), Spain (1990)
Agnes and His Brothers (Agnes und seine Brüder), Germany (2004)
Ai no Kotodama (Words of Devotion), Japan (2008)
Aimée & Jaguar, Germany (1999) (Lesbian)
Aishite Imasu 1941 (Mahal Kita 1941), I Love You 1941, Philippines (2004)
AKA, UK (2002)
AKIBA, Japan (2006)
Akron, US (2015)
Alaska Is a Drag, US (2012)
Albert Nobbs, Ireland/UK (2011)
Aleksandr’s Price, US (2013)
Alex and Leo (‘Alex und der Löwe), Germany (2010)
Alex and the Handyman, US (2017)
Alexander, US (2004)
Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn, US (1977)
Alexandria… Why? (Algeria)

Algie the Miner, US (1912)
Alice, France (2002)
Alive and Kicking (Indian Summer), UK (1996)
All About Anna, Denmark (2005)
All About Love, Hong Kong (2010)
All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre), Spain/France (1999)
All My Life, Egypt (2008)

All Over Brazil, UK (2003)
All Over the Guy, US (2001)
All Over Me, US (1997)
All the Queen’s Men, Germany/Austria (2001)
All the Rage, US (1997)
All That Jazz, US (1979)
All You Need Is Love – Meine Schwiegertochter ist ein Mann, Germany (2009)
Alles wird gut (Everything Will Be Fine), Germany (1998)
Almost Adults, Canada (2017)
Almost Normal, US (2005)
Altitude Falling, US (2010)
Alto, US (2015)
Alucarda, Mexico (1978)
The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, Iceland/Philippines/France/Thailand (2008)
Amen, India (2010)
American Beauty, US (1999)
American Buffalo, UK/US (1996)
An American Crime, US (2007)
American Girl, US (2002)
American Vagabond, Finland/Denmark/US (2013)
Amic/Amat (Beloved/Friend), Spain (1999)
Amnésie: L’énigme James Brighton, Canada (2005)
Amor de hombre (Love of a Man), Spain (1997)
Amores Possíveis (Possible Loves), Brazil (2001)
Amour de Femme (Combats de Femme), France (2001)
Amphetamine, Hong Kong (2010)
Anatomy of Hell (Anatomie de l’enfer), France (2004)
And the Band Played On, US (1993)
And Then Came Lola, US (2009)
And Then Came Summer, US (2000)
And There You Are, US (2007)
And Thou Shalt Love (ואהבת), Israel (2007)
Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others), Germany (1919)

Anderson Tapes, US (1971)
Anderson’s Cross, US (2010)
Andre’s Mother, US (1990)
Andrew and Jeremy Get Married, UK (2004)
Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita (Anita’s Last Cha-Cha), Philippines (2013)
Ang Lalake sa Parola (The Man in the Lighthouse), Philippines (2007)
Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya (The Man in Selya’s Life), The Man in Her Life, Philippines (1997)
Ang Lihim ni Antonio (Antonio’s Secret), Philippines (2008)
Ang Buhay ng Baklitang si Hermie (The Life of Little Gay Hermie), Philippines (2015)
Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros), Philippines (2005)
An Angel Named Billy, US (2007)
The Angelic Conversation, UK (1985)
Angels in America, US (2003)
Anger Management, US (2003)
Animals, Spain (2012)

Anonymous, US (2004)
Another Country, UK (1984)
Another Gay Movie, US (2006)
Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!, US (2008)
Another Love Story (Otra Historia de Amor), Argentina (1986)
Another Way (Egymásra nézve), Hungary (1982)
Another’s Body (Чужое тело Chuzhoe telo), Russia (2008)
Antarctica, Israel (2008)
Anthem, US (1991)
Antique, Korea (2008)
Antônia, Brazil (2007)
Anu Dalam Botol or A Penis in a Bottle, Malaysia (2010)
Any Day Now, US (2012)
Any Mother’s Son, US (1997)
Anyone and Everyone, US (2007)
Apariencias (Appearances), Argentina (2000)
Apart, US (2010)
Apart from Hugh, US (1994)
Apartment Zero, UK/Argentina (1989)
The Apple Tree, US (2012)
Appropriate Behaviour, UK (2014)
April’s Shower, US (2003)
Arachnia, US (2003)
Ararat, Canada (2002)
Area X, US (2007)
Ardhanaari, India (2012)
Arisan! (The Gathering), Indonesia (2003)
Arizona Sky, US (2008)
Army Daze, Singapore (1996)
Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts (Armee der Liebenden oder Aufstand der Perverse), Germany (1979)
The Art of Being Straight, US (2008)
Art School Confidential, US (2006)
As Good as It Gets, US (1997)(G)
As Is, US (1986)
As Luck Would Have It (Le Hasard fait bien les choses), Switzerland (2002)
As You Are, US (2016)
Ashamed, South Korea (2010)
Ashley, US (2013)
Ask Not, US (2008)

Ask the Dust
Astoria, Queens, US (2009)
Atashi wa juice, Japan (1996)
Atrapadas (Condemned to Hell), Argentina (1984)
Attack of the Giant Moussaka, The, Greece (1999)
Au Pair, Kansas (The Soccer Nanny), US (2011)
August, US (2011)
Ausente (Absent), Argentina (2011)
Avant que j’oublie (Before I Forget), France (2007)
Awakening (En forelskelse), Denmark (2008)
The Awakening of Love (Il Vento e le Rose), Japan/Italy (2009)
Away (A)wake, US (2005)
Away With Me, UK/France (2015)
Away with Words, Hong Kong/Japan/Singapore (1999)
An Awfully Big Adventure, UK (1995)
Azul y no tan rosa (Blue and Not So Pink; My Straight Son), Venezuela (2012)
Azuloscurocasinegro (DarkBlueAlmostBlack), Spain (2006)


Silent Era

Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others), Germany (1919)











And Thou Shalt Love (ואהבת), Israel (2007)




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