Gay Cinema

Thought I would document the names of some of the Gay Themed films that I’ve seen and absolutely adored.
I would appreciate it if you guys also left some of your suggestions behind. If you haven’t watched any of these films, please do so!
Presently, I’m putting some tags on them, to give you an idea of what the films would be like. I’ll write small descriptions later, to be more specific.



Movies that I absolutely adored


  1. Just A Question of Love                      (Romance, Coming Out, Family, Finding Acceptance)
  2. Holding Trevor                                   (Romance, Drugs, HIV, Making Choices)
  3. Philadelphia                                         (HIV, Discrimination, Courtroom)
  4. Broken Hearts Club                                (Friendship, Romances, Sports!, Humour, Comedy)
  5. Brokeback Mountain                          (Romance, Cowboys, Tragedy)
  6. Latter Days                                        (Urban, Religion, Romance, Coming Out, Self-Discovery)
  7. Wilde                                                 (Biographical, Historical, Coming Out, Discrimination, Intellectual)
  8. Beautiful Thing                                   (Mother and Son, Romance, Coming of Age, Youth, Coming Out)
  9. Mulligans                                              (Family, In The Closet, Coming Out, Friendship)
  10. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert             (Transsexual, Travel, Society, Homophobia, Drag Queens)


Movies that I just about Liked

  1. Get Real                                              (Romance, School Crush, Coming of Age, Youth, Homophobia)
  2. Shelter                                                (Making Choices, Adoption, Raising Children, Romance)
  3. Antarctica                                        (Relationships, Lesbian, Finding Love)
  4. Bird Cage                                           (Family, Homophobia, Gay Parenting)
  5. Le Ciel Sur La Tete                              (Coming Out, Society, Family)
  6. Coffee Date                                        (Bi-Curious)
  7. Hedwig and the Angry Inch       (Musical, Transexual)


Movies that made me go “Meh”

  1. My Beautiful Laundrette                     (Romance, London, Inter-race, Homophobia, Discrimination)
  2. Le Temps Qui Reste                           (Death, Cancer, Self-Discovery)

Movies that I wish had never been made

  1. Boy Culture                                         (Romance, Trash, Waste of Time)
I’d like to expand this page in the future, adding possibly my favourite Readings as well, but that would intersect far too much with my real-world identity, so I guess we’ll keep it to films as of now.
PS – If there’s something that you think I’d like, please do recommend it!

34 Responses to “Gay Cinema”

  1. Crazy Sam October 5, 2008 at 9:42 am #

    You wished Boy Culture to be never made?!!!
    C’mon dude, I consider it as the modern Bible for a gay man!

  2. unsungpsalm October 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    Disturbingly, I expect quality in even Gay Cinema !!

    Boy Culture was just not my thing. No quality to the story line, and definitely no points for acting!
    I wouldn’t expect so much, if it weren’t for the few good flicks 🙂

  3. Crazy Sam October 8, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    I’m sorry, I have to disagree on that! 😀

    Anyways, as soon as you check out A Love To Hide, add that to this list. You’ll absolutely adore it!

    Mambo Italiano, another fantastic one!

  4. elbereth January 12, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    i think you’d really enjoy “hedwig and the angry inch”! it’s based on an off-broadway musical and revolves around a fictional rock-and-roll band. it delves into LGBT issues without ever being pedantic or preachy and has some really great songs.
    please check it out.

  5. unsungpsalm January 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    I shall try my best!

  6. Just call me 'A' September 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    you’ve not seen milk? Must watch

    • unsungpsalm September 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

      Oh, I have! I should include that before I forget!

  7. H September 20, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    I LOVEEEEE beautiful thing! It’s beautiful 😀
    I think My brother Nikhil should be on there 🙂 Bee-youtiful fim!

  8. Marvin December 6, 2009 at 7:18 am #

    Stumbled upon your blog while looking for Desi queer blogs… Try ‘Bad Education’. Totally agree with #s 1,4,5&10. 🙂

    • unsungpsalm December 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks Marvin, I certainly will!
      And I’ll drop in at your blog as well 🙂 Seems interesting, underneath all those photographs 😉

  9. Haresh January 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    ‘Kinsey’ missing from here? :-O

    A must-watch. Watch to see the openness among Kinsey’s family members 🙂 And, needless to say, Kinsey’s reports and everything else.

    The movie is my favourite and thus appears in my ‘favourite movies’ list everywhere i.e. Facebook, Orkut, etc.

    If you can’t find the movie, I’ll courier you one 🙂 😉 But, don’t miss it. Period 😀

    • unsungpsalm January 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

      I say, I am very sorry! I’ve put it on download already 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, and for the recommendation!

      • Haresh January 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

        Thanks for taking my recommendation seriously 😉

        I assure you that you won’t be disappointed 🙂

        Actually, I’m also planning to make a blog-post on the movie integrating it with some of the experiences I encountered in my bisexuality 🙂

        • unsungpsalm January 16, 2010 at 10:34 am #

          Ahh okay, it makes sense now 🙂
          Yep, you’re on my Gtalk…

  10. Haresh January 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    And yes, I’m adding you on GTalk! My ID is hareshmandani at gmail

  11. Stuti April 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Spanish cinema is free from censorship. Try watching films made in Spain.

    Also, is it just me or is the terminology of the word ‘gay’ offensive?

    • Haresh April 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

      ‘Gay’ is a normal word. I don’t find anything offensive in it 🙂 Don’t know about others.

      • Stuti April 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

        I have major issues with how the word is flailed about, being used to border on the offensive.

        • unsungpsalm April 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

          I’m not too fond of it either. The objection may arise out of the fact that people often use it as an insult. Either way, I feel weird… almost embarrassed, telling anyone that I was coming out to, that I was gay… I’ve always just suggested that I’m into men, and when they asked me if I was gay, I’d respond in the affirmative.

          The word shouldn’t have been offensive, but has been made so because of its use in that context.

          This is material for a new post!

          • Stuti April 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

            Completely agree! I think I’ll attempt a post on the same too.
            I also have issues with people refusing to acknowledge bisexuality, especially in the kind of ‘society’ I am part of.

            • unsungpsalm April 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

              Do you have any kind of queer identity, or are you simply a rainbow supporter?

              • Stuti April 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

                A bit of both, really. I think I am bisexual, but I haven’t had any experiences yet. Even so, I cannot help but react to something that I feel so strongly about! I mean it is a human rights concern, and I cannot stand the attitude that our society takes with regard to sexuality, heterosexual or homosexual,a woman’s sexuality and even prostitution. The sheer hypocrisy in naturalising sexuality makes me react this strongly. So maybe, that way, I am a ‘rainbow supporter’.

                • Haresh April 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

                  Ok 🙂

                  By the way, what does ‘rainbow supporter’ mean?

          • Haresh April 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

            Completely agree to this. To put it in simpler words, the word ‘gay’ isn’t an offensive word like ‘negro’ is according to dictionary. But, the fact of being called ‘gay’ is what might be bothering some people.

            Stuti, expecting a reply from you 🙂

            • Stuti April 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

              Haresh, I agree. When I was reading through the etymology of the word ‘gay’, I was worried by the pattern I observed. The word is rooted in cliches, stereotypes even. Another thing I cannot stand when it comes to exploring sexuality.
              And, I love your blog!

              • Haresh April 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

                Yeah! It’s about cliches.

                By the way, which blog are you in love with: this one or mine? 😛

                • Stuti April 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

                  I am spamming Unsung Psalm’s comment section, but both! 😀

                  • Haresh April 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

                    @Stuti, thanks 😀

                    @unsungpsalm, sorry for the spamming 😛

                    • unsungpsalm April 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

                      Oh, by all means, keep spamming! It maketh me happy! I don’t get much time to blog these days, but I enjoy having a reason to come back 🙂

  12. sree October 31, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    Have you seen Dream Boy?
    I wanted to see that.
    And Howl too, though mostly to see Franco. i dont get poetry 😛
    BBM i loved. And Why is watercolours not in the list?

  13. anonymous January 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    u havent seen “prayers for bobby”????

    • unsungpsalm September 10, 2012 at 3:15 am #

      Most amazing film ever, but I think I’m too lazy to update the list :-S

  14. kritika April 1, 2012 at 5:42 am #


    Wow. Love the blog. 🙂 Thanks for the list!

    I have seen a few movies in this list. Mambo Italiano was FUNNY and I though I could relate to it as an Indian, LOL.

    I suppose you aren’t a fan of Queer As Folk then? 😀 It is my absolute favourite- for pretty shallow reasons, but then I am a shallow girl. 😀 And have you read the books by Dan Savage? I love his sense of humour, and the books filled me with hope. He and his husband of ~15 years have a kid, after all. I am a fan of happy endings sometimes. And those books are fun. 🙂

    Hmm, I seem to have some weird obsession with gay people. I think I am bisexual, mostly leaning on the hetro side though. Hmm.

    Heard of the term yaoi? slash? 😀 I am a slash fangirl. If anytime, you decide you want to read loads of gay love stories, tell me coz I have many! 😀

    ❤ ❤ ❤ And wow, how much I wish to be a hag. Not everybody is that lucky. I only know lesbians and female bisexuals somehow! :S

    Keep writing in this blog, k? The more you stop hiding, the more the society has to stop pretending. It is like somebody said at After Elton, society didn’t progress, it is just that gay people stopped pretending and hiding.

    kudos to you.

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