Michelle Williams, “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (2000)
Leonardo Dicaprio, “Total Eclipse” (1995)
Sally Hawkins, “Fingersmith” (2005)
Robert Pattinson, “Little Ashes” (2008)
Lena Headey, “Imagine Me And You” (2005)
Charlie Hunnam, “Queer As Folk” (1999-2000)
Zoë Kravitz, “Gemini” (2018)
Robert Redford, “Inside Daisy Clover” (1965)
Patricia Clarkson, “High Art” (1998)
John Cho, “Difficult People” (2017)
Cher, “Silkwood” (1983)
Jim Carrey, “I Love You Phillip Morris” (2009)
Jordana Brewster, “D.E.B.S” (2004)
Paul Rudd, “The Object Of My Affection” (1998)
Macaulay Culkin, “Party Monster” (2003)
Rosanna Arquette, “The L Word” (2004-2007)
Before Zoe Saldana became box office gold in blockbusters like “Avatar,” “Star Trek,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” she played a college student with a crush on Mila Kunis in the straight-to-DVD “After Sex.” Experiencing a dry spell, Kunis’ character agrees to let Saldana’s character perform oral sex on her, despite her fervent insistence that she is no “rug-muncher.” While Kunis does not return the fabor, the two share an incredibly hot interaction in the library stacks, before Saldana eventually admits that she is gay.
Photographed by Reed Morano and produced by Killer Films, Harry Potter himself plays a college-aged Allen Ginsberg in this darkly queer drama. The film details the exploits of the sexually-fluid beat generation, including Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). With themes of murder, obsession, and predatory older men, it’s not exactly the florid party film one might expect on the young beat poets, but a vivid and fascinating story nonetheless.
The “A Quiet Place” star’s first film role to get a theatrical release, “My Summer of Love” is a golden-hued queer romance with sinister undertones. Blunt sports her best Northern Yorkshire accent as Tamsin, an upper-middle-class girl enjoying a fling with working-class Mona (Natalie Press). Despite being from opposite sides of the tracks, the girls bond over their dysfunctional families and teenage ennui. The film also stars Paddy Considine as Mona’s born-again Christian brother, and won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film in 2005.
Bardem plays an orthopedic surgeon who seduces a married man in this Spanish film by Gerardo Vera.
This woefully underrated HBO film follows three different lesbian storylines across three different time periods. Each segment is directed by a different woman: One features Vanessa Redgrave and Marian Seldes as an elderly couple in 1961, another Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres as a contemporary couple seeking a sperm donor. But the pièce de résistance is a simmering romance between a young Michelle Williams and a butched up Chloë Sevigny. Set in sultry 1972, their tender love transcends the gender politics of the time.
Polish director Agnieszka Holland helms this lustful drama, about the May-December romance between the 19th century French poets Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis) and Arthur Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Based on the eponymous Sarah Waters novel that also birthed Park Chan-wook’s gorgeous 2016 film “The Handmaiden,” this BBC mini-series stars Sally Hawkins as a cunning thief who conspires to con an heiress into marriage. Three years prior, Hawkins featured in another juicy Waters adaptation for the BBC, “Tipping the Velvet.”
The same year “Twilight” made him an international superstar, the glittery vampire himself played Salvador Dalí, in a movie about the Surrealist painter’s art school affair with Federico García Lorca (Javier Beltrán).
The self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Kingdoms wasn’t always so evil. In this charming (if a bit cheesy) rom-com, Headey plays a florist who feels an immediate connection to Rachel (Piper Perabo), whom she meets on her wedding day. The film takes its title from The Turtles’ classic, and features a stellar cast of British actors that includes Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, and Anthony Head.
Americans are well-versed in this show’s Logo spinoff, but the original “Queer As Folk” is a much more pithy and precise take on a group of gay friends living in Manchester in the late ’90s/early aughts. A pre-“Game of Thrones” Aiden Gilllen is all pep and smirks in the playboy role, while Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) is fresh-faced and smoldering as his ardent admirer.
Kravitz plays a closeted actress who mysteriously disappears in Aaron Katz’s Los Angeles-set neo-noir. Lola Kirke is excellent as her assistant/best friend caught up in the mystery, and Greta Lee (“High Maintenance”) plays her girlfriend.
Although the story goes that Redford insisted the character have interest in women, his performance as closeted actor Wade Lewis is one of the earliest depictions of a gay or bisexual character in American film who is not ashamed and does not commit suicide. Add to that a “tomboy” Natalie Wood, an Oscar-nominated turn for Ruth Gordon, and Christopher Plummer, and “Inside Daisy Clover” is definitely worth a revisit.
Clarkson steals the show as a drug-addled German actress in Lisa Cholodenko’s debut feature.
After playing gay Sulu in “Star Trek: Beyond,” the “Harold and Kumar” star embodied a bona fide out gay man as Billy Eichner’s first-ever boyfriend on this tragically short-lived Hulu comedy.
As Meryl Streep’s lesbian best friend Dolly Pelliker, Cher tells it like it is with the famous line, “Who’s gonna rape you that you ain’t already fucked?”
This black comedy stars Carrey and Ewan McGregor as lovers. It still managed to gross upwards of $20 million worldwide even after the explicit gay content led to a botched limited release.
The “Fast & Furious” star plays a badass superspy who seduces an innocent Sara Foster in this cotton candy comedy that’s smarter than it looks, from out lesbian director Angela Robinson.
Fresh off a hot streak with “Clueless” and Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” Paul Rudd played Jennifer Aniston’s gay best friend whom she secretly loves in this ’90s rom-com.
In his first film role since 1994’s “Richie Rich,” Culkin redefined himself as infamous club kid Michael Alig in this down and dirty biopic from World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. (Yes, that is Seth Green next to Culkin as Alig’s friend and biographer James St. James).
One of Arquette’s best later roles was her cool turn as Hollywood mogul Cherie Jaffe, the older woman who heartbreaks the heartbreaker, loving and leaving the lesbian soap opera’s resident lothario, Shane (Katherine Moennig).