It is an ever-popular pastime to proclaim the Top 10, 25, 50, 100, etc. greatest LGBT films of all time. The month of June has brought a greater abundance of such lists than ever before and not surprisingly they all have a great deal of overlap — reflecting a general agreement about such classics as Paris is Burning, Brokeback Mountain, Milk, Parting Glances, etc. Certainly there are oversights and slight variations from list to list but any of them would be a great starting point for building your Netflix queue. In the spirit of yet more list-making, here’s our list of the lists (with out thumbs up and thumbs down notations on the pros and cons of each).
Earlier this month Indiewire’s /bent blog came forth with their Reader’s Poll: The 25 Most Important LGBT Films. Thumbs Up: Indiewire has very helpfully embedded trailers and clips for all of the entries so you can get a sample to help you decide what you really want to see. Thumbs Down: No descriptions or editorial evaluation since it’s a reader’s poll.
From The Advocate we have the Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers.
Thumbs Up: Short blurbs give a sense of context for each film along with thumbnail poster art for every single title. Thumbs Down: You’ll have to watch a commercial to access the content on the site and, to be honest, the list is so long that some of the choices start to seem like they don’t really warrant the label, “essential.”
Fandor.com’s Keyframe showcases a much more manageable list of just 25 Essential LGBTQ Films (with a sidebar of an additional 25 and a substantial list of notable filmmakers and other prefatory info gesturing towards other significant films.
Thumbs Up: In depth information about each film’s historical significance as well as links to watch several of the films on Fandor.com. Thumbs Down: Limited extra visuals (no trailers or poster art, just a few stills).
And lastly, probably our favorite just because it is so visually satisfying and such a great site, The Best LGBT Films of All Time list on MUBI.com.
Thumbs Up: This list (and the Mubi.com site) is wonderful to navigate and features a highly visual design showcasing lovely images from each film. You can also create your own lists and contribute your comments on each film as well as reading the reflections of other Mubi.com users. Thumbs Down: You have to sign-in to Mubi.com to view the descriptions and experience the full site (but it’s worth it!).