"Brokeback Mountain" (2005)
"Brokeback Mountain" is a 2005 drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on a short story by Annie Proulx. The film tells the story of two young men, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), who meet in Wyoming in 1963 while working as sheepherders. The two men gradually develop a romantic and sexual relationship, but their love is forbidden and must be kept secret.
The film received critical acclaim for its performances, cinematography, and screenplay. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including Best Director for Ang Lee. "Brokeback Mountain" is widely considered to be one of the most important films in the history of LGBTQ cinema and a milestone in mainstream representation of gay characters.
"Moonlight" is a 2016 drama film directed by Barry Jenkins and based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film tells the story of Chiron (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes), a young black man growing up in a poor neighborhood in Miami. The film is divided into three parts, each depicting a different stage in Chiron's life, from childhood to adulthood.
The film received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and screenplay. It won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. "Moonlight" is widely regarded as a groundbreaking film for its portrayal of a black, queer protagonist and for its exploration of themes such as identity, masculinity, and family.
"Call Me by Your Name" (2017)
"Call Me by Your Name" is a 2017 romantic drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on a novel by André Aciman. The film tells the story of Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old boy who falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate student who comes to stay with Elio's family in their Italian villa in the summer of 1983.
The film received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and screenplay. It was nominated for four Academy Awards and won one for Best Adapted Screenplay. "Call Me by Your Name" is widely regarded as a masterpiece of queer cinema, praised for its stunning cinematography, sensuous soundtrack, and nuanced portrayal of a young man's sexual awakening.
"Portrait of a Lady on Fire" (2019)
"Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is a 2019 romantic drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. The film tells the story of Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter who is commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a young woman who has recently left a convent and is to be married off to a man she has never met. Marianne and Héloïse develop a passionate and intense relationship that challenges their social and gender roles.
"God's Own Country" (2017)
"God's Own Country" is a 2017 romantic drama film directed by Francis Lee. The film tells the story of Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor), a young farmer in rural England who begins a relationship with Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), a Romanian migrant worker who comes to help during lambing season. The film received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and screenplay. It won the World Cinema Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film.
"Weekend" is a 2011 romantic drama film directed by Andrew Haigh. The film tells the story of Russell (Tom Cullen), a gay man who meets Glen (Chris New) at a bar one Friday night. The two men spend the weekend together and develop a deep emotional connection. The film received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and screenplay. It won the Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival.
"The Handmaiden" (2016)
"The Handmaiden" is a 2016 erotic thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook and based on the novel "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters. The film tells the story of Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri), a young Korean woman who is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress named Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee). Sook-hee and Lady Hideko develop a passionate and complex relationship that involves deception, eroticism, and revenge. The film received critical acclaim for its direction, cinematography, and screenplay. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.