The past several years have welcomed a great deal of excellent gay movies (see Tom of Finland, Beach Rats, BPM (Beats Per Minute), God’s Own Countryand Call Me by Your Namefrom 2017 alone). There are also a ton of all-time “Greatest Gay Sex Scenes” lists online (we may even be responsible for a few). So we thought we would narrow the category and just focus on releases from the past five years – trying to find those scenes that really got our pulses racing. In no particular order, here are out TOP TEN stand-outs!
On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and web-camming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. A thoughtful meditation on burgeoning gay desire and denial, Beach Rats was a breakout indie hit in 2017, featuring a stellar, thoroughly brave performance by up-and-coming British star Harris Dickinson (playing a New York teen with total authenticity). In the film’s hottest scene, Dickinson fights past his nervousness to strip down to nothing but his socks and seduce his attractive, much older male partner (Douglas Everett Davis) – who, though we know little about him, sports a wedding ring (and some questionable palm-reading skills).
Directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by the great James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). Check out the official synopsis and trailer below.
Love comes in all shapes and sizes in The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro‘s romantic ode to old Hollywood monster movies. An other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of the Cold War era in America circa 1962, the film is poised to win big on Oscar night – with thirteen nominations total.
Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s newest classified secret: a mysterious, scaled creature (Doug Jones) from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent (Michael Shannon) and a marine biologist (Michael Stuhlbarg). With the help of her nearest and dearest friends – fellow custodian Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and straight-laced neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins) – she sets out to protect the creature and open the possibilities of her future.
2017 was a great year for movies… and movies centered around gay men in particular. Not only was there a wealth of titles to choose from, but many of them rose above the gay movie niche and made a huge splash on the international film fest circuit. Some even broke through into the mainstream (looking at you, Call Me by Your Name). Check out our Top 15 Gay Movies of 2017 below and make sure to pick up your copies on DVD and Blu-ray at TLAgay.com! All but one of our top 15 are currently listed and we’ll be posting the final straggler (looking at you again, Call Me by Your Name) for pre-order as soon as it’s announced – most likely once it has finished making the award show rounds.
Lovers Marc and Fred (Tom Bateman and Sean Teale) initiated a major legal battle after they were refused a double bed at a remote Christian guest house. They came out of their court case victorious and now they’re back at the establishment to claim their conjugal rights. Triumph, however, quickly turns to terror when a scary Russian neo-Nazi also checks in. Their weekend of celebratory fun soon becomes a bloody battle for survival. B&B is a whip-smart and brutally funny dark comedy-thriller that has been earning rave reviews from critics – some of whom have even compared it to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. The Hollywood Outsiders, specifically, called it “a film Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of.” The Horror Society said it’s “frickin’ fantastic and a trailblazer for LGBT cinema.”
A massive critical hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Call Me by Your Name is shaping up to be – easily – one of the most anticipated gay-themed movies of the year.
Lavishly directed by Luca Guadagnino, (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, the upcoming Suspiria remake), Call Me By Your Namestars Armie Hammer as a 24-year-old student who visits Italy in the early 1980s and develops a relationship with a sensitive 17-year-old played by impressive up-and-comer Timothée Chalamet.