Cinema is one of the most important windows that exist to exhibit fundamental issues for society, although on many occasions they do it indirectly through fantasy, comedy or terror, there are also productions, whether fiction or documentary, that explore certain themes in a more profound and evident way making use of drama or romance. Today, the topic of the LGBT community is something that has captured the attention of many, but it is not strictly new.
On the occasion of Pride Month, named in memory of the 1969 New York riots, Rotten Tomatoes has released an updated list of the 200 best LGBT + themed films of all time worldwide. Featured on this list are tapes of all genres and styles. According to the platform, each production was chosen taking into account the critical rating, the number of reviews, that they had characters that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, etc., and that the story revolved around the topic.
Although there currently seems to be much more openness to homosexuality on the big screen, the truth is that more than 90 years ago there was already a film that proposed a relationship of this type: Girl in uniform, a 1931 German drama that features a young girl who falls in love with her teacher. This film, being released around the time of Nazi Germany, was banned and censored for a long time, but it had the opportunity to reach other countries.
It is important to recognize that, in recent years, films that represent the community in some way have also begun to be recognized in award seasons. Proof of this is The favourite – 100%, tape by which Olivia Colman she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne, who was intimate with her protégés. On the other hand, you will find Moonlight – 98% from Barry Jenkins, the first gay-themed movie to win the top Academy Award, Best Picture.
In the first places of the list could not miss Call Me By Your Name – 97%, directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Armie Hammer Y Timothée Chalamet; Pain and Glory – 96%, one of the most recent works of Pedro Almodovar where the filmmaker uses part of his life story to shape a film that leaves feelings on the surface. From Latin America comes A Fantastic Woman – 94%, the Chilean film that made a lot of noise during the awards season for its tender, subtle and respectful portrayal of a transgender woman who must face the gazes that judge her.
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Of course, it couldn’t be left out The Club of the Evicted – 94%, where Matthew McConaughey presents an evident acting maturity accompanied by Jared Leto; the relevance of this film, beyond showing characters from the LGBT community, shows one of the harsher, albeit realistic, sides of what it means to live with AIDS and fight to stay alive no matter what this implies.
It is worth mentioning that this list does not include series or movies made for television, although original productions from streaming services were taken into account. Below, you can read how the Top 10 of the best LGBT movies of all time came out:
09. BPM (Beats Per Minute).
08. A Fantastic Woman.
07. The Club of the Evicted.
05. Girls in uniform.
03. Pain and Glory.
02. Call Me By Your Name.