Creating a gay movie is a real tough job. The director, actors, producer and other members of the crew have to prepare themselves for a lot of criticism from the straight as well as gay community for any potential mistake or misrepresentation of the values. Regardless of all this pressure, the team is expected to give their best. The idea of making movies for America gay population was not supported much in the earlier centuries, but now as the time is progressing and the studios are getting advanced, more and more gay movies are being made with a heavier budget and renowned cast. Today, let’s review some of the top listed American gay movies and the plot which helped in making these movies more popular.

Top 10 Famous and Influential American Gay Movies

Compiling an American gay movie list is not an easy job as it seems, but I managed to make one anyhow. After looking through all those amazing work done in this category, I selected 10 famous and influential movies which also get high rating at IMDb. Check out!

A Single Man (2009)

Director: Tom Fort

Imdb rating: 7.6/10

Awards received:

  • AFI Movies of the Year in 2009

  • Satellite Award for Best Director in 2009

This movie revolves around the life of a professor and how he managed his life to cope with the most troubled days of his life after the sudden death of his boyfriend. It is a short film, but it has an influential story to impress the audience. Colin Firth did an incredible job as the lead actor in this gay movie with other members of the cast like Matthew Goode and Julianne Moore.


Redwoods (2009)

Director: David lewis

Imdb rating: 5.5/10

The gay movie revolves around the life of a man whose life was stagnant. He starts getting pleasure from his life when he meets a new writer who came to Redwoods to write a new story. They both fall in love with each other and stay happy together. Mathew Montgomery and Tad Coughenour played the lead role in this movie.


Milk (2008)

Director: Gus Van Sant

Imdb rating: 7.6/10

Awards received:

  • Academy Awards in 2009

  • Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009

This movie is based on the life of an inspirational politician Harvey Milk, who was actually a gay. The movie has received critical acclamation from the audience, especially from the new generation. Analysts and critics strongly believed that this movie will bring an influential change is the generations and will be written and remembered in golden words in history. The outstanding achievement of this movie can be attributed to the lead actor Sean Penn who did complete justice with his role in this gay film.


Shelter (2007)

Director: Jonah Markowitz

Imdb rating: 7.9/10

Awards received:

  • Dallas Outtakes Award in 2007

  • GLAAD Media Award in 2009

  • L.A Outfest Award in 2007

This story is based on the life of a depressed man, whose family has made it difficult for him to continue his college life in peace. Tired of all the issues in his life, he started a relationship with the brother of his friend. Trevor Wright has played the lead role in this movie.


Another Gay Movie (2006)

Director: Todd Stephens

Imdb rating: 5/10

Awards received:

  • L.A Outfest Award for Outstanding Actor in 2006

  • Nominated in Golden Trailer Awards in 2007

This movie revolves around the lives of four friends. These four friends are studying in college and are willing to start their graduation life after losing their virginity. It is one of the short gay films with tons of magical moments and spectacular direction. Here are the four lead actors: Jonathan chase, Mitch Morris, Micheal Carbonaro and Jonah Blechman.


Coffee Date (2006)

Director: Stewart Wade

Imdb rating: 6.5/10

Awards received:

  • Sedona International Film Festival Award in 2007

  • Nominated for Glitter Awards in 2007

This movie is based on life of a guy named Todd. He suddenly meets a new friend who eventually becomes his best friend. This new friendship makes him believe that he is a gay (but he was not actually gay). It is a nice comedy movie which can bring laughter to anyone’s face. Additionally, this gay film also makes it easier for many young guys to understand the thought process and struggles a guy goes through during his early years. Jonathan Bray played the lead role in this gay movie.


Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Director: Ang Lee

Imdb rating: 7.7

Awards received:

  • Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2005

  • Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score in 2006

I have to say this is the first gay movie that has ever made me cry. “Brokeback Mountain” with the excellent acting by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger shows us a story between a rodeo cowboy and a ranch hand. In 1963, they meet each other when looking for a shepherding job. The green grassland of Wyoming, the harsh winter in the mountains, their secret life-long bond… How can we expect that they are finally separated by Ennis’s death… Such an ecstatic yet bitter story.


Mambo Italiano (2003)

Director: Émile Gaudreault

Imdb rating: 6.8/10

Awards received:

  • Nominated for Canadian comedy awards in multiple categories in 2006

  • Nominated for directors guild of Canada in 2004

  • Nominated for GLAAD media awards in 2004

This gay movie tells a story based on the son of an Italian immigrant. A combination of comedy and sentiments, this movie revolves around the boy that how he tells his family that he is a gay. Luke Kirby and Peter Miller played the lead role in this film.


Better Than Chocolate (1999)

Director: Anne Wheeler

Imdb rating: 6.3/10

Awards received:

  • Nominated for GLAAD media awards in 2000

  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay and Video Festival in 1999

“Better than chocolate” is a story of two lesbian girls named Kim and Maggie. It is a sentimental type of movie which starts when Maggie’s mother moves to Maggie’s place after she gets divorced. After moving to her daughter’s place, she met a transsexual women Judy (who has changed her sex through surgical procedure), after which she came to know about her daughter Maggie that she is a lesbian. Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox and Wendy Crewson played the lead role in this movie.


All Over Me (1997)

Director: Alex Sichel

Imdb rating: 6.6/10

Awards received:

  • Berlin International Film Festival Award in 1997

  • Nominated for GLAAD media awards in 1998

The story revolves around the lives of two best friends named Ellen and Claude. Both these girls live in a not-so-good area in New York City. Their lives were totally surrounded in subcultures such as drugs, music, etc. Tara Subkoff and Alison Folland played the lead role in this movie.

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