THE PINK 100
LGBT people have appeared on film as long as movies have been made, but it's only in the last few decades that they have really become visible. Between 1930 and 1968, filmmakers were crippled by the Hays Code, a set of industry guidelines intended to shape and guide the moral content of films. Within this code, the depiction of homosexuality was strictly forbidden, but some characters still appeared with a wink and a nudge to the audience; sissy boys, butch women, sexually ambiguous leads. But it wasn't until the ban was lifted and homosexuality decriminalised that gay people began to find themselves represented positively on screen.
As a result of the not-so-straightforward history of the representation of the LGBT Community on film, I set myself certain guidelines in compiling this list of the Greatest LGBT Films of all time:
• These films had to include a positive representation of the LGBT Community. This does not mean the characters have to be positive, just that it's message is not homophobic (subsequently ruling out films such as Rebecca and Cruising).
• The films had to include explicit representations of homosexuality, instead of implicit references that could be read as LGBT retrospectively (subsequently ruling out films such as All About Eve and Strangers On A Train).
• Films adopted by the LGBT Community as iconic, but still lacking LGBT characters could not be included (ruling out The Wizard Of Oz).
• Films that use homosexuality as a shock tactic could also not be included (ruling out Sebastiane and Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom).
• Films did not have to receive a cinema release to be included.
Obviously, there are many more than 100 truly great LGBT films. I've tried to be as objective as possible, including what I believe critics would cite as the Greatest LGBT Films Of All Time, but their positioning within the list is pretty subjective, however. If you think I've missed something important however, let me know! I want to know what your favourite LGBT films are too!