There are a few stereotypical things that every gay man should know about. These things include certain musical artists such as Barbara Streisand and Bette Midler, how to mix a fantastic cocktail, and a number of movies that should be part of every homo’s “I’ve-seen-that” repertoire. Whether you’re gay or straight, if you haven’t seen any or all of the movies on this list, you’re missing out on something great.
Originally this post started as a collection of my top 5 gay-themed movie recommendations and my top 5 recommendations for non-gay movie essentials. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep either list to just 5… and after reaching over 1,000 words not even 1/2 way through, I decided to break it up into three articles: Top Gay-Themed Comedies, Top Gay-Themed Dramas and Top Non-Gay Movie Essentials. So… let’s start with the comedies- listed in no particular order, click the title to watch the trailer!
- “Here is where they asked young Vida to stop imitating Esther Williams in Million Dollar Mermaid.”
- Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo deliver a hilarious performance as drag queens Vida Boheme, Noxeema Jackson and Chi-Chi Rodriguez who cross the country after Vida & Noxeema win a major competition in New York, with a grand prize of a trip to Hollywood and decide to take Chi-Chi with them. After their car breaks down in a small town, they wind up being chased by a cop and showing a town full of small-town mentality that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
- “Dumb gorgeous people should not be allowed to use literature when competing in the pickup pool. It’s like bald people wearing hats… it’s deceiving.”
- The group of friends in this film remind me, in a lot of ways, of my own group of friends. A feel-good, funny film with plenty of hilarious quotes & one-liners- any group of friends will be able to identify with the characters. Whether it’s the hot Cole, played by Dean Cain, or the quirky Patrick, played by Ben Weber- you’re sure to find someone in the group that you think “Patrick is that guy… and Jonny is that guy… and Stephen is that guy…”, making it not only a funny film, but one that’s easy to relate to.
- “That’s just what this country needs: a cock in a frock on a rock.”
- Priscilla is an absolute classic. This Australian gem tells the story of 2 queens and a tranny who cross the Australian outback by bus to perform a gig at a hotel in Alice Springs. Mitzi, the organizer of the gig, Felicia, (played by a muscular Guy Pearce) an Abba-obsessed bitchy queen and Bernadette, a transsexual take their show on the road and learn new things about each other, their lives and their loves on the way.
- “It’s big, it’s beautiful… and you’re gonna love it.”
- Trick is a classic fun-gay movie that’s all about two guys trying to find a place to get it on. Gabriel is a cute shy guy whose best friend is Hagg-a-licious Katherine- played by none other than Tori Spelling. On the way home from the bar one night, Gabriel is picked up by Mark, a go-go dancer he’d seen earlier that night. The two struggle to find a place to be alone and what follows is a comedy-strewn adventure. Drag queen Coco Peru gives a hilarious performance as… herself and is sure to give you a few laughs.
- “It’s my first day as a woman, already it’s that time of the month.”
- This is more of comedic drama in many ways, but it definitely has at least one foot firmly planted in the comedy arena. John Cameron Mitchell (who also directed the movie) plays Hedwig, a male-to-female transgender rock artist who underwent the surgery to flee Berlin with an American G.I. Things don’t go as expected, unfortunately, and years later she’s touring the country with her band, performing concerts at the Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants, which coincides with the touring dates of the ex-boyfriend who stole her songs. Full of great quotes and humor- Hedwig is a must-see.
- “She’s just upset, because the fish on her plate is the only kind she can eat.”
- This over-the-top comedy is about Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne)- a cheerleader at her high school who is sent to a camp intended to “fix” homosexuality by her parents and friends who believe she is a lesbian. With RuPaul playing an ex-gay counselor and Clea DuVall playing the girl that Megan falls in love with- it’s a great cast and a great story.
- “You look tired” means “you look old.” And “you look rested” means “you’ve had collagen.”
- Truly a classic with Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Hank Azaria each delivering truly hilarious performances. Robin plays Armand Goldman, owner of The Birdcage cabaret bar in South Miami Beach with his Drag Queen partner Albert/Starina (Nathan Lane). From a previous heterosexual marriage, Armand has a son who has fallen in love with a conservative senator’s daughter. Armand & Albert agree to stage a family dinner to win over the family, pretending to be a “normal” straight couple which leads the group through a night full of mistakes, adventure and hilariousness. Hank Azaria plays Agador, the Goldman’s “house boy” and arguably steals the show in many respects. The Birdcage is absolutely classic.
So there you have it- my list of the top gay-themed comedies out there. It’s an incomplete list, to be sure, but it’ll at least get you started on some great gay films if you haven’t seen them already!