by Terri Robar, Education & Outreach Librarian
June has been designated as the LGBTQ Pride Month. To celebrate, we’ve selected some of our favorite titles from The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers found on Advocate.com. Many more of these titles are available in our collection.
The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection, which can be searched by movie theme (or topic) as well as categories such as time period, genre, or language. Visit library.miami.edu/UDVD to view the entire collection.
From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing. The cunning Eve maneuvers her way into Margo’s Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo’s director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife.
This documentary is a chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the age of the city’s drag balls and critics have praised it as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.
Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.
With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam, and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered pink tour bus “Priscilla,” the trio heads for the outback and into crazy adventures in even crazier outfits.
Megan is a high school cheerleader. When her parents suspect that she is a lesbian, they send her to a conversion therapy camp. There Megan comes to embrace her sexual orientation, despite the therapy, and falls in love.
This film follows Vivian who is going through a divorce. While vacationing in Nevada, she meets Cay, an open lesbian. The two are drawn into a passionate affair.
His life changed history, his courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, becomes a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he is elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city’s mayor, George Moscone, are shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blames his former colleagues for denying White’s attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Based on the true story of Harvey Milk.
Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start.
Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation, and guilt–as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. When his parents send him to a psychiatrist, the doctor helps them to see that there is nothing wrong with being different.
The setting for this film is the Kit Kat Klub in 1931 Berlin. An American girl and a British academic meet and fall in love. Then they fall in with a German baron and are each seduced by him in turn. The crowd at the Kit Kat Klub represent a wide variety of lifestyles that are gradually being obscured by the rising darkness of the Nazi party.
Wealthy Mary Haines loses her husband to ruthless perfume-shopgirl Crystal Allen, who is aided and abetted by Sylvia Fowler, whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. In Reno, in the throes of divorce, all wage war on one another and ultimately learn about themselves.
Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.