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The Best R-Rated Gay Movies 

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List of R-Rated gay movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated gay movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Gay movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated gay movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Gay movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Gay films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Gay film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of movies, including The Kids Are All Right and Boys Don't Cry.

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Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix
My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V, and starring ...more

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Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual ...more

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Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea
Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American independent romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, ...more

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Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne
But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth
My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was also one of the first films released by Working Title ...more

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Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Grant, Ben Kingsley
Maurice is a 1987 British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. It is a tale of homosexual love in early 20th century England, following its main character ...more

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Miss Coco Peru, Tori Spelling, Missi Pyle
Trick is a 1999 American gay-themed romantic comedy film starring Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc and Tori Spelling. Independently produced by Eric d'Arbeloff, Ross Katz and Fall, the film ...more

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Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave
Gods and Monsters is a 1998 British-American drama film that recounts the last days of the life of troubled film director James Whale, whose experience of WWI is a central theme. It stars Ian ...more

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#30 of 395 The Best Gay Themed Movies #20 of 207 The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Sean Hayes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Paul Bartel
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss is a 1998 American independent, gay-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Tommy O'Haver and starring Sean P. Hayes, Brad Rowe, and Meredith Scott ...more
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Jude Law, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Fry
Wilde is a 1997 British biographical film directed by Brian Gilbert with Stephen Fry in the title role. The screenplay by Julian Mitchell is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 biography of ...more

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#81 of 395 The Best Gay Themed Movies #91 of 207 The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies

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Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey
Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme case in ...more

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Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo
The Kids Are All Right is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. A hit at 2010 Sundance, it opened in limited release on ...more

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Nia Long, Timothy Olyphant, Jennifer Coolidge
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy is a 2000 American film written and directed by Greg Berlanti. It follows the lives of a group of gay friends in West Hollywood, centered on a ...more

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#66 of 207 The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies #96 of 111 The Best Romantic Comedies Rated R

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Jennifer Esposito, Domenick Lombardozzi, Christopher Lawford
Kiss Me, Guido is a 1997 independent film comedy. Written and directed by Tony Vitale and produced by Ira Deutchman and Christine Vachon, it stars Nick Scotti, Anthony Barrile, Anthony DeSando ...more
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Colin Farrell, Robin Wright, Sissy Spacek
A Home at the End of the World is a 2004 drama film directed by Michael Mayer. The screenplay by Michael Cunningham was adapted from his 1990 novel of the same title.

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Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Carrie Preston
Transamerica is a 2005 independent comedy-drama film produced by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company. The film tells the story of Bree, a transgender woman, who goes on a road trip with her ...more

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Lena Headey, Piper Perabo, Matthew Goode
Imagine Me & You is a 2006 British-American comedy-romance film written and directed by Ol Parker. It centres on the relationship between Rachel and Luce, who meet on Rachel's wedding day. ...more

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#2 of 23 Great Mainstream Movies About Lesbians #246 of 378 The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time #131 of 395 The Best Gay Themed Movies

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Maud Adams, Kenneth Nelson, Keith Prentice
The Boys in the Band is a 1970 American drama film directed by William Friedkin. The screenplay by Mart Crowley is based on his Off Broadway play of the same title. It is among the first major ...more

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#78 of 395 The Best Gay Themed Movies #178 of 202 The Best Comedy Movies of the 1970s

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Louise Fletcher, Tim DeKay, George Coe
Big Eden is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. It won awards from several gay and lesbian film festivals, and was nominated for best limited release film ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer
Total Eclipse is a 1995 film directed by Agnieszka Holland, based on a 1967 play by Christopher Hampton, who also wrote the screenplay. Based on letters and poems, it presents a historically ...more

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Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia
Sordid Lives is a 2000 independent film, written and directed by Del Shores. The movie is based on Shores' play of the same name and includes elements of his life, according to the director's ...more

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#171 of 173 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals #167 of 207 The Best R-Rated LGBTQ+ Movies

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Russell Crowe, Rebekah Elmaloglou, Jack Thompson
The Sum of Us is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film version of the play The Sum of Us. Directed by Kevin Dowling and Geoff Burton, the film starred Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson. The screen ...more

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Kyle MacLachlan, Brian George, Jimi Mistry
Touch of Pink is a 2004 Canadian-British gay-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. The film takes its title from the Cary Grant film That Touch of Mink.

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#79 of 395 The Best Gay Themed Movies #37 of 87 The Best R-Rated Gay Interest Movies

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Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave
Prick Up Your Ears is a 1987 film, directed by Stephen Frears, about the playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. The screenplay was written by Alan Bennett, based on the book by ...more

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Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow, Johnny Galecki
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