The 65+ Best Gay Rated-R Movies

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The greatest R-rated gay movies span across all genres. You'll find romantic dramas but there are definitely comedies mixed in as well. Ultimately, this list will determine the best movie with gay themes that is rated R. Now get ready to start voting up your favorites.

This list of popular R-rated themed 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 Themed 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 Themed films on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific R-rated gay themed film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for. You can also find several of these movies streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Examples of movies on this list include The Kids Are All Right and Boys Don't Cry. You If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated gay themed movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated gay themed movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

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Did you know that Peter Jackson and Ang Lee have both directed Gay Themed R movies?

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  • Shelter
    Albert Reed, Alicia Sixtos, Katie Walder
    329 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Jonah Markowitz

    As a touching story about an aspiring artist named Zach, Shelter explores the unlikely connection between Zach and his best friend's older brother, Shaun. The film navigates the challenges of self-discovery, love, and family dynamics, resulting in a tender exploration of blossoming romance in the surf culture of Southern California. Audiences can expect strong emotional performances, compelling characters, and a heartfelt look at the intricacies of same-sex relationships.

  • Brokeback Mountain
    Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini
    223 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Ang Lee

    This groundbreaking and critically acclaimed film follows the complex relationship between two cowboys, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, as it unfolds over decades in the harsh and rugged American West. Brokeback Mountain masterfully portrays the intense emotional connection between the two men, as well as the societal pressures and personal struggles that they must endure. This tragic love story serves as both a powerful narrative on forbidden love and a poignant examination of how restrictive gender roles can impact the human heart.

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  • Beautiful Thing
    Linda Henry, Glen Berry, Scott Neal
    111 votes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Hettie MacDonald

    Set in a working-class London suburb, this charming coming-of-age tale centers around the tender and unexpected romance between two teenage boys, Jamie and Ste. Beautiful Thing offers a refreshing, optimistic perspective on young love, while tackling themes such as acceptance, self-discovery, and the importance of chosen family. With its lively soundtrack and authentic performances, it continues to resonate with audiences and hold a special place in queer cinema history.

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  • Call Me by Your Name
    Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
    29 votes
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

    This languid, sun-soaked tale set in the Italian countryside showcases a mesmerizing summer romance between Elio, a 17-year-old boy, and Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student staying with Elio's family. Call Me by Your Name is a lush exploration of desire, intimacy, and the complexities of young love, painting a portrait of uncertainty and yearning that resonates with many viewers. The film's evocative storytelling, gorgeous cinematography, and memorable performances by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer make for a truly unforgettable movie experience.

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  • My Own Private Idaho
    River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo
    67 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Gus Van Sant

    This innovative, nonlinear film by Gus Van Sant stars River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as Mike and Scott, two male hustlers traveling the Pacific Northwest in search of Mike's estranged mother. My Own Private Idaho combines elements of Shakespearean drama and road movie conventions, delving into themes of friendship, self-discovery, and longing amid seedy, marginal environments. With its dreamlike visuals and raw performances, the film remains a cult favorite and an essential piece of queer cinema.

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  • Latter Days

    Latter Days

    Steve Sandvoss, Wes Ramsey, Rebekah Johnson
    94 votes
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: C. Jay Cox

    This romantic dramedy revolves around the burgeoning relationship between Christian, a promiscuous party boy, and Aaron, a devout Mormon missionary. Latter Days explores themes of love, faith, and acceptance through the pair's struggles to reconcile their vastly different lifestyles with their undeniable connection. Touching and at times humorous, it takes a insightful look at the intersection of religion and sexuality.

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