Rutledge’s Top Ten Lists : Top Ten Romantic Gay Films of the 21st Century (so far)
I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
I Love You Phillip Morris is the improbable but true story of a spectacularly charismatic conman’s journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, brilliantly escaping from the Texas prison system on four separate occasions – all in the name of love.
I Love You Phillip Morris is a Jim Carrey movie, no doubt about it, and it’s a good one too. With his manic glare, ferociously eager smile, kinetic body language and talent for instant self-transformation, Carrey has rarely been more charismatic on the screen.
It is the real-life story of con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell, as played by Carrey. While incarcerated, Russell falls in love with his fellow inmate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris is released from prison, Russell escapes from prison four times to be with Morris.
Because it is unabashedly a sexually forthright gay love story, I Love You Phillip Morris is also transgressive by Hollywood standards. From the moment Steven meets the title character, a gentle blond Southerner with whom he falls in love at first sight, he is obsessively head-over-heels and will do anything to be with this man. The film is blunt about the mechanics of gay sex. A star vehicle whose first gay erotic moment shows Carrey engaged in loud anal sex is simply not main stream.
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Classic. Robbed of an Academy Award for Best Picture (Ang Lee won Best Director).
Keep The Lights On (2012)
Pride is an account of the real-life 1984-85 alliance between the London fundraising group Lesbians And Gays Support The Miners (LGSM) and the people in the small town of Onllwyn in Wales. But, like many other nostalgic films, Pride has the future in mind. It is a thoroughly engaging, goofy, heartfelt, inspiring movie.
Pride is a spirited tribute to join-up activism during an era of profound Conservatism. If it had been fiction, the story would have seemed hackneyed: a city versus country culture clash tale. Pride takes place over exactly a year, set against Britain’s last grasp at popular Socialism and the rise of AIDS panic and outright homophobia.
Its director, Matthew Warchus presents the film in a straightforward, simple style, with moments of handheld camera suspense, and a rousing soundtrack of pop and traditional music, nudging emotions, but also bringing a smart sense of the 1980s period.
See Dominic West and Andrew Scott kiss!
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2014)
Because I dig girl-on-girl action. Karen Pence‘s favorite queer film. Dirty. Beautiful.
God’s Own Country (2017)
God’s Own Country is Call Me By My Name‘s dark doppelgänger. Director/writer Francis Lee‘s feature debut is set on a working-class farm in grim Northern England with miserable Johnny, played by Josh O’Connor, falling for a hunky Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu). Johnny’s father, who has had a stroke, has disdain for his son, and his grandmother only gives him a chilly reserve. Johnny self-medicates via anonymous sex with strangers and by getting blackout drunk. It will undoubtedly be compared to Brokeback Mountain, except this one has a happy ending.
Tropical Malady (2004)
Love, Simon (2018)
Everyone deserves a great love story, even, or especially teenagers. Love, Simon is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love. Its sheer warmth, openness, likability and idealism won me over. It is a “John Hughes” movie for our age and the first mainstream studio release to put a closeted teen front and center.