32. Philadelphia

Movie: Philadelphia Release Date: December 22, 1993 Director: Jonathan Demme Starring: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen. Tag Lines: “No one would take on his case… until one man was willing to take on the system.” Relevance: We have reached a huge milestone on my list of most influential movies of…

38. The Birdcage

Movie: The Birdcage Release Date: March 8, 1996 Director: Mike Nichols Starring: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski. Tag Lines: “Come as you are.” “What could possibly come between a match made in heaven? The parents. Dinner. And a nightclub called…The Birdcage.” Relevance: I had…

39. Brokeback Mountain

Movie: Brokeback Mountain Release Date: December 9, 2005 Director: Ang Lee Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid. Tag Lines: “Love Is A Force Of Nature.” Relevance: In 2005, I was an out and proud gay man with a boyfriend and somewhat happy existence. It was a long road for me…

68. The Laramie Project

Movie: The Laramie Project Release Date: January 10, 2002 Director: Mois├ęs Kaufman Starring: Nestor Carbonell, Christina Ricci, Dylan Baker, Terry Kinney, Lou Ann Wright, Peter Finda, Laura Linney, Camryn Manheim, Clea Duvall, Steve Buscemi, Amy Madigan, Janeane Garofalo, Tag Lines: “When a small town comes face to face with murder, everybody has a tale to…

93. Angels in America

Movie: Angels in America Release Date: December 7, 2003, December 14, 2003 Director: Mike Nichols Starring: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Patrick Wilson, Mary-Louise Parker, Emma Thompson, Justin Kirk, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Shenkman. Tag Lines: “The messenger has arrived.” Relevance: ‘Angels in America’ is considered a miniseries due to the fact that it was shown in…

113. Weekend

Movie: Weekend Release Date: September 23, 2011 Director: Andrew Haigh Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New. Tag Lines: “A (sort of) love story between two guys over a cold weekend in October.” Relevance: In 2012, even though I was dating someone, my life was pretty uneventful. I worked. I spent time with my son. I listened…

114. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Movie: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Release Date: August 15, 1975 Director: Jim Sharman Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick. Tag Lines: “Action-packed… lotsa laughs & sex… gorgeous gals… thrills & chills… Transylvanian parties… romance.” “A Different Set Of Jaws.” “Another Kind Of Rocky.” “He’s the hero — that’s right, the hero!!” “Give yourself…

117. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Movie: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Release Date: August 10, 1994 Director: Stephan Elliott Starring: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter. Tag Lines: “Finally, a comedy that will change the way you think, the way you feel, and most importantly… the way you dress.” Relevance: When I headed back for…

118. The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy

Movie: The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Release Date: October 20, 2000 Director: Greg Berlanti Starring: Zach Braff, Dean Cain, Andrew Keegan, Nia Long, Mary McCormack, Matt McGrath, Timothy Olyphant, Billy Porter, Justin Theroux, Ben Weber, John Mahoney. Tag Lines: “The shortest distance between friends isn’t always a straight line.” Relevance: As referenced a…

127. Trick

Movie: Trick Release Date: July 23, 1999 Director: Jim Fall Starring: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Lorri Bagley, Brad Beyer, Steve Hayes, Clinton Leupp. Tag Lines: “A story about two guys trying to make it in the big city.” Relevance: Some people burst out of the closet door, others are dragged. Unfortunately my…