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Gay films or gay cinema are theatrical films that deal with or feature important gay, lesbian or bisexual characters or issues and may have same sex romance or relationships as an important plot device.

It is a problematic category and the question on what exactly constitutes a gay film as opposed to a straight one is a difficult one. "Is it gay thematic content, characters, gay filmmakers, or the amount and explicitness of gay sex? Assuming that you have a favorite gay film -- by whatever definition -- was it chosen for its artistic merits or some other reason, such as, that it advanced the 'gay cause'?" (Gary Crowdus, 1994).

Gay directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodóvar, François Ozon typically have a less sentimental view of life and love than their heterosexual counterparts.

The 1995 documentary film The Celluloid Closet researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, have portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.


List of films featuring gay male relationships


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