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    For the past thirty years, the British Film Institute has been honoring the best in contemporary and classic LGBT cinema from around the world, with its annual BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. In celebration of the festival’s three-decade anniversary this year, the BFI got together more than a hundred international filmmakers, critics, and film programmers—including, for instance, director and curator Joanna Hogg and film theorist Laura Mulvey—to compile a list of the top thirty LGBT films of all time.

    Coming in at number one was Todd Haynes’s breathtaking 2015 romantic drama Carol, with Andrew Haigh’s groundbreaking 2011 film Weekend a close second. Some of the other favorites on the list, which covers eighty-four years of LGBT-themed films, were: Stephen Frears’s My Beautiful Laundrette, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, Chantal Akerman’s Je tu il elle, Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color, and Basil Dearden's Victim, and Lynch’s Mulholland Dr.

    Head over to the BFI’s site to see the full list.

14 comments

  • By vautrin
    March 18, 2016
    12:48 PM

    Would love to see a Criterion release of Beau Travail.
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  • By Jacob S.
    March 18, 2016
    12:59 PM

    Fucking åmål? (show me love)
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  • By Matthew
    March 18, 2016
    03:31 PM

    No love for A Special Day?
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    March 18, 2016
    11:39 PM

    Great list, but what about The Boys in the Band and The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
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  • By Silvio
    March 19, 2016
    03:22 AM

    and "Maurice" and soon I hope "Brokeback mountain" on the criterion collection
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  • By David Kelly
    March 20, 2016
    12:41 AM

    Damn, that whole list, plus all their honorable mentions, must be more than fifty films there. Some where the gay aspect isn't even obvious, just a projected subtext. Some are very mainstream, and most of the top ones are all really recent films. Shows the Brits suffer from the same thing we do: Very young people with very short sight and memory make these lists. What about "Torch Song Trilogy"???? Harvey Fierstein? Hell, that should be near the very top of the list!!! What about "Boys in the Band"??? What about "Kiss of the Spider Woman"??? All groundbreaking works in gay cinema. I don't think there's a single Gregg Araki film there. But stuff like "Carol" and "Blue is the Warmest Colour" top the list. Nonsense.
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  • By dhoskins
    March 20, 2016
    12:42 AM

    Garçon Stupide? Another Country?
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  • By HUSKY
    March 20, 2016
    12:32 PM

    Some of my all time favorites!!! Where's Mysterious Skin?
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  • By HUSKY
    March 20, 2016
    12:55 PM

    Would love to see Theorem and Death In Venice , both out of print sadly.
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  • By HUSKY
    March 20, 2016
    12:58 PM

    Also Todd Haynes’ Poison needs a Bluray release.
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  • By ROGER D.
    March 21, 2016
    05:07 AM

    Can we please, PLEASE start a campaign to induct Carol into the Criterion? And Moodysson's Show Me Love!
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    • By Dagmara Just
      March 25, 2016
      02:52 PM

      I strongly agree- I want 'Carol' special edition with deleted scenes!
  • By Dagmara Just
    March 25, 2016
    02:51 PM

    Dear Criterion- I beg you to release 'Carol' with deleted scenes/extras as soon as possible! This film is just a masterpiece and Todd Haynes is brilliant director. I know that many people (not only from LGBT society) are waiting for special edition of 'Carol'- so pleeeease :)
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