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.