LGTBQ Favorite documentaries

by raphsbs | created - 17 Aug 2018 | updated - 17 Aug 2018 | Public

Lesbian, gay, trans, bi, queer, mostly counter-culture documentaries. Chronological order. From SUNSHINE fanzine #1

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1. Tearoom (2008)

56 min | Documentary

Tearoom consists of footage shot by the police in the course of a crackdown on public sex in the American Midwest. In the summer of 1962, the Mansfield, Ohio Police Department photographed ... See full summary »

Director: William E. Jones

Votes: 13

Film from 1962, released in 2008

2. Portrait of Jason (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

Black gay prostitute Jason Holliday is rigorously interviewed on his story and character, revealing nuanced truths about life and art.

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee

Votes: 781

3. Witches, Faggots, Dykes and Poofters (1980)

45 min | Documentary

In 1978 the police attacked demonstrators at the Sydney (Australia) Mardi Gras celebrations. This film details the communities response.

Director: Digby Duncan | Stars: Jude Kuring, David Stiff

Votes: 30

4. Before Stonewall (1984)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, History

The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

Directors: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg | Stars: Rita Mae Brown, Maua Adele Ajanaku, Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Bannon

Votes: 685 | Gross: $0.02M

5. Tongues Untied (1989)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

A documentary about the experiences of black homosexual men living in the United States of America.

Director: Marlon Riggs | Stars: Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Kerrigan Black, Blackberri

Votes: 861

7. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 10,097 | Gross: $3.78M

8. Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991)

55 min | Documentary, Biography

Tom of Finland is one of the gay world's few authentic icons. His drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity. Tom's ultimate leather men are known and seen everywhere. They are... See full summary »

Director: Ilppo Pohjola | Stars: Tom of Finland, Robert Henry Mizer, Nayland Blake, Durk Dehner

Votes: 323 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Coming Out Under Fire (1994)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans.

Director: Arthur Dong | Stars: Salome Jens, Phillis Abry, David Barrett, Alan Bergreen

Votes: 117

10. Ballot Measure 9 (1995)

72 min | Documentary

Ballot Measure 9 was an anti-gay amendment proposed to Oregon voters in 1992 by the conservative group, Oregon Citizen's Alliance. This documentary goes behind the scenes of the fight to ... See full summary »

Director: Heather MacDonald

Votes: 77

11. The Celluloid Closet (1995)

R | 102 min | Documentary, History

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susie Bright, Arthur Laurents

Votes: 5,866 | Gross: $1.51M

12. Divine Trash (1998)

97 min | Documentary

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Yeager | Stars: John Waters, Pat Waters, John Waters Sr., Steve Buscemi

Votes: 977 | Gross: $0.04M

13. After Stonewall (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.

Director: John Scagliotti | Stars: Craig Rodwell, Melissa Etheridge, Mike Carney, Barney Frank

Votes: 371

14. 101 Rent Boys (2000)

78 min | Documentary

101 Rent Boys is shot on location in various motel rooms situated on the length of the Santa Monica Boulevard, and features 101 different hustlers. Although the film features 101 different ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: David Anthony, Gary Barry, Scott Black, Bo

Votes: 333

15. Mr. Leather (2004)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

A look at modern day leathermen and Leather Contests. This film follows nine contestants in the Mr. L.A. Leather contest.

Director: Jason Garrett | Stars: Stephen W. Blackwell, Chris Villa

Votes: 30

16. Gay Sex in the 70s (2005)

Not Rated | 67 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A chronicle of gay culture in New York during the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDs era.

Director: Joseph F. Lovett | Stars: Robert Alvarez, Alvin Baltrop, Barton Benes, Tom Bianchi

Votes: 555 | Gross: $0.25M

17. Small Town Gay Bar (2006)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

The story of community in the Deep South that is forced to deal with the struggles of ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression.

Director: Malcolm Ingram | Stars: Jim Bishop, Terry Capps, Jackie Cox, Bill Curtis

Votes: 1,068

18. This Filthy World (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

68 Metascore

Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters.

Director: Jeff Garlin | Star: John Waters

Votes: 1,337

19. Beautiful Darling (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary on Candy Darling, The Life and Times of the Andy Warhol Superstar.

Director: James Rasin | Stars: Candy Darling, Andy Warhol, Holly Woodlawn, Fran Lebowitz

Votes: 504

20. Stonewall Uprising (2010)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, History

74 Metascore

This film tells the story of the massive police raid of Stonewall in June 1969.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Paul Bosche, Alfredo del Rio, John DiGiacomo, Dana Gaiser

Votes: 480 | Gross: $0.13M

21. Vito (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, George Bancroft, Richard Barrios, Edmund Bergler

Votes: 464

22. We Were Here (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

94 Metascore

A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.

Directors: David Weissman, Bill Weber | Stars: Ed Wolf, Daniel Goldstein, Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer

Votes: 1,876

23. I Am Divine (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz | Stars: Divine, Michael Musto, Mark Payne, Greg Gorman

Votes: 2,051 | Gross: $0.06M

24. Bambi (2013)

58 min | Documentary, Biography

The film is a profile of Marie-Pierre Pruvot, an Algerian, born trans woman who had a long and prominent career as a dancer and showgirl in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s, under the stage name Bambi.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Star: Bambi

Votes: 102

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