Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

31 May 2018

Cinema Q List

The argument and logic behind this list can be found here.
  1. Films are listed by year and then in the order in which I recommend them.
  2. Movies first shown on television are not included. Documentaries are.
  3. Each year also includes a list of films I haven't yet seen.
  4. The year is the film's release date in the U.S. If the film wasn't released in U.S. theatres, then it is listed under its original date.
  5. What makes a queer film? Is queerness defined by claiming an identity? A set of practices? Erotic glances? A style of filmmaking? Openness to queer readings? (I could easily do a queer reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, for example, or Belladonna of Sadness. Does that make them queer films?) And yet we have a list, so:
  6. The list includes films with significant queer characters, not just films with gay themes or films about gay topics. So The Shape of Water and Mannequin with their gay male sidekicks make the list. (Both of those films wind up being topically queer as well – sex with fish, sex with thousand-year-old mummy.) I think this is necessary. We learn to be queer from all sorts of images, and queer sidekicks have had a large influence on my subjectivity.
  7. Films with only homoeroticism but a basic commitment to heterosexuality, such as, say, 300 or Wings, are not included unless the filmmaker is also queer (thus, Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion makes the list).
  8. Films with queer sexual violence are not included unless they have queer characters or address queer themes; thus, I left Little Children and Beasts of No Nation off the list but included Midnight Cowboy – maybe I am wrong to be making this distinction, but it's what I'm trying for the moment.
  9. I am going to include movies I think are bad as well as good, and indeed films that are hostile to queerness or represent queerness in ways I think are offensive and even reprehensible. Thus, The Imitation Game with its silly version of queerness makes the list, and so does The Fox, a film that is openly hostile to queerness.
  10. Either way some of this is going to be subjective.
  11. Send me your recommendations.

2020
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Ammonite
And Then We Danced
Being Impossible
The Boys in the Band
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn
The Capote Tapes
Carmilla
Clementine
Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało)
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
I Carry You With Me
Lazy Susan
Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back
The Prom
Reinventing Marvin
Straight Up
Stray Dolls
The Thing about Harry
To the Stars
Tu Me Manques
Two of Us
Uncle Frank




2019
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Pain & Glory (Dolor y Gloria)
Monos
Booksmart
Rocketman
Knife+Heart (Un Couteau dans le Cœur)
Rafiki
The Heiresses (Las Herederas)
Judy
Bombshell
The White Crow
Climax

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Adam
The Blonde One (Un Rubio)
By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)
Cola de Mono
Cousins (Primos)
End of the Century (Fin de Siglo)
Giant Little Ones
The Ground beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füßen)
Halston
Happy Endings Sleepover
Mapplethorpe
Marilyn
Papi Chulo
Pasolini
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu)
Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la Belle Éducation)
Sauvage/Wild
Socrates (Sócrates)
Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite)
Trade
Vita & Virginia
We Are Thr3e (Somos Tr3s)
Where's My Roy Cohn?
Wild Nights with Emily




2018
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The Strange Ones
The Cakemaker
Double Lover
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Girl
The Favourite
A Prayer before Dawn
Love, Simon
Boy Erased
Green Book
Night Comes On
Disobedience
Bohemian Rhapsody
Mary Queen of Scots
Postcards from London
We the Animals
The Party

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Allure
Benjamin
The Breeding
Consequences (Posledice)
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
The Happy Prince
Hooked
Love Blooms (L'Amour Debout)
Mario
Martyr
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
My Best Friend
My Big Gay Italian Wedding
A Nice Quiet Life
1985
Nothing Is Truer than Truth
The Pass
Sodom




2017
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Call Me by Your Name
BPM (Beats per Minute)
Princess Cyd
Raw
God's Own Country
Malila: the Farewell Flower
Nocturama
The Untamed
A Moment in the Reeds
The Wound
The Shape of Water
Handsome Devil
Beach Rats
The Ornithologist
Staying Vertical
I Dream in Another Language
A Quiet Passion
Thelma
A Fantastic Woman
Hello Again
It's Only the End of the World

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Almost Adults
Battle of the Sexes
Before the Fall
Below Her Mouth
Center of My World
Do You Take This Man
I Am Michael
My Friend Dahmer
Nobody's Watching
Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
Retake
Screwed (Pihalla)
Signature Move
Strange Weather
Stuff
Tainted Souls
Tom of Finland
Women Who Kill




2016
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The Handmaiden
Moonlight
The Fits
Neon Bull
Cemetery of Splendor
Certain Women
Lazy Eye
Spa Night
Don't Call Me Son
Other People
The Club
Closet Monster
Eisenstein in Guanajuato
From Afar

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Being 17
The Blue Hour
Esteros
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
King Cobra
Viva




2015
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Saint Laurent
Clouds of Sils Maria
Girlhood
Grandma
The Danish Girl
Carol
Sand Dollars
In the Grayscale
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
The 10 Year Plan
Tangerine

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Appropriate Behavior
Chasing Pavement
Cupcakes
The Duke of Burgundy
Eastern Boys
Gerontophilia
The New Girlfriend
Salvation Army
Tom at the Farm




2014
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The Way He Looks
Foxcatcher
Life Partners
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Pride
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
Yves Saint Laurent
Nightcrawler
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
Filth
Test
Stranger by the Lake
Love Is Strange
Space Station 76
The Circle (Der Kreis)
The Imitation Game
Lilting
Interior. Leather Bar.

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Beside Still Waters
Best Day Ever
Ever
G.B.F.
I Am Happiness on Earth
South Beach on Heels
You & I




2013
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Blue Is the Warmest Color
In the House
Spring Breakers
Kill Your Darlings
Let My People Go!
I'm So Excited!
Out in the Dark
Dallas Buyers Club
John Apple Jack
Laurence Anyways

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Beyond the Hills
Cloudburst
The Falls: Testament of Love
In the Name of...
Pit Stop




2012
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North Sea, Texas
ParaNorman
The Deep Blue Sea
The Paperboy
Gayby
Any Day Now
The Snowtown Murders
Cloud Atlas

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Impossible Choice
Keep the Lights On
A Perfect Ending




2011
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The Skin I Live In
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Pariah
Beginners

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August
Berlin '36
Circumstance
The Cost of Love
Heartbeats (Les Amours Imaginaires)
In the Family
My Last Round
Romeos
Tomboy




2010
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Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
I Am Love
Eyes Wide Open
Undertow (Contracorriente)
I Love You Phillip Morris

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Dorian Gray
Dream Boy
Dzi Croquettes
I Killed My Mother
La Mission
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!
Plan B
Role/Play
Room in Rome
Soundless Wind Chime
Spring Fever
Surprise, Surprise
Violet Tendencies




2009
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A Single Man
The Country Teacher (Venkovský Učitel)
David's Birthday (Il Compleanno)
Brüno
The New Twenty

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The Big Gay Musical
Drool
Little Ashes
Make the Yuletide Gay
Outrage
Raging Sun, Raging Sky (Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo)
Redwoods
The String (Le Fil)




2008
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Caramel (سكر بنات)
Milk
Shelter
Love Songs (Les Chansons d'Amour)
Saturn in Opposition (Saturno Contro)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tell No One (Ne Le Dis à Personne)
The Witnesses (Les Témoins)
No Regret
(후회하지 않아)
Were the World Mine
Funny Games
Dog Tags

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Arizona Sky
Ciao
I Can't Think Straight
Save Me




2007
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The Man of My Life (L'Homme de Sa Vie)
I'm Not There.
The Bubble
(הבועה)
The Kite Runner
Hairspray
The Love of Siam
(รักแห่งสยาม)
Death at a Funeral

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I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (黑眼圈)
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
The King and the Clown
(왕의 남자)
Whirlwind



2006
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Shortbus
Imagine Me & You
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Little Miss Sunshine
Time to Leave
Old Joy
Notes on a Scandal
Summer Storm
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (Love of 4.6 Billion Years)
Another Gay Movie
Let's Go to Prison
Running with Scissors

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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
Broken Sky
3 Needles
Two Drifters (Odete)




2005
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Brokeback Mountain
Good Night, and Good Luck.
The Family Stone
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Saving Face
My Summer of Love
Walk on Water
Mysterious Skin
The Dying Gaul
Tropical Malady
Love in Thoughts
Transamerica

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Beautiful Boxer



2004
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Tarnation
Bad Education
Latter Days
Good Bye Dragon Inn
Carandiru
Saved!
Alexander
A Home at the End of the World
The Dreamers

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Brother to Brother
Locked Up (Gefangen)
Los Angeles Plays Itself
The Mudge Boy
The Raspberry Reich
A Thousand Clouds of Peace
The 24th Day




2003
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In America
Elephant
Die Mommie Die!
Yossi & Jagger
Swimming Pool
Camp
Monster
Mambo Italiano

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The Iron Ladies II
Tokyo Godfathers



 
2002
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The Hours
Y Tu Mamá También
Far from Heaven
8 Women
His Secret Life (Le Fate Ignoranti)
Lan Yu
Frida
Secretary
The Rules of Attraction

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Enter the Clowns
Flying with One Wing
Kissing Jessica Stein




2001
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The Deep End
Burnt Money
All over the Guy
Lost and Delirious
Adventures of Felix
Come Undone
L.I.E.
Mulholland Dr.
Piñero

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The Iron Ladies



2000
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Before Night Falls
Beau Travail
But I'm a Cheerleader
The Broken Hearts Club: a Romantic Comedy
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Timecode
Psycho Beach Party
Taboo

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Aimée & Jaguar
Long Sleepless Nights




1999
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Magnolia
All about My Mother (Todo sobre Mi Madre)
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Being John Malkovich
Boy's Don't Cry
American Beauty
Flawless

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Better than Chocolate
Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål)
The Velocity of Gary




1998
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Gods and Monsters
Live Flesh
Velvet Goldmine
Steam: the Turkish Bath
Bedrooms and Hallways
Relax... It's Just Sex

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High Art
Homo Heights




1997
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Boogie Nights
Chasing Amy
My Best Friend's Wedding
Different for Girls
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Happy Together
In & Out
As Good as It Gets
Lilies

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Alive and Kicking (Indian Summer)
All over Me
The Delta
Fire
Ma Vie en Rose
The Watermelon Woman




1996
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La Cérémonie
Beautiful Thing
The Celluloid Closet
The Birdcage

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Body without Soul
Bound
Cavafy
Foxfire
Hustler White




1995
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Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate)
Black Is... Black Ain't
Wild Reeds (Les Roseaux Sauvages)
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

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Boys on the Side
Bugis Street
(妖街皇后)
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
Priest




1994
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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Heavenly Creatures

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A Man of No Importance
Zero Patience




1993
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The Wedding Banquet
Farewell My Concubine
Philadelphia
Orlando
Six Degrees of Separation

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Blue
The Long Day Closes
M. Butterfly
Mercedes (Marcides)
Slight Fever of a 20-Year-Old
Wittgenstein




1992
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Basic Instinct
The Crying Game
Edward II

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Bezness
The Living End
Swoon




1991
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Paris Is Burning
Strangers in Good Company (The Company of Strangers)
Thelma & Louise
Fried Green Tomatoes
My Own Private Idaho

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Young Soul Rebels



1990
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Longtime Companion
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The Garden



1989
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Tongues Untied
Looking for Langston

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Alexandria Again and Forever (إسكندرية كمان وكمان)



1988
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Night Zoo
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Once More
Salome's Last Dance




1987
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Maurice
Law of Desire
Mannequin

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Prick Up Your Ears



1986
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My Beautiful Laundrette
The Decline of the American Empire

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Caravaggio
Desert Hearts
Man of Ashes
(ريح السد)
Parting Glances



1985
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Colonel Redl
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Beyond the Walls

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The Angelic Conversation
Buddies
What Sex Am I?
The Wounded Man (L'Homme Blessé)




1984
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Entre Nous
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Another Country



1983
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Querelle
Yentl
The Dresser
The Hunger

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Born in Flames
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Sleepaway Camp
The Terence Davies Trilogy




1982
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Victor/Victoria
Labyrinth of Passion
The World According to Garp

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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Deathtrap
An Egyptian Tale
(حدوتة مصرية)
Making Love
Personal Best




1981
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Spetters
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1980
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Dimenticare Venezia
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Cruising
In a Year with 13 Moons
The Tempest




1979
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...And Justice for All.
La Cage aux Folles

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Alexandria... Why? (إسكندرية... ليه؟)
The Consequence


1978
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California Suite
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The Best Way to Walk


1977
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A Special Day
Equus
Short Eyes

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Desperate Living


1976
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Fox and His Friends



1975
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Dog Day Afternoon
Once Is Not Enough
Farewell, My Lovely

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1974
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A Very Natural Thing
Je, Tu, Il, Elle



1973
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The Day of the Jackal
Ludwig

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Malaṯily Bathhouse (حمام الملاطيلي)


1972
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Cabaret
Mi Querida Señorita

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I Want What I Want
The Nile and Its People
(الناس والنيل)
Women in Revolt


1971
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Death in Venice
Fortune and Men's Eyes

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Pink Narcissus
Some of My Best Friends Are...
Vampyros Lesbos



1970
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The Conformist
Fellini – Satyricon

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The Boys in the Band
The Christine Jorgensen Story
Funeral Parade of Roses
Myra Breckinridge
Song of the Loon
Trash



1969
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Midnight Cowboy
The Damned

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The Gay Deceivers
Teorema



1968
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La Ragazza con la Pistola
The Fox
Rachel, Rachel

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Flesh
The Killing of Sister George
The Queen



1967
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Persona
Portrait of Jason
Reflections in a Golden Eye



1965
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Bad Girls Go to Hell
Who Killed Teddy Bear



1964
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The Best Man
The Night of the Iguana

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Love Meetings
The Servant



1963
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Flaming Creatures
Scorpio Rising



1962
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Victim
Lawrence of Arabia
Walk on the Wild Side

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1961
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The Children's Hour
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Blood and Roses (Et Mourir de Plaisir)


1959
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Bewildered Youth (Anders als Du und Ich (§175))


1958
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Mädchen in Uniform


1956
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Tea and Sympathy


1955
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Rebel without a Cause
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1954
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Johnny Guitar


1953
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Glen or Glenda


1951
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Strangers on a Train
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1950
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Caged
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Un Chant d'Amour


1948
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Rope
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1947
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Fireworks


1935
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Sylvia Scarlett


1934
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The Third Sex


1933
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Queen Christina



1932
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The Blood of a Poet (Le Sang d'un Poète)
Mädchen in Uniform




1930
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Morocco
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1926
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Michael (Mikaël, Chained: the Story of the Third Sex)



1919
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Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern: §175)
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