There have been a slew of gay movies in the last few decades, from the execrable Making Love in 1981 to recent marvels like Latter Days, romantic fluff like Trick and modern classics like Priscilla. But before we got movies that had openly gay characters and themes, there were the classics. Mostly they were movies about strong or abused women. I think that's because gay men could identify with those situations more than with the typical gangster or western movie.
But I'm a pretty bad fag when it comes to seeing the classics. I didn't see Baby Jane until I was in my 20s, and I still haven't seen All About Eve all the way through yet. So, I think it's time to round out my cultural education.
What are the gay classics that should be considered required viewing, on penalty of having to forfeit your gay card?
I'll start. I'd say the cutoff to qualify would be pre-Stonewall era, so before 1969. Feel free to add titles to the list, or to shoot them down if you don't agree.
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
All About Eve
Some Like It Hot
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz