The 30 Best LGBTQ Films of the 2010's There has been an explosion of queer content in the past decade or so. Although much of this burst has been seen on the television landscape, movies have also made great strides toward telling stories about the LGBTQ community. Many have received mainstream attention during awards season. Notably, 2016's Moonlight became the first gay film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. A Fantastic Woman, a Chilean production centering on a transgender woman and released the following year, won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
A thriller that features a gay serial killer stalking a cruising area may not seem terribly groundbreaking. After all, when William Friedkin did it with the 1980 Al Pacino starrer Cruising, it was met with great outcry. But French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie delivers a taut, pristinely shot thriller in Stranger by the Lake, which follows the denizens of a lakeside cruising area where a serial killer walks among them. Pierre Deladonchamps plays Franck, a regular at the lake who becomes sexually involved with the sexy newcomer Michel (Christophe Paou). The sex in Stranger by the Lake is passionate, raw, and graphic, and it doesn't shy away from full male nudity and erections. The scenes of Franck and Michel fucking, juxtaposed with the natural landscape, make for timeless tableaus that comment on the beauty of not only the male form but of desire between men.
Based on the memoir of the same name by the late Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive Me? details how Israel, a notable biographer of figures like Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead who published books throughout the 1970s and '80s, had fallen on hard times during the '90s. Opportunities had dried up, and she turned to forgeries as well as the stealing of archival materials from libraries as a means of generating income. The film is a fascinating portrait of New York City in this time period; one of its primary settings is Julius', a historic gay bar where Israel planned her infamous schemes. But Can You Ever Forgive Me? also features stellar performances from Melissa McCarthy as Israel and Richard E. Grant as Jack, who show the world what is so rarely seen in media: a friendship between a gay man and a lesbian. 2b1af7f3a8