Before Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, it was hard to find gay romantic comedies. It was even harder to find good gay romantic comedies; start-up LGBT production studios like Wolfe Video, TLA Releasing, and Here Films started out with high hopes but low budgets, big plot holes and small audiences.
Since then, these studios have blossomed, and bigger studios like Focus Features and MGM have several gay films to their name after investing in award-winning talent and online advertising. Gay films have gotten better and more plentiful as a result, but some of the best ones—Milk, Brokeback Mountain, The Hours—are too heavy for a new date.
If your search for a lighthearted Rom Com has led you here, try this list of 5 classic gay date movies to enjoy with your same-sex squeeze:
Boy Culture, 2006
The story of a hustler searching for love unfolds with perfect pace, wry humor, and a talented, foxy cast boasting the likes of Derek Magyar, Patrick Bachau, and Darryl Stephens. Prepare to be wooed.
Saving Face, 2004
A smart comedy about a Chinese Canadian lesbian doctor in her uphill attempts to accept herself and a brilliant girlfriend. The cast includes Lynn Chen, Michelle Krusiec, and the unsinkable Joan Chen. You may shout “JUST CALL HER!” a few times, but the script’s witty commentary on culture and sexuality will keep you laughing.
Starring Trevor Wright and Brad Rowe, the film explores a poignant, masculine romance between a twenty-something surfer and his best friend’s big brother. While not particularly comedic, the characters’ growth through family torrents and the pressures of orientation labels grip you into rooting for them.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, 1995
Before there was RuPaul’s Drag Race, there was Miss Vita Boheme, Miss Noxema Jackson, and Miss ChiChi Rodriguez. The fact that these transcontinental road-tripping drag queens were played by Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Lequizamo? 90’s gold. Add Stockard Channing to the mix and you’ve got a buffet of one-liners, Southern charm, and a fabulous story of love and acceptance.
A tender love story about an elderly lesbian couple who are determined to legally marry in Canada, the film spans a nursing home breakout and dodging the cops. It delivers hilarious, heartfelt performances from Brenda Fricker and Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis.
Queue these babies up and invite your date over for a cuddly night in!