Selected GLBT Cinema Reviews

Maurice The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Teorema Jarman's Sebastiane
The Consequence Desert Hearts
Dreyer's Michael Un Chant d'amour
Films of Kenneth Anger Volume One My Own Private Idaho

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GLBT Cinema: Filmmakers

CukorWelcome! Each of the exceptional filmmakers highlighted in GLBT Directors has been identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, either through the openness of their lives or in a reputable work, such as Vito Russo's groundbreaking The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies, William J. Mann's Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969, and Raymond Murray's indispensable GLBT film encyclopedia, Images in the Dark. Thanks to Ryan C for recommending four films by Keisuke Kinoshita (The Ballad of Narayama, 1958), a major postwar Japanese studio director and one of his country's first openly-gay filmmakers.

CocteauOf course, there other outstanding filmmakers rumored to belong here, and I'll be happy to include them after they come out or are identified in a reliable source. If you have any nominees, email Jim. Here are more GLBT Cinema resources, including 50 great films by GLBT directors. Below you will also find selected GLBT-themed films made by non-GLBT directors — an awkward phrase, but some exceptional pictures. Also see LGBT directors (at Wikipedia).

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Selection Criteria

EisensteinWhy a list of GLBT filmmakers? While a person's sexual orientation is not the sole basis for their life or work, it is an integral part of who they are and what they create. Seeing films in this context can reveal additional levels of meaning, and enjoyment. You are also welcome to read my brief essay on "Why a GLBT Focus?"

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GLBT Directors

  • Chantal Akerman (1950– ; Belgium)
    • I, You, She, He (1974)
    • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
    • A Couch in New York (1996)
    • Marcel Proust's "The Captive" (2000)

  • Néstor Almendros (1930–1992; Spain — also one of the great cinematographers)
    • Improper Conduct (1984)

  • starPedro Almodóvar (1951– ; Spain)
    • Law of Desire (1987)
    • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1989) [my mini-review]
    • All About My Mother (1999)
    • Bad Education (2004)

  • Alejandro Amenábar (1972– ; Chile/Spain)
    • Open Your Eyes (1997)
    • The Others (2001)
    • The Sea Inside (2004)
    • Agora (2009)

  • Jane Anderson (1954– ; US)
    • The Baby Dance (1998) (TV)
    • When Billie Beat Bobby (2001) (TV)
    • Normal (2003) (TV)
    • The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio (2005)

  • Lindsay Anderson (1923–1994; UK)
    • This Sporting Life (1963)
    • If... (1968)
    • O Lucky Man! (1975)
    • Britannia Hospital (1982)

  • Gregg Araki (1963– ; US)
    • The Living End (1993)
    • The Doom Generation (1995)
    • Nowhere (1997)
    • Mysterious Skin (2005)

  • Emile Ardolino (1943–1993; US)
    • He Makes Me Feel Like Dancing (1983)
    • Dirty Dancing (1987)
    • Sister Act (1992)
    • Gypsy (1993) (TV)

  • Dorothy Arzner (1900–1979; US)
    • The Wild Party (1929)
    • Christopher Strong (1933)
    • Craig's Wife (1936)
    • Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

  • Anthony Asquith (1902–1968; UK)
    • Pygmalion (1938)
    • The Way to the Stars (1945)
    • The Browning Version (1951)
    • The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

  • Fenton Bailey (?– ; US) – see Bailey & Barbato

  • Bailey & Barbato
    • The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)
    • 101 Rent Boys (2000)
    • Party Monster (1998 documentary)
    • Party Monster (2003 feature film)

  • Randy Barbato (?– ; US) – see Bailey & Barbato

  • Clive Barker (1952– ; UK — also an acclaimed artist, novelist, playwright, theatre director, film producer, and an innovative master of fantasy and horror)
    • Salome & The Forbidden (1973–1978)
    • Hellraiser (1987)
    • Nightbreed (1990)
    • Lord of Illusions (1995)

  • Paul Bartel (1938–2000; US — also an actor)
    • Death Race 2000 (1975)
    • Cannonball! (1976)
    • Eating Raoul (1982)
    • Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)

  • Greg Berlanti (?– ; US – also a successful television producer)
    • The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

  • Thomas Bezucha (?– ; US)
  • Marlon Brando (1924–2004; US — best known as a revolutionary actor)
    • One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

  • James Bridges (1935-1993; US)
    • Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
    • The Paper Chase (1973)
    • The China Syndrome (1979)
    • Urban Cowboy (1980)

  • Simon Callow (1949– ; UK — this popular character actor has to date directed one film)
    • The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)

  • Marcel Carné (1906–1996; France)
    • Bizarre, Bizarre (Drôle de drame) (1937)
    • Port of Shadows (Quai des brumes) (1938)
    • Le Jour se lève (1939)
    • Children of Paradise (1945) [my mini-review]

  • Jonathan Caouette (1972– ; US)
  • P.J. Castellaneta (1960– ; US)
    • Together Alone (1991)
    • Relax... It's Just Sex (1998)

  • Youssef Chahine (1926– ; Egypt)
    • Alexandria... Why? (1978)
    • An Egyptian Story (1982)
    • Adieu Bonaparte (1984)
    • Alexandria Again and Forever (1990)

  • Debra Chasnoff (1957– ; USA)
    • Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment (1992)
    • It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School (1996)
    • That's a Family (2000)
    • Let's Get Real (2004)

  • Patrice Chéreau (1944– ; France — also a renowned theatre and opera director)
    • Queen Margot (1994)
    • Wozzeck [Alban Berg's opera] (1994)
    • Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998)
    • Intimacy (2000)

  • Lisa Cholodenko (1964– ; US)
    • High Art (1998)
    • Laurel Canyon (2002)
    • Cavedweller (2004)
    • The Kids Are All Right (2010)

  • starJean Cocteau (1889-1963; France — also a great visual artist, playwright, poet, and novelist)
  • Cyril Collard (1957–1993; France)
    • Savage Nights (1992)

  • Bill Condon (?– ; US)
    • Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
    • Gods and Monsters (1998)
    • Kinsey (2004)
    • Dreamgirls (2006)

  • C. Jay Cox (?– ; US)
    • Latter Days (2003)

  • starGeorge Cukor (1899–1983; US) [my article on Cukor]
    • The Philadelphia Story (1940) [my mini-review]
    • Gaslight (1944)
    • Adam's Rib (1949)
    • My Fair Lady (1964)

  • Paul Czinner (1890–1972; Austria-Hungary)
    • The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)
    • Escape Me Never (1935)
    • As You Like It (1936)
    • Der Rosenkavalier [Richard Strauss's opera] (1962)

  • Stephen Daldry (1960– ; UK)
    • Billy Elliot (2000)
    • The Hours (2002)
    • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2005)

  • Lee Daniels (1959– ; US)
    • Shadowboxer (2005)
    • Precious (2009)
    • Selma (2012)

  • Terence Davies (1945– ; UK)
    • Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
    • The Long Day Closes (1992)
    • The Neon Bible (1995)
    • The House of Mirth (2000)

  • Jacques Demy (1931–1990)
  • Eloy de la Iglesia (1944– ; Spain)
    • Hidden Pleasures (1976)
    • The Deputy (1978)
    • El Pico (1983) & El Pico II (1984)
    • Otra Vuelta de Tuerca (1985; aka Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw")

  • Dean DeBlois (?– ; US)
    • Lilo & Stitch (2002; co-director with Chris Sanders)
    • How to Train Your Dragon (2010; co-director with Chris Sanders)
    • Go Quiet (2010)
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

  • Donna Deitch (1945– ; US)
    • Desert Hearts (1985)
    • The Women of Brewster Place (1989)

  • Arthur Dong (1953- ; US)
  • Olivier Ducastel (?– ; France) – see Ducastel & Martineau

  • Ducastel & Martineau
    • Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (1998)
    • Adventures of Felix (2000)
    • My Life on Ice (2002)
    • Cote d'Azur (2005)

  • Cheryl Dunye (1966– ; Liberia/USA)
    • The Watermelon Woman (1996)

  • starSergei Eisenstein (1898–1948; Russia — also one of the most important film theorists)
    • Battleship Potemkin (1925) [my mini-review]
    • Qué Viva México (1931)
    • Alexander Nevsky (1938)
    • Ivan the Terrible, Parts I & II (1943–1946)

  • Stephan Elliott (1963– ; Australia)
    • Frauds (1993)
    • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
    • Eye of the Beholder (1999)
    • Venetian Wedding (2004)

  • Rob Epstein (1955– ; US) – see Epstein & Freedman

  • Epstein & Friedman
    • The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
    • Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
    • The Celluloid Closet (1995)
    • Paragraph 175 (1999)

  • Paul Etheredge-Ouzts (1968– ; US)
    • HellBent (2004)

  • Rodney Evans (1971– ; US)
    • The Unveiling (1996)
    • Close to Home (1999)
    • Two Encounters (2000)
    • Brother to Brother (2004)

  • starRainer Werner Fassbinder (1946–1982; Germany — also one of the most important modern playwrights and theatre directors) [visit my Fassbinder Website]
  • Andrew Fleming (?– ; US)
    • Bad Dreams (1988)
    • Threesome (1994)
    • The Craft (1996)
    • The In-Laws (2003)

  • Eytan Fox (1964– / Israel)
    • Shirat Ha'Sirena (aka Song of the Siren) (1994)
    • Yossi & Jagger (2002)
    • Walk on Water (2005)
    • The Bubble (2006)

  • Jeff Friedman (?– ; US) – see Epstein & Friedman

  • Stephen Fry (1957– ; UK — also an actor and novelist)
    • Bright Young Things (2004)

  • Cedric Gibbons (1893–1960 ; UK/US — also one of the most influential art directors in Hollywood history, having designed over 1,000 films as well as the Oscar statuette)
    • Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

  • Marleen Gorris (1949– ; Netherlands)
    • A Question of Silence (1983)
    • The Last Island (1990)
    • Antonia's Line (1995)
    • Mrs. Dalloway (1997) [my mini-review]

  • Edmund Goulding (1892–1959; UK/US)
    • Grand Hotel (1932)
    • The Dawn Patrol (1938)
    • Dark Victory (1939)
    • The Razor's Edge (1946)

  • Tom Graeff (1929–1970; US)
    • Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) [campy, sweet, energetic fun; Graeff hoped this movie would make his partner, David Love, a star]
    • PLEASE NOTE! If you have any information to share about Tom Graeff, contact: Jim Tushinski, who's writing a biography, at TomGraeff.com; also the filmmakers doing a documentary at tomgraeff.org.

  • John Greyson (1960– ; Canada)
    • Zero Patience (1993)
    • Lilies (1996)
    • The Law of Enclosures (2000)
    • Proteus (2003)

  • Christopher Hampton (1946– ; UK — also an important playwright)
    • Carrington (1995)

  • Curtis Harrington (1928– ; US)
    • Night Tide (1961)
    • Games (1967)
    • Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
    • What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

  • Todd Haynes (1961– ; US)
    • Poison (1991)
    • Safe (1995)
    • Velvet Goldmine (1998)
    • Far From Heaven (2002)

  • Jaime Humberto Hermosillo (1942– ; Mexico)
    • La Apariencias Engañan (1977 – aka Deceitful Appearances)
    • Doña Herlinda and Her Son (1985) [my review]
    • Clantestinos Destinos (1987)
    • La Tarea (1990 – aka Homework) & La Tarea Prohibita (1992 – aka Forbidden Homework)

  • Robert Houston (?– ; US — also an actor, writer, producer; won Emmy and Academy Awards for short-form documentaries)
    • Shogun Assassin (1980) [my review]
    • Growing Pains (1984)
    • Trust Me (1989)
    • Rock the Boat (1998)

  • Nicholas Hytner (1956– ; UK — also a major theatre and opera director)
    • The Madness of King George (1994)
    • The Crucible (1996)
    • The Object of My Affection (1998)
    • The History Boys (2006)

  • Dan Ireland (?– ; US)
    • The Whole Wide World (1996)
    • The Velocity of Gary (1998)
    • Passionada (2002)
    • The Beauty of Jane (2004)

  • James Ivory (1928– ; US) – see Merchant/Ivory

  • starDerek Jarman (1942–1994; UK — also a great stage designer, painter, author, poet... and gardener) [visit my Jarman Website]
  • Patty Jenkins (?– ; US)
  • Tom Joslin (1946–1990; US)
    • Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993; completed by Peter Friedman)

  • Tom Kalin (?– ; US)
    • Swoon (1992)
    • Savage Grace (2005)

  • Leonard Kastle (1929– ; US — primarily a composer of concert music and opera)
    • The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

  • Keisuke Kinoshita ( ; Japan)
    • Carmen Comes Home (1951) and Carmen Falls in Love (1952)
    • A Japanese Tragedy (1953)
    • Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
    • The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

  • Tim Kirkman (1966– ; US)
    • Dear Jesse (1998)
    • The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (2000)
    • Loggerheads (2005)

  • Randal Kleiser (1946– ; US)
    • Grease (1978)
    • The Blue Lagoon (1980)
    • Getting It Right (1989)
    • It's My Party (1996)

  • Stanley Kwan (1957– ; China)
    • Rouge (1987)
    • The Actress (1992)
    • Hold You Tight (1997)
    • Lan Yu (2001)

  • Richard Kwietniowski (1957– ; UK)
    • Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
    • A Night with Derek (1997)
    • Owning Mahowny (2003)
    • Regret Not Speaking (2003)

  • Bruce La Bruce (1964– ; Canada)
    • No Skin Off My *ss (1991)
    • Super 8-1/2 (1993)
    • Hustler White (1996)
    • Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008)

  • Christopher Larkin (?– ; US)
    • A Very Natural Thing (1974)

  • Charles Laughton (1899–1962; UK — best known as an actor, he directed this one extraordinary film)
  • Mitchell Leisen (1898–1972; US)
    • Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
    • Easy Living (1937)
    • Midnight (1939)
    • Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

  • Jennie Livingston (?– ; US)
    • Paris Is Burning (1990)

  • Arthur Lubin (1901–1995; US)
    • Hold That Ghost (1941)
    • Phantom of the Opera (1943)
    • Francis (the Talking Mule) (1949)
    • Impact (1949)

  • Craig Lucas (1951– ; US — also an acclaimed playwright)
    • The Dying Gaul (2004)

  • Maria Maggenti (1962– ; US)
    • The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)
    • Puccini for Beginners (2006)

  • Don Mancini (1963– ; US — created "Chucky" and wrote all films in the Child's Play franchise)
    • Child's Play 5: Seed of Chucky (2004)

  • Joe Mantello (?– ; US — also an acclaimed theatre director)
    • Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

  • Jonah Markowitz (?– ; US — also a production designer)
    • Shelter (2007)

  • Rob Marshall (1960– ; US — also a successful Broadway director/choreographer)
    • Chicago (2002)
    • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
    • Nine (2009)
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

  • Jacques Martineau (?– ; France) – see Ducastel & Martineau

  • Scott McGehee (?– ; US — co-directs with straight-identified partner David Siegel)
    • Suture (1993)
    • The Deep End (2001)
    • Bee Season (2005)

  • Deepa Mehta (1950– ; India/Canada)
    • Fire (1996)
    • Earth (1998)
    • Water (2005)

  • Ismail Merchant (1937–2005; India/USA) – see Merchant/Ivory

  • Merchant/Ivory
  • Vincente Minnelli (1910–1986; US)
    • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) [my review]
    • An American in Paris (1951)
    • The Band Wagon (1953)
    • Gigi (1958)

  • John Cameron Mitchel (1963– ; US – also an actor and playwright)
    • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
    • Shortbus (2006)

  • Paul Morrissey (1938– ; US)
    • Flesh (1968)
    • Heat (1972)
    • Blood for Dracula (1974; aka Andy Warhol's Dracula)
    • Beethoven's Nephew (1985)

  • Russell Mulcahy (1953– ; Australia)
    • Highlander (1986)
    • The Shadow (1994)
    • Queer as Folk (US version, episodes 1–3) (2000)
    • Prayers for Bobby (2009)

  • Christopher Münch (1962– ; US)
    • The Hours and Times (1991)
    • Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
    • The Sleepy Time Gal (2001)
    • Harry and Max (2004)

  • starF.W. Murnau (1888–1931; Germany)
    • Nosferatu (1922) [my review]
    • The Last Laugh (1924)
    • Sunrise (1927)
    • Tabu (1931)

  • Ryan Murphy (1965– ; US)
    • Running with Scissors (2006)
    • Pretty/Handsome (2008)
    • Glee (Television Series – 2009– )
    • Eat Pray Love (2010)

  • Andrew Niccol (1964– ; New Zealand)
    • Gattaca (1997)
    • Simone (2002)

  • Tommy O'Haver (1964– ; US)
    • Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
    • Get Over It (2001)
    • Ella Enchanted (2004)
    • An American Crime (2007)

  • Laurence Olivier (1907–1989; UK — also one of the greatest actors)
    • Henry V (1944)
    • Hamlet (1948)
    • Richard III (1954)
    • The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

  • Ulrike Ottinger (1942– ; Germany)
    • Madame X: An Absolute Ruler (1978)
    • The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press (1984)
    • Joan of Arc of Mongolia (1988)
    • The Bloodcountess (2000)

  • François Ozon (1967– ; France)
  • Ferzan Ozpetek (1959– ; Turkey)
    • Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)
    • Harem Suare' (1999)
    • His Secret Life (2001)
    • Facing Windows (2004)

  • starYasujiro Ozu (1903–1963; Japan)
    • Story of Floating Weeds (1934) & remake Floating Weeds (1959)
    • Late Spring (1949)
    • Tokyo Story (1953)
    • Equinox Flower (1958)

  • Sergei Paradjanov (1924–1990; Russia)
    • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
    • The Color of Pomegranates (aka Sayat Nova) (1969)
    • The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984)
    • Ashik Kerib (1988)

  • starPier Paolo Pasolini (1922–1975; Italy — also one of the great modern poets, novelists, and literary theorists) [visit my Pasolini Website]
  • Kimberly Peirce (1967– ; US)
    • Boys Don't Cry (1999)
    • Stop-Loss (2008)

  • Wolfgang Petersen (1941– ; Germany/US)
    • The Consequence (1977) [my review]
    • Das Boot (1981)
    • In the Line of Fire (1993)
    • Troy (2004)

  • Léa Pool (1950- ; Switzerland/Canada)
    • Anne Trister (1986)
    • Set Me Free (1999)
    • Lost and Delirious (2001)

  • Rosa von Praunheim (born Holger Mischwitzky) (1942– ; Germany)
    • It is Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse But the Society in Which He Lives (1971)
    • A Virus Has No Morals (1986)
    • I Am My Own Woman (1992)
    • The Einstein of Sex – The Life and Work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1999)

  • Irving Rapper (1898–1999; US)
    • Now, Voyager (1942)
    • The Corn is Green (1945)
    • Deception (1946)
    • The Brave One (1956)

  • Nicholas Ray (1911–1979; US)
    • They Live by Night (1949)
    • In a Lonely Place (1950)
    • Johnny Guitar (1954)
    • Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

  • Norman René (1951–1996; US — also a popular playwright)
    • Longtime Companion (1990)

  • Tony Richardson (1928–1991; UK — also a major theatre director)
    • Look Back in Anger (1958)
    • A Taste of Honey (1961)
    • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
    • Tom Jones (1963)

  • Marlon Riggs (1957–1994; US)
    • Tongues Untied (1989)

  • Jerome Robbins (1918–1998; US — also one of the most influential director/choreographers in Broadway history)
    • West Side Story (1961; co-director with Robert Wise)

  • Angela Robinson (1971– ; US)
    • D.E.B.S. (2004)
    • Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

  • Don Roos (1955– ; US)
  • Patricia Rozema (1958– ; Canada)
    • I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
    • White Room (1990)
    • When Night is Falling (1995)
    • Mansfield Park (1999)

  • Ira Sachs (1958– ; US)
    • The Delta (1996)
    • Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
    • Married Life (2007)

  • Victor Salva (1958– ; US)
    • Powder (1995)
    • Rites of Passage (1999)
    • Jeepers Creepers (2001)
    • Jeepers Creepers II (2003)

  • Greta Schiller (?– ; US)
    • Before Stonewall (1984 – co-directed with Robert Rosenberg & John Scagliotti)
    • International Sweethearts of Rhythm (1987 – co-directed with Andrea Weiss)
    • Tiny and Ruby: Hell Divin' Women (1988 – co-directed with Andrea Weiss)
    • Paris Was a Woman (1995) [my review]

  • John Schlesinger (1926–2003; UK)
    • Darling (1965)
    • Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    • Sunday Blood Sunday (1971) [my review]
    • Marathon Man (1976)

  • Werner Schroeter (1945– ; Germany)
    • The Kingdom of Naples (1978)
    • Palermo or Wolfsburg (1980)
    • The Rose King (1986)
    • Malina (1991)

  • Joel Schumacher (1939– ; US)
    • The Lost Boys (1987)
    • Falling Down (1992)
    • Batman Forever (1995)
    • Phone Booth (2002)

  • Adam Shankman (1964– ; US)
    • The Wedding Planner (2001)
    • The Pacifier (2005)
    • Hairspray [musical version] (2007)
    • Bedtime Stories (2008)

  • Jon Shear (?– ; US — sometimes credited as Jon Matthews)
    • Urbania (2000)

  • Bill Sherwood (1952–1990; US)
    • Parting Glances (1986)

  • Del Shores (?– ; US)
    • Sordid Lives (2000)
    • The Wilde Girls (2001)

  • Bryan Singer (1966– ; US)
    • Public Access (1993)
    • The Usual Suspects (1995)
    • X-Men (2000) & X2: X-Men United (2003)
    • Superman Returns (2006)

  • Susan Sontag (1933–2004; US — a preeminent cultural critic and author)
    • Duet for Cannibals (1969)
    • Brother Carl (1972)
    • Promised Lands (1974)
    • Unguided Tour (1983)

  • Mauritz Stiller (1883–1928; Sweden)
    • The Wings (Vingarne) (1916)
    • Erotikon (1920)
    • Gösta Berling's Saga (1924)
    • The Temptress (1926)

  • Michael Stock (ca. late 1960s?– ; Germany)
    NOTE: IMDb listing contains many inaccuracies on this engimatic director/ writer/ actor, at least in the pre-1993 listings)
  • Miles Swain (?– ; US)
    • The Trip (2002)

  • Monika Treut (1954– ; Germany)
    • Seduction: The Cruel Woman (1985)
    • The Virgin Machine (1988)
    • My Father is Coming (1991)
    • Female Misbehavior (1992)

  • Rose Troche (?– ; US)
    • Go Fish (1994)
    • Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)
    • The Safety of Objects (2001)

  • Duncan Tucker (?– )
    • Transamerica (2005)

  • Gus Van Sant (1953– ; US)
    • Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
    • My Own Private Idaho (1991) [my review]
    • Good Will Hunting (1997)
    • Elephant (2003)

  • starLuchino Visconti (1907–1976; Italy — also one of the great opera directors)
    • Ossessione (1942 – adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice) [my mini-review]
    • Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
    • The Leopard (1963)
    • Death in Venice (1971)

  • Charles Walters (1911–1982; US)
    • Easter Parade (1948)
    • Summer Stock (1950)
    • Lili (1953)
    • The Tender Trap (1955)

  • Andy Warhol (1928–1987; US) – see also listing for Paul Morrisey
    • Chelsea Girls (1966)
    • Lonesome Cowboys (1968)

  • John Waters (1946– ; US)
    • Pink Flamingos (1972)
    • Female Trouble (1975)
    • Hairspray (1988)
    • Serial Mom (1994)

  • Bruce Weber (1946– ; US)
    • Broken Noses (1987)
    • Let's Get Lost (1988)

  • Wash Westmoreland (1966– ; UK)
    • Quinceañera (2006 – co-director Richard Glatzer)
    • The Hole (2003)
    • The Fluffer (2001)
    • Naked Highway (1997)

  • Andrea Weiss (1956– ; US)
    • International Sweethearts of Rhythm (1987 – co-directed with Greta Schiller)
    • Tiny and Ruby: Hell Divin' Women (1988 – co-directed with Greta Schiller)
    • A Bit of Scarlet (1997)
    • Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2000)

  • James Whale (1889–1957; UK/US)
    • Frankenstein (1931) & The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    • The Old Dark House (1932)
    • The Invisible Man (1933)
    • Show Boat (1936)

  • Kevin Williamson (1965– ; US — also creator of the Scream trilogy and the TV series Dawson's Creek)
    • Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

  • Wong Kar-wai (1957– ; China)
    • Chungking Express (1994)
    • Fallen Angels (1995)
    • Happy Together (1997)
    • In the Mood for Love (2000)

  • Franco Zeffirelli (1923– ; Italy — also a popular director of lavish opera productions)
    • The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
    • Romeo and Juliet (1968)
    • Jesus of Nazareth (1977) (TV)
    • La Traviata (1982)

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GLBT-Themed Films by Non-GLBT Directors

Below are some notable GLBT-themed films made by prominent directors who are not GLBT-identified. Some of these films, together with selected titles from above, appear among 50 Outstanding GLBT Films. I do not mean to "de-gay" anyone, but no reliable source has identified any of these filmmakers as GLBT. If you have additional information, please email Jim.

  • Advise and Consent (Otto Preminger / 1962)
  • Alexander (Oliver Stone / 2004)
  • American Beauty (Sam Mendes / 1999)
  • Angels in America (Mike Nichols / 2003)
  • Another Country (Marek Kanievska / 1984)
  • Beautiful Thing (Hettie McDonald / 1996)
  • Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel / 2000)
  • Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze / 1999)
  • The Birdcage (Mike Nichols / 1996)
  • Blood and Roses (Roger Vadim / 1961)
  • Bound (Andy & Larry Wachowski / 1996)
  • The Boys in the Band (William Friedkin / 1970)
  • Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan / 2005)
  • Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee / 2005) [my review]
  • A Bullet for the General (aka Quien sabe?) (Damiano Damiani / 1967) [my mini-review]
  • Bully (Larry Clark / 2001) [my mini-review]
  • Cabaret (Bob Fosse / 1972)
  • The Cable Guy (Ben Stiller / 1996)
  • Capote (Bennett Miller / 2005)
  • Cat People (Jacques Tourneur / 1942)
  • Chasing Amy (Kevin Smith / 1997)
  • The Children's Hour (William Wyler / 1962)
  • Chuck & Buck (Miguel Arteta / 2000)
  • Citizen Ruth (Alexander Payne / 1996)
  • City Lights (Charles Chaplin / 1931 – the "eccentric millionaire" character)
  • The Comfort of Strangers (Paul Schrader / 1991)
  • The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci / 1970)
  • The Crying Game (Neil Jordan / 1992)
  • Daughters of Darkness (Harry Kümel / 1971)
  • The Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand / 1986)
  • Deep Red (Dario Argento / 1975)
  • Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot / 1955)
  • Different From the Others (Anders als die Andern) (Richard Oswald / 1919) [my review]
  • Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet / 1975)
  • Ed Wood (Tim Burton / 1994)
  • Enduring Love (Roger Michell / 2004)
  • Entre Nous (Diane Kurys / 1983)
  • Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige / 1993)
  • Fellini Satyricon (Federico Fellini / 1969) [my mini-review]
  • Flesh and the Devil (Clarence Brown / 1926)
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell / 1994)
  • The 4th Man (Paul Verhoeven / 1984)
  • Frida (Julie Taymor / 2002)
  • Friends Forever (Stefan Henszelman / 1987)
  • The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson / 1943)
  • Gilda (Charles Vidor / 1946)
  • The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (Charles Guggenheim & John Stix / 1959)
  • Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai / 1997)
  • The Haunting (Robert Wise / 1963) [my mini-review]
  • Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson / 1994) [my mini-review]
  • Henry & June (Philip Kaufman / 1990)
  • The Hunger (Tony Scott / 1983)
  • I Shot Jesse James (Samuel Fuller / 1949)
  • In & Out (Frank Oz / 1997)
  • In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks / 1967)
  • The Killing of Sister George (Robert Aldrich / 1968)
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hector Babenço / 1985)
  • The Krays (Peter Medak / 1990)
  • La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro / 1978)
  • Last Summer in the Hamptons (Henry Jaglom / 1995)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean / 1962)
  • Les Biches (Claude Chabrol / 1968)
  • Lianna (John Sayles / 1983)
  • Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy / 1930)
  • Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan / 1931)
  • Making Love (Arthur Hiller / 1982)
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth (Roeg / 1976)
  • Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese / 1973)
  • Michael (Mikaël) (Carl Th. Dreyer / 1924) [my review]
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Clint Eastwood / 1997)
  • Mishima (Paul Schrader / 1985)
  • Monster (Patty Jenkins / 2003) [my review]
  • Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch / 2001)
  • The Music Lovers (Ken Russell / 1971)
  • My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears / 1986)
  • My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski / 2004)
  • Nadja (Michael Almereyda / 1994)
  • Notes On a Scandal (Richard Eyre / 2006)
  • Orlando (Sally Potter / 1992)
  • The Outlaw (Howard Hughes & uncredited Howard Hawks / 1943) [my mini-review]
  • Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst / 1928)
  • Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner / 1973)
  • Performance (Nicholas Roeg & Donald Cammell / 1970)
  • Persona (Ingmar Bergman / 1966)
  • Personal Best (Robert Towne / 1982)
  • Philadelphia (Jonathan Demme / 1993)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir / 1975)
  • Priest (Antonia Bird / 1994)
  • The Producers (Susan Stroman / 2005)
  • Red River (Howard Hawks / 1948) [my mini-review]
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye (John Huston / 1967)
  • Rent (Chris Columbus / 2005)
  • The Ritz (Richard Lester / 1976)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman / 1975)
  • Rope (Alfred Hitchcock / 1948)
  • The Servant (Joseph Losey / 1963)
  • Sex in Chains (Geschlecht in Fesseln) (Wilhelm [William] Dieterle / 1928) [my review]
  • The Silence (Ingmar Bergman / 1963)
  • Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder / 1959)
  • Something for Everyone (Hal Prince / 1970)
  • Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano / 1993)
  • A Special Day (Ettore Scola / 1977)
  • Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock / 1951) [my mini-review and my in-depth analysis of a scene]
  • Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz / 1959)
  • Taboo (Gohatto) (Nagisa Oshima / 1999)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (Anthony Minghella / 1999)
  • Tales of the City (Alastair Reid / 1993) [my review]
  • Talladega Nights the Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Adam McKay / 2006)
  • This Special Friendship (Jean Delannoy / 1964)
  • THX 1138 (George Lucas / 1971)
  • Total Eclipse (Agnieska Holland / 1995)
  • Victim (Basil Dearden / 1961) [my review]
  • The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot / 1952)
  • The Wedding Banquet (Ang Lee / 1993)
  • Wild Reeds (André Téchiné / 1994)
  • Wilde (Brian Gilbert / 1997)
  • Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón / 2002)
  • You Are Not Alone (Ernst Johansen & Lasse Nielsen / 1978)
  • Young Törless (Volker Schlöndorff / 1966)
  • Zachariah (George Englund / 1971) [my review]

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