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Even MORE Queer Romance Films

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When you think of film genres, there are a few that will jump to most folk’s mind: Drama, Comedy, Action, … and Romance! In fact, many of these common genres are often combined as the key elements of each genre work well with others. For example, Romance and Comedy blend into another genre itself: the Romcom!

But today, I’m focusing mainly on the Romantic elements – even if some of the films below incorporate other genres. I’ve actually already written about queer romance films before. In 2022, I started off with 5 Queer Romance Films which was followed up last year with 5 MORE Queer Romance Films. But because there are TONS of queer romance films, I just kept on going!

Which brings us to this month’s post: 5 EVEN MORE Queer Romance Films. These five queer films are most certainly queer romances! However we’re to the point that most also belong in at least one additional category. You may have already seen some of these films shared as part of other monthly themed posts! Each of the queer romance films included below are unique and can easily stand out on their own.

[Note: Not all of these films have full reviews yet – but they’re added to the quickly growing list of films I plan to tackle soon!]

5 Even MORE Queer Romance Films

In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar are hired by rancher Joe Aguirre as sheep herders in Wyoming. One night on Brokeback Mountain, Jack makes a drunken pass at Ennis that is eventually reciprocated. Though Ennis marries his longtime sweetheart, Alma, and Jack marries a fellow rodeo rider, the two men keep up their tortured and sporadic affair over the course of 20 years.

Most folks know of “Brokeback Mountain”, even if it’s merely that it’s the nominated film that got passed over for Best Picture at the 2006 Oscars all because it featured two gay men in a romance. (Many others, including director Ang Lee, were also upset that Heath Ledger was also robbed of a truly deserving Best Actor Oscar). But why all this contention? Because “Brokeback Mountain” is a masterpiece in every way! Those who are not a major fan usually can’t get past Ang Lee’s directorial style which is very slow paced, yet pairs perfectly well with the short story by Annie Proulx that the film is based upon – it’s REALLY short! However attention was paid to every little detail, the acting was all around phenomenal, the shots were simply gorgeous and stunning – it’s simply a breathtaking and powerful film to watch. Personally, I’d be surprised if you have not yet seen “Brokeback Mountain!” (But I’ll forgive you if immediately you add this queer film to your watch list.)

Watch “Brokeback Mountain” on Amazon, Prime Video, Apple TV+, and YouTube.

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.

“Love, Simon” is a newer queer film that continued breaking new grounds as the first film by a major studio to showcase a gay teenage protagonist. Reaching a much wider audience, this heartfelt film touches on many experiences that young queer teenagers face today. Yet even despite the drama twist of what is essentially teenage blackmail, the film keeps a positive tone. Perhaps the best scenes, aside from the climatic finale where Simon finally meets his online friend Blue, are the two talks Simon has with his parents. If you aren’t crying tears of joy after both, I’d be shocked. Due to “Love, Simon’s popularity, you probably have already seen this queer comedy film. If not, then this queer coming out story is not one to miss!

Watch “Love, Simon” on Amazon, Prime Video, Apple TV+, YouTube, Disney+, and Hulu.

Yossi is a Commander at an Israeli outpost near Lebanon. He is however involved in a secret, passionate love affair with his second in command (nicknamed Jagger). The two will often sneak off from the outpost to spend time together. A failed ambush during a full moon leaves Jagger mortally wounded and forces Yossi to finally express his love.

Yossi & Jagger is a film I first watched years ago, yet this rather simplistic queer romance still leaves quite a haunting impact. There is a rawness to both the storyline and the film’s cinematographic style, something that Eyton Fox has become known for. We start off with a beautiful romantic & flirtatious scene in the snow that truly evokes the relationship between Yossi and Jagger. However, due to the nature of the military and cultural implications, they have to keep their relationship secret. But that doesn’t stop them from a heartfelt, yet premonitious, convo before they head out on the last-minute ordered ambush later that night. While this queer romance might have a tragic ending, there is no doubt that it’s a heartfelt romance beautifully portrayed on scene.

Watch “Yossi & Jagger” on Amazon and Prime Video.

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the rugby team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses – until the only problem that love can’t solve tried to destroy them.

Films that are based on true stories often tug at our emotional heartstrings, and “Holding The Man” is no exception. However, that’s because despite being a beautiful romance, Tim & John’s 15-year love affair ends in tragedy: both boys are diagnosed with AIDS. Set during the 70’s & 80’s in Australia, this queer biography film captures one of queer history’s most tragic times. Full of uncertainty, stigma, and an almost certain death sentence at the time, AIDS simply devastated the queer community. Amid all of this, “Holding The Man” brings to life on screen how being diagnosed AIDS affected both boys and their life together. This film adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir unfortunately ends with a sad ending as both boys succumb to the disease. “Holding The Man” is a heartfelt queer biography film that everyone should watch.

Watch “Holding the Man” on Amazon, Prime Video, Apple TV+, and YouTube.

Film poster for "Holding The Man"

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe’s older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach’s selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family.

When I first watched Shelter years ago, I loved it! Zach and Shaun are atypical gay men, focused more on their surfing and just surviving rather than the latest fashion or other stereotypical trends. Heck, Zach doesn’t even realise his sexuality is different until hanging out with Shaun bings the suppressed feelings out. Their first kiss is relaxed and very natural, but there is quite a raw passion when Zach fully embraces his attraction to Shaun. Both actors (both straight) do a great job of bringing their characters to life – along with some neat surfing! There’s equally a rawness with Zach’s sister and nephew; the troubles of being poor and struggling contrast with Shaun’s richer upbringing. I also absolutely LOVE the soundtrack – it’s one of few I own!  If you haven’t seen “Shelter” yet, find yourself a copy of this queer sport film today.

Watch “Shelter” on Amazon, Prime Video, and Here TV.

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