The films every gay man must have in his home collection

by jbarnes-10 | created - 28 Dec 2011 | updated - 06 Sep 2013 | Public

This list contains all of the films that every self respecting gay man must have in his home collection. If you don't own these, or god forbid, you have not seen all of these films you are at risk for losing your gay card.

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1. Death Becomes Her (1992)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

56 Metascore

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 95,744 | Gross: $58.42M

Evil bf's in a life long war over stolen boyfriends. Broadway, everlasting beauty, vengence, glamour it has it all

2. Big Business (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 11,081 | Gross: $40.15M

Mixed up sets of identical twin sisters, New York, glamour, corporate takeovers, eighties hair and Bette Midler what else do you need?

3. Outrageous Fortune (1987)

R | 99 min | Comedy

Two women unknowingly share the same man, but when he disappears, both go out looking for him and enter his surprisingly dangerous life.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote, Robert Prosky

Votes: 6,844 | Gross: $52.86M

Two aspiring actresses who hate each other in love with the same man, spies, roadtrips, lively banter, a great time.

4. She-Devil (1989)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy

45 Metascore

A surprisingly resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr., Linda Hunt

Votes: 15,096 | Gross: $15.35M

A plain jane goes on a life long plan of vengence when a beautiful author steals her husband. Revenge, underdog transforms into sucessful business woman, hot pool boys, a overlooked camp classic

5. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

NC-17 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar

Votes: 9,251 | Gross: $9.00M

Screw the 1967 original, the 1970 sexplotation (not a sequel, sequel) is one of the best worst movies ever made. Wild sex, drugs, nudity, rock bands, murder, lesbians, gay guys, more drugs... this is an average Saturday night in Miami! a must see

6. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

Director: James Signorelli | Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Phil Rubenstein, Larry Flash Jenkins, Damita Jo Freeman

Votes: 11,885 | Gross: $5.60M

Elvira rocks this campfest of big boobs, revenge, hot guy next door, and small town values blown too bits.

7. Jawbreaker (1999)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

22 Metascore

Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.

Director: Darren Stein | Stars: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer

Votes: 22,600 | Gross: $3.07M

Love this movie! it has every horrible human quality a high school girl can have.

8. The Stepford Wives (1975)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman

Votes: 14,954 | Gross: $8.72M

Not the HORRIBLE Nicole Kidman remake, but the fantastic orginal starring the lovely Katherine Ross. I love Stepford, I wish there was such a place....for gay guys I mean

9. Don't Make Waves (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

New York tourist Tony Curtis falls asleep on a Southern California beach on his first night in the West and wakes up to The New Phantasmagoria--catamarans, surfers (including a dog), ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Webber, Joanna Barnes

Votes: 1,211

Sexy con artist, Malibu beach house, Claudia Cardinale, this lightweight comedy also stars the late and beautiful Sharon Tate. The story is simple but the special effect laden ending is pretty impressive for a film made in 1967, great 60's camp.

10. How Sweet It Is! (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy

Photographer Grif Henderson is assigned a photo shoot in Paris. He decides to take his wife Jenny and his hippie son Davey with him on the shoot. Jenny unknowingly rents a house that ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Paris | Stars: James Garner, Debbie Reynolds, Maurice Ronet, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 523

The hot James Garner in his prime, campy 60's fashions, world travel and a really funny story make this a must see.

11. Don't Drink the Water (1969)

G | 100 min | Comedy

The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Morris | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons, Ted Bessell, Joan Delaney

Votes: 721

I'm not a Jackie Gleason fan but Estelle Parsons STEALS this movie right out from under him. Ted Bessell from "That Girl" also stars in another lightweight 60's comedy full of great 60's fashion and international intrigue.

12. Caprice (1967)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

An industrial designer causes chaos when she sells a secret cosmetics formula to a rival company.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 1,125 | Gross: $4.08M

I love this movie, critics and Doris herself hated it and I don't understand why. Fantastic 60's fashions, Doris looking too groovy and breaking out of her constant virgin role. Great camp fun

13. The First Wives Club (1996)

PG | 103 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith

Votes: 39,380 | Gross: $105.49M

Revenge times 3! love it, this is a classic and if you have not seen it you should hang your little gay head in shame! Goldie, Bette, Diane it was a winner out of the gate! "This is resturant quality"

14. Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 7,181

This is probably the best movie ever made, the struggles of Dawn Davenport are as relevent today as they were back then. Divine in her best role, the script, the jokes, the casting, classic. Getting raped on Christmas morning, giving birth in a tenement hallway, being disfigured by an acid attack, it does not get any better then this.

15. The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.

Directors: Leonard Kastle, Donald Volkman | Stars: Shirley Stoler, Tony Lo Bianco, Mary Jane Higby, Doris Roberts

Votes: 3,969

Shirley Stofer should have won an academy award for her role in this true crime drama. From the first five minutes you know this movie is going to be good... Shirley steals the show, killing old ladies with hammers, drowning children, it is a stark portrait of a women's pathalogical love for a sleezy con man and her willingness to do anything to keep him..... A must see!

16. The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

The original '70s T.V. family is now placed in the 1990s, where they're even more square and out of place than ever.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Christine Taylor, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 19,639 | Gross: $46.58M

Almost every TV show made into a movie sucks, but not this one or its sequel mostly due to the talented Christine Taylor who pulls off the best Marcia Brady you can imagine. The writing, sets, acting and storyline are great, some great one liners and Ru Paul. This and "A Very Brady Sequel are must owns!

17. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

When an ordinary woman is exposed to a unique mix of chemicals, she begins to uncontrollably physically shrink.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson

Votes: 4,143 | Gross: $20.26M

"Pat, it's all that sex and violence on tv" I love this movie, who knew life could get so complicated in the ideal suburb of Tasty Meadows. Lily is great playing dual roles as Pat Kramer and her neighbor Judith the "Flo Natural" lady. Dated and somewhat fuzzy picture quality even on the DVD but its worth a watch.

18. 9 to 5 (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 25,249 | Gross: $103.29M

If you don't already know everything there is to know about 9 to 5 you are seriously retarded. If you don't own this movie and know most of the script I don't even want to look at you.

19. The Fan (1981)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Douglas, a record salesman, is an obsessive fan of actress Sally Ross. When his letters are rejected, he strikes out at her and her loved ones.

Director: Ed Bianchi | Stars: Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Michael Biehn, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 1,702

I have always loved this movie, from its opening credit sequence to its thrilling climax, It's all Lauren Bacall and she knows it, a lesser known but worth owning film.

20. Born to Kill (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Phillip Terry

Votes: 4,028

Claire Trevor rocks this great film noir about a divorced woman (already engaged to another man) who falls for a killer she meets on a train (who then ends up marrying her naive and rich sister). Did you get all of that? Tight script and storyline, great 40's clothes and Claire Trevor's performance make this one you can watch over and over again.

21. The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

A New York City cosmetologist, mistakenly thought to be a science teacher, is offered a job to teach the children of an Eastern European dictator.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Fran Drescher, Timothy Dalton, Ian McNeice, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 7,999 | Gross: $11.49M

I know Fran can get real old real quick but this is a cute movie with a great performance by Timothy Dalton. It's a good Sunday afternoon movie.

22. Just the Way You Are (1984)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Susan Berlanger, a New York based concert flutist, is currently in the pit orchestra for a ballet company where her best friend Lisa Elliott is a dancer. Susan's parents are helping arrange... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Kristy McNichol, Michael Ontkean, Kaki Hunter, André Dussollier

Votes: 699 | Gross: $7.89M

Who has not tried to be someone they are not? Well this time it's America's 70's sweetheart Kristy McNichol. Kristy deceides she is tired of being a post polo victim so while in Europe she dons a cast and pretends to have a broken leg at a fabo ski resort, of course love and mayhem ensue. This was just released on DVD for the first time last year, it's worth the watch.

23. The Bride Wore Red (1937)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. ... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 782

Another I'm not who you think I'am story with Joan Crawford cast as a sleezy waterfront bar singer who becomes part of a joke by a drunk Count to fool his friends. She is transformed into a lady and sent to yet another fabo mountain resort where she must choice between love or money in only two weeks!

24. HouseSitter (1992)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

Con artist Gwen moves in to Newton's empty home without his knowledge and begins setting up house, posing as his new wife.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Julie Harris

Votes: 20,795 | Gross: $58.50M

Not the most well known Goldie Hawn movie but a really good one. Goldie pretends to be the wife of uptight yuppie Steve Martin (a real stretch for him right?) anyhow she moves into his unoccupied country house and its one funny lied filled farce after another.

25. What's Up, Doc? (1972)

G | 94 min | Comedy

The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 17,834

This movie is worth watching just to see how hot Ryan O'Neil was when he was young....mmmmm he strips down to his underwear in a rather long comedic scene and it's worth seeing. The whole movie is screwball crazy and the film debut of a very young Madeline Kahn.

26. Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)

M | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

Carla Campbell receives maintenance payment from three former soldiers who all believe themselves to be the father of her daughter, Gia.

Director: Melvin Frank | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford

Votes: 1,329

The inspiration for the mega musical "Mama Mia" the story of three guys who could possibly be Mrs. Campbell's daughter's father is pretty good, impressive cast filmed on location in Italy.

27. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck

Votes: 2,249

This is the ONLY beach party movie worth watching. The majority of the music is cool, the story is very campy and Don Rickles tears into Annette in front of everybody, I'm pretty sure he was making it up as he was going cause the looks on Frankie and Annette's faces are priceless as he tears into the almost 30 year old playing a teen. In fact almost all of the 'Kids" are in their late 20's or early 30's and the adults are all over 60 to make it convincing. A real hoot.

28. The Seduction (1982)

R | 104 min | Thriller

A popular anchorwoman, Jaime Douglas, is stalked by a photographer who's obsessed with her and wants to win her affections at any cost.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Morgan Fairchild, Michael Sarrazin, Vince Edwards, Andrew Stevens

Votes: 918 | Gross: $11.38M

Who doesn't want to be a hot, LA TV anchor stalked by a hot fox like Andrew Stevens? This campy thriller throws 80's nighttime soap diva Morgan Fairchild into the gritty world of LA TV news. She has it all, looks, money, a boyfriend that can't act, a loud mouth best friend, and now a hot stalker following her every move. The bad lines in this movie rival Mommie Dearest and the new remastered DVD release is excellent, a great addition to your camp collection.

29. Lipstick (1976)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A top fashion model seeks justice after she is brutally raped by her teenaged sister's music teacher.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Margaux Hemingway, Chris Sarandon, Perry King, Anne Bancroft

Votes: 1,828 | Gross: $8.33M

I love this movie, it is still very graphic even by today's standards. It's the world of the 70's supermodel (before there were supermodels) and it is also the age of stalking creeps who rape supermodels then go after their 12 year old sisters. Great performances by Anne Bancroft and Chris Sarandon. The new DVD release is crystal clear and long overdue.

30. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

R | 92 min | Comedy

59 Metascore

Two dim-witted, inseparable friends hit the road for their ten-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates.

Director: David Mirkin | Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming

Votes: 39,591 | Gross: $29.21M

"I'm the Mary your the Rhoda" This non-stop laughfest is so gay its queer. Great 80's music and Lisa and Mira are so good in this movie, this is a watch 100 times kinda of movie and still love it.

31. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 12,411 | Gross: $31.21M

Why is this on the list you ask? because Miss Piggy is a riot in this 2nd Muppet movie (and the best, I think). Piggy's big Busby Berkley dance number is a riot, great writing, very camp.

32. The Big Cube (1969)

PG | 98 min | Thriller, Drama

A former actress clashes with her wealthy and spoiled stepdaughter over their inheritance after the death of their protector.

Director: Tito Davison | Stars: Lana Turner, George Chakiris, Richard Egan, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 527

This film is actually quite good. The recently released DVD has been remastered and is in widescreen. The story is text book soap opera and Karin Mossberg's acting is not that bad. Lana Turner looks great in a fabo 1960's wardrobe by Travilla. A fun look back at those great days of no worry acid trips and over the top sets. I like this more every time I watch it.

33. A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

The Bradys receive a surprise visit when a man claiming to be Carol's long-lost first husband shows up at their residence, the family question his motives.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 9,466 | Gross: $21.40M

Most sequels suck ass big time, this one however is just as good and in some ways better than the first one. Jan really gets it in this send up of more Brady Bunch episodes. Look for a special Barbara Eden Cameo

34. View from the Top (2003)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

27 Metascore

A small-town woman tries to achieve her goal of becoming a flight attendant.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Kelly Preston, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 24,271 | Gross: $15.59M

This movie is awesome, the entire cast is great and it is 30,000 feet of campy fun. Christina Applegate is especially good as the white trash, backstabbing friend.

35. Mannequin (1937)

Passed | 95 min | Drama

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Alan Curtis, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 932

Joan Crawford stars in yet another one of her shop girl turned glamour puss roles. In this incarnation, she is the weary daughter of a dead beat welfare father, beleagured old mother and wise cracking, street smart little brother (his lines are the best in the whole movie). Once again Joan is the lower east side girl with upper west side accent who falls for a two bit hustler, while at the same time is pursued by a shipping mogul. Who else but Joan can go from cotton work dresses on Hester Street to the latest in high fashion during a three month period of time (this is never explained) Joan looks great here and she does manage to keep her acting under control during most of the movie. The story is actually pretty good, but you will find alot of unintentinal funny moments.



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