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Pride Films to Watch for Pride Month

By Skokie Staff Adult Services

Here are some of my own picks to help celebrate Pride Month! Recommended by Cecilia Cygnar.

  • The Boys in the Band

    2008

    A groundbreaking ensemble movie that is often called a landmark of gay cinema. It is one of the first theatrically released movies to feature a plot that revolves around gay characters.

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  • Moonlight

    2017

    Best Picture winner for 2016, this coming-of-age film follows the life of a Black man, from childhood through adulthood, as he comes to terms with his sexuality. Mahershala Ali won his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Juan, a drug dealer who becomes a mentor to the young boy.

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  • Carol

    2016

    Based on the semi-autobiographic novel, The Price of Salt, by lesbian author Patricia Highsmith, this film features Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who fall in love in the 1950s. Blanchett's character is married and is being threatened with losing custody of her child because of her scandalous behavior. Try as she might not to see Mara's character, the pull is just too strong.

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  • Brokeback Mountain

    2006

    Ang Lee won a Best Director Oscar for this film, which many think should have also won Best Picture. Two cowboys struggle with their sexuality and their attraction to each other in different and very poignant ways. Beautifully shot and filled with passion and longing.

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  • God's Own Country

    2018

    A powerful, moving film about two British men who embark on a tumultuous relationship while working together on a farm in Yorkshire. Though it's very much worth watching for the plot and the excellent performances, the scenery is also breathtaking.

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  • The Kids Are All Right

    2010

    A lesbian couple, raising two teenagers, deal with issues when one of their children wants to track down his birth father, who was the same anonymous sperm donor for both kids. One of the first mainstream movies to feature same-sex parents raising teens.

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  • Milk

    2009

    Sean Penn won his second Best Actor Oscar for his role as Harvey Milk, the real-life San Francisco politician who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.

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  • Pariah

    2012

    A 17-year-old teen comes to terms with her lesbian identity. Like Moonlight, this is a beautiful coming-of-age story featuring a feisty main character at the start of her adult life.

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  • A Single Man

    2010

    Fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut is a stunning visual masterpiece. Colin Firth (who was nominated for an Oscar for his role) plays a professor, stunted and depressed after the death of his longtime partner.

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