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Top 10 Gay Comedy Movies !

Updated on December 28, 2012

The best in Gay Comedy Movies

The gay comedy movie is a staple of gay film culture. The best gay comedy movies have always delivered a strong social message and at the same time highlighted the idiosyncrasies of the often lighthearted gay lifestyle. The gay comedies on this list are timeless pieces of cinema and are perfect for a good laugh amongst friends or for just a feel good movie night alone.

#10 - The Birdcage

Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman star in this modern day rendition of La Cage aux Folles. What happens when the son of a gay couple falls for the daughter of a conservative politician? Williams and Lane pull off flawless performances and classic one-liners in this gay must-have.

#9 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch

This off-Broadway hit, made movie musical has become a gay cult classic. Director and star, John Cameron Mitchell, plays a transsexual who's surgery was botched when he was a teen, leaving him with a sexless and angry inch. However, the focus isn't his private parts. Through dark humor and song, we quickly see that his surgery was only a representation of the empty and unfulfilled life he had before and after the procedure.

#8 - Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert

How can any of us forget Guy Pearce lipsynching to opera inside an oversized stiletto atop a moving bus? The costuming and scene design weren't the only things that launched Priscilla to the best comedy list; the film takes a witty stab at the emotional entanglements of new friends, old glory, kept secrets and unexpected loyalty.

#7 - Jeffrey

Imagine finding the man of your dreams just as the fear of contracting HIV forces you into celibacy. The temptation of breaking that vow of celibacy is hard enough, but how would you react once you discover Mr. Right is HIV positive? Steven Weber, Michael T. Weiss, and Patrick Stewart give hilarious performances in the comedy icon, Jeffrey.

#6 - Sordid Lives

Get ready for laughs the size of Texas when Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Bonnie Bedelia and Delta Burke lead an all-star cast in this twisted, white-trash tale "that puts the 'fun' in 'dysfunctional'" (Toronto Sun). The hilariously sordid details about a southern family surface with a vengeance when relatives converge for the funeral of "Grandma Peggy," who died after tripping over her lover's wooden legs! Toss in a couple of feuding, big-haired daughters, a jumpy aunt who just quit smoking, the scorned neighbor from hell, and crazy, cross-dressing "Brother Boy" - and you've got an outrageous "train wreck you can't help but watch!" (Chicago Tribune)

#5 - Kiss Me, Guido

KISS ME GUIDO is one of those offbeat movies that has a kick to it. It's funny, it's charming and it has a lot of sass to it. It stars Nick Scotti (Bullet, Detroit Rock City) as a straight Italian lover who thinks an add with GWM in it means `Guy With Money' instead of what it really means which is `Gay White Male'.

#4 - Connie And Carla

Some Like It Hot gets a queer makeover in Connie and Carla, a lightweight comedy from the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In Billy Wilder's classic, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis teamed up in a male-as-female drag comedy, whereas here, writer-star Nia Vardalos goes a step further (and several derivative steps backwards), teaming up with Toni Collette as the titular heroines, playing women posing as men posing as women--kind of like Victor/Victoria with excess mascara.

#3 - Beautiful Thing

This absolute winner, based on a stage play by Jonathan Harvey and adapted by him, is a kind of enchanted, urban slice-of-life tale about a gay teen, Jamie (Glen Berry), who is in love with the boy next door, Ste (Scott Neal). Hampering Jamie's progress on the romantic front is his fear that his mother (Linda Henry) will find out, as well as concern over complicating Ste's existing problems. Beautiful Thing is a relationship movie, to be sure, but that description doesn't really describe the buoyant tone of this British television production. Democratic in its inclusive regard for each character (whether camera-pretty or not), the film--well-directed by Hettie Macdonald--is full of surprises. Chief among them is the terrific personality of Jamie's mum, a strong and independent woman who truly worries over and adores her son. But this is a movie involved in a kind of happy dialogue with itself: the tunes of Mama Cass, for instance, play a part in both the story and overall ambience, while a strategic placement of the Rodgers and Hammerstein chestnut "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" during an act of love is fun and exciting.

#2 - Mambo Italiano

Set in the Little Italy neighborhood of Montreal, Mambo Italiano is a fresh and enjoyable take on gay relationships. After reconnecting with an estranged childhood friend, Angelo (Luke Kirby) discovers that he and Nino (Peter Miller) have more in common than just their Italian heritage and suffocating families. After they move in together, Angelo finds that he can't stand being in the closet any longer--but Nino, who's a cop and much more attached to passing as straight, resists. After Angelo tells his parents (Ginette Reno and Paul Sorvino), their lives explode and Angelo discovers that coming out may cost him everything he held dear. The emphasis on ethnic humor threatens to turn Mambo Italiano into My Big Gay Italian Wedding, but the clever writing, sprightly performances, and inventive direction keep the movie consistently unpredictable and funny. Also featuring Claudia Ferri as Angelo's neurotic sister.

#1 - Trick

While most of the recent outpouring of gay cinema tries to coast on a smile and a little bit of charm, Trick provides some considerable filmmaking cojones to back up its good looks: a talented cast, a witty screenplay, and a sweet sense of romance. Unfolding as part stressed-out fever dream and part farce, Trick chronicles one tumultuous night in the life of aspiring Broadway songwriter Gabe (Christian Campbell), who's suffering from both a heterosexual roommate (who kicks him out when there's female companionship) and a bad case of writer's block. Making an impulsive side trip to a gay bar, he locks eyes with a hunky go-go boy (J.P. Pitoc), who magically appears later that night on the subway, with amorous intentions to boot. Hotfooting their way back to Gabe's apartment, they're interrupted in medias res by Gabe's roommate, girlfriend in tow. From there it's downhill fast, as the two unsuccessfully scramble to find a place to finish things up. On their nighttime odyssey, though, both discover that there's more than sex and heat to their interaction. And much like its premise, Trick evolves from what seems to be a quickie one-night stand to something more substantial, a film with heart and a very funny soul. Jason Schafer's screenplay puts the luckless couple into one bind after another, and furnishes them with incredibly entertaining dialogue; fortunately, both the leads are up to the challenge of bringing it to life. Campbell (Neve's older brother) has a sweet smile and gentle comic timing; the surprise, however, is Pitoc, whose chiseled physique belies both a wicked sense of humor and a sincere-without-being-gooey romantic streak. Both are aided and abetted by a finely tuned supporting cast, most notably Clinton Leupp as an acidic, motor-mouthed drag queen and Tori Spelling in a go-for-broke star turn as Campbell's best friend, a painfully bad singer-actress. By the end of the movie, you'll be entirely won over, and anxiously awaiting a second date and more from these actors and filmmakers.

Other Great Gay Comedy Movies - Here are some other great Gay Comedy Movies that did not make the top 10 cut.

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      Johne443 3 years ago

      Nice post. I study one thing more difficult on completely different blogs everyday. ddfccdfccbfb

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Wow, I've seen all of these movies!

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      Cee-Fo 4 years ago

      HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH! I'm also a fan of party monster although I guess it's up in the air as t whether that's a comedy...

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      The Adventures of Priscilla is one of my all time favorite movies!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't know if it's the "best" but Trick is definitely my favorite. I personally think it's one of the best films within the entire "comedy" genre. I respect others' POVs though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why isn't The Curiosity of Chance on this list? D;

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      this list of movies are perfect, it all gives a very great laugh, nice pick! The lens is very cool. Got A+ from me. hahaha

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      Drake McSherry 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Some great picks! Love 'Trick' and 'The Birdcage' the most, but I've seen them all. Thanks for the lens. :)

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      KathleenP 6 years ago

      The Bird Cage is my absolute fav! I have watched it so many times..

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      gay4greek 6 years ago

      This lens in awesome! I love Birdcage! Nathan Lane is the best! I love him and I love your lens! :)

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      SeraphicDeviltry 6 years ago

      I just love your lens! :) Hedwig is my favorite <3

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Thumbs up for this lens!

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      The Wedding Banquet is another great gay comedy! :)