17- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Director Clint Eastwood unfolds the murder case that rocked Savannah, Ga., high society. Cultured, charming, and wealthy antiques dealer Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) is charged with killing his lover. Journalist John Cusack, assigned to cover Williams' renowned annual Christmas bash, soon finds himself seduced by Savannah's charms -- and serving as an integral part of Williams' defense.
16- Mysterious Skin
Gregg Araki's riveting drama, based on a novel by Scott Heim, brings together two unlikely heroes (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet): a young man who makes a living by selling his body on the streets and another who's convinced he was once abducted by aliens. It seems they have unspeakable tragedy in common as both of them discover they were abused as children. What results is a friendship built on despair but rife with hope.
When attorney Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) reveals his HIV-positive status -- and his homosexuality -- to his co-workers, he soon finds himself unemployed. Seeking to sue for wrongful termination, Hanks works with the only lawyer who'll take the case: ambulance-chasing, homophobic Joe Miller (Denzel Washington). Hanks received an Oscar for his work in this Jonathan Demme-directed film -- the first major-studio picture to tackle the topic of AIDS.
Andy and Larry Wachowski made their directorial debut with this crime-thriller. Gina Gershon stars as a handywoman who crosses paths with a gangster's moll (Jennifer Tilly) and likes what she sees. Before you can say, "Unhook my brassiere," they decide to filch $2 million and hit the road together. But Tilly's beau (Joe Pantoliano) isn't keen on giving up his money or his girl.
Angelina Jolie is mesmerizing in her breakout role as supermodel Gia Carangi, a cover girl who lived fast and died at age 26 from the ravages of AIDS. This fact-based Home Box Office film (which won an Emmy and two Golden Globes, among other awards) follows Gia from busing tables at her father's diner to the glamorous world of high-fashion photography and finally to her downward spiral into drugs and toxic relationships. Faye Dunaway co-stars.
3- Boys Don't Cry
Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank) moves to a small Nebraska town in search of a new life. Preferring to cross-dress and taking the name Brandon Teena, she passes herself off as a boy, begins dating Lana (Chloe Sevigny) and makes friends among the town's redneck men ... until the truth is revealed. Swank's Oscar-winning portrayal of this real-life character illuminates one woman's voyage of self-discovery -- and the events that cut it short.
20- But I'm a Cheerleader
In this hilarious satire, Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) lives a "normal" teen life as a cheerleader dating the captain of the football team. But her parents and friends suspect Megan is gay because of "clues" such as her distaste for kissing her boyfriend. Shipped off to True Directions -- a camp designed to shove her back in the closet -- Megan meets tomboy Graham Eaton (Clea DuVall), who helps her recognize her sexual orientation.
19- Latter Days
This controversial film explores the consequences of a young Mormon missionary, Aaron (Steve Sandvoss), recognizing his homosexuality and falling in love with another man. Aaron's first sexual encounter with a gay "party boy" (Wesley A. Ramsey) leads to a passionate romance that gets Aaron excommunicated from his church and risks destroying both their lives. Charming and sexy, Latter Days offers a heady mix of romantic comedy and powerful drama.
14- The Opposite of Sex
At 16, Dee Dee Truitt (Christina Ricci) is a full-blown force of nature. When she moves in with her brother and his lover, she quickly seduces her way into a gender-bending love triangle. Lisa Kudrow plays against type as the straight-laced single woman with designs on Dee Dee's brother, but Ricci's bodacious performance steals the show, and her spunky narration keeps the film fresh and unpredictable.
21- Gods and Monsters
Ian McKellen gives a brilliant performance as film director James Whale, the genius behind The Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. As his life draws to a close, the openly gay Whale befriends a gardener (Brendan Fraser), and both men learn from their platonic, unexpected bond. The disc's many extras offer a fascinating look at a lost era of Hollywood history.
18- Saving Face
Dutiful daughter Wil (Michelle Krusied) sidesteps her mother's (Joan Chen) attempts to marry her off in Alice Wu's romantic comedy set in New York. At 28, Wil's the old maid of her traditional Chinese family, so there's no way she can tell them about her budding romance with Vivian (Lynn Chen). But there's no avoiding mom's meddling matchmaking when she shows up on Wil's doorstep looking for a place to stay.
A Los Angeles checkout girl wants a quick score. Four friends in Las Vegas want to get high. And two Hollywood soap-opera stars share a kinky secret. One crazy night brings them all together in a way none could have imagined. Featuring a terrific ensemble cast (including Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr and Taye Diggs), Go is a hip comedy about youth gone wild.
25- The Broken Hearts Club
The lives of a group of gay friends in West Hollywood revolve around the Broken Hearts, a restaurant run by the fatherly Jack (John Mahoney) and the softball team he sponsors. The friends (Dean Cain, Zach Braff and Andrew Keegan) rely on each other for conversation and camaraderie as they search for love and mourn their many losses.
24- The L Word: Season 1
It's grrrl power all the way in the first season of this controversial Showtime series about a close-knit group of lesbians (the "L" in L Word). Follow all the thrilling hook-ups and painful break-ups of Bette (Jennifer Beals), Dana (Erin Daniels), Jenny (Mia Kirshner), Marina (Karina Lombard), Alice (Leisha Haily), Tina (Laurel Holloman), Shane (Katherine Moennig) and Kit (Pam Grier), who are proud to live life out of the closet.
23- Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill
In his award-winning one-man show, Eddie Izzard covers everything from Western history to Stonehenge to Clinton, with special attention to Hitler, Hollywood and the Church of England. His jokes, delivered with a fluid physicality, aren't simply wisecracks -- they're full-blown insights. This outstanding performance continues to delight Eddie Izzard fans worldwide. Laugh and learn!
22- Playing by Heart
Love and lust swirl around contemporary Los Angeles, kicking up dust in the lives of Paul (Sean Connery), Joan (Angelina Jolie), Keenan (Ryan Phillippe), Mark (Jay Mohr) and Hannah (Gena Rowlands). The ensemble cast ably encapsulates many of the possibilities of romance in the bars, clubs, living rooms and motel rooms that make up the slippery battleground of the war between the sexes.
10- The Closet
It's Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" with a twist when Daniel Auteuil (as a milquetoast accountant) is about to get fired from his job for literally being a bore. At the last minute, a neighbor concocts a "new life" for Auteuil as an out-of-the-closet (read: intriguing) homosexual, and suddenly everything changes. Gérard Depardieu co-stars as a homophobic officemate who may be masking a few feelings of his own.
9- The Deep End
In this intense drama, Margaret (Tilda Swinton), a mother of three, is concerned about her oldest son, 17-year-old Beau (Jonathan Tucker), who's been keeping company with a gay 30-year-old gambler named Darby. When Darby visits Beau late one night, a fight between the two leads to Darby's accidental death. The next morning, Margaret finds the body, assumes her son killed Darby and races to conceal the corpse.
Iris Murdoch was l'enfant terrible of the literary world in early 1950s Britain -- a live wire who thumbed her nose at the conformity of the era via a voracious sex life that included male and female partners. In this snippet of her life, Murdoch (Judi Dench) faces the onset of Alzheimer's disease alongside her adoring husband (Jim Broadbent). Kate Winslet portrays the young, free-spirited Iris in flashbacks.
7- Hedwig and the Angry Inch
After a botched sex-change operation, East German glam rocker Hansel (John Cameron Mitchell) becomes Hedwig and travels across the United States with a stage show, following her ex-boyfriend (and former band mate) and telling her life story. Hedwig's offbeat show slays audiences -- but in diners not clubs. Mitchell also wrote and directed the comedy, which won at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards.
6- A Home at the End of the World
Pulitzer Prize-winning author (for The Hours) Michael Cunningham's earlier novel about a troika of close friends who enter into an unconventional living arrangement gets deft treatment. Boyhood pals Bobby (Colin Farrell) and Jonathan (Dallas Roberts) both love the same woman (Robin Wright Penn), but in different ways (Jonathan is gay). Undaunted, they all try to make a life together -- and even have a baby -- in 1980s New York.
5- All About My Mother
An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, writer-director Pedro Almodovar's compassionate tribute to women examines the life of Manuela (Cecilia Roth), who leaves Madrid for Barcelona shortly after she witnesses her son's accidental death. She reunites with an old friend (Antonia San Juan), a pre-op transsexual prostitute, who introduces her to Rosa (Penelope Cruz), a pregnant nun. Their fast friendship binds them through many struggles.
4- Angels in America
Tony Kushner's groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play (the basis for this 6-hour HBO dramatic miniseries) took more than 10 years to make it to the small screen. Starring Al Pacino (as real-life legal counsel Roy Cohn) and Meryl Streep, Angels is at once heartbreaking and funny as it examines the first few years (the mid-1980s) of the AIDS epidemic against the moral absolutism and unresponsive backdrop of the Reagan Administration.
2- The Hours
This gripping drama visits three 20th-century women: the incomparable Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman, in an Oscar-winning performance), hard at work on the classic story of Mrs. Dalloway while battling depression in the 1920s; Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), an unsatisfied 1950s housewife who finds solace in Woolf's novel; and Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep), a modern-day book editor who's losing her former lover to AIDS.
Liam Neeson provides a fascinating portrait of theorist and zoologist Dr. Alfred Kinsey, whose name has been associated with human sexuality ever since he interviewed thousands of people about their sex lives and released his findings in a groundbreaking 1948 book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. The book caused ripples in the scientific community and paved the way for further inquiry into the subject. Laura Linney and Peter Sarsgaard co-star.