5 movies to get you in the mood for Pride Week


This year marks an important landmark for the LGBT community as the United States joins Canada in legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. In light of this major development, this year’s Pride Week is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever before.

To help you get into the spirit of things, we’ve rounded up five amazing films to watch before joining the festivities.

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5 Amazing Movies to Get You in the Mood for Pride Week

By Anna Zhao

  • The Kids Are All Right (2010)

    By Anna Zhao

    This comedy-drama depicts the lives of a slightly dysfunctional modern family, and promises plenty of laughs and tears. _The Kids Are All Right_ stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as a married lesbian couple, whose kids decide to seek out their biological father, played by Mark Ruffalo.

  • Boys Don't Cry (1999)

    By Anna Zhao

    _Boys Don't Cry_ is based on the true story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was brutally raped and murdered following the revelation of his biological gender to his male acquaintances. Delivering an emotional and believable performance as Teena, Hilary Swank won the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2000 Academy Awards for her work in this film.

  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)

    By Anna Zhao

    Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger, _Brokeback Mountain_ is so much more than its reputation as "the gay cowboy movie" that it's often known as in pop culture. Many critics would argue that the film is a love story like any other, but with the additional exploration of the topic of sexuality.

  • Milk (2008)

    By Anna Zhao

    This Academy Award–winning biographical film stars Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected into office in California. _Milk_ chronicles the politician's activism efforts regarding gay rights—all the way up until his assassination in 1978.

  • Philadelphia (1993)

    By Anna Zhao

    _Philadelphia_ marks the first instance where Hollywood made HIV/AIDS a focal point in a major motion picture. Following the release of this film, Tom Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his powerhouse portrayal of Andrew Beckett, an attorney who wages legal war on his firm for wrongful dismissal due to AIDS discrimination.

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