The BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival may be over for a year, but the fun continues over on the BFI Player, our VOD platform making great film accessible to the widest possible audience in the UK.
Our landmark collection of LGBT films is the richest archive of gay cinema online. Here’s a countdown of the 10 most popular gay films now available on the BFI Player.
10. XXY (2007)
A sensitive exploration of the sexual awakening and confusion of one intersex teenager.
Rent XXY on the BFI Player.
9. Caravaggio (1986)
Derek Jarman’s unique and refreshing biopic of the 17th-century Italian artist.
Rent Caravaggio on the BFI Player.
8. Rosebud (1991)
A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power-dressing and fantasy.
Rent Rosebud on the BFI Player.
7. The Fish Child (2009)
A gripping South American tale of forbidden love, crime and long-buried secrets.
Rent The Fish Child on the BFI Player.
6. G.B.F. (2013)
Three high-school girls wage war to win the latest must-have social accessory – a Gay Best Friend.
Rent G.B.F. on the BFI Player.
5. Alfalfa (1987)
A freebie for the cash-strapped: the queer alphabet – from AC/DC to Zipper.
Watch Alfalfa for free on the BFI Player.
4. Interior. Leather Bar. (2012)
James Franco and Travis Mathews recreate explicit footage cut, rumoured to be lost, from one of the most notorious gay features ever made.
Rent Interior. Leather Bar on the BFI Player.
3. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)
The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d’Or-winning romance.
Rent Blue Is the Warmest Colour on the BFI Player.
2. Baby (2001)
A teenager (Ben Whishaw) pays a sexually charged visit to the swimming pool.
Rent Baby on the BFI Player.
1. Stranger by the Lake (2013)
“Stranger by the Lake – released last month like a loud smack on a bare butt cheek” – Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund
A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.
Rent Stranger by the Lake on the BFI Player.