The 2000s was a defining decade for LGBTQ+ representation in cinema. From groundbreaking indie films to mainstream blockbusters, the films of the 2000s broke barriers and challenged societal norms. In this blog post, we take a look at the five most influential LGBTQ+ movies that were released between 2000-2009, films that not only entertained audiences but also helped to pave the way for greater representation and acceptance.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Directed by Ang Lee and starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, this movie tells the forbidden love story between two cowboys. It was a major box office success and received critical acclaim, winning three Academy Awards.

Milk (2008)

Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn, this film tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. It received widespread critical acclaim and won two Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Penn.

The Hours (2002)

Directed by Stephen Daldry, this film explores the lives of three women, one of whom is a lesbian, and their relationship with Virginia Woolf’s novel “Mrs. Dalloway”. It was widely praised for its performances and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress.

Transamerica (2005)

Directed by Duncan Tucker and starring Felicity Huffman, this film tells the story of a transgender woman’s journey to reconnect with her long-lost son. It was widely praised for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of transgender issues.

Shortbus (2006)

Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, this film follows a group of New Yorkers as they explore their sexuality and relationships. It received positive reviews for its frank portrayal of sex and its diverse representation of the LGBTQ+ community.

As we look back on the films of the 2000s, it’s clear that they played a crucial role in shaping our understanding of the LGBTQ+ experience. These films helped to humanize characters who were often relegated to the margins of mainstream media and challenged audiences to see the world from a different perspective. It’s important to remember the progress that was made in the 2000s and to continue pushing for even greater representation and acceptance in the future.