ByJack Carr, writer at Creators.co
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Jack Carr

Sex. Cinema has an endless fascination with it. We love to see what happens when two people who aren't us take their clothes off. But, when it comes to gay sex scenes in the movies, most of the best are forced to hide away in indie films. Wouldn't want to offend the mainstream with the sight of two men doing it, right?

So, compiled below are fifteen of the sexiest, most romantic, most homoerotic, hedonistic, abusive or downright disturbing gay sex scenes put to screen over the last couple of decades. Disclaimer — we're strictly in the realm of guy-on-guy. Don't worry, film's best lesbian sex scenes will get their own moment to shine.

As an aside, most of the movies in this list are classics in their own right. Come for the sex scene, but do yourself a favor and invest a couple of hours. You won't regret it.

15. A Single Man (2009)

A.k.a. Can Tom Ford make you cry?

Fashion designer Tom Ford suavely demonstrated his sickening ability to be a master of all trades with his directorial debut A Single Man, the Oscar-nominated story of college professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) grieving the death of his partner.

When George meets the much younger Kenny, the typical professor/student relationship goes out of the window (only Ford could turn the act of applying a plaster into a sizzling slice of homoerotic tension). The clip above features a lingering and somewhat gratuitous shot of Nicholas Hault's bare derrière, though I'm sure you're not complaining.

George ultimately finds a way to move forward from his grief, but the film packs a sucker punch of a tragic ending designed to make you cry.

14. Weekend (2011)

A.k.a. Don't get too attached.

Arriving at a time when indie gay cinema was going in a new direction, Weekend embodied that shift: A naturalistic, smart, emotionally tuned-in tale of what happens when two strangers meet and fall into something. It's about sex, romance, spontaneity, and what happens when that moment is gone.

But if you're just after the sex scenes, you won't be disappointed.

13. Milk (2008)

A.k.a. Almighty Oscar bait.

Most movies with gay themes tend to skirt the mainstream (because of course a straight audience couldn't possibly watch something gay-themed — what if they caught the bug?!) but Milk actually received a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actor win for Sean Penn's memorable portrayal of the gay politician and LGBT rights activist Harvey Milk.

Milk's story didn't end happily — he was assassinated in 1978, aged just 48 — but Milk does an extraordinary job of celebrating Harvey's life, rather than just mourning the manner of his death, and Sean Penn is truly transformative in the title role. In the scene above, he meets and establishes an instant connection with Scott Smith (James Franco), who would become Milk's partner until his death. Unsurprisingly, this is the first of many appearances for Franco in this list...

12. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

A.k.a. Harry Potter goes gay. Wands up, boys.

The Beat Generation were a group of liberal poets, authors and academics who did groundbreaking work on everything from spirituality, sexual liberation, materialism and psychedelic drugs in 1950s San Francisco. Of course, the most famous among them were Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

Kill Your Darlings achieves the triple feat of being both somewhat historically accurate, highly entertaining and very easy on the eye, but it's the gay kiss above between Daniel Radcliffe's Ginsberg and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) which got people talking. It's quite hot, but your heart might break a little for the boy who lived.

He also has a considerably steamier sex scene later in the movie.

Dumbledore is watching wistfully from somewhere in the sky.

11. Howl (2010)

A.k.a. The other one about Allen Ginsberg.

Yep, it's James Franco again. The man just can't stay away from the gay. Howl is one of the best movies on this list, in my humble opinion, more classy than X-rated, and Franco makes an excellent Ginsberg.

Before you go thinking those romantic scenes are all #lifegoals though, remember that gay sexual activity was like, totally illegal back in '50s and '60s America.

10. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

A.k.a. You wouldn't see this in The Phantom Menace.

Before Star Wars and Bend It Like Beckham made global stars of Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, they locked lips as '70s glam rock stars in Velvet Goldmine.

A massive box office bomb, Velvet Goldmine is the very definition of a cult movie, but it has some interesting ideas about freedom and sexual liberation.

9. Bad Education (2004)

A.k.a. The sexy one about Catholic abuse.

Paradoxically, Bad Education is actually a very good education on all manner of themes far too subversive for Hollywood, from transsexuality to sexual abuse by Catholic priests. A twisty mystery which unravels in seriously shocking fashion, Bad Education is not exactly light viewing.

Gael García Bernal plays Ángel Andrade, a young actor who may also be a compulsive liar and murderer. The scene above positively drips with homoerotic tension. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie (...alone).

8. The Broken Tower (2011)

A.k.a. James Franco got dickmatized again.

Confession time: Before compiling this list, I did not know there was a movie in which James Franco received the D from Michael Shannon. Of course, to satisfy its artsy pretensions The Broken Tower is black-and-white, directed by Franco himself (I mean, who else is going to write gay roles for him to snatch out of the hands of any other actor who may ever want to play gay?), and the plot is something about the American poet Hart Crane. Look, I'm free-wheeling here.

The critics thought it was crap, but perhaps an analysis on the grounds of "is this a good movie?" is somewhat missing the point when it comes to James Franco's screen sexcapades.

7. Stranger By The Lake (2013)

A.k.a. The one where the sex is real.

Stranger By The Lake (use its French title L'Inconnu du lac for maximum sex appeal) is on one level a thriller about a murder, and on another a portrait of gay sex in a popular cruising spot, and, depending on how deep you wanna go with this, potentially a gay-sex-as-death allegory academics could have a field day with.

Surprisingly there aren't many explicit clips out there, but Stranger By The Lake is available to stream on Netflix, so knock yourself out.

6. Tom At The Farm (2013)

A.k.a. Welcome to the family.

It's not unfair to describe Xavier Dolan as one of the most provocative filmmakers of his generation, and at just 27 you'd imagine he's nowhere near done — but he'll have a hard time topping Tom At The Farm in the stakes of disturbing psychosexuality.

Dolan himself stars as Tom, who travels to to a remote farm for the funeral of his boyfriend, intending to hide his true identity. There, he becomes drawn into a game with the dead boy's brother, Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), which is simultaneously abusive, unsettling and undeniably erotic. As with all Dolan movies, words or clips do Tom At The Farm no justice, so seek it out.

5. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

A.k.a. A-listers go gay for an Oscar.

There's not much I can tell you about Brokeback Mountain that you don't already know. Ledger, Gyllenhaal, repressed sexuality, barnyard sexytimes — all that jazz. Oh, and heartbreak. All the heartbreak.

4. Mysterious Skin (2004)

A.k.a. Killing whatever faith you have left in humanity.

"Open wide and suck it, slut!" a client tells Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Neil in Mysterious Skin, a film which is pretty much unrelentingly bleak. There's plenty of sex in this one, as you'd expect from a film about a male prostitute, but none of it's exactly sexy, as the clip below demonstrates.

Yep, Mysterious Skin is bleak and filled with abuse, but even after multiple Christopher Nolan movies it remains one of Gordon-Levitt's best.

3. I Killed My Mother (2009)

A.k.a. Xavier Dolan has unresolved mommy issues.

Xavier Dolan has essentially built a career out of making movies which paint a fairly troubling picture of his relationship with his mother (understatement of the year), but in I Killed My Mother he also uses paint as the trigger for one of the most memorable gay sex scenes you've seen in a while.

I mean really, isn't this the dream? A spot of DIY and a good bone? Thank God for those mommy issues.

2. Elephant (2003)

A.k.a. The one after Columbine.

There's no easy way to make a film about a high school massacre, but Gus Van Sant's Elephant is a solid drama about what happens when something clicks in an already unhinged mind. The movie's two killers, Erick and Alex, aren't explicitly described as gay, but they do take a shower together in one scene.

Is it sexual attraction or mutual recognition and appreciation of somebody wired the wrong way? Van Sant leaves that open to interpretation. Elephant isn't on this list because it's sexy (it's not), but because it's a stellar piece of filmmaking.

1. Y Tu Mama También (2001)

A.k.a. When are we going to Mexico?

This list has been all-male so far, but sometimes the spectrum of sexuality is a little more complicated. In Y Tu Mama También, two friends, Julio and Tenoch (Gael García Bernal again, plus Diego Luna), embark on a road trip during which revelations are spilled about their respective sex lives. They meet a woman, Luisa, and both in turn have sex with her, jealousies forming and then giving way to sexual ecstasy.

The film builds to a glorious climax in which Julio and Tenoch come together with Luisa. As she kneels to give oral sex, the boys succumb to the passion of the moment and make out. It's probably the hottest scene on this list, and it also asks a big question about whether a hyper-close bromance can ever be truly platonic.

Of course, Julio and Tenoch both react in the most awkward manner possible when they wake in bed the next day, after which their friendship is never the same.

The title translates to "And your mama, too!", which takes on a truly hilarious meaning toward the end of the movie. Essentially, Y Tu Mama También is the best advert imaginable for packing a backpack and spending a summer in Mexico. And the tourist board didn't spend a single cent.

Which gay kiss or sex scene in this list gets you hot? Which film is best? And which classics did I miss out?