Once relegated to clichéd stereotypes, LGBT characters have moved from the margins of mainstream entertainment into roles that champion and celebrate diversity in modern society, sparking debate and encouraging acceptance. Here are 10 movies–and their iconic gay characters–that have achieved landmark status for the way they represent the LGBT community on the big screen.
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There are few things as exciting in Hollywood as a hot, young talent on the rise. Because of that, few things feel as tragic as the news that another cinematic star has left us far too soon. Here are ten stars who took their final bows while they were still way too young.
Shakespeare with robots (“Forbidden Planet”), vampires (“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead), soft-core porn (“Tromeo & Juliet”), and poisoned beer (“Strange Brew”).
Do the ’90s seem less memorable that the ’80s (so rad) or the ’70s (so groovy) to you? Take a moment and reconsider the decade which features some of the most offbeat characters in movie history. Suddenly, the ’90s seem a bit more memorable, right?
1. The Dude (Jeff Bridges), The Big Lebowski (1998)
It’s hard to imagine a more iconic, more offbeat character from the ’90s—or any era—than Jeff Lebowski, a perpetually bath-robed bastion of chillness in search of justice for his peed-on rug (because, hey, “it really tied the room together”). A fan of weed and White Russians, he made bowling an art form and inspired a subculture of devoted fans who still attend annual Lebowski Fests.
2. Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), The Piano (1993)
The mute woman at the center of Jane Campion’s extraordinary story is one of the most unconventional heroines in film history: a young mother (Hunter won a Best Actress Oscar) who, despite being shipped off to the wilds of New Zealand for an arranged marriage, manages to fall in love (not with her husband) through a shared passion for music and ultimately receives a most unexpected salvation.