The film industry, particularly mainstream Hollywood, has shown plenty of gay kisses for comedy’s sake. While the picture of two men kissing has often been used to inspire laughter, there are some films out there that portray the sweeter or more erotic side of the gay kiss. As more movies with passionate gay couples are made, we’ll have a wider selection of favorite scenes to choose from, but for now, here are the five best gay kissing scenes on film.
A Home at the End of the World
While Alexander got most of the buzz in the press for its bisexual themes, that same year Colin Farrell played the sexually fluid Bobby in A Home at the End of the World. A tale of Bobby, his childhood friend Jonathan (Dallas Roberts), and Jon’s pal Clare (a delightfully quirky Robin Wright Penn), A Home at the End of the World tackles the concept of a gay-straight friendship-sort-of-threesome way of life.
A naïve and starry-eyed innocent, Bobby just wants to love his friends and be loved in return. He has no idea of the torment he causes Jonathan when he makes out with him on the roof of their apartment–a “friendly” kiss that really means more to Jonathan than it does to Bobby. Bobby’s openness and Jonathan’s hesitant giving-in makes for a sweetly tense and tender kiss that goes on awhile, and from a couple different angles. While TowleRoad lists all the reasons Colin Farrell supposedly hated the scene, Farrell proved his acting talent by making the gay kiss sensually convincing.
This 1994 film caused a lot of scandal with its depictions of both heterosexual and homosexual relations of priests in the Catholic church. While the plot seemed merely sensational by description, Priest actually dealt seriously with religious, ethical, and emotional issues in the church.
Law & Order‘s own Linus Roache plays the young priest who has a relationship with another man, Graham, played by Robert Carlyle (Stargate Universe, The Full Monty). At one point in the film, Roache’s priest is confiding a dilemma about confession in church with angst–and suddenly Graham asks if he wants to go back to his place. You’d expect the priest to be mad, but instead he tenderly cradles Graham’s face in his hands and then snogs the heck out of him. Religious crises never looked so good. AfterElton includes this gay kiss and all the love scenes of Priest in its list of groundbreaking gay sex scenes, applauding the couple’s “genuine connection based on love as well as attraction” and the way “their sex scenes show that connection powerfully”.
You can’t have a “best of” list without this beautiful film starring the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The two actors took their roles seriously and created two gay characters who loved each other fervently, alternating breathlessly between aggressive and tender moments. The story of Brokeback Mountain would never have worked if we couldn’t see the love and passion of these two so vividly.
While there are several great gay moments in Brokeback Mountain, the best is the reunion kiss when they take turns slamming each other against walls as they try to nearly inhale one another. It was a shocking moment for Ledger’s shy character, and an exhilarating moment of lust and hunger. Amongst its many accolades and awards, Brokeback Mountain also was awarded a “Best Kiss” award at the MTV Movie Awards. People magazine reported Jake Gylenhaal’s acceptance speech: “This is a real honor, not just for me and Heath but for all of you, that you picked this movie and this kiss over all the other ones.”
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Americans who are used to tame or lame sex scenes in films will be shocked by the graphic and matter-of-fact nature of the sex scenes in Y Tu Mama Tambien. With two horny teenage boys on a road trip with an older woman who’s letting go of her former life, there are plenty of opportunities for frank talk, nudity, and passion.
While there is plenty of homoerotic tension throughout, the boys, played by deliciously sexy Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, don’t make any meaningful sexual content until almost the very end of the film. The sensual Ana (Ana Lopez Mercado) and a healthy dose of alcohol lure the boys into a late night threesome. As Ana drops down out of frame to pleasure them both, the overwhelmingly aroused boys seem almost hypnotized into a passionate gay kiss. It’s a powerful and extremely erotic scene that helped make Y Tu Mama Tambien such a popular movie.
In & Out
In & Out is just too much fun not to mention. In this comedy from 1997, Kevin Kline plays high school teacher Howard Brackett, who’s about to get married when a former student outs him during an Oscar acceptance speech. Hilarity ensues as Kline tries to assure all of his family, friends, and himself that he’s definitely Not Gay. As evidence starts to pile up to the contrary, Tom Selleck’s gay TV reporter arrives to finally convince Brackett of the truth.
In & Out hit theaters many moons before Brokeback Mountain, and the subject matter alone was considered groundbreaking for a mainstream comedy film. I saw this movie on the big screen, and when Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I., for goodness sake!) planted one on Kevin Kline, the whole theater gasped in unison. This gay kiss isn’t graphic, but it’s long, and Kline’s frantically waving arms and leg as he reacts to the smooch makes it both funny and sweet. The entire conversation leading up to the kiss is also comedy gold as Selleck’s character describes his family’s reaction to his coming out: “But you’re so tall!”
Brokeback Mountain, A Home at the End of the World, In & Out, Priest, and Y Tu Mama Tambien at IMDB.com.
Keith, Christie. “Gay Sex Scenes That Made Movie History.” After Elton, June 27, 2007.
Silverman, Stephan. “Jake, Heath Win ‘Best Kiss’ Award.” People, June 5, 2006.