25 Gay Films Everyone Should See

Must-see movies from 'Aimee & Jaguar' to 'Wedding Banquet'

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985)

My Beautiful Laundrette
My Beautiful Laundrette

Long before he was the toast of cinematic circles, Daniel Day-Lewis played Johnny, a working-class London thug who would join in Thatcher-era race rallies. But he’s redeemed through hard work for his Pakistani boss, Omar, who is also his lover. In the mid 1980s, My Beautiful Laundrette was groundbreaking for not making gay the point of conflict. While all the friction hinges on race and class, the love between two young men is offered as the one thing that’s simple and good amid all the mess. The movie shouts, gaily, that all the world should be lovers rather than fighters. Johnny’s ”Come On Eileen” styled wardrobe also deserves special mention.

Randy Shulman is Metro Weekly's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He can be reached at rshulman@metroweekly.com.

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