9 biblically queer Nineties movies you NEED to see (if you haven’t already)

9 biblically queer Nineties movies you NEED to see (if you haven’t already)
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The thought that the start of the Nineties is over 30 years ago is frankly terrifying. As we saw in uber-popular series Its A Sin, set in the late 80s and early 90s, it was a time where gay culture changed forever. Just as we told you 8 essential Eighties films you have to see as a respectable member of the LGBTQI+ community, we now present you with the 9 (do you see what we did there?) must-see flicks of the Nineties.

 

 

Clueless (1995) – A movie that epitomises the 90s on so many levels. A meme ready film before they even existed. Alicia Silverstone is rich LA high school girl perfection in director Amy Heckerling’s modern day adaptation of Jane Austin’s Emma. With a gay main character that’s neither a stereotype nor a plot device, Clueless was ahead of its time and does its source material proud.

 

Death Becomes Her (1992) – This black comedy has gone down as a gay cult classic, inspiring drag queens and comedians alike. With the top tier cast of Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep who turn to dark magic to maintain their beauty and fulfil their selfish needs, the film overflows with memorable moments. Two Hollywood divas doing actual supernatural battle with Oscar winning special effects, it’s not to be missed.

 

Interview With The Vampire (1994)– As with most decades, vampires come in and out of fashion and in the 90s, this was the pinnacle of bloodsucking schlock. Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and then child star Kirsten Dunst, this adaptation of the Anne Rice blockbuster book got mixed reviews on release. Now it has a gay cult following and the dynamic of Pitt and Cruise as a parental unit to Dunst cannot be emphasized enough.

 

Serial Mom (1994) – Beverley Sutfin (Kathleen Turner) has a secret. She’s the perfect housewife but behind closed doors she’s a foul-mouthed sex-crazed murderer! Legendary direct John Waters goes full blown crazy with the comedy as black as the night and it’s sublime. Why Kathleen Turner never won an Oscar for this we’ll never know. PUSSYwillows!

 

 

Kathleen Turner's sharp wit is the least of your worries in Serial Mom
Kathleen Turner’s sharp wit is the least of your worries in Serial Mom

 

 

Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994) – One of the most seminal LGBT films ever made and still as fresh today as ever. Before RuPaul’s Drag Race, this was a story about real drag in Australia. Camp, absurd, hilarious and touching. The film made stars of Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce and even spawned a much derided but much-loved American remake To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar (1995).

 

The Birdcage (1996)– The perfect adaption of the original La Cage Aux Folles see Robin Williams and Nathan Lane take up the roles of a gay couple who on and perform in a gay club in Miami. What follows is a farce of epic proportions with a superstar supporting cast and script full of zingers. Lane and Williams make a convincing and tender couple, holding the whole thing together with stellar performances.

 

Beautiful Thing (1996) – Gay coming of age films are no new thing but the subtlety, the performances and the script (adapted from the play of the same name) are all sublime. By turns heart-warming and heart breaking, it’s like watching someone else’s private experience and empathising fully. It gives you ALL the feels and reflects a moment in time you won’t forget in a hurry.

 

Batman Returns (1992) – Thought of by some as one of, if not THE best Batman movie. Far more camp and funny than the Christopher Nolan trilogy, this Tim Burton sequel to his own Batman (1989) ups the ante on all fronts. Two words make this film the classic it is; Michelle. Pfeiffer. Her Catwoman is one of the greatest on-screen characters of all time. A laugh riot from start to finish and a creepy turn from Danny DeVito as The Penguin make this a classic.

 

Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997) – High School related films were all the rage in the late 90s. Romy & Michelle are loser shop girls that vow to go to their High School reunion and show the bullies just how successful they are, even if it means lying. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino hit all the right comedy notes and with a spot-on supporting cast including Jeanine Garofalo and Alan Cumming, it’s a reunion you don’t want to skip.

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