There have been plenty of iconic heterosexual couples in movies: from Jack and Rose in “Titanic” and Baby and Johnny in “Dirty Dancing” all the way back to Ilsa and Rick in “Casablanca” and Rhett and Scarlett in “Gone with the Wind.” And there are also loads of homosexual cou- oh, wait, no, that’s not right.
But at the least the few gay duos that have broken through are genuinely adored couples. And each year, we get a new one, so there’s hope on that front. This year’s addition to the slim list comes from “Love, Simon” with Simon (Nick Robinson) and his e-mail lover Blue (don’t worry, we will not reveal the true identity of Blue in case you haven’t seen the movie yet).
But where do they rank amongst the other gay couples of film history? Choose your favorite couple in the poll below! And if your personal pick isn’t on the list, let us know in the comments section.
Simon and Blue (“Love, Simon,” 2018)
Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
Elio and Oliver (“Call Me By Your Name,” 2017)
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a 17- year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
Chiron and Kevin (“Moonlight,” 2016)
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Carol and Theresa, (“Carol,” 2015)
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
Nic and Jules (“The Kids Are All Right,” 2010)
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.
Harvey and Scott (“Milk,” 2008)
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.
Ennis and Jack (“Brokeback Mountain,” 2005)
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Brandon and Lana (“Boys Don’t Cry,” 1999)
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Omar and Johnny (“My Beautiful Laundrette,” 1985)
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.