Queer films and directors, 1938-1947 (10Y10F VI Bonus List)

Some of the gay and lesbian stereotypes in these films are clearly damaging, others are celebrated as coded queer classics in a time when “sex perversion” was forbidden in Hollywood. An interactive version of this list, with notes on each film, can be found at Letterboxd.

Still from Fireworks (1947)
  • Sex Madness (1938, Dwain Esper)
  • Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Turnabout (1940, Hal Roach)
  • Dance, Girl, Dance (1940, Dorothy Arzner)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  • Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur)
  • The Seventh Victim (1943, Mark Robson)
  • The Ghost Ship (1943, Mark Robson)
  • The Uninvited (1944, Lewis Allen)
  • Lady in the Dark (1944, Mitchell Leisen)
  • Laura (1944, Otto Preminger)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945, Albert Lewin)
  • Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carné)
  • The Lost Weekend (1945, Billy Wilder)
  • Night and Day (1946, Michael Curtiz)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1946, Jean Cocteau)
  • Fireworks (1947, Kenneth Anger)

This is bonus content for the upcoming Part 6 of “10 Years 10 Films: Every Year of World Cinema.”