Mommies Dearest: Mothers and Gay Sons on Film

Philomena's heartbreaking story of a mother's search for her gay son puts us in mind of some of our favorite mother-gay son films.


  UPDATED: January 16 2014 12:23 PM ET

Philomena, starring Judi Dench, was nominated for best picture and best actress with today's Academy Award nominations. If you haven't seen it, go immediately. We can't say anything about it until you do, as it's an entire movie of spoilers and plot twists. While we wait for you to do that, enjoy these notable mother-and-gay-son films.

Strangers on a Train (1951)
Robert Walker plays adorable psychopath Bruno, who is itching to off his father. He crushes on tennis pro Guy Haines (played by bi actor and dreamboat Farley Granger) and tries to persuade Guy to trade murders (Bruno murders Guy's wife) so they can both have an alibi. Marion Lorne (you will know her as Aunt Clara from the TV show Bewtiched) plays Bruno's dithering and completely indulgent mother. This scene below shows the perverse dynamic between mother and son that director Alfred Hitchcock explored over and over again in his films.

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