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.

BY Advocate.com Editors

January 16 2014 8:00 AM ET UPDATED: January 16 2014 11:23 AM ET

The Lion in Winter (1968)
This film raises the question: Who is the bigger queen? We would have to say that Katharine Hepburn, in her Academy Award-winning performance as Eleanor of Aquitaine, would win that battle. Anthony Hopkins plays her gay son, Richard the Lionheart, who eventually succeeded his father, Henry II, played by Peter O'Toole, as king of England. The story concerns Henry finding out that King Philip II of France is plotting against him and that Philip has had an affair with Richard, which is totally understandable as Philip is played by a young and dreamy Timothy Dalton.

Below, Anthony Hopkins on the making of the film:

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