Clash of the Classics: The Boys in the Band vs. Trick

Clash of the Classics: The Boys in the Band vs. Trick

After compiling a list of the most essential LGBT movies, The Advocate is pitting the top 32 entries against one another in a series of one-on-one face-offs. In this round, The Boys in the Band, one of the first famous queer films about 8 gay men in Manhattan, is up against Trick, a modern classic about one-night stands in the late 1990s. Which film is more essential? Vote below, and check out our full list of the top 175 most essential LGBT movies at

The Boys in the Band, 1970 (5 seed): Mart Crowley's hit play became the first famous gay film ever. Vito Russo said of the movie, "The internalized guilt of eight gay men at a Manhattan birthday party formed the best and most potent argument for gay liberation ever offered in a popular art form." No, it wasn't representative of what gay life was like‚ but it was representative of what gay life was like for those alcoholic men, in that city, at that time. Crowley's quotable script was shocking, real, and hysterically funny. With Cliff Gorman, Leonard Frey, Kenneth Nelson, and Frederick Combs, and directed by William Friedkin (of Cruising fame.) —Christopher Harrity


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Trick, 1999 (28 seed): A quintessential film for a generation of gay men, 1999’s Trick took a lighthearted look at the pleasures and pitfalls of one-night stands as Gabriel (Christian Campbell) and Mark (John Paul Pitoc) discover that hooking up in Manhattan isn’t as easy as it looks and romance can blossom at the most unexpected times. —Jase Peeples


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