Category:LGBT-related thriller films
Pages in category "LGBT-related thriller films"
The following 46 pages are in this category, out of 46 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 46 pages are in this category, out of 46 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Basic Instinct – Basic Instinct is a 1992 neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film follows a detective, Nick Curran, who is investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy rock star. During the investigation Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the suspect, Catherine Tramell. Even before its release, Basic Instinct generated heated controversy due to its overt sexuality and it was strongly opposed by gay rights activists, who criticized the films depiction of homosexual relationships and the portrayal of a bisexual woman as a murderous narcissistic psychopath. In a 2006 interview, Stone alleged that the infamous leg-crossing scene in which her vulva was exposed was filmed without her knowledge, despite initial critical negativity and public protest, Basic Instinct became one of the most financially successful films of the 1990s, grossing $352 million worldwide. Several versions of the film have been released on videocassette, DVD, a 2006 sequel, Basic Instinct 2 starring Stone was made without Verhoevens involvement, but received negative reviews from critics and was unsuccessful at the box office. A retired rock star, Johnny Boz, is stabbed to death with an ice pick during sex by a blonde woman at his apartment. Homicide detective Nick Curran investigates, and the suspect is Catherine Tramell, Bozs bisexual girlfriend. It is concluded that either Catherine herself did it or someone trying to frame her out of spite, Tramell is uncooperative and taunting in the investigation, smoking in the interrogation room and exposing her bare genitalia in front of the officers. She presents alibis and passes a lie detector test, Nick, who accidentally shot two tourists while high on cocaine, attends counseling sessions with police psychologist Dr. Beth Garner, with whom he has had a sexual affair. Nick discovers that Catherine plans on using him as a detective in her latest book. Catherine becomes aware of Nicks past after paying Lt. Nielsen to look into Nicks psychiatric file, Nick publicly assaults Nielsen in his office and later becomes a prime suspect after Nielsen is killed. Nick suspects Catherine, and when he joins in her behavior in front of his co-workers, a torrid affair between Nick and Catherine begins with the air of a cat-and-mouse game. Nick shows up at a club and witnesses her sniffing coke in a stall along with Roxy. Nick and Catherine begin to dance and make out at a club, later, observed by Roxy, they have sex in a bed. Roxy, jealous of Nick, attempts to run him over with Catherines car, Nick identifies the girl as Beth Garner, who acknowledges the encounter, but claims Catherine was the one who became obsessed. Nick discovers the pages of Catherines new book in which the fictional detective finds his partner lying dead with his legs protruding between the doors of an elevator. Catherine breaks off their affair, Nick becomes upset and suspicious, Nick later meets his partner Gus, who has arranged to meet with Catherines college roommate at an office building to find out what really went on between Catherine and Beth
2. The Black Dahlia (film) – The Black Dahlia is a 2006 neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Josh Friedman. It is drawn from a novel of the name by James Ellroy, the author of L. A. Confidential. The widely sensationalized murder of Elizabeth Short inspired both the novel and the film, the film played at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival on August 30,2006, and was released in the United States on September 15,2006. Despite its failure—both critically and financially—the film was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 79th Academy Awards, Mia Kirshners performance as Short was also widely praised. On January 15,1947, LAPD Detectives Dwight Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard investigate the murder and dismemberment of Elizabeth Short, Bucky learns that Elizabeth was an aspiring actress who appeared in a pornographic film. Through his investigation, Bucky learns that Elizabeth liked to hang out with lesbians and he goes to a lesbian nightclub and meets Madeleine Linscott, who looks very much like Elizabeth. Madeleine, who comes from a prominent family, tells Bucky that she was close with Elizabeth. In exchange for his silence, she promises him sexual favors, continuing his relationship with Madeleine, Bucky meets her wealthy parents, Emmett and Ramona. Buckys partner, Lee, also obsessed with Elizabeths murder. Lees obsession leads him to become erratic and abusive towards his long-time girlfriend Kay Lake, Bucky goes to the location and gets into an altercation with DeWitt in the atrium of the building. DeWitt is gunned down by Lee, standing on the stairs across the atrium, Bucky sees a man sneak up behind Lee, and wrap a rope around Lees neck. Lee fights back while Bucky, paralyzed with shock, watches from across the atrium as a shadowy figure steps out. Lee and the man holding the rope fall over the railing to their deaths several floors below and it is then that Bucky is helped by Millard and Morrie Friedman, a friend of Lees whom Bucky saw with Lee at the New Years party in 1946. Dealing with the grief of losing Lee propels Bucky and Kay into a sexual encounter, the next morning, Bucky finds money from a bank robbery hidden in Lee and Kays bathroom. Kay reveals that she had been DeWitts girlfriend, that DeWitt had mistreated her, Lee had rescued Kay and stolen DeWitts bank robbery money. Lee needed to kill DeWitt now that he was out of prison, Bucky leaves, furious with Lee and Kay for their actions and lies. He returns to Madeleines family mansion and continues his relationship with her. Kay is furious when she discovers the relationship, especially with the fact that Madeleine bears a resemblance to the same girl Lee obsessed over before he was killed
3. Black Swan (film) – The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovskys Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. Nina is overwhelmed by a feeling of pressure when she finds herself competing for the part, causing her to lose her tenuous grip on reality. Aronofsky cites Fyodor Dostoyevskys The Double as another inspiration for the film, the director also considered Black Swan a companion piece to his 2008 film The Wrestler, with both films involving demanding performances for different kinds of art. He and Portman first discussed the project in 2000, and after an attachment to Universal Studios. Portman and Kunis trained in ballet for several months prior to filming, the film premiered as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1,2010. It had a release in the United States starting December 3,2010. Black Swan received critical praise upon its release, particularly for Portmans performance and Aronofskys direction, the film received five Academy Award nominations and Portman won Best Actress for the film, as well as many other Best Actress awards in several guilds and festivals. In addition, Aronofsky was nominated for Best Director and the film was nominated for Best Picture. It is the horror film to be nominated in the Best Picture category, following The Exorcist in 1973, Jaws in 1975, The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. Nina Sayers is a dancer in a New York ballet company. Nina lives in New York City with her mother, Erica. The company is preparing to open the season with Swan Lake, the director, Thomas Leroy, is looking for a new principal dancer after forcing Beth Macintyre into retirement. Thomas wants the ballerina to portray the innocent, fragile White Swan as well as her mysterious, sensual twin. Nina auditions for the part, performing flawlessly as the White Swan, upset, Nina approaches Thomas and asks him to reconsider her as the lead role. Thomas forcibly kisses Nina, and she displays a change of character and bites him, Nina begins to witness strange happenings, and her mother finds scratches on Ninas back. An intoxicated Beth angrily confronts Thomas and Nina, Nina is worried that Beths fate will eventually befall her, too, but she stays quiet. Thomas tells Nina she needs to give herself to the sensuality of the Black Swan and he tells her to go home and masturbate, which she does. The next day, Nina finds out that Beth was seriously injured in a car accident, Nina realizes Beth will never dance again, and tearfully unpacks her belongings in Beths former dressing room
4. The Boondock Saints – The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American crime film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, Duffy indicates that the screenplay was inspired by personal experience, while living in Los Angeles. It was met with poor reviews, however, the film ultimately grossed about $50 million in domestic video sales. The movie was followed by a 2009 sequel, The Boondock Saints II, All Saints Day, two Irish American twin brothers, Connor and Murphy MacManus, attend Mass, where the priest mentions the fate of Kitty Genovese. Later, when Connor and Murphy are celebrating St. Patricks Day with friends, a brawl ensues and the next morning, when two of the Russians seek revenge on Connor and Murphy, the mobsters are killed in self-defense. FBI Agent Paul Smecker is assigned to the case, and finds that the police, the duo turn themselves in at a police station, where Smecker interviews them. After they retell their incident to Smecker, he declines to press charges and that night, they receive a calling from God telling them to hunt down wicked men so that the innocent will flourish. Connor and Murphy resolve to rid Boston of evil men, Connor learns of a meeting of Russian syndicate bosses at a hotel. The next day, Rocco learns that he was betrayed, having been sent to kill nine Russians with only a six-shot revolver, Rocco commits himself to helping Connor and Murphy. That night, they hunt down and kill Vincenzo Lapazzi, an underboss of the Yakavetta crime family, concerned he may be a target, Papa Joe contacts a hitman, Il Duce, to deal with them. After killing a criminal that Rocco had a hatred for. Although they manage to chase Il Duce away, the three men suffer serious wounds, including the loss of Roccos finger, the three return to a safehouse where they treat their wounds. Hours later as the conduct a investigation at the crime scene. However, Smecker happens upon the part of the finger lost by Rocco, Smecker is able to track the evidence down to Rocco and his two allies. After getting drunk at a gay bar and subsequently getting advice from a reluctant priest, later, the brothers and Rocco inform Smecker that they plan to infiltrate the Yakavetta headquarters to finish off the family, but Smecker learns they are walking into a trap. The brothers are captured, and Rocco is shot and killed by Papa Joe, as Papa Joe leaves his house, Smecker arrives in drag and kills a number of soldiers before being knocked unconscious by Il Duce. As the brothers say their family prayer over Rocco, Il Duce enters the room, however, he instead finishes the prayer – revealing he is the brothers father and deciding to join his two sons in their mission. Three months later, Papa Joe is sent to trial for a third time, however, the reporters on-scene anticipate his acquittal
5. Bound (1996 film) – Bound is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by The Wachowskis in their feature film directorial debut. Bound was the first film directed by the Wachowskis, and they took inspiration from Billy Wilder to tell a story filled with sex. Financed by Dino De Laurentiis, the film was made on a budget with the help of frugal crew members including cinematographer Bill Pope. The directors initially struggled to cast the characters of Violet and Corky before securing Tilly. To choreograph the sex scenes, the directors employed sex educator Susie Bright, Bound received positive reviews from film critics who praised the humor and style of the directors as well as the realistic portrayal of a lesbian relationship in a mainstream film. Detractors of the film criticized the violence and superficiality of the plot. The film won several festival awards, Corky, an ex-con who has just finished a five-year jail sentence, arrives at an apartment building to start work as a painter and plumber. On her way up to the apartment, she encounters the couple who live next-door, Violet, after Caesar has gone out, Violet flirts with Corky and asks her to help retrieve an earring that has fallen down her sink. After Corky extracts the earring, Violet admits she lost it on purpose in order to get closer to Corky and they are interrupted by the arrival of Caesar and Corky goes back to work. When she leaves for the day, Violet follows her to her truck and they go to Corkys apartment and have sex. The next morning, Violet tells Corky that Caesar is a money launderer for the Mafia, later, Violet overhears Caesar and his Mafia associates beating and torturing Shelly, a man who has been skimming money from the business. Upset by the violence and cruelty, Violet seeks solace from Corky and she tells Corky that she wants to make a new life for herself, but that she needs her help. Knowing that Caesar will find the nearly $2 million Shelly took and count it in their apartment, Corky, already wary of Violets intentions, is unsure whether to trust her. Shelly is shot and killed by Johnnie, the son of Mafia boss Gino Marzzone, angry at Johnnie for killing Shelly in a fit of rage and splattering blood everywhere, Caesar proceeds to wash, iron and hang the money to dry. Violet explains to Corky that Caesar and Johnnie hate each other, the plan is as follows, When Caesar has finished counting the money, Violet will get him a drink to relax him before he showers. Corky will be next-door, waiting until she hears Caesar turn on the shower, when he does, Violet will drop the bottle of Scotch that is for Gino and tell Caesar that she is going to buy more. As she leaves the apartment, she will let Corky in, Violet will then return with the Scotch and tell Caesar that she just saw Johnnie leaving, but that Gino was not with him. Suspicious, Caesar will check the briefcase, find the money gone, Corky and Violet think Caesar will be forced to skip town because Gino will assume he has been robbed by Caesar, not his son
6. Broken Embraces – Broken Embraces is a 2009 Spanish romantic thriller film written, produced, and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Blanca Portillo co-stars as his agent Judit, while Tamar Novas portrays her son and Caines co-writer Diego. Inspired by darkness and by a photo of a couple, that Almodóvar took of El Golfo beach in Lanzarote in the late 1990s, thematically, Broken Embraces addresses themes like voyeurism, repression, prostitution, death, vengeance, fixation, illness, and drugs. Broken Embraces was one of the films competing for the Palme dOr at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, dubbed purest Almodóvar by The New Yorker, the film was noted for the directors characteristic bright primary colors, erotic subject matter, and meticulous, visually pulsating cinematography. The picture was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at both the 2009 British Academy Film Awards and the 67th Golden Globe Awards, Harry Caine is a blind writer who shares his life with his agent Judit and her adult son, Diego. Slowly, events in the present begin to bring back memories of the past, Harry hears that millionaire Ernesto Martel has died, a young filmmaker, Ray X, appears and turns out to be Martels son, Ernesto, Jr. After Diego is hospitalized for a drug overdose in a Madrid nightclub, Harry collects Diego from the hospital. The main storyline is told in flashback as Harry reluctantly tells Diego a tragic tale of fate, jealousy, abuse of power, betrayal, the first flashback is to 1992, which introduces Magdalena Lena Rivero, Martels beautiful young secretary, an aspiring actress. She becomes close to Martel, a financier, in order to find the money to help meet her dying fathers medical bills. By 1994, she has become Martels mistress, at this time, Harry is still living under his real name, Mateo Blanco, a well-respected film director. Martel is excessively possessive of Lena, but she is determined to become an actress, Martel, seething with jealousy, screens the videos as the lip-reader narrates the furtive whispers of Lena and Mateos passionate affair. Furious, Martel confronts Lena, and when she threatens to leave him he pushes her down the stairs, but when she survives the fall, he relents and nurses her back to health. The filming completed, Lena and Blanco escape Martels hold and go on holiday to Lanzarote, Lena takes a job as a hotel receptionist to pass the time. Fate intervenes when Blanco is seriously injured and Lena is killed in a car accident, the story picks up where it began in 2008, Harry shares his birthday in a bar with Judit and Diego. She confirms that Martel sabotaged the release of Chicas y maletas by using the worst take from each scene in order to destroy Mateos reputation, the next morning she reveals to Diego that Harry is actually his father, a fact both men were unaware of. Having exorcised some of his demons, Harry decides to return to his life as Mateo Blanco. Though believed lost, the reels of Chicas y maletas and Ernesto Jr. s camcorder footage are recovered, Judit had ignored Martels order to destroy them. Mateo and Diego re-edit the film for its release as the director envisioned it