Fiona Glass: My top three movies that should have been m/m but weren’t

I’ll be posting another story in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, here’s a bit of random fun.

We’re all familiar with m/m movies – Brokeback Mountain, Maurice, my own favourite My Beautiful Laundrette. But what about those movies that are just screaming to be m/m, but for some reason or another never quite made it?

There are loads of them around. I remember doing a whole list in Forbidden Fruit many years ago. Annoyingly I can’t now find the file, but I can remember some of the titles on the list, so here in no particular order are my top three.

Point Break I only ever watched this movie once and all I can really remember, apart from some buff surfer bodies, was being really disappointed, even cheated, at the end because surfer Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) and undercover cop Johnny (Keanu Reeves) didn’t get together. Fair enough it wasn’t meant to have a HEA, but there was so much subtext between them that I longed for something – anything – a kiss, even a wistful glance. Because Johnny was clearly mesmerised by charming no-gooder Bodhi, and it wasn’t just the surfer lifestyle that fascinated him!

Tango & Cash There are buddy movies, there are bromance movies, and then there’s Tango & Cash. You wouldn’t perhaps think of Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell as obvious gay-for-each-other main characters, but in this movie those two guys are totally made for each other. They spend the entire plot following each other from one scrape to another, one mad escape to another, and as for the ‘old married couple’ style banter – well, it wouldn’t have felt amiss if by the end they’d just fallen into each other’s arms.

The Lost Boys My own personal favourite on the list – it has vampires; it has one of the best sound-tracks of any movie ever (I will fight you on this); it has Kiefer Sutherland’s David looking amazing in a long black coat. Jason Patrick’s character Michael clearly agrees, as he’s quite happy to follow David into the world of the undead just because of the way he looks. Yes, okay, I know he’s supposed to be infatuated with Star, but he’s already dippy about David’s gang before she ever appears. I used to daydream about an alternate ending where David and Michael roar off into the underworld on David’s motorbike to the accompaniment of Foreigner or REO Speedwagon. Okay, I’m lying. I still do. We m/m fans can always dream…

So go on – what’s your favourite movie that really, really should have been m/m? And why? Stick some suggestions in the comments. I’d love to watch them and see if I agree!

18 thoughts on “Fiona Glass: My top three movies that should have been m/m but weren’t

  1. Lovely list! I wouldn’t object to any of them adding a little…more to their relationships! I’m going to go a different route and take an M/F romance that I would love to see with a male character replacing the woman: 50 First Dates

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  2. A tearjerker from 1971 – “Brian’s Song” – recounts the life of Brian Piccolo, a Chicago Bears football player stricken with terminal cancer, told through his friendship with teammate Gale Sayers. Piccolo’s and Sayers’s different temperaments and backgrounds made them unlikely friends but they were, and also the first interracial roommates in the history of the NFL. (A nice little reminder of racism still very alive and well.) Anyway, it was a lovely bromance, but would also have been a bittersweet romance. Although in that day and age, if interracial roommates were a surprise, a gay interracial romance would’ve pushed the envelope.

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  3. I love this! I feel I need a rewatch of some of these now! Having watched so many M/M movies lately, I watch other movies now and sit there wondering, who is the love interest then? Then I remember that this is not a M/M film….

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    • Thanks and yes, you should def. re-watch them! I saw The Lost Boys again recently and had forgotten just how good (and how m/m!) it was… And LOL on the love interest – I’ve been known to do the same thing.

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  4. Remember “A Night In Heaven” with Christopher Atkins as a male stripper? It could have been enlivened by making him Bi and getting a little M/M action. (It might have distracted from the script!) And remember 1997’s “Batman and Robin?” I’ve had a thing for Robin since I saw Burt Ward when I was in Grade school, and getting George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell together (apart from that icky Dick is Bruce’s legal ward thing) would have been hot! It could have enlivened a movie Chris O’Donnell called “a toy commercial.”

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  5. Let’s go old school here, since the forties and Navy personnel are obviously one of my kinks, I’d like to nominate Anchors Away. Frank Sinatra’s character looks at Gene Kelly like he hung the moon and every time he rests his head on his shoulder to try and hear what he’s saying on the phone I melt. I know they get the girls at the end but everybody knows they’re just beards, right?

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