And the films played on: 17 essential movies about HIV/AIDS

Updated: December 1 is Worlds AIDS Day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with the disease and to commemorate people those we have lost.

Each World’s AIDS Day we update the Queerty list of the best in HIV/AIDS films. This year’s entry is Beats Per Minute, a moving French drama about love and loss in the early days of activism.

These 17 cinematic breakthroughs represent some of the most interesting, complex and portrayals of the epidemic and the suffering, struggle and inspiration it has engendered. Some are groundbreaking, others are award-winning but all are essential to understanding the impact HIV and AIDS has had on our society.

Check out Queerty’s picks for 17 essential films about HIV/AIDS.

An Early Frost (1985)

An NBC made-for-television movie, An Early Frost was the first major film to deal with HIV and AIDS. Aidan Quinn plays a successful lawyer who, on returning home to visit his parents (played by Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands), reveals that he’s both gay and living with AIDS.

Parting Glances (1986)

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