Parting Glances is a gay movie released in 1986. The film revolves around a gay couple Robert and Michael who are living in New York. Robert is leaving for a two year work assignment in Africa. He is leaving Michael behind. Michael is taking care of his ex-boyfriend Nick who is suffering from AIDS. This movie plays out in two parties within a twenty four hour period. One party is thrown by Robert's boss together with the wife while the last is by Joan who is an artist friend since Nick is also a fellow artist. The movies explores the gay culture of that period including topics such as AIDS which was by then at its climax especially among the gay community.


Cruising is a 1980 gay movie about a policeman who goes undercover to investigate the mysterious killing of gay men in New York. Officer Steve Burns resembles most of the victims showing up in the Hudson river with body parts missing. He is sent deep undercover into the gay world to catch the serial killer. He rents an apartment and befriends a gay playwright who is a neighbor. He compels police to interrogate a waiter but they end up coercing and beating him to get a confession. Burns believes that brutality is motivated by homophobia and almost quits the assignment. He goes after a gay music graduate who has a mental disorder but then Ted is killed when that suspect is in custody. Eventually this film suggests Steve might be the killer.