2. An Early Frost (1985)
The first TV movie to deal with AIDS, An Early Frost told the story of a man who has to come out as gay and HIV positive to his family. It not only dealt with the rejection he faced from certain family members, but the prejudices AIDS patients faced even from the medical community.
3. Parting Glances (1986)
Parting Glances is less of an AIDS movie and more a movie that features a main character suffering from AIDS. The film focuses on a group of gay men in the early ’80s, and while there are whispers of the threat of the disease there’s just as much talk about new relationships and work worries. It was a film that didn’t have an agenda of teaching the audience about the issue.
4. Longtime Companion (1989)
Longtime Companion, the first wide release of AIDS related film, was able to illustrate the impact of AIDS on the gay community, not just by the friends lost but by what they chose to do about it, highlighting the gay men’s health crisis center and AIDS activism.
6. Reality Bites (1994)
Even though Reality Bites had a main character struggling to come out, it was a straight character who worried about her possible exposure to HIV. This film pointed out AIDS can affect anyone, gay or straight.
7. The Cure (1995)
While a steady stream of swears and gay slurs keeps The Cure off the family film list, the “charming coming of age instrumentals” and pre-teen adventures make the movie about an eleven-year-old who was infected by a blood transfusion and the best friend who is sure they can find a cure extremely far removed from the AIDS film of the ’80s centered around gay communities.
8. Kids (1995)
Kids is like a terrifying feature film length AIDS PSA, reminding viewers whatever your age or sexual orientation, if you have unprotected sex, you’re at risk. Depicting a single day, it focused on exposure to HIV and AIDS rather than the effects of the disease.
10. Gia (1998)
Gia introduced not only a depiction of a real person who suffered and died from AIDS, but someone who was infected through IV drug use. While it came out in the late ’90s it was set in the mid-’80s, and the fear surrounding AIDS and AIDS patients was addressed.
Those interested in learning more about World AIDS Day can visit the organization’s website.