Over the course of many years, people with HIV and AIDS were marginalized. These unfortunate individuals had a hard time going to school, college, not to mention finding jobs and romantic partners. Today, however, the situation is not as bad as it used to be. Now, there are many HIV dating online platforms that allow people who’ve contracted the virus to find their perfect match. Furthermore, these men and women can now apply for all jobs and schools and, in most cases, they will be treated with respect.
Believe it or not, most people started accepting HIV-positive individuals because of the many popular and well-written movies that flooded the theaters over the last 30 years. That’s why we’ve decided to list the top 4 legendary movies that revolve around HIV and AIDS.
How to Survive a Plague (2012)
This breathtaking documentary, directed by David France, is definitely one of the truest and most honest movies about AIDS ever filmed. It tells an inspiring story about people from two organizations (ACT UP and TAG) who, through sheer will and determination, managed to change the fate of people infected with HIV. These brave people managed to overcome political indifference and corporate greed on their way of changing the entire health system. Because of them, people with HIV and AIDS are now able to live long and fulfilling lives and this documentary captures a true essence of their noble fight.
The Normal Heart (2014)
The Normal Heart is a TV movie that follows an interesting story of a young gay man called Ned Weeks, who is doing best to raise HIV awareness back in the 1980s. It’s safe to say that this magnificent drama will leave you speechless. The performances by Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, and the amazing Julia Roberts are astonishing. If you’re looking for an inspiring movie about love, friendship, and loss, The Normal Heart is a film for you.
Parting Glances (1986)
Parting Glances is a wonderfully-written and passionate movie that tells a story about a loving gay couple, Robert and Michael, and their friend Nick (Steve Buscemi) who is living with AIDS. This is a beautiful story of how his struggle affects the lives of all his closest friends. This movie has blessed us with a truly memorable performance by the great Steve Buscemi.
An Early Frost (1985)
Probably one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s, An Early Frost is a down-to-earth story about a young and promising gay lawyer who is trying to find a way to tell his parents about his sexual orientation. Sadly, before he finds the way to come out, he is diagnosed with AIDS. Considering the fact that in those times, this type of diagnosis was a death sentence, he simply has to come clean and confess everything. Aidan Quinn did an amazing job portraying Michael Pierson in a lovely story that reminds us of the dreadful early days of AIDS epidemic.