Forget Brokeback Mountain, This Movie Is The Best ‘Forbidden Love’ Gem

Forget Brokeback Mountain, This Movie Is The Best ‘Forbidden Love’ Gem
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Queer love stories also deserve to be at the center of attention.


  • For many years Brokeback Mountain was considered to be a movie with the best portrayal of queer relationships.
  • 2015 gave the audience a movie named Carol, another take on the forbidden love trope.
  • BBC called Carol one of the best films of the 21 century for the deep storyline and brilliant acting.

There's just something so deep and meaningful about romantic dramas that keeps you glued to the screen, even when the story in the movie makes you reach for a tissue.

Watching a movie about any love story can be a challenge for everyone, as there's almost no human being in this world who's never been in love or heartbroken.

There are many highly acclaimed romantic dramas that are considered the best in the genre, but this time we want to highlight one particular movie. The 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain became a world-famous hit for many reasons.

For starters, fans remember how devastated they were when the exceptional Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger film lost the Best Picture Oscar to another movie, even though it was more popular with viewers.

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Brokeback Mountain tells the story of a forbidden love between two ranch hands who, against all odds, end up having deep feelings for each other. While being a period romance movie, it also had a very powerful and influential queer story which was considered the best in the genre.

However, 10 years after the release of the legendary movie, another brilliant flick came out with a similar premise. The events of the movie called Carol are set in New York in the early 1950s and follow two women who find themselves falling in love with each other.

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With powerful acting from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the movie easily became one of the greatest portrayals of queer relationships, with the people involved being forced to hide their feelings due to society's attitude towards the matter.

The film was amazingly well received by audiences, and the BBC even named it one of the best films of our century. The success led the movie to receive 6 Oscar nominations in 2016, but unfortunately, like Brokeback Mountain, it won nothing.

If you're ready to spend a weekend sobbing about people struggling to live happily with their significant others, try streaming Brokeback Mountain on Prime, then tune in to Netflix to watch Carol.