05. Philadelphia(1993 | TriStar Pictures)
Genius: Hollywood’s first major exploration of AIDS took an eye-opening look at the physical and initial social impact of the disease (hysteria, ignorance). Andy Beckett (Tom Hanks) debunked stereotypes on what gay looked like, even as he deteriorated in front of our eyes. Through Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), Beckett’s homophobic lawyer-turned-enlightened-friend, we also saw ourselves change.
What We Learned: HIV, AIDS and homosexuality are relative, not synonymous.