This is a list of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films released before 1920. It contains theatrically released films that deal with important gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters or issues and may have same-sex romance or relationships as a plot device.
|The Dickson Experimental Sound Film||1895||William Dixon||United States||Although described as having a homosexual subtext by film historian Vito Russo this interpretation has been disputed.|
|The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and Moon||1907||Georges Méliès||France||Short, fantasy||a.k.a. L'éclipse du soleil en pleine lune|
|Algie the Miner||1912||Alice Guy-Blaché||United States||Comedy, western||Billy Quirk, Mary Foy|
|A Florida Enchantment||1914||Sidney Drew||United States||Comedy||Edith Storey, Sidney Drew, Ethyl Lloyd, Grace Stevens, Charles Kent, Jane Morrow, Ada Gifford, Lillian Burns, Allan Campbell, Cortland van Deusen, Frank O'Neil||Based on the novel and play (the latter of which is now lost) of the same name by Fergus Redmond and Archibald Clavering Gunter|
|The Wings||1916||Mauritz Stiller||Sweden||Drama||Egil Eide, Lars Hanson, Lili Bech, Julius Hälsig||a.k.a. Vingarne; based on the novel Mikaël by Herman Bang|
|Behind the Screen||1916||Charlie Chaplin||United States||Comedy, romance||Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell||After Chaplin's prophand character kisses Edna Purviance's character in drag, villain Eric Campbell sees this and begins doing an effeminite dance to mock Chaplin's character.|
|I Don't Want to Be a Man||1918||Ernst Lubitsch||Germany||Comedy, romance||Ossi Oswalda, Curt Goetz, Ferry Sikla, Margarete Kupfer, Victor Janson||a.k.a. Ich möchte kein Mann sein|
|Different from the Others||1919||Richard Oswald||Germany||Drama||Conrad Veidt, Fritz Schulz, Reinhold Schünzel, Anita Berber, Magnus Hirschfeld, Karl Giese||a.k.a. Anders als die Andern|
- Russo (1987), pp. 6–7. For rebuttal of Russo's claim, see, e.g., Dixon (2003), p. 53; Justin DeFreitas, "Moving Pictures: Documentary Puts Modern Gay Cinema in Context", Berkeley Daily Planet, July 7, 2006 (available online).