Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain

The straight actors managed to deeply invest all kinds of audiences in this beautiful and deeply tragic cowboy romance that made an incredibly compelling case for same-sex marriage. Though it didn’t land Best Picture at the 2006 Oscars, Ang Lee did receive a much-deserved Best Director Oscar for bringing us one of the most tragic movie couples. (Among the people Lee beat: George Clooney.)

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