The movie Philadelphia centers around Tom Hanks, a successful lawyer working at a prestigious law firm, who is also gay, and who has kept his sexual orientation to himself. After contracting AIDS, his employers fire him. This leads him to seek out representation in order to bring an unlawful dismissal suit against his former employer, only no one is willing to help him, including Denzel Washington. Then there comes a point when Washington sees the prejudice and discrimination that Hanks experiences and has a change of heart.
This film, released in 1993, shows the fear, stigma and discrimination that surrounded those who were homosexual as this new disease and the details about it were being uncovered. Antonio Banderas also stars in this film as Hanks' life partner.