Here is a list of some excellent Transgender-Themed Films and Documentaries. Have you seen any of these? How were they? Do you have any other suggestions that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
The true story of Brandon who was murdered by his buddies when they discovered he was a female to male transgender man.
This is the dramatic story of a intersexed 15-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.
She's a Boy I Knew (2007)
Using interviews, animation, old family footage, and voice mail, Vancouver filmmaker Gwen Haworth documents her male-to-female gender transition partially through the voices of her anxious but loving family, best friend, and wife.
Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (2005)
Documentary about transgenders and transvestites fighting police harassment at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn bar in NYC.
Soldier's Girl (2003)
The true story of a young soldier beaten to death for falling in love with a transgendered nightclub performer.
All About My Mother (1999)
Young Esteban want to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
It used to be that the female roles in Chinese Opera were sung by men groomed to perform as women. In the great opera "Farewell My Concubine" the two leads have been friends since they were
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs. children. But one of them only can be "his" true self when she is on stage and then can express her unrequited love for her friend.
Paris Is Burning (1990)
This is a documentary of 'drag nights' among New York's underclass. Queens are interviewed and observed preparing for and competing in many 'balls'.
Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink) (1997)
A middle class family struggles with their little boy's insistence that he is really a girl and will grow up to be a girl. Even if they accept their child, will everyone else accept them?
A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. As they travel across country she hides who she is while they forge a relationship.
A 10-year-old girl, settling into her new neighborhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified.
Southern Comfort (2001)
Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations. By the time Eads received treatment, the cancer was too advanced to save his life. Filmmaker Kate Davis follows Robert and a group of trans-gendered Southerners in this captivating and truly touching documentary.
A look at the lives of four college students undergoing gender transition.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert.
Beautiful Boxer (2004)
Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and wear flowers to her sensational career as kickboxer whose specialty is ancient Muaythai boxing moves which she can execute expertly with grace and finally her confrontation with her own sexuality which led to her sex change op.
Venus Boyz (2002)
A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - some for a night, others for their whole lives. What motivates them? What changes take place? What do they dream of? The drag kings of New York meet in clubs and change lustfully into their male alter egos, parodying them and exploring male eroticism and power strategies.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
The unusual and wondrous journey of an Irish Transsexual woman from her boyish childhood to her emergence as a woman without her really even trying
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
The Cockettes (2002)
Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.
A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (2005)
Examines the diversity of human sexual and gender variance around the globe, with commentary by scientific experts and first-hand accounts of people who do not conform to a simple male/female binary.
Red Without Blue (2007)
The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past.
Different for Girls (1996)
She used to be the boy picked on by bullies in High School. He used to be the friend who protected him. Now they are finding out if it is possible to have a relationship after she's become a woman.
M. Butterfly (1993)
A French diplomat falls in love with the Chinese Opera star, totally unaware "she" is a man pretending to be a woman in order to spy on him. But is she pretending? Is it really love or an illusion. What is the truth about gender and love?
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)
A young man and his former step father, a transitioning Transsexual woman, bond in the last few days before her operation.