Other-gender Representation in Film

by jesusleftmeforanotherman | created - 19 Jun 2012 | updated - 19 Jun 2012 | Public

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1. XXY (2007)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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67 Metascore

The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti

Votes: 11,431 | Gross: $0.05M

2. Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 54 min | Documentary

4.9
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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.

Director: Antony Thomas | Stars: Gore Vidal, Calpernia Addams, Beth Aynsley, Max Beck

Votes: 247

3. Flawless (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.4
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50 Metascore

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons, with the drag queen next door.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer

Votes: 15,603 | Gross: $4.49M

4. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 82,926 | Gross: $11.53M

5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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85 Metascore

A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 28,028 | Gross: $3.03M

6. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director: Duncan Tucker | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James

Votes: 37,875 | Gross: $9.02M

7. The Brandon Teena Story (1998)

89 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Daphne, Reanna, Gina, Shaun

Votes: 872 | Gross: $0.04M

8. Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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59 Metascore

In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle, Liam Neeson

Votes: 18,646 | Gross: $0.83M

9. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

6.4
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45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

Votes: 127,727 | Gross: $2.34M

10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

7.4
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 114,470 | Gross: $139.88M

11. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

7.0
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72 Metascore

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 67,483 | Gross: $124.06M

12. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 44,619 | Gross: $62.55M

13. Victor Victoria (1982)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.6
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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 16,599 | Gross: $21.93M

14. Gam chi yuk yip (1994)

107 min | Comedy

7.3
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A typical everyday HK movie fan Wing idolizes the beautiful female singer Rose and her producer Sam as the fairy tale couple. By chance she posed as an amateur male singer and moves in with... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Chi Lee | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Carina Lau, Anita Yuen, Eric Tsang

Votes: 728

15. It's Pat: The Movie (1994)

PG-13 | 77 min | Comedy

2.6
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The comedic misadventures of a person of indeterminate gender.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Julia Sweeney, Dave Foley, Charles Rocket, Kathy Griffin

Votes: 8,911 | Gross: $0.06M

16. La confusion des genres (2000)

94 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

6.3
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39 Metascore

No wonder Bisexual Attorney Alain is confused. He's bedding his female boss, his guilty of murder client, the client's hairdresser girlfriend and a precocious boy who knows what he wants ... See full summary »

Director: Ilan Duran Cohen | Stars: Pascal Greggory, Nathalie Richard, Julie Gayet, Alain Bashung

Votes: 877 | Gross: $0.05M

17. Almost Myself (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.0
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After finding an unusual website seeking funds to help reverse a sex change, the filmmaker sets out to explore the transgender community.

Director: T. Joe Murray | Stars: T. Joe Murray, Rosalyne Blumenstein, Kate Bornstein, Holly Boswell

Votes: 8

18. Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999)

87 min | Documentary

5.8
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Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several trans-gendered individuals. As with Treuts first film, Jungfrauenmaschine, Gendernauts, enters a minority sector of San Fransisco ... See full summary »

Director: Monika Treut | Stars: Susan Stryker, Texas Tomboy, Annie Sprinkle, Jordi Jones

Votes: 117 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Gender Rebel (2006)

Documentary

7.1
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What does it mean to be on the newest frontier of sexual identity, to identify not as male or female, but something that's a little of both - or neither? GENDER REBEL, part of LOGO's REAL ... See full summary »

Director: Elaine Epstein

Votes: 34

20. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

7.4
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74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 14,467 | Gross: $0.13M

21. I Want What I Want (1972)

R | 91 min | Drama

6.7
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A 20-something son of a military officer feels like a woman trapped in a man's body. When he can't hide it anymore he has a fallout with his ladies man father and leaves home. Now what?

Director: John Dexter | Stars: Anne Heywood, Harry Andrews, Jill Bennett, Paul Rogers

Votes: 95

22. Myra Breckinridge (1970)

R | 94 min | Comedy

4.3
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After undergoing gender reassignment surgery, an aspiring actress travels to Hollywood, where she also wants to make a claim on her wealthy uncle's estate.

Director: Michael Sarne | Stars: Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch, Rex Reed

Votes: 2,417 | Gross: $3.00M

23. Switch (1991)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.7
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Steve Brooks is a sexist and the prototype macho. Unfortunately one day he is killed by one of his girlfriends. In heaven, though, there is no place for men like him and he is sent back to ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 7,274 | Gross: $15.55M

24. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 198,377 | Gross: $120.62M

25. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama

7.6
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Ludovic is a transgender girl who is coming out. She talks of marrying her neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. Her family and neighbors struggle ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 7,863 | Gross: $2.28M

26. Different for Girls (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Rupert Graves, Miriam Margolyes, Saskia Reeves

Votes: 1,742 | Gross: $0.21M

27. Princesa (II) (2001)

1 min | Short

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Director: David Valero | Stars: Marina Gil, Norberto Martínez

28. Venus Boyz (2002)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

4.9
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46 Metascore

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 - ... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle Baur | Stars: Diane Torr, Dréd Gerestant, Del La Grace Volcano, Queen Bee Luscious

Votes: 393 | Gross: $0.02M

29. Normal (2003 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

7.1
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A Midwestern husband and father announces her plan to have a sex change operation.

Director: Jane Anderson | Stars: Richard Bull, Mary Seibel, Danny Goldring, Jessica Lange

Votes: 2,981

30. Soldier's Girl (2003 TV Movie)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Troy Garity, Lee Pace, Andre Braugher, Shawn Hatosy

Votes: 5,691

31. The Badge (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local trans individual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his ... See full summary »

Director: Robby Henson | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette, William Devane, Sela Ward

Votes: 2,905

32. Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.1
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66 Metascore

Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong

Votes: 2,922 | Gross: $0.00M

33. Wild Side (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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52 Metascore

A transgender woman who survives prostituting herself in Paris, returns - with her two male lovers in tow - to her family home in the countryside to look after her dying mother.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Stéphanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, Edouard Nikitine, Josiane Stoléru

Votes: 900 | Gross: $0.02M

34. A Soap (2006)

Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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55 Metascore

A tragicomedy focused on the relationship between the owner of a beauty clinic and a transgender woman.

Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen | Stars: Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Frank Thiel, Elsebeth Steentoft

Votes: 1,744 | Gross: $0.00M

35. Romeos (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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A drama centered on the relationship between a two young men, as one of them navigates the difficulties of life as a transgender man.

Director: Sabine Bernardi | Stars: Rick Okon, Max Befort, Liv Lisa Fries, Felix Brocke

Votes: 2,795 | Gross: $0.00M

36. Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918)

Not Rated | 45 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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A teenaged tomboy, tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, impersonates a man so she can have more fun, but discovers that being the opposite sex isn't as easy as she had hoped.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Curt Goetz, Ferry Sikla, Margarete Kupfer

Votes: 944

37. Spork (2010)

TV-14 | 86 min | Comedy

6.8
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54 Metascore

A colorful and foul-mouthed feature musical comedy. A film about a frizzy-haired, pink-cheeked outcast named Spork who is trying to navigate her way through the annals of junior high. When ... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Ghuman Jr. | Stars: Savannah Stehlin, Rodney Eastman, Robert Bradvica, Kevin Chung

Votes: 914

38. Glen or Glenda (1953)

PG | 65 min | Drama

4.2
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A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell

Votes: 7,102

39. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 75,892 | Gross: $8.26M

40. Tootsie (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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87 Metascore

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 84,100 | Gross: $177.20M

41. Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.1
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66 Metascore

Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong

Votes: 2,922 | Gross: $0.00M

42. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

6.4
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45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

Votes: 127,727 | Gross: $2.34M