Transgender Fiction

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Movies with major transgender characters

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1. Saturday Church (2017)

82 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

72 Metascore

A 14 year-old-boy, struggling with gender identity and religion, begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process.

Director: Damon Cardasis | Stars: Indya Moore, Mj Rodriguez, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor

Votes: 717

2. Kiki (2016)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A group of LGBTQ youths of color unite to form a safe gathering space.

Director: Sara Jordenö | Stars: Loretta Coombs, Takima Coombs, Afrika Juicy Couture, Bootz Juicy Couture

Votes: 501

3. A Fantastic Woman (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 22,199 | Gross: $2.02M

4. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

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

Votes: 91,721 | Gross: $11.53M

5. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 50,614 | Gross: $62.55M

6. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

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: 18,201 | Gross: $0.13M

7. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard, Kerry Butler

Votes: 18,355 | Gross: $0.90M

8. 3 Generations (2015)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama

47 Metascore

After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray's mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent.

Director: Gaby Dellal | Stars: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan

Votes: 5,902 | Gross: $0.07M

9. XXY (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

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: 13,238 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Tangerine (2015)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan

Votes: 26,771 | Gross: $0.70M

11. Different for Girls (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 1,849 | Gross: $0.21M

12. Boy Meets Girl (I) (2014)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.

Director: Eric Schaeffer | Stars: Michael Welch, Michelle Hendley, Alexandra Turshen, Michael Galante

Votes: 4,172 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Lingua Franca (2019)

89 min | Drama

61 Metascore

Olivia (Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of ... See full summary »

Director: Isabel Sandoval | Stars: Eamon Farren, Lynn Cohen, Mark Nelson, Matthew James Ballinger

Votes: 332

14. Adam (I) (2019)

95 min | Comedy

64 Metascore

Awkward teen Adam spends his last high school summer with his big sister, who throws herself into NYC's lesbian and trans activist scene. In this coming-of-age comedy, Adam and those around him encounter love, friendship and hard truths.

Director: Rhys Ernst | Stars: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Margaret Qualley, Leo Sheng

Votes: 1,401

15. 52 Tuesdays (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

71 Metascore

16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.

Director: Sophie Hyde | Stars: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Sam Althuizen, Imogen Archer, Del Herbert-Jane

Votes: 1,355

16. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 88,160 | Gross: $8.26M

17. Glen or Glenda (1953)

PG | 65 min | Drama

A psychiatrist tells the stories of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda) and a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

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

Votes: 7,946

18. Ma vie en rose (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama

Ludovic is an innocent seven-year-old child who provokes horror in his community when he dresses in girls clothes and insists he's a girl.

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

Votes: 8,358 | Gross: $2.28M

19. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A gender-queer punk-rock singer 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: 31,728 | Gross: $3.03M

20. A Kid Like Jake (2018)

R | 92 min | Drama

58 Metascore

Loving parents of a four-year-old must come to terms with their child being transgender.

Director: Silas Howard | Stars: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra

Votes: 2,963 | Gross: $0.04M

21. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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: 40,147 | Gross: $9.02M

22. Carl[a] (2011)

100 min | Drama

Carla is a trans woman who faces opposition from her family as she finishes her transition. At the same time, she falls in love with Sam, a man who seems to love her for who she is. However... See full summary »

Director: Eli Hershko | Stars: Laverne Cox, Joslyn DeFreece, Gregg Bello, Mark Margolis

Votes: 30

23. Just Like a Woman (1992)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

Gerald Tilson (Adrian Pasdar) is a yuppie-like transvestite in his thirties. His wife arrives home earlier than expected and discovers female attire spread over their apartment. Not knowing... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Monger | Stars: Julie Walters, Adrian Pasdar, Paul Freeman, Susan Wooldridge

Votes: 467 | Gross: $0.08M

24. Tucked (2018)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

TUCKED is a raw and tender drama about an aging 80 year old drag queen who forms an unlikely friendship with a younger queen, both struggling with their own issues of gender identity and ... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Patterson | Stars: Derren Nesbitt, Jordan Stephens, April Pearson, Steve Oram

Votes: 508

25. Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971)

R | 110 min | Drama

It's Christmas Eve at the Blue Jay, a Greenwich Village gay bar, a place where patrons believe they can feel free to be themselves as opposed to the straight charade many portray in their ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn Nelson | Stars: Tom Bade, James Murdock, Paul Blake, Gary Campbell

Votes: 263 | Gross: $0.12M

26. Anything (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

This is a story about the infinite possibility of love.

Director: Timothy McNeil | Stars: John Carroll Lynch, Matt Bomer, Maura Tierney, Margot Bingham

Votes: 660 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Bad Education (2004)

NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 55,261 | Gross: $5.21M

28. Carlotta (2014 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Drama

Based on the extraordinary life of the iconic Les Girls headliner and Australian transgender pioneer, Jessica Marais, stars as Carlotta. A universal story about identity, family, tolerance ... See full summary »

Director: Samantha Lang | Stars: Jessica Marais, Anita Hegh, Eamon Farren, Andrew Lees

Votes: 318



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