Transgender Fiction

by marylandtransunity | created - 06 Oct 2020 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

Movies with major trans* characters

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1. 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: 6,645 | Gross: $0.07M

2. 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: 1,486

3. 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: 1,636

4. Albert Nobbs (2011)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Votes: 24,644 | Gross: $3.01M

5. Alice Júnior (2019)

Not Rated | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

The first kiss of a transgender teenager.

Director: Gil Baroni | Stars: Anna Celestino Mota, Emmanuel Rosset, Thaís Schier, Surya Amitrano

Votes: 546

6. 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: 96,458 | Gross: $8.26M

7. 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: 758 | Gross: $0.02M

8. 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: 59,945 | Gross: $5.21M

9. 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: 4,664 | Gross: $0.02M

10. 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: 97,694 | Gross: $11.53M

11. 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: 48

12. 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: 357

13. Cowboys (II) (2020)

86 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife runs off with his trans son into the Montana wilderness after his ex-wife's refusal to let their son live as his authentic self.

Director: Anna Kerrigan | Stars: Steve Zahn, Jillian Bell, Sasha Knight, Ann Dowd

Votes: 1,348

14. 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: 55,563 | Gross: $62.55M

15. 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.

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

Votes: 1,975 | Gross: $0.21M

16. 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: 25,563 | Gross: $2.02M

17. The Garden Left Behind (2019)

88 min | Drama

55 Metascore

A young Mexican trans woman and her grandmother navigate life as undocumented immigrants in New York City.

Director: Flavio Alves | Stars: Michael Madsen, Edward Asner, Carlie Guevara, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 570

18. 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: 8,664

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: 35,665 | Gross: $3.03M

20. Just Charlie (2017)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

Football star Charlie is a girl trapped in the body of a boy. Rejected by her Father and teammates will she ever play football again?

Director: Rebekah Fortune | Stars: Harry Gilby, Scot Williams, Mark Carter, Travis Blake Hall

Votes: 819

21. 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: 514 | Gross: $0.08M

22. 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 Jonas

Votes: 3,620 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Lingua Franca (2019)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama

61 Metascore

An undocumented Filipina transwoman falls in love in Brooklyn.

Director: Isabel Sandoval | Stars: Shiloh Verrico, Eamon Farren, Lynn Cohen, Lev Gorn

Votes: 716

24. 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: 8,823 | Gross: $2.28M

25. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, 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: 22,556 | Gross: $0.90M

26. Romeos (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

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: 3,376 | Gross: $0.00M

27. Saturday Church (2017)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

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: Michaela Jaé (MJ) Rodriguez, Margot Bingham, Indya Moore, Regina Taylor

Votes: 1,099

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

R | 110 min | Drama

A dramatic expose of the lives of a group of gays who meet in a New York City bar on Christmas Eve.

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

Votes: 325 | Gross: $0.12M

29. 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: 32,196 | Gross: $0.70M

30. 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: 20,757 | Gross: $0.13M

31. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she mothered 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: 41,378 | Gross: $9.02M

32. Tucked (2018)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A veteran drag queen with a terminal illness cleans up unfinished business.

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

Votes: 788

33. XXY (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

The story of an intersex 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: 14,297 | Gross: $0.05M



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