The Best Transgender Movies

People whose gender identity do not match with the gender assigned to them at birth fall under the transgender category.

There are men who were assigned female sex when they were born but they identify themselves as male.

They are called transgender man. Similarly, there are women who were assigned male sex at their birth but identifies themselves as female.

They are transgender woman. They are commonly referred to as ‘Trans’.

Is the life of transgenders the same as that of other people?

While there are approximately 1.4 million trans people in the USA and many more all around the world, their life has not been easy since always.

The struggle for them has been real and while everything is still far from perfect; in the past few years, significant progress has been made and is still taking place.

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Top 12 Best Transgender Movies (MUST WATCH) - 2022

1. The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl is a romantic drama which is based on the life events of Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe [a popular Danish painter] 

where Lili goes transformation from his former male identity, Einar Wegener to her female self with the support of his wife Gerda.

It is also a story of unconditional love. The movie highlights the effects of this transformation upon the lives of the lead characters and their relationship too. 

The acting of the artists has been really appreciated and while the movie has been nominated for various categories.

Alicia Vikander has bagged some awards like Academy Awards for best supporting actress, Alliance of women film journalists for Best breakthrough performance, Empire Awards for best actress, etc. 


  • Director – Tom Hooper
  • Cast – Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw
  • Genre – Biography, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date – 5th September 2015
  • Running Time – 119 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7.1
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2. Transamerica

Starring Felicity Huffman as Bree, former Stanley has spent her entire life in a body that does not fit her.

She has been juggling between jobs to save enough money for her transformation from Stanley to Bree and just when the moment is about to arrive, Bree gets to know about the son she fathered 17 years ago.

While till date Bree had no idea about it, her therapist asks her to resolve this issue before going for the surgery. 

She leaves for New York from Los Angeles to meet her son Toby, hiding her identity of being his biological father and a transgender, pretending to be a Christian social worker.

On getting to know that her son has no relatives and is surviving on his own doing petty crimes, she takes him along to Los Angeles.

Toby agrees to go with her, dreaming of improving his life by becoming a porn star and reconciling with his biological father.

What is it that Bree does now? Watch to know more about the movie. 


  • Director – Duncan Tucker
  • Cast – Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James
  • Genre – Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Running Time – 103 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7.4
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3. Paris is Burning

If you love the famous TV series Pose, you have to watch Paris is Burning as this is where it all started. 

The movie brings you the ballroom culture of the 80’s but it is not all about dance, glamour and fun.

The movie talks about homophobia, transphobia and racism faced by a community of poor Black and Latin LGBT people and how they had to fight to get their right to be themselves and live a life of their dreams and choices. 

A struggle many of them face but not all talk about.

To bring it into the limelight and make their place in the world of whites and straight people, the picture has been well presented


  • Director – Tom Hooper
  • Cast – Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw
  • Genre – Biography, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date – 5th September 2015
  • Running Time – 119 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7.1
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4.Boy Meets Girl

A beautiful romantic comedy which will make you cry, laugh and a lot of emotions throughout.

 It is a story of a 21-year-old trans girl, named Ricky from a small-town Kentucky who has found her confidant, trustworthy loyal true friend in Robby, her only friend from 15 years. 

Ricky works as a Barista before making a move towards her goal of becoming a famous New York designer. 

She is cool, fun-loving, confident and is all ready to achieve her dreams and that’s when a beautiful, attractive local girl, Francesca enters her life and despite the warnings from her army fiancé, she finds herself drawn towards Ricky.

 Unlike connections, intense feelings and questions about her identity, this movie has it all


  • Director – Eric Schaeffer
  • Cast – Michael Welch, Michelle Hendley, Alexandra Turshen, Michael Galante
  • Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date – 28th June 2014
  • Running Time – 95 minutes
  • IMDb Rating – 7
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5. Boys don’t cry

It is based on a true story about a boy named Brandon Teena who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1993.

Brandon was a trans teen living in a small town, Nebraska with conservative mindset people.

He has been one of those guys who live life to the core, have fun, roam around with friends drinking, cussing and dating beautiful women. 

Dating one of the most beautiful women in his hometown, Lana and having a good time with her; he skips telling her his secret

and his life remains no more the same when his friends discover that Brandon was actually born as a girl, named Teena Brandon.

How your identity can change your entire life in a fraction of second is pictured in a way that will leave the story with you forever


  • Director – Kimberly Peirce
  • Cast – Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III
  • Genre – Biography, Crime, Drama
  • Release Date – 8th October 1999
  • Running Time – 118 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7.5
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6. All About My Mother

Argentina Manuela Echevarria ran away from her husband eighteen years ago when she got to know about her pregnancy.

She ran away without telling her husband that she was pregnant and even after constant questions from her son about his father she never disclosed his identity to her son, Esteban. 

He was an aspiring writer. It was only after Esteban’s death in an unfortunate road accident that made Manuela feel the urge to return to Barcelona to look for her son’s father.

 Upon returning to Barcelona she became friends with Agrado and later worked as a personal assistant to one of her son’s most admired actresses, Huma Rojo.


  • Director – Pedro Almodovar
  • Cast – Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Pena
  • Genre – Drama
  • Release Date – 24th November 1999
  • Running Time – 101 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7.8
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7. Disclosure

It is an American documentary film which provides an overview about the life and the perception of transgender people within the Hollywood community.

This is a documentary which depicts the life of popular transgender celebrities in the film industry. It shows both sides of the conversation between Hollywood and the transgender people.

 The movie received worldwide acclaim and is a fan favorite among many. Therefore, if you are looking for a top quality transgender's movie then Disclosure is the one for you.


  • Director – Sam Feder
  • Cast – Laverne Cox, Susan Stryker, Alexandra Billings, Jamie Clayton, Chaz Bono, Alexandra Grey, Yance Ford, Trace Lysette, Jazzmun, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Elliot Fletcher, Brian Michael Smith, Sandra Caldwell, Candis Cayne, Jessica Crockett, Zackary Drucker, Lilly Wachowski, Ser Anzoategui, Michael D. Cohen, Zeke Smith, and Leo Sheng
  • Genre – Documentary
  • Release Date – 27th January 2020
  • Running Time – 100 min
  • IMDb Rating – 8.2
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8. Ma Vie en Rose

Ludovic is a boy who dresses up like a girl and talks about marrying his neighbour’s son.

It is a story of a seven-year boy who insists on being a girl and is unable to understand what’s so horrifying about it on seeing the reactions of his family and society. 

Ludovic is the youngest child of his parents and while as a kid when he used to dress up like a girl in his room, nobody had a issue and everyone brushed it off laughing and saying that it will go away with time.

The reactions to his dressing like a girl changed when he started behaving like Pam, a line of dolls and was convinced that he should be a girl. 

This realization leads to problems in his family and with the neighbours and while the family wanted Ludovic to behave as a typical boy so as to avoid the problems this can bring to them, Ludovic enjoys his life being a girl. 


  • Director – Alain Berliner
  • Cast – Georges Du Fresne, Michele Laroque, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
  • Genre – Drama
  • Release Date – 28th May 1997
  • Running Time – 88 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7.5
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9. Gun Hill Road

Upon returning home after 3 years in prison, Enrique finds everything changed and nothing is the same to what it was when he left.

His wife is emotionally involved with someone else and is unable to hide it from Enrique and their son, Michael is going through a turmoil of getting to know who he is which is beyond Enrique’s understanding. 

While Angela, his wife tries hard to keep the family together by protecting Michael, Enrique is unable to accept his son and holds on to his perspective of masculinity.

 He has a choice of either becoming the father his son needs or holding on to the ideas of masculinity and risk losing his family and freedom again as the eyes of his Parole officer is always on him. 


  •  Director – Rashaad Ernesto Green
  • Cast – Esai Morales, Robert Salzman, Ty Jones
  • Genre – Drama
  • Release Date – 5th August 2011
  • Running Time – 86 min
  • IMDb Rating – 6.4
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10. Wild Side

It is a story of a thirty-two-year-old transgender hooker living in Paris with her two lovers and on getting the call from the hospital in her hometown regarding her mother’s terminal illness.

She travels to her hometown with both her lovers to take care of her dying mother and while back at home after years, she recalls her childhood, how she met both her lovers and how life has changed over the years. 


  • Director – Sebastien Lifshitz
  • Cast – Stephanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, Edouard Nikitine
  • Genre – Drama, Romance
  • Release Date – 8th February 2004
  • Running Time – 93 min
  • IMDb Rating – 6.4
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11. Tangerine

Tangerine is a modern age comedy that has been completely shot on an iPhone 5S. The story is about two transgender sex workers.

It’s Christmas time and after 28 days of absence, Sin-Dee is back on the block and is in utter state of shock when her best friend reveals to her that her boyfriend Chester has been cheating on her with a cisgender. 

Fuming with anger and strong urge to take revenge, Sin-Dee is on a mission to locate Chester only to find out later on that her best friend, Alexandra slept with her boyfriend too. Sin-Dee is left heartbroken.


  • Director – Sean Baker
  • Cast – Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian
  • Genre – Drama, Comedy, Crime
  • Release Date – 10th July 2015
  • Running Time – 88 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7.1
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12. Romeos

A drama revolving around the relationship of two young men,

as the difficulties of life of the transgender man make things more and more complicated with their inclination towards each other.

Twenty-year-old Lukas is moving towards transforming his identity from female to male and his friendship with Ine is making his love life blossom as Ine introduces him to gay life. 


  • Director – Sabine Bernardi
  • Cast – Rick Okon, Max Befort, Liv Lisa Fries
  • Genre – Drama, Romance
  • Release Date – 11th February 2011
  • Running Time – 94 min
  • IMDb Rating – 7
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Final Words

These are some of the most popular and highly rated movies based around the life of transgender people. If you are thinking where you can get your hands on these movies, Netflix, Amazon prime, HBO Max etc. are some of the platforms where you can easily find them and have a good time. These are some of the must watch movies and they are so good that the story will definitely stay for a long time with you

Theatre can and does play an influential role in the lives of people to a great extent. It can be one of the reasons behind what we think about a particular topic, depending upon what aspect of a topic is depicted and how it is presented to the audience. Biographies, documentaries, and movies sometimes can help in giving us a different perspective about a situation or a topic and that stays true here as well.

You might have definitely heard about transgender, their life, struggles, choices as this topic has gained quite a fame in past few years so as to normalize it and give them equal rights like people of other genders. Over the past few years, a lot of attempts have been made to shed light over the issue and in an attempt of doing so the films starring transgenders also became one way of bringing them out of the dark and help them in making their lives better.

Some of the famous, inspiring transgender actors are Elliot Page, Laverne Cox, Indya Moore, Candis Cayne, Chaz Bano etc.

Thinking of watching a movie to know more about the transgender community, let’s have a look at the top 15 transgender movies of all time.

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